Utrecht, The Netherlands

Whilst visiting our friends in Leiden, we decided to take a day trip to Utrecht. I have wanted to check out Utrecht ever since Will was there for a conference a few years ago. He spoke so highly of the city and really enjoyed his time there, so it was great to finally see it for myself!

As soon as we got to Utrecht we made a beeline for a park; it was time to have our lunch. Once we got there, the sun came out and a band started playing some music for a free concert. Perfect timing! We spent most of our time at that park just enjoying the weather and the music — and watching our little ones enjoy it too!

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One day I’ll teach this boy to smile for the camera!

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Between the perfect summer weather, free park concerts, terraces on the canal, and beautiful architecture, it was a wonderful day! I’m really glad Liam and I were able to spend a day in Utrecht.

Leiden, Holland

A couple of months ago Liam and I took another mother-son trip, this time to Leiden. Will was heading over to the States for his youngest brother’s wedding, so Liam and I flew over to Holland to see our friends. We couldn’t afford for all of us to go to the US (money and jet-lag), but this way we wouldn’t be alone the whole time Will was away. I went into this trip with a lot of confidence considering how well Liam did in Wuppertal the previous month. Unfortunately, Liam didn’t realise he had set a precedent and decided to handle the trip a bit differently. And by “differently” I mean he whined and cried the whole time. Oh that boy, always spicing things up for me. Precious lamb (not).

Anyway, despite the personality change in my cute travel partner, I’m glad we got to see our friends, to befriend their beautiful baby girl, and to explore their new home city! Leiden is such a beautiful place. It is so green and peaceful. I enjoyed being able to explore it a bit. It was also nice for us to chill with our babies and let them play together, and to catch up on each others lives as new parents!

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Thank you, Trisha and Corey (and Olivia), for being such wonderful hosts and friends!