We made it safely to the Netherlands. We had several delays, but managed to walk onto our connecting flight here. The kids were well-behaved for the most part. I sat with Lily for the long leg who slept in my lap, basically, for the last half of the flight. Everytime I woke her up to leave the plane, she would fall back asleep, her little head just nodding back and forth. I didn't get much sleep as I was in the row in front of the lavatories. I think people take all of the angst out on those lavatory doors - slamming them, rocking that lock with brutal force. The ensured my limited rest time. Well, that and the fact that I promise our flight attendant was a shorter Johnny Depp who was doing research for his up and coming movie. Thankfully, it was not his Edward Scissorhands or Pirates movies, but more his Willy Wonka role. Either way, a little creepy. Actually, I just found out, Sadie loudly called him the man-woman. Thankfully, Jay got to deal with that one!
We picked up our very large rental van - a volkswagon caravan. We are pleased with the size, expecially for American standards. However, cobbled stone streets of quaint Europe will require some manuvering. Jay already let out a little "ack" noise on the highway when the lanes were tight and a large truck was beside us. I think this will be interesting.
My first stop at Jay's house was at the dinner table. I consummed large volumes of bread and cheese. The kids gobbled up their chocolate sprinkle sandwiches, but who wouldn't. The little plate of Dutch chocolates has almost all been consummed. I will be lucky if I don't weigh a ton before we leave. A nap has rounded out the day. After dinner, we plan on walking into the city center. It is the shopping night in Tilburg, which means the stores stay open late tonight. Just my luck!