This Easter was a simple, pleasant one. I made Declan’s basket a week ahead (go me!). When he woke up in the morning, I had it on the sofa with a trail of yogurt raisins leading him to it. He was really curious as to why there were raisins on the ground- but he went with it. I loved seeing his expression when he opened his basket. This year I put mostly things that he had been needing – a new towel (I got him a cool pirate one), a new straw cup, swimming trunks – and my mom bought him some new books that he’s been loving to read.
I have a lot of random photos on my phone (which mother doesn’t these days). So what better place to deposit them other than this little space of mine. They’re not special photos, but they are moments I don’t want to forget.
Visiting Daddy at work.
So on Saturday my medicine cabinet showed up on the lovely feed of Apartment Therapy’s articles. I never thought I would see my medicine cabinet on there; I must admit, it’s pretty neat!
Valentine’s Day this year was a sweet and mellow one. Declan and I started off by picking up some doughnuts and visiting Dad at work for a bit. Then we went to Kid Venture’s for Declan to play and for me to enjoy a nice cup of coffee (play places + cafes = good idea).
After three days in Amsterdam, we woke up early on a Thursday and headed to Antwerp (northern Belgium). I booked an Airbnb apartment in Brussels for that night, so we only did one day (technically half day) in Antwerp. That morning in Amsterdam was the first day we activated our Eurail pass and used one day of travel to go from Amsterdam to Antwerp and then Antwerp to Brussels.
I hope everyone’s 2015 was better than expected and that 2016 will be even better.
- Time to do Apartment Therapy’s January Cure again!
- 30 – 30 minute soups.
- 20 TED Talks about parenting.
- I got a LUSH gift card for Christmas and I kind of want to try this lipstick shade.
- To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This
- Most popular baby names of 2015. I’m kind of bummed Declan made it! But at least I know he has a cool name.
- 12 guilt free desserts.
I jumped on that “2015 Best Nine” bandwagon. I’m a sucker for photo collages and photo recaps. 2015 was a good one.
This Christmas was a good one. Declan really grasped the concept and enjoyed every bit of it. He was a professional gift opener, Christmas tree ornament fixer and Christmas song singer. I didn’t have time to do an advent calendar this year with activities; but next year, I’m committed.
He absolutely loved his new play kitchen. I’ll do a before and after of the remodeling process later on. He received a ton a coloring books, reading books and trucks/cars. It was such a joy to watch him enjoy Christmas. Oh and I was pretty good this year because Santa brought me some adult coloring books with fancy markers/pens/coloring pencils and a bunch of reading books (woo!).
On Christmas Eve we went to The Cebreros annual Christmas Eve party. Santa visited and every kid ran wild until past midnight. They had a pinata and Christmas themed games with prizes for the kids. Christmas day was calmer; breakfast with gift opening and dinner at our house.
I’m really looking forward to next year because then we’ll be a family of four!
I’ve been meaning to get around and post pictures of our Europe trip; but with Thanksgiving and jet lag and other things, I’m barely getting to it now. Europe was absolutely wonderful; and we only saw a bit of it. It really gave me a thirst to explore it more. The weather was very different than the Southern California weather we are used to. It was a feat to dress in all the layers but it was so worth not standing in lines and and walking in crowds.
Declan did amazing. He was better than the adults! I’ll save tips and such for traveling with a toddler for another post.
To sum up, our trip was 16 days. The countries we visited were The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. We flew in and out of Amsterdam and had a Eurail pass to travel to the other countries. The only downside of our trip was the attacks in Paris; but it didn’t effect our traveling plans. We were out of Belgium before they closed that border and our soccer match in Amsterdam wasn’t cancelled. Everyone was just on high alert, but everything continued as normal.
I’ll start with our photos of Amsterdam. We were there at the beginning and at the end of the trip for a total of 8 days. Before we went I had 3 random people tell me that Amsterdam was like Disneyland but for adults. Let me just say that I now totally know what they mean and could not agree more. There was so much to do there that we barely scratched the surface. I definitely want to go back and explore that magical city more. From the bicycle culture to the cafes and people; everything was wonderful.