Turning Twenteen… Is that right?!

So… yesterday was my 20th birthday 🙂 (Thank you for the birthday wish that you just silently said in your head for me… or if not, then thanks for reading this!) I still like to think that I’m a young and free teenager… so I actually turned twenteen!! My sister and her Dan kindly allowed Tom and I to use their lovely house for a braai (barbeque) to celebrate our week-apart birthdays. The weather was miserable, but the great food and company made everything worth while. I got really spoilt by my Tom, friends and family and a highlight of my birthday included a surprise phone call from my BFF, Margot, in South Africa (xoxox).

Thank you to everyone for the amazing messages, phone calls and warm wishes 🙂 You are all such beauties!!

Cheers to the 20’s!!!

My birthday cake with my face on!

*SoNgS oN sHuFfLe*

I’m sure that everyone can agree that music is, without a doubt, a soul saver. Music helps to preserve the memories of a person, place or moment. I listen to music every day and love to have a little sing- a- long song time. I also have quite a good singing voice- if I say so myself. No, I actually really don’t. My best friend, Margot, thinks that I sound like a cat drowning 🙂 Thanks M.

So, here’s something a little fun to do 🙂 Grab your cellphone, Ipod, MP3 player, jukebox, boom box, tune box or whatever you crazy kids use these days and follow the five instructions below:

1. Put your music player on shuffle.

2. Press forward for each question.

3. Use the song title as the answer to the questions below and NO CHEATING– no matter how ridiculous it sounds.

4. Add the artist so we know which song it really is.

 5. Have fun!! 🙂

How would you describe yourself?

BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY- Fergie feat. Sean Kingston  (Lies! I cry a lot… even in cartoons!)

How would other people describe you?

YOUR CALL- Secondhand Serenade

If someone says “Are you okay?”, you say…

BEST I’LL EVER BE- Sister Hazel  (Nice one Tayls!)

What do you like in a partner?

FOREVER- Chris Brown   (Aaah… so sweet)

What do you want to be when you grow up?

JUST WANNA BE WITH YOU- Cast of High School Musical 3   (Yes… I do have HSM3 songs on my Ipod)

Your life’s purpose is…

THE LONELY ONE- Alice Deejay  (Ouch!)

Your life’s motto is…

FEELS LIKE RAIN- Ke$ha

A song that reminds you of good times…

THE END- Simple Plan

What do you think of your best friends?

JAI HO- The Pussycat Dolls  (Meeeowww!)

Wedding song?

MARRY ME- Train  (WHAT??!! Oh my word, that’s so cool!! Totally the best answer in this!)

Funeral song?

STORM- Lifehouse  (Guess I’m gonna die from a lightning strike.)

Your hobbies?

AMERICA’S NEXT FREAK- FM Static

Biggest fear?

CRAZY- Simple Plan  (Does this mean that I’m afraid of becoming crazy?? Well, too late!)

Biggest dream?

BOYFRIEND- Ashlee Simpson  (Love you Tom ❤ !!)

What would you do with all the world’s money?

LETS GET CRAZY- Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana  (HELL YEAH!!! And yes again… I do listen to Hannah Montana!)

Your most missed memory?

KISS ME- Sixpence None The Richer

Your worst personality trait?

SECOND CHANCE- Tinchy Stryder feat. Taio Cruz

The best gift you’ve ever received?

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER-  Cast of High School Musical 3  (blush!)

The best thing about life is…

I GOT A FEELING- Black Eyed Peas

Your fondest memory is…

WITH OR WITHOUT YOU- U2

The weirdest thing about you is?

PAPER PLANES- M.I.A   (Yeah, that is weird!)

Where will you be in 10 years time from now?

SCOTTY DOESN’T KNOW- Lustra  (And neither do I)

There’s nothing quite like a sister.

I am part of a really confusing and twisted family. Including me, there are six sisters and one brother. I don’t think anyone is entirely sure how we’re all exactly related, but that’s a different story all together :-). If any of you are lucky enough to have a relationship and friendship with a sister, then I’m sure that you can agree that there isn’t anything quite like sharing a bond with your sister…

A sister always “gets” you when no one else does and they always have your back. They can calm you down, crack you up with laughter and always know the right thing to say. A sister knows where you’re from, where you’re at and where you’re going- they help you figure it out when you get a little lost on the way.

I am very close with two of my sisters: Alex and Jen. They are a year apart in age and I am six years younger than Alex, and therefore five years younger than Jen.  Alex and I live five minutes away from each other (here in the UK) and Jen is back home in South Africa. The three of us don’t have to see each other all the time to know how much love we have for each other, because we have all proven that distance is just a number. We don’t need to speak every day to let each other know that we care, because as sisters, we simply just know.

 

  

Now that I’m all grown up, I get to pick on my sisters as payback for when they tortured me as a child 🙂 Firstly, I’m taller than both of them, possibly even with them put together, and secondly, it’s only fair…

It’s their fault that I have a fear of plastic washing baskets- yes, I’m serious. I was around five years old when the incident happened. The kidnapping. The two of them tied me to a plastic washing basket, dragged me down the stairs, took me outside and… wait for it… tied me to a tree… NAKED!!! All in hopes of becoming serious bad-asses by demanding a ransom from the parentals for my “safe” return. They got something like R10 (about £1) to share, which was a lot for fifteen years ago for two ten-year olds. Terrible right?!!

They also used to scare me by saying that there was a really long snake living in the bushes in our swimming pool area… This went on for months and so one day, I put my brave pants on and went to find this snake… It turns out that it was just a green hose pipe. Duh!! Jen used to push me into the bushes… a lot.

 

They used to melt chocolate into moulds and sell them to people who lived in our complex. I was forced to clean up after them and didn’t get any profits! Admittedly though, I did get to lick the bowl and when you’re little, chocolate is way, way better than money. I think that’s still the case with me now 🙂

They used to run away from me all the time, lock me in my room (or out of theirs), allow me to eat crickets off the floor, call me “butt chin” (as in “arse chin”), dare me to suck my dad’s toes (I did it once for money. Once- I swear!) and let me roll around in my own nappy waste. I’m pretty sure that I had to dress up for Halloween and do all the trick-or-treating and was then forced to divide my sweets and it most definitely wouldn’t have been in three equal parts! They allowed me to watch all the Chucky movies and that horrific clown movie called “It”, instead of protecting me from what is now a true fear of dolls and clowns. Oh, and  Alex once sent me to school with no panties on!

 

Despite all of those horrible things, well horrible at the time- HILARIOUS now… my sisters were sometimes very loving :-)… They used to sneak me into their bedroom at night time when I used to cry, or rather howl, because I was so scared  of sleeping in my own room, as the tree shadows on my curtains were not so friendly looking. They used to let me hang out with them in primary school, thus making me really “cool” because I was friends with the seniors. They let me take my favourite blanky EVERYWHERE– not that they really had a choice and Alex once saved me from drowning. Thanks for that!

My beautiful sisters are clothes borrowers, fit throwers, duvet cover stealers, moody pants, funny rascals, advice givers, mad and mental, secret keepers, punishers, rewarders, fighters, lovers, sharers of dreams, jokers, dresser uppers, huggers, kissers and best of all… they are family!!!

Alex and Jen: We are sisters, best friends, other halves and soul mates. In the cookie of life, you two are the best part- the chocolate chips!!! I love you both always and forever!

XOXOXOXOX

I'm the bald boy-looking one in the middle 🙂