Vie vs. Madelon: old little mermaid

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Wakie wakie Lonny! It’s time for a new challenge! 

I got inspired by a couple of little girls lying on the beach with perfect glittery mermaid tails and ditto hair. I couldn’t wish for more. So I grabbed my family and some gear and took off to the beach when it was still sunny here in Holland.

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Penpals go public

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So. Hi! Us too? Yes. Us too. It’s not the first time we hop on an already moving train. And you know what? It will not be the last.

But it’s in our head. For a few years now. It comes and goes like a manic episode, but always there and waiting for a moment to pop. Besides some small things on other blogs, that time was never there. Yet.

So what do you do when you run into each other online, meet in real life, talk (a lot) and come to the conclusion you want the same? You just do it.

Two girls, pretty much the same but different, searching, oversharing on Instagram, and dying to have fun.

Not new. Not better. Not perfect.

More like one of those many potato chips you find in the super market or a door in a wall. Not different from all the others. But for us it’s a connection. Between dreams and reality,  thoughts and words. Between two time zones and continents. And we decided to open up for who wants to see how we take our what’sapp conversation and Instagram account to a next level.

So. Hi!

Madelon + Vie

Penpals: grown-up decision

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Hi M,

So here I am crying because we decided to quit day care. We need to get ready for our next move. By the end of this year. And because of my in between jobs status there’s not much space, financial wise.

It hit me in the face when B told me to tell the ladies at day care today. I just can’t and I think you are the one person who knows exactly what I mean. Right? How in the world did you do that?

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What I miss most

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Of course I miss my mom. Everything I learned about strength is from her. And she’s super woman at this moment. But next to that I’m still pretty much ok. Yes, I Would love to meet up with some friends, but internet, mail and what’s app make it so much easier. And let’s be honest, me and most friends are in the same boat, having small kids. So it’s lovely to meet up, but there is not that much room to have a real, meaningful, in-depth conversation when ‘they’ are around. And if you’re not in the same boat, if you want to or not, it’s even harder.

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Family photos Vietnamese edition

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My life is captured in hundreds of photos my family took along the way. My father still carries a photo camera around his waist, ready to pull it out and shoot anything. My mother glued all those photos in albums with special glue and a saté skewer for ultimate precision. My brothers have those big camera’s and my sister has a better photo side (the same as mine, so we fight). We all love pictures. Of us. Autotimer is our favourite.

Today was an example.

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Ace Ace baby

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So we went away. To lovely and beautiful Joshua Tree. And on our way home we stopped at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and stayed a night (bucket list – one down).

Once a month, I also write a little blog for the girls from mini style, and sometimes they even ask me to shoot some (product) photos for them. I love making photos, but my kids? Not so much, which I understand and try to respect (yes, I’m failing, but I do try!).

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Vie vs. Madelon: coffee

Hi M,

This took me like weeks. Sorry for that. We ran out of coffee and since I’m in between jobs there’s no train station Starbucks to make my day.  But I can’t say no to a challenge, can I? Vanilla almond latte is what makes me happy. Soy milk if almond is too fancy. And a cookie when she’s not around.

I have this new challenge for you. Laughed my ass off thinking it through. Will be up soon :)

XV

coffee on the beach

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13 - be happy it drives people crazy

We’re on a house hunt. A very slow and relaxed one. But today was a turning point. Yesterday we finally decided for number 13. We were on cloud nine about this decision. I even convinced B to give me that squeaky white floor. 

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Play Noh

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Play Doh. Since J knows about the existence of this stinking stuff she screams for it. Made her cousin let her take some home and made me buy it because her cousin’s somehow disappeared. Best part is that she plays with it for longer than five minutes. Worst part is that hell of a smell. That can’t be good.

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Madelon vs. Vie: coffee

Hi Vie!

My day is just starting, while you’re eating dinner already. I probably never get used to this time difference. 9 hours! But. I just came to the conclusion that I don’t know how you drink your coffee in the morning. I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours!

Coffee with milk, lots of it.

XM

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