Spring has sprung!

 

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Our best toy purchase ever!

What a fantastic weekend. 20+ degree weather, sunshine, short sleeves, outdoor play. It was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Our weekend was off to a good start. The kids and I went to Gulpen Friday morning to pick a child safety harness that I purchased second hand from someone. We’re traveling to Ireland in three weeks and I having these visions of Thibault running away from us and jumping off the Cliffs of Moher. It probably sounds ridiculous and a little bit paranoid, but then I saw a toddler wearing one when Flora and I were in Amsterdam. I wanted to high five the mom. I just can’t keep up with T all the time. He gets away quickly and I need some more security with him at the airport and such. Well— turned out to be a nice little trip. Gulpen has a great bakery! Flora and I each had a Berliner bol and Thibault had this delicious homemade pretzel. We’re going back! I can’t stop thinking about the Berliner bol!

Thibault had a great week. He slept through the night several times! It was a miracle. The miracle has now ended. Back to waking up multiple times a night, but fingers crossed that he is trending in the right direction! I think the good weather and allowing us to play outside for pretty much three days straight also helped. The funny thing is— I was still tired! Probably because he was waking up between 5:00-5:45. Here you can see him playing with our aromatherapy diffuser at 5:30 a.m. He loves this, but loves destroying it most of all. My little man is active, active, active! Good for him. I’m seeing toddlerhood in another light this time around. He’s not afraid of anything, which makes me twice as afraid of everything! I love his adventurous spirit. Sometimes I just want to sit down and cuddle. Thankfully— Flora is still a big snuggler. Happy spring!

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Friday Brunch

A few weeks ago, Flora and I had a Friday morning brunch, just the two of us. Thibault was at the creche having missed several days from Carnaval and the girls had some down time. I feel so relaxed when Thibault is not around. That sounds awful, but it’s true. I’m grateful for these peaceful moments where I’m still hanging out with my family, but not struggling. A little moment of zen here at Piece of Cake.

How cute is Flora’s admiration for her hot chocolate? We ate pancakes, scones, and took a stroll through Museum aan het Vrijthof. What a fab morning!

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My day ended on a high note— cocktails with the Mamas! This was supposed to be a Cosmopolitan, but my New York self thought otherwise!

 

Weekend Fun: Leuven, Belgium

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It’s really winter here! Temperatures have dropped and it’s been pretty cold here the last week. We even got a little bit of snow on Monday morning. Sunday was our family activity day and set off to explore Leuven, Belgium. What cute little university city.

It wasn’t a day full of activities, just walking, coffee and beer drinking, and admiring the old architecture. The gothic city hall in the city center is quite impressive. Very ornate and stunning. Set against that blue sky—ahhhh! We had lunch in a tavern, drank some beer, saw the church, and walked to the Grote Begijnhof. Leuven’s university is the oldest in Belgium (15th century) and has so many beautiful buildings throughout the city.

Panic set in at one point when Flora realized we weren’t going to a playground. This seems to be her definition of fun, whether it be indoors or outdoors. But, she is such a happy little traveler, we knew she would come around and find the fun or beauty in something we were seeing. She can still be redirected with a game of tag or “I Spy”. This seems to be her new favorite walking game. I love it. We both take the time to see the things around us and really look at what is in front of us.

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And a bonus— we scored some free drinks at the university because they were hosting an open day. I’m happy we took a little adventure out of our region. Spring feels so far away. We’ll see how we keep warm this weekend!

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Weekend Fun: Family walks & Babychinos

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Our weekend was off to a good start! Flora and I enjoyed some coffee and a babychino at Confetti in Maastricht, while Thibault played in the “speelhoek.” We ended with a quick stroll around the Friday market and our morning was complete. Flora was impressed by the market. “Wow. This place is pretty cool. Look at all the different things here!.” It made me realize I should take the kids there more often. There are a lot of cool things to see at the Friday market. She’s also at the stage where she talks loudly about something she sees even if it is about another person. She saw a man at the market and practically shouted, “He’s not wearing a coat! And he’s smoking!” Luckily the guy didn’t even notice and I had a little laugh.┬áSo–this is something that we are working on.

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The sun was shining on Saturday and we took advantage of the day. Some outdoor play in the backyard and a nice stroll near Valkenburg. Thibault had some fun at the playground thanks to his new outdoor winter pants! He’s growing up so fast.

Weekend fun: Eijsden castle

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We headed out for a quick walk around Eijsden castle last weekend. Flora loves castles and we had a chatty stroll round the grounds while Jaap tried to give Thibault a nap. I only wish the walk around the castle was a little bit longer. It’s such a beautiful little place. It’s still January and I’m already thinking about spring!