Sunday, August 27, 2006

The new social network, called Urth TV

Whilst I should have been blogging, I've been hanging out on

It's a great new social network, a bit like MySpace and Utube. But then for the ''socially conscious". So it feels much less like a cheap dating agency than MySpace. I personaly love it, because so many of my dear friends can be found there.

It has a nice look, easy navigation, lots of media and a good market space (high quality products and services). They are still working on the technology to make the uploading of clips easier, but I'm sure that that will come soon.

Anyway, as far as I'm concerned Urth is the future. Go check it out:

Friday, August 25, 2006

Sharing a moment...

Oh how I love this terrible little monster!

My mum and Miriam on our way to Palm Island.

Lekker knuffelen met mijn mamma (this just sounds better in Dutch to me...)

It's so nice to have so many of the family here. On the sofa are my dad and his wife Ina, my sister Miriam and her husband Laurenz and my two younger (half) brothers Vincent and Floris. Oh, and little Aidan of course.

A day at the Waterpark on Palm Island. It was brilliant. By the way, see that big bucket in the middle of the picture at the top of that waterpark? Every so often it would be filled up with water and then, without warning, the whole load would crash down on the people underneath it. Scary, but good fun!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Quick note from Aruba

Hot, hot, hot. Aruba is boiling. If it wasn't for the constant breeze here you'd go crazy.

Poor Aidan has been sick ever since we've got here, the poor thing. Not too great for me either. I'm longing for a good night sleep. Andy will join us on monday, so we can share our parental duties again. Because even though we are staying at my mum's, when it comes to night time parenting you're on your own really. You simply can't burden other people with a crying baby at night.

By the way, I'm looking forward to an evening out with Andy next week, without the kids!!!!! We never get to do that normally, so it will be a real treat. My mum and Miriam will look after the kids.

My dad, Ina and the kids arrive at the same time on monday, so we'll have a lovely family reunion.

Anyway, I'm not in the mood for writing much. I'm sleep deprived and brain dead. Once we get back to Belize (on the 1st of September) I'll be able to blog loads again.

See ya!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Our little beauty

The simple joys of life...that early morning cup of coffee.

Visiting great-grandad Harry


Having a laugh on Jody & Amber's trampoline

My beautiful goddaughter Amber Angel. She's turned into a real lady and is one of the most wonderful teenagers I've come across in a long time. I always knew she was a great kid.

Sorry Jody...I know this is a terrible picture, but it makes me laugh every time I see it. God knows what made you and Aidan look so surprised...

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Spoiled for choice

So it turns out that too much choice is not good for you. That’s apparently what recent studies have shown; the more choices people have in life, the unhappier they are in the long run. According to this study, people in countries that offer the most choices are unhappier than those in “less fortunate” countries

How could that be? Well, the researchers think that when you are presented with too many choices, you are generally less happy about the eventual choice that you’ve made, always wondering if something (or someone) out there may have been an even better choice.

People who are looking for “good enough” are happier than those looking for the perfect something or other (fill in the blank)

It's funny how overwhelmed I get with the choices these days in Europe or the States. My head now literally spins when I walk into a big store. So my strategy in England recently was to only look at a certain part of the store (especially in mega clothes stores like Topshop), decide what I like & buy it, without continuing my search. Did I find the best bargains, the most perfect top or best fitting jeans? Probably not. But I am truly happy with the goodies I brought back to Belize.

Along these same lines; Andy has been trying to tell me for years that you need to find happiness where ever you find yourself. The answer to your questions and your happiness is not “out there”, it is right in front of you, staring you in the face. Yet most of us overlook it, because we continue to believe that the grass is greener somewhere else.

I have always been guilty of this myself, feeling like I was looking for something and never really finding it. But these days I feel very content. As tacky as it may sound, I feel like I am finally "home". Does this mean that I am slowly becoming more “Zen” like my husband?

“Try not to see your glass as half full or half empty. Just be happy that you have a glass”

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Gggrrrr....getting annoyed!

This is so bloody frustrating...I've been meaning to post a ton of pictures from our UK trip, with little stories about each one, but Blogger won't allow me to upload any more (these 2 were uploaded a few days ago). I must have tried a thousand times since and am getting extremely annoyed.

So stuff it, these 2 pictures will have to do for now.

Blogger...sort your service out please!

This is the back of our mate Russel, with Lucas and Jack in his arms. It was great seeing Russel again. He used to live with us in Greenwich, London & living with him was my first practice at being a 'mum', as he used to behave like a teenager; not cleaning his room, piling up dirty washing and refusing to eat any vegetables apart from peas (if you can even call them vegetables). So I used to hide veggies in the dishes I cooked, worried about his nutritional needs and nagged him to clean his room.

It is funny to now see him as a responsible and loving father to Tom and Jack, with baby boy number 3 on the way. And his wife Sarah did say that he would still live on pies, peas and cheese if she'd let him ; )

Having a picnic in the park with those you love, what more can anyone ask for? Tania, Caroline and me, soaking up some rare London sunshine (although...rare? It's been hot for ages now, hasn't it?)

My old MTV Partyzone friend Tania Raymond has moved away from making television (not a very compatible industry with raising children) and is currently setting up a business called Peoni, making and selling exclusive cushions and throws made of antique Japanese kimonos, plus funky childrens clothes from around the world. I have bought some cushions of her for our new house and they look amazing.

Caroline Prothero (who had a big hand in me and Andy getting together all those years ago) has moved from traditional record labels and music distribution to distributing and promoting dance music online through a downloading service for deejays (by invite only) with her company Prohibition.

Isn't it great to have good friends that have stood the test of time? I feel so blessed with mine, even if I don't get to see them much. Whenever you can be away from people for months or even years and get straight back 'into the groove' the moment you see them (feeling like you saw them only yesterday), that's when you know that you are dealing with the real thing.