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March 3, 2013
A lovely mountain drive on our Christmas-trip to Colorado

A lovely mountain drive on our Christmas-trip to Colorado

Well hello there!  I am writing to you from my new, lovely living room in my new, lovely home that I share with Jozef!  In my last post I wrote about wondering (and worrying a little) about how it would go and what it would be like.  I am happy to report that things are going better than either of us could have anticipated.  But a lot has happened between then and now, so let me catch you up a bit!

  • One week before I was meant to wrap up my job as an au pair, I fell down a stair (yes ONE stair) and ended up in the emergency room with a cast and very very sore foot.  A few doctors visits later (and experiencing life without insurance- very humbling indeed!) I am now out of the cast and walking *almost* normal.  The bright side was that I got to move in with Jozef a week early.  He took such amazing care of me the entire time.  He has been my champion through it all, especially when I called him right after I fell, a little hysteric.  He dropped everything a drove to get me immediately.  I so appreciate him!  The downside, beside injuring myself, was having to leave my au pair family early and without any sort of “goodbye moment.”  It definitely was not how I envisioned my last week with everyone.  Three weeks later, after we got back from the states, I heard the kids thought I was still in the hospital!  So I tracked them down after school and got some “grote knuffelen”- big hugs.
  • A week after my stint in the emergency room, Jozef and I took a transatlantic hike to my home town of Colorado to see my family for Christmas.  I didn’t get to go home last year, so I was really looking forward to this.  I have to say, my mom really pulled out all the stops.  I think every decoration we had collected over the years was out and the pile of presents under the tree was bigger than I had ever seen it.  The entire house was lit up and exuded Christmas.  I was so happy when I walked in the door.  I’ll be blogging more about our trip tomorrow.  So the gist is- two very gezellig weeks catching up with family and friends.  What more  could I ask for?

    My niece, Ella, enjoying Christmas morning

  • After we got back from the states, Jozef and I *officially* began living together.  I finally have all my stuff moved in now (albiet most of it still in boxes, until we figure out what to do with it all).  But my clothes are in the closet, my books are on the shelves, and my hair products are taking over the bathroom.  I love how our things mingle around each other, blending into one another over time- just like our lives are doing now.

    Jozef and I at our super cool hotel in Maastricht

  • A week after our trip to Colorado, we took off again to Maastricht for our one year anniversary.  We stayed in a super cool old monastery and ate A LOT.  I will be blogging later about that trip as well, so check back later this week!
  • I’m working!  I was lucky enough to find two nanny jobs fairly close to our house.  But they’re far enough away that I am getting some great exercise on the bike.  Surprisingly, my thirty minute bike ride in the morning is one of the best parts of my day!
  • As I settle into a life with Jozef, I am also looking towards my own future.  I am applying to Leiden University to study psychology in the fall.  I desperately want to get in, as the program is taught in English.  Hopefully I will have some good news on the subject around June.
  • A few weeks ago, I took a quick trip to Paris for a friend’s birthday.  Paris is such an amazing city to wander around and snap pictures. And, yes, you guessed it, I will be blogging about that later, as well.

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    Wandering Paris, camera in hand

  • Now that we’ve been living together for a few months, Jozef and I are trying to put a bit more of our stamp on our home.  We’ve ordered a dining room table and have some Eames Chairs in mind (replicas of course).  I really want to make our house comfortable and unique and great space to entertain, especially for out of town guests!  Luckily we have a few coming at the end of the summer, so that’s our deadline to get the house going in the right direction.  I’ll be sharing the experience on the blog.  I hope I can inspire those going through the same experience, and get insights from those of you that have been there.
  • Last, but certainly not least, last week I received a letter from the immigration office saying I am approved to stay in the Netherlands officially- until August.  I will be approved to stay longer after I complete my citizenship test.  It’s all part of the process and the end result is totally worth it!

And now you’re caught up!  I hope to be catching up a bit more often from now on and would love to see your lovely faces in the comments!  You can also subscribe using the button on the right hand side, if you are so inclined.

Groetjes,
Sarah

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Cindy Hines permalink
    March 3, 2013 10:20 pm

    I loved your blog and hearing about all your adventures! We loved meeting Jozef and we are so happy for you both!

    • March 5, 2013 6:10 pm

      Thank you aunt Cindy 🙂 I’m glad you’re along for the ride! I won’t always be posting to Facebook, so if you want to subscribe, there’s a link on the right. It will send the posts to your email xx

  2. March 4, 2013 4:19 am

    Yea, Sarah and Jozef. Thanks so much for this update. My best to you both!

  3. Jan Nyenhuis permalink
    March 5, 2013 6:00 pm

    Iam very happy for you both and hope life continues this way for you. Congratultions on the new job(s)! Are the canals freezing over again this winter?

    Auntie Jan

    • March 5, 2013 6:11 pm

      Thanks Jan! The canals *almost* froze this year, but it didn’t get quite cold enough, but it was very very close. It’s sunny and 15 degrees Celsius today. A reason to celebrate for sure!

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