The month of April brought Grandma and Grandpa Tenney from Oregon. And a whole extra carry-on of goodies for Max. A boy can never have too many toys or clothes.
We had a great time from day one. The time change didn’t slow them down much! Penny may have been the most excited to see them. Grayson was able to take the Friday they arrived off, and we walked around the neighborhood and Vondelpark. Over the weekend, we checked out Dam Square, shopped the local Farmer’s Market, took a canal cruise and ate lunch at a great place called The Grasshopper downtown. We also traveled to Lisse to see Keukenhof Garden. People come from all over the world to see these gardens, and Grandma and Grandpa timed their trip perfectly to visit Keukenhof during the few weeks it is open each year. I mentioned it before, but it is such a beautiful place with more flowers and displays than you can imagine. It is definitely one of my favorite places! Max liked the flowers too, although he preferred them picked and in his hands. Apparently that’s frowned upon…
After an action packed few days in Amsterdam, Allen and Cynthia took off for their own European adventure for a couple of weeks. They visited Paris and saw all the sights, trained to Bayeux and learned some of WWII history first hand, and finally chunnel-ed it over to London. We had planned to meet them in London for the weekend, but Max had different ideas. The week leading up to our London trip, Max had not been himself, crying and fussing a lot. I wrote it off to teething initially but finally took him to the doctor because something seemed off. The poor guy was, in fact, teething, along with a bit of hay fever with a bronchial respiratory reaction and a double ear infection. The baby inhaler helped him sleep immediately, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to get on the flight to London knowing how much it would hurt his little ears. Luckily, Grandma and Grandpa were coming back to Amsterdam after London, and we could rebook our tickets for another weekend!
“…and just enjoyed some good Grandma and Grandpa time.”
Allen and Cynthia made it back to Amsterdam and we loved hearing about all their adventures. We had another action-packed long weekend, starting with the Albert Cuyp Market and a delicious lunch while Grayson was at work. We also checked out the Van Gogh Museum on Museumplein for the first time. We went to Zaanse Schans, where it hailed sideways as soon as we arrived. The thing about Holland weather is that you can wait 10 minutes and you won’t believe it just hailed on you as the sun scorches your face. We did some shopping, ate lunch at Foodhallen, rode our bikes, and just enjoyed some good Grandma and Grandpa time.
We always love having visitors, but Grandmas and Grandpas are a special kind that we especially miss when they leave. We are already looking forward to seeing them back in Oregon later this summer!