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Jessica builds a wooden Farm Picture Puzzle

farm wooden picture puzzleAs you can see from this quick short video shot during the week, our little Jessica is becoming quite the smartypants when it comes to her wooden puzzles. This particular one is the farm, her favourite, but she’s pretty good when it comes to the numbers one as well.

Oh, and she decided to surprise us this weekend by wanting to learn more about tumbling – though she still needs a bit of a helping hand with this one it would seem! :)

Oh, and I don’t think I’ve yet mentioned the fact that she pretty much completely potty trained herself overnight, much to the amazement – and relief – of Mommy and Daddy!

Jessica the Bull (Cart Racer)

Jessica is rather fond of the wooden push cart which we somehow STILL haven’t returned to the physio, and something that she has learned somewhere along the line, much to the detriment of our toes and ankles, is that it is really, REALLY fun to chase people down with it!

Still, how can you chastise such a cute little slobber monster? ;)

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Jessica and her WallTrax Toy

We came upon and bought this pretty cool toy from a stall at the Blaauwberg Market in January, after it managed to successfully hold Jessica’s attention and entertain her for more than five continuous minutes! WallTrax as it is known is simply a set of flexible, colourful ‘gutters’, which can be pasted with prestick on a wall or any vertical surface really, thereby creating a track – complete with drops and loops if you want – perfect for the glow in the dark marbles that they provide to run through!

Needless to say, much time is also spent hunting down the stray marbles when Jess gets throwing them in a little wrong! :)

Jessica and her Walltrax Toy

Jessica playing with Bubbles Outside

Back in January when it was still nice and sunny outside after I got home back from work, then there was little better than heading straight outside again, massive bubble maker in hand and an excited Jessica right behind!

(Needless to say, she was rather disappointed when we later dropped this on the tiles in the lounge and it broke.)

jessica playing with bubbles outside

Jessica playing Parrot with Words

I enjoy getting Jessica to practice making different sounds with her mouth, and a game we particularly like to play is parrot, where basically I run down a list of random words and she tries to copy them.

You really should hear her try to say “Orangutan”! ;)

But not this time. So instead, here is Jess and I sharing a cupcake.

craig lotter and jessica lotter eating cupcake

Jessica hides Woofie at Jacobsbaai

Not only does Jessica currently enjoy playing hide and go seek with us, she also loves hiding her toys – and heaven forbid any adults in the vicinity choose not to play with! :D



This was taken around the breakfast table on our recent(-ish) weekend getaway to Jacobsbaai.

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Jessica sings with to Rooi Rok Bokkie

die campbells rooi rok bokkieAlthough Ray Dylan’s Jessica and Joshua Kadison’s Jessie are Jessica’s official theme songs, there is simply no reason why she can’t pick up any others along the way.

Like the always fun Rooi Rok Bokkie from Die Campbells!

Needless to say, after this rather unexpected song rendition, Chantelle and I was just about rolling on the floor thanks to all the overwhelming cuteness! :)



An Idol in the making perhaps?

Playing Hide and Seek with Jessica

One of Jessica’s favourite things to do at the moment is play hide and seek with us, which usually means me dashing around the house and finding some rather implausible hiding spots while she grabs Mommy’s hand and comes looking for me.

She hasn’t quite got the hang of it just yet – it really is too cute to find her with her head stuck under the couch cover, secure in the knowledge that because she can’t see us, we can’t see her – but she does have it in her head that once she’s uncovered my hiding spot, she needs to run and find one of her own! :)

Of course, all this running around is more often than not, quite a tiring business.

jessica sleeping on the couch

Music: Bittereinder ft Shane Durrant – Kwaad Naas (2012)

I know pretty much nothing about South African Afrikaans group Bittereinder, other than the fact that the term “Bittereinders” was the name for a faction of Boer guerrilla fighters who resisted the forces of the British Empire in the later stages of the Second Boer War (1899-1902).

I don’t think the two are really related. (Could be wrong of course).

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However, that’s completely beside the point of this music post. The point of this post is to introduce you to the incredibly talented guys who unleashed this addictive, amusing and quite brilliant Afrikaans/English white rap tune in the dying breaths of 2012.

Brings a smile to my face every time I hear it! :)