Is it spring time where you are? Let me assure you that spring has not hit northwest Montana yet. We are still blanketed in snow and ice.
HOWEVER, it is finally spring break. Or at least it will be. And since my kids are in kindergarten and preschool, I have no qualms pulling them out of school to travel. It’s been a long and difficult year for us, and we have decided to take a rather big trip. Our last big trip, you might recall, was to New Zealand in the fall of 2012, where we rented a campervan for a month and circled the North Island with the kids. This time, we only have 2 weeks, but our flight from the mainland to our destination will rival the flight from Hawaii to New Zealand. Any guesses where we’re headed?
My husband spent a few years living in Amsterdam as a kid and we’ve been back a few times- the last time I was incredibly pregnant with the boy pictured above (I wrote about it here). But today we set off with a six year old and three year old, so it will undeniably be a…different trip. Riding bikes, the Rijksmuseum, the van Gogh Museum, the Keukenhof flower show (thanks Bookworm’s Diary, for the heads up on that!), just getting lost in the canals- I’m really excited to share it all with the kids. And it certainly helps that my husband has a fair bit of Dutch remaining in his brain (even if it is the Dutch of an 80’s adolescent- I’m always worried that I’m saying something like “that’s bogus!” or “grody to the max!” or something when he tells me what to say).
I have a lot more to say, and will be writing during the trip- but for now I’m going to leave you with a wonderful book- Holland, by Charlotte Dematons– that I found at Powell’s yesterday, just enough to get us all excited! It’s a wonderful wordless book with nothing but gorgeous images of the Netherlands. (Also, thanks to Life in Dutch, I think I understand the difference between Holland and the Netherlands now!)
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