- the start of the holidays changed unexpectedly with Ava coming down with pneumonia but a little doctor’s help, meds and lots of rest, we are thankful that she’s doing so much better
- we baked “pepernoten” – tiny, spiced cookies which the Dutch traditionally eat this time of year
- we attended a lovely Christmas Eve service at the Salvation Army church in our town – a beautiful, solemn service, telling the story of the birth of Jesus in story and song – following the service, we emptied our stockings, along with hot chocolate and lots of goodies
- Christmas Day – church, family, food, laughter, more family, hugs, holding babies, wine, more snacks, more family, listening to stories about days gone by – it was good
- we are staying away from Boxing day craziness today – a lazy morning which might include some cleaning and laundry, the kids have another Christmas program, during which they will be handing out gift baskets to seniors
- Johannes took the days between Christmas and New Year off – it’s great to have him home ❤️
- next week we are planning to do some fun activities with the kids, their friends and cousins – sleepovers, swimming, bowling, etc.
- we are planning on making fresh”oliebollen” (another Dutch tradition) on New Year’s Eve and inviting friends and family over to come and eat them with us – so come one, come all!!!
Wishing you a wonderful, final week of 2015!