It’s a Spring Wonderland!

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Japanese cherry trees blossoms in bloom white flowers spring April 2017 Belgium Europe

Japanese cherry trees blossoms in bloom white flowers spring April 2017 Belgium Europe

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Japanese cherry trees blossoms in bloom white flowers spring April 2017 Belgium Europe

The weather has been so lovely here lately! Gert and I decided to go out for a walk around our area this afternoon, together with Emery in his stroller. All the fruit trees are in bloom and it’s such a beautiful sight! The whole neighborhood was so peaceful. All we could hear were birds, an odd rooster here and there, and even a peacock in the far distance. Emery fell asleep along the way, and I caught myself wishing I could bask in that moment forever. What a perfect afternoon we had. No money needed for this kind of bliss! 🌞

This was October 2016

I’ve been meaning to update my blog multiple times, and then the days flew by, and here we are … one month later. Oy.

Ok, so I will squeeze the whole month of October into one post. lol Let’s start with our yearly tradition of mushroom photography.

Gert actually took these, and this is only a selection. I honestly don’t know why we make it such a point to extensively document the mushroom population of our yard each Fall! 😂 Admit it though; they are pretty to look at, right?

^^ Here’s the little table I received from my mom. It got busted on one side when a heavy storm knocked it down hard last year. It actually flew off her roof terrace and landed 2 stories below. Biggest scare ever!!! I was actually there when it happened and you should have seen our faces! 😂 So anyway, the table survived. I was planning to give it a fresh coat of paint, but then I figured, what’s the rush? We’ve got a crappy 6 months ahead of us before the weather gets nice again. So it will make more sense to do this before next Summer, as it will then be all pretty during those beautiful months. Anyway, my Halloween decoration ended up being a little more minimalistic than what I had originally planned. But again, lack of time …

My loves 💕

Gert gave babywearing a try, and Emery surprisingly liked it. I had tried this numerous times already, but he hated it so much, I kind of gave up. I guess he prefers his daddy when it comes to being carried around! He prefers me for diaper changes and entertainment, so we each have our own specialties, I suppose!

And of course, on October 28th, he turned 4 months old.

He’s able to sit up relatively well by now, although not on his own yet. I hope he will learn fast, because Jesus Christ that boy is becoming heavy!!! It’s about time he learns how to sit and move around on his own more. He’s able to completely roll over, sit up with some support, turn his head around in all directions, and grab objects and bring them to his mouth. I’m probably forgetting a few more of his AMAZING skills (lol), but this is off the top of my head right now.

And, YES, I finally managed to take a picture of him laughing. Not just smiling, LAUGHING! Albeit the price to pay was a blurry shot. He laughs every day, but I can never seem to get a picture. Every time he sees the camera, he gets so intrigued, his face becomes serious, and he no longer makes a sound. Like two seconds later when I took this one:

Granted, it is a gigantic camera with a huge lens. Maybe I should invest in something more discrete.

So, that was it! A quick glance at this past month. With the holidays coming up soon, I’m really hoping to be able to post more frequently. I haven’t properly enjoyed Christmas for a few years now, and I’m determined to make the best of it this year. We’ll see!

One month old!

Wow, it “only” took me a week to put this blog post together. lol Time flies when you’re having fun! Or rather: when you’re so busy and exhausted that you can’t even find a spare hour to upload photos and type a quick update.

So, Emery turned one month old last week. He’s definitely grown a ton already.

I absolutely wanted to start taking a monthly picture so we would have a lovely 12 piece collection by the time he turns one year old. It’s going to be so interesting to put them all together and compare them next year. It turned out to be quite a challenge though. First, I had to find the right moment. Then I had to get Wolf out of the way!

And then I had to carefully remove the pacifier from his mouth – so we could actually see his face – while trying to avoid a diplomatic incident …

In the end, I think they look a bit shitty. But they will have to do. I’m not pleased about the colors and the light, but oh well. Challenge completed!

It turns out we have a bit of a pacifier addict in the house. I wasn’t too keen on introducing this to him, but he never waited long enough between his feedings and this is the only thing that seems to do the trick. We have slowly managed to decrease the number of feedings while increasing the amount of formula per feeding, so we are slowly regaining a bit of spare time in between. If we can even call it “spare” time lol

We got this pacifier from Gert’s brother a while ago. I never thought we’d end up using it, but alas, “papa is the best” is now plastered on Emery’s face.

Gert suggested we get a second one that says “mama is quite alright”. 😂

Okay, that’s about it for now. There are so many other things I had planned to take pictures of and add to this post. But I’m afraid they will have to be spread over several future blog posts, little by little. I can’t wait. 😊

Enjoying the beautiful Spring weather

Here are some random pictures we snapped earlier with the compact camera. The picture quality is not as pristine as with my good camera with a heavy lens, but it’s so handy to carry around in my purse on days like these. I wish the weather could be this sunny all year long!

I’m so glad I didn’t attend that family event on Gert’s side of the family this past weekend. He left at 5PM and got back home at almost midnight! I was already in bed by then, almost asleep. It would have physically drained me to get through such a long evening, with people talking all over the place and food being served until the end. We went out for a quick lunch the next day, and that was already tiring enough! This belly is becoming so big and uncomfortable. My back hurts, my hips hurt, my stomach is being pushed up high. I’m glad there are no more parties planned in the next few months because I would decline them all! I’m not going anywhere until those heavy kilos in my belly can be pushed around in a stroller. Haha!

Flashback: Curaçao 2010

Continuing with the monthly flashback series I started last month, here’s a look back on our second vacation together which was spent on the Carribean island of Curaçao.

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I remember Gert mentioning during my birthday dinner in March 2010 that Curaçao was one of the few places on Earth he’d really want to visit some day. I just looked at him and said “Then let’s go”. He looked at me very confused, as he didn’t seem sure whether I was joking or not. I said “Seriously, let’s go. There’s no point putting this on the list of things you’d maybe do one day, because most people say those things and then they never do it and end up with regrets when they’re older. Or maybe they end up dying prematurely and then never get to do it.” Yeah, I’m morbid and straight to the point like that. He laughed and was like “okay!”. So we booked our tickets a few weeks later.

We ended up absolutely LOVING this trip and we often mention going back. We stayed at the all-inclusive Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino. The whole vibe there was soooo relaxed. Honestly, I’ve never had such a relaxing vacation in my entire life. Although Aruba came close; but I’ll write about that later.

Curaçao is a super cozy little island with a constant sunny weather and a nice 30°C all year round. Do they even have a weather forecast? I remember the hotel channel always showing a little sun and the same temperature every single day. It’s located outside the hurricane belt, so it’s a fairly safe choice at any time of the year.

Most of our week consisted of: lounging around at the hotel’s private beach, the pool, the jacuzzi, our balcony … it sounds super boring, but I promise it’s not lol It was just heavenly! We did rent a car at one point and toured the island by ourselves for a day, and visited a few touristic highlights as well as the capital city of Willemstad (which is more like a pretty laid back town). There’s no denying the island used to be a Dutch colony, as the Dutch influence is VERY visible.

We loved the fact that it’s not overcrowded nor flooded by tourists. Although I can only speak for the month of April, which is when we were there. Maybe the Summer months are more hectic. The hotel itself was also very quiet and we often had one of the pools and jacuzzis just for ourselves. The best part about staying at a Marriott Resort is the food! ❤️ Breakfast buffet was to die for and so was dinner every night.

Anyway, if you ever get a chance to visit Curaçao: please do! I highly recommend it!