Thursday, December 25, 2008

The 12 days of Christmas Michigan style!

One the 12th day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

12 slices of bacon
11 glitter glue pens
10 Dr. Suess books
9 recees cups
8 rice krispie treats
7 candy canes
6 christmas cookies
5 golden barbies
4 hackey sacks
3 pair of pajammas
2 dancing care bears
1 13 foot tree!

MERRY Christmas from Chassell!

We had Kiril and his family up for a couple days. Trimmed the tree last night and Alexa got up at 6:00 to see what Santa Claus brought!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Trip To Dubai...Desert Getaway...

Here are some photos from our trip to the desert...we stayed in a wonderful resort called the Jumierah and got to go on a desert safari, camel rides and all. it was 85 degrees all week and a perfect little getaway from the rain in Holland. I highly recommend this place for any type of traveler.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Veggie Tales!

Kory built a nice little garden in our backyard and it yielded some big vegetables. Now we need to make salsa! Alexa loved pulling all the tomatoes off the vines.

Wine Tasting 101

We had the chance to go to a great wine tasting party Sunday in Wassenaar at an old Castle. They had vendors from Spain, France, South Africa, Italy and many others promoting their tasty vino. There were about 200+ varieties of wine to sample. Kory likes the reds and I like the whites. My favorite was a fruity white from France. We went with our usual group of friends. Then we went back to my friend Kelli's house and had Italian food. Enjoy the photos!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween 2008

Alexa had her party on Wednesday at school, and they we went out trick or treating Friday night. I helped organize the class party with a couple other moms. She was Cinderella and Aurora.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Addicted to Oilily!

I cannot get enough of these clothes! Kory took me again to shop at the outlet mall in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. I bought a lot in Alexa's size, and I have some women's also, but I will list most of it on Ebay and see how I do. I should have over 40 NWT items in my store around Christmas, maybe in November if Kory goes home for a few days.

If you have any interest in anything before I list it, most everything is in a 4.5.6 (116, 128) size range. Email me at


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Learning Flash!

My husband has been helping me learn Flash, it's a very complicated graphics program. It takes a static logo and turns it into a moving, "breathing" entity. It uses animation and each specific action take several steps to create it. This is my first attempt, I also designed the Ebay store front. Just click on the logo to see more.

It's Fall!

Kory went home for a few days and took these amazing shots on our property in Michigan. I have never seen such color before! Too bad the leaves will be on the ground by the time we get there mid-December for Christmas. Had to throw the trout photo in also....enjoy!

Friday, October 10, 2008

What's Cooking?

We had a cooking class at a local restaurant call Me Gusto! on Monday night. We made Spanish tapas. Our chef led us to prepare 3 dishes in teams of two or three and at the end everyone got to sample our creations. We made Albondiagas (meatballs in tomato sauce), Little Ribs with Pimenton and Mini-Goatcheese Pies.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fall fever!

Wow this last month has flown, with Alexa being back to school and all the activities that entails, it's been busy! Kory has been traveling a lot as well. I am the lead room mom for Alexa's class and that has taken a bit of time to organize the year's parties and get other moms involved. Our big event of the year is International Day in March, and we need to have have three tables decorated and have a craft project for all the K1 and K2 students to participate in. That's about 150 kids....and provide food as well. I am excited to be manning the USA table and we also have moms Greece and Brazil contributing.

Alexa is also doing ballet on Thursdays, she is really enjoying it. Seeing 18 little pink leotards fluttering about on the wooden floor is quite a site. All her little friends are in there as well.

We are preparing for our Dubai trip in November, not much to prepare but I am very excited! The weather should be about 80 degrees, and it should be about 45 in Holland so it will be the perfect getaway. Kory has 3 days of work and the rest is play time, this is where were are staying and I can't not be more excited, this mall is one of the top malls in the world....adjoined to the hotel too, so very easy access. Yes, it has an indoor ski slope also. Check it out here,HOTEL KEMPINSKI.