Being born close to Valentine’s Day isn’t all hearts and roses. Christmas babies – nay, make that December babies – know what I’m talking about. Everyone’s so focused on the main event of the month that your birthday sort of falls to the wayside. That’s why those of us born in the second week of February have to be clever about how we market our birth date to ensure we don’t miss out.
Luckily, I have a husband who hates the commercialism of Valentine’s Day and scoffs at the ‘I’ll buy you chocolates once a year and ignore you for the rest of the year’ mindset. We like to make each other feel special and appreciated all year round (maybe that’s why we’re into our seventh year of marriage, eep!) But I digress. This was a very long-winded way of saying No, we didn’t go out somewhere special for Valentine’s Day (unless you think a McFlurry is the ultimate symbol of affection), and as a result of that – yes, I had a wonderful birthday weekend 🙂
It involved one breakfast with a beach view and another where I had a slice of Bar One cheesecake at 9am, shopping to my heart’s content, splurging on R5 imported cans of Vanilla Coke, two relaxing beach visits under our new beach umbrella – one with a view of Table Mountain, a delicious coffee milkshake and shared plate of stuffed chilli poppers at Woodbridge Island, travelling up said mountain in the cableway at sunset (it’s free on your birthday, and half price until the end of February – click here for more), a long swim in the pool to beat the heat, egg mayo sandwiches and carrot cake muffins, as well as two scrumptious mom-made birthday cakes for the office…
All in all, a fantastic birthday. Who said turning 30 has to be a big kerfuffle?
Phew. You’d be forgiven for thinking the past weekend was completely crazy based on the title of this blog post alone. But all was not lost – there was still some time for relaxation before, between and after the celebrations…
Friday, 7 February 2014 – Uncle Des’ official 90th birthday party
When one turns 90, one can have their birthday party any day they like. Even on a Friday 🙂 Des is my husband’s uncle, and looks really well for his age. Here are a few snaps from his party at the Zandvlei Yacht Club in Lakeside (I was at work alas, but most of the family made it)
Saturday, 8 February 2014 – Boulders Beach, Des’ unofficial birthday braai
Luckily the rest of the family could attend a great family get-together at Des’ daughter Janet’s house on Saturday. What a gorgeous house it is in St James, as you’ll see from the pictures below – but first, we treated ourselves to a Boulders Beach visit. We’d been once before but only walked along the walkway – this time we splurged on the R55 entry fee per person to spend some time on the gorgeous beaches, too.
Sunday, 9 February 2014 – parents return to Joburg, tea and cake for cousin Luke’s 18th
And just like that, my in-laws’ time in Cape Town came to an end. Click here for a reminder of everything they got up to this week with us. We had a relatively easy day resting and relaxing, with milkshakes at GrandWest Casino after dropping the parents off at the airport, then heading off to celebrate my aunt Theresa and cousin Luke’s birthday in the afternoon – they live just 5 minutes down the road!
And that’s all for now folks – hope you’re enjoying the wonderful summer weather
The end of January is usually time to slow down from the excitement of the new year. But not in our family. For the past two years this has been the time of year my parents-in-law have come to visit us from Joburg (here’s a reminder of last year’s visit) – it’s the perfect time for them to do so as it’s slap bang between my husband’s birthday and mine, and this year they also had a 90th birthday to celebrate – I’ll blog about that another time though.
Why not blog about it all in one go, you ask? Well, with over 200 photos taken across our various cameras and phones it was hard to pick just a few, but these are my favourites from their first few days with us…
Saturday, 1 February 2014 – collected parents from the airport, explored Hout Bay, had supper at Simply Asia
Sunday, 2 February 2014 – we visited the Sunday Market in Milnerton and the Italian Club’s lunch buffet
Tuesday, 4 February 2014 – boys climbed Lion’s Head
Wednesday, 5 February – dogs were walked on the beach, lunch at Driftwood Café, home-braaied roast lamb
That’s all for now, folks – watch out for my next blog post, which will cover the last bit of the parent’s visit this past weekend, including snaps from three parties (two for the same person) 🙂