Saturday, April 07, 2012

March 2012

March has been an interesting month. Job finally started (officially) his job in Germany. That means that he has been away during the week quite a lot. 

At the same time we had to think of a day that we wanted to move. And book the company that will do that. And get rid of all the things we wont' be able to bring back. Like the slide, the swings, the chickens, the tortoise, the trampoline, the fish, ..... *sigh*

Luckily, we have found good homes for all these items/animals. 

It is weird to see the garden empty, to decide what you're going to keep and what's going to the tip.

Going through all of our stuff, I realised that this might be the best time to sort out all of my correspondence.
I've got boxes filled with letters that I've always kept. Mostly letters from when I was about 7 until I was around 23 (and married) and most people started emailing. 

I love going through all of them (and reading them) but I'm also trying to (at least) throw away half of them. The downside was, that while reading these letters, I was, in my head, going back to these times when the letters were written (especially the years in high school, living in France, Poland and Ireland in my gap year). 
Very emotional years.

Dealing with moving back to Holland at the same was very confusing. It was like living in several different countries in several different time frames.

While I can still enjoy living here, going to Dartmoor (our favourite place), seeing our friends, I really want to move back NOW. So, with my head & heart still partly here and partly already in Holland + going through a lot of emotions from years back, I felt confused. It was also kinda revealing. I love my life now.

Anyway, March is over. April is here and April will mainly be spent in the UK. And we will enjoy it! Because it's beautiful here in April. We sort of debated whether we should stay until June, because May is (I think) the most beautiful month here. But we decided to move as soon as we could.

So, what did we do in March?

I had two Mom's Night Out's. I'm hoping that there will be a lot of MNO's in Holland too!

We had quite a few friends coming over on different days.

We went to the cinema with friends to watch The Muppet Show. I wasn't the biggest fan of the muppets when I was a kid, but this film is really good. The boys loved it!

We went to beautiful Kingswear for a long walk.

Kingswear Harbour

Beautiful houses and gardens

After that, we watched Tintin. I bought the 'old' collection for the boys. I have really good memories on watching that when I was a kid. Luckily, the boys love it as much (or more) as I did. Job also bought the new Tintin, a few weeks later, which he and the boys really enjoyed as well.

We went to Haytor and Hound Tor with the Christian HomeEd Group. The weather was really really good. Unfortunately, you don't really notice how hot the sun is, on the Tors. I felt really guilty that all of us, except Boaz, got really sun burnt. But the day itself was really nice. We even discovered places we hadn't been to before, while being on the Tors, like the medieval village at Hound Tor and the Quarry at Haytor.

Haytor. Johsie and Levi were 'playing' Minecraft :)

On our way to the Quarry

The medieval Village near Hound Tor

Levi and Kirsty counting till 30 (hide & seek)

We also went for a walk in Haldon Forest with this group.

And there was a Home Meet. Most children enjoyed playing outside and chasing chickens...

...while my oldest two had other plans and played Minecraft

 We have really enjoyed being in our garden this month. The thing we'll miss most, will be the trampoline. The downside of moving back to a house three times smaller and a garden.....20 (?) times smaller.

Playing games with Boaz and Levi.
Boaz loves inventing new games 

Can you see on his face that he makes up new rules, as we play? 

 It's not only card games he invents, here we're playing some sort of Lego game that involves one mini figure each, a rock formation each and several sets of armor in the middle that you have to buy.

While sitting there, I realized how I will miss the space. I love the lay-out of this house.

In a way, I'm looking forward to having more people around us, but at the same time I will miss the privacy.

But you know what? It will be fine, because it will be (a) HOME again.

P.S.: I don't like saying goodbyes. I'd rather just leave.


Kirsten said...

The letters, why don't you scan them in and keep a digital copy?

Happy Homework said...

Turbulente tijden, Mirjam! Sterkte met alles. Op naar veel mno's in NL! Dat vind ik een mooi streven. Groetjes,

Owen, Mare, Emil, Arno en Nell said...

En een welkom terug!
Owen is alvast blij dat jullie terugkeren!!
En wij natuurlijk ook.
Je zal nog vaak terug denken aan het mooie Engeland.
Maar wat je gehad hebt, nemen ze je nooit meer af.

Lieke said...

Happy Bday! Oh ik leef zo met je mee! Het lijkt me inderdaad een rollercoaster aan emoties...
Ik hoop dat je nog lekker kunt genieten, wij genieten van het vooruitzicht aan jullie terugkomt en die MNO's gaan vast gebeuren met jou in de buurt ;-)


Mirjam said...

@Kirsten: I don't see the need of keeping all the letters. It feels like 'clutter'.

Ceekee said...

Zeker een turbulente maand zeg. Wat dubbel, het weggaan en en terugkomen te gelijk. Dikke knuffel, goede reis en verhuizing en ik kom graag helpen bij het weer settelen. xxx Car

Rachel said...

I have just found your blog and have really enjoyed reading :)

I grew up on Dartmoor and now my parents live in Exmouth so it's nice to see some old haunts on your photos - I miss it!

Angelique said...

Ha Miriam,

Maart was leuk, maar hoe is het met jullie sinds die tijd? Beetje gewend in HIA?