Sunday, November 1, 2009


Every year Dylan goes trick or treating in Notten Road. This year he got to take his sister along...

Here Fire Chief Dylan is about to start the mad sweet dash!

Larissa gets right in with all the action!!

I just love this photo of Larissa with her skirt all snarled up in her wings.

30 minutes later and that bag was packed with sweets!

Granny comes to stay

My Mom recently came to stay with us for 2 weeks so that she could attend Grandparents Day at Dylan's school. Dylan was so excited and spent weeks practising his songs. In this photo, Dylan has lost sight of Granny and enlists Ronan's help in the search for her .

Larissa has taken to calling Granny "Mom". Rather intelligently, she hears me call my mom "Mom" and copies me. Here is a cute picture of the girls having a little play on the carpet - Larissa and her "Mom"

Photographing children...

Last week we went to "The Pizza Place" with some friends. I decided to take photo of the kids. Actually I took sixteen photos and shockingly, this is the best one for the following reasons

1. It includes at least one eye of every child

2. It includes every child

3. Nobody is crying (yet)

It unfortunately also includes:

1. Chopped off heads

2. Kids chewing with their mouths open

3. Stupid expressions

But hey, we all had fun!!!

Family fun (or not)

Call me a sick bunny, but I can't help myself. Everytime I look at this picture I nearly wet myself laughing! Maybe it is the bemused expression on Larissa's face or perhaps the fact that Dylan is very far out of this shot with just a splash left as evidence... who know's, its still funny!

But to redeem my self somewhat I'll include this really nice photo of Johan with the kids...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Larissa's first day at play school

I can't believe that this day has already come!! It seems like just the other day that she was born... and now she is off to play school. Having said that, she is so ready for this.

A quick smile for Dad and my beautiful princess is rearing to go!

And off she goes, Dora the Explorer
Quite happy to play with the play-doh at school and not a single tear shed! Unbelievable... I'm so proud of my princess!

Monday, September 28, 2009


A few weeks ago when we were at Granny and Grandpa's in Cape Town, I took a few pics of Dylan and Larissa with their gorgeous cousin, Dominic. As you can see, they are both quite smitten with the new addition to the Greater Shand family.
The last picture I have included because of the Naughty Monkey expression on Larissa's face. I just couldn't resist. Boy oh boy it is such a cute age - or am I just biased?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The week that is!

Sunday, Johan left for Cape Town. The kids and I spent the first half of the week enjoying some real summer weather in Joburg before heading down to Somerset West for 10 days. Johan is in Cape Town for two weeks, so we decided to join him instead of coming during the Spring Break later this month.

Thursday poured with rain and we all enjoyed a rare quiet day. In fact it was quite late into the afternoon before any of us got out of our pyjamas!

Friday afternoon we met up with Jodie and the kids at the usual haunt - Cape Garden Centre, where I discovered what a real adrenalin junkie my daughter is! On arriving, she climbed to the very top of the jungle gym and slid down the biggest slide - HEADFIRST! Oh my shattered nerves!

Today we went to visit Johan's folks in Fisherhaven and I have to say that I saw the funniest thing.... their dog climbing a tree! Just weird - apparently both dogs do it.

On the way home we stopped off in Betty's Bay to see the penguins. Dylan was absolutely fascinated and Larissa kept on pointing and saying "Bunny" It was really worth the visit and as cheap as chips (in fact we didn't even pay the R10 to get in)

We then detoured past the dunes where I used to dune board as a teenager. It is unfortunately closed to the public now, but Dylan had an awesome time jumping and flying off some mini-dunes