Just getting there was a feat in itself, mostly because it was Saturday morning and Liam was doing what most everyone wants to do on a Saturday morning -- sleep in. So we had the car packed, all ready to go, and we were just waiting on him to wake up and eat. Which he finally did, and we were off to drop Murphy at the boarder for the weekend. Bruges is only a 2 hour drive from where we live, but when you add in a dog-stop, gas station, and another feeding for Liam along the way, we didn't make it until the afternoon. It wasn't too big of a deal though because we were staying in the Crown Plaza right downtown and easily walked right into the square as soon as we arrived and got ALL of our luggage into the room. I think I forgot to mention how much STUFF a baby needs! I was amazed -- the pack and play, 5 outfits, 5 burp cloths, 10 diapers, wipes, socks, Itzbeen, infacol, and a ton of other essentials and non-essentials. All for approximately 24 hours. We've already figured out what we truly need and what can stay at home next time. But I digress.
Walking around Bruges was absolutely beautiful. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and the architecture, roads, and history are amazing. We really lucked out because everything was decorated for Christmas and made me feel so excited to celebrate it soon. Although the Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas, the towns in the NL aren't as decorated for Christmas as I would hope. At least not yet. So it was exciting to see wreaths and lights and fake snow galore!
|There are carrots on the tree to feed to Sinterklaas' horse|
We stopped at a little corner cafe for a drink and for me to feed Liam (again -- does the kid ever stop??)
|The brasserie we stopped at for drinks|
|The Belfry (bell tower) -- like how I pieced these two pics together? haha : )|
|My view at dinner|
What more could a girl want for her 29th birthday?
A horse and carriage ride, that's what. : )
So after dinner we walked around town some more to explore and look at lights, and eventually picked up a ride on a horse and buggy and took a scenic tour of the city. Our tour guide was Evy and our horse was Sarah. It was a beautiful winter night and she told us all about the different buildings, churches, clock towers, monasteries, and convents we passed.
|Us with Sarah|
It was so fun and romantic and ended perfectly on time, as Liam was beginning to awake from his long slumber. We headed back to the hotel, fed Liam, and off to bed we all went.
The next day we slept in, had some breakfast at the hotel, and did a little more walking around the city in search of some souvenirs. The only one we bought was this Belgian waffle (they just call them waffles, of course)-- more deliciousness. : )
We can't wait to go back and hopefully take friends there as well -- it was an amazing weekend, and I came home feeling more blessed than I deserve to be. I told Keith that while my birthday has always been exciting and wonderful and something I look forward to as soon as Halloween hits, this year was different. When I woke up Saturday morning, Keith whispered "Happy Birthday" and for the briefest second I literally thought, "But isn't every day this great?"
Ever since Liam was born I truly feel blessed beyond measure. Nothing makes me happier than to see that smile and know Liam is happy and taken care of. This birthday was of course extra special now that I'm a mom, but every day feels this awesome. I really hope that this feeling doesn't dull over time or ever feel mundane. I hope Liam grows up knowing that he makes every day feel like a birthday.
|Happy Birthday Mom!|