Thursday, May 3, 2007

On a Positive Note

My dear husband seems to think I have one too many complaints these days. Is it because he wants me to be happy and feels the need to fix everything I don't like? HMMM? Is it because he can still remember the days I was a very pregnant and very overheated weather reporter, reporting on the status of the heatwave every other hour of the day? (And that he could not fix!) Is it because living in Belgium makes just about everyone want to complain?!! As my friend Stacy pointed out today, how else do we deal with it if we can't poke fun and rant about the problems we face here? Because believe me when I say it IS a little backwards, and that's putting it nice. But honestly, I think it's because no body likes a complainer. Wow, that was simple!

So, in honor of David, today I have made a new addition to my blog, as you can see on the right hand side there, so that everyone can see I do have good things to say. My list of things I like about living here. It was actually easy. Everyday I find things I like about being here. And honestly if I wrote a list of complaints I would have run out of space! But seriously, even though I will always be an American girl at heart, I love the grand and subtle life lessons this place has awarded me and my family. Being in Europe has opened all of our eyes to new possibilities. It's been an exciting and sometimes frightening roller coaster of an adventure that has surely brought us closer as a family. The time we have together has been invaluable, and for this I am truly grateful!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Never Underestimate a Sunny Day in Belgium

The usual forcast? Rainy with a chance of sun. In fact, I'm not sure I saw the sun the entire month of January. It was a long winter and I honestly had moments when I wondered if I could stay in Belgium for long. But here we are going on a whole month of pure sunshine and warmth. Everyone seems happier than usual and Belgium seems more lovely than ever. The days are getting long and it is hard to put the children down for bed when there is still a glimmer of sun at a quarter to ten at night. I don't even think I've turned on the oven in weeks, the BBQ is working overtime and David hasn't had to put the top up on his jeep. Just believe me when I say, there is nothing more glorious in Belgium than a sunny day, and I will never take it for granted. But I do apologize to all who are coming for a visit, in advance, because it surely can not last forever!

The sun must also be making my boys grow like weeds. And since I have not been good at keeping you up-to-date on their latest and greatest I figure today I will at least share with you a couple photos taken over the last couple months. I have so much to say about my great boys, but for now just take a look for yourself. Oh, and never underestimate a sunny day in Belgium, because I can even see the joy in my boys when they go out to play on a beautiful day!