Let’s Keep It Low Key, Shall We?

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Sixty Eight]

First Minion: “Can I have some chips please?”

Boy Twin: “Chips!”

Papa: “Go get the chips and a bowl and bring them here.”

Boy Twin and First Minion race to get the chips – Boy Twin wins, bringing the chips back to Papa first.

Papa: “Go get bowls.”

First Minion goes and gets a bowl. Boy Twin goes and gets the BIGGEST PLATE HE CAN FIND.

Well played, Boy Twin.

Well done.

But first the news:

Now the servings are eaten and Boy Twin has put away and retrieved the bag of chips TWICE.

He’ll put them away, but he’s bringing them back out.

Don’t @ me.

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Happy THIRD Birthday, Twins

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Fifty Six]

You two are SO BIG!

I can’t believe that we induced three years ago yesterday and then you were BORN.





By the way, twins don’t normally do that – there are a LOT of twins born via Cesarean, and, typically, when twins are born, well, vaginally, like you were, well, one comes out then the other.

MINUTES apart.

But not you!


Girl Twin couldn’t WAIT to get out and Boy Twin, well, he took his time.

I was oh so totally fine with the lovely pause in between cause, let’s be honest, that was HARD.

But first the news:

But if we’re going to talk about your birth, I need to touch on the pregnancy – cause THAT was also HARD.

That’s the night before – I’m so ready to MEET YOU because the pregnancy was SO HARD. And we’ve DONE IT! Thirty FOUR weeks, babies! Single babies aim for thirty six, but twins get thirty-four as the goal.

Let’s talk about THAT rollercoaster ride, shall we?

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And This Is Black Friday

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Fifty Three]

Black Friday is an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The day after Thanksgiving has been regarded as the beginning of the United States Christmas shopping season since 1952.

And, yeah, it’s even here in the Netherlands.

But first the news:

Of course, because of online shopping and, well, marketing, the single sales day has become a week or more.


Here in the Netherlands, it’s kind of considered Not Cool to put up your Xmas tree before SinterKlaas but in America, the tree goes up today (or yesterday if you used it as an activity to entertain the family before / after Thanksgiving foodness).

And since I’ve already seen a few pictures of friends / family putting up their trees, I totally want to go shopping this weekend for The Tree.

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What Are You Doing For Thanksgiving, Leander?

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Fifty]

Planning the twins’ birthday.

We celebrated Thanksgiving MAYBE twice before the kids arrived, once after First Minion arrived and not at all since the twins arrived three years ago on 30 November.

Which is fine – it wasn’t really our jam before we moved over here anyway except as an excuse to visit family.

And that’s not possible anyway.

But first the news:

Thankfully the twins are too young to really want a party.

If I’m honest, we’d skip the whole thing, but First Minion is making sure they realize and appreciate What They’re OWED.


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Oh, Hey, I’m Getting the COVID Test Tomorrow

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Fifteen]


The twins have had a cough for ten days. And a runny nose.

Nothing else.

But first the news:

But that’s the rule – if you have two (or more) of the coronavirus symptoms, then you have to go home until you’re symptom free for twenty four hours.

The twins were sent home last Monday.

They’ve had normal temperatures, no throat pain, no trouble breathing and zomg SO MUCH energy this whole week.

They’re fine.

And how do I know they’re fine?

Because I have whatever they have.

Phlegm, coughing and sporadic sneezes.

And I’m … fine.


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