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Registered: 04-27-2006
May I join you too?
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Thu, 04-27-2006 - 4:49pm

Hi. I was around in 98 -99 on the expecting club board. I recognise a few names. Haven't been on the boards for years.....really! I was tanyab1 if anyone recognises that name. I did used to lurk mainly. Really enjoyed doing the gift exchanges! Do you still do any of that? I keep up with one mum from back then and we still exchange Christmas gifts (although mine tend to arrive 3 or 4 months late)

Tara was born 1 Aug 99. So she's 6.5 now and in Grade 2. When I first posted we were in Norway. We're now finally back in South Africa so that Grade 2 is a S.African one. Don't know how it equates to you. She started school at 4 in the UK so has done Reception (kindergarten?) and Grade 1 already. I think she reads beautifully but I'm her mum, so of course I do :-) We've mucked up the system here having started her schooling in the UK, so whilst she's turning 7 this year, everyone else in her class is 8 or turning 8. So far so good. She's having a wonderful time and has lots of friends.

Hayley is 4.5. She's staying home with me this year and will start Grade 0 (approx = to UK reception) next January. We run on a Jan - Dec school year here.

I'm very much a SAHM - running children from various activities and catering to their and various friends needs. Hope to add a bit more "me stuff" to the schedule...next year. Been saying that for about 6 years now ;-)

Anyway - I'll lurk a bit and see if we sort of fit in.

Tanya

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Thu, 04-27-2006 - 11:50pm

Hi Tanya and family, welcome to the board!

I too am mainly a lurker, or part time poster, LOL!


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Fri, 04-28-2006 - 7:21pm

Hi Tanya,

I am a lurker too and i had to respond to the post. Where is SA do you live? My dh is from CT and so are most of my friends, CT or Jo'berg. Did you hear about that actor that was murdered? You must have, my MIL says it is all over the papers. Terrible! We are going to CT in September, but I am a bit nervous. I am always worried when we go, but this time more so than usual.

Anyway, I have 2 dd's. One will be 6 next Friday, May 5th and one is 4.

Alisa

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Sat, 04-29-2006 - 1:23pm

Hi Alisa,

Hope you've enjoyed your previous visits to Cape Town. I'd be more concerned about the electricity supply than the crime to be honest! Its a city. There's crime. Be cautious. You've been before, so I'm sure you know the basic safety "rules". I'm not in a city. Also don't frequent night clubs - or actually have much of a night life anyway! We're in the province of KwaZulu Natal (east coast of the country). About midway between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Suburbia! Drive with doors locked. Keep windows up at traffic lights. We keep our doors locked. Have burglar bars, trellidoors, security systems and and the various security companies patrol the area. My alarm tends to be set off by my cats jumping for moths etc!. I wouldn't dream of letting my children walk anywhere alone. But would you? I've lived in other countries and I would probably behave in a similar way with my children anywhere. I recall in Houston running in a panic through a shop asking the assistants to close the shop doors because I couldn't find Tara (my mil was "watching" her for me and left her for a minute to show me something and she wandered off - at 16 months they don't always answer when you call do they?! We found her down an aisle about 10 steps from where she was "lost")

We were in CT end of last year. DH was down on business so we joined him for the weekend. Had a lovely time. Super weather. Relax. Look forward to the trip. Be cautious, but not fearful. Its too beautiful a country to have to be looking over your shoulder ALL of the time!

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Sun, 04-30-2006 - 5:30am

yes my mil complains about the electric thing too. she says it is getting rediculous. The lights go out, the computer get shut down before she saves things, it is awful.

I know about basic security, but you can't control these murders hiding in the dark waiting to jump into your garage before it closes or stands there with a gun at you at the robot.They shoot first then take your things.

re: nightclubs, my dh and i were just talking about that last night. we were listening to satilite rado to an 80's station, WHAM! Stix, duran duran, it is so funny now. Then we turned to a club type station. We both loved to go clubbing and miss the scene, but don't at the same time. we were saying how the music has changed. The club music is the same, but now it is noise where before it was music. lol I am getting old!

my almost 6 yr old like hillary duff, high school musical and all the disney channel music stars. You must know it from when you lived here. Do you get it in SA? My dh rolls his eys when she listens to it. he thinks it is such crap.

Anyway nice to meet you.
Alisa

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Wed, 05-03-2006 - 2:33pm

Hi Tanya! What a life you live!!! I love the travel....we're military and have lived in many different places up to date (the next move is upcoming, too! *sigh*)


I'm glad you came back ot the boards. You will see that the older kids get, the less moms really have time to post. We haven't done a gift exchange onboard yet; it is a possiblity for this year, however, if you get the interest going! *wink*


Welcome back, and jump right in! I am looking forward to hearing more about your family!

Janet


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Wed, 05-03-2006 - 3:31pm

Alisa,

We didn't watch much TV during our time in Houston. When we arrived and stayed in an apartment, Tara was still pretty little and the baby sun on Teletubbies was the only thing she actually bothered about on TV. When we moved into our house, we never bought a US tv, so didn't watch anything. Here there is DSTV which has Cartoon Network I believe, but we don't have that either, so I don't know any of the stuff you mention. My girls do like Disney DVDs and videos. They don't watch much actual programming because there is very little worth watching. For music, they both love classics and the odd bit of rock :-) Teletubbies is waaaaay down on the list now! I have to say I really enjoyed the CBeebies channel in the UK. It was very child friendly and safe. But we're moving into slightly older territory now and I don't know if I'm ready for all the "new" noisy, fast action cartoons. (Bearing in mind I grew up on stuff like Deputy Dawg and was around when Bambi was still pretty new!)

We haven't had any electricity blackouts here in KZN. We do have the odd power failure, usually due to overdemand on the grid on chillier evenings I think or a tree fell on a line in a storm (not all our cables are underground here). Hope we don't have any this winter (we're in autumn now of course) although they are more a nusciance than anything else - always seem to happen when you're preparing dinner!

Cheers,
Tanya