Sunday, January 20, 2019

Erik Turned 18 !!!

From the moment he was born with his caul still intact, we have enjoyed watching him grow into a strong and capable adult.

Cake with Happy Birthday Erik

He studies computer programming at a local Career and Technology center part of the day and spends the other half of his day at our local high school.

Jane, Erik, Sylvia and Dawn around the table with cake

In his free tim, he enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons and naturally also computer games. Working at our local supermarket gave him the power to order in pizza for his midnight snacks. Got to love teenage boys!

Erik, Sylvia, Dawn, Tom and Jane around table with cake

After he graduates high school in May this year, he hopes to join the Air Force. We are all looking forward to seeing him grow and explore the world.

Erik and Sylvia ready for adventures

Erik on top of local fire tower
Have fun conquering the world, Erik!

Happy birthday, Erik! Take chances, make mistakes, get messy and seize the day!

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Everglades!

Since it was cold and snowy in New Hampshire we escaped to the Everglades

In addition, we now can cross off another National Park off our bucket list.

We took a boat tour and saw crocodiles, manatees, and dolphins!!
We even almost tripped over an alligator when taking bird pictures. Oops!

We loved this national park and want to go back .So many great hikes and cool wildlife! What is your favourite national park?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Happy New Year!!!

Wishing y'all a fabulous 2019!

Happy New Year!!

Eloise and Camille
Carpe Diem! Enjoy every day.

It is time for a picture catch-up so you can see the awesomeness of our family and friends. We enjoyed the holidays for sure.

Erik and Sylvia



My Christmas present from Timmy

Auzzie bench lifing Sylvia

A little before Christmas, we visited Shawn, Lydia and the grandkids. It was a perfect stop on the way of picking up Jane in Springfield on her way home from Hamilton.

Tom, Eloise and Lydia

Tom, Shawn and Eloise
Eloise, Tom and Camille

New year's eve was wonderful too, it is so nice to have the older kids around and dropping in to these holidays.

Cees and Erik

Jane made meringues


Ronan, Auzzie, Amy, Sylvia, Jane

Amy, Sylvia, Erik

Erik's favourite present

Erik, Auzzie, Cees, Qate

Sylvia making deviled eggs

Some New Year's Eve pictures:
We made oliebollen, our traditional Dutch deep fried cinnamon raisin bread for "Oudejaarsavond" (Old year's night).

Erik en Chazz

Tom, Erik en Amy

Qate, Jill and Tom


No holiday is complete without s'mores

Friday, December 21, 2018

November Was Family Filled

Three Days of Family

This post was supposed to go out after Thanksgiving, but life did get in the way. So here you have my Thanksgiving Recap and Gratitude Journal.

On the First Day of Family...

Dawn organized a dinner party, where we got to speak Dutch (at least part of the time :) and hang out with Ronan, Dawn and some friends. She is working as an RN now in a local hospital and lives together with her boy friend. It always is a treat to go over there and visit them. Thank you, Dawn and Ronan!

On the Second Day of Family...

We had an awesome Thanksgiving, and 75% of the kids showed up and everyone made something good to eat. Jane and Cees both were home from college, and Kate came over with her girl friend. Of course we also had Sylvia, Erik and Tim. Grateful for our large family.

On the Third Day of Family

This was a sad occasion, we had a get together for my sister-in-law who passed away a few months ago. We miss her every day, but we were grateful to celebrate her life with friends and family. 


Life is short, enjoy every moment! Seize the day, Every Day!
I will end with one of my favorite quotes:

“Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery, 
and today is a gift... 
that's why they call it present” 

I haven't been able to find out who originally said this, but I agree wholeheartedly!

What did you do with your gift of today?