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Wednesday, travel edition

May 19, 2010
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Dear Courtney,

Jet lag and toddlers do. not. mix.  Imagine Tea at his crankiest moment and repeat that episode  nearly every 20 minutes for an entire day.  To be fair, everything in his world totally changed and he lost half  a night’s sleep, so we’re trying to go easy on him.  But he’s playing with kids who don’t get that, and nor should they have to bear the brunt of the situation.  So yeah.  Challenging for everyone.

My AFS sister’s kids are adorable and Pia might have some competition – Tea seems to be smitten with 18-month old Ella.  Lucky for Pia, Ella wants nothing to do with Tea’s repeated attempts at affection and this results in gut-wrenching screaming from both kids (see paragraph above).

Despite the lack of sleep, Tea’s already learning to ask 3 year-old-Hannah in Dutch to take turns with her toys.  She’s as strong-willed and lovable as Pia and I’m going to request long-distance playgroup membership status for her and her sister.

At the playground, Tea was quick to teach the girls Pia’s “stomp on the woodchips we threw on the slide” trick from last week.  It’s a global fad now – Pia is such a trendsetter!

We rounded out the day with a trip to local farms to buy fresh from the cow, unpasteurized milk (which I must say, is exquisite) and strawberries as big as Tea’s feet, a stop at a beer market with 600+ varieties for sale (how do we even begin to chose!?), a neighborhood walk to seek out ponies and sheep, and a delicious meal with our friends who we haven’t seen in 5 years.

Let me rethink this – maybe I should be sending playgroup a notice that we’re going to have to start meeting in Belgium from now on…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Auntie M permalink
    May 20, 2010 7:49 am

    Pia should get a job as a toy designer. Clearly she has talent for figuring out fun kids activities! I do feel bad for Elke’s kids, though. I hope Tea gets some sleep and everything settles down soon. I’m seriously jealous about the food. Except the unpasteurized milk thing. If you must drink it, please don’t tell me about it. It gives me the heebies. We were so glad Doyle vetoed the raw milk bill yesterday…

  2. Courtney permalink
    May 20, 2010 8:23 am

    I didn’t realize you were going to HEAVEN!!! I want to go! It sounds so fabulous. Surely we can swing at least a monthly playgroup meeting in Belgium. Flights must be reasonable what with the ash cloud and all. Yes, I will be mentioning the ash cloud in some form in every comment during your absence.

    Tea is now speaking Dutch? And he speaks better english than Pia. Maybe now is the time to start Thai lessons.

  3. Mei-Lyn permalink
    May 22, 2010 3:22 am

    If you start a playgroup in Belgium , i’m will surely come with my 2 girls! 🙂

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