We had a great time with the Burkes and got in a lot of cousin bonding time. We celebrated Rosie’s 11th birthday with them at Sa Lolla Pizzeria (of course). We had a short but oh-so-sweet visit from the legendary Josie Hatley on her way home from India! And then we packed up for “holiday” in Ireland. We flew into Cork and stayed our first night at the Cork Airport Hotel. I think I’d go back just for the hotel—full Irish breakfast, golf and pingpong in the lobby, a kids’ playroom, a foosball table. We went to Blarney Castle and climbed the terrifying stairs to the top to kiss the Blarney Stone. It wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t been carrying Pen for the last 2 sets of almost vertical spiral stairs. We stayed 3 nights at the Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney National Park. We took a jaunting car through the Park one day and rented bikes for exploration the next. Then we drove on to our yurt on an eco-farm in the Irish mountains. The girls got to feed the goats, chickens, llamas, and sheep. I don’t miss the compost toilet, but it was an experience. It was a bit terrifying driving up and down the mountain on a one lane windy road with cars and busses zooming around the bends at terrifying speeds towards us—it felt a bit like we were in a video game. The scenery was amazing though. For our last day, we drove along the Wild Atlantic Way to Dingle where we had great seafood and stopped for a spell at Inch beach. We waved a Southwesterly wave at Emerald Isle, NC from Emerald Isle:) Now we’re back in Wageningen and I’ve spent 2 full days packing and have just about finished. 11 bags and 5 backpacks packed. 7 of the bags are being picked up tomorrow morning, and then we leave for the Amsterdam airport hotel on Wednesday with the rest. Indiana, here we come!
We finally lucked out with a beautiful weekend, so we grabbed the opportunity and headed to Amsterdam to check out the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest). It’s been nagging at me that we haven’t gotten there, since its description sounds so ideal for my little climbers. First we indulged in a lunch out at a sidewalk cafe, and then we hopped on the bus towards the Bos. Along … [Read more...]
It's official...We'll be home in one month! I'm pretty excited to see my own bed again! … [Read more...]
It has been a very rainy June. The weather has certainly put a damper on weekend trips, but we are running out of steam here at the end on that front anyway. It has been fabulous for the snail and frog populations in our garden, much to the delight of the girls—particularly snail enthusiast, Pen. We have managed to grab a few stretches of sun to enjoy some dinners out. The … [Read more...]
As part of an ongoing effort to keep the girls from bickering 24 hours a day, and thus maintain a tiny bit of our sanity, Ian has been taking the girls on individual outings. In The Netherlands, fathers can get a free day from work each week to take care of the kids. This is called “Papa Dag" (Daddy’s Day). We whimsically refer to Ian’s outing days with the girls as Papa … [Read more...]