Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

To avoid the hustle and bustle of The Hague this New Year's, we have invaded Bas and Wilma's house in Zoetermeer (while they are still on vacation in Florida).  Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Play

Here we see Evie singing at the Christmas play this evening for school.  She is adjusting well to her new classroom in Group 4.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sleeping boy

Sometimes when we go look in on the kids, we can't help but take a photo of how sweet they are sleeping.  Here Felix is cuddling with his moose stuffed animal.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

5 December

Today was the long awaited presents night of Sinterklaas!  First, the Sint came to the school by helicopter!!!  It was soooo exciting!  The Pieten scaled the side of the school to get down.  It was a site to be seen!  The kids also sang "Zwarte Pieten Style."  It wasn't long after we got home from school that we were visited by some Pieten, bearing gifts.  Thank you, Sinterklaas!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sinterklaas parade

The weather was less than ideal, but that didn't stop the kids from getting dressed up to watch Sinterklaas and the Pieten parade into the country today!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day Rainbow

Today America votes in a presidential election.  There is also an important vote going on in Maine regarding marriage equality.  Seen this morning was a beautiful double rainbow.  Could it mean a double victory?  Go Obama!  Go marriage equality!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Grandma Nan will be going back to America tomorrow, but before she leaves we wanted to do one more fun thing - visit the seaside village of Volendam and get our photo taken as a traditional Dutch family.  The result was perfect!  This may have to turn into a tradition for years to come.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween 2012

This evening we celebrated Halloween in the neighborhood with trick-or-treating.  Evie and Felix both made their own costumes, with the exception of the monster mask.  Evie is a pumpkin and Felix is a monster.  Adorable?  I think so!  Tom and Liz also had the opportunity to dress up this year as Menno and Maegene hosted a Halloween party.  There are so many great costume ideas for pregnant women, but we went with the trailer trash couple, complete with beer bottle, cigarette, tattoos, wife beater...  It was classy!  The party was lots of fun, and everybody loved our costumes!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Flip the Bear

A few years ago Evie got to bring home Flip the bear..  Now it was Felix's turn.  Flip got to do everything Felix did this weekend, including playing ball outside, going for a bike ride, visiting the city center, and sleeping!  The camera captured all the fun moments for a report that goes in Flip's journal.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


This weekend was spent in Bennekom with Oma Els and Opa Erno.  Yesterday we got to see hundred and hundreds of parachutes fall to the sky as part of a WWII memorial.  There were many different types of parachutes and planes used.  It was absolutely spectacular!  Felix and Evie enjoyed seeing it, but mostly they enjoyed riding the skelter to the nearby field where we watched it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Boy or Girl?

With our last pregnancy we decided to keep the sex unknown until the delivery.  After all, we already have a boy and a girl, so there is no extra planning to be had.  Plus, it would add an extra bit of surprise for the delivery, which is otherwise a scheduled cesarean.  Unfortunately, our little baby didn't want to keep the secret that long.  During our 20 week ultrasound today, HE flaunted his stuff!  There is no denying that this is a boy!  We decided to let the big brother and sister know with a "gender reveal cake."  Watch their reaction in the video below.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dirty Hands!

I don't even know how Felix managed to get his hands this dirty.  But even covered it mud and dirt, he is still just about as cute as can be!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Back to School

School is back in session!  Evie started group 3 today, the equivalent of first grade.  She got to sit next to her best friend Mirre, so the day couldn't have started any better!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Nemo Science Center

Today we visited the Nemo Science Center in Amsterdam with Opa Bas and Oma Wilma.  The kids got to do a whole bunch of cool science experiments.  It was such a fun museum that we are sure to come back again in the future.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Perfect Beach Day

What more is there to say?  It could have been the very best beach day EVER!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Baby Roel

Today we got to meet baby Roel, who was born to friends Tom & Marieke last week.  Max is ever the proud big brother.  Below is a photo of the quilt Evie and Liz made for the baby.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


As a last hurray to our summer vacation, we took the kids to Duinrell today.  It is an amusement park close by in Wassenaar.  Some of the attractions are a bit dated, but there was still some pretty cool stuff there.  Tom didn't dare go in the ferris wheel, but Evie and Felix loved it!