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Updated February, 2009
Skating on the Ijsselmeer
January 10, 2009: One of the great Dutch traditions which we rarely get to enjoy as our climate changes is ice skating. The last time Amsterdam had an ice-skating weekend was before Doon was born -- the skates in this picture were purchased on a Queens Day long, long ago, back when we still used Guilders for currency. Their first time out on the ice on my feet was this weekend. What a happy, silly, slippery slidy day we had out at Jenny's house. Doon and I stayed on after the rest of the clan went back for cocoa, racing and enjoying the Hans Brinker experience.
Yuletide Yummies and Yippies
Christmas finds us all lurgy but well. Dylan is now happily settled down in school, Doon is about to perform his Diabolo circus act at the Melkweg, (Milky Way), and this year's festival of toy consumption was just a hoot. Doon got a cell phone for his big present, Dylan a Nintendo DS. A boxed set of Star Wars DVDs, allegedly for Doon, is high on Dad's list of great presents, along with the Spore handbook from Uncle Dave and Aunt Lisa.
All the presents from family were fantastic and beloved, but this one, from Favorite Aunt Molly, made for the best video:
What a great time. Best wishes from all of us to all of you.
Summer of oh-eight
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Meidoorn School Greenpeace activities
For Montessori Day, each class chose a charity to learn about and do something for. Doon's class chose Greenpeace. They visited the Greenpeace ship Sirius, held a sponsored race and an auction, joined the Green Team and raised 751 Euros!