How do you spell that again?

I don’t have any videos for you today. Not that I couldn’t come up with some. Today I finished cleaning my room, now tomorrow I just have to fold all my laundry. I also caught myself up on the first 3 episodes of both How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory. Good times and chuckles all around.

I’m playing around with the idea of another self-made video…this time with me and the piano. I have no idea how it will work sound wise, especially since I think I’ll have to stick my computer on top of the piano. I think that’s a bad idea, but we’ll see. First I have to practice some more and brush up on my piano skills. They’ve been a bit neglected the past two months.

Lucie arrives tomorrow night! And then Sunday we’re off to Brugge. You know, it’s spelled two different ways here (French/Flemish), all the big towns/cities are, and I can’t remember the English way. In French it’s Bruges. Actually, I think that’s the English way too, at least that’s how it’s spelled on one of my English guide books. So the Flemish is Brugge. Now that we have that figured out…..

I almost forgot! Today when I picked him up from school Bastien saw me before he got to the gate. Since it was sunny and warm (a lot warmer than this morning) he had his hoodie in his hand, his back-pack on his back, his jacket open, and his hood up. Why the hood I have no idea. When he saw me he started saying ‘Holly, Holly, Holly’ and made his way as quick as possible to the gate. I know that’s how he greets him Mom, it’s nice that he’s happy to see me. Sylvain was like that to. He started bouncing around like crazy in his high chair when we arrived. Who am I kidding though, he was just excited to see big brother ;).

                                                                                                                      

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Who let the dogs out?

Today was a somewhat eventful day. I went into Hannut and went to a store that was having sales on certain items. We got a flyer and they had slippers for 4 euros. So I went and got a pair! The store kind of reminded me of a Giant Tiger. When I got home I played on the piano for quite some time. It was really nice to revisit the songs I already knew and to try out some new one’s. I feel so great when I can play a song well enough that I’m able to sing along with it. Of course, I’m not always playing the accompaniment as written; sometimes I just play the chords, and sometimes I play a combination of the two.

There are a lot of people in Wasseiges who have dogs. Today, as I was walking home with Bastien from school, we saw two random dogs walking around. One by the little grocery store and one right by the bank (and our house). It was very strange, because I haven’t seen that yet. Usually the dogs are with their owners or behind a gate. I don’t know if they were strays or just got out. It was just funny that we saw two. 🙂

When we got back home I played on the piano again and Bastien played on his drum. Usually when I try to play he tried to push me away and play himself or just shut the piano, but today when I would finish a song, he would say ‘encore Holly, encore’. So I kept playing. It was fun.

We just finished watching French movie about WWII called La Rafle. There were no subtitles I didn’t know exactly what was going on, but sometimes actions speak for themselves and by the end we were all teary eyed. This is one movie I definitely want to watch with subtitles. It is about a group of Jews from France (Paris, I think, Adeline?) and their journey through different camps and the separation of the men from the women and children, and then the children from the women. It’s based on a true account of a survivor. Despite the fact that movies like this are often depressing and make one doubt humanity, I believe they are important for us to watch because they help us remember our history lessons. I forget so many details from history in school. I know that movies are not always historically accurate, but they at least can give us an idea of what went on, better than a textbook (at least when it comes to the pain and suffering). It’s important for us not to forget the past, so we can try and not make the same mistakes in the future. This, of course, is somewhat of a pipe dream because you will always have those people in the world who don’t care about others. So we need to care for them!

If you’ve seen the movie, great! If not, check it out. It has a lot of very talented actors in it, especially some of the kids.

Also, I was going to put up some pictures of my old slippers (may they rest in peace) and my new ones, but it won’t work today. Maybe I’ll sneak them in some other time. I just think my old slippers are hilarious. They leave behind little pieces of themselves wherever they go *sigh*. Now they will be put to rest. The ‘homemade in your school colours’ slippers are always the hardest to let go of. But let go I must.

Mickey and Minnie

Today was lunch with the family. Adeline’s parents, her Grandmother (her Dad’s Mom), and her sister and brothers were all there. Clémence (Bastien’s cousin) had this Minnie Mouse doll (I believe Aurore, Jeff, and the girls went to Disney on Ice…) and Aurore had something for Bastien as well. He had the choice of Mickey Mouse or Nemo. He chose Mickey. I got some cute pictures of Bastien, Clémence, Mickey, and Minnie. We also had cake in honour of Aurore’s birthday (which was in January, but I forget the day! >_<). We got to sing Happy Birthday twice with lots of harmony. Good times.

Of course, after lunch Jean-Go played the piano. It was great. I really wish I had stuck it out with my piano lessons, think of where I could be now! We also got to watch part of a movie that Aurore put together of videos from the Christmas/New Year’s trip in Canada last year. Mom, Dad, Lisa…we’re all in it! Hahaha. There was the trip to St. Jacobs, Niagara Falls, it was cool. We sped through most of it though because it’s two hours long.

We also had Champagne. Real Champagne. At least that’s what it said on the bottle. I’m getting a little more used to the taste of the bubbly. Of course it doesn’t all taste the same, but my taste buds aren’t fine tuned to the subtle differences in bubble brands. 

 

 

 

 

Also, this is totally random, but if I ever get a tattoo I was thinking of doing this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s my initials with a little twist! The stars are me copying one of Lisa’s tattoos, but I like it with the stars better than without. And if I do ever get it won’t be on the inside of my wrist (which is where it is in this picture…on my right hand…it’s way too distracting). I just love how I can incorporate all three of my initials (H.J.B.) and a music symbol into one small design. This has been in my brain for a year and a half now. I think I’ve finally gotten it where I like it. I guess since I still like it now it’s safe to say that I’ll like it forever if I do get it done permanently.

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