Overestimating, It’s In My Genes

Saturday Aug 27th –

Our entire day was spent working on the DIY kids kitchen 😜


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An Excited Scone And Annie Sloan

Thursday Aug 25th –



Mike was working at the office again so I took a relaxed pace to my morning.
Getting the cold coffee he had bought me the day before and seeing how it tasted while watching a morning Murdoch Mystery to help wake me and keep up to where mom and dad are in the series πŸ˜‹

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A Second Summer And Searching For Simple Things

Tuesday Aug 23rd –



The rains left and the heat had started, it seems I’m getting a second summer being here while the weather heats up and back home the weather is slowly decreasing in its nicety.

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New Dutch Delicacy: Sprinkles

Wednesday Aug 17th –



Finally a day to sleep in πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Mike was working from the house so he went downstairs to work and I retreated further under the covers.

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ο»ΏTime Is Messing With My Noggin

Thursday Aug 11th – Friday Aug 12th


(I won’t be separating these two days due to time change messing with my noggin.)


Goodbye day πŸ˜”

I didn’t fly until 3:00 pm so it was at least a decent flight time and the morning wasn’t rushed.

Mom helped me pack, because who wouldn’t get a helping hand when filling a suitcase if it’s available? 😏

Travel necessities : Blanket, notebook and pen, cash kept in my handy dandy coin purse, headphones and jewellery close to my heart πŸ˜πŸ’•πŸ““πŸ–‹πŸ’Έ 

I technically didn’t need the carry on for packing space but I needed it in the event that we travel somewhere and do require a carry on sized piece of luggage.
The solution? Fill with salt and vinegar chips 😎

Mom made Dad and I pancakes and bacon for a brunch before we left for the airport.
I drowned a stack of those in cherry syrup and savoured every bite πŸ’πŸ˜Š

Goodbye time came… I don’t know if 8 weeks has ever felt so fast.
The summer spent at home was a good one.
Full of family time, sunshine, love and laughter β˜€πŸ’•πŸ‘«πŸ‘«πŸ‘«πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘«πŸ’•β˜€οΈ

Goodbyes don’t get easier.
I know that from having said them multiple times to Pro and the girls (Josh too;) but I now know it personally as well.
No need to go on and on about how many tears were shed and hugs shared but it’s sufficient to say, many 😁

As I said on an Instagram post, ‘How Lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard – Winnie the Pooh’, and that is very true.
I feel so blessed to have grown up with the family I did and I’m already counting the days until I see them again.

As far as travelling goes, my flights and baggage were all surprisingly on time.
I think it’s the first time I’ve ever had a whole travel experience without some small form of delay, mishap, missing luggage or grouchy airport staff.
Speaking of airport staff, it’s getting bad when you recognize some of the people working in the airport…you know you’ve traveled to much wheeeen 😏
(Of course you have the all on time, swell flights when your headed back to real life and not on the way to the actual fun bits 😜)

I had a three hour stop over in Minneapolis  and no stop there is complete without eating at chick-Fil-A and getting a caffeine helper 😁

 It was then a 7.5 hour flight to Amsterdam, where the hubster greeted me with roses and macaroons.

Not an awful way to be welcomed back into Holland πŸ˜˜πŸ’•

I attempted to stay awake during the one hour drive back to John and Inge’s but I don’t know why, it was a futile attempt since I hadn’t slept a wink since 6:30 am, Thursday morning 😜

Once at the house I went to stretch out on the bed and that’s where I stayed until… I don’t really know until when.
It all gets foggy about what was done, when and I think the most accurate thing to say would be that I slept a fair bit, or was trying to sleep when I wasn’t yet asleep 😁

3:00 am: Hunger and jet-lag strike.
Thank goodness for the muffins Mike has bought that morning incase I’d felt like breakfast and also good thing that I HADN’T felt like breakfast 😜

Charred Cherries And Bonding Time πŸ’

Friday Aug 5th –

Friday I didn’t do much either πŸ™ˆ

Venturing out side I sat on the deck, trying to soak up as much sun as possible since who knows how much sun I’ll be seeing once I’m back in rainy Holland 😏
Also, gotta love having the actual privacy of a yard without ten neighbours being able to see you 😜🏘

Mom had worked on making cherry jelly/syrup the day before but she wasn’t happy with how it was setting so she was re-boiling it.
We got distracted and it boiled over…twice πŸ™ˆ
The first time it wasn’t too bad.
The sticky mess was scoured clean by Mom, as it was her mess to clean.
The second time however, it cooked onto the element much harder and didn’t smell so pleasant, smoking the house up enough for the fire alarm to go off😜 Resulting in the security people calling to check if everything was okay.
It was, just burnt jelly is all  πŸ˜

The stuff remaining did thicken though and it was enjoyed over pancakes for supper πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ’

After supper and coffee had been finished off, I drove over to Nathin’s for some brother/sister bonding time.
Otherwise known as a movie night πŸ˜œπŸΏπŸ‘«
It was a good movie night and around three hours later I was heading back to the house 😏

Saturday Aug 6th –



Garbage day in the hamlet of MacDowall, meaning Becca was a dear and came and got ours to take with theirs.

Leaving Spencer with me momentarily, which was nice but also long enough as I know not the ways of babies and what’s needed to comfort them besides sleeping and eating 😬

Once she was back she decided to hang out for a while, which turned into most of the day πŸ˜‹πŸ˜Š
Lounging on the deck, relaxing and chatting just like old times.
Being home this long has been awesome, but making old habits and daily rituals slide back into place which makes it feel as though I never really left.
Reality will be hitting hard πŸ˜”

Nathin golfs not far from home (a little obsessively if you ask me but not many people do πŸ˜πŸ˜‹β›³οΈ) and had said the golf course served food.

We decided to take a break from supper making and dish washing and all go there to eat πŸ™‚

Once home I had the incessant urge for a cup of coffee.
That urge is normal and real through much of the day but there is just those other times when nothing sounds better than a fresh brew 😍
Though it was nearing 8 Dad made a pot for me and we all sipped in the aromatic drink.
Really we have drank it too much, so I’m not actually sure how much the whole caffeine part takes effect, making it a perfectly acceptable before bed drink πŸ˜β˜•οΈ

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