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!
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
n month three everybody is getting more adjusted to our new lives. We enjoy being here: the sky is really blue almost every day, which is a big difference from what we would experience in the Netherlands at this time of the year. However, there are weeks that I am really busy and some weeks I am actually bored, which are tough to get through. For example: last week I had 3 days I was helping at the schools of Marlo and Nolan, an evening activity at Marlo his school with dinosaurs, while Thursday it was Halloween. In short, that was a stuffed…. … More Month 3: All about Fall traditions
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
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