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Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother,a grandmothe and a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!


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Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday's Fave Five, First signs of Spring and a Family Party

It's a new Friday, the first Friday of 2012, and it's time to share some of my favorite things of the week by joining Susanne's Friday's Fave Five. Go see what others have posted at Susanne's Living to Tell the Story.

1. New Year's eve with the family. My two sisters, my nieces my daughter and my parents all got together at two o'clock in the afternoon for our annual family party. We had loads of gifts, and spent hours opening them. The food was also delicious! We all had prepared something the previous day, my sister had prepared the appetizers, my brother in law had made a delicious soup and I had brought a main course which only required heating up in the oven. Before we had dessert we threw a little dance party with the Wii. Dessert was chocolate mousse (made by my two nieces) and my daughter's creme brulée and tiramisu. Three desserts ! Yes, you got that right! At twelve o 'clock we had another glass of bubbly and enjoyed the fireworks outside. It was a fun day, but we were all exhausted!

2. The neckless my daughter made especially for me . She designed AND made it all by herself, even most of the beads were made by her!

3. No television. Our old television set died on us the night before New Year's eve. We bought a new one, but they cannot deliver it until Saturday. I can imagine you're thinking "how can that be a blessing?" Well, I think, because it will not last longer than a week, it is. There is more time to blog, more time to read ... I had to look for other ways to keep me busy in the evenings, and among other things, I rediscovered the joys of blogging.

4. My new Project 366. One of my new year's resolutions is to pick up that camera a little more often, and to blog more than I have been this past year. There's no better way than to share my photos on this blog, is there?

5. First Primula in bloom. I saw it yesterday when I stepped outside on my patio. The weather has been crazy around here this week, we have very high temperatures, ten degrees (Celcius) more than what's normal in this season. If this keeps up, we're going to have a very early Spring, some trees are already blooming as it is! I do hope it does not start to snow and freeze though!

So here's my new entry for my Project 366, the new buds and the first flower in my Primula plant,the first signs of Spring are very early this year!


Marg said...

It's always good to come back to things one enjoyed whether it's photography and that's what I remembered about your blog. You are exceptionally good at at working with your lense.
Happiness in the New Year with those you love.

Brenda said...

I always enjoy seeing your picture collage on FFF. The way you put them together makes them fun to study a bit.

Good luck with your 366 project! I look forward to seeing some of those pics.

Barbara H. said...

Glad you got to spend some fun time with family!

The necklace sounds really nice. I love handmade gifts.

Here there hasn't been much new on TV this week, anyway -- mostly reruns til next week.

So neat to see flowers in bloom!

Kathy said...

Hello sweet Jiente, happy new year to you. It has been a while, life got hectic but all well and good, we moved down south :-). Hopefully 2012 will allow me more time for my favourite things like reading and commenting on my favourite blogs, as well as learning more about photography. I have missed much, good luck with the 365 I always enjoy looking at your work,these family photographs are beautiful. speak soon, Kathy.

ellen b. said...

what a wonderful family gathering at New Years! Those desserts look fabulous. The necklace is really cool. How fun to have something like that made with love for you. Your project for 2012 sounds great. Have a great time without that T.V. until Saturday! oops, it's probably Saturday already in your side of the world! Blessings!

Unknown said...

Lovely shot for your 366. I'm going to take one day off during the year - thus Photo365. :P

Gattina said...

Wow ! what a great New Year's celebration and sooo much food ! We were only 3, because the 2 other couples had catched a cold ! But it was nice ! Happy New Year to you !!

Susanne said...

Your New year sounds deliciously fun! Three desserts! Now that is celebrating!

No tv can indeed be a blessing. I probably need to do a tv fast.

fotorantje said...

zo gezellig!
doet me denken aan vroeger toen m'n grootouders er nog waren en we met de ganse familie nieuwjaar vierden, daar keek ik altijd zo naar uit
maarja tijden veranderen hé

dankjewel voor je lovende woorden
maar je mag jezelf ook een schouderklopje geven, niet vergeten hé :-)

Catherine said...

What a fun way to ring in the new year! I love the photos - and I see the one where you are having the necklace put on. Beautiful!

I used to give up TV for Lent every year.. it is nice to have a break from it!
Have fun with your project. You take such beautiful photos, it's a prefect idea!

Willow said...

What a crazy weather pattern we're all having. I do wish you an early and constant spring. Your New Year's Even party sounds like a great time!

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