I am back

I have had a busy couple of weeks, some good and some bad. The bad has been that both the children have had to have time off school with a vomiting bug, which my daughter found very hard to shake off, she was in and out of school  a lot. They are now both back at school and much better, thank goodness and are dressed in red today for Red Nose Day! They would have been gutted if they missed any of the fun.


The good, was my daughter was able to have her 5th birthday party on Saturday. She had a super time, with all her girl friends from her class at school and my parents visited from the UK. The party went well, and we made beaded necklaces, decorated some small jewellery boxes, played party games and ate food. Perfect!


On the Sunday it was a beautiful day and we went for a walk in Meijendel Dune park after eating huge pancakes for lunch. The sun was warm but there was a cool northerly breeze blowing. 


I have managed to do a couple of crafty things despite all the chaos of the past 2 weeks which I will show you another time.

Until next time……….


I can’t stop showing you!



I was cold this weekend. I spent all morning on Saturday sorting a load of no longer wanted and outgrown toys to either be sold or given away and as I am coming down with a cold, all I wanted to do in the afternoon was to sit on the sofa with a cup of tea, a biscuit and watch tv. My daughter wanted to do the same, omitting the tea for a cup of water though. So we sat and watched 2 halfs of 2 movies. We watched the first half of Lady and the Tramp until little girl got bored and wanted a change, so we switched and watched the second half of High School Musical 2. It was really nice to just loll about and relax, and snuggle under the blanket, the hex blanket just covers my legs. My daughter had to make do with a cheap ikea blanket! 


What did you do this weekend?

Until next time…….

Weekend Frolics

I don’t know about you but I seem to have a lot of unfinished jobs lingering about that really need to get sorted out. I have the Christmas cake to marzipan and then ice, ( i bought the marzipan on Saturday), the Christmas pudding to make, a couple of gifts to finish and pop in the post to the UK, the Christmas cards to finish off and send, the children’s Christmas cards to sort out, (they signed them all today I need to put into envelopes for school)…….the list goes on.

On to other news..

My parents have left this afternoon after 4 days with us, we had a super time, and it even snowed! We went shopping on Friday and then I took them to a local Garden Centre which is better then any I have seen in the UK and looked at their stunning Christmas displays. (I didn’t take my camera this time but I am going again soon because they have a gorgeous miniature town set up that the children will just love, and I will take some shots then) On Saturday my daughter who is only 4 was in her Ballet school production of the Nutcracker – awww it was so beautiful. She was a snowflake and was wearing a beautiful white tutu – gorgeous. Then finally on Sunday we went for a ride out to Noordwijk and walked along the beach front in the sunshine. A perfect end to a lovely weekend. It was just a shame that my husband had to miss it. He will be back from Singapore on Friday though – thank goodness.

Noordwijk Strand December 7th 2008

Noordwijk Strand December 7th 2008


Until next time

It’s Snowing

I have been so busy over the past few days with my visitors that I have had no time to blog, or do anything really apart from entertain. I will fill you in on a few things on Monday.

I did however feel a little festive moment come over me and added the snow option to the blog. Hope you like it.

Oh the weather outside is frightful…..

Time flies

Where does time fly to – because I need to get some back! I love the build up to Christmas but I am never organised enough. I write lists, then re write them, and all of this to-ing and fro-ing makes me feel better but in the end I just need to get on with it. 

I have a busy weekend coming up, my parents are traveling to The Netherlands from the Uk so we will all be super busy, especially because Saturday is completely ties up with children’s activities. We have rugby in the morning and a ballet performance in the afternoon. My daughter is so excited about the ballet especially because her teacher is also performing with them and she is wearing pointes! Every little girls dream, hey?

I just about completed all the Christmas gift shopping yesterday. (Just 2 left)  My husband took the day off and we headed off in to our local town. It is so different shopping in The Netherlands near Christmas as the shops are amazingly quiet and calm. It was so good to have my bag carrying husband with me because there is no way I could have carried all those bags by myself, because even his hands hurt and he never complains.

img_3042Finally I wanted to show this picture taken in December last year when we had a heavy frost. The weather here is cold now and I love looking at these pictures, they make me feel festive.

I have added a list in my sidebar of some of the free tutorials out there, I have already made a few of them, and I will endeavour to make a few more once this crazy busy time of year is over.

Until next time..