Behind the Scenes: Beach Shoot
While we were in Cape Town, I was DETERMINED to do a family photo shoot! Since I am always behind the camera these days, I am constantly reminded how much I want family photos too. A trip home was the perfect time to get some family photos done, especially since our little man is growing so much and each time we go home he looks so much bigger! My father doesn’t like photos, so I had to warn him months in advance to prepare for this. I contacted an old friend, Ceazare, who has a photography business now, and she was more than happy to set up a date with us. We met on a Saturday afternoon, on a stretch of beach that had Table Mountain in the background. The skies were clear, but it was windy and pretty chilly. It wasn’t, however, FREEZING! Of course, our perception of the cold has changed dramatically after life in China. My father was shivering and shaking… and I was wearing a thin shoulder-less shirt and no tights under my skirt.
I had to fight off the urge to make comments like “Don’t be a baby Dad!”. hehehe… Love you dad! I do understand that perception is a HUGE part of temperature experience. I did, however, giggle about the fact that for my entire life my dad has always told me to not be a baby. He has worn short pants and short sleeves through every season, and bragged that he doesn’t feel the cold. My oh my, times have changed!
Missing from the Pictures
The shoot would have been even better if my brother, Richard, was here. Having him, his wife, and my newborn little niece there would have been perfect but alas, little Cora was only a month old and they weren’t able to visit then. We hope that we can all get to Cape Town at the same time on our next visit! And you better believe it – we will be doing another photo shoot. Sorry Dad!
SIDE NOTE: My dad has lost 12kg since we left Cape Town. I am so proud of him! He is following the same ketogenic lifestyle that I am. In fact, about 10 people are following along with me. Check out more on my Instagram page dedicated to my fitness/ nutrition journey: Contoured by Cat.
Quiet Moments After Sunset
When the others had left, Justin and I stayed to watch the sky change. We had dinner plans with friends, but we are suckers for a beautiful sunset so we stayed to admire God’s design. We turned the radio up, sat back, and soaked the warmth in. It was one of those insanely perfect moments. The kind you want to bottle up so that you can experience them again later…
After the Shoot
When it got dark, and we could no longer admire the ocean, sunset and Table Mountain, we made our way over the our friends, Catherine and Clinton. As you can tell from our week 2 posts – we got to spend quite a bit of time with these two. We had, however, jam-packed our Friday with them, so it was really only two days.
As usual, they were amazing hosts. Clinton sorted the braai, and served us an amazing selection of meat and bread. Catherine made salad and roasted veggies. It was a typical South African dinner, and we LOVED IT! My little boet (brother) came along for this dinner, and it was good to have him there. We love mixing as many people as we can when we visit home. Since we have so little time, and especially since Justin only had two weeks in Cape Town, we had to maximize our time. Gosh – it is NOT easy!
Oh my! These are little pockets of deliciousness. Small round buns filled with garlic, butter and cheese. To be more specific, “braai broodtjies” are actually normal pieces of bread, with cheese, tomato and onion inside them, toasted over the fire. These smaller ones are store bought, and have a more dense consistency. Anyone want to message me the name for these small ones? I have no idea!
On this visit home, I converted a lot of friends and family over to keto, and I almost think that on my next trip home they will all be serving us ketogenic versions of the South African foods that we love most. YAY!
Another perfect evening with friends. Thank you guys!
We love the amazing evenings with family an friends while we are home. In fact, sometimes it is so good that it leaves us feeling a rather insatiable homesickness. Just like these blog posts do!
We will be sharing those awesome family photo shoot pictures with you in a future post. You might have seen a few of them on Facebook and Instagram, but we will definitely be doing a full post on them in the next few weeks. Every week we either just reach the blogging target, or fall slightly short. It seems we might still be done with New Zealand and South Africa before we head off the the Philippines. But only time will tell…