Three days in Amsterdam
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Hello! Happy 2019! We welcomed the new year in Amsterdam! The land of bikes and pancakes, canals and cheese! What a great way to start the year.

Also, by welcomed I mean we were all in bed by 10:30 pm. But, Sam and I woke up after midnight to the sound of thousands of fireworks! The Dutch take their fireworks seriously, because they didn’t stop until way past one o’ clock. Sam had a few days off and whenever that happens we tend to pack up and go somewhere. The best thing about living in the mecca of Europe, is that you can be anywhere in three hours! We’ve always wanted to visit Amsterdam. I heard so many good things, and we left absolutely loving it. The people were so kind, and we left stuffed to the brim with pancakes.

The weather was pretty good for December, so we were able to walk the canals a bit with the girls and not have so many complaints. Honestly, they complained more about all the layers than the cold. Amsterdam is just as picturesque as I imagined. The townhouses look like a movie set. I feel like we say this after every trip, but we could totally live here. I mean, those canals!

Some photos! Okay, lots and lots of photos.

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This cutie took her christmas gift with her and snapped some polaroids!

This cutie took her christmas gift with her and snapped some polaroids!

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We loved this place so much, we ate here all three days!

We loved this place so much, we ate here all three days!

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The biggest tub of molasses I’ve ever seen!

The biggest tub of molasses I’ve ever seen!

The poffertjes were amazing!

The poffertjes were amazing!

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More poffertjes!

More poffertjes!

Stroopwafels! We took a bag home with us and can’t get over how good they were. These were homemade from the Albertcuyp market.

Stroopwafels! We took a bag home with us and can’t get over how good they were. These were homemade from the Albertcuyp market.

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Sam and the girls went iceskating for the first time! This the least blurry of all the photos I took. :)

Sam and the girls went iceskating for the first time! This the least blurry of all the photos I took. :)

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The smell in here was unreal.

The smell in here was unreal.

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Not pictured, but we visited the Anne Frank house and it was a special memory I hope the girls remember. I found tickets on a whim, and I wholeheartedly recommend. Going up the steep stairs to the annex was a real experience. I can’t imagine not being able to leave the house for years or not being able to make a noise for fear of being caught. We left very somber and reflective.

I hope you had a great start to the new year. I decided not to make any resolutions this year. Not only because I don’t want to feel guilty whenever I don’t keep them, (no one needs that negativity in there life, especially in the middle of dreary January), but because honestly, I am pretty okay with how I ended the year. I am still reading a lot. I’m taking time to rest. That’s what an injury forces you to do, I guess. Resolutions are too serious, so I’m just going to wing it this year.

There are some things I want to do less, however. I took some time off social media this year, and it was really insightful. I felt so much better about myself. As a woman, wife, friend. It’s really hard to not compare yourself to others when you’re seeing their best everyday. They choose the best picture to post, and you find yourself comparing your life to one photo. Even if you live a pretty good life, somehow there’s always something you don’t have, that you think you need. So, I’m going to do my best to not scroll mindlessly. I’m unfollowing anyone that makes me feel empty or bad. It’s really that simple. You forget sometimes, that you are in charge of your own happiness! Also, I could eat less sugar.

I hope this year brings you all the success and health and love. Thanks for following our little family.