This post is about two weeks overdue, but here is a recap of our amazing trip to Holland!
When we arrived on Saturday, we gathered our suitcases, got our car and drove to the girls' house. By the time we unpacked, got settled and got dinner, we were ready for bed! (It was 3 pm back home!) I couldn't believe it, but we all slept through the night and were ready for our week-long stay!
Sunday was Peyton's 10th birthday, so we started the day off with some horseback riding. (The girls' have their own horse that they care for and train with!)
We also did some site-seeing around their town and saw some beautiful things....
Later in the day on Sunday, we headed to Giethoorn - about 30 minutes away. It was full of cute restaurants and shops right along the canal. (I soon learned that everything in Holland is right along a canal!)
We ate so much food while we were there, and everything was either on a pancake or fried. Luckily, we walked enough to counter all of the calories! ;)
"Pepperoni Pizza Pancake"
Kroket and Patat
Peyton, Chad and Mica
Cam, Mica and Pey looooved each other!
Monday was rainy and chilly, so we went to an indoor water park for a few hours and had so much fun!! I didn't get any pictures, but just imagine 4 different pools, a wave pool and a kiddy pool along with a blown up slide for the big kids! It was a blast!
In the afternoon, we decided to get out while the sun was out and ventured to Zwolle. It was a mini-Amsterdam and so cute! The people, the bikes, the stores...it was all amazing.
On Tuesday, the entire country celebrated as their leadership switched from a Queen to a King. Keeping this in mind, we wanted to stay far away from big cities and celebrations. (It was very similar to NYE in NYC - not a good idea with 3 kids!) So, instead, we decided to go to their local amusement park. All four of us had so much fun. I think Chad was pleasantly surprised. ;)
Wednesday was the day we decided to head into Amsterdam. It was so much more crowded than we anticipated, so we didn't stay for that long. It also took us forever to get there, so we were tired, hungry and frustrated from the beginning. But, it was so amazing to see, and I am SO glad we went.
Thursday and Friday were relaxation days for us. The girls had horse lessons and we were frankly pooped! We played outside, rode bikes and just enjoyed time together without rushing around a city.
We have about 3927438 more pictures, but I think these highlight our trip nicely. It was my first trip to Europe and, simply put, it was amazing. The food, the language, the people, the fashion, the architecture, the cars, the driving...everything! I loved it and can't wait to go back!!