We have had so many visitors this month and have been loving it. For the last four days mine and LD's neice Kristyl and her boyfriend Jaap came to visit. Jaap is from the Netherlands and they are expecting a little boy in December. He is just in the US for a few weeks, so it was such a treat they spent some time with us. It was so fun for Kristyl and I to spend time together while being pregnant and also very fun to get to know Jaap.
When they first got to our house Monday night Clare was SO incredibly shy, which is unusual, but was upset when either of them would even look at her. It didn't last long. By the next morning Clare was snuggling in Jaap's lap to watch Barney and giving them both kisses and hugs. Kristyl and Jaap watched Clare for me while I went to the doctors on Tuesday (because I am on the every other week doctor visits now), and Clare told them that they could color "all day" her new favorite phrase. While Clare napped and went to bed at night we played card games and board games and just hung out. I learned a ton about the Netherlands and Dutch culture as Jaap was always telling us about new things. We also took them to our fav Charlotte restaurant, Mac's Speedshop for some BBQ and LD took them on a little tour of the city.
Wednesday we spent the morning at Monkey Joe's with friends and it was a great time to be there because Jaap (who is 6'5") climbed in all the slides and jumpers with Clare while Kristyl and I relaxed a little. He definetely had a hard time fitting in some of the tunnels! By time we got home everyone was ready for an afternoon nap!
By the end of their visit Clare was calling Jaap "honey"...not sure where she picked that up, and had almost mastered Kristyl's name, which is really hard for an almost 2 year old. It was such a fun week and we are so blessed to have family who desires to make the long haul from Michigan to come visit us!! Thanks for a great week Kristyl and Jaap! Love you both!