funny bunny… head accessories and more…

it’s been a while since my last post and I’ve missed it so much. so today i said to myself, let’s make our day a bit different- more crafts less studing. the idea to make headbands in a theme of spring popped in my head :) so there it goes… happy easter everyone :)

u will need:
foam balls
30x15cm fabric rectangle
30 cm fine wire
glue gun
simple headband or hair pin


how to make it:
1. take foam ball and wrap it in the fabric, fix it with wire – make it with two knots in the middle and leave both ends for bunny ears
2. wrap wire ends with fabric to make bunny ears. use glue gun to stick them together. improvise.
5. cut out little circle (3cm wide) from the same fabric, u will need it for sticking bunny on the headband
6. take your bunny, fabric circle and headband, stick together with glue gun.
  the last pic u can see our easter fun game… keep the egg between your nose…

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colorlicios… carnival greetings from Maastricht :)

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oceans and ocean animals 3-part cards

we are continuing our geography journey with oceans… here comes oceans and ocean animals 3 -part cards in latvian language:


english version you can download here

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not into Valentine’s day… :)

a couple of days ago i asked girls, what is love? and i realised that we havent actually ever spoken about it… i made a video and i think i’ll try doing it again in the future to see how it would develop over the years :)
so what our girls think about LOVE…..
lo: when you are ready to give away your best shoes… when you wear white dress…, when u wear a beautiful ring and u have lots of flowers…, when dad givs presents to mammy… (she is trying to do it almost every time when she is in the shop… daddy, i think we have to buy something for mummy… :)
katrina: when u kiss each other…, when a girl stands next to a boy, when falimy is together…, when u watch movies one a couch together…
here is our day (girls only) spent in thoughts about love…wedding dresses, flowers and a lot of hearts…
have some cheeez :)
and happy lovers day :)

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in the world of animations…

cookingpoetry presents sunday animation – living in the farm. made by cooperation #fatherdaughters…

at the begging they were super exited, then in the middle of the process they were kind of bored and at the very end, after watching their super little animation (10s), they wonder how long it gone take to make 1.5h long animation… a lot of work huh?

are you ready to make yours? here are some tips, how to make it…
u will need:
1)film maker – daddy patience…
2)animator’s patiance – it’s a very detailed process, nothing happens fast
3)animation surface – we used table
4)decorations and actors – we used farm and farm animals
5)web camera and movie editing software – we used HD web cam and monkey jam stop motion animation program,which u can download it here. There are also other tehniques if u want use regular camera. This time we thought it’s easier to use web cam directly with animation software.



5 steps how to make animation:
1) set up your software and connect web camera to the computer
2) set up your scene and your actors
3) place your web camera to the scene and make sure it’s in a stable position, be aware not to touch it or move it. we placed our web camera on the tripod.
4) using software, capture frame by frame. From frame to frame move your main actors – it has to be very slow, approximately 5 mm from one position to another… here comes big patience and careful work not to distroy or move any other objects in the same screen :) we did our best :)
5) and the last part is exporting all your frames into the video file



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animals around the world 3 – part cards

last week i finished our fabric world map and now we are slowly inhabiting it … girls are so exited to explore the animals of the planet. we started our journey with little animal toys. girls were searching all around the house what kind of animals do they have and in which area they are living.
yeah we still to have to buy more of them, otherwise it looks like in our world lives just Europe’s and Africa’s animals…:) Until we fix this (maybe with DIY project), we are exploring animal books, encyclopedias and world animal three part cards, which you can download here:
continent and animal cards

these cards are in Latvian language (as we are still developing our latvian language), English version u can find here

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hello from maastricht

today is three weeks since we moved to our new homecity maastricht :) so far so good…

unpacking is done, and we already had our first xmas here…

we had our first visit to katrina’s and lorena’s new school – montessori bassischool de poort . our first meeting was more than an hour long…. nice chat with a cup of tea and a tour of the school, so girls could see their new classrooms.
this time they will be in separate classes (for real), and i think it’s great… this way they can grow up as an individuals. hopefully lorena won’t have a hard time dealing with it, cause in j.f.kennedy montessori school it didn’t work out, she was crying every day since her fourth birthday (in netherlands u attend school from 4). no one had ever seen her so sad before, she even had to go to the toilet every 3 minutes… stress under the pressure i guess… and yeah, she has a character too…
she got what she wanted back in the old school, after a week we moved her to katrina’s class, where she was a happy girl again… actually it was her teacher’s suggestion, she thought there is no point to keep her sad, cause we were about to move anyway.
after the visit to the new school, she said she liked her class even better than Katrina’s… more dolls to play with… so we are hoping this time it will work out ☺


we had some random chit chat with people in the neighborhood, sightseeing in the city (maastricht around christmas time really looks magic). we also visited our potential new yoga place, signed up with the city library, and, of course, found new dancing place –
check… check… check… check…

we consecrated our new stove… with a special lunch for our name-day boy Kristaps….. oh boy, it was “the world’s greatest vegetable lasagna” from green kitchen stories (, the time spent in the kitchen totally worth it… ☺
and for your sweet tooth, we made our xmas calendar activity – home made gingerbread cookies with chocolate and cranberry deer decorations on it… girls enjoyed decoration bit the most, they were all over in choooooocolate… :))
we also had a xmas party in latvian school “diegabiksis” (the same one in breda, only this time we drove there from south). we are happy that our moving from the hague hasn’t changed our habit, which has already become sort of a tradition- once a month we meet up with our latvian friends to celebrate latvian holidays in more traditional way:)



hip hip…

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christmas, merry christmas, xmas

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24 xmas miracles

welcome december…
it has been almost a month since i wrote you last time, and honestly, it’s been pretty crazy over here… cause guess what? we are moving to another city… and yes, just before xmas :) as u can imagine we have a lot of things to handle, all those little “musts”…
at the same time we had to prepare for lorena’s 4th birthday. oh boy… that was A party, this year we traveled back in time…native american fairytale…
we have a lot of stories to tell, but for now packing, packing, packing, xmas, xmas, xmas…
aaaaand yesterday i finally made our xmas mood board for this year… even though I was about to say no #tiredmindthoughts
here it comes, our inspirations…


esi sveicināts decembri…
šodien aprit tieši mēnesis, kopš pēdējā ieraksta :) hip hip… ir bijis tik daudz brīžu, kad gribējies padalīties ar piedzīvoto, iedvesmoto, sasniegto, tomēr tam mazliet pietrūcis laika un varbūt šoreiz arī spēka resursu… :) es nesūdzos, upe strāvo, ieņem citādu gultni…
kopumā novembris pagājis krāsainu lapu virtenē: man nu jau 31; lo godpilnie 4 un “īstās” skolas gaitas, un visam pa vidu mēs pārceļamies uz jaunām mājām, jaunā pilsēta… jā, tieši pirms ziemassvētkiem…
bet par to un citiem notikumiem vairāk uzrakstīšu jau no Mastricht, pilsētas par ko paši holandieši saka, ka esot viena noskaistākajām.

pagaidam sastādīju decembra mazo, lielo darbiņu sarakstiņu: pakošanās, pakošanās, pakošanās, ziemassvētki, ziemassvētki, ziemassvētki…
un kā jau tradicionāli arī šogad izveidoju ziemassvētku aktivitāšu kalendāru, pareizāk sakot, pats kalendārs pie mums jau dzīvo piecus gadus (sašuvu to, kad Katrīnai vēl bija tikai gadiņš), mainās aktivitāšu lapiņas, ko pielāgoju brīža emocijām, sajūtām, mazo dāmu vēlmēm

xmas calendar
advent calendar
xmas mood board
xmas activity board

1.light up first advent candle , make our own gingerbread cookie dough
2. letter to the north pole…
3. DIY a xmas gnomes
4. read a xmas fairy tale
5. prepare xmas cards
6. go and see the hague’s xmas lights
7. make xmas bird
8. light up second advent candle, watch ballet nutcracker
9. make cookies
10. DIY snowfairy head accessories
11. DIY wrapping paper
12. DIY ceiling decors
13. DIY a xmas tree ornament – deer
14. xmas poem through the moving process: the Hague – Mastricht… 2.5 h long way
15. light up third candle – enjoy xmas performance, this year with Latvian Voices
16. DIY snowflakes
17. DIY xmas tree – this year we decided to save one and make our own:
18. xmas table decorations – floating candles
19. explore our new home city, enjoy xmas lights
20. make a snow globe – oh i love them, since i was a little girl, so exited to create our own one
21. visit neighbourhood xmas market, this year it’ll be valkenburg xmas in the caves
22. light up fourth candle, set up all 2013 xmas time DIY, xmas cards in one garland
23. have a movie night with xmas movie and popcorn – the sound of music
24. get ready for xmas eve – table decoration, cooking, singing
have you made an advent activity calendar? What are your xmas time traditions?


1. iedegsim 1.adventes svecīti, sagatavosim savu piparkūku mīklu – mums garšo Signes, no
2. vēstule uz Ziemeļpolu…
3. gatavosim čiekuru ziemassvētku rūķus
4. lasīsim zsv stāstu
5. gatavosim zsv kartiņas ģimenei un draugiem
6. pastaiga naksnīgajā Hāgā, zsv gaismiņas
7. veidosim zsv putnu dekorus
8. iedegsim otro svecīti,skatīsimies baletu “Riekstkodis”
9. gatavosim zsv cepumus
10. gatavosim sniega feju galvas dekorus
11. gatavosim ietinamo papīru
12. gatavosim griestu dekorus – zvaigznes
13. gatavosim zsv briežus
14. mācīsimies zsv dzejoli
15. iedegsim 3. advents svecīti, zsv svinības Latviešu skoliņā ” Diegabiksis”, Latvian Voices koncerts
16. gatavosim sniegpārsliņas
17. gatavosim paši save zsv eglīti – šogad nolēmām aizsākt jaunu tradīciju
18. gatavosim galda dekorus – peldošās sveces
19. iesim iepazīt Mastrchti, mūsu jaunā mājvieta
20. gatavosim sniega bumbas – tās, kuras sakratot sniedziņš snieg… #bērnībasatmiņas
21. apmeklēsim vietējo zsv tirdziņu, šogad tas būs Valkenburgas zsvētki alās
22. iedegsim 4.adventes svecīti, izveidosim zsv virteni no šī gada zsv laikā izveidotajiem materiāliem
23. zsv filmas vakars ar popcorn – Mūzikas skaņas #zsvklasika
24. sagatavosimies zsv vakaram – galda dekorēšana, gatavošana zsv dziesmu pavadījumā
vai tu jau uztaisīji savu zsv aktivitāšu kalendāru? kādas ir tavas ģimenes zsv tradīcijas?

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