Friday, February 27, 2015

Preparing for Africa

On our upcoming trip to South Africa,
I want both kids to keep a travel journal.
After all it is probably going to be one of the
most important trips of their lives and I want 
them to remember that when they grow up.

I bought these two really nice blank books
with high-quality paper.
The kids can fill the diary with whatever they want. 
They can write, draw, buy postcards...

I bought some African themed rubber stamps
years ago when we adopted.

As you can see, some of them have been used quite often.

I can't remember how many cards and 
invitations I made using these stamps
 (think baptism, first communion, birthday parties...).

And although we are trying to travel as light as 
possible (we will be moving around quite a bit),
I will find a spot in my suitcase so that the kids
 can use them for their journal.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Boys bedroom make-over

This is the last part of my son's bedroom make-over. 
It is actually the only bedroom in the house that
is completely done.

This was the old closet he inherited from one
of his big brothers. It used to be on the opposite
 side of the room, but we had to move it due to
humidity problems. However, it just didn't look
good in this corner, too narrow and too high.

So we decided to move it to the garage and bought
two of these (we call them "cages") at IKEA instead.

New coat hangers, a couple of baskets,
some cardboard boxes...

and voilĂ !

He says it's cool.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


I asked a Kindle for my birthday and I couldn't be happier! One of the things I have terribly missed since
moving to Luxembourg is a library.
There are children's school libraries, but the
closest library for adults is in Luxembourg-city,
which is about 15 kms from where we live.

I am trying Kindle Unlimited this month, 
but until now Amazon's choice of books hasn't 
convinced me and I am probably going to cancel
 my free subscription by the end of the month.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Can't beat Ikea...

...when it comes to organizing.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I am reading this wonderful book 
about wild life in South Africa (Cathedral of the Wild - An African Journey Home) for a very special reason. 
We booked flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town! 
It's time to show the kids where their roots are. 
Can't believe the last time we went there was in 2005.

I love English tv series. 
 And Call the midwife is one of my all time favorites.
I watched the 3rd season last weekend and I was
really sad after the last episode. 
But lucky me...the 4th season will be released in March! 

Downton Abbey....what can I say?!
I'm afraid to start watching, 
because I know I won't be able to stop.

I watched the 1st season of Bramwell during the
Christmas holidays and I loved it.
 I just bought the next season (used, for 5 euro).

I am not listening to any audio books right now
 because I lost my iPod. I think my son took it and
knowing him it can be anywhere. I'm still
hoping to find it back.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Old fashioned Dutch apple pie

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Handmade wooden hooks

I asked my husband to make three wooden hooks
for our son's new starry room
and this is what he came up with. 
I think they are really cool.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

All by himself...

This year, I can go all by myself mommy!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Boys bedroom make-over

My 22-year-old finished his three months' internship
at a bank here in Luxembourg two weeks ago
 and went back to Germany again.

Now that the boys are both adults (with girl friends), 
we decided to turn their old rooms into guest rooms
 and use some of their furniture for our (almost)
 10-year-old's new room (the bed, night stand, 
bed lamp (new lamp shade) and the  book case).

I found grey bed sheets and a bed cover with stars.
The pillows were his brother's.

Even the curtains have small grey stars.

The desk and the lamp are new (IKEA).

The chair is old (IKEA).
Bookcase from his oldest brother.

This beautiful print from South Africa was a
 birthday present (I framed it myself).

The eye catcher in this room is definitely Rudolph. 
My sister brought him for Christmas, but
I just couldn't put him away after the holidays.

This old crate holds part of his books.

Love these IKEA bins, I use
them everywhere around the house.

One happy boy!

P.S. No, I'm not sponsored by IKEA ;-).

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Baking cookies for his godmother

My son baked cookies for his godmother.

She and her husband are from Spain, 
living in Luxembourg, 
and we adopted our sons on the same day, 
from the same home in Johannesburg.
A friendship for life.