Saturday, 22 December 2007

Holland ~ home of my ancesters

Finals are over and now we get to spend some quality time together as a family. Our 1st adventure over the break was to hit up the Netherlands. The Gotz family had everything all planned out so we tagged along for the ride. Our hotel was right in downtown Amsterdam which was very convenient and very interesting. I am really glad we went to Amsterdam, but I don't think I would visit the city again. I saw what I wanted there and once is enough. Monday we toured the canals a little and went to the Anne Frank House and the Van Gough Museum. Seeing the actual hiding place of the Frank Family was completely overwhelming to me. There are no words to describe it. I am extremely happy we went there.

Us outside Anne Frank's hiding place

A shot of the house and the shadow of the tree Anne speaks of in her diary

“Our chestnut tree is in full blossom. It is covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year...” - Anne Frank, 13 May 1944

Brady and his favorite Van Gough painting
I absolutely loved the Van Gough Museum. It was so interesting to compare how his style of painting changed over his life. Especially when he was feeling the effects of his illness. It was so fun to see all the classic Van Gough's that I love and also to enjoy paintings I had never seen before.
Us outside the museum

Brady and Millie


Tuesday Brady, Millie and I left the Gotz in Amsterdam and we headed into a couple little towns. One was called Naarden and the other Weesp. Brady really wanted to go to Naarden because of an areal shot that he found on the internet. I didn't really care, I just wanted to see the windmills in Weesp. Naarden ended up being a darling little town with a cute little petting zoo for Millie. We had a fantastic lunch in a tiny cafe, where I had the best hot chocolate I have ever had, and Brady had the best sandwich ever made. We had a wonderful time.

Here an aerial shot of Naarden.

I love that they had wood shoes for the kids to borrow. Millie didn't want to take hers off.

The Giant Chicken

My Dutch Girl

Sadly I didn't realize how loud I was singing and you can hardly hear Millie's little voice


I am so glad we made a special trip to see the windmills! When I think of Holland I think of windmills.

Wednesday the Gotz family joined us on an adventure to see a castle that ended up being closed. So Sad! But we did have a fun time seeing the little fishing town and also the smallest car I have seen in my whole life!

Danalisa, Owen, Me
They let us walk around the castle grounds
The Gardens

Thursday we did some shopping and then ate a cone of lard, well I didn't. French fries with mayo, no thanks!

Good Times!

Our Family

Downtown Amsterdam

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Ashlie said...

Very exciting. I love the pictures. The birthday post to your mom was adorable too:). Have a Merry Christmas!

Bobbi said...

So glad you guys are having all these adventures with your little fam- I am very jealous!

Mike and Me said...

We love you all and miss you terribly. No kissing on the blogs that is for your mom and me. Millie is right at home in her ancestrial shoes. Miss seeing more pictures of the little towns and the petting zoo.


Duchess said...

What a wonderful experience! I love Millie in the wooden shoes.

The Yarn Queen said...

Oh, seeing Millie in her Dutch shoes made me cry. She certainly is right at home in her ancestrial shoes. Just darling. Loved the Christmas card also...

The Yarn Queen said...

Hey hi Duchess....

lindsay Roscoe said...

I really wish I went there with you, that was cool. Millie in her dutch shoes with the giant chicken was my favorite pic. How amazing!! The house of Anne Frank is bigger then I imagined, what an expiernce. This casatle is myfavorite so far it has a mote. The tiny car how funny is that! 6 more weeks

Grant and Catherine Smith said...

That's so fun you are getting the chance to see so much of Europe. I love the little wooden shoes! I wouldn't want to take them off either! :0)

Jodi J said...

Looks and sounds like you guys had a great time! Tony and I hope you guys have a great Christmas and a wonderful time in Italy. We look forward to catching up in the New Year.

The Mirci Family said...

Love the Castle! I will live in one someday. Even if I have to build it myself. I really am a princess you know! That chicken looks very scarry. I hope Millie didn't get eatten by it. What a memorable family Holliday. Congrats on the opportunities you have. You are extreemly blessed. You and your cute little family!!