Sheyce turns 3

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Hey guys …Sheyce officially turned three yesterday and it feels amazingly great to see her grow. We held a small birthday lunch party with family and close friends and we are so grateful to all who came through and made it happen! And to my parents for letting us use their home and for all the amazing support we get from them as we raise Sheyshey.

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Being young parents ,and getting to have the few friends we have and family as our support system pushes us to do better than we ourselves expect and we end up surprising ourselves at how well this whole parenting journey keeps turning out.

We pray she continues to grow as a God fearing girl who will know and love God,to be a well rounded kid who will excel in everything she does,to be extremely talented and gifted and to have a great personality that will uphold all the values and morals we intend to instill in her.

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This is how the Birthday lunch went down………

Food…food..and more food…Lol!!

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Then came the trendy three Fun photo booth..:)

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Njambi Oduor ,Sheyce and I spent the whole of Saturday baking these cakes and it was so worth it. Sheyce loved it ,and she couldn’t get enough of the rainbow cake and the cupcakes… Njambi did most of the work and we really appreciate that.

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this chocolate cake was diiiiivine…

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Sheyce was so excited to see herself on the cake…

Cake cutting …. …. ….

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it was so yummy ,everyone wanted a piece to take home

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Thank you so much to our friends ,families and to all of you guys who never miss to read our posts and even take a minute to leave a comment or two every now and then,we appreciate and we are sending lots and lots of Blessings your way.

Cakes by Njambi Oduor

Photography by Kinyati Ng’ang’a and Waceke Kamau

Love and Joy

Gaceru’s

Trendy Three’s Around The Corner

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It is hard to imagine that Sheyce is turning three in just four days. Just the other i was in disbelief that i had a little person in me and now look at me feeling quite old to be a mother to a three year old toddler.

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I found out i was preggers when i was 20 and in my last days of my first trimester after the boo insisted on the test. It was a mix of emotions ;excitement,denial,disbelief ,anxiety and a gazillion questions in my head. For a minute i thought my life was going to change ,and probably for the worst but somehow in my heart,a little voice said it was for the best.

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That little voice was right,it did not become better immediately,there were a lot of tears ,sadness but i had such a strong support system to keep me going till i got to meet this little gem. (preggers story,i will tell in detail when am calmer) Lol! And here we are !

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Sheyce is a Gem ,she a whole lot of things wrapped up in one,she lights up a room with her bubbly nature,she is a ball of Energy ; My God,this baby has got too much energy ,she seems like she will be extremely talented in gymnastics,instruments and arts,she is smart and witty ; loves her books ,is keen to detail and has a very good memory , She is fully of positive vibes and her enthusiasm and charisma is to die for.

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Seeing her grow,having the responsibility to nurture and mold her into the Vessel God has purposed her to be is such a blessing and a humbling experience. Its not something anyone would have taught me,i have had to learn on the job. And so far ,i can confidently pat myself on the back and give a sigh of good relief for a job well done.

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Am excited for her,i cannot wait to see how her Trendy Three year  will be,but i pray and hope it will be a good,blessed and beautiful year for her and those around her. Why Trendy Three ? Teren….Teren….. you will have to wait and see it as it unfolds….

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This is our last post when she is in her terrible twos,but wait,no! They were actually Terrific Twos 🙂

Thank you for following our journey ,onto the next chapter now… Stay blessed guys !!

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Love and Joy , Waceke & Sheyce

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Nairobi’s Skyline

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On a random day last week we decided to check out how Nairobi looks from an aerial view and what better place than the KICC rooftop ? To access the rooftop we paid Ksh 150 for unlimited time up there.

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I was surprised to see how green Nairobi is. From the ground all i would see was pavements,roads and buildings and the only green i ever noticed was the one on the round abouts’ and by the road side and probably in the parks.

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The view is Spectacular,its breathtaking ,its simply Amazing! We have a very colorful city and very green. It also looks very orderly from the rooftop. I managed to take a couple shots of the amazingly beautiful skyline and they turned out great.

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look at how green it is!! Beautiful

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A colorful Nairobi !

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Sheyce too thought the view was Amazing ,she actually exclamates ” Woooow,is Amazing” ,every time she is blown away by beautiful landscapes,views or places.

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Thank you for always stopping by.

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#Sheyceexplores #SeeKenya #AmazingKenya #DiscoverKenya #Kenyarocks

Blessings,Waceke & Sheyce

 

 

 

10 Things Sheyce Loves Doing ; 7. Baking Cakes

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I love pastries but my favorite is cakes and we tend to bake at least once or twice a week and of-course the Lil miss is always my assistant.So over the week i decided to capture these amazing shots of a baking session she had with her god mom ,Njambi. They were baking a strawberry sponge cake.

Today i will let the post be a picture story…

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She pays attention and is always eager to learn and master the craft

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She loves and enjoys helping out  and her favorite part is the tasting bit,Lol ,she is always dipping her tiny fingers to taste the cake mix.

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One would think she is a little master Chef ,lol!

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She loves frosting the cake ,but only because its such a sweet process and she is such a sweet tooth..

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Sluuuuuurp!!! Look at that cake …..

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She qualifies for Top Chef or is it Bakeress? ..hahaha..I hope you loved and enjoyed the picture story..

Thank you for stopping by ..

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Blessings , Waceke & Sheyce

10 Things Sheyce Loves Doing : 8. Playing Lil Photographer !

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Everyone who has met Sheyce knows she always has a Camera in one hand and a book on the other hand. We may say that is typical me except for the book,Lol!

I had my first contact with a Camera when i was 12years old,It was a Kodak Kb.10 35mm Camera and i remember taking pictures of almost everything ,my dad actually kept most of those pictures and i still have the Camera to date. I later upgraded to a better Kodak ,then a Sony Cyber shot Camera which is now Sheyce’s Camera.

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I recently got a Nikon D3200 DSLR which is such a good camera and it got me to realize that i am  passionate about photography and its  not just a hobby.Sheyce then became the proud owner of a Camera.

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Ever since Sheyce started using the Sony Cyber shot camera,i feel safe to say she is really good at it ,she is Turning 3 in a couple of weeks ; she understands what a camera is,how it works,she knows how to aim ,capture and go through her photos after taking them. If you ask me,that seems like very deep interest which will grow into passion. She likes taking pictures of People ,beautiful places and sometimes food ,which is basically what i also take.Here are some of her pictures,No edits,just as she took them.

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The other day she met the amazingly talented  photographer ,Bobo of Bobo photography and she was stuck on him,you would think she knew how good he is at what he does,and went ahead to show off her skills which he fell in love with.

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She is quite young to tell what her path is but we as parents ought to nurture the things we may perceive as talent in our kids as early as we see the interest they have in them.With the photos she has taken so far,one can confidently say she takes better pictures than some of us and its very impressive and admirable to see a little person trying to focus on her subject to get a good shot.

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I do not know if i will be able to cover the 7 more things Sheyce loves doing by the end of the year but i will try my best to.

Thank you for stopping by .

Blessings , Waceke & Sheyce .

 

 

 

The Daddy_Daughter Squad

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It is exactly a year since i started this blog and i couldn’t be any prouder of the progress i have made over the year.I have such a long way to go to get it to where i need it to be but its slowly but surely getting there.

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When i started  this blog ,the concept was built on a small family of three,young parents in their twenties who wanted to bring up their daughter exploring her country,experiencing its beauty,seeing its magic and discovering its hidden treasures.And in the process she would get to learn of its diverse culture due to the many ethnic groups it has and also learn how Kenya came to be Kenya,basically our History.

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Local traveling is something most of us would love to indulge in but is in its own way quite expensive and requires you to sometimes plan before hand.So far ,we have chosen to visit places that are totally affordable.You too can join the wagon and start where you are,help promote the local tourism in our country! Lets brand Kenya! Its such a beautiful country!

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In Miss Gaceru ,i feature my daughter,Sheyce and her Baba,Gaceru as they explore Kenya.They are the perfect duo and their relationship which is effortlessly and naturally beautiful brings life to all the moments i have captured of them in our Explorations.

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He is her favorite in all ways even if i spend more time with her than he does,somehow in her eyes he is the superman,the perfect parent. I bet this happens to all mommies with daughters,She will always choose him over you. #sigh!

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As we celebrate one year of the blog ,Missgaceru.com,i celebrate these two for letting me feature them as my main characters in the blog,for giving me some of the most beautiful shots yet,for going on all the trips we have gone so far, for always being patient with my lens,for being my partners in all these and for being my squad!

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These are some amazingly beautiful random moments i captured of Sheyce and her Baba. They have such a beautiful bond that seems to grow every time and they are simply my perfect to go squad.

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Thank you to all my readers,my good critics and our cheerers who never miss to read our posts . We look forward to documenting even better explorations in the coming year!

Thank you for stopping by ..

Photography by :Waceke Kamau

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Blessings ,Waceke

#sheyceexplores #daddydaughtersquad #travelblogger #seekenya #magicalkenya #kenyarocks

 

 

The Hub Karen

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In Kenya Today Malls are sprouting everywhere you turn,which is a good thing because it shows the country is growing and developing each day. Mall have their Cons and Pros but i will dwell more on the Pros,You know,team Optimists!

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Sheyce looks forward to going to the mall and somehow she neither gets bored nor outgrows the activities she indulges in at the mall. The other day we decided to check in at the newest mall in town ,The Hub Karen.

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The Hub is located in one of the suburbs in Nairobi,Karen, and the Mall is nothing short of its standards and caliber. Its so serene and simply stunning. From the moment you walk in you feel a different kind of ambience ,its well organized,the flower beds and pots are strategically placed ,there is so much space and there are high end stores and restaurants everywhere you turn.

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The Mall has funscapes which is an indoor play area for kids where parents can leave kids of all ages playing and feel safe because they get to be under great surveillance and the stuff there are just friendly and hospitable . This was Sheyces highlight of the whole Hub Karen experience and she said they have better games than TRM (sorry  TRM!LOL)

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The shopping experience couldn’t get any better. They have a French Franchised supermarket,Carrefour which stalks some of the best snacks(cheat days )ever,their price range too is very fair and  did i mention how spacious it is ? And the customer service i got here has got to be the best i have ever gotten in any other supermarket in Kenya(not kidding).

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The hub is one of the most beautiful malls i have come across in Nairobi but i feel safe to say In Kenya and i know most of you will agree with me. The landscape in the backyard is one of a kind. There is the water body which has a bridge and a waterfall and it simply complements the beautiful structures of the mall and lush gardens which would be great for picnics with family and loved ones.

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The Hub Karen is definitely my new  joint!! Pass by and give me your review on the place.

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Photography by ;Waceke Kamau

Thank you for stopping by .

#sheyceexplores #seekenya #magicalkenya #kenyarocks

Blessings

Waceke and Sheyce

 

10 Things Sheyce loves doing : 9. Playing Lil Chef

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Raising a girl is a whole lot of things all wrapped up together because you are not just raising a girl but a lady,a chef,a doctor,a nurse,a teacher,a wife and a mother. Why all those things is because at some point in life,she will be someone’s wife and later on a mom!! She will be expected to make delicious meals ,nurse everyone when they are not feeling well,teach her children about morals and values ,Love and honor her husband and the list goes on and on.

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As a young mom ,one of your biggest fears is to fail in your parenting but then again there is nothing like perfect parenting ,you get to learn on the Job! Daughters are a handful but easy to deal with. Lol!

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Sheyce loves to imitate everything i do,she will help out with the house chores voluntarily but her favorite imitation of me is playing little chef in her kitchen .

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She showed so much interest with the kitchen that her grandmother ended up getting her a small kitchen.Sheyce was so excited to have her own kitchen and now she makes us breakfast,brunch,lunch and even dinner sometimes and we are forced to eat her imaginary food and compliment her cooking.

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She loves being outdoors and enjoys nature,so to make her cooking sessions even more fun and creative,i set up her kitchen outside and let her do all the cooking she wants.

It feels great to watch her grow into this lil lady! I love raising a girl,it is like raising a mini you !

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The kitchen sets range from ksh 1000 (table gas ) to ksh 7000 (like the one in the pictures ) and you can get them in Biashara street . Hers is from a store called Roopam Limited!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

Blessings ..

Waceke & Sheyce

 

10 things Sheyce loves doing : 10. Reading story books

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A little reader is who she is ,she loves her books more than she loves her other toys. She will be turning 3 in December and when asked what she wants for her birthday her first answer is school .Lol . She has never been to school,a day care or even left at home with a nanny , i opted to be a full time stay at home mommy till she is of school age.

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We started reading books to her when she was around 4 months old and she would pay attention and as she grew ,she developed a deep interest for books and its now one of her favorite things to do.

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She cant exactly read the books herself,so one has to read the story to her or with her ,elaborate using the images provided and make sure to make it sound as interesting as it should be for a toddler and she will be the one telling the story to you bit by bit afterwards.

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We try to get her story books as often and right now the books pictured are her current rotation.Books by Sterling Publishers

Helping a child become a little reader creates a bond between you and her,helps improve their vocabulary ,their communication skills become better,it helps develop an interest to want to learn and once the child joins school you are guaranteed of good performance and good grades !!

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Teach them how to read from an early stage ,it will pay off and it will be good for their development and growth.

You can get baby,toddler / kids story books from any book stores or supermarkets and they go for as low as Ksh. 150 /= ,which is very affordable!!

More interesting things to know about Miss Gaceru in the next 9 posts to follow,make sure not to miss any of them !!

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Thank you for stopping by…

XoXo … Waceke & Sheyce …

 

This has to be Thee Sport!

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Second week into this month,a couple weeks to go and its Christmas and before you know it,it will be New years’ eve,oh how time flies will never stop being a mystery !

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On our last day of our previous trip; here and here we had our first encounter with what we call Thee (stretch it to something like Theeeeeeeeeeeeee) Sport ; GOLF! Neither I nor Le boo are sporty people but just like normal parents would want for their kids,we want ours to be that all rounded child,You know,from nerdy to sporty to adventurous to an edgy style,well you get the point.

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Golf is a sport we had never really thought of,for starters it is a very expensive sport and mostly considered as a sport for the who is who in the society. Second ,what is so fun about walking around from one end of the field dragging the heavy bag full of golf clubs then hitting a tiny golf ball so hard you can barely spot which hole it landed in?

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Those were my initial thoughts about the sport until i got to hold a drive,learnt how to swing and hit that golf ball the furthest i could at the beautiful Delamare farm Golf course. Delamare farm golf course is off the Nakuru -Naivasha highway and its simply beautiful. They have a shop with all the golf equipment you may need for a starter pack and whats even cooler is that they do hire them out at some affordable rates for those who just want to have some fun.

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With  a few basic tips on how to go about the game ,Sheyce seemed like a pro ; i kid you not. She learnt how to hold the club,position the golf ball and hit it before i did. She enjoyed the whole experience and by the time she was done with her first round ,she was already telling her baba that she wants to play golf when she goes to school.

As much as we may not have been sporty people ,we loved and enjoyed the game and probably ,it might be thee sport. Plus the view of the Aberdare hills ,the fresh air ,the green fields made it even more ecstatic.

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And again,Sheyce got learn about a new sport during one of her explorations. She cannot wait to play Golf again and maybe she will but whats definite is that the Delamare stop over may become a regular.

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Make sure to check out the place and probably learn  how to swing a drive to make a perfect hit,after-all ,we are told to never stop learning and experiencing new things.

Thank you for stopping by!

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#Missgaceru #Sheyceexplores #Golf #Seekenya #magicalkenya #amazingkenya #tembeakenya

Blessings

Waceke & Sheyce

 

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