Sunday, March 29, 2015

Too Much to Do!

We had a very busy week. I didn't really see Naomi for more than a few minutes on Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday was our job interview in Apeldoorn which went well - it was interesting to have be interviewed together. We find out this week if we will have a position there or not. It would be ideal as the director seemed good, the school has what we are looking for, and the location is almost perfect, so our fingers are crossed.

Thursday we had to call the babysitter too (we sure are lucky to have her), and on Friday I only saw Naomi for a few minutes. Yesterday we took a nice trip to Delft, even though it was rainy, and today we have lots of things to catch up on around the house.

Amélie has started to 'talk' a bit differently this week. Instead of just making little noises she combines syllables. It sounds more like words. Abigail has been crying when I leave in the mornings. It seems like she understands that I won't be back for that possible for a 7-month old?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hands and Knees

Abigail figured out how to do it this get her belly off the floor, rest on her hands and knees and rock back and forth. She can move herself forward like a wounded soldier now too - so crawling can't be far away. She instantly goes for whatever object or area in her environment is dangerous or off limits. Definitely a little explorer. Time for some more baby-proofing.

This weekend is a busy one. We are at the cottage with lots of things to do and many people to see. Next time we are here it will be Easter, so we will have a couple of extra days. Thinking a lot about moving here. We still have more stuff to get rid of, and some rearranging to do. Decided today to move our bedroom upstairs, swapping with the guest room. Nicer to sleep upstairs, and then the girls can have their own room.

Speaking of moving here, we are one little step closer. We were invited for a joint job interview this week in Apeldoorn, about 40 minutes West of here. If this actually turns into a job, we would be looking to move to Deventer in the not too distant future. Right in between work and family. Hopefully the job materializes!

What's beer, Daddy? ...

 ... Really?! Give me some! ...

... Nooooo, 21??? That is forever, I can't wait that long!

Abigail goes for the beer; Amélie is happy with carrots. That sums up a lot.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Rolling Over Part 2

About two months ago Abigail learned how to roll over. This week Amélie did the same! Of course, she was sneaky about it at first, practicing when we weren't looking, but once she figured it out she wasn't shy about showing off her new skill. Abigail still explores much more, always getting into the spaces outside her play area.

At school this week we had report meetings, so our babysitter had to come more often. The days were long for me and I am glad it is finally over. We crammed all of our weekend tasks into yesterday so that we can go to Amsterdam this morning for Edith's birthday.

I did a bit more sketching of our future house this week as well. We also discussed the idea of building it in Marquette. It fits the landscape and the city much better than Ann Arbor or Madison, and the prices of things up North are so much less. It is also more stable in the long run...we will have to spend some time there this summer checking things out...

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Spring has Sprung

This week it is supposed to get into the 50's every day, and right now the sun in shining. Daffodils are blooming and the winter chill is coming out of the air. Finally. Winter here sucks. Definitely looking forward to the nicer weather and the boost in motivation I will get from it.

Finished up the resume and teaching portfolio yesterday, so now I can really start applying for jobs in the East. We really hope to find one there as having two homes is stretching the financial situation a bit farther than we would like, and it would be good to be closer to Naomi's family.

The girls are doing well. Last night Amélie was giggling away on the couch with Naomi tickling her neck. Abigail hasn't really figured out how to giggle yet, but she is working hard on learning how to crawl. Amélie has been quite fussy around dinnertime, and the only thing that will get her to stop crying is to stand up with her. For some reason she won't let us sit down. This happened when she was much smaller too, and we have no idea what the difference is for her...too bad Grandpa's not around...we get tired from all the standing.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Grandpa's Here!

Our time together went by way too quickly, but it was great that my Dad was able to visit. On Sunday we had a nice time with a chunk of Naomi's Dutch family, and on Monday the English side came to visit. Tuesday was a more relaxed day and then Wednesday morning we said our goodbyes.

I am not sure where the rest of our vacation went, but it is almost gone now. I am not quite ready to go back to school tomorrow, but I hope it will be better than the last couple weeks. At least the sun is shining a bit this morning and the daffodils are ready to open up. The weather should start to get nicer and that will make a big difference.

My new hobby in architecture has come out of my head and onto paper. A few sketches are now in the book, and I hope to continue on with it. I still write about a page in the novel twice per week, so that is coming along as well. The furniture building will need to stay on hold for awhile though...

Happy Amélie

Airport Luggage.

Happy Grandpa.

Abigail dreams of sheep.

Amélie loves the beard.

Reading Abigail a story.

Soon it will be a race!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

One Year Together

This past week Abigail and Amélie crossed the 6-month mark, so together they were one year old. Amélie also started laughing for the first time, and Abigail was laughing too. Naomi even caught them on camera laughing together.

We are on vacation for a week, something I have really, really, really been looking forward to! We picked up Dad at the airport yesterday which was a lot of fun. The girls soaked in all the new sights and sounds. Afterwards Abigail was a bit overwhelmed, but they both did well at the Airport. Somehow we missed Dad coming out of the gate - strange because he was looking for us and we were looking for him - but he found us after a couple minutes.

It feels good to be at the cottage. Abigail moves around on the floor now; she will be crawling soon, so the carpeting, warmth and dryness here is nice. Today we will give baths and head to Erna's for the regular Sunday gathering. I am sure my Dad will be have fun with the family.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Disappointing Week

February is my least favorite month of the year. Winter is no longer a novelty, it just gets old. Spring doesn't feel like it is around the corner yet (even though the daffodils are popping up here). At least I don't need to worry about Single's Awareness Day any more - Naomi and I were able to find some people to watch the girls and we went out to dinner on Friday.

I found out on Thursday that I didn't get the promotion at work. I would be disappointed, but not upset, if the reasons given were true. The director seems very misinformed in this case, because the things he said that prevented my 'borderline' application simply made no sense and didn't reflect reality. I think there are some legitimate reasons for declining my application, but he didn't mention those.

Anyway, today the sun has finally come out, so after a day of relaxation yesterday, we will try to take a nice walk or something. I have also been working on a design for our future house. I bought a sketchbook and some colored pencils, but my artistic skills are lacking. If I can just get the ideas that are floating around in my head onto paper, then I am happy. That means I will be able to fill up that sketchbook quickly because I have a lot of ideas...