Times flies, when you are having a fun summer, busy stuff at work, and no time for computers.
Time for some updates:
And in other news:
- Anneke is doing a lot of camps this summer, because she is not going to school. She now knows how to build houses with Lego, play baseball and soccer
and swim all by her self!
- We are going to Vegas in two weeks to attend the wedding of my sister and her fiancee, Josine and Alex. They are getting married on August 20th, 2008 and are planning to travel for a few weeks after that to discover more beautiful places in the US.
- And Mark will celebrate his '10 year in the States' anniversary on August 15th. Time flies!
Hopefully I'll update the site with pictures (and video) from Vegas soon!
Had a quick trip to Tahoe last weekend - beautiful weather, good snow and lots of fun.
Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle. That's where we went on vacation this year. We spent 5 days in Victoria with Oma and Opa Holland. Beautiful little town with lots of things to see and do. After that, we spend a few more days in Vancouver and Seattle, both very nice cities as well.
Check out these very nice pictures, and make sure you see the sun-set ones, they are magnificent!
We just came back from a camping trip to the Lime Kiln state park where we hung out for 3 days with Tyler, Jeni and Trenton. We had great weather and great fun. Click here for the pictures.
I've also put up pictures of Anneke's 4th birtday!
Happy New Year!
Time for pictures of course. Had some on the back burner from our trip to Disneyland around Thanksgiving last year, as well as a lot of Christmas pictures.
Yet another holiday weekend, so time for more pictures. My sister Josine and Lex were here last week, so we went camping (kamping?) at the KOA in Petaluma. It was a very good trip, with good food, good wine, klaverjassen and Yathzee. Anneke had a blast too, sleeping in the top of the bunkbed in our cabin.
Pictures are here, you'll also find some of Anneke's last dance class:
4Th of July time! We had a blast yesterday, with a parade, pool, BBQ, more pool and fireworks. Here are the pics:
Almost 600 new pictures in one update. It's crazy :) I finally took the memory card from Erin's computer and made the web galleries myself.
Here we go, in chronological order:
Hey!! An update? How's that possible?
We got some great pictures from friend Debbie, she's a professional photographer. Erin is starting her own clothing company and needed some portfolio material.
Debbie offered to shoot some material, and that resulted in some awesome pictures of Anneke and her friends while dressed in clothes that Erin has made.
You can see the results here.
I'm also slowly working on a new look for the website, you can get a sneakpeek here.
19 Pages of pictures of our vacation in Holland.
Finally more pictures online! We were in LA last weekend to celebrate easter with the grandparents. The weather was nice, the food was good and we had lots of fun. See the results here.
Some more pictures of Christmas, and some pics of New Years Eve at Mark, Nancy and Sophie's house.
Happy New Year to everybody!
For Christmas, we were down in LA at Oma en Opa's house. The weather was pretty good, and of course Anneke got spoiled with all kinds of presents.
Pictures are here.
We also were at a Christmas party at Bill's house a few weeks back. We started to do kareoke, and Anneke picked up the microphone and wouldn't put it down.
Those pictures are here, but this one is definately my favorite.
Finally pictures up....
Halloween today. No pictures yet of that, but they will soon follow.
First some pictures of the CD that Oma sent us.
For our third anniversary, we went to New Orleans last week. Oma Sandy offered to take Anneke for a few days, to visit Annekes great grandmother and her cousins in Montgomery and Atlanta. We met Oma at the airport in Atlanta, and we flew to New Orleans from there.
We had a few wonderful days there, did a lot of touristy things and had a lot of fun. New Orleans is a cool city, but 3 or 4 days is more than enough. After that, we visited some sugar cane plantations, north west of New Orleans. It's amazing how different life was, back then. We stayed in a little cottage at Oak Valley Plantation, super quiet, no radio and no TV.
After that, we drove to Montgomery, where we stayed a couple of days with Tom and Cheryl, they are Erin's aunt and uncle. They have a really nice house, with a yard that ends in a big pond. Lots of fun for Anneke, chasing the big 'duck'. Cousins Ryan, Carrie and Alexy spent a night there too, on their way to New Orleans (Too bad we didn't plan, we could've hung out together).
The last 2 days we where in Atlanta, where Erin's cousins live. Hanging out with Thomas, Kelly and Henry, and a very good dinner at Ryan's restaurant.
Time for some pictures? :
Update #2 10/12/2004
Two updates in one day. Wow!
Erin and Anneke went with some friends to the pumpkin patch in Morgan Hill. Some very good pictures.
Last weekend we went camping in Petaluma, with our dutch friends Nancy, Mark & Sophie. We had lots of fun on this beautiful campsite, with looking at cows and geese, playing in the play area and in general just getting very dirty. Sophie and Anneke enjoy playing together, and are great companions in the carriage.
See the pictures now.
A big update today. Camping, Swimming, an old roll of hospital pictures when Anneke was born, Anneke and her good (dutch) friend Sophie, random pictures of Anneke in a highchair, falling asleep, a volleyball party at VERITAS and a field trip to Montery with Anneke's friends.
A movie and some pictures from last weekends pic nic with the Working Moms group.
Some contributions of grandparents today. Oma Sandy sent a disc with pictures of Anneke's first birthday, and Opa Berend put a disc in the mail with pictures of when we visited them in Holland.
Some random snapshots from the last month .
Finally we picked up the rolls of film from Costco, of Anneke's first birthday. She got pretty spoiled with all kinds of new toys! The party was really good, I think so good we were too busy to make pictures of it. But at least we have lots of pics of the unwrapping the presents...
We also went to Bonfante Gardens with Elise, Rick and Janine. A really nice park with rides for the smaller children, which was lots of fun for the kids. You can see the pictures here.
Last but not least, Holland is in the semi finals of the European Championship soccer. We watched some games with our dutch friends, Sophie, Nancy en Mark. Let's hope they beat Portugal a little bit easier than the Swedes!
It was also Jessica's first birthday, you'll see Jess going at it with the birthday cake, and a few pictures of Jack's birthday at Teskes.
'Grandma' Elena wants me to highlight this picture as well.
Second Update 06/13/2004
I split up the rest of the pictures, so you don't have to click through 400 pics in one installment. Here they are. The first 4 are from the digital camera, the next 6 are the regular camera.
Finally had some time to put up pictures of our trip to Holland last month. I know you all have been waiting for this.
To make it easy, I made a 'Best Of', which contains the best pictures (IMHO) of the roughly 400 we made while on vacation. I'll post the whole series a little bit later, but for now have fun with these 45 great pics.
The trip was really good. The weather was great (train only 2 times), we did see quite a bit, but all in all it was very relaxing. Staying at only 2 places really helps.
We went to the first of a series of 1st Birthdays last weekend. I think there will be a few more of them. It was fun!!!.
More pictures. This digital camera makes great pictures, and it's pretty much free :-)
We got the pictures of the regular camera developed as well. I added them to the pictures below. Sorry for the extra click work. There are some really good close ups of Anneke, so it is definately worth it.
Please use the link in the next update.
You can find the resized and thumbnailed pictures here.
We are in Los Angeles at the moment, visiting Oma Sandy and Opa Danny. The camera was full, so I had to offload the pictures from the camera. At the moment, you'll see the pictures in it's raw format, that is, not rotated and in a big resolution. As soon as we're home, I'll convert them and put them in their regular format.
Here are the raw pictures
The weather is getting better again, so we can spend more time with Anneke outside. We went to the park this weekend and took some pictures.
Also, Anneke's gotten tubes in her ears last, because of the already mentioned ear infections. Operation went totally fine, we didn't even have time to drink our coffee before it was over. The pictures of her standing up in the playpen were taken the same afternoon, to show you how fast recovery of these little ones is!.
Click here for the goods!
The little one is getting big fast. 9 Months old and around 17 lbs. She's started crawling a bit, so nothing in the house is safe anymore. She sits up by herself, so we had to drop the matress in the crib to the lowest position already so she wouldn't tear down the mobile.
But she has had an ear infection pretty much since Thanksgiving, so we are trying to deal with that. Antibiotics and we are thinking about tubes in the ears so we don't have to worry about getting sick when we are in Europe in May.
A whole lot of cute pictures this time, and a few of Anneke playing with her friends.
This time the selection include snapshots from a fondue night that we hosted in our house, pictures from when Meindert Deen (aka Peter), one of the former VERITAS interns visited us, and a preview of what our living will look like. We have been busy painting it, and we bought some new furniture.
Finally had time to put up the Christmas pictures. We were down at Oma's house, and saw lots of people. Steve and Sheila, Mark & Kathy, Opa Dan and Amy, Sally and Larry and their new big house....
Anneke is starting to eat some solid foods, finally. You'll see her gnawing on some bacon, playing with Cherio's, but she won't touch baby food yet. The doctor says to skip baby food for now, and try it again later.
Without much further ado, I'd like to link to the new pictures. Have fun!
Quick update with pictures of Thanksgiving, gift exchange, Christmas parties, Christmas trees, Teske's and some random pictures of course.
Only 7 pages of pics. Not too bad, eh?
The busy days are here. We went down to Grandma for Thanksgiving (pictures will follow) for a few days, and Anneke got to see her other great-grandma for the first time. Lots of fun, turkey and sniffling and sneezing. We all had a cold, and Anneke still is sufferering from an ear infection. She doesn't seem to be bothered too much, but we are giving her anti-biotica for it.
This time, you will find some pictures of one of Anneke's playdates, a wine tasting event at a winery closeby, and some of her first feeding of solid foods. That didn't work out too well yet :)
Stay tuned for Thanksgiving pictures....
As promised, we have some pictures of Anneke dressed up for Halloween as a cow, just like Erin. For Nur's party, I dressed up like a woman. It was quite some fun.
We also went to the zoo her in San Jose for trick or treating, we shot some really nice pictures there in black and white, and in color as well. You'll also find some pictures from the last Octoberfest at Teske's, where we ran into Elaine, one of Erin's former roommates.
Oh, and some more of when Kinley was here.
Hard to believe we're getting close to 6 months. Anneke spent her first day in day-care this week, so Erin and I could see the VRTS showing of the new Matrix movie. She did totally fine, and contrary to what's supposed to be normal parenting behaviour, Erin and I were totally fine as well. Anneke is going once a week until the new year, and after that we'll start bringing her kinda full-time.
Busy has its tides, I mean with people in our house. Last week we had a couple. Erin's cousing Kinley was here, because she was out here for a business conference. She stayed over for a few days, and we had lots of fun, good food and wine.
After that, Erin's mom and Danny came up to 'relieve' us from our parenting duties for one night, so we could celebrate our 2nd anniversary by going to Sonoma and stay in a nice hotel. 8 Wineries, numerous tastings and a hot-stone massage really helped us relax and have fun.
Also, that Saturday Marcel Keppels came over to visit for a couple a days. He was in the States for business as well, and extended his stay for a couple of days in Hotel Nijmeijer. Always good to have friends around, and BS in dutch. And of course it's good for Anneke to hear more dutch spoken around her. Erin still says I'm not speaking enough dutch to her, even though the days I'm at home with her the only thing I do is babbling in dutch with her.
Anyway, here are the pictures of the last couple of weeks. Next time, you will get to see some dressed-up-for-Halloween pics of Anneke.
The last few weeks were kinda boring. No parties, no visitors. So just some pictures of Anneke around the house. You can see she really is starting to smile. So once in a while we can make her laugh full-out, that is one of the best sounds in the world to me.
Our 2 year anniversary is in two weeks. Grandma is coming up to baby sit Anneke for a night, so Erin and I can escape to a nice hotel in Napa, for some wine tasting, good food and a massage. Definately looking forward to that!
I installed a new harddrive in the webserver / gateway machine. The partition I used to store this website on was getting full. But now I have almost 30 gigs to play with. Time to make some more movies and stuff. But first I want to test RH9.0 on this machine. See how slow / fast it is :)
So the website might be offline again coming weekend for an hour or four.
Talk to you all soon.
My sister Josine and her boyfriend Alex are in the States for 3 weeks to spend some time with her new niece, and to see a lot of the country. They went to see Yosemite, Death Vally, Vegas, Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon and LA. Today they are in SF and then they are going to spend a few days in Napa. After that, they'll return to our house for a few days and hang out before flying back. Also in these series, you'll find pics of Arush Joshi's first birthday, the slick and slide party we had over at Bill and Bill's house, and a few of the annual opening-of-football-weekend party over at the Ashby's. Click here to see all the pics...
Here you can see pictures of last weekend, which was a busy one. (American) Football season is starting again, so that called for a party. Also, Toolkit was in the neighbourhood for a PeopleSoft class, so he slept over at our house...
We went to the east coast for a trip to surprise - visit Anneke's greatgrandmother and -father. Here you can see some pics of them and of Erin's uncle and aunt, Tom and Susan, and their kids, Kinley, Allison and Michelle.
Erin's dad was here a couple of weeks back. See some pictures of him and Amy holding the baby.
Of course there is the 25 different shots of Anneke as well: in her crib, in her swing, on the dressing table and with the dogs.
2nd update 07/13/2003
You can see the movie here.
I found an older movie I made a while back, of us getting the babyroom ready:
- low bandwidth (modems and such)
- high bandwidth (DSL / cable)
Not a whole lot of news. Life is still good. Anneke saw her first 4th of July
fireworks, but couldn't really appreciate it yet. She is letting us go out for
dinner without bothering us (and the people eating next to us) too much. She'll
be a well experienced going-out-for-dinner person by the time she is 2.5 years old:
What do you mean, you are ordering a '98 Cab, don't you know that was a bad year :)
Erin took Anneke to a photographer for her first month's birthday. They came out really good.
This one is definately my favorite!!!
Will work on the movie later today, I promise, but first I wanted to
put up some more pictures.
The format of the table is a little different, I had to reinstall, so I lost my photoshop settings :(
Got some more pics
Life is good. Anneke is eating a lot and thus growing fast. Yesterday
at the weighing, she was 8lbs 11.6oz with clothes on (8 pond in
Erin is feeding a lot, so she is constantly tired. Hopefully the
feeding frenzy will be over soon, so we can spend some more time
getting the house cleaned up.
Still didn't work on the movie. I bought a big new harddrive so now I
should have enough room to edit the raw material I have. Keep
checking this website.
It's been 10 days already. Time flies. Life seems to consist of
sleeping, feeding, changing diapers and cleaning up the house.
But life is good. Anneke is doing great. She's letting us sleep about 7
hours a night, she is almost back at birth weight and hardly cries.
I think we are very lucky with her, and we love her to death!!
I gathered some more pictures of her. This time some
pictures come from Grandma Sandy and a few of our own. I'll try to make
some time soon to work on the video, so I can put a little movie
online. Keep checking the website, it might just appear one day :)
We had a pretty good night. Anneke is finally latching on properly to
get some food, so she is much happier now. I got around 5 hours of
sleep, so I feel pretty good at the moment too.
Anneke is the cutest girl in the world :)
It looks like Erin will be dismissed from the hospital tomorrow
already. She doing great, is up and running already and had even had a
shower yesterday already.
Once we're home, I'll start working on a little video clip, so you can
see and hear some more.
Okay, it's time to go back to the hospital. Visiting hours are starting
We got pictures up. Didn't have time to sort, censor or otherwise go
through them. Enjoy
Our daughter is born!
On Friday May 30th, 8.04 am, our daughter was born by means of a
C-section (keizersnede in Dutch). She weighed in at 7lbs 2oz (3430
grams for the Europeans), and the height was 19 inches (around 48
cm's). She is in great health, has all ten fingers and toes and it
looks like she has red-blondish curly hair :)
We are naming her Anneke Elise Nijmeijer.
Erin and Anneke will be in the hospital at least till Monday, June
I will try to put some pictures up tomorrow evening. (Long story
short: You go to Fry's to pick up a memory card reader, come home, see
it's exclusively for USB 2.0 (Hellooooo, backward compatibility, nobody
heard of?), decide to try it and 4 hangs and 5 blue screens later
giving up because it ain't gonna work tonite.) Gonna bring it back
soon, I want my money back.) ((Milin, I want my memory card reader
back. :-) ))
Talk to y'all soon!!!