Monday, August 8, 2011

Family Day

Yesterday was a perfect day, the wheather was nice (somewhat), All the stores were open which is rare for Sundays and Haylie was in a good mood so we decided to take a stroll into town. We started off having a nice breakfast at a local bagel shop then from there we did some walking/sight seeing and some shoe shopping for Haylie. I was surprised that John was such a trooper for all the browsing/shopping we did but he went with the flow as we all were having a nice time. After looking through almost all of the citys shoe stores we finally found a little pair of pink Converse for her. They are oh so cute and will go perfectly with all her pink outfits. :) From there we decided to get a drink at little cafe and grab some dinner. John suggested Mexican but from our first experience having Mexican here, we found out Europe is NOT the place to eat that type of food but we tried out a new place anyways. It wasnt bad, wasnt good but its as good as I think we will get til we return home. All in all, we had a great time and were happy to finally get out of the house to some nice wheather minus the wind chill. I forgot my camera at home so I leave you all with some pics of Haylies new shoes and another baby bump pic of me at 18 weeks. I havent changed much in 2 weeks but mainly for the record. Enjoy

Monday, August 1, 2011

Amsterdam Part 2

What you will typically see in downtown (City Center) Amsterdam... Toursists, locals, Subways, Food/clothing/naughty/tourist Shops, Resturants, Canals, Boats, Tulips, Old buildings, Trains, Red light district, Street performers, Hotels, Crazy drivers, Lots of smoking aka "Coffee Shops," Mueseums, Hot dog stands, Beer, horse and carriages, Bikes, Tour rides/walks and Im sure the list could go on and on. Here is glimpse from our day. Enjoy

Friday, July 29, 2011

16 weeks down

I was super anxious to finally get to see our little baby again, so we made a appointment for an ultrasound at 16 weeks and again at 20 weeks. We went in today for my 16 week appointment and Im so glad we did. It reassured me she is well and healthy and is growing perfectly. I was hopeing to have the tech tell us she is forsure a girl but that didnt happen. I guess they wont tell patients til the 20 week appointment. 4 more weeks to wait. John was saying "you know its a girl, so whats the big deal" which Im pretty sure hes right as all Ive been eating lately is fruit and candy and at my early 13 week ultrasound the tech saw the girly parts but until the techs are 99% positive its a girl Ill still be wondering. I never thought I could love another child as much as we love Haylie, but I was so wrong, Ive fallen in love all over again. She is such a precious miracle and we cant wait for her to brighten our lives even more than they are now. Here I am at 16 weeks and here she is growing perfectly. Keep on keeping on baby girl :)

A Stroll in the Park

Yesterday, Haylie and I needed to get out of the house and go somewhere other then the grocery store, so we headed down the street to the local park. It is a nice big grassy area with a walking path, a play structure for the kids, and beautiful vintage looking houses surounding the paths. We started out by the play area but after she was having more fun playing in the wet dirt and putting rocks in her mouth to decided to move on. We made our way around the park which took about an hour with Haylies walking pace and her wanting to pick up every piece of nature she found, but she had a good time and that was my goal. Ive been feeling a little sad for her as we are couped up in the apartment so Im glad we got out and went on an adventure. Here are some pics of her enjoying our stroll :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I love my family

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy. This morning I recieved some yummy American food from my family back home. I never thought Id be so excited about food, but I was wrong. I was starting to get a little worried as to what I was going to make for dinners as the grocery store has no American food what so ever...well I take that back they do have dritos and oreos, but who can live off that...NOT I. I am so grateful to my wonderful family for sending all this stuff, I know it was not cheap so I will need to repay them somehow when I return. I cant not wait to reach into the boxes and start cooking, lets hope I dont get too excited and go through it all in a week. A BIG thank you again to my MOM, DAD, SISTERS, and GRANDMA for making this happen. You all are the best. Oxoxox's sent from thousands of miles away. :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Today was a good day

Today was a good day...This morning and afternoon Johns co worker Oscar, wife Malika, and 11 month old son Noah took us site seeing through Amsterdam and I have to say it was nice. We were cut short due to the rain and were only able to see a small part, but hopefully it will be continued on a better day. We took a small tour, ate a nice lunch, and headed back to their home for the babies to play. Haylie had so much fun with Noah, by the end of the day they were both wiped out. I look forward to seeing more of Amsterdam as well as spending more time with their family. Fun was definetly had by all, Heres some pics with more continued as our journey continues.

Who Knew...

Who knew something so little would make someone so happy. We all know how much John likes his beer, but what he really likes is a good deal on beer. This whole trip, he's been paying about 11 euros for 10 cans, but not anymore. :) Thanks to his co worker Oscar for informing him that he can get 24 bottles of beer for 12 euros with a 5 euro refund when he brings the bottles back. You can say I have a pretty happy hubby. Its definetly not Keystone but Heineken will do for now. Heres some pics of my cheese ball husband with his new purchase.

PS. He was so excited he got a good deal, it was his decision to blog about it. So just for him, I did. :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Our home Away From Home

Thought Id give you all a glimse of what our home is like here in the Netherlands. Although we are missing our normal living arrangements and its nothing like our house in the US, we will take what we can get, and we will learn to live with it for a short time. I have to say though, as some of the rooms have been updated (kitchen & bathroom) from Ikea, I am loving that modern feel. Just may have to make a little trip to Ikea for little nick nacks when we get back. :) Anyhow, enjoy your tour...Until next time