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
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/141019032055856006/
4. read a xmas fairy tale
5. prepare xmas cards
6. go and see the hague’s xmas lights
7. make xmas bird
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/363665738631568049/
8. light up second advent candle, watch ballet nutcracker
9. make cookies
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/499125571173595803/
10. DIY snowfairy head accessories
http://www.etsy.com/nl/listing/38731894/winter-fairysnow-queen-crown-faeryspell?ref=tre-2725164678-4
11. DIY wrapping paper
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/53550683041218083/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/53550683040291509/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/53550683042761326/
12. DIY ceiling decors
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/314266880219010672/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/218565388139865491/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/19069998392513943/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/93309023501113854/
13. DIY a xmas tree ornament – deer
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/169377635959446687/
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
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/459507968201447912/
http://www.lovethispic.com/image/49982/diy-snowflake-decor
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/310044755566376740/
17. DIY xmas tree – this year we decided to save one and make our own:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/66991113180911351/
http://estilonordico.blogspot.com.es/2010/12/inspiracion-navidena.html
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/279223245620884885/
18. xmas table decorations – floating candles
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/29484572534331040/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/338192253239475037/
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
http://www.marthastewart.com/273254/snow-globes
21. visit neighbourhood xmas market, this year it’ll be valkenburg xmas in the caves http://www.christmasmarkets.com/Holland/valkenburg-christmas-market.html
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
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059742/
24. get ready for xmas eve – table decoration, cooking, singing
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/440156563551899466/
 
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 http://www.cetrassezonas.lv/lv/receptes/cepumi/recipe.php?id=5594
2. vēstule uz Ziemeļpolu…
3. gatavosim čiekuru ziemassvētku rūķus
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/141019032055856006/
4. lasīsim zsv stāstu
5. gatavosim zsv kartiņas ģimenei un draugiem
6. pastaiga naksnīgajā Hāgā, zsv gaismiņas
7. veidosim zsv putnu dekorus
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/363665738631568049/
8. iedegsim otro svecīti,skatīsimies baletu “Riekstkodis”
9. gatavosim zsv cepumus
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/499125571173595803/
10. gatavosim sniega feju galvas dekorus
http://www.etsy.com/nl/listing/38731894/winter-fairysnow-queen-crown-faeryspell?ref=tre-2725164678-4
11. gatavosim ietinamo papīru
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/117656608984709238/
12. gatavosim griestu dekorus – zvaigznes
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/314266880219010672/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/218565388139865491/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/19069998392513943/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/93309023501113854/
13. gatavosim zsv briežus
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/169377635959446687/
14. mācīsimies zsv dzejoli
15. iedegsim 3. advents svecīti, zsv svinības Latviešu skoliņā ” Diegabiksis”, Latvian Voices koncerts
16. gatavosim sniegpārsliņas
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/459507968201447912/
http://www.lovethispic.com/image/49982/diy-snowflake-decor
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/310044755566376740/
17. gatavosim paši save zsv eglīti – šogad nolēmām aizsākt jaunu tradīciju
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/66991113180911351/
http://estilonordico.blogspot.com.es/2010/12/inspiracion-navidena.html
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/279223245620884885/
18. gatavosim galda dekorus – peldošās sveces
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/29484572534331040/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/338192253239475037/
19. iesim iepazīt Mastrchti, mūsu jaunā mājvieta
20. gatavosim sniega bumbas – tās, kuras sakratot sniedziņš snieg… #bērnībasatmiņas
http://www.marthastewart.com/273254/snow-globes
21. apmeklēsim vietējo zsv tirdziņu, šogad tas būs Valkenburgas zsvētki alās
http://www.christmasmarkets.com/Holland/valkenburg-christmas-market.html
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
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/440156563551899466/
 
vai tu jau uztaisīji savu zsv aktivitāšu kalendāru? kādas ir tavas ģimenes zsv tradīcijas?

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hello from brugge

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one more bite of summer

it’s been a while … (yeah summer break … uh recovery afterwards, coming back to then den haag/ school/ everyday life)  …. hope you had a great and colourful summer and you are fully charged with energy to move onto your next autumn/winter ADVENTURE…. that’s right, adventure is exactly what i mean. after all it’s all down to u how u want to feel…  positive thinking… i guess…

 

I made my little summer mood board – my survival kit for those cold and rainy days to come….

 

have you thought about your autumn/winter survival kit yet?

 


 
have fun on a weekend …

we are off to our first #autumnadventure… fam trip to Belgium

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in a royal mood – lo’s 3rd birthday party

back in time, november 17th 2012, little lo’s 3rd birthday…
it’s not a secret that there is a little princess in each of us (sometimes even more), who dreams to be rescued by a loving braveheart… and it’s so cute, lo still believes that her charming prince is daddy
so we had a party with princesses and knights, perhaps she will change her mind… lolz
 



 
bites and pieces

 
craft (recycled)


 
invitations & birthday goodies


 
head accessories for little ladies (soon in the blog)

 
party people

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day of magic – katrina’s birthday

a day in circus… my little girl turns five :)

 
devil in details…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
water fun

 
someone got bored… lol

 

 
plastic cup activity

 

 

 
circus crafting (more about it in the next week’s post)

 
arty party

 

 

 
paper rain

 

 

 

 
party people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
magic happens

 

 
hip hip hooray!

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happiness is homemade

a week ago we had our 5th wedding anniversary.it was a great day, in the first part, the girls were busy making preparations for our second part of the day – 7th heaven dinner (our wedding’s theme). i brought out the memory box with different kind of wedding day goodies. it was fascinating to read again all these greeting cards, to decorate our dinner table with wedding’s accessories and to tell to the kids our memorable day story over and over again. it was like a family trip – flew back in time and forth into the future. boarded in our kitchen (of course, it’s us!), flew the memory lane, and had fun in our living room-transformed-plane with onboard entertainment like dancing with daughters and reading old wedding wishes.
 
p.s. and even after everything was said about our anniversary… lo still has her contemplation of it – it’s not my birthday, not mum’s, not sister’s, nor dad’s, so what kind of a birthday is it? and, can i marry my dad? no, he is already married to your mum… then, can i marry my mum? lol
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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big boy’s party

recently we had kristaps’ 35th birthday – surprise, surprise! party. well, almost suprise… still have to learn how to do it w/o giving clues…

 

anyway, i had fun preparing, hiding, making it special – love doing that part, all the little details…

 

• invite friends for a secret party
• diy table decor – black and white, stove –pipe hats (borrowed from the 19th century) & la moustache = a must wear, at least once
• and, of course, festive dinner menu with raw chocolate mousse on top (inspired by Victoria of green plate rule)

 

tnx guys for great party :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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every kid loves pj’s day

Happy New Year! Lots of love, laughs, muffins and family/friends!

 

After long Christmas hollidays with mum, dad, sis’n bro, it’s was just 4 of us again… So we decided to spend the last and the first day of the year with each other, being lazy. Late breakfast in pj’s (Katrina’s request), cheesy family movies in bed, home made sweets & treats. 2 days of doing nothing, just the way we like it.

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christmas chaos (fam fam day in photos)

the most important christmas tradition is being together, and despite the great distance separating us, we did it (well almost)… we miss u Mikus…

we did it with a lot of fun, crafts, cakes, smiles and happiness :) love each other more

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we make our own snowflakes

Living in The Netherlands with no snow, we’ve been creating our winter wonderland all month long – with paper only. Paper snowflakes, snowballs (for snow fights with coughing kids, locked in our apartment = fun!), snowmen, and even ice crowns.

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