Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Paris: Roland Garros

May 29th-May 31st, 2023: Going to Roland Garros was a lifetime bucket list item. I had been looking forward to going to a Grand Slam for years and moving to Amsterdam, I knew that the French was in reach. Expectations were sky high and it over-delivered. Definitely a life-time experience. Going with both my parents and good friend Colby Dalton made it even better. We got Sinner's night match on Monday night and then afterwards hacked the ticket system and scored Tuesday day grounds passes (thanks Colby for refreshing the browser) so we were stoked. It was so cool how close we got to see the players and how hard they hit. Was easily my favourite sporting event I've ever been too. Watching a 3 hour tennis match flew by sitting that close to the action. That Tuesday we ended up watching about 10 hours of tennis. It was a blast with mom and dad and Colby, we really had such a great time. We were also blessed (and very sunburnt) with unbelievable weather. Wednesday was another grounds pass day but this time we bought a little more food beforehand so were a bit more prepared. Watched as much as we could on Wednesday until we had go meet the women and children at the station. Loved going to Roland Garros and already looking forward to going back next year. Definitely a lifetime memory. 


Another highlight of the trip was exploring Paris with my parents for a couple days before the French Open started. It was a blast and a special time I'll always remember with my parents. Loved our chats, our walk along the Seine at sunset, explore pretty Paris neighbourhoods (amazingly fun and different without hauling kids around the city), testing out the best bakeries, doing the Orsay on a whim and needing an emergency chicken cesar salad in museum cafe to keep us (mostly me) from passing out. 
I'll always remember this painting and this moment. Hearing my mom talk about this painting and the apostle's faces and how much it means to her, was like a testimony meeting in itself. It was our sacred moment in the Orsay that Sunday. 

Love my mom :) 

Our gourmet dinner that night consisted of splitting 2 cup noodles and a broccoli between the 3 of us. Such a good memory and lots of laughs. 

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Texel Island

May 26th-May 27th, 2023: We utilized the grandparents while they were here and took off for an almost kid-less overnighter to Texel. Lucy was still a bit too young to leave behind, so she joined to make it a threesome. Texel was a place we had heard a lot about and so was an easy choice for an overnight destination. It was dreamy. Texel felt like a mix of really pretty Idaho country, mixed with the ocean and beaches and sand dunes and the most delicious soft serve ice cream courtesy of all the resident Dutch cows. We rented bikes and explored the island, managed a screaming baby, got sandy in the dunes and took in the prettiest sunset on a peaceful bike ride home. We'll definitely do Texel again to get some fresh country air glad we got some time to scope it ourselves and thankful for grandparents watching the boys. 

The pictures only start the capture the fresh country air and the golden sunlight hours. Was very idyllic. 

The soft serve ice cream was divine. Loved these side of the road farms that sold through a vending machine and just had little buckets to leave the money. 
The land of soft-serve and fish n chips, what more do you need? 

We stayed right next door to this church. Made it easy biking home to navigate where we were by the steeple in the distance. 

A few from Alyssa's camera: