Our very first beach holidays with two kids – and where better to spend them than Ibiza? Many people know the island to be famous for its party life and might not think of it as the ideal destination for a family vacation. However, I had heard so many good stories about it having that whole other, relaxed side for people and families seeking a laid back vacation.. And when husband fell in love with the island on a business trip and was sure I would too, it was clear I would want to see it with my own eyes soon. Finally, in October last year, the vacation we had looked forward to so long, we were headed to Ibiza.. Read More
Based on the silence on this blog lately, you can probably guess that busy work and mom life have taken over my agenda since my maternity leave ended. We’ve been settling into a new routine of combining two kids and our jobs, and after almost two months of doing so, I’d say we’re doing quite alright! And before we knew it, we had a six months old baby, next to our toddler. Time to look back a bit and how parenthood is treating us now..
It’s been quiet on the blog the last month, as we were off to Switzerland for two weeks and enjoyed the hot summer days in Amsterdam. We spent our time outside as much as possible and exhausted at the end of the day. Now the last week of my maternity leave has started. Trying not to plan too much, getting a few last things off my to do list and enjoying all the precious moments around the kids before working life starts again. And of course catching up with the blogging a bit! Starting with this blog post about flying with both kids on my own for the first time…
A couple of weeks ago, we did something we’ve rarely done so far: we spent a (mini) vacation in our home country. After doing some research and looking for options that weren’t too far away from Amsterdam, we chose Otterlo as the destination for our very first family of four vacation. It was the perfect try-out for future holidays in our new family set up. There`s definitely room for improvement regarding our packing strategies, but as for everything else, I think it went really smoothly. For anyone looking for a nice and simple but active holiday with kids in Holland`s nature, here`s more about what we did during our trip to Otterlo..
I am not even going to start with the cliché that time flies and babies get big too fast. It just does, and all parents know the feeling I guess. You look foward to the next step of your little one and you get sad at how quickly they grow at the same time. Stella is three months old now, meaning I`ve been the mom of two for the quarter of a year. Time to gather some toughts on motherhood with two children…
We’ve had so many hot days in May so far, often felt like we’re in the middle of summer. Summer for me means spending time at a lake, river, the sea.. Living in Amsterdam, the lake and the river were the things I missed the most about Zurich during summers. The canals are beautiful to look at, but what’s the use if you can’t go for a swim on hot summer days?
Being a Swiss expat in Holland, I never thought I could fall in love with a Dutch holiday: Kingsday. April 27 is the day that the whole nation celebrates the king’s Birthday. Or rather: makes use of the excuse to dress up in orange and make sure to have a blast. My favourite part of Kingsday in Amsterdam is the ‘Vrijmarkt’: people sell their old stuff on the streets and in parks. We’ve always loved flea markets and looking for vintage treasures. But since Henrik was born, it’s also a day to hunt for toys, books and clothes.
One thing I sometimes worried about when I was pregnant for the second time, was that this child wouldn’t get as much love and attention as our first one. I know many moms foresee that for their second baby and I was no different. And even though I was reassured many times that you’ll love the second one just as much, I just couldn’t imagine anything coming close to what I feel for Henrik..
I am all about having a super well behaved child that I can take to any cafe, peacefully sipping his hot chocolate and impressing my friends by not interrupting our conversations every couple of minutes. I mean, you shouldn’t have your choice for a cafe depend on our child, right?
We’re raising Henrik bilingual: Next to Dutch, he’ll learn my first language, German (actually Swiss German, but let’s keep it simple and call it German). As an expat, I don’t have any family around who could help with that. So I always look for possibilities to help him learn the language in a playful way, next to of course always talking to him in German. Here are a few tips I have found helpful so far: Read More