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
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!!
Time had finally come, our appointment at the embassy in Brussels. We could pick a date from 3 days, but all the free places were at 8:45 in the morning. In order to be on-time for the appointment -as being late was not an option- we went to Brussels a day early in a nice hotel close to the embassy at the costs of the company. We called in our support troops -luckily there are the grandfathers and grandmothers who can help us- and had grandma stay over for the night. So, we left for Brussels on Monday and had a nice dinner and walk together without our kids. … More Our adventure in Brussels
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”