It was really fun to arrive in Belgium with the Sandozes. I don't think any of us really gave Belgium much thought before we found out we were moving here 3 years ago. There aren't a lot of pictures your mind can conjure up about a place that you haven't really even heard of, so it makes it really exciting to bring people here, show them around, and give them an idea of what our lives are like.

We had a nice big breakfast that first morning. So fun to have them with us at our table.

You can guess what this means:

One of the only things I was hoping to do this week was fill my freezer with some Sandoz cooking. In one night, Tracy cooked up 2 big pots of chili and spaghetti sauce (to be spread out sparingly over the next 10 months :)

The boys were on burger duty. Bacon-wrapped burger duty. Oh goodness.

We in turn shared some Belgian treats that we have come to love. The Brasilienne, for one. Pastry cream, whipped cream, candied pecans in a light crust. Wow.

We spent one afternoon visiting Ali and Nada and their sweet kids.

They prepared an incredible meal for us and then we just lounged around, talked, and held babies all afternoon.

We also did a little photo shoot for Nagham's 5th birthday. So precious!

Our sweet friends:

We also had dinner one night with Sirin and Xavier. It was fun to share some American burgers with them after all the fun international dinners we have had with them.

Clay brought home a dart board from London and is loving it. Let it be known that Tracy beat him the first time they played...

1 comment:

Pat Chapman said...

Wow, amazing it's been 3 years! This was good to get caught up with you with the Sandozes trip. Brought back such sweet memories of when we visited my folks while they lived in London. Love that town! Lots of fun food and family for you all. I'm still in Branson awaiting a granddaughter....