Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Swooosh! There Goes September...

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The sail of Mijn Liefste P's old boat hangs over our back garden

“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
Dr. Seuss

Next week, we will say goodbye to September!  I should no longer be surprised but each month I can't help exclaim, "How can time fly by so fast!?!".

At The Lightness of  Being on the Bike, I am doing a 30 Bike Rides Challenge, and so far I've blogged 2 of my bike rides, and today rode my 6th and 7th Bike Ride Challenge*.

*(FYI for followers/readers of this challenge, I'll be blogging about the rest of the bike rides, once we are back from this coming weekend's Berlin trip)

The two pictures below from this bike ride challenge illustrate clearly my love and fascination for the four seasons.

Autumn 2013
- September 24

@The Lightness of Being on the Bike

These images are 20 days apart!

#30BikeRidesChallengeLate Summer 2013 - September 5
@The Lightness of Being on the Bike

 My 7th bike ride challenge gives a peek to an update blog I will be writing @ Happy Feet in the Netherlands. Watch out for that post! :)

My bike aka Frodo and I went

As for updates on how our house is doing, specifically the renovations.

Well, let me just say, that although we are "taking our time", "taking it easy" and a lot are still left unfinished, we are enjoying our home sweet home.

You have not missed any blogs about changes, or progress in how we are improving our house since I have not had time to share any!
Be assured that they will be a lot of them in the coming months.
Very first picture together with our tree

7 months later...

Spring & Summer Time

27.04.13 - a much awaited day! 
The gardener finally arrived to put some order to our front garden. :)
Our front garden, still bare and full of possibilities (currently full of weeds as well)! 
Hopefully, I can show all of you soon what mijn liefste P, the family and I have done for improvements

Below P with our tree this month....

Mijn liefste P before driving off for work

As for the girls...they have been busy during the Summer.  This year is the first time they spent the full Summer school break here in the Netherlands and not half of it in Germany.

Jiji in the last week of her school break - she had one week more than her younger sisters

And they jumped wholeheartedly to the daily routine, as soon as school started again. Well, perhaps not wholeheartedly but they were very enthusiastic! :D

Kiki with Littlest and her classmate at our nearby playground
Finally able to fulfill my promise of hosting a playdate for her!

 I was not able to give each of the girl the individual date I had planned to do during the Summer.
But as part of my #SimplifyLife project, I will not be hard on myself with deadlines regarding fun times I want to share with the girls.

Ice-cream date with the Tator

 We are simply proud of the girls, and truly enjoy seeing how they are growing up, each and every day.  It does not seem so long ago, that they were all still little babies.

Tator almost off to school
Speaking of baby! The family finally welcomed little D two weeks ago. :) Mijn liefste P is a grandfather!

image courtesy of P's younger sister W

P has of course seen the little one a couple of times now but the girls and I still have to meet him in person.  So far, we have only seen his awesome pictures.

Tator has been fighting one virus cold after another that we postponed our visit because we did not want Little D to catch it.

But before we leave for our Berlin weekend, I am hoping we can see him.  We still have not had a chance to give him a welcome gift!

I wonder if he will like this?! :)
Inch Blue Baby Boys Leather Shoes (Sailboat)
from Inch Blue Shoes
seen @ Cheeky Monkeys

It would be great if we can contribute in anyway in making his "first baby steps"  a fun experience.

After all big dreams are reached with baby steps!  And we have been reminded of this a lot this month of September.

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