July 23, 2017

Blast from the Past

My parents would take me to this playground in the Netherlands when I was little and I remember it like it was yesterday. We even celebrated some birthdays there. 
After we searched for it for almost an hour (neither of us had been there for over 25 years), we finally found it!
I think my dad and brother had more fun than Fox!

It had finally cooled off a little and the weather couldn't have been better. 

This slide was super steep and fast and I was so proud of Fox for trying it. 

He loves being the center of attention...can you tell?

He was a little too short to ride one of these, so he decided to hang on instead.

He had so much fun, he didn't want to leave!

After we got back to our village, we visited my grandparents' grave and the church.

This is the house I grew up in (and now my aunt lives downstairs and brother lives upstairs). 

Mr. Attitude

Like every night, Fox helped Grandma water the flowers before bed!

July 22, 2017

20 Years and Counting

20 years ago I made a friend who would change my life in the best way possible. Most of my fondest, funniest and most embarrassing memories include her and on this day our two boys became friends! Fox had the best day ever and so did I.
Life looks a lot different than it did 20 years ago and who would've known that we'd still be friends and would have playdates with our kids? 

It was a hot day and Fox had so much fun in their pool.

A few days earlier he wanted to buy some water balloons at the store (not sure why because we have never done water balloons and I don't think he knew what they were). The packaging said you could fill 100 balloons in a minute, but either that was a lie or Christina and I were a little challenged in that department, because it took us at least 15 minutes. 

The boys destroyed them in two minutes flat and then we were left picking up all the itty bitty pieces in the grass which took another 15 minutes, so I'm not sure I would buy these again...ha!

We had such a great time and Fox threw a huge fit when it was time to leave.
I love this girl and all the crazy memories we made together and I love that we have the kind of friendship that even though we don't talk to each other every week, when we see each other, it's like I never left!

Fox and I went to my grandma's house afterwards. She had a belated birthday present for him and he was super excited.

I convinced him to run in the sprinklers before we left and although it looks like he hated it, he had a blast doing this!

The Night ended with playing trucks with Uncle Dominic on the balcony!

July 19, 2017

Tivoli Park

This little amusement park was about 30 minutes from my mom's house. She said she used to take my little brother there all the time when he was younger, but I didn't remember ever being there.
It was only $13 and you could stay all day and ride as many rides as you wanted and the best part...no lines!

On the ferris wheel

Fox rode this probably 6 times in a row, I was a little scared because there were no buckles for the kids. See that bridge behind him? Yea, they were driving up there, with no buckles whatsoever. Made me a little nervous!

Bumper Boats are Fox's jam! He spun my mom around for the longest time and I think she got super dizzy.

See him crack up? He was supposed to slide down with me and he thought he was being so funny for ditching me up there!

He initially said that he didn't want to go on the rollercoaster but then changed his mind right before we were about to leave. He screamed, he giggled, he belly laughed...it was so cute.

We had to ride about 7 times before it was really time to go.
This must have been his favorite day, because he asked to go back to the "ladybug place" every day we were in Germany!

My dad came over afterwards and we took Fox to a nearby playground...

...and ended the night by playing in the yard.

It was a good day!