Resolutions? So Cliched

This year I am trying out something a little different than previous NY resolutions…since I suck at them anyway.  These are a little late in coming, as it’s January 6th, but…meh.

Give my kids more hugs. I feel like a guilty mother for even posting that.  But it’s true, I feel I need to hug them more.

Since hubby is deploying, I have a few things I’d like to accomplish while he is gone as well that aren’t as important as hugging…

  • Sort, Organize, Edit all 10K plus of my photos.  This is a huge undertaking for me, and since all my photos are organized by month, I plan to start at the very beginning in 2007.  I’ve done some, but not many.  Just a fraction of the 10K actually.  Once this task is done, hubby can add them into the Drobo servers so we can view them on the big 55″ tv.
  • Finally complete the Disney World/Universal Studios scrapbook from 2010 and start/finish Disneyland 2012
  • Make photo books from 2007-2013 (This isn’t as impt as organizing the photos, but it’s on my list to complete.  If I don’t finish it…no big deal).
  • Learn how to use my sewing machine.  Mom bought it for me the day before Barry passed away, and I’ve never been able to use it.  I have a mental block on it, and since it will be 5 years in October, I’d like to get past this.  Maybe make a couple pillow cases for the kids, or a sundress for my youngest.

I’ve also made a vow with myself not to buy any new makeup this year that I don’t need.  I have a TON of cosmetics, and I’d like to get through some of it.  That doesn’t include something I run out of that I use constantly, like foundation or bb/cc cream or powder.


Dutch? Holland? The Netherlands?

I take a LOT of pride in being Dutch.  Both sets of my grandparents, my Omas and Opas, emigrated to Canada in the 1950s.  I’m pure! 100% Dutch baby!  That means I like all sorts of weird things like dropjes, stroopwaffels, stamppot (mashed potatoes with dried, then re-cooked, Kale.  Delicious! often served with farmer sausage), and Oliebollen (which I make every year at New Years!), to name a few.  I also grew up celebrating a modified version of Sinterklaas every year at the beginning of December.  Whenever we visit my home town, I always go into the Dutch store and stock up on our favorites, it’s a taste of my childhood and my history 🙂

One interesting tidbit that I share with pretty much every person I meet, is that I am almost positive we are related to the 8th President of The United States, Martin Van Buren.  Reason being? That’s my Oma’s maiden name.  Our Van Buuren though, comes with an extra “u”, but that doesn’t surprise me, as it was common to modify last names when moving to a new country like the USA.

Martin Van Buren was born in the village of Kinderhook, New York, on December 5, 1782, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Albany, New York. His father Abraham Van Buren (1737–1817) was a farmer, the owner of six slaves,[5] and a tavern-keeper in Kinderhook. Abraham Van Buren supported the American Revolution and later the Jeffersonian Republicans. Martin Van Buren’s mother was Maria Van Alen (née Hoes) Van Buren (1747–1818).[6]

Van Buren was the first president born a citizen of the United States, as all previous presidents were born before the American Revolution. His great-great-great-grandfather Cornelis Maessen van Buren had come to the New World in 1631 from the small city of BurenDutch Republic, in present day Netherlands. Van Buren grew up in a Dutch-speaking community. His native language was Dutch, and he was the only President who spoke English as a second language.[7]

That, right there, is pretty much proof.  Thanks Wikipedia!  What makes it even more special to me though, is that I recently became a US Citizen in October.  October 29th to be exact, and what a proud day it was for me.


Tonight my sister posted this video on Facebook, and I just wanted to share it because it gave me a good laugh.  It has caused confusion for quite some time.  I say I am Dutch, but my ancestors are also from Holland.  But what is the difference between Holland and The Netherlands? Well, Holland or North Holland and South Holland, are different provinces in the country of The Netherlands.  Still, I say all my extended family is in Holland, it’s just easier that way.  Plus, most of them are in those two provinces anyway, so technically, I am telling the truth.




Forcing The Positive

Over the weekend I had a bit of a breakdown over moving to Kansas.  Unfortunately my husband, as hard as he might try to understand, just won’t ever understand how hard it is for me to leave Washington. That in itself made it even worse for me, feeling so alone and just devastated that I was leaving.  I don’t particularly want to get into the reasons as to why I am upset to be leaving, but to summarize it as easily as I can…I put down roots, and never expected to move out of this house after my first husband passed away. Change is extremely hard for me right now.

Ok, that being said, I have to make myself be happy about it.  I AM excited to move to a new place, as hard and as daunting as it may be.  I have to force myself to think positively, otherwise I will just be miserable the whole damn time.  I decided to make a list of things I am looking forward to with our move to Kansas:

  • Beautiful, gorgeous sunsets that we can see for miles
  • Four seasons!!
  • Having my husband home every night for dinner (unless he’s deployed or working, but home about 99 % of the time)
  • Sleeping in the same bed as my husband
  • No utilities!!! (yes, we have no utilities living on post unless our electric bill goes above the average.  This will actually save us $3-400/month!)
  • Being close to the grocery store/commissary/exchange so that we can walk and get things if we need
  • Having a free pool/fitness/community center right down the road. No more gym fees!
  • Possibly having a white Christmas
  • Kansas…it’s the Wizard of Oz. ‘Nuff said.
  • Having our family together after 9 months of marriage
  • Making new friends!!!
  • Being able to take pictures like this: