More Visitors… With Kids!

99% of our visitors from the US have come to see us without kids. And those that have, did so because they were on another trip and added a stopover to visit us as well (not complaining). But thus far no one has come just to see us and brought their kids along. We get it – it’s expensive to bring kids on these trips and often the idea of a long haul flight with little ones can be daunting. If we hadn’t move overseas, forcing us to do long haul flights annually, I don’t know that I would have brought my kids on a long trip like this either.

But our good friends, the Giddys, didn’t let this stop them. This long weekend they hopped on a plane to come visit us with their 3 and 1 year old and didn’t think twice about it.  And we love them for it!!  As they are both very private when it comes to the internet, you aren’t going to see any pictures on here of them or their kids, but let’s suffice it to say that we had a great time with them.  It was relaxing, fun and just plain easy.  Their kids were amazing.  We would go, go, go all day long and had incredibly late evenings and they just went with the flow.  We covered way more than I ever would have anticipated in just a few short days.

They arrived on Friday morning and we spent some time exploring Naarden Vesting.  Since the kids are toddlers, we opted to walk down to the Vesting, letting the kids explore the grass and field areas along the way and seeing all the new baby lambs. I swear every time I go down there the lamb population has tripled.  I think there must be at least 50 of them now!  God I love spring!

Since we walked at a toddler place, we didn’t have a lot of time in town to explore so we settled with a coffee and a snack and just catching up.  I love spending time with good friends like Brenda (last week’s visitor) and the Giddys (and next week the Ericksons!).  It doesn’t matter how much time has gone by, you just pick up right where you left off.

While the weather didn’t cooperate as much as we would have liked on Saturday, we had a great time in Amsterdam with a trip to Sara’s Pancake House (Liam will now be included on her slideshow of customers), followed by little side excursion to a county fair in Dam Square.

A few of our delicious pancakes

A few of our delicious pancakes

I assure you that I am not stoned but Liam looked so cute that I had to put the picture in regardless...

I assure you that I am not stoned but Liam looked so cute that I had to put the picture in regardless…

There wasn’t a whole lot to view at the fair but the kids had a great time playing a few fair games and snacking on traditional fair food with a Dutch twist.

Not only was this a massive hot dog, but it was wrapped in bacon!

Not only was this a massive hot dog, but it was wrapped in bacon!


This could explain a lot of my recent weight gain…

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We wandered around the city checking out the sights.  The Giddys had been to Amsterdam before and had seen all of the big sights so we were able to just relax and enjoy the afternoon.  We did a canal tour that ran into the evening so we were able to see some of the city lit up at night.  It was late by the time we got home, but well worth the fun day in the city!



Canal tour

The rest of the trip revolved around tulips.  We not only did a trip to Keukenhof, but also a drive along the tulip fields in the northeast of the country – Noordoostpolder.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many beautiful flowers before.  And the kids were surprisingly patient about all the hundreds of pictures we took over those two days.  The tulips are getting their own entries of course 🙂

Sadly all good things must come to an end and the Giddys headed back to the US this morning.  It was a whirlwind weekend but it meant the world to us that they came all this way to visit us and get to know our new home.  Thanks for visiting Giddy family!!!

Knuffels en kussen,


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