Joy at the Zoo– Summer Fun

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Flora riding Safari

Saturday was the perfect family day at the zoo. Warm weather, sunny skies, and happy children. It was a day full of many joyful moments and I said to Jaap, “These are the days, Babe.” These are the days I wish we could freeze in time. When the stars align and our children are happy, we are not overly exhausted, and we are out and about living life.

We took a trip to the Gaia Zoo and had a fabulous day. Flora was excited to see the lions, but was most happy at the playgrounds. She’s a happy little climber. Thibault rode the carousel for the first time and despite being completely exhausted at this time of the day, he had a blast. Amen to drama free days!

 

7 months with T

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Seven months old and getting big! Look at this cuteness. I hope this love they share for each other remains forever. Flora is completely in love with her brother and Thibault is fascinated by her. She walks in and it lights up his world. These moments are precious.

 

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A lot has happened since my last post. Thibault is now 7.5 months old. He’s rolling around so much that we have to keep an eye on him. No more chilling on the bed because he must might roll off one day! Solids seem to be getting better. Here you see him enjoying some Wheetabix and kiwis.

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We have had a lot of firsts—swimming, lots of new foods, new babbling sounds, and a new clothing size! But with the good, there are always rough patches. This weekend was his first sick day, more like TWO sicks days. So, we’re basically exhausted right now.IMG_3983

Thank God Grandma is still in town! We’re starting to slow down and get ready for her departure in 10 days. I will be sad to see my Mom leave. I love having family this close. It feels like it should be this way always. But, I am extremely grateful for the all the quality time we got to spend with her this spring. It has been a wonderful visit. XOXO

Walks with Thibault

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I love exploring our little town. Here is a snapshot from my latest walk with Thibault. Our town is quite small and my hour long walks with Thibault can get quite boring, if I don’t try to find new and beautiful things each time. I love this tower. The church celebrated it’s 750 anniversary last year. Lots of history in this building.

A cold and frosty morning

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Eijsden Castle

We enjoyed a cold and frosty morning on the last day of 2016. It was a beautiful cold day and left everything around us covered in frost. We grabbed Flora’s bike and headed to Eijsden Castle to walk the grounds and enjoy the frosty, winter air.

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Mindful Moment: Flora’s Tree

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Trimming the tree is always one of my favorite activities. Now with little Thibault here, I had to accept the fact that I couldn’t come and pick out our Christmas tree this year. A combination of scheduling around breastfeeding a newborn, a toddler’s nap schedule, and the fact that our car is so tiny that we can barely fit in it as a family of four. It made me realize it was probably best if Jaap and Flora picked out the tree without us. I have to hand it to my husband. They picked out a great tree.

Here is a shot of Flora completely enamoured with her tree. She spent the entire day hanging up ornaments and then moving them around the tree. I love this shot of her.

Six Weeks Old!

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Happy six week old birthday to the littlest man in my life! Six weeks seems to have gone by fast. I’m trying to cherish all these cute, tiny moments with you while they last. You are growing so fast! There are these fleeting moments of smiling interactions happening and I have yet to catch one on camera. I’m too busy admiring your cuteness. Remember not to grow too fast. We will miss all the tiny snuggles. If you’re looking for a Christmas gift idea for Mom and Pop, a nice stretch of sleep would be fab! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Mindful Moment: Sisterly Love

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This cuteness comes with a price…no sleep! Sleep deprivation has officially set in and it has started to take a toll on the body. I have already recovered from an illness last week and I know that it was all brought on because of a lack of sleep. But, thanks to my incredible husband and loving in-laws (who came and took care of us for two days), I was able to recover and I’m feeling better now. “It takes a village to raise a child.” No kidding!

But, despite our lack of sleep and general feeling of haziness, my spirits are pretty high. I feel completely in love with our little Thibault and in a blink of an eye, he’s already one month old. How did that happen?

Some days are easier than others and I’m trying to live in the moment and not think too far down the road. Because the prospect of not going out at night, going back to work, the idea of more sleepless nights, etc. gets me down. Being present and mindful of the here and now are getting me through the day. Being conscious is key.

Due to illness, last week was rough. And then we have great days like today. Flora was such an amazing big sister. She loves her brother so much and it fills my heart. Here’s a snapshot of a cute moment cuddling on the couch this morning.