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Here you will find scattered pictures from my point and shoot camera, random thoughts from my little world, treasured memories of days gone by, hopeful dreams of the days yet to come, and a bunch of ideas - because I've always got ideas!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


I do get excited whenever I come upon a child reading.  Thank you Sandra Boynton for writing and illustrating books that I do not mind reading over and over and over and over and over and over again!  This book's title is Blue Hat Green Hat, but over here it is known as the Oops Turkey book.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Could It Be?

 I think it is true!  Spring is busting out all over!  There are daffodils blooming in the backyard and a few branches of the magnolia tree have buds that are just beginning to open!  But of course, today there are April showers.  No complaining here.  The weekend was GORGEOUS.

 Feintsje was somewhat surprised that we went for a walk in the rain.  I just HAD to.  It smells amazing outside in the spring when it rains.  And I also know that rain tends to turn magnolia blossoms into a slippery stinky mush, and there is NO CHANCE that I was going to miss those first blooms this year.  It was worth getting a bit wet.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Another Great Weekend Comes To an End

 Friday and Saturday were FUN, as it was Kado's turn for a sleep-over!  Sadly, I did not get any pictures of that, but trust me, we did all the usual things!  He and I watched Monster's University even though it scares us both.  Then we went to McDonald's and ate inside.  After that it was off to Michael's where we stayed until the "We are closing in 15 minutes" announcement.  Kado found a small stuffed fox and two markers.  I bought two Prisma colored pencils and some tiny wooden clothespins.
 On Saturday it was on to Nice Twice where he found two Beanie Baby puppies to add to his ever growing collection, and a cute hat.  I found a shirt, capris, and a vintage baby planter.  Then we went to Hunan for chicken with Chinese vegetables.  Having completed all of the traditional sleep-over events, we went back home and he helped Pake gather up all the remaining leaves and together they brought three loads to the leaf dump.
 I LOVE sleep-overs!  And I also greatly enjoyed today.  I spent some time pruning dead things and things that I wish were dead.  After that, my arms would not stop shaking, so I had to rest a bit while drinking coffee from a wobbly coffee cup.  I always spill anyway, so I wasn't too worried about spillage.  It happens.  A lot.  But after a while my arms were again under my control.  I grabbed up my colored pencils and headed out into the backyard.  I didn't really draw much.  But I did take a lot of pictures of my colored pencils.  I see a trend coming on.  Hmm.

Oh, and did you notice the tiny clipboards?  We were at Menard's.  Someday we shall need new counter tops.  Until then, I use the samples to make little doll sized clipboards for the American Girl dolls.  Just add a small clip!  Soo cute.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Amusing Myself

 Once I again realized that watercolor painting is not my thing, and Feintsje prefers bathing dinosaurs and turtles, I went back to my favorite pass time - taking pictures of whatever is right in front of me, and then altering the heck out of them.  Have I mentioned lately what a wonderful time I am having?  If not, I am.  I am having a lovely time.

On Friday We Painted El Fresco

Friday was perhaps the most beautiful day EVER.
Feintsje and I started out by doing laundry and hanging it on the line.  Then he played with the dinosaurs for a bit, and even found a toy turtle that hadn't yet been bathed.  So he did that.  Such a kind hearted boy.
Then for some reason I thought it would be fun to paint.

 It was fun, to a point.  But washable watercolor paint is kind of an oxymoron.  

Great Aunt

I said "nap time" and faster than a speeding bullet Broeder was in my sister's arms holding on for dear life.  But, he DID take a nap.  Oh, yes he did!

Thursday Fun.

 Broeder, who is 21 months old now, is still extremely enthralled with cars and trucks.
 His big sister Hertsje is appalled when she finds the wrong toy in a toy bin.
But they do find GREAT delight in sharing a box house.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


She's got the whole world in her hands.

Three Kids, Two Boxes

Tuesday Fun

Yesterday was the perfect day to play outside!


Feintsje is being a stegosaurus, and he is GOOD at it.

Hertsje noticed that all of the outside dinosaurs were very dirty, so she suggest we give them a bath, which we did.

They are all clean now!

Monday, April 13, 2015

My Cartoon-y Home

Last Week Wednesday

 On Wednesday of spring break week it rained.  But I knew that was going to happen, so I was prepared!  This time, we had a REAL tea party - with sliced up swiss cake rolls and chocolate pudding with mini chocolate chips and marshmallows in the tea cups.
 This kids had a fabulous spring break.  On the weekend preceding these pictures their parents took them on a mini vacation to Chicago.  Famke and her mom went to the American Girl doll store downtown and had lunch together their with her doll.  Their entire family went to the LEGO store, where a good time was had by all.  And, because they are brave children with equally brave parents they took the elevator up to the Sky Deck near the very top of the Willis (Sears) tower.  Daughter has a great picture of the ground below as seen through six pairs of feet.  The next day they took a trip to the Brookfield Zoo, which is always a fun place to visit!

Last Week on Monday

It was spring break in our part of the world.  The day was lovely and most of it was spent playing outside.  But there was time for a little tea party with the American Girl dolls.  Famke has learned that if you want a brother to play dolls with you, all one must do is offer snacks.  Put a few left-over jelly beans into a tea cup and you will have someone to play with, at least until the jelly beans are gone.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cartoony Easter Egg Hunt 2015

 The normal pictures are in the post below this one.  If you can call it normal.  It is, after all, a family party.  We celebrated Easter, had a lovely meal together, hunted for Easter eggs, and celebrated birthdays!  It was loads of fun!