Wednesday, February 1, 2012

We made it!

After so much planning I can't believe the time has already passed and we are in Eindhoven!  We made it after a very long day of traveling.  We knew Abigail was not going to be easy on the flight, but thought she would at least sleep some of the way.  Unfortunately, she hardly slept and we had to walk up and down the aisles rocking her quite a bit.  Ryan did great and slept for about 4 hours of the flight.  He was so excited to get to Amsterdam....the city he's heard his dad go to so much this past year.

Our house is in a nice, quiet neighborhood near a few stores.  We have already made 2 trips to Ikea for things.  Navigating the grocery store is quite a challenge. There are some of the same items like at home, but quite a bit is so different.  It's hardest to find stuff the kids will like since their staples aren't here.  Abby is being quite picky, but I'm also not sure if it is because she has a cold.  It takes twice as long to figure out what to buy and where to get it. 

I'm still a little nervous to drive.  We have a stick shift car, so that makes it tricky to drive and figure out directions, plus of course watch out for bikes!  I tried to go to Ikea by myself with directions, but got turned around and was too nervous I would get totally lost, so I went home.  Everyday we get a little more familiar with streets around here.  Ryan starts school on Monday, so I am going to have to figure it out by then!

Abby and Ryan are somewhat adjusting to the time.  We haven't had a full night of sleep yet.  Our house echos quite a bit, so you hear everything from any area of the house.  With Abby's cold, she has woken up every night around 1 am and in turn wakes Ryan up.  He is then wired and will not go back to sleep until sometime between 3-4 am.  I tried to have him just play in his room, but since it echos so badly we kept hearing him and he eventually also comes out to find us as well.

We have had a few appointments to check in with the city hall and immigration, so that has taken up quite a bit of our time. Ryan is a little nervous the security guards at these places will take him to jail if he is too loud (maybe we have tagged onto this a little :) ), so he stays really close and very quiet.  He pretty much stands dead in his tracks when he spots one!  :) We are thinking of doing a day trip somewhere close this weekend, so I will post some pitctures!  We miss everyone terribly!!  If you have any favorite places or favorite spots you've been to please let us know!!


  1. So excited for you guys! Sounds like it's been a little rough, but hopefully that will soon be over. The food transition for us was a little hard but we ended up finding most of everything we needed. One thing someone told us they did with their kids is buy a bunch of mac and cheese in the US, open the boxes and just bring back the cheese packet. Everything else you can buy where you live! The other thing I always brought back was bisquick cause you can make a lot with that too. My cousin lives in Spain and he always has people bring him peanut butter. Anyways, hope you are getting settled and that Ryan loves his first day at school.


  2. Mic wanted me to add that he always had people bring him Ranch. HA HA!

  3. Troy/Jennifer and kids...

    My friend Ed and his wife and boys live in De Kwakel:
    about 1.5 hours drive from Eindhoven

    He said that a good friend of his lives near Eindhoven in Son en Breugel and that "hee just came back from living in the US for a couple of years (In Los Altos in California)."

    He also sent this interesting link to me when I told him you guys were movign over there;