Aliens in the Apple

A general update. About time too

Franci 6 Jun 2014 Just life Kids Updates

Three weeks ago, Laurelin turned one. I started writing a post the week before her birthday and got about two paragraphs in. Life is a bit like that at the moment — some people have hinted or asked directly if we will post regularly again. The answer is that I’d love to, but I’m not quite there yet. It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since our last post! In the mean time, please put up with my sporadic posts!

Life is good. It is full (sometimes too full) and settling into some sort of routine with homeschooling, housekeeping, cooking (etc, etc!) and keeping the baby from killing herself. I’m not kidding — that kid is on a mission to put an end to herself: if she’s not playing in the toilet (in various states of flushed), she’s digging in the rubbish bin, playing with food scraps, or unpacking the dishwasher and playing with the super sharp victorinox knives. The fact that she still has all her digits and eyes is nothing short of a miracle.



Marica has been devouring books at an alarming rate. I’m glad we’ve joined the library. I’m just afraid the library might run out of books for her to read in a few months, ha! She reads any spare moment she’s got. Novels, the encyclopedia, the dictionary, all sorts. And she has some uncomfortable-looking reading poses!

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Esther has just started reading, putting sounds together and able to read 2 and 3 letter words. For the rest she loves just quietly sitting and ‘reading’ books. She’s so good at entertaining herself and has a wonderful imagination.

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Laurelin is a hoot. She’s funny, demanding, and has 3 mothers. Not to mention she is a very messy eater!

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As a result, baths happen frequently and are a much loved activity for all 3 girls!

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Homeschooling is very full-on and takes a very large chunk of the day. (I am making some adjustments to find the right balance between work and play for the kids!) Some days it is very rewarding and fun, other days we all want to cry and crawl into a dark corner somewhere. :-) So, I needed to recruit some help! I finally realized that I am not superwoman, and I don’t have to be, so I hired a cleaning lady. I got to that point after not cleaning my house in over 3 weeks and realizing that I didn’t see it happening in the following 3 weeks either. She is fantastic. She comes on a Friday and leaves this place sparkling. Marica was exclaiming how the taps and sinks were now shiny after Mrs. Sylvia has been here. I just smile sheepishly and swallow my pride!

Comments (5)

Phillipa 7 Jun 2014 at 6:44am

Loved reading your blog, Franci! I miss you all very much. So good to hear about Laurelin’s antics and how much Esther and Marica and learning and doing. Much love to you all!

Phillipa 7 Jun 2014 at 6:45am


Carina 8 Jun 2014 at 10:51pm

Franci-Marié, you will not know this, but I had a little daughter who just looked like Grace after she had fed herself … long, long ago…

joanbee3 8 Jun 2014 at 11:27pm

Good for you for hiring a cleaning lady! You’re doing what no one else can do for your children.

lianahavelaar 10 Jun 2014 at 7:02am

Yes, I share the “good for you” for hiring cleaning-help!! I haven’t done it (yet) - but my kids are much bigger now and do much of the cleaning (though the taps don’t look shiny after they’ve cleaned the, haha!) We none of us is superwoman. Sometimes an onlooker might think we are in some way, but there’s always more to it than they know … Anything we accomplish is by the grace of God, and if we can love our kids, and give them grace, that is of so much more value than a clean house!! Hope you follow my ramblings … preaching to myself, anyway - it may not be the “clean house”, but others things that I’ll easily put ahead of giving love and grace to my family.
Thanks for the update; nice to see photos of the girls! Love you all.