Monday, March 28, 2011

Just like ol' Grandpa Boom.

The Lord knows I tried to keep them out of their lives and for many years we had a 'no gun' policy. At three WizzKid would pick up his 'banana gun' and shoot the robbers and when CoolDude reached a similar age he would bite his sandwich into the shape of a pistol and shoot his fellow lunch mate at preschool.

What can I say 10 years on and my handsome CoolDude is obsessed! He has a passion for everything military and in particular GUNS!

CoolDude saved up for this air soft gun and was over the moon when it arrived. Miss Tanzi felt his excitement too!

The whole 'gun thing' makes me a little uneasy. I was brought up in a very 'safe family' ....... we definitely didn't 'do' guns. On the other hand MrGee was brought up on a farm in Zimbabwe and he and his dad often carried guns for game-shooting and protection. In fact Cooldude's Grandpa(at the age of 71) still loves his shooting.

So I think I've lost the battle ..... I surrender CoolDude!

So glad you're a chip off the ol' block!

Friday, March 25, 2011

FaceBook Friday

~ The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important. bwahaha
~ teenagers are a blessing!
~ i love productive days.... so rewarding.
~ what a beautiful day..... not a cloud in the sky.
~If you receive shoes,bags dresses or hats from FaceBook..... it is not me but my 6 year old playing Fashion World..... sorry.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Card for Precious Daddy.

MrGee flies every week to Johannesburg on a Tuesday morning and he returns home to Durban every Thursday evening.

Miss Tanzi misses her Dad so much that she often writes little notes and places them on his bed before he arrives home. This time she wanted to make a card for her 'Precious Daddy'.

Friday, March 11, 2011

FaceBook Friday

~ packing for Mudman at Albert Falls Dam..... who's taking part?
~ Fried my face ..... Ouch!!!
~ marking done for the day.... now for some ME time .... mmm, what shall I do?
~ My eldest is still doing maths..... it's 9:55pm.... he MUST have a goal!
~ wish me luck I'm entering Tanna's cupboards ..... I'm giving her a lesson on classification.
~ "It's so nice to say that we played in the dirt ...... so here we are...."- Jason Mraz
~ who on earth would teach there daughter to fight back...... tit for tat never triumphs.
‎~ 8.9 magnatude earthquake off the shore of Japan causing tsunami.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Packer Boy.

Cooldude and Wizzkid have an Internet business selling second hand cellphones, PSP's, games, notebooks, laptops, gadgets and much more. They have been selling for the last 3 years and for my boys, business has been good! In a bad month they make zero rands but in a good month the two of them can pocket R1000($125) each. Not bad for their age!
They have it all sorted..... CoolDude deals with client liasons and Cooldude does the photography and packaging. They make an awesome team and it's wonderful to see my offspring working together!.....;)

Forgotten memory.

A facebook friend reminded me of this, today..... it had slipped my mind for more than a decade!

"Just had a memory flash-back .... Do you remember when WizzKid was about 3 , we were at City of Life and he tried to get MrGee's attention during the service but MrGee was too engrossed in the message so WizzKid walked to the front corner , whipped it out and "sprinkled" all over the floor ! We were in fits of laughter when MrGee suddenly realised what was happening ! :-) You remember ? lol good memories !"

What a wonderful memory to include in his 21st speech! haha

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Starting young ......

It all started with this range of sticker books.

For 2 years Miss Tanzi was obsessed with them. She would create different 'looks' on the ballerinas, pop stars,tennis players,beach girls,princesses etc.. When I found a new book in this series she was beyond ecstatic!
Now that she is older(6 yrs) she has fallen in love with Klutz's range of Paper Fashions
There was MUCH excitement when the books were delivered today and much fun was had co-ordinating our first outfits together.
Since the age of 5, Miss Tanzi has said, " I think I will be a dress designer- singer-actor."
You go God's Girl! I believe you can achieve it!.

Monday, March 7, 2011

One of the best decisions we ever made!

We are into our six year of homeschooling.
It's mind blowing to think that we have stuck at it for this long. I started homeschooling CoolDude in 2005 just to give him a gap year and to allow him to mature emotionally. The whole 'Boys take longer to mature' is a truth! The plan was to stick him back, a year later, into mainstream schooling for Grade 2. You can read about that HERE. (of course we didn't)

We did have a years break from home-ed, in 2008, when all three kids were put back into a private school the year we relocated from Johannesburg to Natal. I felt they needed to make friends in a new Provence and the plan worked well. Oh yes, there was a very short period(at the end of 2009) when MrGee stuck the boys back into private schooling when we were going through a difficult time in our marriage ....

BUT now we are all home and LOVING it.
Don't get me wrong..... it's hasn't always been a bed of roses. We have had our challenges but we find it works well for our family, and the kids have more time after school to focus on what inspires and motivates them. CoolDude LOVES guns, target shooting, marine fish and base guitar. WizzKid loves his electric guitar, acoustic guitar, Biology and triathlons.

Both have an Internet Business selling second hand goods on BiD or BuY and being home schooled frees them up to pursue their areas of interest instead of having to attend senseless after school requirements at a regular school.

Oh ....and of course our most recent addition to Gibbons Funschool is Miss Tanzi. Our little mathematician, crafter, psalmist and dress designer. She told me the other day "I might be a model.... maybe a famous singer ...... but mom, I really love designing clothes!"

I feel so blessed being Miss Tanzi's teacher and seeing her blossom before my eyes. I'm experiencing her growth in education and character first hand. She is my 'Gods Girl' and our learning together is creating a beautiful bond between us. Of course, I am fervently reading James Dobsons book, 'Bringing Up Girls'. His insight is such a help...... and I need it daily!

Thank you to the 'angel' who suggested we homeschool 6 years ago.

Friday, March 4, 2011

FaceBook Friday

~ now I remember why we always holidayed in Umdhloti when we lived in Jozi. Such a lovely secluded beach.
‎~ 4th day at the sea ...and loving it!
~Doing maths on holiday ..... FRACTIONS!
~ stunning holiday ... but there is nothing like home!
~ Fill up with diesel today!!!! Going up by 65c a liter at midnight!
~ just taught the kids Rummy and Spit.
~ Giving your kids a secure and loving home is the surest way to preserve the light that shines in their eyes.- Dobson

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Funny girl.....

Miss Tanzi calls Barack Obama ... A-wukka Ma-booma!