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In this blog I will write about everything that has to do with being a mum and a woman. It will be about my personal experiences as well as about things that I find interesting and which I want to share. It will also be about my faith in God. Please let me know that you visited my blog, by posting a comment.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hello Suriname

It has been a while since I've posted on this blog but I hope to be posting more again in the coming time. 

Today another Hello Monday post.

Hello Monday,

Hello to being away for over two months to visit my mum in South America.

Hello to mosquito bites and heat, using vape and watching tv in the living room with two fans on at the same time.

Hello to wearing summer clothes every single day.

Hello to home schooling my youngest girls so they won’t get too behind at school when we are back.



Hello to going against the country customs and having dinner in the evening instead of around 1.00.

Hello to power cuts of which we luckily only had one.

Hello to swimming in coca cola coloured water at the kids’ grandparents place from fathers’ side.

Hello to seeing mum/grandma every single day as she comes to visit us in her second house where we’re staying.

Hello to getting the chance to sit on cousin’s horse.



Hello to watching the newest movies on tv because that is possible here.

Hello to having baths in cold water and sometimes outside in a tub.



Hello to cooking and eating vegetables from my mums garden.

Hello Suriname.

It takes some getting used to but we are blessed that we can be here for a while.

Hello to all that’s still to come.


What are you saying hello to today ?





Love,




Sunday, December 8, 2013

The kids love......Gnomeo and Juliet.

I originally wrote this post a while back just before my laptop broke.


After watching dvd’s every day for a month in the Summer (because of our Summer pass), I was relieved that we didn’t have to go to the dvd place every day anymore.
Yes , I know we never really had to but we didn’t want to miss the chance to get a dvd most days and you could always only keep them for one day and then you had to go back to return them or renew them. So we just kept going every day and then we took new ones again, except for two times or so that we managed to get the Xtravision on the phone to renew the loans we had.
When we brought back the last dvd, I allowed Ixora to choose one dvd to buy. She chose one that she had never seen before. Gnomeo and Juliet.
And she loved it. Gnomeo and Juliet turned out to be a big hit with the kids:a dvd the kids would watch over and over again. I didn’t pay much attention to it at first, but since they love this dvd so much I decided to make a post about it.




I’ve seen most parts of it by now and I must say that I can understand why they love  it so much. I like it a lot myself which means that it is a real family movie.
It is an animated movie made in the UK and the story is about two gnomes who live in two gardens next to each other and who accidently meet and fall in love.
It’s about all the problems that this brings with it since they belong to two different groups of gnomes:  the reds and the blues who don’t live in peace with each other. It is somewhat of a parallel of the story of Romeo and Juliet, as you can see from the name of the movie, even though it is a totally different story. The movie is full of Elton John songs which I really like.

It’s a fun, romantic movie and I would definitely recommend it as a family movie.
Have your children watched this movie? What do they think about it?

I'd love to hear from you.

Love,





Friday, December 6, 2013

Kids picks (Christmas gifts)

Here in Ireland most people normally do their Christmas shopping well in advance. From October/ November you will hear people asking each other a lot : 'Have you started your Christmas shopping yet ? ' There will always be special sales in all the shops starting around that time or maybe even earlier. There will especially be great discounts on toys. But in the almost seven years that I have been living here, I have never really started shopping for Christmas gifts in advance. I usually by my gifts just before Christmas Day.
Only this year, I joined in with the early Christmas shopping and started getting some bits in from a few weeks ago. Maybe I got a bit influenced by the people that I work with on my work placement in a Montessori. But I really love knowing that the kids will at least have a few new things that they need or that they would like to have, on Christmas Day and not having to try to get something for them last minute. And I like that I got to divide the costs a bit this way, by getting a few small things every now and then. I don’t have any family here or really close friends so I only have to shop for my own little family wich means that I don't have a lot to buy. I only started to get some bits for the kids.
It is actually quite exciting : buying something and then hiding it in the cupboard. It is quite fun that you have some cool things that you know that the kids will love and that they don't know about it.

I am not sure if I will be able to afford more than just a few smaller gifts but I did look at some things with the kids and asked them what they liked. So this post is to share a bit of what is on their wish lists.

Ixora (my almost 9 year old) this year mostly wants to get books, books, books and more books. Ixora has been reading books from a book series called 'A series of unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket ' which she borrows at school and now she is looking forward to owning the newest edition of the last book,but she also her eyes on some other books.



 Apart from this, she also would love to have a Chemistry set and Microscope set.


18.99 euro  Kleeneze 

Yovannah (4,5 years old ) likes anything Hello kitty and she and Nevaeh would love to have some make up and she loves dressing tables and toy hair tools. So a Hello Kitty dressing table would be something she would love. I saw one that includes some make up. I'm not sure if the one from ARGOS has that included.


36.99 euro in ARGOS

Both Nevaeh and Yovannah really love taking pictures and keep stealing my camera so this is also something that she would love to have.



38.99 euro in Boots.

A week or so ago Nevaeh (My 2 year old ) saw a flyer with a pink VTECH Innotab 3 in it and she is been in love with it since then. She’s always been very interested in Ixora’s tablet so she’d love to own her own little tablet and the cool thing is that it takes pictures as well so she will stop taking my camera every time to take pictures.

The VTECH Innotab 3 and VTECH Innotab 3 S are for kids from 3-9 years old and since she will be three in February it probably will be suitable for her.


VTECH Innotab 3
48.99 (on sale in ARGOS for half of the normal price of 97.99)


I saw that they had it for half price in ARGOS but they seem to be sold out so maybe I’ll just get it for her on her birthday. We’ll see.

Apart from this,she likes anything Peppa pig. She also loves the idea of her own camera like the kidizoom.
Source
55,99 euro in ARGOS.


Have you started your Christmas shopping yet ?

What is high on the wish list of your kids ?

I’d love to hear from you.


Blessings and love,





Sunday, December 1, 2013

What I've been up to lately...

After swimming in seas of laptoplessness and internetlessness for weeks, I finally have a working laptop again and some internet access. Yay !
Now to get back to blogging, is a totally different thing.
But here we are giving it a try.
I feel a bit guilty for not being able to maintain my blog and not being able to keep in contact with all the bloggy friends that I've made. So I apologise for all of that...

So what have I been up to in the past weeks ?

Apart from following college classes, reading books for college, doing work experience and doing homework and assignments, I started a new hobby and went back to an old one.


Being in college can be stressful sometimes so I am certainly happy and pleased that I found these hobbies, that give me the opportunity to relax a little bit.
In college I joined the group 'Knit and natter' which is held during lunch break once a week. I haven't knitted yet but since I was taught crochet as a child I started with that, just trying to get better at it. My ultimate goal would be to be able to make cute animal hats but so far I haven't attempted one yet. I found it an amazing experience to start with crochet. It is such a relaxing activity.
One of my favourite memories is. when I was watching a crochet tutorial on youtube the other day and my two your old had grabbed a ball of yarn and my crochet needle and stood in front of the laptop, pretending to do crochet. So cute !
I'm making a scarf now with some wonderful yarn from Aldi called 'baby yarn' which has a lot of different colours. I stopped it for now, since the children messed up the yarn and I had to cut it .And now it is going to look different unless I find a similar thread to continue, so that's why it is on hold at the moment. I also attempted to make an owl.

At the moment we are doing a project : making quilts in the shape of a christmas tree.
We are sewing them by hand. This is the first time that I made something like this so it didn't come out perfectly but I'm still happy and proud of it. When it is totally finished I will do a seperate post on it.
I enjoyed sewing the little squares together and it really has improved my hand sewing skills.


This year I've been reading a bit about homemaking and proverbs 31 and I wanted to start mending clothes by hand and so this little project has given me some confidence in that.
I mended a pair of trousers today and was really satisfied with the result.


I'm looking forward to learning how to sew with a sewing machine soon.

Apart from starting to be a bit more creative, I've also started reading again.
At the moment I'm reading a book by Joyce Meyer called 'A leader in the making'


It talks about how God looks at our heart attitude and that this needs to be right, before God can use us in a ministry. I'm really blessed by this book. It is so inspiring and has really helped me to change the way I reacted in certain situations. In between, I've read a few other books.
I just finished reading the best seller 'About a girl.' by Lindsey Kelk.


It is a bit of a romantic book about an ordinary girl. I also read it to learn from the writing since as you might know I'm trying to finish writing a book and then get it published one day. I really like the way it is written and that it is unpredictable. She even gave it an open end.  So you have to read the next book to know what is going to happen next. It's the kind of book that is like an escape, especially since the setting is Hawaii. Even though the main character makes choices I wouldn't make myself, she is so very likable that she almost becomes a friend.

Well, that's what I've kind up been upto lately.  I hope to be writing in here more often again.

If you're new here, welcome ! And I hope that you keep coming back to read more.

What have you been doing lately ? Did you start any new hobbies ? I'd love to hear from you.


Blessings and love,




Monday, September 30, 2013

Mommy Monday Blog hop


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Hello College

Hello Monday

Hello to becoming a college student.

Hello to waking up early to make it on time to college.

Hello to meeting new people and making college buddies.

Hello to doing homework and reading books for college.

Hello to learning more  about child development and all the bits and pieces of the Maria Montessori method.

Hello to getting  more and more excited about  the Maria Montessori method.

Hello to practising 'practical life skills' with my kids at  home.

Hello to getting the chance ttrain to become a Montessori  teacher  in a year.

Hello to feeling blessed and grateful that I am able to do this study  , grateful for receiving all this knowledge.

Thank You Lord for this opportunity.

Feeling blessed and privileged.
Glory tYour name.

What are you saying hello ttoday ?

Blessings.




Monday, September 23, 2013

Mommy Monday Bloghop

Good morning all. It's time for the Mommy Monday Blog hop again.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

An excerpt from my novel in the making

I've been very busy lately and have been having problems with the keyboard from my laptop as well. So hopefully next week I'll be able to post some more.

Today I wanted to share something that I've been working on for awhile. Or actually I stopped working on it but I don't think that it's really finished yet. I've been writing a novel and unfortunately the completed version is currently on a damaged hard disc from my old laptop. Even though I stopped writing at some point, I think that there will probably be a lot of re-writing to do and maybe I will add more to the story as well, so it will be some time before it is really ready.

Today I wanted to share an excerpt from it.

So here it goes. I hope that you'll enjoy it and let me know what you think....


 The counting to midnight had begun.
 
10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 Happy new year ! An explosion of joy followed in the small bar where Rebekka had decided to spend her New years eve with some close friends.
People were screaming, embracing each other, making toasts and doing happy dances. Rebekka just took a deep breath.It was over. It was finally over. Never did she want a year to be so much over as this past year. She understood now how in some traditions fireworks were used to chase the old year away while in other countries it was used to welcome the new year. While she hugged her friends and wished them happy new year she thought what new year really meant to her. A chance to start over and do it right. Her friend Emily grabbed her hand and said ; 'Come, we are going outside to watch the fireworks.' While they were walking towards the door, she saw a familiar face. She looked back and saw someone sitting at the bar. She now only saw the back of his head. ‘Hey that looks just like,,,,,Isn't that.... wait....’ she thought. She let go of Emily's hand and stood still to look. Another man approached him and they started to talk.‘It must be.....’ She could feel her heart beat rising. It felt as if there was a light electric shock going through her body. It was as if she felt connected straight away with this person who was standing 6 meters away from her. She decided to order herself one more apple juice to find out more.  She went to another part of the bar and ordered a juice. While she was bringing the glass to her mouth to take a first sip, she felt a light tap on her shoulder.‘Excuse me..’ she heard in a slight Eastern European accent she remembered well.She turned around and looked into two light brown eyes. ’Are you.....? ‘the man continued. She didn't recognise his face straight away.....He had grown older... much older.... But yet....she knew it was him....Something had stayed the same about him. Something that made her wonder in the first place when she saw him standing at the bar. And being in his presence felt exactly the same. 'Rebekka....’.she said with a smile . 'And you are ........’.A big smile appeared on his face. 'Giovanni..’,.he replied. He finally had found her again. ‘How nice to see you.’ he said. He moved towards her and gave her a short one handed hug without letting their bodies touch each other. It made Rebekka think about the last time that she saw him all those years ago. Like now, she had not expected that reaction coming from him. Without any hesitation, he had put his arms around her and they had hugged each other just a little bit too long. And in his embrace she had felt ....not the funny physical attraction that sometimes had been between them but only pure affection coming from him. 
This was a different type of hug. It was more like a 'how are you ?hug ' Still it felt quite familiar. It was so short that there was hardly time to feel anything. Still it made her think that it would've been nice to hold him again but for a longer time this time. 

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'What are you doing here? ' She asked. She looked at him, trying to study his face. Back then he looked more like a boy and now he had matured into a man. This was new.‘I'm on a holiday’, he said.  He hadn’t stopped smiling since he found out that it was really her. She had changed a bit, maybe gained a few pounds but she was still good looking. He still would..... He interrupted his thoughts by asking a question. 'How is your family?‘The girls are fine. They are at their dads’. ‘How is your wife?’ She asked. He held his hands up to show her that he was no longer wearing a wedding ring. ‘Not married anymore’, he explained. And he started smiling a bit nervously. 
‘Are you staying at friends?’ she asked.  ‘No I'm in a hotel.’ ‘When are you leaving?’ ‘In two days. I really hoped that I would see you’, he confessed. ‘It's been so many years....’ And yet, it's like nothing has changed, he thought. He smiled while looking at her. 

‘Rebekka! ‘Emily had come to look for her.’I’m getting a bit tired. Are you ready to go home too?’ 
Giovanni looked at her with a question on his face. ‘Are you leaving?’ he asked. She nodded. ‘Can I call you?’ She nodded again. She looked down to search in her handbag and got a paper and a pen and then ripped the paper in two. ‘I’ll give you my number too’, he said. She started to write something down and then gave him the pieces of paper and the pen. Giovanni wrote his phone number down and then gave the pen and one piece of paper back to Rebekka. She looked into his eyes and smiled. ‘Nice to see you.‘ she said. He nodded. ‘See ya’. Rebekka replied:‘See ya’. Giovanni watched her while she walked away from him. And then he looked at the small paper in his hand and noticed that his hands were shaking.


Let me know in the comments if you like the story so far and if you would buy the book if I really published it one day....

Thanks for reading (and commenting ) !!

Love,



Friday, September 20, 2013

Our past weekend part 2: Family event : Flight fest


When I heard about the Flightfest, I thought: 'interesting but probably not something we’ll be able to go to.' But since Ixora really wanted to go, as she told me on Saturday and there was an Flightfest advertisement poster at a LUAS station that said : ‘take the LUAS’ , I decided to go on google to do some research to find out where it actually was and how you could get there. It appeared to be quite easy to get there so on Sunday morning when I found that out, I decided that we would go.
I made a few sandwiches and filled two bottles with juice but I didn’t count on the rainy weather. All we had was a broken umbrella and then the rain cover for the double buggy and at some stage Ixora and I were really totally soaked, so much that she wanted to go home before it actually had started.
I refused ofcourse and told her that we came for the airplanes and that I at least wanted to see a few fly over. And I also told her that she would get dry again. The weather really turned and we dried up completely . Praise God. We had a great time and Ixora was happy that we stayed.




I loved taking pictures of the airplanes, even though I first found it hard to see them through the lens so I asked Ixora to take some pictures. But I took over from her again and it later worked out alright.





Taken by Ixora

Taken by Ixora

Taken by Ixora




They really flew quite low so you could see them very well and it was a great experience to watch them while they were flying over you.




After a while we got some ice cream.





We got a barbequed hot-dog as well which was really yummy.


The kids wanted to play a little in a tiny park nearby.


 And we saw some more airplanes flying over.


There were supposed to be some activities for kids but I forgot all about them. We were more focused on the airplanes, but on our way back we saw some kids with face paintings. This family event was also organised as part of The Gathering.

It turned out to be a really awesome day. It was such a great experience. We really had a wonderful time. And I was pleased that we were able to go. Glory to God !

How was your weekend ? Do you have any plans for the coming weekend ?
Have a great weekend whatever you do !



Love,



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