Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010


I haven't been blogging properly the last few weeks. I didn't feel like it, we were too busy, and after that, I was too tired ;) and too hermitty ;).

We've been doing so much, the last year. And the last couple of months our 'schedule' with outdoory things became busier and busier. Luckily with quiet weekends and quiet evenings, but still: pretty busy for a family that loves staying at home too....

So, Boaz started being not very well two weeks ago (!). He's still not 100% but getting better. Levi and Adam we feverish for a couple of days....

But for my record and to start 2011 sort of organised ;), I'll give a short resume of the last four weeks :)

-helping out at friend's house twice
-attending the carol singing at our church
-a lovely festive crafting meeting at a friend's house
-a visit to -missing all of our HE Christmas parties and ball from Jobs work :(
-Job's parents came over for a 10 day visit
-Christmas party at our church (still don't get the Santa thing!)
-bowling and laser gaming in Torquay with friends
-Job's brother's flight was cancelled due to the snow, so we missed him.
-Job's birthday.
-crib service at our church. There were more people that don't ever come to church than people that I know :(
-sorting out hamma beads at a friends house :P for three hours...
-even we had snow!

-the fox came and took and ate our chickens and cockerel :(((
-a lot of staying at home time the last two weeks. The boys loved watching their favorite movies, playing video games, reading, playing with the lego and playmobil....and spending time with their grandparents.
-levi's first knitting attempt ;)
-my first 'learn something new every day' poster

A visit to Bygones in Torquay. I liked itThe boys didn't really...
This is what it looked like, the photo was taken by Julia, click on her name to see more photo's!

A visit to Killerton. Again, I liked it; the boys 50/50: outside was ok, inside not.
Again, a photo by Julia, click on her name to see the rest of her post. Funny that the window in the Bear hut was made by a Dutchman!

And now Job is making oliebollen, a Dutch tradition for Newyears eve (funny, in Dutch it's called Oldyears eve ;)).

 Have a good one, everyone, as they say here! :))

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Teach less math in school.

In 1929, the superintendent of schools in Ithaca, New York, sent out a challenge to his colleagues in other cities. "What," he asked, "can we drop from the elementary school curriculum?" He complained that over the years new subjects were continuously being added and nothing was being subtracted, with the result that the school day was packed with too many subjects and there was little time to reflect seriously on anything. This was back in the days when people believed that children shouldn't have to spend all of their time at school work--that they needed some time to play, to do chores at home, and to be with their families--so there was reason back then to believe that whenever something new is added to the curriculum something else should be dropped.

One of the recipients of this challenge was L. P. Benezet, superintendent of schools in Manchester, New Hampshire, who responded with this outrageous proposal: We should drop arithmetic! Benezet went on to argue that the time spent on arithmetic in the early grades was wasted effort, or worse. In fact, he wrote: "For some years I had noted that the effect of the early introduction of arithmetic had been to dull and almost chloroform the child's reasoning facilities." All that drill, he claimed, had divorced the whole realm of numbers and arithmetic, in the children's minds, from common sense, with the result that they could do the calculations as taught to them, but didn't understand what they were doing and couldn't apply the calculations to real life problems. He believed that if arithmetic were not taught until later on--preferably not until seventh grade--the kids would learn it with far less effort and greater understanding.

Read the rest of the article here.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Enjoy 3yo Jonathan conducting with passion!
He made me smile.
Thanks mum, for sending me this :)

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Unexpected visit

In Holland, on the 5th of December, this man (Sinterklaas) comes to (almost) every house in the country.

With his horse and helpers

To bring presents and sweets

We didn't think he'd come to England.

We weren't prepared..... 

But this morning, someone was at the door, and delivered this:

Thank you so much Helma & Co. for all the (funny) presents!

You guys made our day! :)

Friday, December 03, 2010

Thursday, December 02, 2010

This is what happens.....

....when your child likes Shaun the Sheep, Sonic and Mario and is working on a Christmas stable ;)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Nikki's fudgey fridge nibbles

It's cold outside (not as cold as here (-25!!). And we are home, for a change (on Wednesdays).

So I'm making one of Nikki's recipes. She's got some really good chocolaty recipes! It's a shame she doesn't have a blog ;)

Fudgey fridge nibbles

100g butter

100g sugar

20g cocoa powder

1 egg

1 small packet rich tea biscuits (crushed)

50g raisins & coconut

Melt together the butter, sugar and cocoa, but do not boil.

Add the egg and stir until thick.

Add the crushed biscuits, raisins and coconut and mix well.

Press into a greased tray / dish and leave to set in the fridge.

Cut into squares before it hardens.

The 50g of raisins & coconut can be any ratio, sometimes i just add 50g of raisins, other times I use 25g of raisins, and 25g  of coconut.  (up to you)

We've also got some yummy hot chocolate from Whittard of Chelsea. They also have it in Holland! This one is 'Aztec chilli with added cinnamon'.

So, I don't mind being inside and 'enjoying' the cold weather! ;)