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Girly Moments

So yesterday I spent the day chilling out with my little sister. We then headed to the salon where I had a few treatments done before coming home and watching movies and eating together…

In that moment at the salon I was taken back to the same type of girly moments Lala and I would have. Spending days watching movies, having pizza or making food and going to the salon…. We’d go for spray tans in winter, get our nails and toes done and just treat ourselves but we did it together. And then we’d still get in trouble at school for doing it and end up in detention together, where we’d also sit and paint our nails and laugh and stuff too… So I was definitely missing her.

I got onto facebook and started chatting to her, and we made plans to do that again but in Germany or something and this time we’d have champagne added to the list while the guys can hang out and have some guy time while we act like girls for a moment!

Definitely missing these two lovely people!!! Can’t wait for a girly date soon!

Lala & Kutya taking a walk

Lala & Kutya taking a walk

Shaunie and Rachel on their afternoon walk - miss them both

Shaunie and Rachel on their afternoon walk – miss them both

Lala & Kutya

Lala & Kutya

My favourite photo of Lala!!! miss this girl so much! stunning!! xx

My favourite photo of Lala!!! miss this girl so much! stunning!! xx

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Feeling cloudy

lala strawberry

Lala goes strawberry picking

large (2)Today I’m feeling a little cloudy… Mixed emotions…I should be super excited because I’m going home for a couple of days but my emotions are feeling a little mixed.

This morning I got to chat to Lala again.. It just always seems to amaze me how God knows exactly what our needs are all the time and how sufficient His love and grace is in every part of our life. It was good to talk to her but now I’m feeling bummed because she won’t be home when I’m there & I know we’ve both been feeling a little homesick. But I am glad to see that she enjoyed picking strawberries today and suddenly I’m longing to be in Germany, to have fun and do that with her.

On the other hand, this day feels like it has been going too quickly and that I haven’t had enough time to see Jean…as the time draws closer to my leaving tonight, I’m feeling bummed that he can’t come home with me at this moment and visit the family. But he has to work and I totally understand…and this was so unplanned anyway.

Jean & I

Jean & I

But I am stoked and excited to be going home. Seeing mates, my family as well as see the beach again. Apparently it has been raining and I haven’t seen rain in months. So as excited as I am to go out to the beach and chill, I’m also looking forward to the rainy days where I can cuddle up with a cup of tea and a good book! large (3)

Either way, feeling clouded or not, I really am hoping to make the best of these last few days before studying starts again. large

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Distance & time cannot separate friends

After leaving school, heading off to varsity and the rest of our lives, people seem to grow apart with distance and time. Lately I’ve been missing Lala (her real name is Rachel by the way), who currently sits in Germany.

We met way back when we were little, doing dancing shows together and a little later she transferred to my primary school and since then we became really close friends. We ended up being the only two girls from our primary school that went to Southcity Christian College for high school, so we stuck together.

One of our first shows together after we met...

One of our first shows together after we met…

Grade 8 - one of our first pictures in high school

Grade 8 – one of our first pictures in high school

Lala is very outgoing and spontaneous but at the same time as being super social, she was also very easy going, and didn’t mind staying in at home with the family in the evenings if needed. We both just clicked from the start. We have tons of fun together and laugh a lot but with being such good friends, comes a lot of drama. We have definitely had our ups and downs, especially in high school. 5409_121642494404_5756321_n Me chilling 3

We had different classes but also had many of the same ones. We both did drama after school, along with sports and dancing. My mom would always pack extra lunch for Lala, which continued throughout high school, until we got to our final year where we had a kettle in the class – we then made turns bringing soup for lunch but continued to share whatever we could. We did a lot together, I mean even our matric dance, we ended up getting mani’s and pedi’s as well as spray tans together as well as our photos. Our first year of high school up until the end we took turns going through bullying of other girls, being kept in and out of cliques, going through boy troubles, being in the vice principal’s office, rehearsals for plays, hockey practices and clinics. With all the girl drama, there were stages we weren’t supposed to talk to each other, I remember even on her birthday the one year – yet, we found ways and I still wished her happy birthday regardless of these girls and their issues. Later on we learned to stand up against these issues and girls and we always seemed to find a way back to one another being at our strongest when we were friends. In our final year, we had a disagreement about a guy and words were said and we grew apart a little. One of the worst mistakes ever… Luckily I realised how dumb it had sounded and I apologised while at varsity, making a point of it, to never let that happen again.

At Norwegian Settlers Church

At Norwegian Settlers Church

A personal joke about sheep

A personal joke about sheep

Before the Valentine's dance, getting dressed & taking pics together

Before the Valentine’s dance, getting dressed & taking pics together

Last pictures before the dance

Last pictures before the dance

Before our matric dance...taking photos together. We had done most of our prepping together

Before our matric dance…taking photos together. We had done most of our prepping together

At our matric dance after party

At our matric dance after party

Even at varsity, I didn’t get to see Lala much the first year. She was studying dancing and I was busy with my life, making different kinds of friends, being on a million committees and things seemed different. Lala then went and finished her teacher’s degree in dancing back home and my situation at varsity changed a little. Somehow, once again we found our way back and every opportunity I got to go home, I would go see Lala.

Visiting Lala

Visiting Lala

Went home to visit Lala (this one was taken after she had come back from Thailand where she had gotten engaged & we were looking at wedding stuff & photos)

Went home to visit Lala (this one was taken after she had come back from Thailand where she had gotten engaged & we were looking at wedding stuff & photos)

Our adventures have been endless & the things I miss now, is seeing her often, the craziness, the stories, making food together, chatting in the kitchen, chatting ‘til late in her double bed, her dog farting while we try sleep, the sharing clothes and getting ready to go out, the times we would get movies and pizza, the endless parties and braai’s we would have at her house, hearing her call me ‘Moo’, pulling weird faces, taking photos, laughing so hard our ribs hurt, talking about guys (although her stories consisted mostly of Shaun), talking to her in an emergency, getting advice, fighting against girls in school, our beach adventures, ultra-sounds of a friend, birthdays, tons of dancing in clubs and in shows and at school and everywhere, celebrating her engagement, throwing farewells, walking to petrol stations, making and icing millions of cupcakes for valentine’s day, going on hikes, trying to bunk geography classes and me joining her drama classes to bunk my own, sticky spray tan moments, playing board games at her house with Shaun, having ‘baaaaaaa’(like a sheep) moments, doing dressed up dinners while in fancy clothes and sweating like pigs working to get a roast done with a group of girls, listening to endless amounts of Uncle Trevor’s sermons, going on crazy school camps, having girl’s nights and photo shoots, taking showers and bubble baths together, walking and hitchhiking to the beach from school, going tree-top sailing, going to the mall, our sushi dates, doing our hair, listening to cd’s and random songs together, going shopping, our many attempts at dieting and trying to lose weight, our constant eating and craving delicious foods, talking about our plans for the future and travelling, talking about family and our homes one day…. I just miss my Lala in general…

On our way to Gateway Shopping Mall

On our way to Gateway Shopping Mall

A quick stop to eat - we love food

A quick stop to eat – we love food

At Gateway Mall

At Gateway Mall

fun moments at the beach

fun moments at the beach

Always smiling when we're together

Always smiling when we’re together

On our way to go skydiving - making a stop to eat & play

On our way to go skydiving – making a stop to eat & play

Our skydiving/tree top sailing trip

Our skydiving/tree top sailing trip

Getting a fire started with very little to start one with - and the guys thought we wouldn't get it done

Getting a fire started with very little to start one with – and the guys thought we wouldn’t get it done

We found a tub & thought it would be a great prop for pictures

We found a tub & thought it would be a great prop for pictures

Eating...we do this a lot

Eating…we do this a lot

Fun crazy random photos

Fun crazy random photos

Yeah a little crazy I guess

Yeah a little crazy I guess

We love being crazy toegther

We love being crazy toegther

One of our shows we did in high school

One of our shows we did in high school

Sam's baby shower - well planned by Lala

Sam’s baby shower – well planned by Lala

Going to the beach & for waffles during school hours

Going to the beach & for waffles during school hours

Our day trip to Ushaka

Our day trip to Ushaka

Finding fun at the beach

Finding fun at the beach

Having sushi at Cape Town Fish Market, at Ushaka

Having sushi at Cape Town Fish Market, at Ushaka

Our hiking trip

Our hiking trip

Hiking together & helping each other after I had broken my wrist with rugby

Hiking together & helping each other after I had broken my wrist with rugby

At our girl's dinner party

At our girl’s dinner party

The girl's dinner party at Sabeeha's place

The girl’s dinner party at Sabeeha’s place

Our pre-matric dance photo

Our pre-matric dance photo

My lovely Lala on the last day of matric

My lovely Lala on the last day of matric

Home for the holiday

Home for the holiday

Out dancing during the holidays

Out dancing during the holidays

Lala & I celebrating her engagement to Shaun

Lala & I celebrating her engagement to Shaun

So now, with all the crazy distance between us we have been able to reconnect with Lala getting married and now me having found the right guy. Although all the distance is there, it is great to know that nothing changes and that our friendship can only grow as we’re more than willing to keep in contact and work through all this together.

Our farewell before leaving to varsity

Our farewell before leaving to varsity

Lauren, Rachel & I before leaving to Pretoria

Lauren, Rachel & I before leaving to Pretoria

Lala & Kutya

Lala & Kutya

Jinx & I

Jinx & I

Lala is a strong friend of mine who has made it through a lot and continues to grow in strength as she goes on.  Lala is pretty amazing, poised and caring and super friendly and loving and has an amazing heart for God and she’s just all round incredible… I had known and seen it before but was reminded of it on the day of Rachel’s ‘Bat-Barack’…a kind-of coming of age ceremony that was a symbol of her becoming a woman (it was just before she had turned 18) and starting on a new path. It was held at church and it was absolutely beautiful. All the older woman in her life, read verses and gave prophetic word of Lala and spoke different blessings over her life. Then the youth pastor’s kids sang ‘Indescribable’ to Rachel as it is one of her favourite songs. Her parents said a few words and we all prayed for her. She then cut a ribbon that was hanging in front of a wooden bridge that was covered in rose petals and walked over it as a symbolic gesture. I also got to say a few words, but it all came down to me promising to look after Lala as my best friend as we left home for varsity and in the future, no matter what circumstances we’d come across..so distance and time has never mattered and never will – as we’ll ALWAYS find a way back to each other and be there no matter what.

Lala's 'Bat Barack'

Lala’s ‘Bat Barack’

So this incredibly amazing friend is someone who has contributed so much to who I am today and the kinds of choices I make, she truly kicks ass and means the world to me. And no matter what, if someone messes with her they know they’re messing with me.  I am super blessed by her and I am so grateful for the grace that has been part of our friendship that has held us together and even bought us back to one another in times of deep hurt or getting lost. Grace is so much a part of us and our friendship, it has been there in the times of great joy, laughter and silliness but also been there in the times of great heartache and disappointment allowing forgiveness and growth. We have a strong bond and I’ll forever remember and know how much Lala has been there for me. She has contributed so much and is definitely a role model and friend, someone who speaks deeply into my soul and spirit, who has helped lay foundations of my identity.

My influential friend

My influential friend

Me

Me

In the past I was blessed by her, as she was the reason I could dive deeply into adventures without fear, knowing that she would always be there as a safety net…something I hope would continue today and I hope she would know that I would be there too, as her extra safety net. Things are a little different and we now have men by our side that we lean on, but we still have each other in case of any fire. But I look up to Lala a lot and am honoured to still be part of her life, no matter how much or little and her influence in my life continues to be great no matter our present circumstances.

Love you lots Lala xx

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Sunny South Coast

Well after a windy, rainy weekend the coast is sunny & warm. It is great to get up at 4.45am to do stuff and know I can actually feel my feet. At 4.45am here on the coast it is warm. It is a big change from the cold city where I’ll be waking up next week again.

I had a great time Friday evening with Rachel & Shaun! The braai was fun & we ended up playing a few board games including some dating game in which Shaun had to propose(again) to Rachel in 6 lines – rhyming! Haha was a fantastic evening. Was reminded why I love those two so much.

The Billabong Pro in Jbay also ended with Adriano De Souza taking the win! I must admit I didn’t see it coming but closer to the end of the competition he was definitely holding up well! Also, Stephanie Gilmore won her 5th ASP title! Pretty stoked about that one! Cool fact – Kelly Slater was exactly the same age when he won his 5th ASP title! So is Steph the next Kelly Slater in the girl world?! Well, we’ll have to wait & see.

Then this week has been pretty chilled. Just been spending a lot of time with God and keeping chilled hey. Just been relaxing and taking in the coastal vibes as well as getting up to date in the animal world. My sister has been asked to play for Tuks Junior 7s Rugby team in September in Cape Town. So, if I thought we were getting fit this holiday, it’s nothing compared to the practices & training we’ll be having this next month or so! Super keen!!!

Last night we spent our evening with Kelly, his mates Scott & Damian. We went to watch their action cricket match. They were already stiff from Monday night’s winning match so we were laughing a lot at the way they were playing. We had a lot of fun & it was a blessing to have spent the night with them. It was one of the last times we’d see Kelly for the next 3 years, as he’s going off to the air force in August. Don’t even think he’ll be at my 21st, which I’m bummed about but you gotta do what you gotta do & he’s been keen & waiting to go for so long now. My sister is also pretty funny with her comments. So I thought I’d post her comment on last night’s action cricket – a great summary for how the evening had gone down. We’re so blessed to have so many great people in our life.
“Brother is injured, Oosthuis lost a testicle and Scott is still walking like an old lady! Well played owes haha:)
– action cricket night :)” – Chantelle

Have a great weekend everyone!
Xx
M

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*One of the photos of a surfer on a huge ass wave is of Gabe Davies from Ireland & the pic of the guy kissing the trophy, is (you guessed it) Brazillian Adriano De Souza.

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Coastal Vibes

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Today is one windy, rainy day here on the coast. Seems like we’ve got a little cold front rolling in for the weekend! So, while drinking some yummy hot green tea, I thought it is time I posted some pics from my mom’s laptop while I’m home & update you a little. Sorry Mom.

So the pics uploaded are of my little sister’s birthday – her 19th, some sardine run pics, pics of Glenn Hall winning the Mr Price Pro as well as another surfer who totally surfed it up at the Mr Price Pro, and then the surfing conditions or rather what the beach looked like before the Billabong Pro in Jbay earlier this week.

Today is the last day of the Billabong Pro in Jbay. It is quite a bummer that it is no longer a CT event but also a great opportunity for the locals to surf it up & give some of those pro’s a go. Gonna be good to see who wins this year. Jordy Smith surfed really well yesterday, so we’re all keen to see what happens as the past two years he really has made it his own event. If you aren’t there get on twitter & facebook to get the latest updates from Billabong SA or a few other guys. Everyone is posting.

Also been getting itno shape & been out this week for a 25th. Probably gonna have a braai or something with Rachel & Shaun – the engaged couple – tonight, so I’m looking forward. Let’s just hope the weather holds up ’til then or changes for the better.

And then next week, hopefully some mates will be off from work & we’ll be hitting the beach & waves a little more often. Keen to get into some training.

Have a great day

Xx

M

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Friends Engaged…

So all of my friends are either 21 or we’re still turning 21 this year but some of them have been lucky enough to find love and are engaged!!!!

Firstly my special friend Rachel Fanner, who I got to know through dancing and then we went to school together in our 6th and 7th grades as well as through high school, got engaged in December last year in Thailand and they’re getting married the 8th December of this year! So happy for her and Shaun van Tonder who I will get to see this holiday when I get home! They make a great couple and I really do wish them all the best! They have been together since high school! *their pictures appear first

Then, yesterday my other special friend Ashleigh Bigara, whom I was best friends with when I was little, just before she moved at the end of grade 2 & whom I spent all my time with after school, got engaged in Durban to Craig Parrot whom she has been dating since high school too! You guys make such a lovely couple and are such strong believers! Even though we have lived miles apart, we both took to dancing and have so many passions in common! *their pictures appear second

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So I just want to wish both couples all the best, may there be many more mind blowing blessings to come and crazy adventures! Love you all!

Xx

M

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