25 May 2011

Queen For A Day

"Don't be shy, just say hi," was my four year old daughter's advice as I sat behind my computer this morning staring at a blank screen. I came up with the post title eight months ago when I finally felt my blog had enough substance to submit it for consideration as the featured blog over at The SITS Girls. But the rest of my introductory post has remained empty to this day.

Hi!

I am truly thrilled to be the featured blogger today at The Secret to Success is Support, the wonderful circle of support made for and by bloggers. When I first moved from The Netherlands to the United States, I wanted to let the folks back home know how things were going. I started with a letter, added some photo's, played around with the lay-out and before I knew it, I had a newsletter; Olympic Adventures, since we were living in Olympia WA back then. I sent out two newsletters and then I had a child.


Fast forward two and a half years and out of my New Year's resolution of doing better at keeping in touch with people, Olympic Adventures - The Blog was born, nowadays know as Northwoods Adventures. It is a place where I record the goings on, big and small, of my family. Our good and bad fortune, the funny things my daughter does and says, the occasional crafty endeavor, and whatever else is on my mind. I enjoy blogging tremendously because it is therapy, a journal, a scrapbook, and a family history all rolled into one.

On special today are three posts I have selected for you. First - the cliff notes of my life so far, second - funny stuff my child says, and third - what an unbelievable adventure the outdoors can be. Thank you for visiting my corner of the Northwoods. I hope to pop into your neighborhood for a return visit very soon!

The Adventures of a Dutch Girl
Toddler Talk
Trespassers will be shot

33 comments:

  1. Happy SITS Day!! Your daughter is gorgeous!

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  2. Happy SITS Day! I love the story of how you got started and I love the way your name looks in print.. how do you pronounce it?

    Beautiful family!

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  3. Hey Hanneke, Happy SITS day!!
    I am in awe of the amazing place you live and get to raise your daughter in - what a wonderful adventure!!
    I hope you enjoy your SITS day... now I have actually HAD ONE I know how great it can be to get lots of affirmation :)
    {Mine was on Monday}
    I hope you get lots of new regulars to follow your adventures
    Luv from
    Simone @Greatfun4kids

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  4. aww that's so cute what your daughter said :)

    Grats on your SITS day! :)

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  5. Congrats on your SITS day! Your story and life are just beautiful. Looking forward to getting to know you better through your blog and twitter.

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  6. Hola Hanneke, first Happy Sits day! Hope you enjoy meeting the Sitsahs. It has to be great to live surrounded by nature specially for a little one. Going on a tour of your blog.

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  7. Happy SITS Day! What an amazing life you lead! :)

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  8. Stopping by from SITS to say that I hope your SITS day is fabulous.

    I can't even imagine living in an unfinished barn with no running water. You are very brave.

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  9. Stopping by from SITS!

    You're so brave moving from the other side of the world, but it looks like you have things under control ;)

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  10. Hello. Happy SITS day. One of my best friends here in Africa is from the Netherlands.

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  11. Congrats on your SITS feature! Love the look of your blog. Looking forward to "getting to know you" through your writing! :)

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  12. Enjoyed Reading!!! :) Happy SITS!

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  13. Happy SITS day!! Great blog!!

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  14. Congrats to you! Your daughter is so cute. Hopefully someday I get to meet you both IRL.

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  15. Happy SITS day! I look forward to reading more!

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  16. Happy, Happy SITS Day! I stumbled onto your blog awhile ago via SITS and have loved it ever since. It always brings a smile to my face. Congrats on your big day :)

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  17. I love your daughter's advice--Happy SITS Day!

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  18. Congrast SITSta! Can I just tell you how much I love your homeland? I had the wonderful opportunity to visit there for a while and fell in love with it, as well as a few people I met there. I admire you for your desire to raise your daughter outside the city. I envy it. Here's to our kids for helping us keep it simple. "Hi!" back. :)

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  19. Congrats on being featured on The Secret to Success is Support. Your family is lovely and so is your job.

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  20. Beautiful pictures! Congratulations on your SITS day! I think I would enjoy living in the Northwoods ... except for winter! :)

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  21. What an interesting back story to your blog. Happy SITS day!

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  22. Happy SITS Day!!! I hope you had a wonderful day.

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  23. Congrats on being the featured blogger on SITS today! I went to Wisconsin in June a few years ago, and it was very pretty there. I look forward to reading about your adventures in northern Wisconsin!

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  24. Happy SITS Day!

    I'm excited to go through your blog posts! Your daughter is so precious and this just made me laugh so hard "Oh. No, I mean a penis. I don't like penises."

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  25. I grew up in Wisconsin! My first baby was born there too. Happy SITS day!

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  26. Happy SITS day!

    I love meeting other Expats (I am an american living in australia).

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  27. congrats on your SITS day! Its so neat to hear how much you are enjoying rural USA.

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  28. Happy SITS day! My husband is in WI for work and he is already talking about moving out there. It sounds amazing!

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  29. It's awesome that your blog started out as a newsletter to the people back in your hometown. And now, you're on SITS! Congrats on being featured!

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  30. Hope you had an enjoyable SITS day!!

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