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The First Thanksgiving. . .Abroad

I’ve been dreading Thanksgiving since we moved Holidays always seem to mark the passing of time for me. We celebrated our last Fourth of July in the states, got lost in the details of the move and before I knew it Halloween came and went. (Here is a refresher on how we celebrated.) Thanksgiving has […]

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Halloween in the Netherlands

We were pleasantly surprised to discover our neighborhood would be hosting an “American Style Halloween.” The Dutch, always ones to adopt the best of other cultures, have adopted Halloween and are starting to celebrate more and more. In Delft we live in one of the only neighborhoods that held a full-scale trick-or-treat on Halloween. The neighbors […]

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Getting Digitally Connected Abroad

When we arrived in the Netherlands my top priority was to get us digitally connected. Jeff’s top priority was finding good places to eat. Go figure! The week on the QMII was a good digital break for the whole family. When the QMII pulled into port I was ready to get myself back up and […]

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My Mamafiets! A Bike Love Story.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know I love my bike. It is currently the most Dutch thing about me. In Dutch it’s called a Mamafiets, a bike for moms. The “new to me” mamafiets, complete with two bike seats was a gift from Jeff for our seventh anniversary. He got himself a […]

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House Tour Day 3 – Playroom

Just one last floor to show you. It is my absolute favorite. This play space is perfect for the kids. There is also plenty of craft space for me. The double doors open, taking you out onto a deck where we have views of the whole neighborhood. It also converts into an extra guest room […]

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House Tour Day 2 – 1st Floor

Alright,  you have seen the ground floor. Now you are ready to see the first floor.  The first floor is home to four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry room. Each bedroom has a floor to ceiling storage unit, drastically reducing floor space, but increasing storage space.               Check back […]

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House Tour – Ground Floor.

You’ve asked for a house tour. I’m here to deliver. Over the next three days I’ll show you the house from bottom to top. We don’t live in the typical dutch house. We are in a modern home outside Delft Centrum. When I say modern I mean Frank Lloyd Wright modern. We have large glass […]

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I’m Clearly Not From Here.

We are two weeks into our Dutch expat adventure. (That is a legitimate blogging milestone…right?) Two weeks seems like a good point to record some of my observations about my life in South Holland. I am the only one who compulsively smiles. I have a compulsion to smile and say hello to everyone I ride by on my bike. […]

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Tut. Tut. It Looks Like Rain!

Today, I marked a “Netherlands Experience” off my list: Biking with the kids in the pouring rain. We started the morning by taking H, as a family, to get a much needed haircut. Lindy, the lady cutting his hair was incredibly Dutch. She continued to tell us what a terrible haircut he had gotten in […]

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