VLOG: Mei 2018 We buried a body part in our front yard

MONTH Vlog Mei 2018

This Mei in 4 words: Earrings, cows, backstage & One!!!

The summer days have arrived and so we went on to the water as much possible and spent many days in the garden…
I also got my ear pierced, but I’m not the only one…
Quinn turned one year old! So we had a little garden party! And her first step was captured on film!!!
We will take you with us while shooting a wedding day, and Michiel and Haley went on a Dady daughter quality time day out!

AND….we will have a little talk because I have some explaining to do!
It’s Oktober and this is the vlog of Mei. So yes, I have some catching up to do.
But I will have a shitload of excuses for you guys and a heart full of motivation to get things up to date again!

Sooooo Go Go Goooo check it out! I worked my but of for this one! ENJOY!

featured in this video:
– Kiind Weekend – https://kiind.nl/ 
– Airmighty Ben Pon Show – https://www.benpon.com/
– Wedding Photography – http://luminantweddings.com/
– Related video’s:
Road trip part 1
Road trip part 2 
Road trip part 3 
Ben Pon Aircooled Volkswagen Vanlife EVENT
Adventures & Gentle Parenting at 3 day Kiind Weekend

Music by:
Derek Clegg – https://open.spotify.com/artist/2myiaFTyH76p4eNtsdFLA2
Blue Dot Sessions www.sessions.blue

Watch our adventures of Mei 2018 and don’t forget to subscribe!

Exploring Holland and Germany! Part 2 of our Vanlife adventure

We went on a little vanlife adventure meeting up with our family at the border of Holland and Germany. We celebrated Quinn’s first birthday and Mothers day!

This was video part 2 (out of 3) of our adventure!
Featured in this video:

Wildlife park Anholter Schweiz: http://www.anholter-schweiz.de/en/

Sunscreen: https://naifcare.com/product/zonnebrandcreme-met-natuurlijke-filter

Small Statue I got from Mothers day from
Lammers & Lammers
https://www.instagram.com/lammersenlammers/

Our tent is from Decathlon:
https://www.decathlon.com

Music by:
Birdbirdbird – https://audiojungle.net/user/birdbirdbird
how the night came – https://howthenightcame.wordpress.com/
Ben Sound – https://www.bensound.com
Joakim Karud – http://youtube.com/joakimkarud

Watch part 1 of this adventure here

3 day camping trip with KIIND magazine

We went on a 3-day trip and meet other like-minded parents at the KIIND Weekend from Kiind magazine.

Lots of breastfeeding, babywearing, and gentle parenting people.
Lovely to see everyone respecting each other’s choices and differences and bonding together based on the love we all have to raise our kids with love the best we possibly can!
And that’s what unites all parents I guess!

So lovely to see and meet all those parents who are openminded, adventures and relaxed with their kids.

We also went there to make the official event video and promo.
As soon as that video one is online I will put the link to the video here.

Music by:

Scott Holmes – https://scottholmesmusic.com/

Joakim Karud – http://youtube.com/joakimkarud

All The Fires – http://www.myspace.com/allthefires

The educational system and us

This girl is a dreamer. Always with her head in the clouds and living in her own reality.
Sometimes if you carefully watch you can see it in her eyes. That moment… Her checking out of our reality and stepping into her own. And I love that about her.
In class, she has trouble concentrating on what the teacher has to say and I totally get that… What she has to say is probably totally boring to her anyway.

I look at her and I see Myself as a 7-year-old. I was just like her, and I had a terrible time learning in school! I didn’t see the point in some skills I needed to learn and I heavily resisted and resented the whole learning concept. Not because I couldn’t… but just because I wouldn’t. It was BORING!!!

Soi got a big old stamp “not too bright” “disobedient” and “lacking concentration and focus”.
What the reality was… I was just bored, totally not interested in the knowledge they offered me, and full of imagination, curiosity and creativity. Things like different cultures, nature, history, philosophy, music, and arts were my favorites in the early years.
Later came reading and writing. And only when I got much older I started liking mathematics.
The thing with me is, when I get interested in a subject, I’m a sponge! I learn really fast. I actually get a bit obsessive on it for a while until I have it down. And I just know, Miley is exactly the same!

It frustrates me that in the educational system here in Holland there is so little room for kids who are more creative and less focused on the structure and routines other people live by. I see a happy little kid, but I also see a frustrated teacher. Who would like to see her “try harder to focus”.
And to be honest, I’m ok with her not learning certain things… I think she excels in other things. I prefer to feed and explore those talents than push for something that she isn’t interested in.

After this summer all her friends are going to the next level. I think she will too, but I’m not 100% sure. And that makes me sad, because she really wants to stay with them. So I have my fingers crossed… But if they are making her repeat this year I’m switching to another school with her. A school where she can develop on her own terms. And in Holland… Those schools aren’t cheap. But I think they are leaving us little choice.

By the way, homeschooling isn’t legal in Holland. And if it was we would definitely go for an “unschooling” approach. Combined with activities to interact with friends and finding the necessary professional support for the ability’s she is ready and willing to learn at her own request whenever needed.

But, that being said… she LOVES this school so much! And she definitely doesn’t want to switch schools.
So I hope they will be able to be flexible and adapt to her needs.

I will not let the right educational system her damage her upcoming years as I know the pressure to excel on the kids will be build up. There will be tests, she will be pushed for those levels to be reached. And I don’t like it one bit.
Keeping my eye on this.

In the meantime, she is one dreaming, happy, playful, curious, beautiful little girl with a healthy positive self-image.
And I will make sure that stay’s that way!

Anny other parents struggling with the same out there!?

 

 

Four questions I ask myself on what to wear!

Four questions I ask myself before I decide what I’m wearing that day!
As a busy mommy of three girls, a Wedding photography business and a fanatic adventurer I absolutely need to wear clothes that fit me comfortable and makes me feel confident in whatever I have planned for the day!

1. MOOD

How do I feel? 
Most of the time that is highly depending on my plans for the day and the weather.
But factors, like having lots of energy or being tired, feeling creative, feeling sexy, happy or sad, are all things that are pushing me towards that jumpsuit or that yellow dress instead!

2. COMFY

Everything I wear must feel comfortable on me! I need to be able to move.
Try running after a three-year-old a one-year-old and a seven-year-old In a super long maxi-dress and a pair of beautiful stiletto’s
Or photographing a wedding in a cute pencil skirt.
Nope. I need clothes that fit me perfectly and allow me to MOVE freely.
I do actually have a pencil skirt in my closet i love… but there it stays because I just never feel like wairing it.
And I rarely wair jeans, because my vagina doesn’t agree to be all crammed and crushed by a pair of stiff jeans. I get all itchy especially if I have an office day where i sit a lot in a chair and just No, nope nope nope. Stretchy pants, leggings, loose-fitting stuff preferably from natural materials, or just my panties under a nice little dress.

3. TEMPERATURES 

What is the weather like?
YAY sunshine!!! So I put on my happy little yellow dress and jump outside… and immediately run back inside to get myself a nice pair of stockings and a warm vest. Oops! Sunshiney day’s in March can be deceiving! So temperatures are nice to know before choosing my outfit! Oh yes, and I go by the onion-method a lot! Layers so I can peel off whenever I get too hot or put them back on when I get to warm.

4. BREASTFEEDING

Can I easily pop a boob out for breastfeeding my baby?
With my first baby, it happened to me a couple of times. We were out somewhere, baby got hungry and started screaming.
And me wearing a cute little A-line dress with high neckline. The only way of getting that boob out was to pull my dress up all the way to my breast! Which meant I felt like I pracktecly had to strip down naked to feed her. We managed to find a solution. but it’s not very convenient!
So: Something with a low round or V-neckline or something that can be opened up in the front or the back with a zipper.

So when I wake up in a happy mood feeling like dancing and the sun is out making it the perfect summers day…
I wear something like this!

Happy summer days everyone! We are loving these temperatures! What are you wearing today! Let me know on my insta or in the comments below!  x

Photography: Michiel Fook

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