Sunday, October 30, 2011

October week 3

We had a very busy week last week.

I decided to skip the Monday meeting, as we had lots of plans for the rest of the week. The boys wanted to go to Haytor on Tuesday, so that's what we did.

This is the first banana (or any other fruit except for strawberries) that Boaz has been eating in yeeeeeeeears!!! :)

On Wednesday we went to Torquay Museum again. We went with our Christian Home Ed group. This time, we did a guided tour, which was really good! The guide told us lots of interesting things about the Egyptians. After the museum and lunch in the park, we went to the Rainbow Fun House (indoor play area) with a friend. The boys love this place. Boaz even made a Dutch 'friend' for an hour.

On Thursday our trip to Holland began. 9 Hours in the car is a long drive, but the boys did great. We listened to Story of the World, which is very very interesting for most of us (I don't think Levi really 'gets' it, but he notices the odd words, which is funny :)).

We arrived around 6pm and had, as promised to the boys, fries and snacks from our 'snack bar on the other side of the road'.

On Friday we saw my friend's new baby and we went to Den Haag, to see Job's sister and family, who have returned from Africa this summer. Catching up and going to the beach was great! It's so good to see how much the kids like each other, although they haven't seen each other frequently.

On Saturday we saw a friend's new house and I went shopping in my faaaaaavourite town Utrecht with Helma. Job and Ries took the boys to an indoor play area. In the evening, again, as promised, the Dutch snacks :). I even managed to go to a Mom's Night Out (with other home educators) on Saturday evening!!

On Sunday we went to church, saw my parents and one of my brothers & wife. After that we also saw Job's parents, his brothers, a SIL and their children.

On Monday, I dropped something off at an other friend's house (and saw her for a couple of minutes ;) on the way to the tunnel.

We were at home in the afternoon. It has been one of our best trips to Holland. It didn't really feel like rushing around, even though we saw so many people!

We've decided we'll definitely be going back to Holland in 2012. As Job has actually finished his (planned for 3 years) job here in 2 years, and a new job that looks promising, we might even be leaving (a lot) sooner than the planned August/September 2012.

Knowing that we have made the right decision to go back is freeing. Leaving our friends and beautiful Devon will be hard. Adjusting to a (most likely) smaller house and garden than we have here, will hopefully not be too difficult. But because we know we belong in Holland and that we will be blessed, that will be enough to make the change.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October week 2

An other week and enjoying the nice weather!

On Monday we went to Occombe Farm with our local HE group to chat, play and go for a walk.

On Tuesday we went swimming and afterwards played at home

On Wednesday we went to Haldon Forest with the Christian HE group.
Boaz made some new friends..
And the boys had cake after the (for them) long walk (first picture) :)

Thursday wasn't a very good day for me. Job being away for work during the night, didn't help. I was grumpy. I don't have a lot of grumpy days, luckily, because the boys (some (one) more than the others) sense it and react to it. The fact that the chickens are still stressed about Oliver (the rooster) being there and chasing him, didn't help either. A dead (or half dead) rat in the coop wasn't helpful too...

Luckily I had a very good night (not the case most of the time, when Job's not there) and Friday was a brand new day. Knowing that Job would come home and with friends coming over, made it a much better day!

Boaz starting 'lego minecraft'

In the weekend I made a huge Apple Strudel. In Holland, most people make little triangles with apple, but they don't sell the thin square pastry thingies here (and I was a bit too lazy to cut it into squares)...

Saturday is our errand day, but I also went out for a drink with some friends in the evening.

Today we went on a walk near Lustleigh. It was the walk the photography/nature/history group went on Friday, and we couldn't do....We tried to find Lustleigh Cleave, not sure if we did, but it was beautiful!

 I also bought some books for the boys last week. I didn't give them all at once, might save some for Christmas.

I'm becoming a huge fan of the Bookpeople. They are very cheap and have a catalogue that's hard to resist. Sadly, they don't ship outside the UK 

The boys are very very creative with lego, but this book (only £5) is great to spark some new ideas!
Boaz loves it.

I just knew Adam would looooove the Top 10 of everything! He devours fact books.
We are not very much into artists, but I thought this Usborne book might be helpful. 

Oh, and I'd like to share my recipes for pancakes, fruit shakes and pizza dough ;)
Adam and Boaz aren't great vegetable eaters. Adam will eat some raw vegetables, but not cooked.

They love pancakes, pizza and fruit shakes though. I've started to put at least one (sometimes two) courgettes in the pancake batter. 

For 10 pancakes I use one or two courgettes (peeled), 8 eggs, a bit of milk, butter and a bit of flour (different types, depending on what I've got) and put it in the blender.

For pizza I use courgette with the water (in the blender), flour and oil.

And for the shakes again, some courgettes, frozen mango or strawberries, bananas and a bit of orange juice.

I'm completely open to ideas how to put other healthy stuff in 'normal' food, or to make healthy food even more healthier. :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October week 1

Walking to church on Sunday really looks like Autumn!

Don't know if this was Sunday (don't think so, must have been later that week), but it certainly didn't *feel* like Autumn!

On our way to a date with friends (on Monday) and to collect this fella :)

there was an incident with the car. I must have been driving over a stick that pushed itself through the motor protector. A hole in the protector (in the middle), a terrifying noise and a very slow drive back home is what followed. Luckily, everything was solved at the garage and we could continue our journey.

Like last year, we got a pass for the pool at Hoburne Park. Now Boaz can swim on his own, only looking after Levi makes it a lot easier! It's a great pool and the boys love going with their friends!

On Friday we had our first pottery session in Exeter. Adam had been asking to try it. I wasn't sure if they would all like it, but they really enjoyed it! Adam tried to make a pot, Boaz was just messing about (and loving it!) and Levi made some *plaques*.
The sessions are every other week and we're definitely planning to go back for glazing/painting/making more! 

Job wasn't feeling well on Thursday, Friday and the whole weekend, so nothing really exciting happened (except the going out for pizza with a friend ;)). Just two more 'random' photo's.... 

Sunday, October 09, 2011


A recap for the month September

Apart from the 'normal' things, like learning all the time, reading, playing, computer, play station, eating, visiting friends, having friends over, we also......

went to Torquay Museum this month. We will revisit this museum next week, hopefully I'll think of taking picures :)

had a Not Back to School Picnic at one of our favorite spots nearby: Elberry Cove

went to Haytor, several times. It's becoming the boys' favorite place to go to. Adam would like to camp there with friends, he told me.

went to Haldon Forest as a family. A really nice place to go for a walk or take your bike. We'll be there this week again, hopefully (again) with pictures!

went to Dartington Hall Gardens in Totnes with our local Home Ed group

went to the Rainbow Fun House; the boys' favorite indoor play area.

went to the cinema to see Cars 2.

went bowling with friends

went to Goodrington Beach to play with friends

went to Kingsbridge, a place I put on my 'to do' list...

went to Decoy Park with our local Home Ed group once and once on our own.

Played with/learned from the several packets of Usborne fact cards that we recently bought. I really recommend these cards!

had a Home Meet here. Something we all love!

went to Powderham Castle, just to walk in the gardens and see the deer.

saw Boaz earning his first certificate/badge. He's only had a couple of swimming lessons, but the teacher is great!!

had a visit from Tjerk, Job's brother. Job and the boys took him to Woodlands and to Haytor. Sadly, Job didn't take pictures.

(I) had a few coffee out moments this month ;) and a Mom's Night  Out!

also (well, I did) started a new lego project! The boys have lots of lego, have always built the kits/ships they got. But gradually the ships were taken apart. What was left, was boxes and boxes of parts. That's ok, the boys like using their fantasy and building their own ships.

To see what's still complete, or needs extra parts, I decided to fix and/or rebuild everything, with a little help from the boys, who are excited to play with the 'original' kits again. 

I first spent a couple of days sorting all the bricks, and after that, had to find the specific bricks for the ships I wanted to build. It took me longer than I thought, but it's really satisfying! Not even near having finished the 'project', but certainly progressing ;)