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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!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Today At My House

Earlier in the week I was holding a sleeping Broeder when I noticed the bushes under the window were quivering like crazy.  Then I saw it.  A Cooper's Hawk (i think) sitting in the middle of our front yard.
Today I was sitting in the same chair, telling  the story to anyone who would listen, when I looked out the window, and  in the tree right across the street was a hawk.
Of course I grabbed my camera. I was able to get a few good pictures, and so was Jonge, who has a steadier arm than I do.
It's a beautiful bird.

I've been seeing this one, or one just like it, for five years now.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Broeder's Very Own Christmas Ornament

 Today Broeder spent quite a bit of time taking his picture ornament off the tree, then putting it back on oh so very carefully.  Over and over again.

 As you can see, it wore him out!  I cannot even remember the last time I held him when he fell asleep.
 I only had to put him down while Hertsje used the potty.

While he slept, Hertsje was playing with a slew of little toys.  From what I could tell, most of these were her "sisters".  I told her I had two sisters, but that I didn't have any brothers.  She looked at Broeder, and then she looked at me and said sweetly, "You can keep him if you want to."

Could You Say No To This Face?

Well, on Monday, I did.

Hertsje wanted to play with the birds on my bird Christmas tree.

I said no.

She said PLEASE!

I still said no.
Then I laid in bed last night and could not sleep.  I kept wondering why in the world I would not let this adorable little girl play with the birds on my Christmas tree.

Childhood goes by so quickly.  And it was not an unreasonable request.  She and Feintsje had a great time playing with them on Friday, when they took them off without even asking.

Today she never even asked to play with the birds.  But if she asks tomorrow, I am going to say yes!

There are so many things to say no about, that I am going to strive to say yes to whatever I can.

Because someday this time in her life is going to be over, and I'd hate to think that some night she will lie awake at night wondering why Beppe would not let her play with the birds.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Birthday to Oldest Son

 Oldest Son had the day of from work.  He spent the afternoon playing with us!
 Everybody loved playing Lego with him.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Christmas Program

 This was Kado and Feintsje's first Christmas program EVER.  I have a video of them singing, but I cannot seem to get it to upload.  I'll keep trying though, as they were adorable!

Jonge and Famke were both in the center of their group, so I could get a picture of the two of them.  But this was the only picture I could get.  Jonge also was a shepherd and Famke an angel, but I couldn't get clear shots of their faces. I LOVE children's Christmas programs!

My Kind of Doll House

This cabinet sits in a corner of our living room.

The top shelf holds four Avon figurines that were gifts many long years ago.  I usually had them on shelves in our den, but this year, I got an idea.

In the past, the skaters and snowmen were on a buffet or dresser top.  I thought that might be too much for Broeder to resist so behind glass doors they go, where he can still SEE them, but cannot quite get at them.

And that family on the bottom shelf?  Some years I never even took them out of their boxes.  Now they have a place of their own.  I even added a couple of mirrors to reflect the light around.  I also gave them a buffet complete with a crochet table cloth and blue and white tea set.  And they have rugs!  A braided rug and a wool tapestry.  There were even more things, but who knew?  I scaled it back!

And thanks to the Ikea candles to which I added rechargeable batteries, I can keep it lit up.  I also added a string of battery operated lights to the top shelf, but I still need two C batteries for that.

I'll be tweaking this until the day I put it all away. But that's what I do - I tweak!  And I get ideas.  This was one of them.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Gift Basket Exchange

 This has become a favorite St. Nicholas Eve tradition!
 I believe this is our third year of doing this.

We exchange baskets filled with all those Christmas-y things one can enjoy between now and Christmas day.

And we all put something in a basket for the children too!

Of course, they get candy in their basket, but I also have my wooden shoes filled with candy also.  

 Broeder was THRILLED with this ball that lights up!

There were also Christmas CDs. DVDs, and books to enjoy during the advent season.

Candles, and coffees, and soaps, and cute Christmas-y dishtowels.

 A good time was had by me.  And I think everyone else too!

St. Nicholas Eve Party and Gift Basket Exchange

 Dinner was White Chicken Chili and everything that goes with that.  For dessert we had Oreo Ice Cream Dessert with candy cane ice cream.
 But between dinner and dessert, there was some SERIOUS cookie decorating going on!

Kado decorated this cookie just for me.

And it was just as delicious as you would imagine it to be!

On Wednesday We Played Dress-Up

 Feintsje doesn't really want to be a fairy, but since someone else does, he is standing his ground.
 Broeder is incognito.  His daddy gave him a hair cut.  He looks like a big boy now.
Hertsje REALLY wants the fairy wings.  Because she is Tinkerbell.

I truly believe that I have the best life ever!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Another Thrift Store Find

The figures of children still had their original store tag on them.  $11.00 a piece.  The thrift store had them marked  $6.00 each.  I've been watching them.  Since this is the ONLY place I shopped on black Friday, I was happy to find them marked down to $2.00 and then 20% off.  So, I brought them home, stood them on a thrift store platter and stuck a wire tree behind them.  

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Hertsje is just checking to see if her wings are still there!
Broeder is very enthralled with books that have little flaps to lift up.

After every lift of the flap he says "boo".  He seems so excited that they are STILL THERE every time he lifts them!

I have a lot of those books, and this particular one has a lot of little flaps.  That's a lot of boos!

Bits of Christmas Decor

This was a thrift find this weekend.  All Christmas decor was 20% off.  There really wasn't much left, but I found this Norman Rockwell figurine.  I have a few Norman Rockwell Santa plates from the 80's and a bunch of Mother's Day plates which have always reminded me of Mrs Claus.  So, I guess the den has a theme this year.