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Lately Rosa has been challenging me with all these difficult how and why questions. Like why her knee bleeds when she falls, how it's possible that a refrigerator makes everything cold or why there's smoke coming from a kettle of boiling water. Turns out I hardly know the answers myself, let alone that I can come up with an explanation that makes sense to a three-year-old ;).

A challenge of a whole different kind is the 'draw me...' challenge: mama, could you draw me a dinosaur, a helicopter, a crane, a tractor, a cow, a dog...? And then it's funny to notice that though I see things like dogs and cranes almost every day, I often have no idea how to draw them in a proper way. So lately I've been practicing this 'drawing stuff I don't usually draw' thing, like cats... And now I can't stop making cat plates ;).

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The one moment such a big girl already, the next moment a baby girl again, just for a little while. I'm not too nostalgic about wanting a wee baby again, I'm welcoming all the fun and interesting steps she takes and for myself I'm welcoming these steps towards some more freedom and time for myself again. But the feeling of this big baby asleep on your lap is still such a good one!

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Rosa is starting to develop more and more interest in playing in her own room, and Julie loves to play there as well. So I'm planning to make some small adjustments to make the room less 'just a bedroom' and more of a room for play. I'm still looking for a nice soft carpet so that the floor will be comfortable to play on.

I was thinking about adding a small desk or table and chair to create an extra corner for play. Besides that I guess I shouldn't bring too many more toys in, if we still want her to go to sleep when it's bedtime ;).

We already hung some of the little collages and drawings that Rosa and I made together on one of the walls. I thought this would be a fun thing to do together, but what I had underestimated was that Rosa resembles me more than I realized: she had such exact ideas about where she wanted to put every specific piece of paper that we almost ended up in a fight when I didn't hang things exactly the way she had in mind... Can't say I don't feel her! ;) 

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I don't get the chance to visit flea markets as often as I used to anymore, but in the rare cases that I can go for a quick hour or two, it's still a very favorite sport!

On this weekend's market, I noticed two little wooden animal figures in a stall that was completely filled with the most hideous plastic toys. Always funny how something special can catch your eye even (or maybe in particular) when it's in the middle of the ugliest stuff. The wooden toys reminded me of these vintage Czechoslovakian finger puppets that I once bought in Antwerp, and when I looked at the bottom of the figures I found that these were from that same country (and probably era).

What has changed as well is that I can't buy beautiful vintage toys just for my own visual pleasure anymore: from the moment they saw them Rosa and Julie wanted to play with these, and the fact that I've put them on display on a shelf probably only makes them more attractive! In fact I had to make the girls a tent to lure them away from my new toys ;).

Well, it already started years ago... and this animal collection of ours keeps growing!

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With a knit suit that perfectly matches her cheerful character, Julie's ready to face the cold. Though maybe we'd better not send her to Sochi, they might think she's on some sort of mission there ;).

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January and February, they're my least favorite months of the year. These days I'm finding myself feeling so slow and indecisive (I haven't checked my blog archives, but if I would I'd probably find I'm always feeling this way this time of the year!). It's so annoying: it sometimes takes me days to come to the simplest decisions, and there's this sauce of doubt around literally everything. Like: choosing a large IXXI collage for our black wall. So much to choose from, I just never seem to reach a decision. Same thing goes for finding a holiday destination for just a short, simple trip. And then I'm not even talking about the more important decisions, like choosing a school for Rosa... (Montessori versus Waldorf... anyone? ;))

Hope this will pass soon... I guess it's mainly just waiting for Spring to arrive. Meanwhile I'm trying to surround myself with lots of color and happy things! 

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A while ago I started writing some guest posts for the blog of the nice Dutch children's webshop Kleine Sam, where some other creative moms are writing about their daily lives as well. So far I've been addressing some of my favorite subjects: messy homes and messy kids. No, just kidding, my main topic will be children's clothing, a subject that I love but that has become a bit neglected since I stopped updating my coolkidsclothes blog (which by the way wasn't a conscious decision, I loved making that blog but I just didn't have the time and energy to keep doing it well). 

Anyway, the blogs are in Dutch, so please click below if you're interested in...

little cat ladies

why it may be wise to buy children's clothing big

my messy home (well, yeah...)

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There are certain activities that I try to avoid when it's just me and the kids. Grocery shopping is one of them. Bringing a few quick things from the supermarket on a walk with the double stroller (so with both girls safely inside) isn't a problem, though lately Rosa isn't that keen on remaining seated anymore, and chasing her through a supermarket with a huge stroller and a basket filled with groceries isn't that much fun. No, I mean the big groceries, that involve extensive shopping lists, a heavily stocked cart, lots of big shopping bags, dragging everything to the car and all that. Then carrying/directing two young girls along the way is just a bit too much for my 'yes-I-am-a-woman-but-somehow-I-don't-have-that-super-multitask-gene'-nerves.

Helmut never really understands my objections: he thinks grocery shopping with two kids is a bit of a challenge, but definitely not impossible or anything. And in his Can-do view, taking just one of them is even easy peasy. So I had myself convinced to try it again, with only Julie with me this time. But tell me: what to do when your kid falls asleep in the little seat of the shopping cart, with her head and neck in some sort of weird rotated position, while your cart is filled to the brim with all kinds of groceries?

Well, then you take your heavy, sleeping kid out and hold her in your arms, meanwhile you try to put all the groceries on the conveyor belt with just one hand, then you take your coat off (also with one hand, not as easy as you would think!) and put it in the now empty shopping cart, then you lay your sleeping kid with her head on top of this improvised pillow, then you put all the groceries into some enormous bags, then you try to ride the shopping cart to the parking lot with one hand (while you have two terribly heavy bags in the other), then you put everything in the car, bring back the cart, take out the sleeping kid, take her sleeping twelve kilograms in your now aching arms again, walk back to the car and try to put her in her seat without waking her up...

Oh, that's it: maybe I should have tried to wake her up in the first place ;).

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 Really, it's the best clock ever...

... but I can't pretend I took this picture today, or yesterday, or even last week ;).

One of the good things about keeping some sort of blog or journal is that it's such a nice record of what's happening right here, right now. It's a fast and easy way to save some images of/thoughts about what's going on in our daily life that's flying by so crazily fast. I like the idea that I can go back to a certain date, even years ago, and see some glimpses of what life was like back then. And who knows, if blogs like these can be preserved in some way or another, maybe even Rosa and Julie can look back at those small records of their daily life as young kids when they're older.

But the disadvantage of this 'here and now' concept of blogs is that if you don't keep the record straight away, you'll probably never do it anymore. I take lots of pictures, but often I don't have the time or energy to properly edit them and turn them into something that feels worth posting. And then once I finally have some time on my hands, the pictures are already weeks old and their 'blog momentum' seems gone: cute pictures of a toothless Julie (who now already has nine teeth), some nice images of the house two or three incarnations before it's current one (I do still have some nice images of all our freshly wallpapered walls in a further still empty house, anyone interested?), funny images of a city trip during our Christmas holiday... They often already seem way too much 'in the past' once I get the chance to have a proper look at the pictures.

So I think it's about time to show you some of our 2013 summer holiday pictures... ;)

Back then Julie was only a 7-month-old baby and we were in the middle of our big moving house project. Before we bought the house, we had already booked a summer holiday to this nice place called Boheems Paradijs, a small holiday site where you can stay in original 1950s and 1960s circus and gypsy caravans. And though the timing turned out to be a bit inconvenient (the holiday was planned exactly halfway the month that we had for renovating and moving into our new house), we decided to go anyway, because everyone needs a holiday every so often, right?

It was very hot, Julie was sick for the first few days and we did have some moving house stress at the beginning of the holiday... But it was a great place for a short holiday with young kids, and the vintage caravans with their colorful retro interiors were fairly cool!

Well, that's about all I remember... Which once again proves that it's wise to keep track of things immediately if you want to keep some memories!

 

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My name is Nina, I'm a ceramics and paperwares designer and mom of Rosa and Julie. This blog is about making, living, liking, loving and so much more!

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