On my Bookshelf – June 2016

A of late I have been collecting a lot of books and I really need to start reading them!!

Books for self development:

books zelfontplooine

Books for relaxation and flipping through:

books leuk

As you can see there is an e-reader on top (kindle to be specific) as I download most of my reading genre, but the books under my kindle are either gifts, on loan or books I bought secondhand.

My favorite genre is fantasy, more specific vampires, witches, some fairies and everything inbetween. Want to know what I’ve read so far ? Visit my Goodreads bookshelf!
(wouldn’t it be great if there was something similar for movies, IMDB is fun for trailers but I don’t keep track of movie’s or series I’ve seen and I’m unsure if you can connect with other movie/serie lovers there….)

If you have any books on self development and/or the genre that I like please recommend them I love to expand my bookshelves!


a little update

I’ve been really busy baking and purging in my house, so far the purging has been a very very slow process…. the baking has been fun trying out new recipes and the purging wel …. let’s face it this stuff has been lying around since before I started my memory lane and it will take a while to get this up to scratch.
And I’m not even talking about scrapbook supplies here. I will have to sort those out too as dh and I are trading places, he gets the cold (smaller but finished and painted) room downstairs and I get the warm (bigger & unfinished) room in the attic. We’re both very happy with this deal so we’re working very hard to get this done before the new year.

I’ve also been very busy with the Dutch Dares, looking for some new talent for the dt, promoting ourselves on Facebook and scrapping the dares and sketches, unfortunately not joining in as much as I’d like to.

And we have new Family photo’s ! It’s hard to say which ones are my favorites since they are all so fab, but here are one of us each and a group photo all made by the fabulous Miss Delis.

So what do you think ?

Sometimes you need a little time

Time to but read a lot of books (the darkest powers & House of Night series), be ill (twice), make plans for the summer, make plans for redecorating in your home, purging and raise 2 highly intelligent kids. So that’s why I needed a little blogbreak somehow I just didn’t feel like writing here …

But we have been doing a lot more than just the above to be honest, never a dull moment in this household.

After getting his B swimming certificate it took Colin only a month to get the final C certificate and that didn’t come without a tough injurie because he somehow got a chunck stripped of his little toe and that bled so fiersly he was afraid to go back into the water. So even though he did not do all the necessary required obstacles he did get his certificate ! We were very proud and happy that the lessons (twice a week) were history 🙂

On May 25th, I started with ear-acupunture and a special diet which basically means no Carbohydrates at all so I could fit into my clothes again, be confident and feel like I did 2 years ago before my car/bike accident & the pleuritis.
The past weeks have nog been tough really, i don’t miss a lot of foods but mostly fruits, french fries and potato chips. The great thing about this combination of diet and stimulation is not that I’ve been losing lot’s & lot’s of kilo’s but lot’s and lot’s of bodyfat ! So far I’ve only lost 5 kilo’s (3 and I’m @ my goal) but so much fat I could already fit into my clothes after 2,5 kilo’s 🙂 Only a few more weeks to go and I’m confident I will find a new balance with my food, weight and gymroutine.

Michael and Colin are doing very well in school, Michael will be going to the next grade (6) and since this will be a grade in which he will be getting lot’s of new things to learn, he will have plenty to keep him busy as he already is in an excell program because he is way ahead of the rest. Colin will be skipping a grade and going from 3 to 5 as his level was, at the end of the schoolyear, already at the same level of the 4th graders. We’re hoping he will be okay on a social aspect, but his former teacher and new teacher seem to have the utmost confidence as they’ve never had a student of which they are more sure he will be ok than him. So I’m trusting their judgement and we’ll keep a close eye on how he’s doing at school and at home. Colin is very excited he’s been visiting the class and likes the kids much better than his own class, according to him there are less kids that tease there.

For the last day of school I wanted to do something special for the kids so I made them cookie’s for them to bring to school. They turned out ok for my first try, i put them in little bags with labels saying have a great vacation, for Colin it was a goodbye gift in disguise. The teachers, the internal mentor, the head master and the concierge also got a bag of cookies and they were happy surprised.

We took the boys to see a Kiss concert, they thought it was fun to see but it just takes a while before the concert started and usually they can stay up real late but Colin fell asleep at about 9.30 pm and Michael at about 10.00. Don’t worry they had earphones in, and they needed them as the opening act was ridiculously loud and nothing at all in the genre of Kiss. It was a good concert and they played really long, well worth the money. We weren’t the only ones that took the kids along, there were a whole bunch of them with kiss t-shirts and make up on !

I tried to host a bbq party but unfortunatly it was not a good date i set, lot’s of people couldn’t make it due to prior engagements but I was dissapointed a tad when a lot of people just didn’t respond … I mean hello I cannot host a party if I don’t know wether you’re coming or not. I must say I have been a bit dissapointed on more fronts with friends/aquaintances inviting us around for fun stuff, it seems I’m always the initiator and I really should learn from this but it’s hard ….
Oh well that’s just us I guess, we’re not the popular crowd never have been but we are a fun crowd and I’ll someday be ok with it, it always takes me more time for things to settle down with me.

Now we’re well into our summer vacation (7 weeks for me, 6 weeks for the boys and 3 weeks for Ed) it’s been all about Dutch Baseball week, waterguns, sunscreen, geocaching, Movie Park Germany, relaxing at my aunts hotel in Germany, purging, Colin’s 7th birthday, sleeping in, volunteer work for a handicap baseball day and getting the house back into a respectable state that has been long overdue for the last let’s say uhm 4 years …. And hopefully a visit to the beach before the summer ends as every time it’s been beachweather we couldn’t go ….

My summer holiday

Spent purging, re-organizing, beach, babysitting Issie, Slagharen, De Efteling, Geocaching, lots of sleep-overs, Ice Age 3 3D, Linaeushof, Waterspeeltuin, 7 days of DYI, Scrapbooking, THE biggest Carnival of the Netherlands, lot’s of dvd’s (watchmen, new in town, the pursuit of happines, the wrestler, baby mamma, the bankjob, we are marshal = loved this one, home of the brave, st. trinian, suburban girl, need for speed), physiotherapy with lot’s of tummy excercises

here are some pics, that I used to make a mini album with for the boys so they could show in school what they did in their summer holiday. I wanted to share more but picasa keeps making the folders that I put in there, after 2x I give up…

Adjusting and our boring life

Thanks for all your sweet comments, so far we’ve survived the first few weeks of DH’s surgery and he’s doing better every day. Although the pain after the surgery was much more than we had anticipated (not at all what other people who’ve had meniscus surgeries) which is probably due to the extra looking, searching, probing they did after all DH had been walking around with a bad meniscus for 2 years so it wasn’t exactly a clean break …. let’s just say they had to gather up all bits and pieces they could find and clean it all up. On our own request he started fysiotherapy after 2 weeks and things have been going much better since then, still limping around but he’s building up muscle in his leg again, the pain is getting less and he’s able to help out again with the boys. Good news too is that his fysio is located in my gym (yes i still have a subscription I just wasn’t going) and so I’m taking classes when he’s there as I have to drive him everywhere (no biking, no driving still for another 3 weeks at least) oh and i ache everywhere LOL.

As for other stuff we’ve been doing, I’ve been getting my scrapshop (irl and on the web) a bit more organised and i hope to start scrapping a bit again now that I can find stuff and have a bit of space.

I’ve taken up reading books again, those of you who are my pal on good reads have seen I’ve uploaded all the books I have waiting to be read by me that I’ve been buying … But “Twilight” and “New Moon” have been keeping me busy most (reading both in 2 days flat), wow Love that genre (suspence romance) and I cannot wait to see the movie DH managed to find for me on valentines day 🙂 Tommorow I’m off to the bookstore for the 3rd and final book in that trilogie.

Oh and I’ve been updating my favorite finds blog with fun stuff and I went to the theatre for some stand up comedy (love that) and can recommend Jandino to all the dutchies ! Not only is he very funny he can also sing so good, this is him on you tube

And that’s not all, I decorated a cake, yep a cake a big one 25×25 and it was less hard than I thought, and yummy too. Can’t wait to make one for the next bday we have in our family !

My holiday is over this week, have to work again on monday and the boys have their holiday then, since we can’t do anything fun together till friday we went to the movie BOLT this week and it was fab ! Definately recommend it !

Life’s a rollercoaster

So this post was in the works in my head but it just never seemed to make it into blogger so I antidated it to keep the flow going ….

Talking of flows , we did not do that very well into the new year, things are a bit ups and downs so I’ve been very busy trying to stay positive (which unfortunately does not come naturally to me but is something I have to work hard at) & keep all the balls from crashing on me ! And so I thought I’d share some stuff as not everyone is aware of the stuff that’s going on and hey if you were wondering why stuff is quiet or why I’m not calling, mailing, updating blogs or inviting you this is why….. but to keep it a bit upbeat I’ll try and list something “UP” with every “Downer” as I’m trying to stay positive …..

Ups : Had a really good 2 weeks christmas holiday and got a lot done on my todo list like sort out DH closet, paint the doors of the boys with magnetpaint (3 layers and I’m doing one more), reorganised our clotheswardrobe so all of our bedlinnen fits in so we could sell our chest of drawers (our bedroom is looking more feng shui and less crowded), gave my mothers bedroom a extreme makeover in 2 days while my stepdad was in Canada and had fun with the boys.

Down: in the last week of the year we found out DH kneeproblem wasn’t going away (it played up again after de makeover)and he needs surgery on the 30th … It’s his meniscus/patella and they also think that his partilage/gristle is damaged due to all the active sports he used to do when he was younger (like basketball, iceskating, judo, wing chung, american football, baseball, body building, jogging) so he’s been in quite some pain since then as the dokters like to pull and bend etc. and he took a wrong turn with his back last weekend due the funny walk he has developed to take the edge off the pain.

Up: We’ve bought a new chair & footstool from ikea

Down : I’ve lost a brandnew redken rough past tube while shopping, I put it on the counter while paying at H&M and forgot to take it with me when I left ….

Up: We bought a couch from IKEA and it was delivered the same day

Down : the couch is damaged so we’re not sitting on it, hoping to hear from IKEA tommorow !

UP : I got my first order for birthday cupcakes and the birthday girl exclaimed they were totally what she wanted 🙂

Down : Just yesterday we received a HUGE bill from the watercompany of 3000 euro, which totally freaked me out, bcause apearantly our meter thinks we own a swimming pool ….. God I sincerely hope this gets sorted because I don’t want to shed any more tears on this than i did from shock….

UP: My 2nd attempt at Red Velvet Cupcakes (I converted the recipe myself this time) and OMG I totally get the addiction ! Great therapy that baking …. see downer above ….

Down: The scrapbooking industry is on it’s ass (pardon the language) over here in the NL the shops are dropping like flies …. this might into an upper but I haven’t found that so far …..we’ll have to wait and see.

UP: I got the custest thank you gifts for my dt in and I can’t wait to see what they think

DOWN: During december I found out I haven’t been working enough hours in a week for the salary I’m being paid. A mistake in my contract and nobody (not even me) ever noticed it, now I have to work 4 more hours …..

UP : I don’t have to pay back the 2 years of overpay

DOWN: I have to work even more hours because my colleague and I weren ever told by my boss to keep up a timesheet that calculates the worked hours in comparison with the holidays we get and if we don’t want to work most of the summer holiday we have to work even more hours a week. I’m working 2 more a week and will probably have to work about a week in the summer holiday.

UP: we were invited to a fun new years party.

DOWN: So I work 25 hours a week now, besides having my own scrapbook store and a family

UP: I rearranged my hours so we only have 1 day we cannot pick up the kids and only have that day to organise whoever can to do it.

DOWN: I’ve gained a bit of weight over the holiday that I lost through all the fly so it’s back on the health regime asap.

UP : We booked our summer holiday and we’re going at the end of april LOL

DOWN: Mom’s nek is still a big problem, she’s getting a new consult from a neurologist

UP : She’s taking the train to come see me and help us out where she can with admin and cleaning up around the house (I’m so grateful for the help bcause with all the hours I’m working now I just don’t have enough time in the day)

DOWN: we had a very emotional Michael over the holidays, try to imagine a little boy who’s already an emotional little kid but x 10 bcause of the holidays. While we’re at xmas dinner eating chicken, which he thought was fish at first, and feeling sorry for the fish he suddenly begins sobbing for 30 minutes about our cat that died 3 years ago … Still with me ? This happens every now and then, he misses her and the bomb exploded during dinner. Then a few days later because I wanted to take his picture and he refused. Now I have to tell you our boys rarely pose for us and I just couln’t get it so I tried bribing, being stern nothing worked and he got really angry and after I put him in the hallway to cool down we had a chat and it turns out he hates being an older brother because he thinks he has to do everything perfect. Which he doesn’t have to but because of his competitive and perfectionistic nature he thinks so and this makes his life harder than it has to be….. Boy this parenting thing is hard !

UP: he’s finally settled into his new class as he was had a hard time adapting to 2 pt teachers & a new teaching method in this grade. Still doing brilliantly at his academic work, above average.

UP: Colin started swimming lessons in december and he’s doing amazing ! 2 x a week is a lot of driving up and down to heemstede but worth it by seeing how well he’s doing.

DOWN: the theatre show we were going to with the kids got cancelled last minute and will not be rescheduled.

UP: The boys loved all their gifts from Sinterklaas and Santa. Fave is their new pj’s, books, underwear and MP4 player with favorite songs and stories (Michael = old rock & house and Colin = sinterklaas & smurf songs).

DOWN: Car repairs costs were way more than we expected, aren’t they always ?

UP: Tradition is that kids get a bit of money for new years from the grandparents but this year we also received a financial gift from my parents, that was so sweet of them and unexpected.

DOWN : I broke a mirror this month ….

UP: Thanks to my mom’s help and Ed being at home to recouperate from his operation in a few weeks, it looks like we could get our taxes for 2007 & 2008 in on time 🙂

Down: I didn’t go iceskating at all …..

UP: the boys did and that was a blast, so cool to see them getting into it !

DOWN: I had a huge fight with my brother on the day before xmas

UP: I read a book this month and plan to get more reading time in as I loved totally sinking into a story

DOWN: I lost a whole sheet of 50 postage stamps …. Bought them, walked to the next store in a shopping mall and lost them ….

UP: I really did make xmas gifts, mini albums for the granparents and my godparents of our latest photoshoot.

DOWN: I’m still mourning over things that happened a long time ago, or 5 years ago and cannot let things go. It’s in my nature I just cannot shrugg things off when they happen, I need to wallow, adjust and then move on, but it’s never ever forgotten ……I think I need therapy, but what kind ?

UP: I received a small payment from the insurance as compensation for my year of pain & weight gain due to the car accident.

DOWN: I have the working mommy syndrome; I feel guilty for not having enough time for the kids, not enough energey for them, for DH, for me…. it’s getting worse every year ….

UP: Had a fab time at a junksale with Daphne and we’re definately doing that again soon !

Uhm I think that’s it for now, enough complaining and I have my fingers crossed for no more setbacks, as I really want to have more fun 2009. You know it actually helps to write it down bcause as I did I found I do have more ups than downs although it didn’t feel like it before ! THANKS for letting me share and if you need to share you know where to find me !!!!

I did it all

Well almost all during our fall break;

*pumpkin decorating
* Lego World
* purging in the attic (that went really well)
* spending a day with mommy
* wrote all bday cards on time !

The downpricing in the store didn’t happen, didn’t plan the crop yet, no research on italy yet. But 5 things out of the 7 that I had planned, that’s not bad !

And the week after was such a busy week, every evening was booked I was really tired this weekend but had just enough energy to go to the Piens Album Track, great to have an album almost finished ! And this brings me back to some more scrapping which has been on the backburner a bit since I just wasn’t in the mood for a while. I didn’t join in the dutch dare although I had a pretty good one I could make and I will sometime but you really should check out what the rest of the Design team did !

Now I’m off to bed as I have the flu….