Our oldest boy Marlo would have gone to group 3 (Dutch system) in the Netherlands the moment we moved to the USA. That is the time they start to learn how to read back home. Going to Kindergarten here made him learn to read in English. So that is what he did; learn a whole new language and start reading in English at the same time as well. It hasn’t always been easy, but both his teacher and the one that gives him extra English lessons are doing an amazing job with him. Only his vocabulary isn’t that big compared to the other children from his class, but other than that he is doing a great job at school. … More Homeschooling Marlo for his Dutch reading
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
eeing Halloween in the American movies and series planted some pictures in our head on what to expect. Creepy costumes, houses totally decorated with scary stuff and people who scare you…Or is that me intoxicated by Hollywood?? So walking into “home depot” and “Halloween spirit” (it’s a store) made us looking forward to see all the decorated houses. But actually in our street there are like 12 houses but only 2 were decorated and then there was us. We did buy some decoration and Marlo and Nolan really liked our inflatable cat! But it is expensive to decorate so we didn’t go over the top. In the neighborhood there were some houses that did a great job decorating and passing those houses the boys were getting more excited everyday for going trick and treating. … More “Halloween” Yeah!! or are we intoxicated through Hollywood?
he question that was asked the most times since we moved here: “have you been to our amazing zoo?” Now I think we have a lot of amazing zoos in the Netherlands and we did go with our boys and their grandparents towards the “Beekse Bergen” zoo just a few weeks before we moved. That zoo is such an amazing one that I didn’t know if I was going to like this zoo in the middle of a big city, but I can be short: the ABQ BioPark Zoo is a really beautiful zoo and worth every penny. … More Day at the zoo
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
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
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
Our last week in the Netherlands we stayed at my mom and dad. And every day Freek and I went to the house when the movers were there. Nolan already asked after 3 days are you going to our old house now? He was already getting a little bit of a closure to go to America. … More Packing up the house
So there we went to find a house in Albuquerque… Fingers crossed whether we find something.
Even our corporate living agent whom we met at the hotel on Monday morning was a bit anxious to find us a house within a week. The Friday before he sent an email to take a look at houses, but by Monday they were all rented out already…. Luckily we could still see two houses in Albuquerque and one in Rio Rancho. So there we went. … More Finding a house!!
You do it consciously and unconsciously, and whether you want it or not. Check things that you think this was the last time before we leave to Albuquerque. … More “Last Times”