We have almost reached the end of the winter holiday. Tyson and Jori go back to school on Wednesday. We have some fun activities planned for the next few days, but we will also be cleaning bedrooms and setting out uniforms and lunch boxes. Let the school fun begin!
Overall, it has been a fun holiday. Tyson and Jori have both had school friends over to play, we've made it to church twice, we've been out for pizza, had donuts, did some baking, and more. Friday, however, was probably the highlight of the school holidays for us.
The day started with Jori losing her first tooth! Our baby girl is growing up.
We had a few errands to run and took the kids with us. While Darin was busy at Cashbuild ordering supplies for an upcoming building project at TYB, Tyson, Jori and I went to Pick N Pay and King Pie for a little treat. We shared with Darin, of course.
We spent a few hours at home, then headed out at 3 for our big adventure. We drove slowly and took a mini game drive on the way. We saw kudu, impala, warthog, zebra, wildebeest and an eland. Then we arrived at our destination; Mr. Johan's microlight!
Papa and Gram had gifted the kids with a microlight flight for their birthdays and today was the day! Jori went first. She looked so tiny sitting in the microlight with the giant goggles and headphones on her head.
Watching my 7 year old leave the ground in a flying go-cart was a bit disconcerting, but I knew she was in good hands.
She had a great time, as you can plainly see. She saw 4 hippos, 2 rhino, a lion, hundreds of giraffe (in her own words), kudu and more. A highlight was flying over Tshepo ya Bana and seeing the aunties and kids waving at her.
While Tyson was waiting for his turn to fly, he made friends with Carl, the goat. Carl had a dislocated shoulder, so Tyson gave him a little help in obtaining some food.
Tyson also had a great flight. Mr. Johan had taken him up for a short flight once before, so he felt like he was an experienced flyer already. He saw the same animals that Jori saw and also enjoyed seeing his friends from TYB down on the ground.
When Tyson returned, Mr. Johan invited me to take a ride in the microlight. It was an offer I was happy to take. It was an amazing experience. Just being up in the air and seeing the African landscape from a new perspective was so lovely. The trees, the open spaces, the water, the winding dirt roads - I just love this place that we are so privileged to call home! On my flight I saw rhino, cape buffalo, a herd of 12 giraffe, kudu and more. I also flew over TYB, but they weren't expecting me. I did see Auntie Ann Sofie outside though! It was so cool seeing all the houses, trampoline, garden and more from the air.
After landing, Mr. Johan invited Darin to take a ride as well. He took the camera along and was lucky enough to see the elephants! They look huge even from the air. He also saw the same herd of giraffe and buffalo, but missed out on the rhino.
While Darin flew, Tyson and Jori kept busy with Carl and the rest of the goat herd. They ran through tall grass, stepped in horse poo and laughed their fool heads off. Good times for all. We all had a wonderful time and would HIGHLY recommend that anyone who lives in the area or comes to visit should go see Mr. Johan and go on a microlight flight!
As we were leaving, we came across the two rhino that the kids and I had seen from the air. We also saw a jackal and a couple giraffe.
We then headed to Tamboti Lodge for supper. I had a rump steak, with fries, butternut and creamed spinach. I love the way they prepare their veggies! Darin and the kids had chicken schnitzel, which was also pretty tasty. We had all talked about having dessert (funded by the tooth fairy), but most of us were too full to eat anymore food. Tyson, however, was dead set on having his dessert and so he did.
He enjoyed his chocolate volcano, but ended up with a tummy ache later that night (should have listened to his mother!). Those of us who took a rain check on dessert will be going back before school starts to enjoy our treat, sometime during the day when the sun is shining and we can feel our hands and feet!
All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend the day. We love being with our BIG TYB family, but it is also special to spend time with just the four of us!