(It's ok, I didn't either.)
A lucky turn of fate saw us heading to Julianadorp in Nord Holland, past Amsterdam, just as the O'Shannessy's were in town! We were so close we had to try and meet up, and it turned out perfectly. It was like Christmas for Josh and Lewie with the attention of other adults, and their endless supply of €1 for the rides. Yay!
Lewie exploring the cheaper rides :)
Ah, the swings. I had resisted you for so long. What have you done Bernie and Lucy?!?!
Awesome shot of everyone. Josh (c) 2015
"You guys are great! I especially like your cake."
Soon lunch turned into dinner and we absolutely had to say goodbye so we could get to our accomodatin and to bed. Sad to go but so good to see you Lucy, Brendan, Bernie and Leo! Drop in again anytime!
We were staying in a holiday park in Julianadorp that had an outdoor playground with jumping pillow, mini golf, actual golf (blurgh), an indoor playground, bowling alley and a pool. AND it was close to the beach! There was also the tourist island of Texel just off the coast with lots of great bike trails and a brewery, plus you have to catch a ferry to get there. Even if the island isn't that great, surely the ferry will entertain the kids for a little while. I actually had no idea how far away this island was. All part of the adventure!
When all else fails, put him on top of an old brewery barrel!
Sunday we decided to explore closer to the holiday park. We had tagged along with our new Aussie friends Katie and Shane and their children for this trip, and everyone loved the giant jumping pillow. It took a lot of parental encouragement to head to the indoor playground so we could get a coffee :)
On the walk to the beach.
"Where are the ducks, Josh?"
Totally different to what I am used to, but I selfishly liked the Dutch way of doing things. How else are people going to push prams or ride to the beach with their dogs in bike trailers if not for a bitumened section of sand dune?!?
"Mum, the water IS really cold! Oh, my toes are sandy. I'm going back in!"
We're quite happy staying rugged up on the sand, thankyouverymuch.
Beautiful seaweed-eating boy.
The beach was lovely, but it wasn't really swimming weather, despite Josh's efforts. Luckily, we also had the toasty indoor pool for Lewie's first swim! He doesn't look too sure here but he did love it, eventually! In a similar vein, Josh really wanted to try the slide but was a bit worried (it was quite high up, even higher than those swings). After a few trial goes, he decided that was the only thing he and Ben were going to do for the next two hours! Lewie and I went back to our holiday house for sleep.
After a wonderful time away, a very badly timed case of gastro (from me earlier in the week) hit Ben the night before we were due to drive home. It was close call at times, but we made it. Just.