When we arrived in Romania we drove to the North, to a very rural area where horse & carriage are still very common. It feels like an open air museum! Old ladies with a scarf are dotted around. Like they are the only inhabitants of this area 😉. It’s beautiful here, fields full of haystacks and amazing wooden houses (and also some not so amazing 😉).
The smell of wood burning all around makes it feel like it’s wintertime, all of a sudden it’s really cold! 2 days ago we were wearing shorts and flip flops and now it’s jackets and sweaters time. Brrrrr!! At night it was about 2 degrees Celsius, the coldest nights so far in Jacky (we heard there was even some snow on the other side of the NP here ☃😳). This colder weather made the kids super happy, they could wear there new onesies pj’s! 😍Luckily our heater is still working. 🤗 So funny, last year we used it only a few times in winter and now it’s still summer (ok, one day left to autumn) and we are already using it. Whatever happend to autumn? 🍁🍄🍂🤔
Next to wooden gates and houses you see a lot of wooden churches around here and we also found an amazing wooden monastery in a beautiful garden with lots of flowers. Like a fairytale! These churches are so cute. They have colourful carpets on the floor and paintings full of colour hanging on the walls or directly painted on the wood. Definitely one of my favorite type of churches these wooden ones! Some of them could also function as a cute little café! 😍
I think we will ❤ our time here in Romania. We already tried some food; Plăcintă. Haha we call it placenta! 😜 I guess it tastes better than that though 😀It’s a delicious kind of ‘pancake’ filled with cheese, mushrooms or potatoes, yummie! 😍
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The excitement of the paint arriving was to much to resist - currently rocking an interesting look 🖤
Heading East!! We’re now off after our month at camp. We’ve got a big route planned to the east coast and south for the winter. Our first stop was a @harvesthosts in Idaho called @kraaysmarketgarden .
What an amazing farm experience we had, helping do farm chores, harvesting our own delicious veggies and admiring the beautiful flowers!! Thanks Larry and Sherry for your kind hospitality!! .
(eng below) ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀- Wenn das Alltägliche besonders wird -
Seit wir unterwegs sind, merken wir oft, wie sich unsere Ansprüche an gewisse Dinge verschieben. Nehmen wir zum Beispiel das Thema ‚Wäsche waschen‘. Zu Hause sitzen wir vor unserer eigenen Waschmaschine und kämen so erstmal nicht auf die Idee in einen Waschsalon zu gehen. Jetzt auf der Reise freuen wir uns immer so sehr, wenn wir mal einen Waschsalon finden, da wir so nicht mit der Hand waschen müssen. Mit der Hand waschen können wir nur, weil wir Wasser an Board haben. Ist dieses aber knapp und es muss trotzdem dringend etwas gewaschen werden, sind wir umso glücklicher wenn wir an einem See vorbeikommen (natürlich nur mit biologisch abbaubarem Waschmittel versteht sich). Und jetzt überlegen wir mal, wenn man zu Hause vor seiner Waschmaschine sitzt käme man niemals auf die Idee seine Wäsche im See zu waschen oder? Spannend, wie sich die eigenen Ansprüche an die äußeren Möglichkeiten anpassen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀——————————————————————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀- When the everyday becomes special - ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Since we‘re on the road, we often recognize, how our claims have changed. For example „doing the laundry“. At home we‘re sitting in front of our washing machine so there‘s no need to look for a laundromat. Now being on the road we are happy for every laundry we find, so we don’t have to wash by hand. Washing by hand only is possible because we have water on board. But if this water is very stingy and something has to be washed anyway, we are very happy if there‘s a lake (of course only with eco detergent). And now think about sitting at home on front of your washing machine you would never even think about doing your laundry in a lake, do you? Isn’t it crazy, how our own claims adapt to the external circumstances. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #claims#laundry#ontheroad#vanlife#vanlifewithkids#think#thinkaboutit#thoughts#washing#anpassen#adapt#campervan#freedom#luxus#mindblowing#mindchanging#eco#minimalism#fridaythoughts
R E L A X💤
We have been hiking and adventuring so much lately that a day in bed being lazy sounds a m a z i n g.
However, when you have a three year old, lazy days just don’t get to happen very often!😂 But occasionally the boss lets us have a sleepy afternoon napping with views like this one.
On days when we aren’t out in nature, we spend our time exploring the towns around us, taking our girl to a playground, or our favorite... the movies!!
Happy Friday everyone! Hope your weekend is spent being adventurous... or just being lazy💙
Instants choisis de notre début de roadtrip en famille avec Joannie, le fourgon loué chez @va.vis.van
Mini-vadrouille avec notre petite Zoé de 3 mois à travers quelques départements : la Haute-Garonne, le Tarn, l'Herault, l'Aveyron, le Cantal, la Corrèze, la Creuse, la Haute-Vienne, la Charente...
Que la France est belle !
🇪🇦 ¿Has cogido algún ferry durante un viaje con tu furgo camper?
La ruta hacia el sur nos llevaba a sortear el estuario del Sado, la hora se acercaba al atardecer y unas lineas en el mapa nos daba pistas sobre la existencia de un ferry para cruzar el estuario. Buscamos más información en internet y nuestras sospechas se confirmaron. Había un ferry que salía a las 20:30, hora perfecta para disfrutar de una puesta del sol sobre el agua. Embarcamos y aparcamos la furgo, subimos rápidamente a la cubierta, tomamos asiento y disfrutamos de las vistas del mar desde una perspectiva que no es nada habitual para nosotros. Los niños no permanecieron mucho tiempo sentados y recorrieron todo el ferry que se combirtió en un parque infantil estupendo. En menos de 30 minutos estabamos desembarcando subidos de nuevo en la furgoneta y este pequeño viaje en ferry se combirtió en un buen recuerdo de nuestro viaje.
🇬🇧 Have you taken a ferry during a trip with your camper van?
The route to the south took us to surround the Sado estuary, the time was approaching at sunset and a few lines on the map gave us clues about the existence of a ferry to cross the estuary. We looked for more information on the internet and our suspicions were confirmed. There was a ferry leaving at 20:30, the perfect time to enjoy a sunset over the water. We boarded and parked the van, quickly climbed onto the deck, took a seat and enjoyed the views of the sea from a perspective that is unusual for us. The children didn't sit for long and toured the entire ferry that went into a wonderful playground. In less than 30 minutes we were disembarking with the van and this little ferry trip became a good memory of our trip.
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We got back from a road trip at 1am this morning and yep...rather than unpack we slept in the van outside the house.
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Woah, what a day 💫 Today marks my 27th year on planet earth in this form, and what a beautiful day it has been. Filled with good food, favourite beings, rainforest walks and even a little serenade (@miss.edde.ana you made my bloody day). But what I loved most about this day was that nothing was really out of the ordinary, there was nothing that was “extra” special because every day is special ~ every day is filled with joy from my family, eveyday I feel nourished from the yummy foods we create, everyday in some way (more so lately) I feel connected to Mother Nature, and every day I feel utterly blessed.
To say that this is my everyday life brings me so much joy ~ what WAS different today, from most days, was the love that I received from my family, friends (both near and far, old and new) and this online community ~ today I suppose in a way I feel your love raining down on me even more so, I feel the deep connections I have made smile upon me, I feel the light in which we grow here - together.
So thank you, thank you, thank you - to everyone in my life that makes each day on this earth just as special as my “special” day.
I love you all so much. 💫
"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit" Edward Abbey
It's been a minute since we've taken some time to go out, immerse ourselves in amongst the trees, cool rivers and fresh breeze and I'm really starting to feel it 🌬
Going out and getting lost in nature energises and inspires me so much ✨
We've gotten into a groove here of spending the weekends in Cairns so Marcus can perform and the weekends up the range at our friends place where Marcus has been working on something pretty impressive (which I'm not allowed to share just yet) and I've been well lost in my children's worlds and practicing as many handstands, forearm stands and headstands as my body will allow (hmm my body trying to tell get me grounded or what)
So I'm getting together a list of places to see and explore up here in tropical North Queensland so I can carve out some time for us to go get reacquainted with Mother Nature 🍃
If you guys have any recommendations for us please let me know 🙏🏻
Dag 132 - Heilig bier 🙇🍺
Woensdag hebben we een dorpje bezocht dat velen wel van naam zullen kennen: Westvleteren. De plek waar het, volgens veel mensen (en Pepijn), beste bier ter wereld vandaan komt. Heilige grond! 😇Vanwege het hemelse bier natuurlijk, maar ook omdat de brouwers de broeders van de Sint-Sixtusabdij zijn. ⛪
Voordat we aankwamen gingen we nog even de banden op spanning brengen, omdat we al een tijdje op de reserveband rondreden na een lekke band. Het is maar goed dat we even keken, want de tweede band naast de reserve bleek nu óók lek. Door de geweldige #dubbellucht konden we nog wel rijden en zijn we direct naar een bandenboer gegaan. 🔧 Die konden ons pas een uurtje later helpen, dus dat werd even wachten. In de tussentijd heeft Joyce gekookt, zodat we in de werkplaats, tussen de banden onze verse boontjes met gehaktbal konden verorberen. Efficiëntie ten top! 🍽️⏱️
Eenmaal aangekomen in Westvleteren gingen we op zoek naar bier. Flesjes kopen kan alleen op bestelling (ver) vooraf, dus dat werd ‘m sowieso niet. Helaas bleek het café tot 1 oktober gesloten te zijn, balen! 😱 Dus wat doe je dan als echte bierliefhebber? Bij het verkooppunt iedereen vragen of ze misschien een paar flesjes wilden verkopen natuurlijk! 🥺🙏
Gelukkig waren er zo laat op de dag nog een paar klanten en konden we twee flesjes van een Nederlander overnemen. 🤗🥳 Die gingen direct de koelkast in. Daarna zijn we lekker in de zon gaan zitten bij de speeltuin en hebben we ons een paar uurtjes vermaakt. Ondertussen kwamen er nog tientallen mensen tevergeefs langs voor het café - we waren niet de enige!
’s Avonds toen de kids sliepen hebben we de twee nieuwe spelletjes geprobeerd die Joyce in Deventer heeft gehaald. Gezellig! Daar hoort natuurlijk iets lekkers bij, dus onze voorraad Westvleteren 12 is nu gehalveerd. 😋 Om. nom. nom! 🤩
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Took the kids to the park to pass some time as we wait to go to the next campground...would've rolled out by now but they got my baby and we's ain't goin nowhere til we know what we need to know... Anywhoo almost broke my heart in two when out of frustration due to the heat and the demands from my daughter to "Push me now Momma!"...I sort of kind of lost it and she said to me "I want Daddy to push me like he always do"... I had to take a step back and compose myself...gather my emotions and wanting to sit down. I finished giving her all the "push me now mommas" one could give in a 5 min span before she asks me again 2 minutes later with LOVE.
It's hot as hell out here and as she would say "The sun likes me"... yeah baby but we don't like the sun right now... he ain't bein nice.
Missing Daddy...my rock, my world, my classmate, my heart and my soul...trying today to keep the kids in good spirits so I got em some movies and a couple of treats for later.
Give us a week and we will be back in touch with everyone!
I think most of all we are proving to ourselves just how strong we are without you but most importantly how much you have prepared us for the times you may not be there.... We miss you a great deal my love but we know we have to be strong for you and for ourselves... The van is up and running and we spent the day in town getting food and needed supplies as we had just about used up our reserves while stranded out there. On the drive back into town we realized just how far out we were...geesh!! We have decided to take the next couple of days off from social media...last night was a bad night with migraines and vomiting involved...lots of crying and wanting you Daddy to be near.
The show must go on as well as our journey towards finding who we really are...as individuals and as a family.
Thank you to everyone who has sent prayers, thoughts, money and inboxed me as I have struggled to take care of the kids over the course of the last couple of days.. I cant put into words how appreciative I have been.
Ludo Update - he’s still not fixed. It’s been one problem after another with the parts from our old engine. Being stuck here is really taking its toll, yes we’re grateful for what we have but that doesn’t stop us feeling fed-up and frustrated.
I’m always so proud when people tell me how independent he is. He can play and entertain himself happily for hours. He eats by himself, pees in the woods by himself, and has no problem waiting for me seated alone on a plane, in a restaurant, or with a friend of ours he just met. When I tell him I’ll be right back he knows and trusts it’s true.
We talk a lot about feelings these days, simple and complex ones, how to identify, express, and process them. We involve him in family decisions, big and small. He is always in the loop and no subject is too adult or off the table. He recently started to be able to better verbalize his feelings, in addition to his needs and wants. He can clearly articulate thoughts such as “I am sad because of xyz” rather than acting out or being grumpy, which is totally acceptable, just not always constructive.
Earlier this week I saw him being sad and flashing a smile my way to make me feel better. It happened without us exchanging a word. I remember doing the same for my mom when I was his age. I wish he didn’t have to do that for me. It’s a tough one to swallow. Kids know so much more than we give them credit for.
We still breastfeed, cosleep, and nurse to sleep every afternoon and every night. None of those things hinders his independence. On the contrary, I believe that’s why he is so at ease.
I believe you go farther, take more chances, and trust yourself and the world better knowing, consciously or not, that there is a safety net, kind like training for trapeze. When skills become second nature you no longer need that safety net anymore. I want to be that safety net for my kiddo, at least for now. . #notsoterribletwos#toddlermom#extendedbreastfeeding#cosleeping#bedsharing#attachmentparenting#happytoddler#independentkids#growingupfast#familymoments#parenting#mommyandme#motherhoodunplugged#joyfulparenting#livejoyfully#gratefulmama#toddlerlife#peacefulparenting#familylove#naptime#naptimeisthebesttime#sweetsleep#vanlifewithkids#nomadfamily
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You never know how tough you really are until you go through some shit and so with that said as of now I am NOT going to ask for another dime unless we happen to need it again sometime down the road... if that's okay with you?
After a week of standing.. I am happy (ayy le sigh) to report that "Live Free" coughed up a new one last night and finally started!!!!! If I could put into words how blessed I was last night to not only receive the computer but then have Ashley and Dakota tell me "you don't owe us anything".....I would but with everything else going on I couldn't let the kids see me cry. It was a relief to hear "Live Free" breathe again and what I thought I couldn't do..I did.
The many sweet, squishy & oh so edible faces of Leaf 🍃
Leaf is just a "go with the flow" kinda gal, which is perfect when you live on the road and have a big sister who loves you a little too much, resulting in lots of extra tight hugs and tackles.
Leaf just adores Echo so much, we love hearing Leaf giggling at her crazy big sister 😍
How did I got so lucky to have two beautiful girls ✨
🇸🇮 J'ai oublié de vous parler de la jolie Ljubjana! 🏙 Cette capitale ne ressemble pas aux autres! Beaucoup plus petite nous avons eu le temps de flâner doucement dans les rues et faire les boutiques et marchés d'artisanat. Le dimanche matin, c'est marché aux puces et brunch...vraiment agréable sous le soleil! Nous avons aussi eu la chance de tomber pendant le festival Pivo & burger, comprenez bière et burger...hummmm il y avait de quoi déguster, sur de la bonne musique en plus!
. #ljubjana#slovenia#pivoandburger#slowlife#roadtrip#sundaymorning#vanlifewithkids .
🇸🇮 I forgot to talk to you about pretty Ljubjana! 🏙 This capital does not look like the others! Much smaller we had time to stroll gently through the streets and go shopping in craft markets. Sunday morning is a flea market and brunch ... really nice under the sun! We also had the chance to fall during the festival Pivo & burger, understand beer and burger ... hummmm there was something to enjoy, on good music and more!
Carrying her this weekend was TOUGH. If you’ve seen our stories then you know we felt wiped out the whole hike. We’ve backpacked and hiked with her before, but this trip took everything in us to make it to camp. Altitude, tough sleep the night prior, and life getting in the way of routine hikes probably didn’t help.
Thankfully we had the best little cheerleader cooing as we hiked. 🗣Plus, how can we not find a reason to smile and push on when little fingers reach and tickle your neck mid-hike? 🖐🏻 👶🏼
24 51618 September, 2019
Oh the peaceful mornings we have in the van... Just kidding.
We get about 10 minutes of this before Tinley and Taytum start deconstructing the van and tossing each other off of any elevated surface they can find. But they're having a blast and we wouldn't change it for the world. These girls love watching their view change daily.
Just can't make this ish up....so now the pull cord to the generator is snapping back?
What does that mean? Arrrgghhh...like can a sis catch a break? My husband is gone...yeah that call turned into something else and it's just me and the kids out here.
I face junking the van for a lil chump change...hoping the computer fixes the issue or having to figure out a way to get into town to catch a Greyhound out of here with no bags to carry our stuff!
39 hours and 4 transfers or hope the ancestors bless us and gets this van rolling so we can move from here.. Reception is spotty asf...my kids are crying and angry that Daddy is not here and I havent slept or eaten in 2 days.
At this point I'm asking some questions of myself as a mother and a wife right now...trying to keep our dream alive and us together...but let a sis breathe.
Vanlife is about making choices. Everyday there are so many choices we can make! It’s a luxery problem I know 😜
So today we could choose between walking in Hortobágyi National Park or visting Debrecen city, but instead we chose to hang around in Jacky. So the kids could play & ‘learn’ and we could check some e-mails and stuff. You can’t be in a ‘we visit everything we find interesting mode’ every day. People say 😜. Sometimes you need to unplug a bit. Well, actually I could go on and on visiting places, learning new things, doing hikes, meeting people and tasting traditional food. But the kids need down time too. Just being in Jacky with no new input. And I have to say, when we stop moving, I can feel it’s nice and necessary too 😜. Don’t tell anyone I said that!
So instead of seeing new stuff we chose to relax. We opted for a big Hungarian favo; a Thermal bath! 😊
We found a campsite next to a bath and the entrance was included in the campfee 🙌 The sun was out, the water nice & hot, the kids happy. Can it get any better? A perfect way to end our time here in Hungary ❤
We will miss these thermal baths in old fashion style, filled with grannies and granpa’s. We will miss how easy it was to find a spot to park for the night. We will miss bull’s blood red wine and sweet dessert wine. The relaxed atmosphere, beautiful nature, empty roads... and amazing Budapest. And most off all we will miss Langos and Kürtöskalács 😍
Thanks Hungary, we love you!
Now we are going to check out what Romania has in stall for us! 🤗
"To often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve"...
Children will do 'scary' things, after all risk taking is exhilarating, exciting & fun. Children want & need to take risks. .
Yet, one of our most basic instincts as a parent is to protect our children from all harm. We instinctively want to take away the risks, to make the world safer place for them to enjoy.
As an adult we understand the dangers that exist in the world & we know all to well that our child's brain is not yet ready for sensible decision making. The self-monitoring, problem-solving & decision-making elements - they all still need a bit of work!
For parents whose children have learning difficulties or Sensory Processing difficulties, we understand that our childrens decisions about risk are made all the more difficult by the fact that they misinterpret everyday sensory information - touch, sound & movement. They may feel overwhelmed by sensory information, may seek out dangerous sensory experiences or may avoid certain experiences all together.
Yet the fact remains that our children need to take risks. They need to learn from experience, learn how to calm themselves, regulate their behavior & emotions, to make decisions about safety; & to understand that even if they fail, they can try again. After all, if a child never experiences and overcomes challenges, then they will never learn how to deal with daily life when they are older.
Our role as parents, as adults, is therefore to make sure we manage risk rather than eradicate it.
We show Willow how to do things safely, we talk to her about the choices we make & encourage her to talk about her own decisions. We chat with her about her thought processes, her feelings, her experiences - helping her to reflect & understand. We then leave it up to her to make 'calculated' decisions about whether or not to take the risk - knowing that she might fail is just part of that equation.
Most importantly we watch & we wait, being ready to support & encourage her if she fails, & to commemorate her when she succeeds.
Follow our #homeschool journey @bewildroament
11 6818 September, 2019
(English below) 🇩🇪 Wie nach hause kommen - Wir sind in der Bretagne. Hier zieht es uns fast jedes Mal hin, wenn wir aus dem Süden kommen. Die Landschaft ist so atemberaubend. Wir lieben die endlos langen Sandstrände, die Steilküsten, das raue Meer und die grüne Landschaft. Es gibt einige Stellplätze die für uns etwas magisches haben und wir immer wieder aufsuchen. Das ist schwer zu beschreiben, aber es fühlt sich ein bisschen heimisch an. Kennt ihr das Gefühl auch? Habt ihr auch einen Ort, den ihr immer wieder besucht, der sich anfühlen als sei es eure Heimat?
🇬🇧 How to get home - We are in Brittany. This is where we move almost every time we come from the south. The landscape is so breathtaking. We love the endless sandy beaches, the cliffs, the rough sea and the green landscape. There are some places which have something magical for us and we visit again and again. This is hard to describe, but it feels a bit homely. Do you know that feeling too? Do you also have a place that you visit over and over again that feels like your home?
This is such clean work. You can see how detailed and sharp the finishes are. This custom van builder did not hold back. Have any of you started looking at van custom builders?
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23 weeks and this baby is STRONG and especially wiggly at night. Fun. 🤦🏻♀️ .
My new friend Heartburn is setting in at night too. So this mama is tired! 😴What natural remedies have you used of heard of for heartburn? Where are my fellow herbalists?! 🌱 #shoppinkblush#prettyinpink#ad
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Tag a friend who definitly needs to see this floor! 😍