Sunday, December 31, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
It is a short history of the Celebration of Christmas around the world. One of them is Holland.
Well, I grew up there and never have seen a Zwarte Piet or "black Peter" like this one!
And that is not all, according to the story that goes with this, Dutch people say " Zalig Kerstfeest" when they see Sinterklaas.....................?
this is only the mistake they made for Holland, In south Africa they say according to GERMAN traditions "salig kersfees" introduced by Queen Victoria ????????? HUH, did I miss something at my history lessons?
No need to say, some corrections will accompany this homework.
The coloring in this work is great, regarding that T is totally not into any art whatsoever.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
This is our guest for these two weeks, Niner. He is very gentle and a very good guest. Usually he lives at school and in the weekends with the teacher, in the fourth grade Gate class. But because the teacher went on a little Trip this week and none of the parents volunteered to have Niner come over, he usually ends up here. I love rats, they are very intelligent and very lovable. We had two Driekus and Frederik. Driek lived up to the very old rat age of almost 4 years old. He died on Halloween night last year and if he had made it until Dec 7th that year he would have been 4. We got him when he was just 8 weeks old, and one of his brothers also became a classroom rat. That is how we got into "rat sitting" over the holidays.
It is very windy today, we went to the park to play soccer for a while but it was to windy. So we went home, made some hot cocoa and are just hanging out. I am going to put some socks on my knitting needles in a moment, anouther hat just finished. Maybe I'll post some pics of my soks in progress later.
Monday, December 25, 2006
and for me, I am going to enjoy the Da Vinci code on dvd right now, wonder if it is just as good as the book.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
And now the waiting game is on, what is Santa going to drop under our Christmas tree this year?
Friday, December 15, 2006
He wants to learn how to knit, can you teach me Mom??
Of course, so we sit down and to my surprise he quickly picks up and after one row he insists he does it all by himself.
It is going to be a scarf, so he can wear it to school after the Holidays. And "if I practice a lot, than I can knit faster than you mom, and then I will make scarves and socks and hats"
Wow, well first let's see how long this scarf is going to be.
And for the next half hour we work side by side, sharing a little small talk, until it is time to go to bed.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
look what came today, a surprise I won from Making Memories!!! and I never ever win something. Wow, it totally made my day.
T and I went to see Happy Feet today, If you haven't seen this movie it is the best!!! It even made me cry. And the music is so good, and all those dancing penguins, amazing how they think about the story and make those movies. And we saw some previeuws of the new Harry Potter movie, we can not wait to see that one.
OK back to the holiday card rush.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
I am making the last of my X-mas cards and they go out by the end of the week! This weekend we were at the winery, and with the rain it made for huge mud puddles. The boys were playing in them and every night I go home we have to hose of Tycho in the garage and take straight to the shower. What is better for boys than play in the mud and get very (and it is VERY) dirty? On Saturday the boys decided to make a "clubhouse" and when it was done the two oldest boys sat inside while Kev, the youngest one decided to paint the outside. Bright idea, he got hold of a bucket of roofing tar. No need to tell you he was really, really, really dirty!
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
It is officially holiday season out here, our neighbor is busy stringing the lights outside and driving around town I saw a lot more reindeer, Santa's and candy canes that all can be plugged in at night. Well I could not be the last to put up some decoration, so I plugged in my little tree in my office.
So cute, and honest, every girl needs a pink tree!! Now I need to come up with a x-mas card to send out to everybody, How about pink and some bling????
Thursday, November 23, 2006
we did some gardening yesterday, we replanted a tree, and planted the tulip-bulbs.
the last one was T's job, so it will be a surprise in spring where the tulips will show in our garden. One thing is the soil here, there is no way, when it is wet and you just dug a hole in it you are going to walk trough it with your shoes without being re-soled with a clump of dirt.
I just had to take a pic of J's shoes when he walked back to the tree to see if it was planted right.
Tycho is writing newspaper articles, he is so funny, he is interviewing us. I so love when he does those kind of things. It makes me smile and happy.
More about his articles later today!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
so we present you with Isaac Allerton, aka Tycho.
and then there is this little girl I met today, Isn't she cute??
guess what I am wishing for from Santa this year..........................................(hint, hint)
Friday, November 17, 2006
And the barn is so typical American for me, this one is not far from us and every time I love to look at it when I drive by. Today I stopped and took this picture.
It is getting close to thanksgiving, turkeys are piled high in the groceries stores. Every year
Monday, November 13, 2006
As soon as I turned off the engine, he awakes and asks " Hey we are not home, where are we?"
We walked around, and took some pictures, so I can see where to put the bride and groom in the op coming wedding I have to do there.
We came upon this friendly kitty, with a big belly.
Tycho asked if the cat was pregnant, so Jill asked the lady behind the desk.
Her reply "Well honey we can not all be a size five!" (she was not a size five herself if you feel where this is going).
We just did not got her on a good and friendly day.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
It rained today and finally it was a little colder!
I so want it to be colder, and wear thick sweaters instead of t-shirts and shorts.
I am getting ready for the photo shoots that are upcoming, it is as always crazy just before the holidays.
My first shoot is already done, and in two weeks I have a wedding to do. I love doing weddings, love to capture all the emotions on people's faces.
Of to do more work, more tomorrow.
Monday, November 06, 2006
I do not give in that easy so I tried it on, it fits but I don't like myself with a hat on.
Today I wanted some pics for Christmas cards, and Tycho tried it on, well judge for yourself, like it or not, maybe I knit another one, with not so out there colors or just tone on tone colors.
Anyway, the pictured turned out really nice!, now what to choose for my cards???
Friday, November 03, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
OK, something went wrong last night with my post, Don't know exactly what happened but only the title is in my blog.
To busy working on my San Diego album I guess.
We went to SD somewhere in the beginning of summer and had a blast, of course I took a ton of pictures and finally I got around to scrap them.
It is so much fun to see them back after a while.
now I have to gear up to go and carve some pumpkins, too bad they only last for a couple of days.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
In the beginning of Summer we visited San Diego.
Loved it, it is so beautiful there!
Of course I came back with a ton of pictures, that begged to be scrapped, so this afternoon I finally had time to scrap them, or at least make a beginning with it. So here it is, the beginning of the SD album.
And in between I just had to make a Christmas card, I am still working on what kind of card to send this year!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
He read the book, made the pre- write and then the first draft.
Then we have to correct the mistakes, and try to decipher what he has written down.
Sometimes he doesn't even know.
But we have finished it, wow!!
it took a lot of talking and the usual "hey, stop playing with that, and pay attention"
Now we have to find a subject for his current event report, due on Monday.
So tomorrow I get a newspaper and Tycho finds a article that interest him, we discuss it and then he has to write about it.
The piece has to be that long that if you give the report in front of the classroom it has to be about two to three minutes.
and believe me that is a lot of writing for an eight year old.
On a different note, I went to the hairdresser this morning and got a fancy (a lot shorter) haircut, and a very cool color.
Uhm, that is two colors, looks cool to me, next time I want three colors!!
Tomorrow pictures again, I promise.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
So the book made me think of these pictures, I just love the colors and the amazement of coming up close with that tiny spider and an ant.
Monday, October 23, 2006
We had brusselsprouts for dinner, that went well (not!!) I love them and when I did my groceries this morning they where calling my name from the fresh vegetable's section. Not a good idea. All the comments that where said during dinner, not a good idea to repeat them here, but it all came down to this, don't ever cook that again! Okay, I just wait until I visit my parents again and add those to the "away from home" menu. Together with Sauerkraut (yum!) and beets (cold with a diced onion) . So far my Monday, now to figure out what to put on the menu for tomorrow!!!