On the 12th, we took all the things we had packed and headed to the airport. It’s amazing how much you can accumulate after a year and a half. We were able to get a rate where we each got two bags, but we found that it wasn’t enough. I wondered why we had collected so much, but I realized that we were going back with an extra person as well. Getting through the airport with 7 plastic tubs, 3 suitcases, 8 carry-ons and a stroller wasn’t exactly easy. When we got to the airport, a valet asked if we needed help. The cheap in me said, “No, I think we can get it.” Then, after I asked Mike, I realized that we really did need some help. We thought we had extra cash, but since we won’t be using dollars for a while, we only had $2. That definitely wasn’t enough to give him. Fortunately, our wonderful sister-in-law was parking her car and coming in. She was gracious enough to give us some money to give him. (Janella, I owe you when we get back!!)
Going through security was a challenge, but we made it. I had Samuel in my lap during the trip to London. Mike had him from London to Amsterdam. He did exceptionally well. It’s crazy to think that his first flight was an international one just three days shy of his four-month birthday. On the way to London, he slept most of the way. The poor family in front of us had a 20-month old and 4-month old twins. Once again, the 13 year gap between our children was looking better than ever!
We’ve officially been in The Netherlands for 10 days. At times, it seems like it’s been longer, but most times, it feels like we just got here. In those 10 days, many things have happened. We arrived on a Tuesday and on Thursday, we had our things moved into our new house. As you can imagine, we’ve been unpacking ever since then. As of today, I have 3 boxes to go. Since I’m so close to being finished, I’ve started reorganizing what we’ve put away. Why didn’t we get rid of some of our DVDs before we moved?!
We tried to go register with the city. When we first moved here in 2005, we were so excited about all the things we were going to do on certain days. We finally learned to say, “Today, we hope to…” That way, if what you were planning didn’t happen, it was just your plan, not something that absolutely must happen. Well, we hoped to register with the city, but we had to make an appointment for this coming Friday. We also hoped to get everything done with the Immigration Department that we needed to. They needed to take our fingerprints, pictures and signatures. They were able to do that for Mike, Grace and me. Samuel wasn’t in their system yet, so we’ll have to go back on another date to take care of him.
I “hope to” get a new oven on Tuesday. The one left in the house is nearly impossible to use. The knobs don’t have any markings at all, the seal on the door is broken, and when I tried to turn the oven on (at least I think I was since there’s nothing written on it at all), I immediately smelled gas. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking on the stovetop and pulled out my crockpot today.
We got our sweet dog, Boomer, back on Saturday. He ran immediately to Mike and wouldn’t stop jumping up onto him. He really didn’t bother with Grace or me. We think it might be because since having a baby, my scent has changed a little. Grace’s scent has definitely changed since she discovered Bath & Body Works! We were a little concerned about how he would do with Samuel. He really doesn’t bother with him at all. Well, that’s not totally true. When trying to feed Samuel some rice cereal, Samuel hit my hand, and the cereal went all over the floor. As it turns out, Boomer loves rice cereal, and he won’t leave our sides when I’m feeding Samuel anymore. Silly dog!
Grace starts school on Monday and is ready to be in school and see her friends again. We’ll see how she feels about it all when she gets some homework.