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.

Thibault at 11 weeks

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Thibault, you’re 11 weeks old and incredibly cute! The big 3 month birthday is right around the corner. These last few weeks have flown by! We’re so happy to see you emerging as a smiling, happy baby. You love looking at your Muppet mobile in your box, playing on your activity mat in the morning, but most of all, you love interacting with your sister. Whenever she is around you start to smile. It melts my heart. You’re starting to talk more and more and we love hearing these new sounds. We love you!

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Snowy days

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The temperature has dropped a little bit and we’ve had some picturesque snow days. Watching Flora experience snow for the first time has been exciting. Sometimes I get sad that my children will not grow up with the childhood “snow” memories that I have, but this week—it happened! Much of my childhood was spent sleigh riding, building snowmen and snow forts. One of the many joys of growing up in upstate NY. But this week, Flora got a little taste of what it’s like. She was so proud of her snowman and so excited to get out and simply walk in the snow. I was also excited to breathe in this cold, wintery air. It was wonderful!

As for Thibault, he celebrated his 10 week birthday this week. Time is flying by. I’m trying to soak up all the tiny cuddles while they last. We’re so lucky to have him a part of our family. Here is what he has been up to:

Interacting with Flora, playing on his activity mat, smiling at his mobile, and long walks with fresh air

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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Walks with Thibault

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A few times a week, Thibault and I enjoy a long walk together. These walks have been good for my health and they are also good for Thibault. He gets some crisp, cold, fresh air, and a nice long nap, and I get some exercise, plus a little bit of nature and time to listen to a podcast in peace. It’s been a great time for me to clear my head. Sometimes I do a guided walking meditation, sometimes I just walk in silence. It’s been a peaceful and welcoming part of my day.

There is one part of the walk where we come to this small farm with horses. The view is beautiful. This particular day it was a little misty, but the sun was shining through. Add a sleeping baby to the picture—it was beautiful!

So my New Year’s resolution is to continue these walks with him and make it a part of my weekly exercise routine because it’s been good for the soul. Happy 2017!

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Merry Christmas 2016

Well, my previous post about sick days was premature. Our house experienced a relapse and we weren’t quite in the clear with all the illnesses. As soon as I wrote about us being sick and thinking we made it through the worst of it, the following day was another day where I felt like it was getting worse. Ugh. Regardless of our illnesses, I can now safely say that everyone is feeling better and conditions continue to improve! Thankfully…just in time for Christmas!

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Onze Lieve Vrouweplein lit up!

On Thursday we went into Maastricht to experience the “Winter Wonderland” on the Vrijthof. Flora got to ride the carousel (always a highlight), Rudolph’s train, and the Ferris Wheel with me. We ate olliebollen and had an early dinner at a cafe. It was wonderful. We deserved a little bit of fun after 10+ sick days. It was time to get out and experience Christmas.

This holiday season was a learning experience for me. It was time I learned to keep my “mommy” expectations real. It’s okay that I didn’t get to bake Christmas cookies with Flora, and we didn’t get to visit the Christmas market that I wanted to go to, and there was no time for me to get my Christmas manicure that I was hoping for. Life is just busy right now with a toddler and baby. These fun things and traditions will come again, when we have more time. For now, our time is spent where it matters most. Merry Christmas and cheers to a happy and healthy 2017!

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