Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More Rory Love

Loving this post on TNF blog, and these photos!  Thank you to whoever captured these!

We are still on a high from her race...she was so incredible.  Allez Rory, allez!

I told you so

I realize that the blurry photo in my last post did not do this guy justice.  Hopefully this snap shot will help you believe me...he is real.  This guy, in his roller-skates, thong, swim cap and goggles, skates the streets of Amsterdam early each morning.  Crossing paths with him is always a treat, he makes me smile.

Extending the playdate

Back to school season is full of playdates, so much fun.  P and R found a way to keep their playdate rolling, even though it was time to get R home.  They played UNO all across town as we rode from our place to R's house.  Bikelife continues to not suck at all.

Monday, September 15, 2014


The kids have attended some pretty awesome birthday parties over here.  This weekend may have been the best one yet.  P's bestie turned 5, and his pirate themed party included boat rides, obstacle courses, treasure hunts, cupcakes and sunshine.  HB's blog has all of the pix, but here are a few of my faves.

This venue was a kid's dream...complete with mini boats they could drive themselves!  HBD sweet R!  We are so glad to know you!  Thanks for a fab fete.

And *bonus*, both of our kids were invited, which gave O and I the chance to have a day date which included a bike ride and a pancake lunch (very dutch) in de bos.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Running Buddies

I often run by myself, but I'm never lonely

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Funny Confession #301

Some days it's easier to let them be in charge.  Today was frozen pizza and ice cream for breakfast, and cereal in a fort for dinner.  #dontjudge 

Sweet Bikelife

Two photos du jour capturing the deliciousness of life on a bike.

P rested all the way to practice today, so peaceful, as her bro rode on the kid seat behind me chatting about his schoolday. I didn't want the ride to end.

This little guy, a stranger, was looking adorable in his nest.  I had to snap a photo.  I've seen many ways to carry kids on bikes, but I think this was my first time seeing a woven basket rear carrier like this one.

Wee Small Hours Of the Morning

A few snaps from the morning.  Besides Rollerguy, who obviously deserved his own post, I saw lots of other fun eye candy today.

Rijks in the moonlight

This beautifully maintained/restored american station wagon - it is hard to tell but it is a beauty, perfect inside and out.
Ooooh la la, Santa - I'll be so so good...I am a sucker for all things red...
And Santa, while you are on PC Hoofstraat, please keep in mind its cold here in the winter...mama needs something furry and warm on the bike...

De Kas is De Bomb

I have wanted to go to de Kas for over 18 months.  Finally last night we made it happen.  It was so worth the wait.  It was all I wanted it to be and more.  Best date, best food, best service, best atmosphere in Amsterdam - without a doubt.  We loved it and can't wait to return!

We were out on the town celebrating the SALE OF THE COTTAGE!!!!  We were sad to say goodbye to that sweet cottage, but after 8 years on the market...we were READY!  And, to make the goodbye sweeter, we were thrilled to see it go to a very cool family who will certainly fill it with love and radness.


I promise to capture a better photo one day...but you all have to know about this...

Every morning between 6-7 there is a guy who rollerblades through the streets of Amsterdam in a tank top, swim cap, swim goggles and a g-string.  It's too crazy for me to make this up.  

I've barely told anyone about him...because everything about it sounds crazy.  Finally today I captured a (blurry, terrible) photo.  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Run With Me Through A Rembrandt Painting

There is something about the sky and light and landscape here in Holland that makes it seem logical so many master painters are Dutch.

It often feels like I am running (and living) in a painting.

Friday, September 5, 2014

First Day!

I love this series of "first day" shots, so much.  I couldn't edit it down any further, because I want to remember every little facial expression.  W was full of advice and love for P, for her first day of Grande Section (GS).  GS is the final year of Maternelle (pre-school) in french schools and is equivalent to Kindergarten in the US (based on age that is true, although the curriculum seems a bit different than US kindergarten...the pros and cons of that difference are something we will understand better when we return to the US and face re-entry).   P, and her nijntje backpack, could not have been any more excited or ready for day 1!  

Big bro and his golden backpack are off to Cours Preparatoire (CP) - which would be first grade in the US (although like GS, the curriculum is different than first grade in the US).  CP is a big is on the top floor of the school, it is very serious, each kid needs his own fountain pen, and there is lots of homework.  I am 100% more nervous about all of this than W, which is good (and bad).  

 Papa joined us for drop off, a big deal for everyone!

 O told me that little W's heart was racing as he waited for the bell to ring!

GS trouble, times three!

Make that four....

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