- We celebrated Sinterklaas Day on Dec. 5. We had a nice dinner, we each got a chocolate letter (tradition) and a little present. Andy got a car, Cameron got a few diet cokes, and I got a bubble bath ball.
- The most important event of the month was Cameron's glamor shots he had taken at Dell. They show off his successful November beard.
- When Cameron was in London, Andy and I went to Christmas boat parade on the Prinsengracht (one of the main canals here). It was beautiful and so festive! Andy loved seeing all the lights and loved pointing at the boats.
- It's not really something we did, but the most important event of the month was the birth of our first nephew, Samuel. We love him so much already. He and Andy will be best buddies!
Of course, all the fun activites in December culminated when Greg, Kathy, and Brendan arrived. It was so fun for us to all celebrate Christmas together. A little synopsis of their time with us in Amsterdam:
They all got here on a friday; after a little nap, we all (Rachel, too) went to dinner at Va Piano's. Saturday we did the Christmas Markets in Cologne, which I've already blogged about. Sunday, I dropped Rachel off at the airport, we went to church, had a pasta dinner at home, and then went out to see the Amsterdam Light Festival. It's the coolest thing. It's this path you walk on through Amsterdam that has about 20 different points you stop at that have creative light displays. A lot of them are interactive. It's here just for the month, so we're glad Cam's family got to see it, too. Monday was Christmas Eve. Greg treated us to a delicious breakfast at Esprit Cafe, then we headed off to the Hermitage Museum to see all the Van Gogh. That afternoon, Greg, Brendan, and Cam all took a bike ride to see Cam's work while I prepped for our Christmas Eve dinner. We had a nice Christmas Eve spending time together at home. Christmas morning, we had a yummy breakfast casserole. There weren't many presents to open--we'd all agreed to do a "no presents" Christmas because of our big Italy trip. However, Kathy and Greg spoiled Andy with tons of presents; he loves every single one of them. We went on a boat cruise that morning, relaxed in the afternoon, and then Greg treated us to a fancy Christmas Dinner at Humphrey's. The next morning we left for Italy, which is a story for another post. We had so much fun showing Cam's family around beautiful Amsterdam! We didn't take enough pictures, but here are a few.
Amsterdam Light Festival: