Life Lately

Somehow it is already the first of February, and today it is 5 degrees and sunny outside. I would just like to go on the record as saying that this is the most splendid winter we’ve yet enjoyed here in Hamilton! James and June are both outside as I’m typing here, cavorting around under a merry blue sky in the snow-free backyard.

We did have some snow the past couple weeks, though, enough for James to make a snowman and take out his snow racer for a few laps around the yard:

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June happily frolicked out of doors with James:

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James loved the snow so much he spent a long while using his little truck to transport snow from one location to another:

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June hoping to catch a snowflake. This is one of my favourite photos of her!

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Now the backyard is rather muddy – perfect for our budding artist who decided to ‘paint’ the side of our shed, haha! Can we call that shabby chic? Probably just shabby!
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With Jeremy back in school for his final semester, things have gotten back into a regular morning routine: Jeremy leaves for school, the kids and I finish breakfast, Alice has a nap, we do Tea Time and James’s lesson for the day, the kids play for a while and then we have lunch and Jeremy’s home again. I’m really enjoying the rhythm of our days lately!

Alice turned six months old two weeks ago! Here are photos of all three of our kids around this age, followed by some more of our smiley little Alice:

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Alice loves it when Jeremy plays the piano or guitar for her, and she’s just as grabby and intrigued as the other children were at this age. 🙂

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The kids got the game Bird Bingo from Opa and Oma for Christmas, and we’ve been playing many rounds of it with James lately. I highly recommend it! It’s a beautifully made game and James is learning the names of many birds. 🙂

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June quite enjoys a round or two of Connect Four. 🙂

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Other little moments during the day:

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June’s been preparing many tasty dishes for us in her play kitchen lately:

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And both James and June love tidying up Alice’s pack’n’play! They regularly beg me if they may have the privilege of cleaning it with a wet wipe or two. And I’m usually happy to oblige. 😉

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Jeremy reading “The Hobbit” to James:

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And one of Alice and me:

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That’s all for today! Have a lovely week. 🙂




3 thoughts on “Life Lately

  1. jrdeleeuw says:

    Thanks for the update, arenda 🙂 Always lovely to see up-to-date pictures. I love that comparison of your kids at the 6 month mark. I used to think she looked so much like a Schutte, but now I don’t see it. Do you see more dehaan in her?

    I love the “painted” shed. He actually did a pretty impressive job doing one plank at a time. Nice work, James 🙂

    And that’s awesome that the kids find cleaning the pack and play a hit. See what else you can find that’s fun to clean 😉


    • arenda says:

      I still think Alice looks more Schutte-ish than de Haan-ish, though she does sort of have the same face shape as June (more de Haan-ish).
      And the reason the kids love cleaning the playpen is that they’re otherwise never allowed in there. It’s Alice’s space only – except when the kids clean it, so they find that special. 🙂


  2. tkdehaan says:

    Love the update, Arenda! That photo of June with her mouth open is brings a smile to my face. It’s so nice you guys are enjoying a mild winter after last year’s craziness.

    Those photos of Alice are so precious. What a sweetie!

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