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Published: August 14th 2010
I really enjoyed my time in Pretoria with my friend Juanita. It was a much needed break for both of us, and a hard call to be away from our kids for the long weekend. Living in Kenya where we pay for help in the house is often seen as the “easy” option, but without family support and friends supporting us who have known us at the most 2 years, is a tough ask. Murray was very supportive of the trip and I had our helper do some extra hours to help out.
We enjoyed cheaper shopping, and a huge variety of shops. Charlotte has been wearing clothes that are either too small or too big for her. Items I’ve purchased at a local second hand market as I refuse to pay the inflated shop prices. Also the girls have been wearing socks that are embarrassingly small for them. I enjoyed filling my 30kg suitcase allowance with clothes for Charlotte mainly, shoes, underwear, socks, pjs, lunch boxes, kids drink bottles, kids plates, childrens vitamins, pregnancy vitamins etc. And even managed some clothes for me, toys for the kids for Christmas, and a few pressies for Murray.
We enjoyed eating
Day 2 shopping damage
this is actually taken half way through the day, it got worse :)
out, we were both actually shaking with excitement as we ate our first McDonalds Cheeseburgers, how sad!! We did eat at nicer places once the fast food cravings had been satisfied. We enjoyed a movie and a show, and finished off the marathon shopping weekend with a spa day. We were pampered and definitely more relaxed when we arrived home to some very excited kids and relieved husbands.
Not something I plan on doing a lot, considering I’ve only been away from Charlotte overnight when I was in hospital with Hayley, but something I definitely needed and enjoyed. Now ready to face the rest of the year, before our trip home to New Zealand in December to have baby number 3.
Murray heads off to Haiti next week, via Paris, so look out for his update on what is sure to be a great trip.
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