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Summer is coming to an end

Hendrik 22 months oldSummer is abruptly coming to an end, and an update on our life in Chile is long overdue. This year the summer weather didn’t properly arrive until a few days after Christmas, after long months of humid and chilly winter weather. We celebrated a nice Christmas with friends in La Serena*, and on New Years Eve we left Chile behind to go visit the US. We were going to a huge conference just outside of Washington DC, and decided to leave a few days early to do some sightseeing in Washington. We had a great time visiting museums and landmarks – a travelling post with pictures is soon to follow! Hendrik got to see snow for the first time, and he was super excited. The poor kid has hardly seen rain, so no wonder. After the meeting we spent a few days visiting friends in Princeton and Philadelphia before heading home to a hot La Serena.

*The previous post contains our Christmas card for those of you who were unfortunate enough to be left out of our address list. Please comment on the post or contact us to get the password.

Hendrik’s favourite game at the moment is hide-and-seek. In the beginning he would just take off, assuming we would follow and try to find him. When that didn’t always work, he started announcing the beginning of the game by asking “donde está Hendrik?” (“where is Hendrik?”), before running off. The hiding places are usually the same – behind a door or a long curtain – but every now and then he finds a new hiding place, typically a room he never goes into, and a few times he’s had to come out before we could find him :-)

Hendrik and pappa have been busy in the garden building a new sunshade/roof. Hendrik is mesmerised by pappa’s handiwork skills, and follows him around everywhere, helping with getting everything done. They are very cute together!

Mamma is still busy growing baby Squish. With 26 weeks down there are only 14 to go! Baby is measuring BIG, though according to Chilean scales, so that could mean anything..

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Our first beach trip of the season

After months and months of grey, cloudy weather (read: La Serena winter) we finally had one sunny day a few weeks back! Yay!! So we decided to pack our stuff and go to the beach for the first time this summer. Last year Hendrik was not too impressed by the beach, and the few times we went we usually left with a crying baby full of sand in his mouth (but it looked so tasty, mom!). This time was the complete opposite! Hendrik LOVED the beach!! I guess walking makes quite the difference, huh?!

In the beginning Hendrik did not want to go into the ocean. I know it was freezing (~12 deg C?), but with his love for aqua and water hoses this quite surprised us at first. Little by little, though, he approached the water, and by the end of the day he was running to fill his little bucket and bring it back to pour water over his sandy truck. Finally the day ended somewhat abruptly when he got a little too brave and got knocked over by a wave and all his clothes got wet. But with new, dry clothes, that little incident didn’t cloud his wonderful beach day, and we drove home with a singing little boy in the back seat of the car.

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Baby posts – password

Given that our blog is freely available for the whole world to see, some of the following baby posts will be password protected, in particular those containing a lot of photos.

They will all have the same password: Hendrik’s full name starting with his middle name. Email us if you can’t figure it out :-)

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