Monday, December 22, 2008

Dutch skies

Well, our road trip was long but went well and we arrived safely at my parents' place yesterday evening. The stopover in Paris was actually kind of fun, I got to sit in at my hubby's meeting which turned out to be a 2.5 hour crazy creative brainstorming session between some very intelligent people. We also had found a parking space pretty easily. The only bad thing was that the meeting was around lunchtime, but there was nothing to eat or drink, so when we finally got back into the car and could have a sandwich and some water, I had a pretty bad headache which lasted for the rest of the day...

So we're now in Holland for a week. It's always good to be back. Everything is so familiar. The Dutch skies are great (although there are no 'typical' Dutch skies - i.e. lots of big clouds, see 17th and 18th century paintings from the Dutch masters - today, it's clear and sunny). My parents are of course also very happy to see us and want to check out my (still hardly visible) tummy. My grandmothers will come tomorrow, so we can show off some u/s pics again. :-) We'll also try to see some friends again this week, always a bit of an 'issue' when we go back to Holland: you try to see as many friends and family members as possible, which then means you're just running and driving around like crazy to do this in the few days you have available and you are completely exhausted when you're back home. And if you don't do it, some people feel 'left out' because you didn't visit them while you were in the country... The best solution is actually to tell everyone to go to a certain place at a certain date and time, so you'll see everyone at once. But that's not always possible (or we forget to organize it beforehand, which is more often the case).

10 comments:

Coffeegrl said...

Oh ho! Have I been there! "Come see us when you're in town!" they all say. But it's much harder to convince anyone from the masses to visit us...instead we run ragged trying to visit with all and sundry. Have a great time and I hope you don't get too worn out!

ICLW

m said...

enjoy your trip home. Good luck trying to round up the pals. Any chance you could pull out the "I'm preggers and tired" excuse to gather them easier?

iclw

tRacy g said...

I am jealous! I would love to visit Holland. Enjoy your trip home and have a wonderful holiday!

ICLW

Valerie said...

Enjoy your time at home this week.

ICLW

Karen said...

I know what you mean, when I visit my "home" (I put it in quotes because my parents aren't there anymore), I selectively choose who to tell I'm coming to avoid that very problem. I am so jealous you're in Holland, I'd love to visit there someday. Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy showing off your u/s pics, congrats!

The Wright's said...

Sounds absolutely beautiful!! Enjoy your trip home...I hope you are able to show off your u/s pictures to as many people as possible!!

congratluations and gl!

iclw
christina from
unquestionablelove.blogspot.com

littleangelkisses said...

My father visited Holland many years ago and I remember his stories. You post reminded me of that.

Michelle said...

Enjoy you trip!

Kristin said...

I hope you have a great trip and don't exhaust yourself too much.

*ICLW

Brenda said...

I know what you mean about an exhaustive trip home. Both my hubby's family and my own live in a small town in FL. Oh, how exhaust ourselves running from one house to another! I hope that you have a wonderful and get as much rest as you can :)

ICLW