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Impressions from January & February : a personal project

I find myself drawn to comparison photos of the girls lately; photos taken in the same places but months/years apart. When I look back and compare, it really shows how fleeting these early years are and how fast our girls are growing up!

Here’s a glimpse into our January and February..

[1] Writing notes for our Happiness Jar
Our Happiness Jar is filling up with notes and the girls have been happily adding to it with pictures they’ve drawn! (After sharing a photo of our 2016 happy notes on Facebook and Instagram over the New Year, I received a lot of questions about how it works. I try to write at least one thing daily that made me happy, date it and put it in the jar, then we read all the notes on New Year’s Eve. You can read more about how we do it over here.)

[2] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Not only is Rebekka growing taller but she’s also suddenly looking so grown up! It’s amazing to compare this photo of her to the last one I shared, or how about the first one!

[3] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
And now here’s Lea looking all grown up! Where’d my baby go?!! See the same photo taken a year ago, here!

[4] ‘Little Lego’
Duplo still gets a lot of play-time but lego is increasingly making an appearance. The girls both love it! Rebekka was at school so this time Lea had the lego all to herself.

[5] Snow Day!
We had snow at the beginning of February, and on a weekend too. The girls were so excited and couldn’t wait to go outside to play! Rebekka told me her favourite season is Winter – because of the snow! 

[6] Snow Day!
Look carefully and you might notice that Lea is still wearing her pyjamas! She couldn’t wait to go outside and there was no convincing her to get dressed first ;-) :-)

[7] Reaching higher
I photographed Lea up to mischief in this spot almost a year ago, you can see it here. (She’s emptying the cupboard of tupperware much less these days. Now she goes straight for the cookies in the corner cupboard!) She seems so little and so big all at the same time, and I notice that her hair is getting so long lately! Before I know it she’ll be able to reach and wash her hands in the sink all by herself! 

[8] Sisters
Watching them play together makes me so happy they have each other!

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our bi-monthly posts.

Every other month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

Say hello in the comments below and then hop on over to see what Antonina Mamzenko in London, UK is sharing this month :-) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from September & October : a personal project

Whilst selecting images for this month’s blog circle, it hit me. My girls are growing up. Fast. Woah!

My mama-heart made me choose only photos of them to share with you for this round of Impressions. These are memories I hold dear to my heart. Enjoy..

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[1] Toes, and upside down reading.
Oh goodness, my heart flipped at seeing Lea studying our local newspaper. Those little pointed toes!! Swoon! My little dynamo doesn’t stay still for long but she sure stayed a while to enjoy the paper! If you look closely, you’ll see she appears to have the gift of reading upside down. What a clever little thing she is ;-)

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[2] Scrunchy toes.
Honestly. Baby toes are the cutest. But these baby toes are getting bigger.. ohhh but they are still so cute!

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[3] A visit from Flip de Beer (Flip the Bear)
Flip de Beer (from school) loves adventures and stays with a different family each weekend. It’s such a great concept, and we had a lot of fun when he came to stay with us. We took him on the new ferris wheel at the pier. Now whenever I’m driving to school via the beach (a diversion because of roadworks) and we see the ferris wheel, an excited voice from the back of the car shouts to look out of the window, “we went there with Flip de Beer”!!

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[4] Lea is TWO!!
My baby is two. Where in the world have those two years gone?! Two! Really! As instructed by Rebekka, the girls stood on chairs for the singing of Happy Birthday in English and Dutch. Several renditions later (because it’s so exciting and they know all the words!), we also sang the German version.

Lea sings a lot, and loudly. Ever since her birthday I’ve been hearing random parts of the birthday songs. I love how she sings “to youuuu” :-) She does such a great “hoera”(hooray) for “hieperdepiep” too!

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[5] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
It was a lovely autumnal day, and not too cold. Perfect for a visit to the zoo. Rebekka had a list of must-see animals so we had a good long walk in order to see them all.

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[6] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Both of them up to mischief..

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[7] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Sisterly love.. Rebekka is the best big sister!

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[8] Halloween preparations
This year’s pumpkin wasn’t so scary-looking. At Rebekka’s request, I carved hearts for eyes :-)

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our bi-monthly posts.

Every other month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

Say hello in the comments below and then hop on over to see what Antonina Mamzenko in London, UK,  is sharing this month :-) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from July & August : a personal project

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[1] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Haha! A new zoo exhibit :-D

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[2] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Another one to add to the collection of  Rebekka’s “growing taller” series! :-)

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[3] Meijendal Dunes, Scheveningen
The wind was rustling all the leaves that day.. it was beautiful.

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[4] Meijendal Dunes, Scheveningen
Such a pretty view, I photograph it often! This is a place where I’ve stopped countless times to nurse Rebekka when she was a baby, with dog walkers and horse riders passing us by. (Somehow, Lea’s hunger always skipped this particular spot!) I remember those special times with Rebekka each time I walk by :-)

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[5a] Meijendal Dunes, Scheveningen
I imagine the girls climbing up into the gnarled branches of this tree some day. I might even join them!

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..because this pathway is beautiful and I couldn’t decide which one to share! ;-)

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[6] World Chocolate Day
Did you know 7 July is World Chocolate Day?! Celebration includes the consumption of chocolate, of course, and what better excuse to try a new flavour! :-)

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[7] Catching bubbles
Little cutie was concentrating SO hard on catching those bubbles!

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[8] Summer toes
Nooooo.. it can’t be the end of Summer?!

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our bi-monthly posts.

Every other month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

Say hello in the comments below and then hop on over to see what Kim Rogers of Brink Street Photography in Denver Colorado is sharing this month :-) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from January & February : a personal project

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[1] & [2] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
We’re still keeping up with our tradition of ‘growing taller’ photos with the pigs’ head! ;-) This was the first zoo trip where Lea was out of the pram and good grief, there was no stopping her! We were amazed at how much walking she did. Freedom! Keeping her in one spot proved challenging so this was the best we got of her near the pigs’ head!

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[3] Eddy
Since the day we moved house, this is the spot where Eddy spends most of his time. Curled up on our bed.. ohhhh the life of a cat!

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[4] Heave-ho!
Ha ha! I couldn’t stop laughing whilst taking this photo! We had a large parcel delivered and although it was very heavy, Lea was determined to push it along the floor. The fact she had been dressing up just prior and was still wearing a high-visibility vest certainly helped make this an amusing moment!

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[5] Blue.
If you’ve been following my other personal project ‘an image that speaks volumes‘ you’ll remember that the last post had the theme ‘blue‘. I almost shared the image above but at the last minute, decided on something else. These blue shoes once belonged to me. They are lay on a blanket I was wrapped in at my Christening. Two meaningful items, from different moments in my childhood, that my Mum kept and saved. I don’t remember wearing those shoes and I wonder why she chose to keep them. They are too big to have been my first pair of shoes. What memories did they have for her? I will never know. But I will keep them too.

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[6] When the littles get together
Times are changing. The big littles are starting school in the coming weeks and there’s now a gorgeous new baby in the group which means ‘Baby Lea’ has been bumped off her baby spot! These fun (almost-)weekly playdates are going to be different soon. Holding on to the memories..!

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[7] Something is missing.. do you know what?
The tooth fairy paid Rebekka a visit in January.. her little front tooth that was chipped when she fell more than 2 years ago started to wobble. It wobbled a long long time. And then I got a call from the creche. It had fallen out while she was eating an apple. They were a bit shocked that Rebekka lost a tooth so soon! At first, I was a little bit sad that her characterful little chipped tooth was gone. Now though, I’m so used to the gap that it’s hard to think back to when her little chipped tooth was there!

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[8] No words… no words at all!

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our bi-monthly posts.

Every other month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

Say hello in the comments below and then hop on over to see what Kim Rodgers of Brink Street Photography is sharing this month :-) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

Till next time..!

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from September & October : a personal project

It’s time for another round of Impressions!

Here’s a few moments from September and October. And as usual.. it’s all about the girls ;-)

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[1] Our Stairwell on the Hull-Rotterdam Ferry
We took the Stena Line ferry to the UK and they don’t have a stairwell! *gasp* Not to worry… we returned on our usual route with P&O Ferries and got our photo ;-)

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[2] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Our little girl is growing ever taller! blink blink

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[3] Becoming friends, Lea & Eddy
These two are finally happy to be in each others company. Or should I say, Eddy hangs around a little longer these days. Lea has learned to stroke instead of pull his fur out, most times any way. Work in progress :-)

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[4] Bike ride in the Meijendal Dunes
We bought a FollowMe coupling device to attach Rebekka’s bike to mine, and we LOVE it! Rebekka loves to cycle inline behind mama, and to go-go-go very fast! This was our second long trip out, all four of us. We cycled in the dunes to a lookout point on top of one of the taller sand dunes, the same place I cycled to the day before Lea was born. It was hard work for me and with shaking legs, I had to get off my bike and walk the last part to the top. Either my muscles have forgotten how to cycle up hills, or it could be because I was pulling a heavy load, or maybe a bit of both. Having little Lea on the back and pulling Rebekka on her bike certainly did not make my task easy at all! It was fun though!

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[5] A visit from the Grandparents
My Dad and Denise came to visit for a weekend which meant Lea enjoyed an early birthday celebration! 

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[6] The Birthday Girl. Lea is ONE!
She is such a delight! Even now, I’m still a little in disbelief that she is one. The year went by so fast!!

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[7] The bottle bag
Lea has a new trick up her sleeve… the same trick Rebekka had at about the same age. Emptying the bag of empty bottles and throwing them all around the room. Sigh.

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[8] Halloween
This year we took a walk along the beach to the Kaizerstraat to see the halloween market (and the gouls hanging about)! In the evening, with a little help from Rebekka, we carved our pumpkin. You can see the result on Instagram!

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our bi-monthly posts.

Every other month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

Say hello in the comments below and then hop on over to see what Susanne Ashby of Susanne Ashby Photography is sharing this month :-) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from July & August : a personal project

It’s time for another installment of Impressions! Here’s my selection and a quick recap of family life in July and August:

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[1] Exploring in Grandma & Grandad’s garden
We spent a couple of weeks in early July with my family in the UK. And it left us longing for a house with a garden, Rebekka was absolutely in her element and couldn’t wait to be outside every day! She loved exploring the garden at her Grandma and Grandma’s. – Yup, she is calling my Dad, “Grandma”, and at the top of her voice. It’s hilarious, and I think my Dad secretly loves it!

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[2] ‘Our stairwell’ on the Hull to Rotterdam Ferry
We failed miserably at trying to get our family photo on the crossing to the UK – Rebekka spotted the soft play room before we made it to ‘our stairwell’, so that’s where we spent most of our time! For our return journey, we managed to completely avoid walking past the kids area to get there. I took a few photos, most where we are all looking at our reflection in the mirror, but this is the one I love most. Rebekka’s showing me that she put a sticker on the end of her nose, so funny! This was the last crossing with just the three of us, the next time we’ll be a family of four!

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[3] Mama-Daughter lunch date at Onder de Watertoren. Meijendel Duinen, Scheveningen
Rebekka and I (and Papa too!) have become regular visitors to the cafe in the dunes – their stracciatella ice cream (and the waffle cones it’s served in) is soooooo good, we all love it! But on this visit, it was lunch time and rather amazingly, Rebekka by-passed the ice cream hut and was happy to have lunch instead! She was a big fan of the sate sauce (takes after her Papa there!!)

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[4] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
She’s growing! And fast! And I love that I started this series of ‘growing taller’ photos at the zoo, it’s so fun to look back on the earlier ones ;-)

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[5] Blijdorp Zoo. Rotterdam
And here she is with the hippo’s head! (By the way, how cute are her leggings?! I love them!)

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[6] First time on a bike!
She LOVED it! And she’s asked for “Rebekka’s bike” pretty much every day since! :-)

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[7] And she’s off…!
She’s happily speeding along now, and gliding – both feet in the air. She’s totally mastered it. (She also knows there’s ice cream at the end of this road, maybe that helps too! ha!) More recently, we’ve been shopping for a helmet – which she chose herself (it’s BRIGHT PINK!!) and she’s become a bit more daring with her cycling antics too. Yikes!

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[8] Clouds at sunset.
This was one of those moments where I had to be quick… in just a minute the wind had blown the clouds away and the scene was very different. I love sunny days and blue skies, but it’s the pretty clouds and rays of light filtering through that capture my attention!

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our monthly posts.

On the 8th of each every second month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

Please continue through the circle and see what Vinita of Vinita Salomé Photography is sharing this month :) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

Say hello in the comments below…

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from May & June : a personal project

It’s time for another round of Impressions!

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our monthly posts.

On the 8th of each month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

For many reasons, it’s been a challenge to take personal photos, especially during the month of June. We’ve had travel and illness (horrible chicken pox!), all the extra appointments pregnancy brings, as well as several client photo sessions and the start of a second job for me!

I haven’t had chance to escape out for a walk with my camera for some ‘me-time’. Most personal photos I’ve taken over the last few weeks are simply from the iPhone – and the most recent ones are of a very spotty Rebekka (but I won’t be sharing those).

Here’s my selection and a quick recap of family life in May and June:

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[1] Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
This was my first ever trip away from Rebekka. I’ve been away from her for long periods before, although it’s usually been overnight (because that’s when babies like to be born). But leaving to go to work, even when the number of hours i’ll be away is unknown, is very different.

Saying goodbye to a tearful Rebekka (who’d come to wave goodbye to me at the train station), getting on a train, heading to the airport, getting on a plane, and being gone for a whole weekend – leaving was harder than I thought it would be. It was as though an invisible thread tying us together was stretched out and cut into two separate pieces. Rebekka was fine of course; she had Papa all to herself for the weekend. And on landing at the airport at the other side, the sad feelings I had were soon replaced with excitement about the reason for my travels.

But it was hard… I missed seeing Rebekka on Mother’s Day, and it was even harder still because Rebekka became ill with fever that weekend. Though because she was ill, she was still awake when I returned home late on the Sunday night and so I still got my Mother’s Day kiss :-)

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[2] “Apple”.
My favourite little person had been asking for an apple all day. “apple.. apple.. apple” over and over. But we didn’t have chance to go to the shops till late-afternoon. Rebekka was absolutely delighted to finally get her hands on an apple and I love the content little grin she had after her first bite. 

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[3] Baking cookies.
Shaping crumbly cookie dough into cookies wasn’t so easy for little hands – unless you want crumb-sized cookies that is. Rolling out the dough, cutting out shapes and decorating them with icing and sweets is much more fun (and something I loved to do with my Grandma when I was little). We need a different recipe for next time. More fun and more mess is definitely required – we stayed far too clean for a baking session with a toddler! The chocolate chip cookies tasted good though ;-)

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[4] A new bed for Rebekka.
We took a trip to Ikea so Rebekka could choose a big bed and a new duvet set. She was all excited watching Papa set it up for her and imitating him, she tried to help fix the screws into place. Turned out, she was much more interested in climbing and jumping on the bed than laying down and going to sleep. Once asleep she was fine and slept well, but getting her to lay down and stay in the bed was so hard.

After a good few nap times and nights struggling we gave up and brought the cot back into her room, and all three of us were able to enjoy a blissful night of sleep. We will try again another time soon, hopefully next time will be much more successful!

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[5] Introducing Monkey to Monkey. Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam.
Mr Rabbit is still a clear favourite, but Rebekka has recently taken to another cuddly toy – “Monkey”. Immediately after seeing the colobus monkeys in an enclosure at the zoo, Rebekka made a beeline to find her Monkey, excitedly holding him up to show him the monkeys in the enclosure, whilst also shouting “Monkey” (and in an adorable Northern English accent too! I’m proud!)

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[6] My little fashionista.
Some days the cuteness factor goes into overload – this was one of those days ;-)

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[7] Scheveningen Beach.
We went for lunch at the beach and Rebekka spent the whole time playing in the sand next to our table. Here, she is just getting started. By the time we returned home, half the beach had made it’s way home with us and a bath instead of nap time was very necessary!

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[8] The moon.
Our view over the rooftops towards The Hague on a perfectly calm evening, just before sunset.

Please continue through the circle and see what Kim Rogers of Brink Street Photography is sharing this month :) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

Say hello in the comments below…

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from April : a personal project

It’s time for another round of Impressions!

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our monthly posts.

On the 8th of each month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

So here’s my selection for April:

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[1-4] Meijendal Dunes. Scheveningen.
It’s time to get back into balance. In the last few months I’ve come to realise I need to start carving out a little bit of me-time. So with Rebekka at the creche, I spent my lunch break wandering the dunes with my camera – it was pure bliss! Discarding all the ‘hats’ I wear so I could just wear my own was exactly what I needed. I even discovered a small cluster of bluebells in the woods – Spring is in the air and it’s so pretty. I stepped back into my home office feeling completely refreshed and rejuvenated, and ready to get to work!

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[5] Rebekka’s 2nd Birthday! Opening presents with help from Grandad :-)
Two years flew by in a blink! It’s crazy! Rebekka’s birthday coincided with Easter so we had a wonderful long weekend with Rebekka’s Grandparents – my Dad and Denise, his wife, came to stay with us :-) We indulged in plenty of good food that weekend; spare ribs at Cocomo Beachclub, lots of Easter chocolate, my special homemade lasagne that always goes down a treat, and a chocolate fudge birthday cake. Rebekka was really excited about opening presents; I thought Neal from ADO for Expats might be impressed with her gifts in the photo above ;-) “ADO, ADO..” she says, all excited!

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[6] Kids Playground. Delft.
This is a new discovery for us – a fabulous indoor soft play adventure land for little explorers (and big ones too!) Rebekka is fearless! Climbing high, running, jumping…and me chasing after her. It’s a tiring workout for us both, but it’s a whole lot of fun!

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[7] Blijdorp Zoo. Rotterdam.
This view should be getting familiar by now… see it previously here and here. Rebekka is growing taller and taller! She loves exploring at the zoo. On this particular visit, she kept holding out her hands and asking for the animals to come to her, and getting a little impatient with them when they wouldn’t. Oh, she does make us smile :-)

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[8] Blijdorp Zoo. Rotterdam.
Oh look, another giant animal head! Let’s see Rebekka grow with this one too – haha! Ok, next time perhaps I’ll photograph and share photos of some real animals… ;-P

Please continue through the circle and see what Kim Rogers of Brink Street Photography is sharing this month :) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

Say hello in the comments below…

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from January : a personal project

Waaaaaaaah! January went by in a flash and it’s already time for another round of Impressions!

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our monthly posts.

On the 8th of each month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

Here’s my selection for January:

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[1] Concentration.
Rebekka’s become an expert at puzzles. She learned to twirl the shapes around between her finger and thumb which means she’s now completing them in record time!

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[2] Sunset from our living room
I love our view over the rooftops!

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[3] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
You might remember this same photo from October’s Impressions! It’s winter now and all the leaves are gone. And our little explorer is growing fast! She had a growth spurt at the end of January – all the clothes we bought too big during our Christmas trip to the UK.. are becoming small already!!! Her shoes as well! Crazy! Our little baby seems long gone…

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[4] Yoghurts – a favourite snack!
This little monkey is so proud when she gets to eat a yoghurt all by herself… amazingly, she barely makes a mess! This was the first time she held the spoon properly.. and only one tiny drop landed on her bib! Impressive! She’s now frequently grabbing hold of a finger to lead us to the fridge to get her yet another one! The peach ones are a big hit.. but she keeps calling it ‘apple’! That’s something we’re working on… ;-)

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[5] Scheveningen Beach
A particularly windy day at the beach where the sounds of the waves crashing could be heard from far away. One of my favourite sounds…

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[6] The bark of an old tree. Meijendal Dunes, Scheveningen.
Whilst wandering in the dunes I was wondering how old the tallest trees might be… and then I noticed that the trees had different patterns in the bark – this particular one had a really interesting lattice-effect!

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[7] Sleeping! In the pushchair!
Not so long ago I would have sworn Rebekka would NEVER sleep in the pushchair/stroller/buggy… call it what you will! There are just too many interesting things to see! But she’s been refusing naps lately, and when she does, the fresh cold winter air steals her away to slumber-land! Rebekka missed most of this particular walk – because she was sleeping! I enjoyed it though, more time to stop and take photos ;-)

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[8] Winter berries. Meijendal Dunes, Scheveningen.
In the bleak winter landscape, these bright and cheery pearls of orange caught my eye :-)

Please continue through the circle and see what Vinita Salomé of Vinita Salomé Photography is sharing this month :) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from October : a personal project

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our monthly posts.

On the 8th of each month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

When it came to choosing the images I wanted to share, I never imagined I would find it so difficult to choose only 8 images! Here is my selection for October:

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[1] The birth of Faye. Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis (OLVG), Amsterdam.

In this moment, I remember my heart was overflowing with joy, gratitude and admiration. It’s such an honour and a privilege to be invited to share in the intimate moment of birth. I left the hospital completely in awe of the serene and peaceful manner in which Meg coped with the hard work of labour. It was a privilege to witness the partnership between these new parents as they brought their first baby into the world, united in love and strength. It was such a moving experience.

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[2] A dried thistle globe. Meijendal Duinen, Scheveningen.

I was out walking through the dunes with my daughter, Rebekka, and I saw these spikey globes out of the corner of my eye. I stopped, curious to know what it might be. Even though this weed is dying, it’s still pretty – and it just goes to show that there is beauty in everything when you look for it. I’ve walked along this path a few times since, but those dried thistle globes are no longer there, someone’s been along and tidied up the path in preparation for winter.

But this photo is not just about what you see, it holds a memory for me too.

While I had stopped to take this photograph, a little girl who was out walking her dog with her father stopped to talk to me – in Dutch of course. We’d passed each other earlier and I guess they were now returning home. After hearing me point out to Rebekka “look, a dog!”, she was very proud to tell me that her dog’s name was Sonja. It took me by surprise and gave my brain quite a workout as I tried to find the right words to say and in the right language! They continued on and I went back to taking a couple more photographs but I soon caught up with them. They were just a little further along the path and the little girl was asking her father to pick one of the tall grasses for her. She turned around and gifted it to me. She was so sweet!

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[3] A tree with a face, Clingendael Park.

Do you see it? :-) I love walking amongst old, tall trees with thick trunks and sprawling branches. Walking in this park and in the woods feels a little bit like being ‘home’ to me :-)

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[4] A walk in the dunes with Rebekka (and ‘Mr Rabbit’). Meijendal Duinen, Scheveningen.

Rebekka was patiently waiting whilst I stopped to take a few photos of a special place in the dunes – and when it came to choosing which images to share, I decided I like this one far more than the view I’d actually stopped to photograph ;-)

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[5] Owl Butterfly, Amazonica – Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam.

I love the delicate details in this butterfly’s wings; in some ways, the pattern reminds me of an aged map of the world. So pretty and perfect.

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[6] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam.

I love watching Rebekka explore. She can be so curious sometimes. And quite determined in which direction it is that she wants to walk. Visiting the zoo becomes even more fun each time we go!

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[7] Reflections, Clingendael Park.

This was a visit to the park on my own. I’d just dropped Rebekka off at the creche and the warm sunshine, beautiful autumn colours and cloudless blue sky called me outdoors instead of to the computer to work, and so I indulged in a little time for myself. It was absolutely what I needed to start my work day!

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[8] Reflections, Clingendael Park.

Here, the reflection in the water stopped me in my tracks as I crossed over the bridge. I love the beautiful warm colours of autumn.

Through this project, I’ve discovered that not only do I take photographs to document something I see, but also something I feel. Many of the photographs I took during the last month were because I wanted to remember that moment, and how I was feeling at the time. My memories are strongly attached to the photographs. A single photograph can hold so much power, it’s fascinating to me how they can take you right back to that fleeting moment in time.

I’m so glad to be participating in this project, it’s a challenge to carry a camera and lenses with all the paraphernalia that goes along with a toddler! But it’s resulted in some beautiful memories that were best captured with a camera than with an iPhone. However, I was still busy taking photos with my iPhone, as you will see from my Instagram feed.

Please continue through the circle and see what Leslie Huckey Sarten of Leslie Meadow Photography is sharing this month :) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

With love,
~Natalie

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