This year we decided to stay home for Christmas, both Mark and I took two weeks off during the kids holidays. And it has.been.awesome. The goal for the holiday was, as a friend of ours nicely put it, to do as little as possible. We have been leaving the house on a regular basis, day trips, museum visits, quick trips to town for coffee, hot chocolate and Christmas shopping, long overdue dinner out with friends but most of all we have been resting at home, cooking, eating, playing, and just enjoying being together.
And a couple of photos from when we did decide to leave the house…
Kinderboeken museum (Museum of children books) visit
This is definitely my all time favourite place for children in our area. The museum is in Den Haag, which means a short train ride for us, which in itself is always a big adventure for the kids. The museum has two fixed expos, one for younger children, age 3-6, Kikker en Haas, which is just beautiful, and the bigger one for older children (7+) with tons to do and see, all books related of course. We go there often and the kids love it.
The pictures speak for themselves I think, we had a lovely, easygoing day at home, with lots of food, playing, chilling together.
Kasteel De Haar (Castle De Haar), the largest and most luxurious castle in The Netherlands.
We went to this castle when Una was a toddler and thought now it would be a good time to do it again, given Nestor’s obsession with knights and dragons and swords and stuff. And indeed, as soon as we stepped into the gardens and he saw the castle in all its glory, his eyes lit up and he cried: “I dreamed about this, a castle like this one!” And now during the school holidays they had a special tour for children, “Fairy tales of De Haar” (Sprookjes van De Haar). As much as Nestor was fascinated by the outside of the castle, Una was taken by the tour and princess hunt, and the role she had in it (she got to wear a tiara!) Unfortunately it is not allowed to take photos inside the castle, so all we have are photos of the gardens and outside.
Tomorrow is the New Years Eve and we have a full day of cooking planned. We are going to our friends’ house for the evening, the plan is to let the kids (ours and theirs) stay up until they fall over, eat, drink, play Catan and be merry.
Happy New Year, may it be a great one, full of love and laughter!