Bus out of Hybernation

Yes! The sun was shining, the temperatures where soft and there she was again after a decade of 3 months. Our radiant tined slice of happiness on wheels. Before taking her out Michiel gave her a bit of TLC. He changed the spark-plugs and refreshed the oil.

And we were so ecstatic to have her out of the garage again we took her for a spin and followed the sun!
We started the van and as it began to move forward baby Quinn started screaming and laughing. This was the first time she was aware of being in our van, and she absolutely LOVED it! We were totally surprised by her reaction. What is it about this van that makes it so special that even a baby of 10 months can feel the difference!?
Haley (our 3-year-old) kept telling us in complete disbelief “Momy LOOK we are driving in the VAN! Mommy look SUNSHINE!”
And Miley was just totally into her drawing… she loves to draw in the van. Even when it’s just parked in the driveway she spends hours in there drawing and coloring and playing with her dolls in her little bubble. This van is like one of her best friends! And when it came out of the garage she just went into defoult mode like the bus never left our driveway.

We drove through the beautiful Dutch landscape and took some pictures to celebrate the first trip with our lovely van in 2018
Finally, it was just the 5  of us in a bus again. How is it possible that those 3 months of winter feel like forever.
But with all that ice and salt on the road, it really is best to keep her safe and sound inside our garage.

Michiel was focusing on the sound of the engine and felt a bit worried about the sound it was making… it sounded perfectly fine to me. But he was not so sure. So we made it a small tour around the region. Tomorrow he will be adjusting the valves of the engine after a tip from Marco so hopefully, that’s the thing what’s off about the sound.

Driving an old VW van is not just all about having fun… it’s more like 60% having fun 20% maintenance 20% figuring out what the f*uck is wrong with it now. You HAVE to LOVE to solve the riddle in the most unexpected moment, stranded in the most unexpected places. But see, that’s the charm, that’s how stories are made, how people are met, the unexpected… that’s where the adventure begins.
Therefore, it’s more something of a lifestyle than “just a car” she is part of our family, my first car, and we have been living this #vanlife for the last 13 years! And we’re LOVING it!

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Roadtrip Amsterdam to Barcelona Video

There was a time we went on an adventure. All four of us in a bus. We had a wonderful journey, met amazing people, and saw beautiful new places. This is what #vanlife is all about! To us, it’s a bonding experience and making memories to last a lifetime!

We started this trip with the four of us, but after we came home we discovered that we were no longer four! A little-fived person had announced her arrival to us. And thinking back… she was already with us half our trip! So we came home a Family of five. 7 months after we arrived home in May 2017 our little baby girl Quinn was born! Making the road trip we had an extra special memory to us!

Re-live our roadtrip from Amsterdam to Barcelona with us…

Videography: Michiel Fook

Teach them in experiences

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From which would you prefer to learn?  By only reading about it, or by experiencing it yourself? Wich one would make a profound impression on you which will stick to you for the rest of your life!?

I  really like to read books about adventures, foreign cultures, interesting people and beautiful landscapes, history, and nature all over the world and dream away and soak up all those stories and knowledge. But I LOVE to have adventures myself, visit foreign cultures, meet interesting people and see beautiful landscapes and discover nature all over the world myself. And I especially love to do that together with my kids. Stimulating them to climb every mountain (or tree) life, and look into this world with an open mind full of wonder and curiosity.

So take your kids by the hand or take them on your back, show them every aspect of this beautiful, harsh, inspiring, scary, complex world and life! There is so much to discover out there, better start young!

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Ik vind het heerlijk om weg te dromen met een mooi boek over avonturen, vreemde culturen, interessante mensen en prachtige landschappen, geschiedenis en natuur over de hele wereld. Maar er gaat niets boven het zelf avonturen beleven, buitenlandse culturen bezoeken, interessante mensen ontmoeten, prachtige landschappen zien en de natuur over de hele wereld zelf te ontdekken. Ik vind het vooral leuk om dit samen met mijn kinderen te doen. Om ze te stimuleren elke berg (of boom) in dit leven te beklimmen, en deze wereld in te kijken met een open blik vol verwondering en nieuwsgierigheid.

Hoe zou jij het liefste de wereld ontdekken? Door er over te lezen, of door het zelf te ervaren? Wat je zou een diepe indruk op je maken die je de rest van je leven bij zal blijven!? Neem je kinderen bij de hand of draag ze op je rug, laat ze elk aspect van deze mooie, harde, inspirerende, enge, complexe wereld en het leven zien! Er is zoveel te ontdekken, je kunt niet vroeg genoeg beginnen!

Photography: Michiel Fook & Jolanda Marti

Carry in style -Carry you home

The baby-carrying way of life.
Wherever we go we take our baby with us! No problem, she just hops on our back and she gets te see the world from her private VIP seat.
Plus we get all those extra bonus cuddles from her!

It’s really a livestyle thing. Not having to stay at home for all those naps, she prefers to sleep close to us. We can entertain her, so much to see from up there. And she gets to view and explore the world from a safe place. So where ever we are she is getting everything she needs.

This feeling of keeping your child close to you and carry them is a hard thing to describe with words.
PinkNova desided to produce a song about it. A thing that has never been done before as far as i know!
The dutch singer-song writer Bart Voncken wrote the song for them called “I will carry you home”
The song is just so sweet and sincere, it communicates exactly that feeling of keeping your child close you ,and caring for them more than anything in this whole wide world! Can’t help but getting all emotional every time i hear it!

With our photograpy and videography we always try to show how we experience this world and illustrate our feeling of being close and connected to each other as a family. Ilse and Judith from PinkNova came to us width the question if we would like to use the song in our newest video.
And offcourse we would like that! Actually, it’s a huge honor!

We took a little break in putting our video’s online. The shots of our adventures from the last view months were saved to make one compilation video for the song! Nothing fancy, just the four of us, living our lives, going on roadtrips, cuddling on the couch, loving eachother, and carrying our babygirl with us. Honest, sincere, real images. Beautiful but not prefect, just as real life.

Scroll down to see a view pictures we took while shooting the video.

In the next couple of weeks we will publish the complete video’s where this compilation video is made out off!
Lots of unseen footage and complete photo series and stories behind every scene to come!
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Hope you enjoy and relate to the song and the video, we had lots of fun making it!

– This blogpost is made in collaboration with  PinkNova  –

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Photo & Videography: Jolanda Marti & Michiel Fook  –  Wild & Boho 
Music: Bart Voncke
Baby Wraps:  Pinknova
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24 weeks pregnant and wandering around on ibiza.

It’s so beautiful here… its like my pregnant brain can’t register all the beauty surrounding me.
Feeling so happy and thankful i get the opportunity to travel to these new places for work,
and the best thing is… i have the hottest co-worker ever. Love to spend every second of every day with my soulmate and father of my kids.

Photography: Michiel Fook

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