Archives for the month of: October, 2011

Tomorrow we will be welcoming our first guests since moving to the Netherlands. My grandmother and my aunt are traveling from Spain and will be staying with us for a couple of weeks. We’re all looking forward to their company and the timing is perfect because both children are home all week for “Herfstvakantie” (Fall Holiday). It will also mark a special occasion as Sofia will be meeting her great-grandmother for the first time.  The rest of us have not seen grandma since April 2007 so you can imagine what  a fun reunion it will be!

I will be driving to Amsterdam-Schiphol on my own which will be a test of sorts. Ever since we moved to the Netherlands, I’ve forgotten how to drive. I’m serious. Roads, signs and rules are so different here that it feels like I’m learning how to drive all over again. It’s been very frustrating and challenging but after taking two trips to IKEA on my own these past two weeks, I have gained some confidence back and I feel ready to tackle the hour and a half drive with those crazy Dutch drivers (they’re fast and much more aggressive here).

By the way, our new car is an Audi A4 station wagon. Station wagons, in general, are quite popular around here as a family-type car. I don’t see too many SUVs, hybrids and minivans though some people have them, of course. Speaking of wheels, both Owen and Sofia have new bicycles too. Owen loves taking his to school every day and Sofia likes to ride hers just as much except we have to stick to bicycle paths because she likes to ride on the left side of the road.

Enjoy the slideshow with random pics of what we’ve been up to lately.

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This weekend we celebrated Sofia’s 3rd birthday. Back in Minnesota, we would plan a nice meal and invite our families for the day but now that it’s just the 4 of us, it is a more intimate affair and I would like to think that this will bring our family closer together.

In the morning, we decorated the living room with garlands and red sweetheart roses that Sofia picked out at the supermarket. She opened her birthday cards and presents after “slagroom” cake and in the afternoon we went for a long bike ride through a couple of small towns.

We had a really good day – see for yourself in these pictures.

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