Gert

Visit at our local castle

Lovely Sunday we had yesterday! Our local castle was open to visit. Or I should specify: the whole area around it, which is usually a closed private property. The main attraction was actually the old castle’s farm. They’re apparently trying to raise funds to restore the whole thing. Gert’s family (like 2 generations ago) used to live there. We like to say they’re from the castle, but they’re really from the castle’s farm. Haha! Close enough :-)

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old europe castle estate european belgium belgian property visit private water
old europe castle estate european belgium belgian property visit private water
old europe castle estate european belgium belgian property visit private water
old europe castle estate european belgium belgian property visit private water
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I should probably watch the news tonight and see if I can catch myself taking this picture lol

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europe old castle farm barn belgium european belgian visit inside indoors
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^^ Can you believe how old this carved beam is?

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^^ Couldn’t resist snapping this one :-)

♥︎ Lisa

Weekend away in the South of Belgium

First things first, a quick update since my last health-related post: all the results came back clear, which is a big relief. Although, in a way, I almost wish they had found a little something that could have explained why we lost Sam just a few days shy of his due date. So that maybe if we could fix it now, I would know for sure that it won’t be a problem again in the future. But since nothing was found, it basically confirms that what happened was plain bad luck. It couldn’t have been prevented, and no one can prevent it from happening again. So, a new pregnancy will be like taking a leap of faith and hoping for the best.

Anyway, after that was all done and behind us, we left home to spend the weekend in the South of Belgium, a couple of kilometres away from the French border. It was organized by Gert’s band. Their main purpose was to practice new songs the entire weekend. I honestly hadn’t planned to go, but then Gert convinced me and I ended up agreeing at the last minute. I hadn’t seen any of them since losing Sam, and I was dreading it.

(Warning: lots of pictures ahead)



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Wolf wasn’t quite sure what to think of his car seat. It was his first time in it.

About two hours later, we arrived to this pretty awesome room:
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bedroom weekend rental cozy countryside stone wall rustic cottage europe belgium ardennes
It had its own bathroom and separate toilet. Really nice!

There was plenty of space for Wolfie to have his own little corner …
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lol He looks so proud! With his own mirror and everything :-)
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chihuahua bed sleeping corner setup mirror blankets cozy weekend away dog small tiny breed cute toys fleece
Setup approved ☺︎

I’m not going to post pictures of people who were present. Because even though they’d probably be cool with it, we’re not THAT close, so I wasn’t planning to ask everyone individually. There were 14 of us total. Good thing the house was huge! It had something like 8 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, and a total of 3 floors with a fitness area, two kitchens, two living rooms, and a gaming room. It definitely didn’t feel crowded.

People obviously felt awkward around me, and the topic of Sam was completely avoided, even though it was clearly the elephant in the room. Only one guy brought it up when I arrived and told me how saddened he was by what happened, but he had had one beer too many, and so that quickly fell flat :-/ I couldn’t stop thinking about Sam and the alternate reality that would be unfolding there if he was with us. We had said a few times that the next weekend away with the band would be spent together with him. So the fact that it turned out to be pretty much the exact same weekend as before I was pregnant, REALLY sucked. I felt like crap, and I doubt I was a pleasant company to anyone. I almost randomly started crying during two dinners, and I felt completely detached from most of the conversations that were taking place. I like to think that I’ve overcome most of it by now, but there’s definitely something broken in me that will never be fixed.

Anyway, 90% of everyone’s time was spent practicing new songs. So I was kind of on my own most of the time anyway. I had hoped for a decent wifi connection to keep me busy, but alas, it was quite weak and miserable. Which basically meant I had to keep myself busy like in the good old days. My first plan was to go hiking with Wolf …






The weather was sunny and seemed nice enough. I took a few pictures around the house, and as I got far enough to see the entire property, I realized how big a farm it’s actually part of. It was cold as f*ck though! The wind was freezing and it was so unpleasant to walk. Wolf’s nose started dripping and his eyes were all teary. That’s when I decided it wasn’t worth risking him to get sick, and headed back inside.

Can you believe this is only the upper floor where our room was? So much space!




^^ The cute entry to our bedroom

I tried out the gym, out of utter desperation.

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My little workout buddy ♥︎

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I’m so untoned, it’s not even funny.


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Ready for a shower, but a puppy hug first ♥︎

So, a couple of days later, it was time to go home!
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He was dead tired! I’m not even sure of what, because he basically slept for 3 days straight lol Laziest dog ever.

I’m back home now with the worst cold. Figures! Half the people were sick, and of course, when you put 14 people in one house with half of them coughing and sneezing all over the place, they are bound to infect the healthy half. Pffft. It really sucks. My throat hurts so bad right now, I can hardly swallow or talk. *sigh* Wish me a quick recovery! I hate feeling like this :-(

♥︎ Lisa

Finally some sun

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Good morning! It’s freezing outside, the grass is looking a bit white, but at least the sun is finally shining here. We were stuck with dark weather for two weeks. Yikes.

Wolf – our new little chihuahua friend – is doing very well. We’ve had him for about 5 weeks now, and he has learned all the good manners I had hoped for. No more accidents on the floor; he neatly does his business on the newspaper corner we’ve set up for him. I really pushed him to use it because he completely refuses to go outside in bad weather, and since bad weather is all we get here, there was no other option but to have him do his thing indoors.

It’s a bit more work on my part, because I have to clean it up right away every single time. But it does have its advantages: clean yard, clean paws, clean floors. I still push him to go out whenever I can, because a bit of fresh air is necessary. But at least it’s not a constant worry anymore.

He and Gert have both warmed up to each other:

^^ Such a loving father! Haha!


Wolf used to completely ignore him in the beginning. I think it’s due to the fact that he’s with me 24/7, while Gert comes and goes, and is never very busy with him. I feed him, play with him, go to places with him, talk to him all day … so yeah. I’m glad he’s bonding more with Gert now!

♥︎ Lisa

Wolf’s second week with us

Today is Sunday, so I put together some pictures of Wolf’s entire past week. We’ve had him for exactly 14 days now and I can’t believe how quickly he has adapted to his new life here with us. His first week wasn’t all that interesting because he spent the majority of his time sleeping! However, he has now come out of his shell and is proving to be an awesome little dog :-)




Besides being cute and funny, his week has consisted of:
– visiting my mom twice
– getting a bath
– spending much more time together with Jules the cat
– sleeping, sleeping, sleeping
– and walks in the neighborhood


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I love how Gert doesn’t act like he’s too good to be seen with a ridiculously tiny dog ♥︎

We also went to the pet store with him to get a new harness. Look at this awesome little dressing area they have:

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pet store clothes wardrobe dressing area outfits dogs chihuahua mirror corner table

He absolutely hated it, but remained calm and well behaved.

I’m fed up with his diaper though. We’re working hard on getting this issue resolved. It has definitely improved, but it’s going to take a bit more time until we can ditch the diaper for good. On a side note: things have been going so well with the cat. We now let them roam freely and it’s been going exactly as we had hoped. No conflicts whatsoever. They both respect each other’s space and sometimes run around together. Jules the cat is still a bit intrigued and looks at him a lot from a distance. But he’s acting very relaxed and doesn’t look very fussed about this new creature being around, so that’s really all we can ask :-) I’m hoping to be able to snap a picture of them both together this coming week.

♥︎ Lisa