When you grow up you will learn to eat the dishes that are known in the area you grow up. So Freek and I grew up eating a lot of AGV what means Potatoes, Vegetables and a piece of Meat, and still a lot of people eat it like that. Surprisely that kind of dinner is what our boys like the most! In the winter the people in Holland eat a lot of “stamppotten”. Stamppot/Mash pot is a traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several vegetables and most of the time a sausage on the side. And our boys love to eat these dishes. I don’t have to give the Brussels sprouts on the side but when I make it with a mash pot they will eat it though! So our favorites are with carrots and onions, raw endive and Brussels sprouts. It will give you mine recipe of how I make the carrot mash pot or how we say it “Hutspot”. … More Stamppot, our easy and comfy food
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
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….
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!!