Thursday, July 19, 2018

Postcard from Tadoussac

Andreas, the boys and I are in Tadoussac (see here). After stopping at Montmorency Falls, we continued on to Tadoussac, checked into our hotel, had a lovely dinner and then went for a beautiful walk around the fjord. This place is absolutely stunning....

After tonight, we will be camping for 2 days (= no more internet) so I will save up the other pictures for Sunday when we get back to a hotel. Yes, the 2 hotel nights were Andreas' compromise to me ;) I don't mind camping but just not 4 nights worth ;)

Sending love from Tadoussac xox

Montmorency Falls

Lots of boys!

Malbaie, QC

Gamers in the car

Happy man!


In the woods

Part of our "literature" walk


Looking for the belugas

Monday, July 16, 2018

First day of holiday

Today is my first official day of holidays! Yes, I am absolutely excited and happy for it but I have to admit that I have a hard time letting go of work. This morning, I felt a bit guilty for not putting together my usual "to do" list... but I quickly poured another coffee to put me back into holiday mode. The rest of today will be spent getting the boys to and from the pool. Maybe not so much of a holiday but it works for me ;)

Happy Monday to you all xox

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

One of the best things about blogging....

... is having real life meetings with other bloggers that you have known on the internet for years but never met in person before. I know that it sounds a bit funny but, after communicating online for years, you get to know the person, their families, their home countries, their traditions and their day to day life. You end up developing a relationship that is similar to a pen pal... but online.

I have been extremely lucky. Over the years, there are 3 lovely women from all over the world that I communicate regularly with via blogs: Catarina, Karin and Ageeth. Last year, while I was in Denmark, I was lucky enough to meet Catarina in person. It was so much fun meeting with her that it felt like seeing an old friend. Recently, while I was in the Netherlands, I was able to finally meet Ageeth and spent the weekend exploring Amsterdam with her. Despite never having met her in person before, we have very similar interests and ended up doing things our respective 3 boys and husbands would not have had the patience to do: she treated me to a fantastic ceramics workshop... we people-watched while having awesome coffee (and wine) just outside cute cafés... we explored the small shops along the canals... we took a lot of pictures.... and we went to Europe's largest flea market (all 7 hours of stalls)! Could I ever do this with Andreas and the boys? A BIG nope... after about 10 minutes of flea market or trendy shops, all of my boys (big and small) would have been close to throwing me into a canal 😉 Again, like with Catarina, it was like meeting an old friend... and one that I look forward to seeing again! Ageeth was so sweet that she even tolerated watching the Denmark/Croatia football match with me... ðŸ˜‰ Thanks, Ageeth! It was a lovely... and much appreciated... weekend! Next time: Montreal!

xox to you all!

Ageeth and I

A moment of "boy-free" quiet ;)

Yes, Amsterdam, I love you too! ;)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Postcard from Amsterdam

Hello from beautiful Amsterdam!  It was a busy work conference in Eindhoven and, now, I am enjoying hanging out in Amsterdam with my friend, Ageeth. I have no Internet access, asides from my phone, so I thought that I would send you all a postcard from Amsterdam 😙 Coming home tomorrow so I will see you on the other side 😉

Friday, June 22, 2018

Last day of school

Today was the last day for elementary school (Oliver and Nicklas). Alexander has already been off for a week now (= the teenager can finally sleep in). I have to admit that I am pretty excited for the summer holidays to start... at least I am now. Ask me again in a few weeks... after the fighting starts... and I will tell you about how much I love the school year ;) For now, though, I can feel vacation coming up.... and it feels good :)

Happy last day of school xox

Alexander was sleeping when this photo was taken... lucky kid!

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Today was my last day of making school lunches for the year. Enough reason to celebrate 😉

Hallelujah 😉

Monday, June 18, 2018

World Cup humour... or not... the Montreal Italian way ;)

During the World Cup qualifiers, the Swedish team tied with Italy- after having won the first game- thus keeping them out of the World Cup (the black day of November 13, 2017). Now, the Italian community in Montreal is retaliating with the campaign "Anyone but Sweden". Little Italy is covered with banners that cheer on any team playing in the same group (F) or against Sweden (= Anyone but Sweden) ;) It doesn't even matter who it is... just not Sweden. Andreas better stay away from Little Italy for a few weeks ;) It looks like they mean business ;)