Festivus For The Rest Of Us

by farrah on December 19, 2012 · 10 comments

In some ways I feel like the past week has just been one strange and surreal dream. In light of the news coming out of the states I am feeling strangely disconnected and unable to really process all that has been going on back home. We no longer watch the news- we haven’t really seen anything since we’ve been here which is almost two months. I can’t say that I’m sorry- because truth be told I don’t think watching the news is good for me. Especially right now.

So although I have felt like I am completely out of touch with reality- for my family I think that is a good thing. We have been moving forward into the height of Christmas and holiday cheer. That said- this hasn’t been something without some cultural faux pax along the way. I thought today I would do a brief week in review with s few pics even though my usual Wednesday #iPPP cronies (Greta & Julie) are taking a hiatus.

L & C drag their Ikea chairs into the living room in order to molest the tree a little better.

Saturday we went shopping in the city center of Tilburg during the day- and that night we made the poor decision to eat out in a cafe back in Oisterwijk. For those of us in the know- just ‘popping in’ to a cozy cafe with a preschooler, two toddlers, a bunch of packages and a double stroller isn’t as simple as it sounds (haha). Frankly it sucks. It was the busy dinner hour, and my husband went in to see if we could get a table. We did- in the back where the waitress brought us three apple juices, a glass of wine and a beer. She never came back.

Lesson learned- at least until the next time we forget how bad that sucked and try it again.

I was really, really looking forward to Sunday. I had an entire day planned with a new friend of mine at the Dickens Festival in Deventer- about a 2 hour train ride away. We went sans kids or husbands and spent the day browsing in shops, eating sauerkraut and sausages- and taking in the spectacle of Dickens old world style. It was awesome.

Dickens decor..

Just some sheep and donkeys roaming the square in the Dickens Christmas Market…

 Left to right: A Christmas Carol mural, a really big bike, couple dressed in time appropriate costumes and wow- the architecture.

Meanwhile- hubs was (once again) on solo parent birthday duty. Not sure how it always happens that he gets to take all 3 to a party by himself- but he has become quite the expert. Throw in the fact that he knew no one- in fact I haven’t met anyone either- BUT several were from Michigan and he did quite well. Major props to Pops. Later that night we had a sitter and went out to dinner without small people doing bad things.

Monday I turned 37. It was a Monday. Meh.

Tuesday was crazy. I was nervous all day because the boys had their school holiday party. There was a sign up sheet for each parent to bring some kind of dish- and I thought I signed up for cheese and sausages. Upon further inquiry, I was informed that it was really liverwurst and cheese on sticks. I refused to believe that I was supposed to prepare liverwurst on skewers for a bunch of 2 & 3 year olds. After much stress and showing people the photo of the sign up sheet (I have learned to take pictures of everything and ask questions later) I was assured that I was to make liverwurst and cheese on skewers. This is what it looked like:


The boys had a great time at their party and much to my shock B didn’t like the liverwurst. Ah well. At least they’re all fond of sausages, salami and the other various meats that seem to be everywhere over here. I am still trying to figure out if this country has vegetarians and if so- how on earth do they cope. All I know is that the party capped off a very busy day and they all slept like hibernating bears last night. That was indeed a Festivus Miracle. We have quite a few things planned over the next few days- I can’t believe Christmas is almost here.

What do you have going on these last few days before Christmas?


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kiley December 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Loved reading about your fun experiences. Wish I was over there with you!


2 farrah December 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Thanks K! I loved your post today by the way. So sad, so true. I’ve been thinking about you lately.


3 Kristen December 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I have been all over my kids, Chris and my friends. My heart is just telling me to pull the reigns in and enjoy the moments of life that I tend to allow myself to usually rush through. We have big plans for baking, wrapping and crafting over the next few days and then several fun things planned in the area with family and friends.
Looks like things are going pretty well for your holiday celebrating so far…besides the liverwurst. 😉


4 farrah December 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Oh yay- I am glad to hear it! I have been meaning to make these dang shortbread cookies forever but they have so many wonderful baked goods here that you can buy.. it’s just so much easier. I guess that’s missing the point though, eh?


5 Jen December 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Hah, even the vegetable soup has meatballs in it!


6 farrah December 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I am not surprised!!


7 Shannon December 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Wow — I love love love the pics! It looks magical! Although…eating out with all of the kids doesn’t…been there, done that. Have a great Christmas!


8 farrah December 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

You would think we had learned by now, right? I mean come on. We aren’t rookies here!


9 Robbie December 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Love those pictures and living vicariously through you. We have been insanely busy here-which may be good in that I haven’t had too much time to think about things. Pretty much everything I have planned recently didn’t go as planned so I am throwing my hands up in the air an laughing about. Also kids eat liverwurst??? weird.


10 farrah December 24, 2012 at 9:55 am

You have the best attitude to have- laugh about it. It’s what gets me through 🙂 And not my kids- they wouldn’t touch the stuff. I threw out the rest of the stuff yesterday.


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