Thursday, October 16, 2008

Almost Walking!

Gaining confidence and balance

11 days ago we celebrated James' first birthday.
Except Aki, who was present in the means of a lovely personal letter to him, everybody that has been important in his life so far were there to celebrate this wonderful event; Grandma England (Cate's mom), Oma & Opa (my mom and dad) and his own mommy and daddy.
There were plenty of cards and presents, and although he wasn't too bothered about all those giftwraps, once he saw what was inside them, he seemed genuinly pleased.

Since that milestone passed, it seems like James is taking giant leaps regarding his growing-up process... He seems to be babbling a lot more, and in a month time he's grown 3 extra centimeters (he's a full 80cm now!). But the most significant change is that he's really cruising around the livingroom now, while holding on to furniture, cats and human bits for support.

It's really amazing to see the process of how he went from sitting, to rolling over, to crawling... and now actually almost walking on his own.
He can actually do it already... for about 3 or 4 steps... but I guess he then gets scared, or over-enthusiastic, before he lets himself drop to the floor, or in your arms, whatever is nearer :-)

I can't describe how exciting these weeks are for me and's like it's going to be any minute now, that he'll come dashing towards us! His freedom is coming... and ours will vanish :-)

Almost there!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Here's some more Belgian music. You should definately take some time to listen these songs:

Jasper Erkens, the public's favourite on the most recent Humo's Rock Rally, covers Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy":
Watch him perform it live here

In 2007, 50cent brought us "Ayo Technology", but this version by Milow suddenly makes it sound a LOT different:
Watch him perform it live here, or listen to the studio version here:

Let me know what you think of them!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Finally an update

My previous post was... *gulp* ... 40 days ago.

(Which means I have posted f'k all in September)


My previous update on the picture page was... ehm.. can't remember really.
So, as an October Resolution... (eat that Bolsheviks!) and because tomorrow is James' birthday:
An Update!


The progress on the renovation of the house is visible, but it's going slower than we expected. (of course)
My other half's fears that it won't be finished before New Year need to be suppressed with gentle force, and less gentle, hard labour. Budgets getting tighter, items vanishing from the wishlist/to-do list and non-responsive contractors scourge the plan of our dreams...
(Fortunately there's always a but somewhere)
generous parents, supporting uncles and very helpful cousins tug us through this new experience of making something from... well, something that was already there. (but not like we wanted it to be)
A big thank you to all of you who're helping and supporting us; I'm sure that without you we'd be in deep sh*t by now ... :-)
(Now we're just up to our ankles in it :-D)

Pictures of the progress are pending... sorry...

I did put new pictures of James online though, check!

Have a nice weekend!