Thursday, December 8, 2022

Sidewalk stories

These pictures are from early September, it's now December. The only thing that has changed is the season, these boys are still as wild, messy, and the best of friends. I hope that last one never changes. Sidewalk chalk is always a messy medium for anyone, especially for these two. Luke discovered if you ground it and mix it with just the right amount of water you can make some nice paint which he called "cement"-- it hardens and leaves a nice chalky film, works wonders for your complexion... we will be selling bottles next spring ;)





Chronicles of Clay- almost 3!

Oh Clay! We love you! My curly hair, rosey cheek, brown eyed boy. You turn 3 in just over one month from now, you really wish you were turning 5 and can hardly wait to be 5 years old just like Luke. You are all about growing up and ready to go to school and swim lessons, and do all the things! We recently started doing a 'music makers' weekly playgroup and I call that school and you love going and doing your 'school'. 

You are all potty trained and just growing up so fast! We wish we could just pause time and capture all these tender thing you do and say each day. You can be so sweet, especially to Dad always telling him "I like having you home Dad" "I miss you dad! (after he's been away or just upstairs working). Just really great and expressing love and making others feel special when you want too. It is one of our favorite things about you, you are such a good little buddy and friend. You are really into fashion, which is funny and not like Luke at all. You are always complimenting other's shirts and having an opinion about what you want to wear each day and not wear.  

You also keep me up at night and a big source of stress and anxiety for me. The past year/forever, you have really struggled with your health. You have an on-going cough and just throw up mucus and just have a hard time a lot. It is really hard because we haven't been able to get you any relief or help and the Dutch health system has been discouraging/frustrating. I talked to a pediatrician in the states who thought it sounded like allergy induced asthma maybe, so hopefully will be able to get some help here soon so you wont struggle so much and be sick so often. You are really a champ and we both think you have a very high pain tolerance and such a trooper. We love you Clay and so glad you are in our home.







Some photos from warmer days over the past few months I love of you: 





we got some handy-me downs from Lucy... this nice floral one fit you :) 







Monday, November 21, 2022

The Forrest

Amsterdamse Bos, what we lovingly call 'the Forrest' has quickly risen through the ranks as one of our favourite places to go. We love how close it is to us and how big and pretty it all is. Between early morning runs and looking for bugs or making forts with the boys, it really has a special place in our hearts. It's our Narnia and Secret Garden. Visits to the forrest have especially increased during paternity leave and getting as much outside nature time as we can before winter comes. 


Riding in the forrest with full gear for a full day of fun. 

The ultimate playground. Looking for bugs, building stick forts, collecting rocks, digging holes through downed tree stumps, making boats to float the water and building ramps for the cars, to name just a few of the forrest activities. 







Nothing better than a hot ramen lunch on the jet boil in the forrest on a nice crisp fall afternoon. 



Morning run scenery. 

The beauty about the forrest is that its so big, we keep finding new spots to go back to. Found this gem just in time before the weather really changes. 




We found the cutest frog, the boys were brave and held it