This just might end up …

15 01 2010

becoming a baby blog!  I know,  I know… but I can’t help it!  She’s just too darn cute for me not to mention her with every breath.  Yes I sound like a typical first time mom, but so what!  LOL! She’s just my little bean! :D. 

Ok,  I’ll stop gushing now…

So it’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been home and I spent the better part of one week in bed resting after the c-section.  Honestly, I don’t understand why people  request those… I think I would have rather of given birth the other way.  But all in all, I’m feeling better and more mobile that now I can get out with Isabella to the small shopping centre and in to the city for a short jaunt.  My mom has been a huge help around the house with cleaning and making dinner.  Plus disciplining… gotta love the teacher voice!   Not too sure what I’m going to do when she leaves in February, maybe I’ll just hide her passport!

Isabella has been sleeping, eating, sleeping, eating, crying, sleeping, eating…and sleeping.  Except between the hours of 9 pm and 2:30 am, which seems to happy hour for her!  I have a hard time getting her to settle down at night and all she wants to do is eat.  When she finally does settle, the minute I place her in her crib she cries and yes, she is sound asleep when I put her in.  The only way she is happy is when she is laying on my chest and her bum is being patted.  Needless to say Frank and I are a bit tired.  One good thing is that she does sleep from 2:30 to about 6 or 7 am and then wants a small snack.   After all that she is content until 10 or so.  During the day, Her Highness sleeps all day!  Either way she’s a keeper.

 Poor Stoney still has his nose out of joint with Isabella, he jumps on my lap the minute she vacates it!   To be honest it is quite funny, but I know his poor little feelings are hurt.  He’s not getting his full on attention and his heart is breaking.  Here is a picture of Stoney ignoring Isabella.

I know this is a poor excuse for a blog, but I’m going to end this now since we are having company come by shortly.   Plus tomorrow we are heading to Germany to go shopping in Oberhausen, aaaaaaaaah a real mall!  Then on Sunday we are doing a drive tour of the Netherlands.  But before I go, I have another picture to show you….. below is a picture of Isabella in the outfit and blanket which my mom brought me home from the hospital!  The outfit and the blanket were given to me by my great-grandmother.

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Pretty in Pink

20 08 2009

On the 18th we went for the 20 week scan and of course being the impatient person I am I had to find out the sex.  Well… IT’S A GIRL!! 

Poor Frank is really out numbered now,  with 4 from before and now this making his fifth I feel sorry for him at times.  The only other male in the house is Stoney and well I snipped him long ago.  I think I might get Frank some male fish to have some company.  Maybe  they can bond over football or something?? LOL! 

babyOf course as soon as I found out it is going to be a girl I had to go shopping for the first offical pink outfit!  I luck out because there’s a baby superstore not to far from me, so I can scoot over anytime instead of having to into the city.  We are actually getting the crib set from there and I have bought a few other things previously from the store so I do find the that the price really isn’t that bad.  Granted clothing in this country is just expensive in general.  Really?  30 euros for BABY pants? 30??  I don’t think so!   I did get a few more things yesterday as I went into Utrecht for an intake with Accountemps.  Yes they know I’m pregnant but they are going to look for temp work right and keep me high on the list for when I decide to back to work full time.  It was   placed me with Saxco many moons ago!  But back to baby stuff… I found another superstore in Utrecht and without realizing it,  there was another one on the next street over.  I guess I’m just going to have to go back to that area to take a peek.  I managed to spend a few euros at the Baby Planet and bought a purple jogging suit with a  hoodie and a few other items that we need.  I would like to go back I think once we return from our trip to the UK to see about the tummy tubs, I think they were priced less then some other stores.  At the station I went to Prenatal to see what they had and surprisingly enough the clothes were cheaper there.  So I bought a little overall jean skirt and a winter jacket!  I love the jacket, it’s so soft!!!  The nice thing about being here and having a winter baby is that it doesn’t get as cold as it does in Canada so I don’t have to worry about those massive baby-can’t-move snowsuits.  Also a cousin bought bought me a snuggly for the stroller that is fleece lined, so she’ll be toasty warm.

The next thing on our list to do is trying to figure out a name….why are we doing it so early you ask? Well Frank and I have different taste on names, I like unique ones (I’m not talking like Moon Unit or Rainbow love)  but I want one that is a little less traditional.  And he likes traditional.   So we have to agree on something.  The middle name is done, signed, sealed  and delivered.  There’s no changing that.  We have also decided that once we picked the name we aren’t saying anything until she arrives.  We want to keep something a secret! 

Right now I’m enjoying the shopping part, buying girl stuff is great! 

I just need a job to support the habit!

 





I’ve become one of them…

4 09 2008

I thought this would never happen, I blame having too much time on my hands being unemployed…

 

I actually went to three different places today to get groceries.  Three!  Trois! Tres! Drie! (see I am learning Dutch).  First to the markt that is held here in Emiclaer.  But I love my chicken guy, his breasts are plump and juicy,  his legs are to die for,  and when I want the whole of it, it’s lean with very little fat.  Delicious.  Don’t worry dear, I am talking about the chicken.   And today he had pre-cooked ribs, no biggie, I still froze them and we can re-heat on the bbq when I want them.  Also the cheese was on sale in the market and the eggs were cheaper so I picked up a few of those.  Then I headed over to the Aldi in Hoogland, I’m beginning to know the area well enough I can go alone.  Aldi is like the Candian version of No Frills, only German.  Some things are a lot cheaper then at the C1000 (Dutch version of Dominion).  Then I headed over to the C1000 to finish my shopping adventure. 

I never understood people that would go from shop to shop to save a few pennies, I used to laugh at them, mock them,  roll my eyes when I saw the different bags in their cars…now…I am one. I can see my mother shaking her head as she reads this.





Around the Town

10 08 2008

On the weekend Frank and I went into the city to go to the market and to do some shopping.  On the way there since we were kid free and dog free, I was able to stop a little more to take some pictures.  

This is a picture of the outer wall of the city.  Amersfoort has the two walls in it’s double wall defence.   On one side there was a cemetery and very old one.  I would have like to have gone inside but the door was locked.  I did manage to get a few pictures through the windows in the wall.   The openings on the other side of the wall far at the back lead to a park with a bike path.  

 

 

This is one of the small windows looking into the cemetery.  I did get a few pictures closer to the wall and inside the cemetery.  You can see those on flickr. 

 

 

 

 

This is one of the Churches in the centre of the city.  We were in the square at the markt.   The nice thing with the marktis that some of the fruits and veggies are cheaper, same as the eggs and the bread.  You can also sometimes get some good deals on other goods.  Frank also bought some saddle bags for his bike, this way when we go on the bike rides I’m not always the pack mule.

 

 

This is the Onze Lieve Vrouwentoren, or the “Long John” as a nickname by the people here in Amersfoort.  Way back in the day there used to be a church attached to the town, but an explosion back in the 1700’s destroyed the church and the tower managed to survive.  The square where the tower is still standing you can see the outline where the church was.   The tower is still one of the tallest medieval structures in the Netherlands.  It really is an interesting site to see this tower, because you notice it almost immediately as you enter the city. 

 

 

 

 

Here is the main road going through the centre of the city, Langestraat.  Along here, you will find pretty much anything you are looking for.   During the day after 12:00 I believe, they block off the street so car can not get through.  It makes it much easier to shop with out worrying about being hit by a car trying to cram yourself on those itty bitty things they call sidewalks.  We lucked out yesterday with nice weather and warm temps.  And now that I’ve gone the route a few times into the city, I’m pretty sure I can get there again on my own.  The confusing part is once I’m IN the city, not actually getting there.  With my luck I’ll take a wrong turn and end up in Utrecht or something.   But once I get the hang of it, I’ll be able to visit one of my favourite stores Dille & Kamille.   It’s a little pricey to be honest, but it is a one stop shop for many things that I want in the kitchen or the house.  Oh and I actually bought an apron (everyone in Canada you can stop laughing now).  I bought the thing because I’ve ruined enough shirts cooking, especially when I make the sauce.  I do need to go back and get more spice jars, I bought the little jars with the snap down lids like the old canning ones you see with preserves.   I would also like to get a few new place mats and a new bath mat,  so maybe sometime this week I’ll head to the city again if the weather holds up.