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Visiting Stony Point Penguin Colony with Friends (2015-06-27) Photo Gallery 12 JUL 2015

Despite the annual Gordon’s Bay “Festival of Lights or “Winter Wonderland” being in full swing, Chantelle and I saw fit to have fun in a different way, by inviting some friends over to our side of the world for a guest house braai instead!

First activity for the day though: a visit to the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay.

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As it turned out, we were blessed with the perfect winter’s day weather for the trip, and Dean, Zania, Evan, Natasha, Michelle and Michael all tagged along with the little ones for a fun trip down the wooden walkway, surrounded by both adult and baby penguins on either side.

(Funnily enough though, this was the least amount of penguins we’ve ever seen there before – I can only assume our timing was a bit off on the day – must have been out hunting is all that I can come up with!)

IMG_20150627_130021 craig lotter at the stony point penguin colony in betty's bay

Nevertheless, the kids had a ball, and of course as any parent to a little one knows, that is literally all that counts! :)

Visiting Harold Porter Botanical Garden with Friends (2015-06-27) Photo Gallery 11 JUL 2015

The annual Gordon’s Bay “Festival of Lights” or “Winter Wonderland” has now come and gone, carnival weekends and all. As it turned out, Chantelle and I didn’t really end up spending too much time on it, primarily because we were busy with other things – like inviting our friends out to our side of the world for a change! :)

IMG_20150627_151701 emily lotter in harold porter botanical garden in betty's bay

With a braai organised at the guest house in the evening, and a visit to the penguins already done, Evan, Natasha, Dean and Zania joined Chantelle and myself for a little stroll around the beautiful Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in Betty’s Bay (our second ever visit there), on what proved to be quite a beautiful winter’s day.

IMG_20150627_140904 crossing the bridge in harold porter botanical garden in betty's bay

As it turned out, a troop of baboons had decided to visit the gardens while we were there, meaning that we were treated to quite a few spectacles – from little baby baboons tumbling about on the grass, all the way through to adult baboons lounging around on the park benches!

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Quite a sight indeed! :)

(And of course, a walk in the sun simply had to be followed up with some refreshments at the Red Disa restaurant…)

Related Link: Harold Porter Botanical Gardens

Picnic in the Jack’s Back Garden (2015-03-08) Photo Gallery 12 MAR 2015

It’s ridiculous that I’m still busy posting photo sets from this past weekend, but I guess it just goes to show that I really wasn’t lying when I said we had a jam-packed weekend on our hands! In case you haven’t been following, Saturday saw us feeding ducks, eating pancakes at the Root 44 market, playing with animals (and tarantulas!) at Giraffe House, date night supper at Cocoa Wah Wah in Rondebosch, and if that wasn’t enough, capping it all of with Nik Rabinowitz’s What the Eff at the Baxter Theater.

Sunday saw us eat cheesecake at Lourensford Harvest Market, and getting something to drink at Stodels in Bellville. And before we capped off the weekend with supper with the Montgomery Clan, our last big activity for Sunday was a outdoor picnic with the ducks of Sonstraal Damn.

Except, that isn’t quite how it went down…

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You see, it turns out that Sonstraal Dam wasn’t all that inviting on Sunday afternoon, with a miserable wind kicking up sand and dust and in general just making for a rather unpleasant outdoor experience.

So a new plan was hastily hatched, and with the agreement of Damen, Michelle, Evan, Natasha, Dean and Zania, we phoned up Andri and Malcolm (who live down the road) and asked if we could instead set up picnic shop in their backyard garden.

Happily they said yes, and so the next couple of hours was spent on blankets, dipping into picnic baskets and chatting about life, work, and whatever else sprung to mind – surrounded by vibracrete walls and the kids jumping the socks off of the trampoline!

In other words, a great example of making lemonade when life hands you lemons! ;)

FIFA and the Boys: Updated! My Life 15 JAN 2015

So a couple of days ago I bragged about how I had snagged both trophies in our final FIFA boys night of 2014, going even so far as to let the competition know that I was now in serious practice mode – not to mention the fact that I then went right ahead and called them out for yet another session.

As it turned out, I didn’t have long to wait…

One of the very first things to happen at Emily’s awesome birthday pool party on Sunday was the boys getting together and deciding that a FIFA night was to be held the very next evening, at Ryan’s pad, usual scoring rules apply. Heck, even Dean was on the cards for the night, and so come Monday evening I found myself driving straight through to Bellville following a stint in the Westlake office for the day.

Ryan whipped up some Sloppy Joes for supper, and then it was on to FIFA, with just enough time for the two of us to get in a moment’s practice before the rest of the horde started falling in. Dean, Damen, Evan, Ryan and myself made five, and so after some complicated tables and match-ups were planned and jotted down, it was down to the business of kicking a virtual ball around and scoring as many points as possible! (Without appearing overly selfish of course).

Amazingly, despite not having played FIFA in absolute years, Dean held his own, and was certainly not the dead weight that we all had imagined he would be – in fact, pretty much all but two games were particularly tight on the evening, and rivalries were pretty fierce right from the get go!

We finished up just after 23:00, well before we usually call things quits on nights like these (but hey, Sunday had been a long day and the wives were naturally a bit antsy of the short notice), and after a quick tally (no really, it was pretty quick thanks to my awesome tables), I revealed that I had in fact NOT retained both trophies despite all my prior bragging – in the end, Ryan once again scooping up the award for the player with the most win points (but by a really narrow margin), meaning no more glorious trophy for me.

However, not all was lost for me, as in the end I did walk away with the trophy for scoring the most goals on the night – only made possible by the final (and very one-sided) match where Evan and I defeated Damen and Dean by five goals to zero, four of which were scored by me. Those four were all that I needed to take the lead and thus walk away with the night’s Golden Boot! (Ryan was shattered – up until that point he had looked a sure bet to take home both trophies on the night!)

There was some controversy (we didn’t score one of Ryan’s goals on the basis of too much of a deflection – change of direction – that caused the keeper to miss the ball), many tight, tight matches (i.e. lots of edge of couch, dripping in sweat, tension), and of course, some fantastically worked goals – all in all making for yet another excellent night of FIFA on the Xbox!

ryan lotter and craig lotter triumphant at xbox fifa

My only regret? That none of my training seemed to make one damn ounce of a difference on the night! Sigh, back to the drawing board then…

Weekend Butterflies My Life 27 JUL 2013

What, it’s seriously weekend already? This post was meant to go out on last Monday or Tuesday already!! Anyway, let’s move it out the drafts folder for this morning then, shall we? Better late than never, even if it is by a week I always say! :P

Jessica dresses up as a little Red Indian

Despite last Thursday threatening to spoil the imminent weekend vibe by capping off a day of work with a hastily convened Country Mews trustee meeting (in case I didn’t mention it, earlier this year at our annual AGM I was voted on to the trustee committee – of which I’m the youngest member by far just by the way) where we discussed the usual silly issues like dogs and people selling stuff out of their yards, the vibe was rescued by an awesome start to Friday morning in the office, thanks to a decadent spread of muffins, croissants and the like, organized by Ignatius and Amanda. Leaving work exactly on time (which in itself is always a bonus), it got even better with homemade pizza and movie night with wifey, the pleasant “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” being the movie choice for the evening.

tamashii daiko taiko drumming exhibition in somerset west

Although Saturday got off to a wet start, we were up and at it pretty early on, heading out to do an emergency cupcake delivery for Theo’s coffee shop in the Somerset Mall, combined with a few pickup errands in and around the area, before finally heading into Somerset West so that Chantelle could take in the Tamashii Daiko taiko drumming exhibition held outside of the Paul Bothner Music store at the Checker’s Centre – while Jessica and I amused ourselves by doing some wine shopping at Checkers as well as sneaking in a quick game purchase (Asura’s Wrath) at the conveniently close by Cash Crusaders second hand shop.

Shame, it did end in tears though. Jessica was so happy with the milk that I bought her that she didn’t even look where she was walking and marched right into a low table, knocking her right on the nose!

Back home the three of us chilled a little (I even managed to get in some gaming with Jessica sitting alongside me), before packing everything up and hitting the road to Bellville in the late afternoon, joining up with the Montgomery Clan for their big fillet braai dinner party in celebration of the return of Peter and Gail to Cape Town. It was great to catch up with Pete, Gail, Nick and Angie after what has really been a long break, and I have to admit – I polished off a lot more wine than perhaps I should have! :)

We opted to sleep over at the Montgomery Stronghold for the night, and after a good night’s rest, we awoke (and when I say we I mean Jessie and me – Chantelle was happily snoring away) nice and bright and early in order to catch the thrilling Free State Cheetah’s Super Rugby game against Jake White’s Australian Brumbies, which of course unfortunately ended in a skin of the teeth defeat for our men in orange.

Oh well, it happens.

Surprisingly enough though, during the course of the game I received an unexpected call from Dean (whom I’ve also not seen in ages), inviting us out to join them for an excursion to Butterfly World, which of course I immediately agreed to right on the spot! After a brief diversion that saw me pop out to Chaos Computers in Willowbridge in order to pick up our new home printer, we packed up and said goodbye to Bellville, hitting the road and heading straight for Butterfly World.

What followed was a lovely catch up visit with Dean, Zania, little Zandea and Cecilia, and I have to say, I was completely blown away at just how English little Zandea has become after only a month or two in her new English playschool! Jessica of course loved the visit, and after we bid farewell to the Stapelbergs and then drank our cup of coffee and tucked into a freshly baked scone at the on-site restaurant, we were grabbed by the hand and dragged straight back into the butterflies by an excitable little Jess! :)

jessica and chantelle lotter confront a tortoise at butterfly world

Eventually she kind of tuckered out and so we headed back to Gordon’s Bay via the scenic Stellenbosch route, where we kind of eased into Sunday evening by making homemade burgers and chips and catching the first half of the father enjoyable Amazing Spider-man film. (Chantelle started falling asleep, hence the interrupted viewing!)

The enjoyable X-Men: FF trade paperback then accompanied me to bed, rounding off what in the end turned out to be a really pleasant weekend of family and friends – and by the sounds of it, we’re doing it again this weekend coming! :)

(Which of course thanks to the delayed nature of this post, is already on the go!)

Wakaberry Weekend My Life 09 FEB 2013

It was pretty hot and humid last weekend, pretty much keeping pace with how the rest of the week was, meaning that Friday evening was even more of a loss than normal, with Chantelle and I watching Big Bang Theory, eating Ostrich Mince Wraps and dealing with a fairly unsettled Jess during the evening. Saturday morning saw the three of us stock up Chantelle’s car with all the neatly boxed cakes and cupcakes, and then make the long drive through to Franschhoek for the usual Sacred Ground Deli delivery.

jessica lotter and the gian teddy bear in franschhoek

Whilst Chantelle was organising things at the deli, Jess and I took the opportunity to stroll down Franschhoek main road for a bit, visiting the giant teddy sitting in front of one of the stores (which Jessie was absolutely thrilled to see), ambling through the bustling Saturday goods market, and finally snack on some delicious pancakes we grabbed from the aforementioned market! On our drive back we spotted on of those newly disguised speed cameras which look like green power utility boxes coming into Stellenbosch (very sneak), and at the last minute we decided to pull off at the Root 44 market at Audacia to get a feeling of what the atmosphere is like on a Saturday. Turns out that it is pretty much the same as on a Sunday! (Shame, while we were walking around, Jess must have slipped and fell, because she ended up with a nasty, bloody injury at the back of her head!)

jessica lotter in the sand pit at Root 44 market

Back home it was back to baking for Chantelle, who needed to finish a Strawberry Shortcake decorated Chocolate Cake for Annelie’s little girl’s birthday party the next day. Meanwhile, Jessie and I nipped out to the shops and stocked up for a braai, which in the end turned out pretty damn nice if I say so myself! Annelie loaned her Lollos DVDs to Jessica who turns out to be a huge fan, which pretty much kept her occupied until bedtime, meaning that I was left free to plonk myself down and watch the all important Bafana Bafana AFCON game against Mali, which sadly we lost in the end but not for the lack of trying I must add! (Shame, the unpleasant heat must have again been too much for Jess, as she again had a rather unsettled night).

jessica lotter wearing her first pair of sunglasses

Sunday say Chantelle, Jess and myself nip out early to the mall in order to purchase a few odds and ends that I needed, before returning home to welcome the Montgomery clan who stopped by for a quick visit before their luncheon date out in Botrivier. The afternoon arrived and once again we headed out towards Stellenbosch, this time to meet up with all the friends on an outing to Wakaberry, a delightful frozen yoghurt (froyo) bar that allows you to put together the yummiest of desserts! A seriously kid’s friendly location and outing, which also just happened to sport a foosball table which proceeded to keep the guys occupied for what felt like hours (even with all the foraging for 2 Rand coins!).

wakaberry frozen yoghurt bar stellenbosch

From there the group took a stroll to the quaint Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens, and as the day was beginning to wind down for the little ones, we grabbed a quick drink from the little restaurant before making our exit (which was initially thwarted by the locked gates which was a little scary truth be told) and heading back towards Gordon’s Bay. Not feeling like the effort of making supper or stopping at the shop to purchase something to eat, we made a snap call to pull in at the McDonalds at Somerset Mall, a decision we later regretted, what with having forgotten just how bad McDonalds “food” actually is!

chantelle lotter and jessica lotter in stellenbosch botanical gardens

Back home it was the usual bedtime routine for young Jess, followed by some viewing of the original X-Men movie, and finally a tasty little dose of ice-cream, before hitting the sack to bring to an end yet another busy weekend.

jessica lotter sleeping on the couch

My Home Alone Weekend: Part 2 (of 2) My Life 03 AUG 2012

Right, so the first part of my bachelor weekend was a good start, so let’s get on with recording down the rest.

Saturday morning I enjoyed a good sleep-in for a change, followed by a lot of chores and DIY, pretty much taking the whole morning away from me. Afternoon however was my time, and after a quick pop in to the shops in order to re-supply, it was back on the road to Bellville, where I joined up with Ryan, Evan and Natasha, Damen and Michelle, Karl-Heinz and Trish, and the biggest surprise of all, Terrance (from Japan) who had managed to completely take more than half of us surprise by nonchalantly strolling in and just joining up with the braai. I was completely flabbergasted at seeing the man himself, more so because just seven days ago I told Retha (who is down from South Korea) to her face that there was no way that it was Terrance that she thought she had seen on her flight because if he was coming to South Africa then I’d definitely have known about it!

Yeah, definitely wrong on that one! (Sorry Retha, looks like I owe you a drink…)

Anyway, it was loads of fun catching up as we proceeded to braai a literal heap of boerewors on Ryan’s little Weber braai, before loading up on boerewors rolls and sitting down to catch the all important Stormers versus Sharks Super 15 semi-final. Unfortunately as we all now know, that game didn’t exactly go very well for the home team, and unfortunately thanks to Ryan being not a drinker, there was no alcohol to drown our collective sorrows.

As it was Terrance was on hand to save Trish from her boredom (not a rugby person) by taking up a game of Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit with her, and as the rugby game continued to worsen for the Stormers, we pretty much lost both Ryan and Evan to the game as well! (The only other ones not interested in the rugby was little Evalynne and Logan, though to be fair, I was pretty distracted playing peek-a-boo with them anyway!)

Something not depressing was however the whipping out of Top Spin 4 for the XBOX 360, and with four controllers at hand, the group settled down to start playing some pretty serious tennis games, keeping us pretty busy for quite a long stretch into the evening. The numbers eventually began to dwindle and the boys switched over to some pretty hardcore FIFA 11, and having the FIFA king that is Terrance back made for quite an enjoyable evening of soccer, so much so that we only got rid of Terrance and Evan well, well after midnight! (Shame, poor little Evalynne and Natasha were forced to crash on Ryan’s spare bed whilst Evan got in his fix of virtual footie).

Having opted to sleep over at Ryan’s pad, I then hit the sack, enjoying a pretty decent sleep which might have gone on for much longer but for Ryan’s penchant for listening to television in the morning at quite a loud volume! After he got back from gym and I helped myself to a little cereal for breakfast, we put in a couple of games of FIFA ourselves, before making a spur of the moment decision to invite mom and dad out to join us for an impromptu early lunch at a cafe in Tygervalley. It was nice to see the folks again as always, and pleasingly, my chicken mayo tramezzini was pretty damn good!

We were on a bit of a time schedule though thanks to Zania’s birthday celebration / braai room launch get together in the afternoon, so after bidding the parents farewell, I quickly hit the shops to pick up something for Zania, before managing to completely get lost looking for a toilet in Tygervalley whilst clutching a beautiful white bouquet of flowers. Not my finest moment in the end, and certainly one that meant arriving late at Dean and Zania’s pad.

Dean’s braai room really came out nice, and pretty soon we had a good fire raging, and the group consisting of Dean and Zania, Damen and Michelle, Evan and Natasha, Ryan, myself and of course the kids, enjoyed a lazy Sunday afternoon of playing in the sun and talking a lot of rubbish.

Over and above the awesome braai meat, Zania then proceeded to spoil us with cake and champagne, capping off an awesome Sunday get together (well technically it was capped off by Ryan and Dean zipping through to his mom’s place in order to collect a big fish tank. But that story isn’t quite as nice as the cake, or the fact that unlike last year, I managed to actually not break a plate!)

I made the long drive home, only to arrive to a Gordon’s Bay which was completely dark – apparently the electricity had been off for maintenance since 6 o’clock that morning! I managed to make my way into the house, successfully pee without wetting the whole damn bathroom, and finally retrieve my candles and set about lighting them, only to have the lights come back on at exactly the moment when I lighted up my final candle. Sigh.

To be honest, I was secretly pleased that the power did in fact come on, because it meant that I could at least see Cameron van der Burgh put in his awesome World Record, gold winning Olympic swim!

So yeah, that was my awesome home alone weekend, pretty jam packed after all. I did of course miss my wifey and child, but after hearing just how much hassle Jessica was for Chantelle over the weekend, perhaps I’m now not quite as sad at Chantelle’s last minute decision to take Jessie along with her to Nieuwoudtville! ;)

News Year’s Weekend 2011/2012 My Life 04 JAN 2012

Ugh, it had to eventually come to an end, but of Tuesday 3rd of January 2012, I find myself firmly back behind the keyboard, banging out fresh new SurveyThumb code for my wage masters over at Touchwork. In truth, I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks or so off, having spent a lot of time with family and friends, and just generally unwinding as I recharged my batteries in full preparation for 2012!

New Year’s Weekend was very much a Northern Suburbs affair, with Jessie and I traveling through on the Friday to my mom’s place in Bellville, where the three of us spent a lovely day in and out of the pool, despite the nasty little wind that kept popping up and threatening to drive us away. The evening on the other hand was spent back home in the company of wifey, where we got together to enjoy a delicious homemade pizza over a Eagles DVD after a successful putting Jessica to bed routine!

Saturday was literally Braai Day, and after packing both of our little cars to the brim with all of Jessica’s hardware and software, we sped off back to Bellville in order to offload the little one with all her belongings at the Montgomery Clan stronghold, where she’ll be spending the next two weeks with Ouma and Oupa until the Baby Steps daycare reopens mid January. After settling her in with Cheryl, and then promptly grabbing her away again, it was a quick stop off at the local Spar for supplies, before hitting the N1 to Kraaifontein, where Jessie, Chantelle and I joined up with Damen and Michelle, as well as the rest of our friends who had made the trip through for an afternoon New Year’s braai.

With Damen elected tongmaster and stuck behind the raging fire, the rest of the boys dug out a tennis ball and plank, and proceeded to carefully destroy Damen’s backyard with a hearty round of cricket (in a very confined space). Food was eventually served, before the boys once again peeled off from the womenfolk, picked up the XBOX controllers and proceeded to smash each other with a few rounds of FIFA 11.

From there it was back to Bellville as this time we properly managed to leave Jessie behind with Ouma and Oupa, as Chantelle and I headed out back into the breach, this time to Zevenwacht Wine Estate in Kuilsriver, where we joined up with Malcolm, Andri, Michelle, braai master Gary and all of their collective kids at the Ollewage’s swanky pad. There we enjoyed a fantastic evening of good company, good stories and even better food, making it all the way through to midnight for that all important countdown and many ‘happy happy’ wishes!

Finally, it was back to the Montgomery Stronghold in Bellville, where a tired but happy Craig and Chantelle hit the sack for some well-deserved shuteye, the first of 2012!

Sunday was a delayed start for Chantelle who slept in thanks to a massive headache, but when Jessica and I did eventually manage to get mommy out of bed, we persuaded her plus Ouma to join us for a walk around Sonstraal Dam in Eversdal in order to feed the multitude of Egyptian Geese and ducks that call that spot home. After a successful stroll and having depleted our loaf of fresh white bread, we beat a hasty retreat from the busy feathered fiends, heading off to Tyger Manor McDonalds, where Robert joined us so that I could treat everyone to some McDonalds as a late lunch.

From there Jessica, Chantelle and myself shot off to my folks, dropping in at the perfect time to catch both Great Grans (plus Ryan) at Mom and Dad’s pad. More visiting was had, a watermelon devoured, and then it was finally back to the Montgomery Clan where we handed over Jessica to an excited Cheryl and Monty, before hitting the long road back to Gordon’s Bay, and more importantly, our awesome bed!

So yeah, a pretty good New Year’s Weekend after all then I reckon! ;)

Stork Party Weekend My Life 29 AUG 2011

Better late than never. Had an enjoyable weekend with friends the weekend before last (yes, yes, I know that I still have to do the write up regarding the Pinnacle Point weekend which happened the week before that!), starting on Friday and going through all the way to Sunday.

It kicked off on Friday night when I joined Chantelle and Jessica over at the guest house after work, waiting on the arrival of Malcolm and a heavily pregnant Andri who had managed to pull the parents in for a shot of babysitting and were coming through for a relaxing getaway night at Gordon’s Beach Lodge. (Unfortunately circumstances prevented Michelle and Gary from joining us, but oh well, next time then I guess).

Although Al Forno’s was our first pick for our evening’s eating out adventure (Jessica was fast asleep back at GBL, with Eba on “babywatch” duty), it was packed to the rafters when we eventually showed our faces, and so we fell back on Plan B, namely retracing our steps and hitting The Tavern instead. As luck would have it, they had a table open (with a great view of the tight rugby game between Western Province and the Lions for Malcolm and myself. As luck would have it, the evening was made even sweeter thanks to a WP win!).

The three of them ordered the Tavern’s famous calamari (which by all accounts was absolutely delicious), while I tucked into a great tasting burge -, though I must point out that the accompanying chips were quite a let down, being completely overdone and crispy to the point of being unpleasant. However, conversation was great (loved the “Arum’s reaction to Corban in a Batman suit” video clip!) and in the end it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening out.

Skip to Saturday and Malcolm and Andri enjoyed a good sleep-in as Chantelle saw to her other guests for breakfast first, while I entertained Jessica who decided to take a catnap on my lap in front of the television in the upstairs room (we decided to also sleep over at the guest house in the end, basically as to not disturb Jessica on our late return). What followed that though was of course a scrumptious breakfast courtesy of my wife, with the usual delectable GBL spread to choose from for the rest of us, followed up with a fluffy big omelette as a main for me. (What the others enjoyed, now escapes me!)

Anyway, eventually our two guests had to take the leave and return to the real world, while I set about taking Jessica back home with me where we proceeded to spend the little afternoon time we had left shopping for the evening’s events, shifting around cement slabs (for later work) and of course drinking plenty of formula milk (for Jessie, not me).

Come late afternoon and it was back off to Gordon’s Beach Lodge, where the other pack of friends started dribbling in, on what turned out to be a most beautiful day mind you, including the likes of Damen and Michelle, Karl-Heinz and Trish, Ryan, Evan and Natasha, and two of their mates, Wikus and Aruzell. The big Springboks versus All Blacks game was on for the boys (the girls did something else, or at least I assume they did), and for a change we actually won it. In the meantime I had gotten around to starting the fire, and what followed was a fantastic evening of chatter and braai, rounded off with some great chocolate pudding courtesy of Ryan. And of course, what evening (with that lot) would be complete without some competitive rounds of Scattergories and 30 Seconds (sorry Wikus and Aruzell), taking us rather deep into the night! (And also sorry for not getting around to trying out your card shuffling machine Ryan, nor your Poker set Evan)

With the friends all occupying the available rooms in the guest house, we too decided to spend the night seeing as it would have been cruel to wake Jessie up so late to transfer her back home, though that said, in the end I did have to make an after midnight emergency trip home for some medicine, seeing as Jessica was not enjoying a particularly pleasant night.

I did eventually get some sleep time in case you’re wondering.

Sunday morning of course was when it all came together, when the months and months of carefully laid plans finally bore fruit, as Chantelle successfully executed the “Surprise Stork Party for Natasha” plan, catching Natasha complete unawares and overwhelming her with all the lovingly made food and cake, and more importantly, the big pile of presents!

And although the guys were stuck in the same dining room as the girls on this wet and overcast morning, there were more than enough eats and helium balloons to keep everyone happy (Evan on helium = hilarious. Chantelle, not so much. She laughs to much). Dean, Zania and Zandea had also joined us for the celebrations, and in the end it was a fantastic morning of fun that we can only hope Natasha thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed!

Eventually everyone said their goodbyes and parted ways, leaving an exhausted Chantelle and Jessica to capture a much needed afternoon nap, while Daddy started the unenviable job of trying to get all of the weekend’s luggage piled up into a single Getz and then unpack it once he got back to the other side. Of course, by then it was Sunday evening already, leaving only enough time for Idols, baby bedtime routine, toasted sarmies, a surprise present of Melrose cheese spread from Chantelle, and some leftover cake. (Did I mention just how yummy all of Chantelle’s various cakes and eats turned out?)

Anyway, so yup, all in all a pretty damn good weekend! :)

(P.S. To see more photos from the Stork Party event, check out the gallery here, or maybe even Michelle’s Facebook photo set if you’re friends with her.)