Living in America, made me look into the US laws! And then I realized that this big country has 50 little countries inside of it, with their own rules. So it’s more like Europe, only in Europe we have all the different languages when you cross a border instead of everybody speaking English. But really every state has own rules and laws. Of course we know that some states have the death penalty and some don’t and that is the same with abortion. But a state can also decide if a resident (non US citizen) will need to have a drivers license from that state or not. … More US driver’s license
We turned the month, on the birthday calendar, over from August to September. Marlo asked who were going to have their birthday in September. Once I said that grandpa would have his birthday on the 23th Nolan said: “oh but then we are back in the Netherlands right?” “Uhmmm, no Nolan… we will be turning this whole calendar 2 times before we go back.” That wasn’t something he wanted to hear, I can tell you. … More The first month
The first weeks were about getting organized! Back in the Netherlands Freek already made some calls to get electricity and gas. The first thing they would ask him; “what is your social security number…?” So as you may remember from a former blog that we didn’t got those yet. But he could arrange gas and electricity from the Netherlands, so the landlord would know we were going to pay those ourselves. … More Arranging…. That Social Security Number
There are many schools in the area but you can’t choose between the public schools. What to know about the rules over here then… When you find a house in a certain area it also comes with a public school. So if there is a beautiful house, but the school gets a really low point from “Great School Ratings” it wouldn’t be a perfect match for us. Edufax told us to go to a school that would have an A score or at least a 9 out of 10 score on zillow.com (the funda site for the USA). So that’s what we did. … More Finding and starting @ school in America
Everybody knows the scenes in the movies where the mailman posts the mail in the mailboxes standing in front of the houses. When coming back at the house we rent we didn’t see those mailboxes, but two blocks away we did see them! The question was “Where are we going to get our mail?” That was something we really wanted to know, because our social security cards should have been arrived by now. … More You’ve got mail? uhh where did it go then….
Sunday is probably the best day to go and do things with the family. What to do when you’re new in town. We didn’t know yet, so maybe go to old town in Albuquerque and maybe do the sightseeing tour. But then Freek saw that when you live in New Mexico the “Museum of Natural History and Science” is for free on the first Sunday of the month, so the plan was made. Driving by the museum the reaction of the boys was: “look there are dinosaurs, are we going there? Yeaaaaahhhh!” … More Last Sunday was Funday
Okay in the last days you have to say goodbye to your closest family. We noticed Marlo didn’t want to give hugs and kisses to say goodbye so we would just let him. Nolan also needed a little bit of encouragement to say goodbye. We didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, so it would be a little bit easier for the boys. The last evening we had a BBQ with all the grandparents and Marlo and Nolan did like that. … More The biggest move (probably) of our life