It’s already 4 months that we are here, in the Netherlands.
Only now we are saying hello because we had loads of things to do.
So now we do know that if you move to the Netherlands you need:
Rent/buy a property (you need to figure out your own floor because most apartments to rent DO NOT HAVE A FLOOR
Get the citizen service number (BSN)
Get a job!!
Insurance and general practitioner.
And in our case school and babysitter
In order to accomplish this list we use a lot of information from expats and expatica and I definitely suggest to check it out if you are planing to move to the Netherlands!!
After all that hard work when almost all is set up for Terese to start her course in ArtEZ we can send a big Hello to all our friends and family!!
We are here for not such a long period but we already love this “biky” country and on the next post we will speak more about Dutch specialities !!!
P.s. best cakes is in Hemels and best coffee is Peeze!!!
To be continued…
first cinema experience!
LSO concert / must go!
When I was pregnant I read an article about how the child is attached to the mother, and how incredibly important she is for him. When they reach 3 years old then the mother’s significance starts reducing and the father’s increasing. At that time i didn’t care much about it, but now… some weeks ago I remembered it again.
It is true!!!
On January Markus turned 3 years old and guess what? Last weeks I noticed how he is creating a distance between me and him. It’s not bad! It feels so natural for him to go and look for other experiences instead of time with the mother. And I love to see how the father’s role is increasing and the friendships he is creating with his mates from school.
So, the mother’s monarchy is finishing and I’m so happy that I could spend time with him and respect his natural progressions like when he was ready to said no for breastfeeding, and to find a school
on the right time.
And now I think its time to start to think about myself and my development as an artist or to start thinking about increasing the number of members of our family!!!
I am so exited to write this post because I know that now a new chapter is starting for me and for Markus as an individual!
new experiences for M
new challenges for R
new discoveries for M
new celebrations for all family
new paths for M
new project for T
new projects for R
It s almost 1 month now that we changed the 6 into a 7 and I am still thinking how big and powerful was the number “2016” for us.
Each time when I write about new years I go to read my posts from the previous year.
Were we challenged enough during last year? YES
Did we work it out as best as we could? YES
Would I change anything? No!
It was a hard year but I think we learned good lessons from it as couple and family. And we had beautiful moments and projects.
Now, we are facing a challenge that has been in our heads for some time. What comes next? Where are we going after the course? Do we stay in London?
So it seems that the number 7 will bring us new life, new experiences. Let’s see where we will meet number 8!
Until then we would like to share some moments from 2016!
here it comes /favourite museum of Markus
tate …second part
obsession with maps
Children and museums! Is it a good match or just lost time and tantrums?
I think it depends on some circumstances… like age, expectations and you time management ways.
For example our family contains ages from 2 to 35 so we try to find museums in which each of us can find something interesting. And be aware that it’s very possible that we will need an extra trip to see all the museum or even to make more 3 visits until all of us are happy that we have seen everything we wanted
Managing when is the right time to go to the museum – when there is less people, between naps, etc. Managing when is the right time to go out! You must count that some energy must be left for the travel because you won”t want to stay overnight in the museum! So it is important to leave the space when the youngest family member still has energy to reach home without being on the limit of a “meltdown”.
First thing what we do when we enter the space it s to find a map (sometimes we check it on internet before leaving home) and decide what exactly we want to see, what are our priorities and what can be left “to see later”. Then we try to stick to that and that makes our visit much more smooth and relax.
Markus and stones
Bike bike bike bike
walk to the beach
Travel is not a holiday!! In our family we need travel as we need fresh air…
This time we decided to go somewhere that none of us went before… and we thought about Denmark.
It was first time when we were travelling all since Markus got his own seat on the plane. And now it’s much easier to manage space… 3 seats instead of 2, it feels like a castle!
So after 1 week in Denmark we brought some new learnings to be kept for the next times:
If your toddler is potty trained and he doesn’t feel comfortable with “adult’s toilet” then you should bring your potty with you or buy a disposable one. Because I had super nice moment when we left plane and Markus wanted to go to toilet and we didn’t have potty and we didn’t know where to buy in the city that we just landed. So we were tired, with backpacks and it was end of day and we were still running back and forth for a shop where to buy potty, which we just found the day after!
2. RESPECT YOUR TODDLER’S SPEED
Do you like museums? To enjoy typical food at the restaurant? But does your child likes to see ducks in a fountain? Sleep in the middle of the day? Just respect it. The child has his own needs and he is also member of the family, so manage the time with him.
3. DENMARK IS A NICE PLACE FOR CHILDREN!
I never ever before saw playground for children to spend time while parents are shopping for clothing… a playroom in the toys shop is not so surprising but a place for children in the regular clothes shops… yes, it is quite new for me.
And in general you feel that your children is very welcome in Denmark 😉
So hopefully we will be going back to Denmark!!!