The Sunday Rhythm

09/19/21

An early Sunday morning greeted us.

Once again, preparing of myself, the son, the diaper bag etc. took way, and then we joined the family for breakfast. 
Adorning the table before us, were baskets holding different varieties of breads, various spreads, sprinkles and butter, cheeses, meats, juice and coffee.
A classic Dutch breakfast 😉🥐🥖🧀🥨☕️

It was a one-hour drive to church, which we experienced in the company of our hosts, as we rode together with them since we’d be returning to their house again afterwards.

We then rode back with another couple (Mikes cousin and his wife), since they’d be headed back to the house sooner and that’s always a plus where taking care of Lake is concerned, and when my having to mingle with fewer people is concerned as well 🙈

Some McDonald’s was grabbed on the drive back and for the most part, we discussed food. Which when you write that maybe it sounds a little sad, but it seems to always be a satisfying topic if the people you’re with, are like-minded food consumers 🤪

We got to tour some of their newly renovated home and loved what we saw.

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Black kitchen cabinets, high ceilings with beams for added texture and some really unique, window style room dividers which gave the space some boundaries, while also keeping it feeling open.

They live right beside the home we stayed at, so we eventually crossed the yard and relocated over there for the meal of Dutch snacks that had been picked up.

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Our evening was then spent visiting and playing a game.

Amidst trying to get Lake to sleep, which he wasn’t so willing to do as the night before. This time being awake enough to realize he was in a different surrounding than usual.

All in all, though we were away from our home, and our home away from home, the Sunday rhythm changes little. Arise early, prepare for church, attend, a decent chunk of driving, afternoon lazing about, eating and so on and so forth 😉

 

* I ask that you do your best to ignore any spelling mistakes, as on my iPad the set up is different, and I can’t find an easy way to do a spelling / grammar check. Thank you for your understanding 🤪

 
 

 

Meneer En Mevrouw

09/18/21

‘…Going to the chapel, and we’re, gonna get married, going to the chapel …’

… or in this case, not ‘we’, but ‘they’, and in a converted barn and outdoor ceremony space, not a chapel. You get the idea though 😉

Packing and wedding preparing took up the morning, and then we were off on the two some hour drive to the wedding location in Groningen, where our cousin was going to be tying the knot. 
We ended up getting to the area a little earlier than expected, so we found some coffee and a cookie to hold us over until after the ceremony.

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It was humorous to us that the ‘to go’ cup proudly stated ‘I’m a big, hot cup’ when it was very clearly, ‘a small little cup’ in our Canadianized eyes 🤪
But that’s fine, and the white chocolate chip with macadamia nuts was actually really tasty 👌🏻

At the wedding location, Lake was more than ready to be out of his car seat and or stroller, walking with anyone who’d take him. Though going to anyone who’s willing to have him, has NOT been a problem whatsoever this trip 🤪

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He and I watched the groom arrive in a vintage mustang, and the bride exit the building, from a little seating area, away from the actual event.
He finally settled down and stopped his possibly unwelcome noises, once he found a stick to scratch the dirt with 🤪 
Daddy came for us, saying the announcer had said the kids were welcome to be decently free, since it was a smaller, mostly family wedding, with many of whom, had many small children 😅🙈 So, the stick held him over for a while, then his distant cousin the row in front of us and finally, the baby’s breath decorating the chair, is what took over in the area of distraction until the ceremony ended 😬

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‘Meneer en Mevrouw Ezra Hagenouw’, were announced 💗🎶💐 

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We were then dismissed, and the greetings began as everyone slowly made their way into the open courtyard area for the cutting and eating of the cake. 
That is when Lake and I again took our exit, as nap time was due.

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After sometime, the pleasant weather and jostling of the walk had its way, and Lake entered dreamland.
There wasn’t really anywhere to leave him that would be easily accessible/not loud, so I sat with him outside…catching up on blog writing while I had a moment. 
(While also trying to ignore my belly’s disappointment at missing out on the cake 🤪)
45 minutes later, his little nap ended and then his oma took over 😉

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Weddings in Holland generally have servers roaming about, taking drink orders, clearing away old ones. It’s such a nice  feature that makes it feel that extra bit of special. Though that could just be my perception of it since it’s not something I’ve ever experienced at a wedding at home 😋

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Chatting amongst the everyone passed the time until dinner was served, at which time Lake become our charge again, and we happily partook of the meal ☺️
An ice cream cart was presented come dessert time.

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Meanwhile, I’m not sure where Lake really was or what he was doing, but I assume he was for the most part with either his oma or opa 😅🙈 It was a smaller wedding and Mike was related to, or friends with almost all who were in attendance, so it was a nice place for Lake to mingle.

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He is also the one responsible for the destruction of this hay bale…

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These are the only ‘us’ pictures that were captured.

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The wedding moved into the enclosed side of the building as evening came and brought a chill with it.

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The time for speeches, slideshows and games thus began. 
Lake’s patience was waning but another nap via the stroller wasn’t going to be an option, as he knew not to fall for such trickery again 🤪

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Finally, the night drew to an end, and we drove a couple of minutes to the home of some family we’d be staying with over the weekend.

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Lake succumb to sleep the moment we drove out of the parking lot and stayed that way as we deposited him into the crib in our room…

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Dallying Through Doesburg

09/16/21

The day after he turned one, Lake truly matured in the area of sleeping. Deciding it was time to grow up, go to bed nicely, and stay that way until 9:30 for the sake of his under-rested parents 🤪👍🏻

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There were no more coffee beans in the house, so that of course had to be taken care of asap! So, Daddy and Lake hopped on the bike and went to the store to purchase some 😅

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Lake is loving his bike rides… or at least, that’s what I hear 😜👍🏻

We had a lazy morning and then went into Doesburg to do a little bit of exploration.
Walking through the streets, popping in and out of shops.

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Lake did his best to hold onto mommy’s first purchase 😂👌🏻💗

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Struggling with his chunky little hands, to maintain his grasp.

Hans is a little specialty sweet shop we went into, and though the chocolates didn’t grab my attention, something in the front display case did.
A lemon meringue tart. I couldn’t believe my luck at finding one so quickly during the trip, as usually it takes stopping at multiple shops to find one
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Mike also purchased a coffee/hazelnut dessert to try.

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The style here is really beyond what I can attain, so clothes shopping in the ladies boutiques has never yielded too much 🙈

 

 

Ferry Snacks, a snack bar in town, was our ending note. The owner/sever paused in his helping Mike, looking at him before asking if he lived around here because He recognized him, but felt like it had been a long time since he’d seen him. So ensued the conversation of how yes, he was from there, and yes, it had been awhile 😜 We left with a promise to be back again before out trip was over 😉

7B6772FF-C349-41A7-A9F8-B6FD0ECF6E89The main course was nasi ballen, a frikandel and fries, then followed by ice cream with sprinkles 😉👌🏻

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Lake was introduced to the sprinkle addition and it seemed as though he enjoyed it, though it’s rare that he seems NOT to enjoy something so ya
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Mike ordered and picked up ‘Kapsalon’ for supper, as his mom had worked the whole day and our plan of purchasing kibbeling (fried fish) for supper hadn’t been possible since the fish shop was closed 🙄

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Not that we didn’t want to eat kapsalon while here as well 🤓

As I’ve explained all of these dishes before, I’ll refrain from doing so again. So if you really have a question about a dish, feel free to ask in the comments 😉

* I ask that you do your best to ignore any spelling mistakes, as on my iPad the set up is different, and I can’t find an easy way to do a spelling / grammar check. Thank you for your understanding 🤪

 

The Finale Of ‘The First Birthday’


09/15/21

Lake slept through his first night in Holland, minus a bottle delivery somewhere in there.

We messaged the Oma downstairs, to come retrieve him at 8:00 if she would so desire 😉

We wanted him up to try to help the jet-lag become fully extinguished, but we ourselves really did not feel like getting up at that time 🙈

So, Oma and Opa did take him, and a happily decorated downstairs awaited him for the morning of his first birthday 😉

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He had a fun morning with them, a ‘special bonding time for just them’ let’s say…the fact that us parents still slept, having nothing to do with it🤪

Come afternoon, Opa had a break to take from work, so it was time for Lake to open his present from them 🎁 

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A super cute little Vespa was unwrapped and made for the perfect photo prop as well 😉

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Though I’m not so sure what the chances of getting it back home with us are 😬🙈

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Later in the afternoon the little one wasn’t super pleased with the idea of a nap, so Mike and I took him for a walk, which is almost always a guaranteed way to get him asleep, for at least a little while.

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We ended up going almost 5.5 Km, walking through the neighbourhood and to the bridge/‘water lock’ nearer town, reading how they created a way for the fish to swim upstream, despite the river technically being blocked off.

Lock – A lock is a device used for raising and lowering boats, ships and other watercraft between stretches of water of different levels on river and canal waterways.

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Journeying on, we walked by ‘the switch’, a second hand store we frequently went to when we lived here, but they’ve since downsized and it was a little bit disappointing 😒

Back at John and Inge’s, it wasn’t long until Opa and Oma De Jong came over for a little afternoon dessert in honour of the day 😊

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A cornflake, white chocolate and almond base, topped with whipped cream and strawberries.

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A really nice, light and simple dessert that satisfies the sweet tooth without being over filling ☺️👌🏻🍓

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Uncle Erwin also popped in for a little while on his way home from work, getting in some soccer training with his nephew – aka, keeping him busy so us other occupiers got a break 🤪👍🏻

It was also the night for broccoli tart. A celebration treat especially for the parents for keeping Lake going for a year I suppose 🤪😅

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All in all, I think it’s a good thing in a way that Lake won’t recall this birthday, as it would be a fair bit to live up to 🙈

A pre birthday cake & gift giving in Saskatchewan, a pre birthday at his Aunty Judith’s with a meal, cake and gifts and then decorations, gifts and treats, after a morning spent with Oma and Opa on the actual day OF his birthday 😅

Special or just spoiled? You decide 😉💗

A Mishap Come Midnight…

 

09/14/21 


Lake slept for a couple of hours before waking at 12:30.

As per the usual we tried to lull him back to sleep but as per the other usual, that did not work 🤪

Mike took him down to play for a little while, brought him back up, tried watching Luca, tried rocking and lullabies, then I took him down to attempt some more play and at that point, the overtired crying began and could not be silenced. At which point Mike came down, we hopped in the car and began to drive. After probably 10 minutes, his crying finally eased, and he fell into an exhausted, whimpering sleep.

We drove back to the house,  and fearfully, stopped the car.

Reaching in and extracting him from the car seat as carefully as possible, slowly walking upstairs and gently laying him in bed with us.

Where he lay, finally and fitfully asleep.

After 4 and a half hours of being awake 🤓

Because 5 am is the perfect time to go to sleep for the ‘night’ 😏

We decided to set the alarm for 9:00 anyway, thinking that maybe if we could begin our days earlier, it would help get him into the rhythm of things.

It was VERY hard to open my eyes as that alarm went off, bordering on feeling nauseous 😂

Neither Lake nor Mike wanted to be woken up, but we managed to drag ourselves out of bed.

I made myself an ‘extra strong with an extra shot’ cup of coffee, wanting whatever caffeine was available to counteract the remnants of the night 😅

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Lake had a very emotional two hours until nap time, and when it finally came, he immediately face planted into his fuzzy blanket and fell soundly asleep.

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While he slept under his Aunty Judith’s care, Mike and I walked to town, enjoying the sunshiny weather.

We purchased a sort of coverall that Judith had suggested for Lake. Saying that many children in Germany have them and use them, especially at daycare, as they just slip easily over the clothes the child already wears, but it keeps their outfit clean etc. 
It’s like a rain slicker material and probably if we looked at home we’d find something similar, but we were there then, and so we got one 😉

After eight crème was made and served with coffee out on the patio once we got back to the house.

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It being a desert Mike really enjoys and as it’s made with ‘quark’ which we don’t have at home, he only gets the real variation when in Germany😏  It never used to be a dessert I enjoyed, as I’m not really a fan of chocolate/mint combos. But, something about it has slowly lured me in and though it’s still not something I’d specifically ask for, I don’t at all mind consuming some 😅


Lake awoke and played with the kids while I finished packing up and once I had, we said our farewells there and headed off to see the home some friends were renovating.

It’s such a different process here, with everything being built mainly from stone and brick. 
Making for much more work when it comes to the demo part of things 😅

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Back at their apartment the guys went to grab some Turkish take out for dinner, and it was seriously so tasty 🙈

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I don’t even have a picture of my wrap style dish, but I’d say it was legit a foot and some long… and I devoured it all 🤪

Still having an hour and a half drive back to the in-laws, we left not too late and headed back to Holland. 
Lake and I had grabbed a few winks in the car earlier during driving / sitting between stops, but it wasn’t enough to counteract the previous night. Mike hadn’t had any naps, so he was ready for the drive home to be over as well 😬

 

* I ask that you do your best to ignore any spelling mistakes, as on my iPad the set up is different, and I can’t find an easy way to do a spelling / grammar check. Thank you for your understanding 🤪

 

 

Day One Desynchronosis 

09/11/21

Lake awoke crying about 45 minutes after he’d went to bed, so I settled him down and he joined us for the remainder of the night.

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So much for bringing his crib sheet from home so his bed felt more familiar 😜 My sleep was restless until around 2, when Lake then awoke, ate a big bottle and didn’t want to go back to sleep 🤪

Mike took him to the play room for a while and then Inge took a turn because she said she was awake anyways. Eventually he began to seem drowsy again, so they tried to lay him down, but that was a no go 😅 So we took him bed once more, where he flip flopped around, watched some Luca, crawled all over us and then finally settled enough to be slowly rocked back to sleep around 5.

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We all slept in until 10:30 and could have kept sleeping, but figured if we wanted to attempt to get into the rhythm of the days ahead, we’d better not. It was just us three for  the morning, as John and Inge had left that morning to attend a weekend church camp being held nearby.

We figured we’d see how the night/morning went and go from there if we’d join them at all or not.

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Mike made us coffee and sugar bread toast for brunch and by the time we ate, tided, cleaned up the room from the night before and got the diaper bag restocked etc.etc. It was time for Lake’s first nap of the day, which he took easily, in his crib.

We had to wake him up in order to go to the camp, which was around 25 minutes away.

He sat calmly and lazily in his car seat (not something he’s really done for any amount of time before🤪) for more than half of the drive, looking up at the trees through the sunroof. Here they let babies sit front facing from 9 months old, so he’s been enjoying the views I think 😉

We shall see how much he likes being faced back again, once we go home 🥴🙈

We arrived, and the meet and greet began 🤪

It was a lot of family/extended family, so it was nice to be able to see them there for a moment even,  in case we didn’t get a chance later on. 
Lake did so well with meeting everyone and being squished and squeezed and  handed around, not playing strange or getting upset at all, so that was relieving 😅 
So many remark that, ‘he is so soft?!’… I thought all babies were but it’s seeming like perhaps that isn’t actually the case? 😜

He got to meet both sets of great opa’s and oma’s and sat for a ‘four generations’ photo with his great opa Hagenouw, opa John and daddy 🙂

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We went to a cabin the family was renting for the weekend and used that opportunity to change him out of his wet clothes and give him a snack. The rained on grass having been too much of a crawling temptation 🤪

The coffee table was spread with tea and coffee, cake, cookies and sweet treats. The most classic of Dutch spreads 😉

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I truly still do not understand how they stay so slight of stature here 😅 Bread in the morning, the afternoon and the in-betweens, as well as some warm drinks and sweets sprinkled in and possibly some cakes/tarts depending on where you are 🤪

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We visited there for a while as the rain came down outside and then Lisanne took Lake to the nearby park before the church service began. Mike wanted to stay for the songs at least but midway through, Lake had more than enough so we tried to quietly exit and head back to the house.

Lake fell asleep on my shoulder a few steps out of the church, which I don’t think has ever happened during this first year of his life 😅


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He’s always been too easily distracted to relax enough to sleep out in the open, since he passed 5 months or so. 
The poor little guy was very done with the big day, but he did very well despite the lack of naps and all of the new faces 💗

He awoke at 1:30 am and played calmly for a couple of hours before I got him back to sleep for the duration…

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 * I ask that you do your best to ignore any spelling mistakes, as on my iPad the set up is different and I can’t find an easy way to do a spelling / grammar check. Thank you for your understanding 🤪

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