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When Zak talks about movies, he generally doesn't say the title of the movie, he describes it in some way. Muppet movies (no matter which one) are "frog movies" because of Kermit. There's "The Elephant Movie" (Horton Hears a Who), The Racing Car movie (Cars), The Jungle Movie (George of the Jungle), etc. Anyone care to take a guess what "The Cucumber Movie" is?

Let me narrow it down...it's NOT a Veggie Tales movie. Racking your brains for other movies containing cucumbers? I'll give you another clue- it's a Disney movie originally released in 1994. Figured it out?

It's.... Read more about The Cucumber Movie....

Zak goes to bed later than any other child his age I know. We're talking 10 pm or later. We didn't plan it that way, and we didn't really WANT it that way, but after months spent trying everything we could possibly think of (and read about, and asked friends about, etc) to get him on an earlier schedule and nothing working, we eventually gave up. When we tried building a strict routine and putting him to bed earlier, he would fuss and cry and nurse for hours until he'd finally fall asleep at 10 pm or later (even if we began the bed process at 6). Read more about Boy after my own heart......

Well, Zak has a cold, I have a cold, and Raoul probably has a cold too (but it's so similar to his normal hayfever symptoms that he can't tell much of a difference). This cold entails a very runny nose, sneezing, a cough, and irritated eyes (at least for me). Read more about Zak has a cold....

Zak has always loved music, but we don't really have any kiddies music to play for him, so he listens to the same music that we do. He listens to dance, hip hop, and even heavy metal (with Raoul only, not me), along with all of our more "normal" rock and pop, and he loves it all. Thankfully all the music we listen to is Christian and we don't have to worry about what he hears in the music. I sometimes wonder if he's missing out on something by not hearing the kids music and I do try to sing some with him from time to time, but he seems to prefer "real" music. Read more about Zak's Favourite Music...

Zak loves to play pretend. One of his favourite things to pretend is that he's a dinosaur. He stomps around the house roaring. The other night I was playing along while I was sitting on a chair and reading, and I said, "Oh no! It's a scary dinosaur! Mommy's scared!" Right away Zak stopped roaring and looked at me, very concerned. He came up to me with his head tilted and a concerned look on his face and reached out and gently rubbed my arm. He said, " 'S okay sweetheart, 's not scary." I couldn't help it, it was so funny and cute I cracked up. Read more about Zak's play pretend games...

Zak's done some really cute things lately that I don't want to forget, and I'd like to share them so you all get some joy out of them too! So here are a couple of the sweet moments we've had with our little whirlwind lately. Read more about Moments with Zak...

It's not often I get the urge to write a blog post. In fact, as you've seen, I only blog about once in a blue moon, and only then because Raoul's begged me. Today though, I feel like saying something.

In so many ways, I feel so different from everyone around me. I got married when I was 19, had Zak when I was 21, and I'll have our new baby when I'm 24 (by the way, I'm 15 weeks pregnant this week and everything seems to be going great!). Most people my age are unmarried, many are still doing their studies in university, or some are starting their careers. Read more about More than a mom?...

My father-in-law, Howard, is big into fair trade goods. This means that goods are generally bought directly from the farmer, labourer or artisan, at a fair price, before being sold to you.

I can understand completely why he likes to support fair trade, and I have decided to see if I can do similar. Unfortunately, I can't always, as money is tight and generally the cheapest option wins for us (especially at the moment).

Recently, however, Cadbury's in South Africa had some huge news as far as fair trade is concerned. Their milk chocolate bars (the plain chocolate ones) are certified fair trade, and proudly display the Fair Trade logo on their wrappers. I was even more delighted to see that I could buy them at my local grocery store, and at the same price its always been. How awesome is that?

Below is a photo of the bars with their green and blue logo:

Fair Trade Cadbury's Chocolate Read more about Fair Trade Chocolate!...

As most folks know, we went on holiday in November 2011 to the Arizona, USA, to visit Hannah's parents. Hannah's dad borrowed a scooter with a side car, called The Red Rocket, so that Zak could (hopefully) join him in his love of scooters. Do you think Zak likes riding in The Red Rocket? Let's have a look and see... Read more about Zak and The Red Rocket...

So, since we've moved into a new house, I've started becoming more of a Manly Man.

What is a Manly Man, you ask?

A Manly Man is a man who knows how to work on a variety of household things, including kitchen appliances, cars, light fittings, doors, rooms, etc. Painting a room is a Manly Man thing, as is fixing washing machines and fixing door handles, which I did this past week. Read more about Becoming a Manly Man...