fast forward one year, and now we're taking our daughter with us. who would have ever imagined such a thing?
we recently needed to bring mary grace to amsterdam, so that she could register herself at the american consulate in order to receive an american birth certificate, social security number, and passport. since amsterdam was a good two hours away by train, and the consulate another 20 minutes by tram, we chose to make it into an overnight trip so that we could do some sightseeing in the west. we arrived on a thursday, ran a few errands and did some touristy things like dining at a canalside cafe and riding on a tour boat, and then on friday we had her appointment at the consulate. since we were finished with that by lunchtime, and since the weather was fine, i called up my friend valerie and invited her to tag along for a day of tiptoeing through the tulips with the three of us!