Monday, July 02, 2018

We Got to See The Goldfinch!

We went to the Netherlands for family day and stayed in The Hague. We were excited to find out that we were really close to the museum with The Goldfinch and other famous paintings (like 'The Girl with the Pearl Earring)

It looks totally different from this one!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Statehouse Selfies and More US Fun

We have been exploring the USA in our own backyard and started a quest to get selfies at every US State House. We started in our own state, and then moved to Vermont.

We only need 48 more, a nice motivation to travel more. We also aim to see all the Liberty Bell replicas that are often at the state houses.

Carpe Diem!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Grandkids are back in the States!!!

We had a great gathering with kids and grandkids now that they moved back to the States! The weather was perfect and the girls loved exploring flowers and frogs.

Looking forward to seeing a lot more of them now that they are here, but we will miss travelling to the UK :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


We spent a few days in Paris and were happy to get into the Orangerie for free.

Monet's water lilies are displayed in a panoramic view and I love visiting them and imagining Monet painting them, conveying a sense of peace to all who see them.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Dawn Graduated!!!

We are very proud and happy that dawn graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor's of Science in Professional Nursing!

She was born in Vermont and graduated there, nice how these things work out. Her educational career started with homeschooling till 8th grade, when she entered public school, made the honor roll in her first semester and took off from there. She is living together with her boyfriend and she already landed a job at a local hospital! I am in awe of her accomplishments and her maturity and grace in handling all that life throws at her. Super proud of our lovely daughter! Looking forward to seeing her build her post-graduation life.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Crocodile Tour!

We were very fortunate to go on a crocodile tour in Costa Rica, and it got even better when a bird swooped in to eat one of the baby crocodiles!

This is one of the many things I love about travelling. It is totally different to see this in real life than to watch it on television or read about it.

Spring has sprung!

After yet another WAY too long winter in New Hampshire, we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and it's not another train! There are daffodils, forsythia, tulips, and of course many birds!

There is an eagle nest behind our local home depot, so we have been watching them a lot, they have at least one, maybe two eaglets. I feel very lucky that we often get to observe them, they are just amazing.

Wood ducks

Spring in New Hampshire
definitely is a happy time for me, I look forward to gardening and enjoy being able to be outdoors and move around without having to put on tons of clothing!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Eating a Churchill in Puntarenas!

A treat loaded with goodness and sweetness which is a trademark of Puntarenas.

When I first read about someone talking about Churchill in Puntarenas, I thought maybe it was a famous restaurant or something. But no, instead it was a cool treat, shaved ice, kola syrup (which is just a sweet syrup, has nothing to do with the soda), powdered milk, condensed milk and ice cream. I totally didn't even try to imagine how many calories, I just went for it and enjoyed!

If you ever find yourself in Puntarenas, go for it!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Our First Visit to Costa Rica

We visited Costa Rica for the first time and had a wonderful time, love the country and its nature and people.
We saw crocodiles, howler monkeys, variegated squirrels and of course many birds. Here is a first taste of our birding, including wild parrots!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Update on the Deer Baby Clan

Since I am back to blogging, it is time for an update on our clan.

Cees enlisted in the army for four years and now is using the GI bill to study at the University of New Hampshire.
Dawn will be graduating from nursing program of the University of Vermont in May. She and her boyfriend are living together in a nearby town.
Jane is studying at Hamilton college in upstate New York. 
Kate is studying at River Valley Community College and works at our local Price Chopper.
Erik is in the STEM program of Hartford Career and Technical Center.
Sylvia will start high school next year!!
Tim lives with his dad and is still figuring out his life.

I am totally happy with my new husband Tom and still adjusting to my MS diagnosis.
Lydia, Tom's daughter has moved back to the US from the UK with her family so now we have our two granddaughters (2yo and 5yo) within driving distance.

Life is good!