Halloween, Take 2

It’s our second Halloween here in the UK and the whole trick-or-treating event was better than last year! We had more kids stopping by for candies and Emma came home with a good stash of candies. Now, it’s not that we eat a lot of sweets but, the amount that the kids brought in gave me a good indication of how many families participated in this fun event this year. We had quite a bit of fun the last few days that we’re somewhat thinking of hosting a party and really decorating our house next year. Emma was quite inspired

On a Diet

The last few… hmm… week… days… uhm… something, I’ve been on a diet. Reason: I wore these pair of pants trousers a little bit ago and they were a bit snug. The other day we went for pizza. This place has these really good pizza dough. They’re so much better if dipped into their garlic-butter dip. And I had nine of them, all dipped. This was on top of my veggie pizza. The only reason I knew I consumed nine pieces was because hubby pointed it out (grrr!!). You see, he’s a skeptic. He believes that diet and I don’t

Halloween Prep

Me: M, why don’t you help find Jovie a Halloween costume. M: Ok. M took over the computer and five minutes later: M: Mommy, how about this one? Me: Emmaaaa!! NO! Jovie is NOT going to be a peanut for Halloween!! M: But she’ll be a cute little peanut. Me: No! Jovie, what do you want to be for Halloween? Jovie: Princess. Me: There, go find Jovie a princess outfit! M: Ok, mommy… (pout pout) Kids! We’ve been looking at Halloween costumes today just in case M wants something that is either cheaper (than buying here) or can only be

Gymnast #2

How’s your Monday? It was lazy day for us. I had all these cleaning plans but my cleaning inspiration never came (actually I am not even sure if such a thing exist, cleaning inspiration, really?!?!). I did a bit but not like what I had in mind (I had an elaborate Cinderella kind of plan). Oh well. There’s still tomorrow (maybe). It’s gymnastics day again Tuesday and while we’re at the gym I am going to sign Jovie up too for a mommy and tot class. I was going to wait until she’s three, when she can go on her

Why I Craft

Why do you craft? I was introduced to paper crafting when my friend took me to a Creative Memories workshop in 1999. First impression: NOT for me. Although I did warm up to it more over the years, I didn’t get into it until M was born. There was a reason to scrapbook after she was born and so I became a scrapbooker then card maker (I had to do something with my scraps of paper). I’ve always blogged. I’ve had a website since 1999. They’ve all been mostly about me/us since I/we live far from our family and in

Anglesey Abbey

Last week the girls and I spent part of a day at Anglesey Abbey, a National Trust property. We had lunch, walked through the old house, shopped at the second hand bookstore (it’s M and I’s favorite place, can’t beat £.30 chapter books), walked around the garden and then parked ourselves in the middle of one garden to read. Jovie ran around crazy (as photographed above) like usual while we read. Today I asked M what she wanted to do and she said, “Let’s go to the garden again.” We couldn’t go though, it rained and so we just went