Mar 28, 2011

Suburban Peacocks

Filed under: Expressions,netherlands,Home,suburbia — Tags: , , — Kay @ 6:48 pm

“Peacocks? In OUR burb? You’re kidding me, right? No? And why exactly is there no telephoto lens screwed onto my camera then?”, were some of the questions I popped after my guy rushed upstairs to the bathroom—where I was soaking in a hot tub—to tell me about the two peacocks that had landed on the rooftop of the house across the street. Suffice to say I sent him back. With…

Mar 7, 2011

Sunny Days and Kiddy Farms

When I stepped outside yesterday morning and felt the sun shining on my face, I told the kid to grab his coat and get into the car—we were off to the children’s farm. Not just to see the animals—though he lives for animals—but they also have a really neat playground where it’s always crowded. Parents sit there and bask in the sun, out of the wind, chilling out while those…

Mar 4, 2011

Is it a Bird? No! It’s Carnival!

J-man goes to Catholic school and today they’re celebrating carnival, just before the onset of Lent. All dressed up, of course. He was wide awake and ready to roll at 6am. I need a coffee I.V drip, stat. One of the most beautiful traditions of the Dutch carnival though, at least at the school my son goes to, is bringing the children to the retirement home in a lively, energetic…

Dec 31, 2010

New Year’s Eve 2010

Quick posting to wish you all a wonderful evening! Since I’m roughly 8 to 10 hours ahead of most of you who read this blog, it’s already evening for us in theNetherlands and we’re about to start celebrating. Right after I’ve finished applying a gazillion layers of makeup to try and hide the fact I’m running on a mere 5 hours sleep. I’ve fixed tons of snacks all day long. We…

Dec 17, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Filed under: Expressions,netherlands,randomness,Home,suburbia — Tags: , , , , — Kay @ 12:13 pm

Here’s what I woke up to this morning: a pristine white landscape. My lilac tree bowing under the weight of the snow. And there’s a lot of fresh, crisp, snow! I’m rooting for a white Christmas, but with our luck it’ll have turned into sleet and mud by then. Snow so dense I could barely open my son’s bedroom window to take a photo. See how small the houses are…

Dec 8, 2010

Sint Gone, Santa Arrives

St. Nicholas has left the building and has been replaced with colorful Christmas trees, garlands and sparkling lights everywhere. It’s not done in Holland to decorate a Christmas tree before Sinterklaas is gone, so I’ve been a good Dutch girl and waited for him to get back on his big boat and sail off to warmer climes and sunnier places. It’s where I would go. Must admit I’m curious how…