14 going on 24 …

My oldest boy turned 14 today, bigger than me, same shoesize as his dad, where did the little baby go ….

Happy Birthday Michael, keep making us laugh with your witty jokes, try to be less angry at the world, enjoy life and work a little harder you can do it all although you might not think so now !

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13 and lovin’it

My oldes boy loves being older, thinks he’s so wise but has so much still to learn as he’s only turned 13 ….

We try to teach him all he needs to know about life, love, school and all things inbetween.
He usually gives us the look of yeah right what would you know about that you are ancient … but he gets it most of the time.

The first half of middle school has been quite a challenge for him, school sucks in his opinion and although we were helping him through it he had a hard time accepting our help. We’ve sent him to homework classes and that seems to be working (although they do & tell him exactly the same as we were doing) his grades are improving and with that his happy bubbly personality is reappearing.

Sweet Michael, please show the world what a wonderful, funny and happy boy you are, enjoy and embrace puberty and it will be a rollercoaster ride that you can look back on with a smile !

Doh … A Simpsons Party

When boys get to the teenager age, there comes a time when kiddie parties are no longer appreciated. Good thing I can still go all out on the big grown up party …. Dude #1 loves the Simpsons so that was his theme for his 12th birthday bash.

We served cakepops brownies, oreo’s, choc chip cookies, brownies, mini donuts, M&M’s, hamburger candy, red licorice.

As you can see the top cake (I alway smake 2 layers) was donutshaped and that posed for some decorating challenges with the marzipan. But I rocked the bottom layer though !

Finally a tenner / Eindelijk een tientje

Well that’s what he thinks anyway, I’m more in a state of shock that he’s 10 already.
He’s growing up way too fast, my first little baby boy and I wish I could keep him like he was here…..

But I can’t, he has to grow up and be the best he can be and make his dreams come true. And I’m glad we are helping him do that !

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 ….