Oh dear, another disgraceful performance! Any hopes Palace may have had of a Play-off place have well and truly disappeared and rightly so, we were rubbish yet again! We went to Cardiff for a draw, and thats what we got. Palace never looked like scoring, whereas Cardiff did - and if they had scored first Palace would not have been able to get back in the game. What a dreadfully negative approach to a game of football. Cardiff dominated the game and were very unlucky not to have come away with all three points.

Wilderness

We’ve just had three nights in Wilderness on the Garden Route with Grandad & Lesley. Much of the time was spent on the stunning beach although we also made it to the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe museum in George. This is a great day out and Joel really enjoyed it again. Unfortunately the morning was ruined a bit by the steam train letting off his whistle. Joel and Daddy were stood right next to it and weren’t expecting it to be quite so loud! That whistle was VERY loud!!!!!

Boxing Day

Boxing day was a nice lazy day which began with a walk in the Nature Reserve where we fed the ducks and even managed to coax Spikey (the porcupine) out of his 'house' for some bread. After this we went to Paddy & Barbara’s for a lunchtime braai and a swim in their pool. They have become really good friends and their kids, Caleb & Michelle, are really good with Joel & Eli even though they’re quite a bit older. Paddy & Barbara also had some other friends there, Johann & Lara and they were good company too. Once the kids were in the pool the adults all relaxed a bit and enjoyed the sun and friendship.

Christmas Day

We stuck to what has become our family tradition by having the turkey in the evening and once again the weather was glorious so we sat outside, jealous aren’t you! The day was mainly about the boys, sadly our church doesn’t tend to have a meeting on Christmas Day, so Joel & Eli opened their small stockings first and then over the course of the morning and afternoon opened their presents. Once again Joel was keen to play with each new toy before opening the next present, but he did get the hang of it and started to demand another present. Still, he’s nowhere near as materialistic as he would be if he were in the UK and we’re grateful for that! One of the real blessings here is that Christmas is Christmas, not some stupid secular event like ‘winterval’. The meaning of Christmas is important and the sales drive behind Christmas in the UK is very much missing here. Although probably not for too many more years.

Sport Quotes 2006

Quotes of the Year (stolen from BBC Sport)
If sport is not your thing, just move along and don't moan!
"She shouldn't be here. I know that sounds sexist but I am sexist. This is not park football, so what are women doing here? If you start bringing in women you have big problems. It is tokenism for the politically correct idiots."
Luton manager Mike Newell blames assistant referee Amy Rayner for the 3-2 defeat by QPR.

Palace Result

Palace managed a 1-1 draw with an inform Southampton who are pushing for that 2nd automatic promotion spot. We had to settle for a single point but when Saints went down to 10 men Palace should have capitalised on their man advantage but George Burley's men played out of their skins and actually took the lead. The sublime Jobi McAnuff got Palace back in the game after they took the lead and it was just reward for the winger who had worked hard all match. After that, both teams could have won the game but the draw was probably the fair result.

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Next fixture: Sat 30th Dec away to Cardiff.

Happy Christmas

Emmanuel, God with us!
 
What better reason could there be to celebrate?
 
HAPPY CHRISTMAS
 
Lots of love
 
Dean, Paula, Joel &Eli
XXXX
 
 
 

CNP & Picnic

Having Grandad and Lesley to stay is a lot of fun but especially so for Joel. He seems to be loving every minute spent with Grandad and it's a real pleasure and privilege to watch the relationship blossom!

We've been really busy since they arrived and yesterday afternoon we went into Chris Nissen to meet some of our friends. This is always an emotional time, but yesterday was especially so as Vissy was really poorly, but seeing Eli brightened her up incredibly. Also, Aunty Mekkie was crying loads as she explained that recieivng the food hamper from church meant that she had full food cupboards for the first time in her life! Wow, praise God!!

Palace Result

Palace beat Sunderland 1-0 at a fog-bound Selhurst Park to take all three points and to be fair we were good for the win. Sunderland had their moments, but Palace edged it in terms of possession and shots on target. Julian Speroni had to make some good saves in goal but nothing you wouldn't expect a top goalkeeper to pull off. So, Palace start the Christmas & New Year campaign with a win, not a bad early present!

Grandad

Joel has been really excited for a while now as he knew Grandad was coming to see him. Grandad finally arrived on Eli's Birthday, so his first duty was to accompany Birthday Boy with the family for a fish & chip supper at a local chippy. Today was mainly about Joel as we left Eli at home with a friend and went with Grandad and Lesley to Cape Town. We went up Table Mountain then onto Boulders Beach to see the penguins before driving home exhausted and sunburnt. Joel and Grandad had a lot of fun!

Eli's First Birthday

WOW! A whole year went by very quickly, before we knew what had happened Eli turned 1! Eli has hit most of the developmental milestones early, he crawled (of a fashion)at 4½ months, sat up unaided at 5 months, was walking at 11 months and basically never looked back.

He's been and continues to be a very special blessing to us as a family and we thank God for bringing him into our lives. Joel & Eli really do adore each other which is brilliant.




Christmas Hampers

One of the things that we've been really busy with recently was the organisation and distribution of food hampers to our church folk in Chris Nissen. The planning for the hampers was immense as we received physical donations of food and cash donations. We then had to work out how much we needed to buy before trogging off to a cash & carry to get the balance of food. This in itself wasn't straightforward as they only sell things in certain quantities, so it was all a little messy. Once we had the food, we then had to get it sorted into the various hampers ready for distribution. Thankfully, Dina, Aletta and Aunty Poppy were fantastic and worked their socks off to help us get it all organised. Amazingly, the physical side of the job was completed in one day, yesterday, and the folks who received the hampers were thrilled. Each hamper was given with love from the church to our dear brothers and sisters in the community.

Family Fun

In the midst of a very hectic time we've managed to take a bit of time out just to chill as a family and spend some quality time together. Thankfully, the paddling pool makes a great focal point for fun and being silly together and the boys love being in there - making containment of Eli very easy!

Joel is very very excited as he now only has ONE sleep until Grandad arrives!

Eli & Mummy


Mission Incredible

On Sunday evening we had our invitational service at church entitled 'Mission Incredible'. As explained during the evening, we couldn't call it Mission Impossible because with God, all things are possible! However, the Nativity is incredible and actually deeply shocking (we'll not expound on that right now). The evening was great and as ever at such events we were left marvelling at the sheer array of talent we have in the congregation. Wesley gave a short, simple but punchy gospel presentation so hopefully some of the many visitors will respond to the gospel at some point.

Paddling Pool

With the eventual arrival of Summer (although it's still not very hot yet) we dug out the paddling pool only to discover it was wrecked so Paula got a nice new one for a silly price. Joel remembers well the joys of the paddling pool - pagging pool as he calls it - and once in it is very hard to get him out again! Eli took some convincing that it was a good thing but he warmed up to the idea and by the end seemed to be enjoying himself.

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Eli getting to grips with the paddling pool


Joel & Eli having fun


Eli drinking the water, this leads to very unpleasant nappies!


As this leads to unpleasant potties!


Joel pouring water over Eli


Two happy boys, priceless!


Thankfully, they get on really well


Wouldn't you love to know what they were talking about?!?
Or in this case, birthday cake and Christmas trees. Saturday was a busy old day, Paula had a practice session for our evening 'event' at church on Sunday, whilst Dean was running around getting stuff ready for our Mulled Wine evening - a tradition we started at Bible College and have maintained faithfully ever since! Nobody has ever left disappointed! During the day, Eli had a good go at demolishing a huge slab of his birthday cake and made a wonderful mess in the process. Whilst Joel helped Daddy to decorate the Christmas tree. Joel actually hung all the decorations himself (a few minor adjustments needed to be made) and did a great job! He was particularly pleased to see the star he made last year which had to go on the tree first.


Eli after his cake


Joel doing a sterling job decorating the tree

Eli's First Birthday Party

With Eli's birthday being so close to Christmas we had to have his party a week early to ensure that some of his friends would be able to come. Eli seemed completely oblivious to the event but was delighted to have unfettered access to a huge bowl of 'Flings' which he and Jared (his main partner in crime) set about demolishing.

Eli's birthday cake


Joel with Debs showing her how to blow bubbles


Noah and Natasha


Action shot, Eli is so confident and quick now


Eli & Noah attacking the biscuits


Rachel with Eli


Singing 'Happy Birthday' to Eli


Still singing


Eli with Debs


Noah on the trampoline


Table Mountain


We are privileged to live somewhere as beautiful as we do and regularly thank God for such a blessing! This is the view of Table Mountain seen from a friends home on the Schapenberg in somerset West.

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We've circled our house in the bottom right.

Palace Result

Palace lost 1-0 to second placed Derby County in what turned out to be tighter game than many had predicted. Derby played reasonable passing football, as did Palace, but the Rams had more of a cutting edge up-front and duly took the lead in the first half following good work from Lupoli, on loan from Arsenal, who crossed low for David Jones to tuck home. After the break, Palace were improved and dominated the play but couldn't break Derby down. Plenty of shots came Bywater's way in the Derby goal, but Palace couldn't muster a shot on target in the second half - and 1 on target in the first half tells its own story. Derby had chances to make the game safe in the second half but failed to put them away, seeming to be content to defend a slender one goal lead. In the end, just the one goal was enough to give Derby all 3 points.

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Next fixture: Fri 22 Dec' home to Sunderland

Nose Picking Shepherd

Joel had a ball at the Twinkle Tots Nativity yesterday. He did himself proud and we were very proud parents! As you'll see from the photos below, Joel was very happy and enjoyed the whole experience, unlike last year when he refused to participate and cried throughout. Nata had obviously given a lot of thought as to who would take which roles and Joel was one of two shepherds. The other shepherd was a smaller boy named Liam and Joel took him under his wing and helped him along.

Nata preparing the parents for what will be happening


The Nativity begins


Joesph & Mary


A song break


They're really enjoying themselves


The shepherds on their way, Liam lagged behind a bit. Ouma (at the back in blue) was so proud of Joel!


The shepherds visit Jesus


Another song..


..and actions


The star leads the wise men to Jesus


Nata prompting the actions


Another song


Fun being had by all


Joel was so eager to do the actions


Nata trying to hold back the tears as she says goodbye to her older children including Joel


Father Christmas took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to give the kids a present

Today is Joel's last morning at Twinkle Tots, where did his 2 years there go? He has really enjoyed his time there and we've seen him develop and flourish in so many ways. We'll always be grateful to Nata, Ouma & Yolande for taking such good care of our boy! We're also looking forward to Eli starting there in June next year. Tomorrow Joel will be a shepherd in the Twinkle Tots nativity and then it really is 'farewell' as he starts at the International School in January. Wow, he's getting all grown up!

Funny Old Weekend

Nothing spectacular happened at the weekend, but we did have a few minor but amusing incidents ranging from finding a rat in the toilet bowl (dead thankfully, presumed drowned) to a pigeon flying into a window and leaving an almost perfect imprint of itself. Poor Joel was in trouble at the time and hiding in his bedroom when we heard a loud thud, so Dad went into his bedroom to tell him off. Unfortunately, Joel was reading his biggest book which is the one he usually lobs when angry, so he got a sound telling off. Later in the afternoon we went upstairs and saw the impression of the pigeon in the window, whoops! that would explain the loud thump. Joel then must have wondered what was happening as Dad apologised to him and Mummy gave him some sweets. Great recipe for a confused child.

Sunday was great as we had a rare invite for lunch after church (our church is hopeless in this area!), we ended up staying for several hours, both Joel & Eli had a ball and we all ate far too much, Eli never stopped eating. The company was great and we look forward to spending more time with some new friends.

Joel finds an alternative use for his underwear


The imprint of a pigeon on our window, look closely and you can see the feathers, head, beak and wings quite clearly. We presume it died but could find no trace of it in the garden outside.


Below is a 2 part video of Eli walking very confidently. Hope you enjoy it.
Palace lost to an average Colchester side in a game where they should have at least bagged a draw given that we dominated the first half and most of the second, with Colchester's first goal coming completely against the run of play! Palace were dominant in terms of possession in the first half, and but for more incisive finishing they would have gone in at the break in with a 2 goal lead. After the interval, it was more of the same from Peter Taylor's men. Colchester threatened on occasion but it wasn't anything the back four could not deal with. But then their first goal came and Palace capitulated. Colchester added a swift second and the game was over. Morrison's strike was little more than a consolation as Richard Garcia won a dubious spot kick that allowed the visitors to put a more flattering angle on the score-line. The mini revival is over for Peter Taylor. On this evidence he still has much to do if he is going to take Palace above the levels of mediocrity that abound in this league. Like all teams in the Championship, Palace can beat anyone on their day, but we're also more likely lose to anyone. (text knicked from Eagle Eye Live edited by moi)

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Next fixture: Sat 16th Dec away to Derby County

Bible Study Social

My bible study group went for a social this morning and we were blessed with a gift which enable us to go to a steakhouse where we all had a burger, chips and coke. As a group we had not had a trip out since John (an FYP volunteer) left a year ago so fun was had by most. Unfortunately, someone said something malicious to Peter so he was in a really bad mood all morning. Also, the weather was really naff so we couldn't go for the planned stroll along the beach. However, we did have a lot of fun and agreed to make a plan for 2007 to ensure we have more trips out. Amen to that!


Trevor, Vicky & James


Michael


Danny & Alfred




Danny


Peter


Wesley, Cyril & Peter


Danny, Michael, Trevor, Vicky & James


Peter, me, Alfred & Michael