Hello half year mark!

When somebody hears that I am not from around, which is not too difficult with that bloody accent we have when speaking English ;-), they will ask questions and are mostly sure that it must have been a big adjustment moving from the Netherlands to the USA. (Don’t get me wrong, I like to talk to people about it) Of course there are things that are done differently here than in the Netherlands. Like the delivery of a package on the front porch. The paperwork you need to sign when you buy a car. But this stuff is not something that gave us a culture shock. … More Hello half year mark!

SPLIT PEASOUP AKA SNERT

Sometimes I post pictures on facebook/Instagram of my stories from food we eat. Most of the times when I share food pictures it’s from the Dutch food we eat! So I got some questions about my pea soup. First a little trivia; Pea soup becomes Snert when you leave it for a night. It becomes very thick and you can put a spoon in there and it will stand up tall, LOL. It even tastes better the day after, I think. Making Snert was placed on the Dutch inventory list for intangible heritage in 2018. We are very proud of it in the Netherlands as you can see. And every year there will be a match to be world champion in cooking Snert… (no it’s not an eating contest). It’s a soup that takes some time to prepare so we normally make it during the weekend. We typically also make a large amount so we can freeze half of it for another time… … More SPLIT PEASOUP AKA SNERT

Winter break checking off something from our to do list…

What do we want to do during winter/Christmas break now we are living in the USA? We were discussing on going to Hawaii/Disney or …. ? As most of you have seen on Instagram/Facebook we decided to go to Disney World! And it was marvelous! Okay it was a pricey adventure, but worth every penny! It was an adventure not a holiday, because on a holiday I’m not going to wake up at 4/5 am for fun! We did do that a couple of times during our week in Disney so we could get the most out of our trip! After all it will probably be a one time opportunity for us! … More Winter break checking off something from our to do list…

A December to remember!! Monthly update 5 :-)

What happened this month? Uhhh I don’t know where to start but let me start at the beginning of this month (December). Since our move we don’t have any cable television except for antenna, which we actually never watch. We do have Netflix of course! In the beginning the boys would ask us if the program they had chosen could be played in Dutch, but most of the series couldn’t. However the last couple of weeks they stopped asking for it so it was time to take them to the movie theater! Since the boys really liked Frozen 1 we took them to Frozen 2. Nolan actually fell asleep during the movie… but Marlo really loved it! … More A December to remember!! Monthly update 5 🙂

Tent rocks “A better place for climbing than an indoor playground!!”

“These feet are made for walking and”…. that’s what they had to do on a Sunday morning. When we woke up Nolan and Marlo asked why they needed to be dressed right away instead of watching some tv on a lazy Sunday morning as we do many times. But this morning we wouldn’t be lazy at all!! When we told the boys that we were going to take a hike they actually didn’t want to go. Marlo was nagging about that he wanted to go somewhere else like an amusement park. But the first view made him excited. … More Tent rocks “A better place for climbing than an indoor playground!!”

This month flew by……being home alone with the boys and no grandparents on the watch

It was the first time Freek needed to go away for his work for a week. He went to China for 2 days but travelled 24 hours forth and 24 hours back. I wouldn’t want to go in his place anyway but I needed to do this week on my own. (Of course there were friends that texted me that I could count on them whenever I would need them when Freek was gone) Freek left very early on Monday and the first two days the boys were very sweet and they listened as they were little angels. But on Wednesday I got the massage that my grandma passed away. Luckily we have internet these days so a phone call is one click away with skype or whatssApp and I had some busy days at Marlo his school volunteering. So maybe it was because of my emotions and temper but we had a few rough days after that. The boys didn’t listened anymore and Nolan didn’t want to eat only when I would feed him. And for me it was easier to just do it and not make a big deal out of it… But he would get his dinner cold because I wanted to eat my dinner warm. But we survived the week and looking back the week went by pretty fast but I definitely missed the grandparents some moments this week! … More This month flew by……being home alone with the boys and no grandparents on the watch

It’s gonna be a white white… Thanksgiving

Our first thanksgiving started with a lot of snow! The forecast said there was a 100% snow certainty, so the day before we made sure our sleds and snow shovels were ready to use. Snow wasn’t actually something I was expecting when we moved to the desert, but the next morning the weather forecast was on point and I was happily surprised to see the whole area around completely white!! Luckily the snow boots from last year still fitted and we had bought some new ski pants for the boys! We were ready to enjoy the snow! … More It’s gonna be a white white… Thanksgiving