Cooking with Jean-Go

The little munchkins are sick again. Poor Sylvain is coughing like crazy! Kind of reminds me of when I was a kid. Every fall I got bronchitis – I think that’s what he has. So no more school or babysitter till the new year. That kind of puts a kink in my plans as far as getting my To Do list finished. I’ll make it work though, I don’t have a choice!

Tonight I finally went to Jean and Valerie’s for a cooking lesson. Valerie had to work a little late so it was just Jean and I who made supper. We made Waterzooi, a Belgian dish from Ghent. It can be made with fish or chicken, but Jean prefers it with fish so that’s what we did. I really liked it. We used a white fish that starts with an ‘L’ as well as craw-fish (crayfish?). It was super tasty. We also made stuffed bacon and leek croissants for Valerie’s family dinner on Saturday. I have pictures to prove I helped. I actually rolled all but, um, 5 or so. There were 32…before Jean and I each ate one ;). Waterzooi is so easy to make and is something I think is possible for me to handle as long as I don’t overcook the fish!

It was fun hanging with those two. They have this really awesome idea for Christmas tree ornaments. They have these mini crowns hanging from the branches. Hanging from each crown is a double-sided, laminated picture of different family members. Such an awesome idea and so creative!

I was right. My list keeps getting longer. >_< I have to go to the Commune again and get a piece of paper saying I’m leaving. Then I need to make a copy for Adeline to keep and send the other to the health insurance company here saying I’m leaving and they need to stop my coverage. So complicated. Not really, it’s just more work than I was planning on and I’m worried it won’t be very easy. Plus I have to write them a letter…in French. I wonder if this will be resolved before I leave? It’s all my fault for not taking care of it sooner. I know that.

                                                                                                                        

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Blogging Everyday Is Hard

My To Do list went from 12 items to 16 today, but I’ve already completed 9 items. And yes, finishing the last 2 posts about London is on my To Do list. I don’t know why I keep putting that off. The pictures are up for Day 2. I don’t have as many for Day 3, so it really shouldn’t be so much of a problem. But apparently it is.

Oh! This morning Sylvain said something else. Sort of. When you want someone to give you a high-five you say ‘top la’. Sylvain vocalized something that sounded a lot like that and raised his hand to Bastien. It was awesome. And this afternoon – after I got back from picking him up – Adeline was going through the bag with the gifts in from Sunday and she took out mine, gave it to Sylvain, and told him to give it to me. I was sitting in the coat room taking off my boots. She didn’t point him in any direction just told him to give it to me. He figured out where I was and handed me the box! Then he walked back towards the play room and she told him to go take off his boots. So he came back to me and the bench to take off his boots. He’s starting to understand and respond now! So exciting.

Wow. I just got a little sad thinking that this time next week I will be home and won’t be waking up and seeing them the next day. I’m afraid I might smother the boys a little this week. It’s going to be…odd being back home. Not more odd than it was coming here and being in a different environment. It’s all just change. I wonder what it will be like fitting back into my ‘old’ life and how long it will take for my parents to get sick of me and want me to move out ;).

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Half done my To Do List!

Ok, so out of the 9 things I had on my To Do List before London I’ve done 5. Well, 6 if you count checking the weather in London, but I’ll be doing that again before I leave. All my pictures are up on my Facebook page from Amsterdam (well, the one’s I decided to share ;)), now I just have to finish writing the posts and I’m set for the weekend. Obviously packing is in there as well.

Bastien doesn’t sound to good. His got that gravelly sounding voice because of his sore throat. Adeline’s at the Doctor’s with him now. Tonight Charles-Antoine and Anne-Cat are hosting a siblings dinner and the kids will be at Grandma’s. Adeline will drop the boys off before she goes. So it will just be Grandma and the girls. No sense in Bastien getting the others sick and if he’s not there then Sylvain might as well be home too.

I have to think about what I’m packing because I’m only taking my big back pack and a purse. I don’t have anything in between that and my medium-sized suitcase so it’s my best option. Plus, I really don’t need anything more than that, I always over pack anyway. Tomorrow and Friday the heat will be shut off because they’re fixing it. They were supposed to do it a month ago, but I don’t know what happened. This sucks only because I won’t be able to take a shower Friday before I go…no hot water. I mean, it will be cold at night and we’ve been getting frost in the mornings so it will be worse than if they had done it in October, but I can tough it out. I’m Canadian! :P.

                                                                                                                      

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Little Monster

Today’s title is again in reference to Sylvain. This morning before we left he was walking around grunting and growling and Adeline called him a little monster. It was adorable. He’s getting much more confident on his feet.

I tried to take a little nap today, you know to rest so that I don’t get sick and not rest because I’m already sick. Bastien’s got a sore throat and I guess his best friend at school is home with something serious, but we don’t know the English translation so I don’t know what it is. I’ve felt the sort of sore throat the last couple of days, but I am drinking tea and eating lots of clementines to try to prevent anything before it starts. Especially because of this weekend!

I started a To Do List of the things I need to do this week before I go. I’ve got to get my act together. If I can manage to get everything, or most of the stuff done the posts this weekend may be long, but they should be interesting. They would fall under the ‘Touristy Goings On’ category.

Bastien got a new hat and gloves; both Flash McQueen (a.k.a. Lightning McQueen). Not gonna lie…I like Flash better than Lightning. At least now I do. I didn’t when I first got here, but Bastien’s always Flash McQueen this and Flash McQueen that. It’s easier for little kids to say anyway. It’s a little harder to spot Bastien now in the crowd of kids after school because his hat is black and red instead of bright green.

                                                                                                                    

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