Three in a Row: More Visitors (and one last trip to Keukenhof)!

You’d think with visitors three weeks in a row we’d be not only exhausted but done with the touristy thing over and over again, but it has been just the opposite.  Each of our guests over the last 3 weeks have come here with different purposes (aside from visiting us of course) and different lifestyles, making each visit completely unique and not redundant at all.  In fact, with each of our guests, we have explored things we had not yet explored which made it even more fun for us! Continue reading

Playing Tourist – Our First Visitor!

My friend, Brenda, was my first friend in Barcelona.  We were introduced before we even moved by our husbands, who worked together.  She was already in Barcelona for about a year before we got there and prior to our move, was my go to person for questions like “Do I bring my baking sheets?”  and “Is there a GAP or should I just buy clothes for my kids for the next 2 years here and bring it all with me?”.  I know, kind of ridiculous questions in hindsight, right?   Continue reading

The Big 4-0

It’s the year we (ok I) have been dreading. The big one. 40. Thankfully Josh is taking one for the team first. This being a big one, I really wanted to make it special for Josh.  But I found it to be a struggle.  I wanted us to go somewhere for a few days, but then there were personal things that came up that made us rethink spending the money on 2 trips – one for each of our birthdays.  We thought we’d go on one trip some time in April – only April is in another week and between our availability, our babysitter, visitors, etc – that’s not going to happen either.  We’ve got both kids birthdays and then a surprise trip with Liam and Josh at the end of the month, so we’ll postpone the trip to perhaps June.   Continue reading

Oud en Nieuw (Old and New)

OMG am I really almost a month late on this one?  I really wanted to get that anniversary entry up and it ended up being quite the bear, taking me a solid week to write and then of course, some shiny object distracted me and here we are, almost a month into the new year.

It’s hard to believe that we are already into 2015.  There’s no sugar coating that 2014 was a bad year. I’m glad it’s over.  I know it’s just a number and any day, month or year can be not so great, but 2014 was just terrible as far as years go.  But it was also eye opening to me.

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And Move #4… yes #4

Ok, we are FINALLY done with this stupid move.  From Barcelona to storage in June (plus prepacking for weeks before), then weeks later, the storage items into the house, then the US stuff shipped by container to Amsterdam and finally now, the US items to the house.  Finally.  I shipped everything from the US on August 5th.  That was about 6 weeks ago.  And last week it arrived here in the Netherlands.

We never planned to bring our US items to Europe with us.  After all, this was supposed to be just a 2 year move.  But that was almost 5 years ago.  And when Josh said we were moving to the Netherlands, my response was… I want my stuff.  I know it’s just “stuff” but it’s comfort things.  Our bedroom Continue reading

The Bicycle

While people don’t always like to conform to societal pressures, there are times where by conforming you are integrating better into the culture around you.  Now, I’m not saying you should jump off the Brooklyn Bridge because little Johnny did it… but a little conforming to pressures is not always bad. For instance, the bicycle.  And Josh and I have jumped on the bicycle bandwagon here.  Though sadly, Josh won’t be riding his again for at least another 4-6 weeks (in addition to the 4 weeks since his accident) but it’s ready and waiting for him when he’s able to start exercising his knee again.

Our little bicycle family – can you tell which one is mine??

Who knew this two wheeled wonder could have such an impact on society.  I remember back in my Babson days taking a winter session class on the bicycle.  The majority of it didn’t stick with me, but the one thing I do remember is that the invention of the bicycle improved the gene pool because people were able to leave their villages in order to procreate beyond their family members.  Yes, that is what stuck with me.

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Touchdown (and Breakdown) in Amsterdam!

I should have seen it coming, and yet I didn’t.  Almost a year of extreme emotions and yet somehow I thought we would land in Amsterdam and we would start our new lives like it was no big deal.  I obviously haven’t learned from our previous experience of moving to Barcelona.

But that’s just it, I thought I had learned.  When we arrived in Barcelona a little less than 5 years ago, it was hard, but I don’t remember having a meltdown on my FIRST DAY.  I feel like it was at least a few days in before those feelings of desperation and loneliness set in.  Of feeling completely helpless in a new place where you know no one, where everything is unfamiliar.

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And Our Next Move Will Be To….

First off, let me premise this by saying this has been the LONGEST seven months known to man.  Ok, known to me.  And Josh.  Let’s not forget Josh.  He’s been traveling back and forth to Amsterdam literally every week since the start of November.  It has been a lot of wear and tear on our family and at times I will admit I had doubts about us coming out of it whole.

But we have.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel and we are sooooo close to it.  Things are finally starting to fall into place.  As I mentioned in one of my last posts, we’ve been waiting for the last several months for a contract to move forward with a potential move to Amsterdam so that Josh could go from Continue reading