Sunday, August 12, 2012

Our 1st week in Holland

Here is our home in Holland and a few picture of our little town. 
Our new home.
Here is our little tree lined street. We only have 3 houses on our street, other than that we are in the woods. 
Baby Jess moved up into a forward facing big girl carseat.

Jessy walking around the yard with her little walker.

Here is 'Greener' the lama. Connor named him "Greener" because he is always eating the greens :)  We see him everyday on our way to the market.
And these are the chickens and roosters that are right next to the market.

Greener and friends.
Don't you love this high chair!? It's perfect for our little princess!

Jessy enjoying her dinner at the local pub.

Of course we have a giant windmill in our town.

This beautiful park full of deer is right in the middle of town.

And this noisy rooster lives there too. 

This is the foot path/bike path that Connor will take to school. It will be so nice not to worry about cars while we are biking to school.

Also on the way to his school.

Pretty happy looking people for sitting in the lobby of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service Office.
We've been busy getting settled this week and have not really had a chance to enjoy all the fun stuff yet. But we are getting closer to being up and running. 
It's definitely a huge process getting set up in another country. Aside from learning to use the washing machine, dishwasher, oven etc. oh yeah what switch turns on this light and how do I unlock that door?!?
We also have to get local back accounts, insurance, cell phones, power converters for anything we want to use from the U.S. and not ruin in these 220v European power outlets. We need the equivalent of a local social security number so that we can see the doctor and with 2 kids that has to happen ASAP.We had to meet with the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) to apply for residency which we were approved temporarily. We are still working on importing my car and purchasing a car for Chris. And doing all this with a bit of a language barrier. Lots of people here speak English but not always well. That is why in the TMobile store Chris and I walked out thinking a new iphone would cost 600 Euros. We don't speak Dutch and the sales girl did not speak much English. I'm glad we were wrong! Hopefully this week we will both have new phones and at least be set up with bikes to get around. The house we are renting came with bikes but we had to get Connor a new one because the ones here were too big, we still need to get a sit situated for Jess other wise I cannot ride. So lots to do! 


  1. I loved seeing these photos! It looks so beautiful and I love all the animals. Your path is just how I pictured it. Keep the pictures coming! xoxo

  2. What an adventure!!! I can't wait to see what you get to do and see!

  3. Oh my gosh, Laurie! It looks so, so beautiful! What a great time for your family. Keep checking off the list, one thing at a a time. We miss you and want to Skype soon! TJ has some things he want to show Connor, and I'm sure Connor has a million and one new things to share with TJ! Keep posting, we love to follow the Adventures of the Stone Family! xoxo

  4. Gorgeous pictures! And I just adore the house. Hugs!

  5. Does Snow White live there too?! Looks like a fairytale! Hang in there, I know things will get better! xoxo

  6. The house is so charming! It's perfect for you all. I love all the animals and how green it is! I know how the setting up goes....we are still figuring out the cell phones, insurance, etc. Take a deep breath and enjoy these summer moments!!


    1. Thanks Dana, that's a good reminder. And I love that you are the 'Domestic Engineer'.


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