A Tablecloth of Clouds

1.30.2011

One of the things we wanted to do the most on our trip was visit Table Mountain.
It's called Table Mountain because the clouds float over its flat top like a tablecloth.

The problem with visiting Table Mountain is that it's closed quite often due to the high winds in Cape Town. Although it was closed throughout most of our trip, we were so excited that it was open on our 5th day in Cape Town. We headed there first thing in the morning ready to make our way to the top.

There are two ways to get to the top of this almost 4,000 foot mountain: hike or take the cable cars. Now I am all about taking in the scenery on a beautiful hike, but I knew I wouldn't make it in all my pregnant glory, so we opted for the cable cars.
The view from the top was gorgeous and we got a few shots before the clouds starting rolling in.

These people were repelling on the side of the mountain. Jesse wanted to do it but he didn't have the right shoes. :(

The restaurant and gift shop

It wasn't long before we were surrounded by clouds. It made visiblity a little bit difficult but it was pretty cool to actually be in the clouds.




Of course, what goes up must come down. Once I stepped back into the cable car and saw just how high we were, I have to admit that I was a bit nervous. It was a smooth ride, though.

We spent the rest of our day on a tour of Robben Island. Robben Island is an island that was used as a training and defense station during World War II, a hospital for patients with leprosy, and finally as a prison for political prisoners. It's the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years. The tour started with a short ferry ride to the island. Then we were taken by bus around the island to see all of the different buildings that were used. The tour ended in the prison section where a former prisoner told us about his life as a political prisoner. It definitely wasn't something I would call fun, but it was interesting.



The prison buildings

Nelson Mandela's cell


A billboard showing the last of the prisoners being released
I hope I'm not boring everyone to death with my recap of our trip. I know it will be nice for us to be able to look back on this and remember what we did each day. Not to worry though- I'm almost through. I promise! :) Happy Sunday!

The Lovely Cape

1.28.2011

Our fourth day in Cape Town was spent on a day long tour with Cape Convoy tours. We were picked up from our hotel first thing in the morning and spent the whole day seeing all of the best sights in the Cape. Be prepared: this post will be very picture heavy! :)

We started off with a short ferry ride in Hout Bay to Seal Island. We spent about twenty minutes watching the seals splash and play in the water. They were absoulutely adorable and the scenery surrounding the island was gorgeous.




After checking out the seal cuteness, we began our tour of the magnificent coastline. It's so hard for me to choose which pictures to post because there were so many beautiful things to see!


 We made a stop at Boulders Beach to see the African penguins. It was really incredible to be able to get so close to them.



This litte guy was molting. Doesn't he look pitiful?
We finished up the tour with Cape Point and The Cape of Good Hope.

Cape Point

Cape of Good Hope- The Most South-Western Point on the African Continent
As you can see, we had a full day. Of course, it wouldn't have been complete without spotting these guys on the way home.

I've heard they can get pretty aggressive so I didn't get too close. Luckily, Jesse was able to get right next to them and snap some great pictures. They may be mean but they sure were cute!

Over Halfway There- 22 Weeks!

1.27.2011



 Pregnancy Highlights:
Size of Baby: The baby is the size of a spaghetti squash. She is about 11-12 inches long and weighs about a pound.

Movement: I can feel her move all the time! It is the most amazing feeling in the world. She's most active at bedtime- I swear she does somersaults in there. She's moving enough now that I can see the movements from the outside. It's crazy to see my belly move like that.

Gender: It's a GIRL! Little miss Emerson Olivia.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 13-14 lbs. I gained at least 3 while we are on vacation so I'm not surprised by the big jump. My belly has grown so much in the last two weeks and my arms and face are definitely filling out.

Maternity Clothes: I've still been wearing one pair of regular work pants but I think yesterday was the last day of that. It looks like it's stictly maternity from here on out.

Sleep: The belly is starting to get in the way and it takes me a while to get comfy but once I do I sleep great.

What I miss: the USA (not pregnancy related but definitely true)

Cravings: Mexican food. I cannot wait to get to Texas...

Symptoms: My lower back is starting to hurt a little bit but nothing too bad. Overall, I'm feeling pretty good.

Best Moment this week: Strangers commenting on my belly (I finally look pregnant and not just chubby) and being able to call her by her name instead of just "the baby."

Baby Purchases: Just the outfits and book in Cape Town. I've done lots of looking though!

I really can't believe we are over halfway there. Just 18 weeks to go!

What I'm Loving

1.26.2011

It's been a while since I joined WILW with Jamie so I'm taking a break from our Cape Town recap to share everything I'm loving this week.

I'm loving that I finished The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. A few people recommended the books to me and I'm so glad I read them. They were so good and super easy reads!


On a similar note, I'm loving that you can loan books on the Kindle. I never knew until a sweet friend loaned a book to me for vacation. Any Kindle owners out there interested in doing some swaps? I need a new book to read and I have several I'd love to share... :)

I'm loving how my latest (okay- my only) craft project turned out. Remember my post a while back about the adorable pins from No Plain T's? Well I loved mine so much that I wanted to get one in every color. But then I decided I could possibly make something similar myself. Mine is definitely not as good as the real thing, but I think it turned out pretty cute. I can't wait to make more.



It looks huge here because of the angle of the picture, but it's really not. :)
I'm loving that I finally joined Twitter! There are several blog friends that I wanted to follow so I thought it would be fun to join in too. You can follow me at littlemoments11. I can't promise I'll have anything interesting to say, though. :) Do any of you Tweet? I'd love to follow!

I'm loving all of the adorable baby girl stuff I've been finding online. Seriously, check out this cuteness.



via Amazon

via Restoration Hardware
I'm loving the awesome birthday present I received this week. The colors are gorgeous! Who doesn't love Coach? Thanks Carrie!

What are you loving this week?

Jaws

1.25.2011

Our third day in Cape Town was probably one of my favorites. We did something we had always talked about doing, but we never thought we'd actually get to do it... Can you guess what it was?

Here's a little hint....

That's right- we went Great White Shark cage diving. Ok- I guess I shouldn't say we. I went along for the ride but I didn't actually get in the cage. I was too afraid I would look like a seal in the wetsuit and the water was just too cold for me. I didn't want poor Emerson to get hypothermia!

The day started off with a briefing about safety precautions. The crew was pretty laid back but they did have one major rule: DO NOT stick your hands outside the cage. Before we went out on the boat Jesse kept joking that he was going to try to touch one. Don't worry- he quickly changed his tune when he actually saw one in person!

After our safety brief, everyone suited up in their wetsuits (except me, of course) and we headed to the boat. It was cloudy and drizzling so it was a chilly ride out to the area they call Shark Alley. The swells were pretty big so the ride was pretty bumpy but I felt great the whole way.

After spotting some seals along the way, we stopped and the waiting began.
For the first hour, we kept a close eye on the water- just waiting for our first shark sighting.


After the second hour, we started to feel a bit discouraged and more than a little seasick. I was feeling pretty good until a few others on the boat started to get sick.  Luckily, I never actually got sick but I was feeling  queasy for a while. Thankfully, just as we were about to give up, a "little" visitor arrived!
They lowered the cage into the water...
And everyone climbed in....

They threw the seal decoy out and we waited for our friend to come back and play.

Luckily it didn't take long...







I have to say it was a pretty amazing experience to be that close to a 12 foot Great White shark (even from the boat). Jesse loved every second of his time in the cage- though he was absolutely freezing!

I definitely recommend doing this if you ever have a chance. It's a once in a lifetime experience that we will never forget!



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