weekend away

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)



chihuahua dog car seat safety belt harness
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 :-)
chihuahua bed sleeping corner setup mirror blankets cozy weekend away dog small tiny breed cute toys fleece
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

Trip to Bruges

I’m 8 months pregnant, so there was no way I could travel very far this Summer. But we still wanted to do something to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, so, we drove an hour and a half to Bruges! Warning: this is going to be picture heavy.

First things first: the little card I handcrafted myself …

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This first year’s symbol is cotton – as per Belgian tradition – so I made a cotton heart to match. *you may now proceed to puke at our cheesiness*

Being the cheap bastards we are, we combined two Bongo vouchers we received from Gert’s brother & wife. One was for a fancy hotel stay with Champagne, which we got for our wedding last year. And the purple one was a voucher Gert received for his birthday a few months ago, and which we used towards dinner lol

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I, for once, packed very lightly. I was extremely proud of myself, when suddenly an extra furry weight decided to add itself in the hopes of coming along …

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But alas, #julesthecat stayed home and we arrived to this:

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martin's hotels brugge bruges belgium suite room bathroom bongo bon voucher
Not too shabby!

indeed :-)

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We started the evening with dinner at Cambrinus.

Then strolled through the rainy weather …




After which we walked back to our beautiful hotel

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The next day, we stumbled upon this awesome little corner:

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And saw more of “the Venice of the North”

Then we found a store named after me:

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And a store made for me!

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A Christmas shop all year round!

Käthe Wohlfahrt kate christmas shop store all year round decoration brugge bruges belgium 8000 Walplein 12 kerstbrugge kerstmis winkel inside interior binnen gifts items products toys dolls
Just look how ridiculously happy I am!

Käthe Wohlfahrt kate christmas shop store all year round decoration brugge bruges belgium 8000 Walplein 12 kerstbrugge kerstmis winkel inside interior binnen gifts items products toys dolls
So much to buy, so little money …

But still, Christmas in the middle of August = dream come true!
Käthe Wohlfahrt kate christmas shop store all year round decoration brugge bruges belgium 8000 Walplein 12 kerstbrugge kerstmis winkel inside interior binnen gifts items products toys dolls
For anyone who’s interested, here’s the website: Käthe Wohlfahrt

Then we found Gert’s personal Heaven:
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Brewery / Restaurant De Halve Maan
Brewery / Restaurant De Halve Maan brugge bruges belgium Huisbrouwerij Walplein 26 interior inside

Gert’s idea of a perfect wall:
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The man in his natural habitat:

I know it’s hard to believe, but this was REALLY taken in the middle of August

So yeah, it was cold, cloudy, windy, crappy, but we still enjoyed every second of it :-)

I mean, just look how pretty!

And finally, the results of our modest shopping …

An appropriate little Christmas ornament from Käthe Wohlfahrt:
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And Sam’s first little Bible, which was too cute to resist:

We’re basically already in “parent mode” and didn’t buy anything for ourselves lol

It was nice to have this one last trip as a couple with no children. Although, strangely, we’re more looking forward to trips WITH Sam than by ourselves now. I guess this means we’re totally ready for this baby to come :-)

Anyway, this was definitely my longest blog post to date. But I figured it was time to catch up, since I don’t update this thing as often as I’d like to.

More later!

♥︎ Lisa