Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Today is a wonderful 28 degrees Cesius

That's Pretoria for you - from Winter to a Spring of almost exactly a week and then summer all the way to April at least. No doubt we will have a short cold snap again but this weather makes me very very happy. It's sandals to work weather all the way!

There are heaps of things happening in our little world at the moment - a very important evaluation for Mr L tomorrow, ballet course and mock exam for The little Miss and Mr C just did his first school project. I also am very low key and hastily organising a party for the boys. Somehow time has just slipped by but I have a feeling it is going to be an easy and good one. After a bit of a search I think we have the perfect venue for their bicycle Lego party. (I know? But they are two and agreeing is difficult - and it may still become a bicycle train Lego party but who cares?).

This is however not what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about what I guess no one of us ever want to even think about - Childhood cancer. Of course the newest scare is the loomband charms that can cause cancer if sucked - honestly I do think some of these scares are totally overrated and unnecessary. Regardless we have chucked away the offending charms, checked that we have the proper types of bands and substituted the charms by digging into the craft box and coming up with some great alternatives. (as modeled above by the Princess)

However we may regard or not the above, the reality of childhood cancer is there. Our school has been shocked this year by the very sudden cancer diagnosis of one of our little grade RR kids that is indeed very very sick. It took that it hit one of our own for the school to wake up and do a fundraiser for kids with cancer. So last Monday and this Monday we had at Cupcakes of Hope party at the school and I believe a tidy little some was raised for the cause. On the first Monday all Cupcakes were sold out between the grade R to grade 3 classes - this Monday we planned for 3 times the amount of cupcakes.
Our contribution this Monday

We would all like to think that this can not possibly happen to us or our children but the reality is that it will happen to 1:9000 children in South Africa before the age of 14. So, organize a party - in my link above is all the info. At your work, at your school, anywhere - and spread the hope.

Also, please read below and take note:

If in a child fever persist and your doctor keeps prescribing anti-biotics, ask for the basic cancer screening - it is a simple test. Look out for:

S: Seek: Medical help early for persistent symptoms
I: Eye: White spot in the eye, new squint, blindness, bulging eyeball
L: Lump: Abdomen and pelvis, head and neck, limbs, testes, glands
U: Unexplained: Fever, loss of weight and appetite, pallor, fatigue, easy bruising or bleeding
A: Aching: Bones, joints, back and easy fractures
N: Neurological signs: Change in behaviour, balance, gait and milestones, headache, enlarging head
*Saint Siluan was a Russian monk who died on Mount Athos in 1938. He prayed ceaselessly for all humanity.

The most common childhood cancers are Leukemia and brain tumors and it is suspected that some genetic link is possible in most cancers.


  1. Horrible to even think about! That poor little child! Well done to your school for this initiative.

  2. Well done to the school for the cupcake fundraising.

  3. I know the warm weather is lovely, but now to convince my little one to wear shorts or sandals.
    Childhood cancer is nasty stuff.

    1. Mine's totaly the opposite - the sooner the better

  4. Love love your new blog headers.

  5. OH MY WORD your header is gorgeous!!! I know you sent me mail but I have 71 emails - is this me?

    however, the house is ticking along beautifully and I'm getting to work in one piece - that's what matters, right? Not a full inbox...

    love your skirt!!!

  6. I am seriously enjoying the warmer weather!

    We did a big cupcake campaign for the same organisation earlier this year, and when we did the children's cancer ward project it was lovely to see two fridges sponsored by them there.

  7. I am seriously enjoying the warmer weather!

    We did a big cupcake campaign for the same organisation earlier this year, and when we did the children's cancer ward project it was lovely to see two fridges sponsored by them there.

  8. Warmer weather is stunning. Am so happy I can wear sandals again :-)
    Great initiative with the cupcakes. Yes we all do think it will never happen to us or our kids. But I think thats mostly because we can't bring ourselves to think of anything bad happening to our kids ...even the mere thought brings tears to my eyes ... can't imagine how the parents with sick kids manage it.

    Thanks for the info.

  9. The warmer weather is so awesome! Loving not having to wear boots everyday :)

    So sad about the child in your school... too horrible to even think about it?


  10. Thanks for listing the warning signs... WE also know of a five year old who has cancer! It is very upsetting!

  11. I love your new header....and I am enjoying the warmer weather.


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