Saturday, 13 January 2018

Sneeuw / Snow

We had two perfect snow days back in December, but nothing since. Cal keeps asking me to reaffirm that January is actually the coldest month and that snow is most likely in this month. He has a new snowball scooper and bum sled he's dying to use.

A Year On

It's exactly a year since I last put something here and as Cal's 6th approaches I don't want to let it pass without an update, including the little birthday interview I've done with him the past few years. 

But first a little bit of catching up from the past month. Christmas was great in the new house. We had a not too early morning and a quiet day just the three of us, followed by a trip to see Star Wars and then sushi for dinner. The following day we had the CDL festivus at ours and it was nice to have people over for the first time since moving in a couple months ago. We had eight around the table plus two kids and it was cozy, but worked well.

I also really enjoyed the week off over Christmas and then working from home the following week between Xmas and New Years was just the break I needed after the intensity of 2017. I think I may actually have relaxed, possibly for the first time in about 7 years, and it felt great. And better still I've managed to carry a good sense of calm into 2018, ferried by some high-reaching resolutions such as no mass social media and little-to-no drinking this year. I have a good feeling about this year. We achieved, and survived, a lot last year. And now we can sit back and just chill for a bit.

Posing with the tree
Yes, just like that babe
The lights are the best bit
Christmas morning 2017

Table set for Boxing Day, complete with Cal's handmade wooden car as a centrepiece

Oma and Opa received a photo book of their holiday to France with Cal and David
Felix and Nicky with Cal's new snowball scooper!
Cal and Felix 

Friday, 20 January 2017

Dutch Son

Our first day back in Amsterdam was lovely. Impressively cold but full of golden sunshine. Tasks were kept to a minimum - mittens for Cal, a bike for me, grocery shopping. And while I sat out the cold afternoon the boys went to the Vondelpark where Cal had his first walk on ice. David said despite the weather (-4 degrees) he didn't complain about the cold once. Dutch DNA kicking in fast.

Monday, 16 January 2017

The Birthday Party

On a sweltering January morning Cal had four little friends over for his 5th birthday party. With the move in progress (and a bedroom full of packed boxes) we kept it simple. We transformed his bedroom into the 'balloon room', which the kids went nuts for, had two party games; marshmallow munch and shoot the cups, and then we cut the cake - a jungle swamp version the the Women's Day Pool cake. Five year olds don't need much more than that to have fun.

The Marshmallow Munch pics, where the kids are bobbing for sweets pics are my favourites.I found the idea on Pinterest and it made for a hysterical 5 minutes of crazy giggling.

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