19 Nov 2012
WHAT DID YOU DO THIS WEEKEND ?
Helps you to remember what you have done on the weekend of November 3. If you participate please put the little logo on the top of your post and leave your link.
Our grandson Toby celebrated his second birthday on Saturday, so we went off to Amsterdam !
The whole living room was nicely decorated, the birthday cake looked beautiful and Toby blow out the candles like a little hurrican !
I had bought him a little train and we were happy to see that he really loved it ! As soon as it was set up, he started to play and didn't look at his other toys anymore.
After we had a little sandwich, Toby went for his nap, and then the whole Dutch family arrived. The other grandparents, Toby's uncle with his two daughters his Russian wife, and her mother from Belorussia (Belarus) and other family members a total of 15 persons !
Toby's mum, as a little girl had also a train, and the grandma had brought the rails ! They fitted perfectly on the new train so it became bigger and bigger ! Grandparents and cousins are working together to add the rails !
The two little girls spoke Russian with their mother, and Dutch with their father. Toby "speaks" French with his Dad and us and Dutch with Mum and the rest of the family. It was great fun, we managed to talk and laugh together using German with the Russian Grandma and with Toby's Opa and Oma (Granddad and grandma in Dutch and German) English with Toby's uncle and aunt and I digged out my Dutch to speak with the little 5 year old Girl, who only spoke Dutch besides Russian, which I couldn't understand.
Later on we had a cold buffet, Mr. G. had brought all kind of Italian ham, salami, etc and all sorts of Italian cheese. All these dainties were very much appreciated and only a little was left !
Toby managed his birthday perfectly, he was so social and friendly with everybody. But in the evening when everybody had left, we were all tired and collapsed in our beds !
On Sunday morning it was grey and very humid and as St. Nicolas' day on December 6, is not so far away, we also had brought the gift for this day, as in the Netherlands St. Nicolas' day is far more important and celebrated then Christmas. The children get their gifts from St. Nicolas in the Netherlands and it is a very special day full of traditions. We celebrate Christmas more like the rest of the Western world and St. Niclas only a little or not at all.
Mr. G. in his now two year old job as Nonno (Grandpa) had bought a car !! and what a car ! It ran alone, Toby was so surprised ! But then he understood (more or less) how it works. But I think he still prefers to push a car then to "drive" it with a wheel and buttons ! Probably when he is a little older he will appreciate it more !
Dad and Nonno of course had fun !
Around 11 am the sun suddenly showed its nose, but we didn't go for a walk with them because it was too cold and I don't want to catch a cold just before going on holidays end November. And honnestly we also were too lazy !
We went a little outside on the deck. In the afternoon we drove home it takes about two hours from Amsterdam to Brussels. There was a lot of traffic but we went through without any slowdowns or stops.
My "antic" legs are hurting because I am not used to live in a house with 4 floors ! Steps up, steps down etc I wonder how I will feel tomorrow ! Mr. G.'s are even worse !
It was such a fun weekend.