We are Nico and Marlies Wobben and in February 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is an RN at the General Hospital and I (Marlies) work from home, as an administrator at Canada Life and for my own web design business Feel The Fire. And we have 7 cats!
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Work In Progress…

If anything looks funny or incomplete, it’s because I’m updating the site. I’ve added a multilingual plugin, so we can have an English and a Dutch version of the site. I’m still translating/splitting posts and adjusting them to a new layout 🙂

Happy Holidays And Best Wishes For 2017!

We want to wish you all a happy holiday season! Here’s our traditional Xmas mail & card:

2016 came with some health challenges, but the bad back problems I ended last year with, improved a lot because of a good chiropractor and a lot less sitting (got an adjustable desk). It turns out to be the piriformis muscle causing problems when I sit too much and luckily not the discs. Not to complain though, we also lost a few people way too young, in their thirties. So be grateful for the little things and hug your loved ones!

Our motorhome travels took us to several provincial parks again over the summer (never enough free weekends!) and for the big vacation, we took off to Northwest Ontario for a few weeks. Wow! Quite impressed by that Canadian shield, gorgeous rugged scenery, much more mountainous than expected.

It was also the year I chopped off my long hair! Nico still has his long luscious grey locks though 😉

This year we will host our Dutch New Year’s Eve Party again, so if you’re in the neighbourhood, come join us!

Merry Xmas and best wishes for 2017!

Nico & Marlies
Tess, Gandalf, Rider, Smokey, Sheldon, Penny & Arya =^.^=

Happy Holidays And Best Wishes For 2016!

It’s almost 2016 already… what did prairie life bring us in 2015?

First of all, a nice car upgrade (2011 Dodge Journey) in January! In April we finally had our roof redone and in the summer we had many great camping trips in our beautiful province again, together with our kitties. In September/October we went to Europe to attend the Progpower festival in Baarlo, which is always like a big family reunion :), to visit family and friends in Holland and to spend a few days in Luxembourg and Germany.

Recently we’ve had Boyd do some renovations in the upstairs bathroom and kitchen, but unfortunately I (Marlies) haven’t been able to finish my part yet, which was refinishing the kitchen cabinet doors. I hurt my back with that and had to stop for now. My doc suspects a bulging or herniated disc and esp. a pinched sciatic nerve is keeping me pretty immobilized for now. Hopefully it will heal soon!

So because of this, the holidays will be fairly quiet for us, but we’re looking forward to spending it with friends: supper on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and a small get together on New Year’s Eve instead of the usual big party (sorry, we can’t host one this year because of my back). I hope your holidays are filled with as much love as ours!

Merry Xmas and a very happy 2016!!

Nico & Marlies
Tess, Gandalf, Rider, Smokey, Penny, Sheldon & Arya =^.^=

Happy Holidays And Best Wishes For 2015!

2014 was another year of loving life on the prairies for us!

Highlights were a little winter trip to the Resort at Cypress Hills, the winter Olympics, weekend camping trips to a.o. Candle Lake, Duck Mountain and the Hartwell cabin (friends at Buffalo Pound), the big camping trip to the Rockies with our Dutch friend Miranda, seeing Heart live front row (and Ann Wilson telling Nico, who had been headbanging, that he had some fantastic hair, we had dozens of people coming up to him or cheering at us after the show for that remark!), Marlies finally getting her learner’s driver’s licence and the new addition to our family, kitty #7, Arya! Luckily (and knock on wood), no real lows for us directly, but it was heartbreaking to see a beloved family in pain after losing one of their own.

Winter came in really cold for a little bit in November, but has been pretty mild so far in December. Enough snow and frost for winter wonderland without it being too much to enjoy 🙂 Despite working a lot on or around this Xmas, we are also celebrating it with friends and then looking forward to hosting our annual NYE party!

Merry Xmas and a very happy 2015!!

Nico & Marlies
Tess, Gandalf, Rider, Smokey, Penny, Sheldon & Arya =^.^=

main: waking up to snow in Jasper in September!
small: Buffalo Pound, Banff, elk near Jasper, deer in Cypress Hills, Buffalo Pound 2x, sunset at Candle Lake, new kitty Arya

Iced Earth And Heart In Concert

Two gigs this month… Iced Earth with our Stu (and the Dutch band ReVamp as support) and Heart!! Funny story… our seats were close to the catwalk and Ann noticed Nico’s headbanging… then said “you’ve got some fantastic hair!”. After the show he got dozens of compliments and people coming up to him about that as the whole stadium saw and heard that!! 🙂

Cypress Hills (winter 2014)

For a little break in the winter, we went to the Resort at Cypress Hills again. We stayed in townhouse 302, participated in a fun snowshoe clinic and attended the Chinese New Year’s Buffet. As there wasn’t a whole lot of snow outside of the hills, we went for a drive, first to the south and driving back via the West Block and Maple Creek. We were advised to stop at the bakery in Consul and we instantly made some friends there! We chatted for over an hour with owners Vicki and Dave! On the whole drive we also saw dozens of deer!

Welcome To This World, Charlie!

Welcome to this crazy world Charles John William Marchant! What an amazing Christmas present for Randy and Kristin, congrats!!

Happy Holidays And Best Wishes For 2014

This year was about renovation for us. We had our basement gutted and build up from scratch (incl. sewer, electricity, ducts) to a beautiful living and entertaining space! It took many months and we’re still busy with little projects throughout the house. In the meantime, Nico finally got his crowns on all his (worn down) teeth and has a celebrity smile now! In the summer we enjoyed the camping season and a visit to family and friends in Europe. This time we only visited some friends in Germany and met our family in a resort in Belgium with more time and space to ourselves, less stress, so it was more vacation for us too! Last month we had a huge celebration here in Regina, when our football team the Saskatchewan Roughriders won the (national) Grey Cup here at home!!

Winter came early and without mercy (-20’s and -30’s right away), and since we wanted to pick up a winter activity without trying skiing right away (Nico always says he’s glad he can walk!), we bought snowshoes! We already posed with them in -24°C, haha!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all and much happiness and health for the new year!!

Nico & Marlies
Tess, Gandalf, Rider, Smokey, Sheldon & Penny

Pictures on the card:
Main: on our snowshoes in Wascana Park with a view of a.o. downtown Regina
Inserts on the left: our home last winter. Rider pride at the Grey Cup parade.
Inserts on the right: Europe trip: in Frankfurt and family picture.
Inserts at the bottom: camping in Saskatchewan: Nico with a jack in Crooked Lake Provincial Park, northern lights at Buffalo Pound, Rider and the view over Buffalo Pound, camping site at Douglas Provincial Park, Nico with Smokey, northern lights at Glenbain

Grey Cup For The Riders!!

A few days ago, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, our CFL football team, won the Grey Cup!! Today we went to see the team drive to the Ledge in the Grey Cup Parade… in minus 25°C!!!

RIP Ton Reintjens

Heartbroken for the Reintjens family and a little bit for myself. My mother-in-law from back in the 80s passed away today. She was an important part of my life back then and we kept in touch for many years after. RIP Ton….