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