Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Play

This evening was Evie's Christmas play at school.  She was very proud of her role as the 2nd wise man!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Evie's Christmas Centerpiece

Today Evie got to make a Christmas centerpiece at school. Felix and mama came by to watch and lend a helping hand. The finished product is beautiful and certainly something to be proud of.

Friday, December 16, 2011

O Christmas Tree

Last week we put the tree up and decorated. Atop the tree this year is a new star that lights up. We think it's perfect!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Pakjes Avond

 Finally!  Time for Pakjes Avond, the evening that Sinterklaas brings all the presents!!  Opa Bas, Oma Wilma, Aunty Rachel, and Juriaan joined us for the festivities.  We ate some traditional Dutch winter food, boerenkool.   And then some real Zwarte Pieten came to bring the presents!!!  Two of them!!  Dank u, Sinterklaasje!

House and table decorated for Sinterklaas.

Yummy, boerenkool!

Family photo with the Pieten!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

In preparation for tomorrow's sinterklaas festivities, Tom and kids made kruidnoten today. Those are pretty much just mini gingersnaps, but then a little bit different. They are quintessential Sinterklaas treat. Thanks to a new mix available at the grocery store, they are also pretty easy and fun (and only slightly messy) to make at home.

Two Princesses

Dressing up like princesses never gets old!! And seeing our little boy dressed up like a fairy princess is still just as cute as can be! So here are the latest in girly-girly dress up time. And no, Evie is not making an obscene gesture in the second photograph, she is simply showing off her ring. How dare you think that!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Movember is Over

Being December first means that it is time to say goodbye to the mustache. It ended up looking pretty good on him. To be honest, I kind of missed it when it was gone, but enough is enough. Tom did a fantastic job raising money for prostate cancer research. He totaled close to three hundred euros! Here we have his last mustache photo and underneath a video of all the photos. Of course we weren't able to achieve the goal of a picture every day, but it still works with just sixteen photographs. Tom is planning on participating in Movember next year, so we'll have another chance of making a really cool morph video!