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Reisverslag Another week with new adventures!
1 december 2016
Another week with new adventures!
Around 4 pm, the whole family jumped in the car racing to the movie theater to watch....... Fantastic Beasts! That movie is just amazing :) I am also reading all the Harry Potter books, in English.
That night everybody went to bed early to get some extra sleep we missed the night before because of the rain.
Thursday November 24th >>>>> THANKSGIVING! There is no better event to experience the American culture. Aunt Nancy made the turkey that day. So more family members and friends arrived in Houston to celebrate Thanksgiving with us, 24 people in total...... This was the biggest turkey I've ever seen, man man. It was stuffed with all kind of things and it baked in the oven for 5 hours or something :o
But we had fun and everybody ate a looooottt. We also had a dessert, apple pie, pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie :)
The day after Thanksgiving we went to the biggest Renaissance festival. Of course we went with the whole family and Kat, Stephanie, Danielle, Mathilde and Chris dressed up. They wore Renaissance dresses, except for Chris haha. There were a lot of little shops you could buy knives or dresses or other stuff. We mostly went to the performances. We went to a man who made music only with big and small bells, it was very impressive. We saw a dirty Shakespeare show, played by 3 actors who performed a Shakespeare play but in their own words and very sexual but so funny. And of course the play didn't take 4 hours, only 20 minutes. There were artists who played with fire and with whips and it was so cool. We were at the festival around 9 am and didn't leave it until 6 pm, so it was a long long long day. But it wasn't over yet because from the festival we went straight to the Drive-In movie theater and watched Moana, the kids movie, with the family :)
On Saturday, Mathilde and I went shopping the Memorial City Mall. Even though Black Friday was over, it was still very crowded in all stores. A lot of stores were a mess and the lane in Victoria Secret ended almost out of the store... And yes, Mathilde and I were in that lane, waiting and waiting until we could pay haha. I bought new shoes because I really liked them and they were cheap but once we were home and I tried them on again, they hurt so bad because they were too small... I have to return them oops.
On Sunday we went to church like every Sunday. Stephanie had to sing again and it was just so beautiful. I love it when she sings in and around our house :) When we got back in the house Mathilde and I went to a Sinterklaas party in one of the 800 million of thousand churches here in Houston. It was organized by a Dutch Community and everybody spoke Dutch. And since Mathilde can't speak Dutch I was her translator for the whole day, but sometimes it was really hard for me to switch from English to Dutch because I am used to talk English all the time now. They painted our faces in rainbow colors because the whole 'Zwarte Pieten Discussion' is also known here in America so they didn't want to paint us black. I didn't like that but we still had so much fun. We helped with giving the children presents and I had to remind the Sinterklaas to speak Dutch to the little kids because he was also used to talk English, that was really funny. Because all the other Pieten live in the US for more than 3 years they don't know all the Sinterklaas songs anymore, but I celebrate Sinterklaas with my family every year and I love to sing all the songs. So I was the only one who knew all the songs perfectly so they decided to let me sing in the microphone and yeah I was a Piet so I couldn't say no in front of all those sweet little kids..... Soooo I song some songs in Dutch pretending I loved it but my my non-sing-talent increased because of the microphone... Still I had a lovely day and we could take all the pepernoten leftovers home and they got a birthday present for me because it was the day before my birthday and guess what it was :) :) :) Speculaas, Chocolate Letter, Hagelslag, Stroopwafels, Gevulde speculaas and Drop!!! That made my day even better :)
And then finally it was my 18th birthday. It was funny because when it was November 27th at 6 pm here in Texas it was November 28th at 1 am midnight in The Netherlands so technically it was already my birthday :) Mathilde jumped on my bed to wake me up with a happy birthday in the morning and I had such a great day. Two friends in school gave my a huge decorated cupcake and I skyped with my family during my lunch in school. ( Missing them the most ♡ ) We ate the perfect big chocolate birthday cake in the evening and of course when I want to blow out the candles something goes wrong. I don't know how or why but the candles kept lightning back up even if I blew them out!!!!! And everybody just laughed at me and I laughed too and that made it even harder to blow out all the 18 candles. Sticking my face in the cake and eat the first bite is a part of having your birthday in this house so I did that and it was amazing, even though I still had chocolate on my nose when I went to bed... ;) I also got some presents from home including more Dutch food >> ( I love Nienke for that ♡ ) When Mathilde and I went shopping I saw some cute lights with which you can decorate your room, so she bought that as a gift for me and now my room is all decorated and ready for Christmas :)
We had blown up a few balloons for my birthday and I was playing with them and for one moment I forgot they have fans everywhere in the houses here in Texas, so the balloon flew to high in the room, touched the fan and came back straight to my face really fast. It was actually only funny when you saw it happening but I start to laugh every time I think of that action so I just tell y'all about it :)
On Tuesday I watched the girls soccer practice to see if I liked it and I did, so yesterday I joined the team and the girls are really nice and I think I will have fun with them and the coach is amazing too! When I came back yesterday, Mathilde had made us Danish meat balls 'frikadelle' and we ate dinner with our parents and the two of us and we had so much fun, just at dinner. We taught our host mom 'tongue breakers' in Dutch and Danish and it was the funniest thing ever. She was trying to say " Bram de brave broer van breiende brauwende Brielse Brechtje, bracht in zijn bronsbruin broekje een bril en een brandbrief en een gebroken brokje bros bruin brood over de brede brug naar Breukelen. " Every time there was a 'R' and 'CH' in one word she stopped, looked at me and said: So now you expect me to roll my R and say the weird Dutch thing (CH) in one word? I just enjoyed listening to it so much, she did great actually :)
It starts getting really cold now but for real something like 10 degrees Celcius.... That means it's really hot in school because that is what they do. When it is hot outside they turn on the air conditioning really high, but when it starts getting cold outside they make it a sauna in school. But overall my experience is getting better and better and a great month with Christmas, my trip to Kentucky and New Year is coming :)
2 december 2016 07:19 | Door: Edwin
Hè Marit, leuk om je verslag weer eens te lezen
op deze vroege vrijdag morgen. Tis hier alweer de laatste dag van de week
En morgen gaan we onze nieuwe huisgenoot ophalen, we hebben besloten om toch weer
Een hondje te nemen een Jack Russel met de naam Bram hij is bijna 8 weken dus nog een baby en dat op onze leeftijd.
Je Engels is trouwens perfect hoor zal wel weer moeilijk worden om over een half jaar weer Nederlands te praten.
Hou Facebook maar een beetje in de gaten voor de foto's van bram, ik hoop dat ie net zo lief wordt als gabber.
Voorzichtig en veel plezier CU
2 december 2016 13:56 | Door: Marit
Dankjewel voor je lieve berichtje Edwin! Ik ben er zeker van dat ie net zo lief word als Gabber! Kan niet wachten om Bram te zien
2 december 2016 18:13 | Door: Marijne
Hai Marit, wat ontzettend fijn dat je het zo fijn hebt. Ik hoor je stem door je teksten heen ;-). Echt leuk om te lezen.
Hier zijn de bomen weer saai kaal. Sinterklaasweekend met gedichten en cadeautjes. Fong maakt misschien BaoPao. Maandag komt sint weer bij De Cirkel aan... je kent t wel...:-).
Ps heb je al cheddar popcorn gegeten? Dat kan ik hier nog steeds niet vinden...
Enjoy the holiday season!