But adjusting to life in Amsterdam has been harder than I expected. There are things that make it smooth and seamless, like the fact that everyone speaks English and that people are just plain friendly. I no longer break into a sweat when I can't figure out which kind of flour to buy at the grocery store.
We have had lots of visitors as well, which has been wonderful but made it harder to get our life here organized. As such we still need closets for both bedrooms and furniture for the patio. There are a few boxes that need attention...and now it's all just starting to blend in.
The weather has been horrible. It has been one of the coldest and longest springs in the last 100 years in the Netherlands. It gets old. It sounded like France had a better chance of warmth and sunshine. (With one week left in June, I am still wearing a jacket and scarf nearly every day!)
I think the hardest adjustment is something that happened some time between when we left Germany in November and when we got to Amsterdam in March. Simon is growing up. He's big. He no longer sits in his nice big stroller while I wander through the city getting my shopping done. He wants to ride his bike, which means he is no longer contained and I have lost the massive storage at the bottom of his stroller! This has been quite devastating. Grocery shopping and any errands at all have become much more work and much more stressful. As a result we eat mostly pasta, pancakes, sandwiches, and raw veggies. I have cooked all of 5 or 6 meals since we moved here. I'm serious.
On top of all that, I haven't been feeling very well for the last couple of months. That has probably slowed me down the most. And when I realized that our exciting news might also mean that I would not be able to spend nearly 6 weeks in Minnesota this summer with my friends and family, I booked a pity trip to France.
|Coming in November....maybe October....hopefully not September!|
|According to Simon, a very sandy beach.|
|Simon is always chasing....|
|Sun, sand, and snow!|