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Snow Day!

February 13, 2017

It snowed over the weekend in Amsterdam! It has snowed here before, but usually the flurries don’t last long and don’t really stick for more than an hour or two, so it was exciting to have a few legit inches throughout the day that stuck around for all of Saturday and Sunday.  Prim was bundled up and spent some time out on our terrace with KC while I was inside dealing with some fun contractions (yayyy for prodromal labor. Not.)  Prim’s outfit was complete with her plastic multi-colored elastic heart bracelet. Obviously.KC built Prim a little snowman, but she was really more interested in just hanging out and eating the snow.Thanks for the awesome snowy weekend, Amsterdam! (And kudos to baby #2 for staying put during the storm since KC is stressed out enough waiting for your arrival 😉 )

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This Weekend Was

August 24, 2016

KC took last Friday off work and it was raining, so we decided to take Prim to Tun Fun — a sort of Chuck E. Cheese-type place set up in an old abandoned subway station. I can see it being much more fun for a kid who is a little older — one who can run and climb things, but Prim had a great time parked in the ball pit meant for the little ones. 
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She was mainly interested in throwing the balls out of the ball pit, which she was surprisingly good at. There was a solid pile of balls outside the pit by the time we headed out (sorry Tun Fun staff…) img_9632

And of course I couldn’t resist the child-in-a-cage photo op.

After Tun Fun we hopped on our bikes and rode in the rain to get some burgers for dinner. I managed to ride into one of the inlaid subway tracks in the street and almost ate it on my bike, so that was fun. Luckily Prim was on KC’s bike and not mine. Definitely not one of my better moments. (Also, the things that come out of my mouth in moments like this are so not kid-friendly.)

We also hit up this local carnival/film festival thing called Parade. It was… interesting. I thought it would be a little more kid-friendly, like carnivals in the states, but this was more geared toward adults and only had one ride (a particularly terrifying set of swings that went in a circle and had a guy who would stand and swing you around viciously as you would pass by — no thanks). img_9630 Prim had a good time wandering all around the grassy areas while we were there, at least. (Prim’s Canadian tuxedo/denim-on-denim look was my fault because I couldn’t find her other sun hat before we left the house.)

Afterward we biked to a local restaurant I had spotted the week before and got a milkshake. (Because milkshakes are my favorite thing these days.)  img_9635The rest of the weekend was spent running errands and doing other usual weekend things. Prim spent some time breaking in her new floaties and getting used to the headphones we bought her for flights. It was quite the look. img_9628 img_9627

Here’s hoping that she loves those headphones enough to sit still for at least part of the flights back to California in a couple weeks… img_9626

How was your weekend?

Life Abroad / weekend

Watch Out, World!

August 18, 2016

img_9526Serious Dutch mama comin’ through!

We got a child seat installed on my bike last week so I got to take it for a spin this weekend after a delicious Sunday brunch at Omelegg. I’m not going to lie, I was totally nervous taking Prim out on my bike. It’s not like I’m not a competent bike rider or anything, but I think taking any kid out for the first time is kind of nerve-wracking.

Luckily everything went well, and P would even pat my back whenever we would come to a stop, as though she was saying “good job, mama!” (Although it was probably more like, “Let’s get going! What’s the hold up??”)

KC and I are now all set up to ride around the city together with Prim in tow. I think it’s going to be a little while before I’m fully comfortable traversing the streets with a small child sitting behind me, but practice makes perfect! And thank goodness they have serious bike lanes here and bikers very clearly have the right of way in almost every situation, which people really respect. 

Please note that P’s helmet is soooo not Dutch — no one wears helmets here, even the kids! Girlfriend is gonna look like a tourist though because it took me 9 damn months to grow that brain. img_9525

Oh, and just ignore my amazing Sunday morning hair in those photos… Sometimes pregnancy is like, “I’m so starving I’m just going to throw on pants and who even cares because get me food and put it in my face IMMEDIATELY.” I’m basically a newborn. I have to be fed every 2-3 hours or I turn into a screaming crying mess.

That pregnancy life, it’s a glamorous one.

Life Abroad / Travel / weekend

A Trip to Zaanse Schans

August 17, 2016

img_9529This weekend we took a quick trip to Zaanse Schans. It’s only a 20-minute drive from Amsterdam and such a cute small town full of windmills and that classic Dutch charm. 
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When we left the house it was sunny, so of course by the time we got to Zaanse it quickly turned overcast and then started raining. Luckily Prim didn’t seem to mind, even though we’d neglected to bring the rain cover for the stroller. (That bag in front of her was my jerry-rigged attempt to keep her lower half sort of dry.)img_9534

My Tom’s shoes were not the smartest footwear choice for the sudden downpour either, but oh well. We still managed to have a great time. We saw sheep, goats, ducks, and huge swans. img_9531

img_9533The only bummer of the trip was that the town is home to a Cocoa processing plant so the entire town smells like chocolate. (You’ve heard of Dutch-process cocoa, right? Well, they make it here.) Let me just tell you that parading a pregnant women around a town that smells like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies is TORTURE. The smell seriously made me want to swim in a chocolate river à la Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.img_9532

 

We stopped at a local pub on our way out for a quick drink and a snack. It wasn’t the swimming pool full of chocolate that I really wanted, but a glass of orange juice and a plate of bitterballen was fine. (Heartbreak. Pregnant heartbreak.)

We also happened to share a table with an older couple who were visiting from Arizona and who had met working for KC’s company back in the states a super long time ago. The guy even knew a partner in KC’s office — such a small world! img_9535

And don’t let P’s serious face fool you, she had a great time.

Life Abroad / weekend

This Weekend Was

August 8, 2016

img_9444This weekend was Pride in Amsterdam! We went to a BBQ on a friend’s rooftop near the city center. We were feeling very Dutch, as KC biked Prim and I over to the party. Prim sat in her little seat on the front of KC’s bike while I hitched a ride on the bars on the back of the bike. In case you don’t already know, the Dutch bike around with all sorts of people and things on their bikes — they’re basically like their cars. I’ve seen moms and dads who have an infant seat on the front, an extra bike seat on the frame, and another child on the back of the bike — 4 people on one bike!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of the three of us on our family bike. I was too busy trying to look relaxed and not to fall off while KC rode us through town to take out my phone and snap a pic.

After the BBQ ended we walked through the center and took in all the festivities. There were people everywhere and bars and restaurants were spilling out into the streets with loud music and rainbow decor.

We headed over to one of the canals and watched part of the parade pass by. The place was packed with people, which made getting a decent photo pretty difficult, but it was really fun to be out with all the other locals and tourists. img_9486-1img_9485-1

After watching a bit of the parade we headed to a local cafe at Heinekenplein for a quick drink and snack. We had a very American/European moment when we ordered the nachos and asked for extra chips on the side (because the chips on the bottom always get soggy, obviously) so of course when our nachos came out we had a plate of nachos and a side of… fries. Haha. We should have known!

There was a little someone who was not at all sad about our miscommunication…img_9447

Fists full of fries. This girl takes after her mama with her love of food. (As I write this, she is stealing bites of the leftover Indian food I’m having for lunch. And yes, she already ate her lunch.)img_9452 img_9453

I honestly don’t know how many fries she ate (way too many, I’m sure). And at one point we caught her using a fry as a way to spoon straight mayonnaise into her mouth (since they serve mayo with the fries here). Parenting win.

After our snack we headed over to Museumplein and hit up the Banksy/Warhol exhibit at the Moco. img_9445

The biggest news of the weekend though is that I got a bike! We stopped at a bike shop on the way home to get a cushion for the back of KC’s bike (because those metal bars on the back are not the most comfy things to ride around on all day… trust me.) Instead I ended up finding a cheap used bike which we purchased on the spot and I rode home.

I’ll post some pics of my new bike later this week. Just wait until you see it… it’s very Dutch and kind of hilarious.

How was your weekend?