Interior / Exterior Decoration

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!

Prepping the yard for Fall

I’m so behind on decorating the house for Fall / Halloween. I cleaned up the patio this week and added a few new plants and some candles, to add a bit of light in the evening, as the days are getting shorter.

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dark evening patio candles tea lights table outside outdoor potted plants fall dusk

I have many more plans to decorate the exterior though. The weather forecast looks promising, so I’m ready to start sanding our bench and add a coat of fresh paint tomorrow. And we will definitely be buying big pumpkins next week to decorate the front of our garden shed. My mom also gave me a small patio table she was about to get rid of. I just need to sand it down and give it a new color. I can’t wait to share the final results!

Happy May 1st

May 1st is quite a thing here in Belgium. I think they also celebrate it in France. It’s kind of like Labor Day; which is celebrated by giving each other lily of the valley flowers, sending each other cards with lily of the valley flowers on them, and also by … not laboring at all. This year, May 1st happens to be on a Sunday, so most people will get Monday off from work instead.

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lily of the valley flowers gift may 1st belgium holiday

lily of the valley flower buds may 1st spring season closeup pot

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Lily of the valley wish card may 1st first belgium france holiday tradition

Good Lord, my roots are a mess. Two more weeks until my new hair color! Can’t wait!

Ready to pimp this wardrobe

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Here’s one of Gert’s wardrobes in the bedroom. It looked nice at the store when it was empty and basically only showed a white back panel. But once you put stuff in it, it’s just not as neat looking as I’d like it to be. So, I’ve decided to back both glass panels with white curtains, which will be strapped to two small metal rods. One at the top and one at the bottom. That way it should be tight and stay in place when we open and close the doors. I also went ahead and replaced the dark brass door knobs with white porcelain ones. Here’s the link to the actual furniture in case you’re interested: http://www.ikea.com/be/nl/catalog/products/90213587/

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Both curtains cost a grand total of 3.99€ together. Ridiculously cheap! I have no idea how long it will take me, but I really hope it will look good and that I don’t mess up the fabric. Worst case, I lost 4 euros, so hey. Let’s hope for the best though. I can’t wait to show the finished result!

Hello Spring, it’s lovely to see you!

Finally! The Sun is shining, the temperature is slowly rising, and I feel like I’m coming back to life. We didn’t even have much of a Winter here, to be honest. But it’s the lack of daylight that gets me every year. At the worst point in December, there was even a day when it was finally bright enough outside for me to be able to switch off the lights indoors at 11AM, only to switch them back on 4 hours later at 3PM! That’s how dark it was that day. I’m looking forward to July when the sun comes up at 5AM and sets past 10PM. So much better.

Meanwhile, our coffee table in the living room has switched from Easter theme to Spring theme …

Spring decoration tray coffee table living room interior home house wooden white teacup fake flowers lily of the valley lilly pale pastel shabby chic european birds sheep candle in cup spoon

Spring decoration tray coffee table living room interior home house wooden white teacup fake flowers lily of the valley lilly pale pastel shabby chic european birds sheep candle in cup spoon

Half of it is totally improvised, as I realized the other day that I don’t actually own much Spring decoration. I can’t be bothered to go shopping as I’m now into the third trimester of this pregnancy. But I’m planning to buy some Spring extras next year for sure. For now, this will have to do. We purchased the little white sheep during our vacation in Croatia last year. The main reason why we bought it is because we thought it kind of looked like Shaun The Sheep, and Gert and I are huge Shaun The Sheep fans! – very mature 😂

Wolf has become so attached to me lately. He’s even managed to squeeze himself underneath the Ikea laptop tray lol I’m so thankful for this awesome little dog. What a great companion he is. ❤️

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wolfthedog chihuahua little tiny dog puppy fits under ikea laptop tray stand support lap cute adorable small wolf

I realized a while ago that I haven’t posted about our cat in forever. I assure you he’s still alive and well. Haha! I’ll take some more pictures of him soon to counter-balance the overflow of dog pictures.