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02 January 2012 @ 08:40 pm
I'd like to pump some blood back into this ol' journal so I'm going to try this challenge I've seen around the blog-o-sphere. Feel free to join in!

*found this graphic through a google search and I'm not sure why there's any upside down cross, but we're gonna go with it!

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31 December 2011 @ 11:39 am
top 4 films of 2011:
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
2. X-Men: First Class
3. The Muppets
4. The Shrine (not released in 2011 but saw it for the first time)

Top 3 TV Shows of 2011
1. American Horror Story
2. Homeland
3. Game of Thrones

top 3 obsessions of 2011:
1. Cooking
2. Pinterest
3. Gabe

3 "good things" of 2011:
1. Being a stay at home mom
2. Traveling
3. Rebuilding my relationship with my parents

3 "bad things" of 2011:
1. living with Dan's dad
2. My depression early in the year
3. The many bumps in our move to Canada

trips of 2011:
1. New York
2. Rome, Italy
3. Florence, Italy
4. Edinburgh, Scotland
5. Moving to Vancouver
6. Florida
2011 booklist
1) No Cry Sleep Solution - Elizabeth Pantley
2) Lust Lizard of Meloncholy Cove - Christopher Moore
3) Island of the Sequined Love Nun - Christopher Moore
4) Practical Demon Keeping - Christopher Moore
5) Fluke, or I Know Why The Winged Whale Sings - Christopher Moore
6) Bite Me: A Love Story - Christopher Moore
7) Blood Sucking Fiends - Christopher Moore
8) Game of Thones - George RR Martin
9) A Song of Swords  - George RR Martin
10) A Feast For Crows - George RR Martin
11) A Clash of Kings  -George RR Martin
12) A Dance of Dragons - George RR Martin
13) The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
14) Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
15) MockingJay - Suzanne Collins
16) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (re-read) - J.K. Rowling
17) Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
18) Invisible Monsters- Chuck Palahniuk
19) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo  - Steig Larsson.
21 February 2011 @ 09:56 am


My Monthly Letter to GabrieleCollapse )


Current Location: Amsterdam
08 January 2011 @ 09:30 pm
Dear Gabe,
3 Months OldCollapse )
Current Location: Amsterdam
04 December 2010 @ 09:43 pm
Dear Gabe,

What an incredible month this has been for you! So many things have happened and they're all wonderful.

Warning: lots of pictures!Collapse )
Current Location: Amsterdam
28 November 2010 @ 09:53 pm
Gabriele (the Italian form of Gabriel) William Nanni was born on 5 October 2010 at 10:52 pm. I was induced at 38 weeks as that is the Dutch policy for women with gestational diabetes.

This is his birth story!

31 hours of labor...Collapse )
Current Location: Amsterdam
28 November 2010 @ 09:09 pm

My letter to my son about his first month of life

Dear GabeCollapse )
Current Location: Amsterdam
17 April 2010 @ 07:52 pm
Everything is still going well with the baby. We had another ultrasound appointment this past Thursday. The baby was wiggling around like crazy. The doctor says everything looks great. I am feeling fine no major complaints. I have a lot of tension/pain in my upper back and shoulders and I am still a bit tired at times but most of the times I don't even feel pregnant. 

I have gestational diabetes so I have to take insulin at night and check my blood sugar levels four times a  day. It is a big pain in the ass and I am hoping it goes away after the birth. I have been eating healthier and Dan and I go walking for at least an hour almost every night.

We made a few baby purchases. We got a rocking chair from IKEA for when I am feeding the baby. We also purchased this cute set of board books in Dutch that are all about traveling. It has books on trains,planes, boats, Europe, U.S.A, and a few more. Our most recent baby purchase we made today when we were in Haarlem. Its baby's first outfit:

It is a set, there is another one behind it that has a pattern of cows, Dutch flag, Dutch boy, girl, and Made in Holland. It was only €4.99!

Current Location: Netherlands, Amsterdam
Current Mood: soresore
05 April 2010 @ 09:40 pm
Dan and I are expecting a baby. I am due around October 17. We found out about it the Thursday before we went to Paris (Feb. 18) but wanted to hold off announcing it until I was out of the first trimester. We've been trying for a couple of years now so this is very exciting news for us.

Since I have mostly been using my amsterdamsel journal to chronicle my new life in Amsterdam and for my Project 365 photos, I am going to use this one as a baby journal. I won't be offended if you unfriend this journal due to baby talk. Feel free to add my other journal if you'd still like to keep up with my life on a less baby focused scale. ;)

Current Mood: excitedexcited
01 November 2009 @ 08:52 pm
I started an expat journal: amsterdamsel