Category Archives: Culture

Smith Lake 2014

We headed out right after school yesterday, stopped to pick up Maarten at his work and drove out to Smith Lake West of Kalispell.  Sam was excited and nervous to try out his new skates from Oma and Opa: His … Continue reading

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The Old Year

I like the Dutch term ‘Old Years Day’ more than the American ‘New Years Eve-Day’.  It puts the focus on the year just past rather than rushing headlong into the New Year, as we Americans are perhaps apt to do, … Continue reading

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I’m thankful for so much, really, it always is hard to narrow it down to a short list.  But right now, the last few days, I’m especially thankful for ice.  Clean, hard, clear ice and the chance it gives us … Continue reading

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Get your Skates on

It’s shaping up to be a pretty phenomenal early skating season.  Snow-free cold is predicted to stick around through this week.  We skated on a little pond close to our friends’ house on Saturday; Wednesday when the kids are out … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t it be nice?

So Maarten and I sometimes joke with each other; why couldn’t you be Dutch, or why couldn’t you be from Montana?  Things would be so much easier… And the thing is, we are joking, because we both know full well … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween

Presenting ninja, flower fairy and baby cat.  The kids are off roaming the neighborhood with Maarten now, so thrilled to be out at dusk, as night falls.  Later they’ll come home and dump their bags out on the floor and … Continue reading

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Sylvan Lake Skating Adventure

So guess what we did this weekend?  We took part in a skating tour organized on Sylvan Lake, Alberta!  Maarten, my sister and I drove up Friday night, skated on Saturday and drove back down on Sunday. Sylvan Lake is … Continue reading

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