Family, Fun & Fellowship
What could be better than a Sunday filled with laughter, love, fun with the family, and fellowship at church? On our first Sunday back in Cape Town, we enjoyed a day filled with all of these. We had picked up David the night before (check out a video of that reunion HERE) and after a night with friends, he stayed over. It was great to wake up and spend some time together. We were all playing Lego, chatting, and drinking coffee in the lounge. Perfect!
We loooooovvveeee attending Hillsong church while we are in Cape Town. The messages are always so encouraging and inspiring, and when we leave, we are filled with a passion for the new week. There are now NINE Hillsong locations in Cape Town (the 9th location was launched while we were home). I started going to Hillsong Church when I lived in London, and then again when they opened in Cape Town. Back then, there was only one branch in the downtown area.
We met up with friends to attend one of the morning services at the Century City location. The message was AMAZING!
We tried to leave Eli in the nursery school, but I got a text about 20 minutes later that he was crying for me. Completely understandable since he doesn’t go to school, but since he is fiercely independent, and loves playing with others, I was surprised that he even noticed that I was gone. I ended up taking him back down to the main auditorium, but I stood at the back. He seemed really tired (we had been out late the night before), so I rocked him a bit and then sat on the floor with him. He ended up falling asleep, so I lay him down on the floor.
Lunch with Family
After church, Eli still napping, we made our way over to Canal Walk (across the road from the church) to meet some family members for lunch. My cousin lives in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. It REALLY isn’t far AT ALL, but for some reason, when you are in CT, that seems like it is the other side of the country. Our weekends were full, with birthdays and celebrations, plus Justin only had two full weekends! We had more time to meet people during the week, but since we weren’t at home during any sort of holiday season, there was work and school to think about. We didn’t want to miss an opportunity to see my cousin, so we met up for lunch after church.
When he finally woke up, and ate a few “chippies”, Eli was thrilled that he could go into the playarea! As I mentioned in a previous post, this was one of the most amazing things for us in Cape Town. We don’t have this luxury in China, so it sure did feel good to let him go have fun while we caught up. I usually have cars, coloring in books, lego and play dough in his little backpack, but here it was all PLAY PLAY PLAY. Lots of running, jumping and laughter.
Me and My Cousin, Nicolene
One of my favorite salads in South Africa – the Chicken Avicado Salad at Spur! It is AMAZZZZZZING! Chicken, avocado, bacon, onion and some greens. The only thing I remove is the croutons. This salad makes me really happy.
There were a coupe of occasions where I had to go rescue Eli. He climbed up to the highest parts of the indoor jungle gym, and then couldn’t get out. Poor little guy! The bigger kids were moving up and down very quickly, and he probably felt overwhelmed. The slide that takes you from the top of this tower, to the bottom, was long and dark. Mama to the rescue! I managed to get to the top, and then took him down the slide.
A sweet older boy told me that he would look after Eli. I loved watching the two of them, from where we were sitting, as they happily ran around. This sweet older boy stayed with Eli the whole time. It was precious!
Barefoot and Happy
The boys had taken their shoes off in the playarea, and then didn’t want them back on again. Who am I to force shoes on? I love being barefoot, and in South Africa, this isn’t as weird as it is in other countries. haha, in fact, it is quite normal.
Time for some Family Pictures
Once Wasn’t Enough
We spent the rest of the afternoon with my folks. That evening, we decided to go back to Hillsong to listen to a special guest speaker, and an evening of worship. When we had heard this announcement in morning, both Justin and I knew that we wanted to go back that night. Since Eli was happily playing, and we knew that my parents would get him to bed, we made our way back to Hillsong for a second time that day. Grandparents are the best!
We had an amazing evening at Hillsong. Since Justin only had a two full weekends in Cape Town, we were appreciative of the fact that we had squeezed in an extra visit to Hillsong! What an amazing Sunday in Cape Town. It was busy, but perfect.