Over time I've become gutsy enough to leave my safety mode: the part where I finish whatever needs to be finished way ahead of any deadline, just in case something unpredictable - an euphemism for hospitalization - messes up our plans.
This weekend we had a pretty full schedule. On Saturday Little Brother had a friend's birthday party with an amazing trip to a dinosaur amusement park, Big Brother therefore deserved a cool outing as well and Kenji had offered to take him to a science museum. With the house to myself, I had planned to do some crafting for the Children's Book Week at school. On Sunday Kenji's father would be celebrating his 65th birthday and we were invited for lunch at their place. Weekends like this aren't ambitious anymore, but simply busy, in a nice way. Except on Saturday morning Kenji turned out to be ill...

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Why on earth is Kenji calling me when he is supposed to be home in five minutes? Is there something wrong with him? With the boys? His first sentence is: "Everything is fine." - he must have been reading my mind - "I'm just calling because Big Brother's teacher pulled me aside. They have tested Big Brother's reading skills today." My heart is pounding in my chest. The fact that Kenji is calling me right away and won't wait until he is home, is very telling.
Yesterday I was completely beat. I had a meeting with Little Brother's teachers - and not for the first time this year. Mind you, school has started a mere five weeks ago or so, and both Kenji and I have had regular dates with teachers. As it turns out, our boys demand a lot of attention.

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Voor wie op deze regenachtige woensdagmiddag nog even naar de zomerse sferen wil terugkeren, staat er op het blog van Benjamin Bengel weer een nieuwe knutsel van mij: Toverschelpen. Grote Broer en Kleine Broer geloofden eventjes ├ęcht in hun toverkracht... Dus haal de verfspullen maar gauw tevoorschijn voor een vleugje magie!



For anyone who is still longing for summer on this rainy Wednesday afternoon: a new kids' craft is online on the blog of Benjamin Bengel, Magical shells. Big Brother and Little Brother truly believed the shells had special powers... So bring out those paint supplies for a dash of magic!

[The tutorial is in Dutch, but hopefully the pictures speak for themselves.]


I like to think of my childhood as a happy one. A carefree one. And to a certain extent, that is true. It was only when I wasn't a child anymore, that I heard stories about other people's childhood which made me understand even more that mine wasn't as carefree and happy as I had cunningly told myself. However in the long run, how I experienced my childhood as a child should be my focal point - not how I reflect on it as an adult.
Little Brother is currently focused on all things that come with autumn. He counted the days until September 21 and wasn't surprised one bit that the outside temperature had suddenly dropped. As we walked to school, he declared: "It is autumn now. Of course it is colder. What do you reckon: summer has gone!" The change in temperature coincided so beautifully with the calendar, that nobody dared question his line of thought.

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My cup of cappuccino says "Ymere schenkt" [translates as "Ymere pours" but in Dutch you could also explain it as "Ymere offers"]. Ymere is the name of our housing cooperative and I'm currently working at their headquarters. I'm surrounded by colleagues (by the look of it, I frankly don't know any of them), I hear funny/embarrassing/obnoxious stories, phones are ringing constantly and everybody is gathering around the coffee machine. In short: a normal office environment.
The elevator in our building will be replaced in the coming weeks and the sounds emerging from the construction site (builders included!) are pretty loud. Since I work from home, our housing cooperative has offered me a temporary desk at their headquarters. Which turns out to come with just as much noise, or perhaps even more, if I'm honest... Because wait, I forgot the office radio, which is currently playing the Miami Sound Machine. Gloria Estefan fits right in here.

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