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In Need of Some Balance My Life 22 MAY 2015

The nice thing about living in Gordon’s Bay is that when you need to take a bit of a break and get some fresh air… well then this is pretty much on your doorstep:

a walk along gordon's bay main beach in May 1

I needed that little lunch time stroll along Gordon’s Bay’s main beach mind you – the last three weeks or so have been completely unbalanced in terms of work and life in general.

I’ve pretty much worked each and every evening for the past three weeks, the first week trying to wrap up everything required from my system for the then upcoming African Construction Week shows, followed by work from my hotel room in Sandton in support for the actual duration of the expos, and then this week working in the evenings to make up for time lost while babysitting a sick Emily at home.

And the days haven’t been much better.

That first week it was foot on the coding pedal (which as I just mentioned, continued well into the evenings), the second week was spent flying up to Johannesburg (on my birthday!) to work at the convention center as an IT support, badge printing, customer service guy behind the badge pickup counter (followed by evening coding work to tweak the system to better work the next day), and now this week much of the daylight has been spent helping look after a sick Emily (Rotavirus, no fun) who obviously couldn’t be sent to playschool.

The weekends in between have of course been a mixed bag, the first being a splendid birthday weekend away for Chantelle and myself in Franschhoek (with the kids staying over at Oupa and Ouma – where naturally, Emily decided to start officially walking whilst we weren’t looking!), while the next was spent looking after Jessica and shuttling to and from the hospital to visit Chantelle and Emily during Emily’s stay there.

a walk along gordon's bay main beach in May 3

So needless to say, my life is more than just a little out of balance at the moment. My eating is not great, my getting fresh air and doing some exercise non existent, and I’ve been working far too long hours and spending less time with my wife and kids than what I should be doing.

So yeah, you could say I’m kind of feeling the need for a little balance and sunlight right about now.

Luckily all the urgent work things appear to be handled for now, Emily and Jessica are both healthy (for now), and I have a private flight over Strand/Gordon’s Bay (weather permitting) to look forward (make that VERY forward) to tomorrow.

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So maybe, just maybe, next week is going to be the start of life at a little slower pace…

Photo Gallery: Chantelle and Jessica go to the Beach (2013-10-09) Photo Gallery 29 NOV 2013

A-ha! I stumbled across these photos on Chantelle’s old phone the other day, and thought them cute enough to post – now I know exactly what the two girls get up to when Daddy is home late from work!

Ice cream on the beach, you lucky lucky girls!

(In other words, I’m jealous! :P)

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Lunch Time Stroll on the Beach My Life 05 AUG 2013

The last while I’ve been particularly busy at work, the usual story of just having too much to do and not enough resources to do it with. So much so that I’ve almost completely forgotten what sunlight during the day looks like! (My office at the workplace doesn’t have any windows).

Anyway, this started to bug me and so I set an alarm for lunch time last Thursday, added a calendar reminder, and so when lunch time on Thursday afternoon rolled in, I stepped back from my keyboard, grabbed my keys, and headed off to the beach.

As luck would have it, it was a gorgeous, wind still day, and I happily went for a nice lengthy stroll, basking in the sunlight and wondering just why the hell I don’t make more use of the fact that I live just a minute or two away from the ocean!

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(Seriously, even when we lived at Nagua Bay which was literally on the sea’s doorstop, we hardly ever made use of it!)

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Jessica’s First Swim in the Sea Jessica | My Life 23 JAN 2012

The great thing of living here in Gordon’s Bay is of course being so close to the sea. Which of course means that it is no real surprise that Jessica finally got to enjoy her first proper swim in the sea at last – even if Mommy was stuck at work and thus wasn’t around to witness it! (Sorry love)

Last Thursday, after another boiling hot day following this unforgiving heatwave Cape Town has been suffering under as of late, I finished up the last of my SVN commits from home for the day, and jumped in the car to go and pick Jessica up from the day care.

Escaping the fight that was breaking out between Baby Steps owner and the neighbour across the road, and always looking to kill some time before the whole evening routine anyway, I decided to take Jessie out to Main Beach for a bit of a stroll along the sand and sea, something she has come to really enjoy the few times I’ve taken her before. Anyway, when we arrived, we arrived to the most gorgeous of scenes, perfect weather, low-tide, not a breath of wind, not too many people to content with, and most important of all, calm, lukewarm water.

Right there and then I made the decision to run back to the car and make a quick return trip to the house for our swimsuits, and ten minutes later, Jessica in her luminous pink swimsuit and me in my swimming trunks, were throwing down our towels and making a beeline straight for the water.

And as I would have expected from my water-loving child who will never say no to a swim in the pool, Jessica absolutely loved every minute of it, clinging to her dad, kicking about, splashing the ripples and even going underwater (with some help from dad of course!).

We spent a good 30 to 40 minutes playing together in the water, and after we were well and truly cooled down, we finally made our exit just as a light wind started to rear its head, heading back home for a quick jump into the shower, followed by supper, milk session, and then of course falling asleep on Daddy’s chest before relocation to the cot time!

Oh, but I did forget to mention that in amongst all of that, the swim had tired young Jess Jess out so much that she fell asleep for a 30 minute nap in her feeding chair – while I was still in the process of feeding her!

Going for a swim in the sea is tiring work I tell you!

Hmm, I’d better remember that one for next time then… :)

Jessica eating Ice-cream on the Beach Jessica | My Life 12 DEC 2011

One way in which this awesome allowance to work two days a week from home has changed my life in a positive way is the fact that I now get to spend a little bit more time with my daughter in the evenings, seeing as there isn’t an hour and a bit long commute between work and home!

Of course, this means all kinds of outings, like treating Mommy to the Spur (infrequently)…

…or going out to the beach (frequently, but wind dependent!).

Quite a while ago now, we took Jessica down for some ice-cream on the beach, and more importantly, her first official introduction to beach sand and the sea. Dressed up as cute as a button in her bright red sun hat, it took a while for our little one to get interested in the sand invading her space – as for the ice-cream softserve from Uncle Barry’s?

That she took to straight away! :)

And of course, as any could Daddy knows, one must have the video camera on hand to capture all of these moments:

And playing in the sand for the first time:

And just in case you thought I was done, here are a couple more photos of the day:

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And that, was Jessica’s first introduction to the beach! :)

Photo Gallery: Jessica’s First Trip to the Beach (2011-10-06) My Life | Photo Gallery 06 OCT 2011

We live five minutes away from the sea, so it is no surprise that taking Jessica to the beach was on our list of things to do – and pleasingly for us, she LOVED her first encounter with the sand!

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