Christmas chaos in my house…


Why am I showing you this image…well it sort of shows in what state I have been in the week before Christmas….totally unprepared 🙂 …last week my two boys were sick, I had a photo-shoot in our home for a lovely Dutch magazine, who invited me to feature in of their next year's isues, quite an honor of course… super happy…then I came down with some sort of virus… high fever and up and about all night (slowly recovering now, high on panadol…)… on top of that I got suddenly incredibly homesick (we've been on the move for years and years…)… longing for a cold and white Christmas in the Netherlands, but most importantly very much missing my mom… so I decided that my Christmas gift to my mom and stepdad would be to invite them over to KL last minute (very last minute actually…) to spend the holidays with us in Malaysia… they arrived yesterday morning (leaving behind the mini-ice age in Europe…)… and nothing is more wonderful of course than spending Christmas with your family and being nursed by your own mom when you're sick…. so I guess this is a longwinded way of saying I am feeling a little bit guilty  for leaving you and my dear B:Kids readers  'un-posted' for almost an entire week… but I guess that is what a personal blog is all about…you never know what the next day will bring … wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas!

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  1. Iris

    Dat klinkt niet fijn, maar voel je vooral niet schuldig; daar heeft niemand wat aan. Ik wens jou ook een hele fijne kerst daar aan de andere kant van de wereld. Weliswaar zonder sneeuw, maar hopelijk met een heleboel warmte op alle fronten.

  2. peggy

    I must say it is a very funny picture, decorating a Christmas tree in shorts 🙂
    I have a friend in Australia and she tells me the same: this time of the year is really hard, you miss the feeling of cold and dark.
    Happy your mum is there and you can enjoy the holidays with your loved ones.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Mirka

    Just take your time to recover from the flu and relax and enjoy the Christmas with your family, that sounds really cosy (gezellig). : ) And yes, there is a mini ice-age indeed here in Europe, here in South Finland at my place – 25 celsius at the moment… ; ) Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. Marjolein

    Wat een week met tegenstellingen. Maar nu: rust… Geniet lekker van de komende tijd met de mensen die je lief zijn zo dicht om je heen.
    Hoewel ik de sneeuw hier al een beetje beu begin te worden (na de kerstvakantie mag hij verdwenen zijn wat mij betreft. En dan tot volgend jaar kerstvakantie.), kan ik me zo goed indenken dat je juist de kou en de korte donkere dagen mist nu. Het hoort er toch bij. Foto’s van kerstbomen in een overduidelijk zonnig oord blijf ik vreemd vinden.
    Veel plezier!

  5. OrangeFarmhouse - Maike

    he gelukkig na een vervelende week een heleboel heerlijks om naar uit te kijken en van te genieten!
    Voor jullie allemaal heerlijke dagen!
    En wat je blog betreft, dat is heerlijk zoals het is!!

    ps. leuk dat je in 101 komt, kijk er naar uit!

    liefs Maike

  6. April&May

    Big hug from me… Hoop dat je je nu veel beter voelt. Kreeg het echt te doen met je na je verhaal. Een hele fijne kerst voor jou en je familie. Geniet er van en je huis ziet er geweldig uit op deze foto 🙂 x Jantine

  7. Wikkie

    Think I understand your feelings a bit from ‘the other side’. Big brother lives with his family in Montreal, Canada and will not be in the Netherlands to celebrate Christmas. Strange that this brings an ’empty feeling’ this time a year… Enjoy your holidays and the time together!
    And ofcourse a very happy, healthy and inspiring 2011!

  8. Marieke van Proosdij

    It’s like reading my own situation here. The end of the year is always craziness. By the time it’s actually christmas I’m longing for a holiday..Nice to hear about 101 woonideeen. My house will be pictured in the march issue
    merry christmas and have some great family time
    Marieke (pimpelwit)

  9. angela

    It must be wonderful to have your Mom next to you during these precious family days. Feel better…..
    Wishing you the best for the holidays and the new year to come!

  10. minna

    Have a nice Christmas with your family and greetings from white Helsinki, we have loads of snow here : )

  11. jan

    Merry Christmas to you Irene (and family)! Looks like you’re going to have a really nice one!

  12. Di

    I’m glad you are on the mend and surrounded by family – nothing more important at Christmas!

    And for your parents fleeing the mini ice age – I bet they’re glad! It’s way more than freezing here in Scotland!!

  13. Karen

    Reading a post like this, so intimate, so real and happy, inspires me more than a whole week of regular posts could ever do. Wish you a lovely Christmas!

  14. Victoria

    Wishing you well for the Christmas holiday. We have piles of snow here in Eindhoven, but we’ll be departing for warmer climates soon and I’m looking forward to that just a little !! Prettige Kerstdagen!

  15. nanne

    chaos is an integral part of christmas!! can’t be helped, just accepted and treated as a christmas tradition (that’s what i always tell myself).

    glad your mom is with you, moms make EVERYTHING better!!!

    merry christmas to you and thank you for your beautiful blog!


  16. Nancy

    I don’t think you ever have to apologize for not blogging…your blog is a gift to each one of us, one which I know everyone appreciates so much.

    Relax and have a wonderful, memorable holiday with your loved ones!

  17. Inge

    Whatever you do, there will always be something that gets in the way of your plans…and most likely during this time of year! I’m trying to just let it all go and enjoy what there is now. But from the looks of that photo, you’re enjoying yourself already 🙂

    I hope you have a lovely Christmas.

    Lots of love from a white Brabant,

  18. desiree

    Wauw ik kan me voorstellen dat de 101 woonideen graag zo’n werk ‘vakantie’ naar KL maakten, ben benieuwd naar je bijdrage aan het blad. Ik lees het meestal wel even door en vaak zie ik dan weer iets waardoor ik m weer koop 😉

    Een mooie tijd met je familie en dankjewel voor het posten van mijn kersthuis in een van je vorige posts. Een hele eer.
    Merry Christmas
    greetings from a freezing cold but always beautiful Amsterdam.

  19. ecig

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and it’s one of my favorites.
    Thank You and Merry Christmas to you.

  20. kristin e


    I love Your blog! Is this actually your own home? In that case, I must ask You where You bought the beautiful patchwork-pillows? Love them!!!

  21. Garin

    I’m sure you’re better by now, Irene! Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2011!! Best, Garin

  22. Uncle Beefy

    Irene, wishing you and yours the loveliest of holiday seasons and a very Happy New Year 2011!

    How lovely that you were able to gift your whole family by flying your parents in last minute! What a gift!

    Best wishes!

  23. irene

    Hello dear all, thank you so much for all the sweet comments! After all our Christmas was super nice, my mom treated us on a beautiful Christmas diner! I truly hope your Christmas was wonderful too!

    As for you question Kristin: yes this is my own home and husband and baby boy and the patchwork pillows were made by ‘me’ 🙂 from some left-over leather pieces. Glad you like them!

  24. julie

    i hope youre feeling better now irene.
    wishing you all the best for the holidays and a happy and healthy 2011!
    from over here in israel. x

  25. Marion Pannekoek

    The photo does not show chaos at all… and your lovely story tells it all.
    Hope you will recover soon and you enjoyed your sunny Christmas…

  26. Jess

    i hope you feel better in time for new years!
    your home is lovely in it’s chaos. and i love your new blog design

  27. tifanie

    merry xmas! thank you for all the joy you bring. hope you enjoyed the holidays with your family. lovely photo! :::

  28. nanne

    i think i can make everyone feel better about their christmas chaos…we had a car crash into our living room monday morning!!! we’re ok, just missing a brick wall, basement ceiling parts, furnishings and have a badly wounded baby grand…

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