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 ?

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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 ….

update bday’s, swimming, crafting

ehm a long one I’m afraid as I haven’t updated since uhm well way too long sorry life got in the way

What’s been going on, well we’ve had a few dinnerparty’s, I did my taxes for 2008 so only one more year to plow through and then it’s bye bye business admin, scrapped a bit, made a cute valentine bunting, oh and of course doing lots of baking which can mostly be seen here …

Colin got his next swimming diploma B, one more to go

Michael had a star wars party, here’s a little slide show of his party

some Love

Oh and for anyone still interested in some London Pics, here’s a quick slide show

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 !

don’t you just love

Downloading really old pic’s from your “extra” camera that you had forgotten and finding gorgeous, special & other fun time photo’s on there ? I know I do !


I cannot wait to scrap these pics of the boys !!


Love these quotes I saw in Utrecht. My favorite is the protect me one 😉


He loves a special lunch or dinner at school, I believe this was easter 2008.


A fun dinner with friends a while back


A gamecomputer makes everything better in his world …


Yes she really can be a diva sometimes 😉