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tschüss 2012!

Remember what I wrote last year? About how 2011 was a rollercoaster ride? And how I thought I’d never be able to match it again? On some levels, I won’t be able to match it again, that’s true. However, 2012 proved to be one rollercoaster ride as well. I cherish a lot of precious moments (moving in the new house, Hiro joining our little family), but some things happened that shouldn’t happen to good people (and that’s all I’m writing about it here).

Here’s to 2013!

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Hoppy Holidays

Bokeh tree

Christmas tree

Disneyland ornaments

Remembering Mickey

Hoppy Hiro

Initially, when the hubby talked about putting up a Christmas tree, I wasn’t too fond about it. Christmas used to be my favorite holiday (by far!), but ever since Mickey passed away on Christmas Day 2008, I wasn’t feeling up for it. This year marks the first Christmas we’re spending in our own home and I decided to give the hubby the tree he’s always dreamed of. It was difficult to find some joy in doing all this, but when looking at our tree, it also brings back the fond Christmas memories I have (including the ones with Mickey). I also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a few photos of our bunny Hiro in front of our Christmas tree. In a way, these photos remind me so much of the ones I used to take of Mickey every year…

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones!

100% Cotton

Yesterday we celebrated our cotton wedding anniversary (or paper anniversary, as one would say in the U.S. or U.K.). We opted to stay in, sip some champagne and have a nice, candlelit dinner (topped off by a chocolate overdose!). You know, just the two of us. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate our first year as husband and wife.

(wedding photo courtesy of Tom Brinckman)

Summer

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Summer finally arrived in Belgium and it feels good! I had the last couple of days off from work and enjoyed them by staying at home. The hubby and I finally got the chance to fully enjoy our home during summer. We also got a badminton set over the weekend so we played a bit of badminton as well. It’s probably one of the only sports I don’t suck at!
Since it was so sunny outside I visited my parents by bike. It felt so good! I took the opportunity to snap a couple of shots with Joey since I haven’t done so in a long time. I can’t have enough photos of my bunnies!
On the way home I noticed that the house in Moere, where Marvin Gaye wrote his hit ‘Sexual Healing’, has beautiful music notes decorations. It’s always wonderful to discover things like this in your neighbourhood.

Happy Things

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You know what they say about enjoying the little things in life… That’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do over the last couple of weeks. They include having a relaxed homemade dinner, having Hiro over in our bed in the morning (only in the weekends, though) and visiting my buddy Joey at my parents’ house (he still sits under my chair in their kitchen).

Hiro

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Meet… Hiro. Yes, we did find a name after all for our little sweetheart. He’s feeling right at home already and is so happy to have us around during the weekend. I got to take a few photos of him on the second day he was here and managed to get a few cute shots in Converse sneakers on Friday. He’s growing so fast, I should be taking pictures daily instead of weekly from now on…

A new addition to our little family

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After much consideration, we got ourselves a pet rabbit on Monday. Steven was able to pick up our little boy this afternoon and around 11pm tonight I was finally able to take a quick photo of him. We’re still looking for a name, but expect us to come up with that over the next couple of days.

Orchidaceae

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Flowers were the one thing that was missing in our house, up until now. My aunt presented us with these beautiful orchids as a welcoming gift into the new house. Keeping these babies alive is my number one priority from now on.

Settled

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While unwrapping this box of espresso cups & saucers, it suddenly hit me: we are settled into the new home. I remember buying this set as the first item of things we would need for ‘the house’. Little did I know that it would take a couple of years before reaching that point, but we did and I’m happy about it. There are still a lot of boxes around the house, but unwrapping this particular box suddenly made everything oh so real…

Dreams

Let me start off by mentioning how I’m currently listening to The Cranberries’ Dreams on repeat (thank you, Spotify!) while writing this blog entry. Love love love that song!

Today’s #wijvenweek theme is perhaps my favorite of this edition as well: dreams. Dreams, I have so many to write about, but there’s only one recurring dream & I do hope to realize it someday. Who knows…

I adore the French Alps & photography, so I guess it comes to no surprise that I dream of opening my own little photography shop somewhere in the French Alps. It would also have a coffee bar with a current exhibition of my work. Adjacent to the shop would be our home: big windows with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, a sunny terrace, a big fireplace, aaaah. If we haven’t won the lottery by then, there would also be a couple of guest rooms. At night I would create a lovely meal for the guests & us and simply enjoy mountain life. I have been thinking of this for a couple of years now and I guess if the opportunity would be there, …

Opinionated

Opinionated? Yes, I am opinionated. Unfortunately, I almost always fail to express my opinions the right way. I always get stuck at some point. I have a strong opinion of a variety of subjects and yet, I don’t always dare to bare, if you know what I mean. Maybe I should bare more often in the future, let’s keep to that thought.

Anyway, while I was reading a couple of #wijvenweek blogs during my lunch break today, I couldn’t help but being inspired by Sara’s post. She managed to fit all my thoughts on this one particular subject into an interesting read & I can’t do anything else but share her opinion on the matter. So instead of writing my own litany, I’d suggest you visit her blog and read her post. (sorry, Dutch only…)

Guilty pleasures

Aaah, guilty pleasures, there are so many, aren’t there? But let me pick one, just one, since I think it will be my guilty pleasure until I turn 100…

I love love love all kinds of tv series & that includes teen dramas as well. Name one and I think I’m either watching it or planning to do so. I have been intrigued by them since I was about 10 and saw one of the first episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 (still one of my favorites until this day). I know I’m 29 and I should be way past all the teen drama surrounding Gossip Girl & co, but still. To compensate I also watch other tv series like Mad Men or Boardwalk Empire, but I guess my love for teen dramas will never die.

Oh and bonus guilty pleasure: I’m kind of intrigued by the actors as well, so I often hop over to People or Perez to grab my share of gossip.

Weekend recap

Our weekends currently consist of either painting or getting stuff for the house (we still need a couch). We do try to eat, sleep and watch some cycling (that only goes for me, though) in between…

rise & shine // paris-nice // painting the laundry room

two-nine

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29. One more stop until that awful number comes up. I wonder if I should start making lists now like ‘things to do before I turn 30′. Let’s hope not ‘cause I live by the “age doesn’t matter-principle” (if such thing even exists).

Look back, don’t stare

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2011 could best be described as a rollercoaster ride. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to match it again. My relationship status, residency and career went in a positive direction, all at once. We had our fair share of downs as well…

Looking back at 2011, I think the word ‘change’ might just be fit. Change, good & bad. I think I’m ready for 2012, but I’ll happily leave any changes out this year.

forever in our hearts

December 25th, 2008. It was supposed to be a Happy Christmas, but after that day, Christmas would never be the same again. At least not for me. On that day, my favorite holiday of the year, I said goodbye to my dear friend Mickey. Up until today I still miss him very much & I hope that someday I will find the joy of Christmas again.

Miss you, buddy…

Weekend recap

Cuddling with Joey / First lunch in the new house / We can now have a cup of coffee in the new house / Music for Life as background music / No paper left on the walls / I’m singing in the rain

“We do”, captured


Dress: Steps
Suit: Zara
Shoes: Nero Giardini
Hair: Il Fredo
Photography: Tom Brinckman
Venue: Hoevehotel Ter Haeghe

Our wedding photographer Tom Brinckman recently dedicated a blog post to our wedding. The above image is from the pre-ceremony shoot in the forest of Tillegem, near Bruges.

When we used to think about our wedding, one of the most important things on our list was a photographer. Honestly, looking back at the last couple of years, I never thought we would find a photographer that was perfect for our wedding, not anywhere in Belgium at least. Luckily, we did manage to find that one photographer and it was quickly decided he would be the one capturing our big day.

If you want to see a selection from the photos of our wedding, head over to Tom’s blog post and leave him a comment or two if you’d like.

Mr. & Mrs.

Newlyweds

Steven & I became husband and wife over the weekend. Here’s one of the first photos of us as a married couple. We had a wonderful day surrounded by the people we love and care about. Thank you to everyone who has shared in our happiness on our wedding day.

Love,
us

Happy World Animal Day

Happy World Animal Day to all animals today, especially my cute pet rabbits Joey & Robby.



Jack, Mickey, Snoepie & Pinky, who left for the rainbow bridge over the past few years, are also remembered today.

World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October 4th and has been since 1931, when it was started in Florence, Italy during a convention of ecologists.

On World Animal Day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated and throughout the day various events are planned all over the globe.

Coincidentally, October 4th also marks the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, though World Animal Day isn’t bound to the celebration of a Christian saint anymore and is thus celebrated by animal lovers of all beliefs & backgrounds.

For more information about World Animal Day, please visit the official website.

Ch… Ch… Ch… Changes

I’ve been waiting like forever to write this entry with its accompanying title… Once you’re finished reading this, you’ll understand why.

Next March marks the seventh anniversary of Steven and I, and oh boy, it’ll be one to remember as it will be the first in our new house and.. as husband & wife.
The latter sounds a bit awkward as I am typing it, but I’d better get used to it, since our wedding day is approaching rapidly.

After visiting what feels like a billion houses over the last three years, we finally found the right-priced and perfect house for us. It’s located about 9km from where I live now and is a 3-bedroom detached house. There’s not much work to be done, so we can move in right away. We decided rather quickly on getting the property, because of previous experiences.

As we were planning on getting married anyway, it was best to do it now (with buying the house and all that), so on November 5th (2011, that is!) we’ll get married at the city hall of Zedelgem. I already bought a simple dress a long while ago (you know, to be prepared and all that) and found a matching jacket this weekend. I think we set a record on planning that wedding, seriously!

The last few weeks were quite hectic, so to speak, but expect me to blog a bit more often from now on…

Happy Mother’s Day

First of all, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in the world!

In our family, we usually have a double celebration during the Mother’s Day weekend as my mom celebrates her birthday on May 9th. Yes, it happens now and then that her birthday and Mother’s Day are the same day.

When picking a gift, I always try to do something else than the cliché flower thing, so when my dad got himself this slide scanner at the beginning of the year, I knew exactly what my Mother’s Day/Birthday 2011 gift would be.

My dad owns tons of slides with images from e.g. my parents’ wedding day, vacations, etc, but also the building of the house we are now living in. That’s how I decided that I would scan all the slides and create a photo album with the scanned images (using Blurb).

When I got the finished book a couple of weeks ago, I was beyond happy with the result. Considering the fact that they had a crappy camera in that time and some of the slides being over 40 years old, I think the end result was more than ok. Needless to say my mom loved this gift.