No pictures just yet, and this is only the announcement, not the long story. But, we are moving from Belgium to Eugene, Oregon. If you know us, you have our email address, and probably have some details. More to follow…
So, it occurs to me that I have this blog…
We celebrated Liam’s tenth (TENTH!!!!!) birthday at the end of February. Our oven was broken at the time, so instead of his requested homemade macaroni and cheese with apple pie for dessert, we went out to our favorite Japanese restaurant. A lovely evening was had by all. Happily, our oven was replaced in time for Jesse’s birthday (yesterday) and the two gentlemen were both treated to mac & cheese and pie. Liam agrees it was worth the wait.
Well, allowing for time zone differences between where he was born and here, it’s not really until tomorrow morning.
But, here are a couple shots of the very clever birthday cake K made for him, in the motif of Minecraft:
We’ve been out and about doing tons of family activities recently. Two weekends ago we went to Le Labyrinthe – a huge maze constructed of… maize! Each year the labyrinth has a different theme. This year it was the Mayans. I’m sure the animations and spectacles were fun and interesting, but for the boys the real fun was just getting themselves lost and then finding their way out again!
We didn’t beat the rain back to the car. Liam and Jesse took shelter under an umbrella, and Harry insisted on going back on the *^&%$ swing, so I got to stand in the rain with him. After 5-10 minutes, Jesse decided it was time to call it quits. We took refuge in the cafeteria tent. And good thing we did: the sky let loose after that! We waited out the rain and headed back to the car. A fabulous day well spent!
Photographic evidence that we are, in fact, all still alive! So far it hasn’t been much of a summer. Cold and rainy, lots of indoor time, no exciting trips or events as of yet.
The last couple weeks the boys have been busy with stages – very popular activities over here akin to day camps. The first week they were together in a small group setting and had a fab time together. The second week Liam was in an artsy type stage and Harry was doing his first bicycle stage! He’s not quite there yet, but he is so close to being able to ride on his own! Hoping to get lots of practice time in this next week in between the rain clouds.
Next week our schedule is a little more relaxed – the boys will be home with me, probably driving
me each other crazy. Every day on the lunch hour they’ll have swim lessons. I’m determined that this is the year!
Liam is definitely his father’s son. At eight years old, he stands a head taller than all but one of the kids in his class. The seat of his old bike was adjusted to the very limits, but it was time to get him something bigger. Did we go to the local sporting goods store and get him a perfectly functional but non-descript bike, like my white B’Twin?
No. We did not.
That? Is a Gazelle Freestyler 3-speed. It’s the same make as our Dutch bikes, and it is a work of art.
And that? Is a very very happy kid.
He took it out for several trips today, scratched a bit of the paint in the first hour, and had a blast. I’m sure there will be plenty of dings and scratches in the future – we may have to repaint it when it comes time to pass it on to Harry. But this is a bike that will stand the test of time. He is in LOVE with his new bike. And, I must admit, I’m a little smitten, too.
Spring has sprung here in Belgium! Which means, naturally, that it’s time to put in the garden. But first, a couple random shots of the boys enjoying rare cups of cocoa:
Liam looks thrilled beyond measure. Harry appears to be in shock that such a thing exists.
Now, on to the garden. Here is the before. Please to avoid looking at our redneck fencing. I’m hoping that will be replaced in the next year or so.
Much to be done in that plot. I spent an hour or two each day for about a week cleaning it up, turning the soil, and making it as hospitable as possible for all the seeds I was eagerly holding on to.
On paper it’s so neat and orderly. That means the reality will be a meticulous garden that practically weeds itself, right?
This weekend, Jesse built a trellis for our tomatoes and cucumbers, and a teepee for the peas to climb.
…or maybe that teepee was for kids to play in, I forget…
The first seeds went into the ground yesterday, with more planned about 2-3 weeks from now. The easy part is done. The hard part (the weeding, the constant upkeep, the harvesting before everything gets too big, the slug hunts) will be here before I know it.
Today has been a beautiful spring day. Sadly, Harry and I laid low with bad colds. Jesse and Liam took advantage of the wonderful weather and our absence and took the motorcycle out for the first spin of the season. Here are a few photos from their grand day out.
They had a really nice time! Now, the two men are outside taking the lay of the land for my vegetable garden, Harry’s half-napping on the couch, and me? I’m sipping TheraFlu. Ahhh, the life.
It was a rather busy week at school for the boys. It was the week before the Carnaval vacation, so it was filled with special events and parties.
On Tuesday, each class put on a theatre presentation for the parents. Harry’s class did a skit about woodland elves. He is the elf (lutin) in a grey sweatshirt with a long green hat.
Liam’s class did a montage of big bad wolf stories. First they sang the song “Promenos-nous dans les bois”. Roughly translated, the lyrics are:
We go walking in the woods
While the wolf is not there.
If the wolf was there
He would eat us up!
But since he is not there
he will not eat us!
and so on…
The song was followed by Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. Liam was the smart pig that built a house of brick. He had lines, but sadly there was too much noise in the room for me to get it on video. Next time! He really enjoyed acting, surprisingly, and tells me he’d like to do it again when he has a chance. Who knew?
Thursday, Harry’s class went to an indoor play park for the day and had a grand time. On Friday, Liam’s class went to a local indoor mini-golf establishment. He now believes golf to be the greatest sport on the planet and insists we go as a family tomorrow 🙂 Both boys had dress up parties at school on Friday as well. Liam’s class is studying pirates, so all the kids dressed up as pirates. Harry’s class dressed up as clowns. But since Liam was re-enacting a pirate scene for the photos, Harry decided to be THE pirate clown. I guess even pirates need comic relief.
Climbing on the couch:
Harry, listening to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon:
And Liam, learning to throw a yo-yo: