10 September 2013

Fall is Finally Here

Sometime over the last two days, Fall has descended upon us in all it's cooling glory.

Image courtesy of Bill Longshaw - FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Not that summer in the Netherlands is sweltering - it's more the idea of moving into fall. School is in, the summer blooms are long gone, the days are already getting shorter. It was time for the weather to start matching the feeling that things were changing.

I've been especially looking forward to this Fall since it will bring a lot of new experiences for us. Little Man starts school in November which drastically changes our routine and brings new challenges for all of us. We'll start to navigate a new set of developmental expectations for Little Man once he moves up to kleuterschool (4 to 6 year old school) with the "big kids;" and we'll encounter a new set of cultural expectations as we learn more about the Dutch approach to early childhood education from our American perspective. But for a curious kid, kleuterschool will be a good transition if only because it brings new learning opportunities.

This transition also means that I'll have more time work without interruptions - and I've got a whole list of projects that I've been waiting to start because I know it will be easier without "help." I anticipate that it will also be easier to make appointments and engage in some networking since I'll have a bigger chunk of time to work with each day.

But until then, I'll take the novelty of Fall in stride and enjoy the milder (though rainy) weather, pop on my beloved moccasin slippers, and make sure to cherish the last few weeks of Little Man's time as a peuter (toddler) before he becomes a kleuter. I'm excited for the coming changes, but I'm willing to let them come at their own pace.

Are you looking forward to fall? Is it bringing changes or just a sense of the familiar?


  1. Really glad that you guys are having a positive transition with school! And yeah- it's here alright. My fingers are cold typing this, but I am NOT complaining!

  2. Thanks! I'm really hoping it goes well. It's all part of the adventure, right?
    I'm sure it will be cold soon enough, lol. After a few weeks of this, I think we can start complaining.

  3. I was looking forward to fall all summer, but not that it's here, I'm realizing it's going to go by way too fast. In Sweden, it seemed to arrive overnight on the first day of September. I went outside and suddenly, my bike was covered in brown leaves! Coming from New England where the fall is long, colorful and beautiful, I think I may feel a bit shortchanged this year. But still, it's my favorite season and I can't help but enjoy the option to wear sweaters and comfy boots again.

  4. Isn't it nice when you can let life drive you and not the other way around? Enjoy the last weeks with your peuter, AND then you can kick up your heels when he is at school by drinking coffee and watching TV uninterrupted... AHHH NOW THAT'S LIFE.

  5. I know what you mean. It's like the season changes very suddenly - though our leaves haven't started to turn yet. We get some pretty ones in our garden, but nothing like New England. I am happy to start baking without heating up the house, though. =)

  6. HAHA - Selfishly, part of me is counting down the days and making plans for my time. But the other part of me is trying to take care to enjoy the last bit of this stage.


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