Category Archives: Holidays


  I have written before about juggling two cultures and all the traditions and holidays that come with that. Fourteen years in I feel like I am starting to get the hang of it. Halloween was the first big US … Continue reading

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Valentines 2017

As you know, if you’ve read my blog awhile, homemade cards and a special breakfast are the extent of our Valentine tradition.  I’ve enjoyed thinking along the lines of different themes each year, and this year I chose electricity.  It was … Continue reading

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A White Saint Patrick’s

We all got fooled by the leprechauns this morning!  We woke up to a solid blanket of white and the kids were completely thrilled.  So much so that even though we didn’t really get up and running until just past … Continue reading

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Valentine’s day is all about the cards for me… always has been. My mom made sure we always had all the supplies on hand to make our school valentines, and I remember the fun of cutting up paper doilies and … Continue reading

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I’ve written about Valentine’s day before; how the one thing we do for each other is make homemade cards.  Plus a special breakfast. This year I had so much fun with my theme for Maarten and the kids:Mylo hugged me … Continue reading

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3 Little Ninjas

Oh my goodness.  I’m so glad these three little ninjas are getting their stuff together and taking Ninja Practice outside.  Seriously, thank God.  My littlest ninja burst into tears and stomped off to his room 4 times today muttering about … Continue reading

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We had a low-key, cozy Saint Nicholas celebration this year; since moving back to America, Sinterklaas has taken a back seat gift-wise, just as Christmas did when we were in the Netherlands.  Balancing and celebrating both traditions has always been … Continue reading

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A Holy Darkness

I write a blog for our local MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) group once a month, and I wrote this one yesterday for the season of advent, so I thought I’d share it here. I love the idea of a dark, … Continue reading

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Sneak Peak

I had a delightful and productive day of artwork on Monday; getting geared up for the winter/holiday season ahead!  Here’s a sneak peak of some things I am working on that will be in the shop by then end of … Continue reading

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And this year we had…

Luke Skywalker Yoda and…A Pumpkin! I know, you were thinking it was going to be Princess Leia.  We were too.  Until two days ago.  It was all very dramatic and difficult.  Our daughter has a mind of her own, I … Continue reading

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