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

Mindful parenting

Mindful parenting
How to be in the moment as a parent when your mind still is racing, thinking about everything that has been keeping you busy. Being a Mindful parent isn’t easy! So Learn from your kids! They are experts in experiencing and enjoying the present… They know best! Stop overthinking everything and start living in the “NOW”

Last September we went on an unexpected adventure somewhere in the dunes near Zandvoort in Holland. The kids were laughing and running and playing from the moment we stepped out of the van… But for me, it really took me a while to let go of my constant train of thought, let go of my worries, plans, and huge todo list. Until I realized what I was doing to myself and them. I wasn’t really there with them. I was missing out on all the fun while I was too buzzy being an adult!

So in that moment, I thought:  That’s it! I’m done adulting!
And guess what!? I had the best day ever!

Having trouble living in the moment as a parent!? Jump in there with your kids and just allow yourself to fully embrace the fun!
Wo’s with me!?

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Recipe for fun!

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Ever wonder why kids go mad as soon as they come anywhere near sand!? Just dive in there with them and you’ll find out!
Play as if you were 5 years old. Just dive in there with them! Run, jump, dance, kick it, run it through your fingers and yo crazy until you’re totally out of breath. Then fall down laughing and feel the endorphins take over. That’s is why.

That’s exactly what we did on an evening this summer when there was a huge fire in this big waste/plastic-recycling factory in Amsterdam and we had to flee because the black toxic smoke was covering our village. We jumped in our van and just drove away from the smoke-polluted zone. We had no idea where to go so we just headed towards the Dutch coast until we landed on a beautiful dunes area where we could relax and wait until the fire was under control. And we had a blast! We ended up sleeping at my parent’s house because it took a bit longer to put out that big fire over there, but we had a wonderful weekend anyway!

When we came back home the black smoke was gone and it already had rained so that purified the air a bit. We ventilated and cleaned our house thoroughly and no harm was done to our little house and garden. But still so sad to think how much pollution went up in the air during that fire. I hope no one was harmed or breathed too much of that toxic air that weekend.

Anyway, we took a bad situation and turned it around into a beautiful sunny sand-filled day!
The conclusion of this weekend: The best recipe for fun anytime anywhere: Just add some sand!

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Ooit afgevraagd waarom kinderen los gaan zodra ze ergens in de buurt van zand komen!? Duik er zelf in met je kinderen en dan snap je waarom! Ren, spring, dans, schop erin, laat het door je vingers glijden en ga helemaal los totdat je compleet buiten adem bent. Val dan lachend neer en voel hoe de endorfines het overnemen. Dit is waarom.

Dat is precies wat we deze zomer deden toen er een enorme brand was in een grote afval / plastic-recyclingfabriek in Amsterdam. We moesten vluchten omdat de zwarte giftige rook ons ​​dorp bedekte. We sprongen in ons busje en reden. We reden gewoon weg van de rookverontreinigde zone, geen idee waar we heen moesten maar het enige wat we wisten is, overal liever dan hier. Dus reden gewoon richting de Nederlandse kust totdat we op een prachtig duingebied landden waar we konden ontspannen en wachten tot het vuur onder controle was. En we hebben een fantastische dag gehad! We sliepen uiteidelijk bij het huis van mijn ouders omdat het wat langer duurde om dat grote vuur daar meester te krijgen. Hoe dan ook hadden toch een geweldig weekend!

Toen we thuiskwamen was de zwarte rook verdwenen en had het al geregend, zodat de lucht een beetje werd gezuiverd. We ventileerden en reinigden ons huis grondig en er was geen schade aangericht aan ons kleine huis en tuin. Toch best triest om te bedenken hoeveel gif en vervuiling de lucht in is gegaan tijdens die brand. Ik hoop dat niemand dat weekend teveel schade of teveel van die giftige lucht heeft ingeademd.

Hoe dan ook, we namen een slechte situatie en veranderden het in een prachtige zonnige dag vol zand en liefde!
De conclusie van dit weekend: Het beste recept voor plezier altijd en overal: Voeg gewoon wat zand toe!

Photography: Michiel Fook & Jolanda Marti

Climbing trees and family dynamics

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The last couple of months were hectic, getting to know Quinn. Including her in our routines, or better said… making new routines. It has completely thrown over our whole family dynamic. Everything is different. Never knew a third unexpected baby could be throwing our lives upside down this much!
Something simple like getting ourselves and three kids all washed and clothed in the car to go somewhere it turned out to be a huge challenge! Not to mention giving all three the attention they deserve and need, and at the same time not neglecting ourselves, our business, our home.
It all felt like we had too much on our plate…

But now after those first five months, the dust has settled, and we all have got used to our new lives, a new position, new roles as a big sister, a big sis of two little sisters, mother, and father of three. We are getting the hang of this new life! Looks like we are finally finding our new flow and family dynamic. And it has been so worth it! Every struggle, every crisis, every mountain we have climbed to make this transition from 4 to 5.

It is a joy to see these three wonderful brave little girls exploring this world, climbing every tree, jumping from adventure to adventure!
And we are filled with pride and love with the thought that we get to be their parents!
How we get to be so lucky!

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De laatste paar maanden waren hectisch. Nu hebben we de kleine Quinn erbij. We leren haar langzaam beter kennen, en we hebben haar opgenomen in onze routines, of beter gezegd … we hebben totaal nieuwe routines moetten bedenken. Alles is anders. Nooit geweten dat een derde onverwachte baby ons leven zo ondersteboven zou kunnen gooien!
Zoiets simpels als onszelf en drie kinderen allemaal gewassen en gekleed in de auto zien te krijgen om ergens heen te gaan bleek een enorme uitdaging! En dan het verdelen van onze aandacht over drie meisjes. Gennoeg aandacht vinden we belangerijk dat verdienen ze, en niets minder, en tegelijkertijd proberen onszelf niet te verwaarlozen, daarnaast nog ons werk en ons huishouden.
Het voelde allemaal alsof we te veel balletjes in de lucht moesten houden…

Maar nu na die eerste vijf maanden, is het stof gezakt en zijn we allemaal gewend aan onze nieuwe levens, nieuwe positie, nieuwe rollen binnen het gezin als grote zus, een grote zus van twee kleine zussen en natuurlijk moeder en vader van drie kids. We krijgen dit nieuwe leven zo langzamerhand en beetje onder de knie! Onze nieuwe flow en gezinsdynamiek. En het is het allemaal zo dubbel en dwars waard geweest! Elke worsteling, elke crisis, elke berg die we hebben beklommen om deze overgang van 4 naar 5 te maken.

Het is een genot om deze drie fantastische dappere meisjes deze wereld te zien verkennen, elke boom beklimmen, van avontuur naar avontuur springen en met verwondering en verbeelding de wereld bekijken.
We overstromen van trots en liefde bij de gedachte dat wij hun ouders mogen zijn!
Hoe is het toch mogelijk!? Zoveel moois! Wat een geluk!

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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