Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Canal Cruise, Anne Frank House (almost), & Pancakes

We've done some fun things the past week or so!  The only downside is that we've all been pretty sick for the past week.  We're hoping we get better soon so we can have the energy to leave the house a bit more.  We still planned some fun things for Saturday to do around here and had a great time.

We went on a Canal Cruise and loved it.  This is definitely a tourist must when you visit Amsterdam.  Most people go on a big, covered boat with lots of people.  We opted for a smaller boat and were glad we did.  The weather cooperated beautifully and so did Andy.  (Thanks to Baby Einstein, which saved our life once again.)  We were on the boat for about 75 min. with 6 other people and went around the western canals of Amsterdam, through the Jordaan.  The pictures aren't the best because Cam was holding Andy, and I was holding the laptop for Andy.  But it was stunning!

An old warehouse.

There are 2500 houseboats on the canals.  This one is just a home for cats! Crazy. 
Andy stuffing his face with raisins.

Our plan for the afternoon was to go to the Anne Frank house and then go to the famous pancake house that's nearby.  After standing in a barely moving line at the Anne Frank house for 30 min., we decided we'd come back another time and headed to get pancakes.  Despite having the rudest waitress alive, we loved it. The pancakes were incredible!  Expensive, but incredible.  

Andy and I shared a chocolate, banana, & whipped cream pancake.  Andy let me take a bite  occasionally.
Cam had an apple and bacon pancake.  I guess that's traditional here?  I wasn't gutsy enough to order it, but once I tried Cam's I wished I would have.
We actually had a lot of good food during the weekend.  Friday we went to this takeout Chinese place and ate it in Rembrandtplein.  It was really good food.  The best part was this incredible classical guitarist that was playing while we ate.  And then it got even better when an old man started dancing all crazy to the music.  Just by himself.  It was so entertaining. I was so bummed I didn't have my camera.  On the subject of food, we had a couple from church over for dinner Sunday.  It was so fun to get to know them! And very refreshing to be around fellow expats.  I was so excited to have people over.  I haven't really talked to anyone but Cameron for a month.  Cameron's great and all, but it was nice to have some variety. :) And one last food mention: look at this delicious sandwich I had for lunch on Saturday. 
Mozzarella, Pesto, Tomato, & Rocket.
Andy and I made another visit to the Vondelpark last week.  This time we played in the playground area for a while.  It's really intended for older kids, but Andy still had a lot of fun running around.  He's such a funny kid.  He walks up to every little kid and just starts yelling at them.  Not like angry yelling, just talking excitedly and loudly.  And they're all terrified of him.  Ha! He had a good time though.  Up until it was time to leave.  By the looks of this next picture, you wouldn't guess he'd just thrown a full-blown limp body, shrieking tantrum for a solid ten minutes.  Is it possible for the terrible twos to begin at 15 months?  It was embarrassing, to say the least.  Especially around all these perfectly behaved european children.  We'll see when I get up the courage to go again.  

Beautiful park.


  1. You live in a beautiful place, my friend. Soak it up! I would never guess Andy had just thrown a tantrum. That picture of him is adorable!

  2. How cute is Andy in that coat and those pancakes look delicious! Sorry Andy had a tantrum, I can only imagine how embarrassing that would be! Maybe terrible twos will be short lived, if it's already stating :)

  3. Every time I look at your blog with Avery and we see Andy, she points, smiles, and screams. Hilarious! She gets so excited!

    1. Seriously?!?! They love each other already, then! Good thing they're betrothed.

  4. those pancakes look DELICIOUS. I love that picture of Andy! what a cute coat on him :)

  5. May I just point out that you are wearing JACKETS!? I am sort of in awe. . .

  6. I've read that the terrible twos are pretty much over by the time they reach two. I can't say that was exactly true for Amelia, but maybe it will give you hope? Haha. I love the fur hood on Andy, so stylish.

  7. Okay first of all, those pancakes. holy cow. second of all, i cant get over how beautiful that cruise looks. also andy looks SO adorable.