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Easter at the Brussels Childbirth Trust

by David Lister on Mar.27, 2009, under Belgium

DSC_5608.JPG Easter is certainly in the air in Belgium. Today Caitlyn attend her second Easter party, and I believe she has one more to go. I left work a little early for the chance to attend with Annette and Caitlyn. I took a slightly (about an hour) earlier train to Waterloo. Annette and Caitlyn surprised me by meeting me at the station saving me the walk home.

The party was about 15 minutes out of Waterloo in another town at one of the BCT member’s home. We arrived right on time, not the Belgium traditional 15 minutes late, so we thankfully got the last spot in the driveway. This will be come important later in the story.

Once settled Caitlyn and Annette completed the craft, which was an Easter card with a bunny on the front. Then off to play with all their friends, both Caitlyn and Annette. I had settled in to a grazing at the food counter (have you notice how food is always a main point in my stories?), when Annette told me one of her friends needed a little assistance outside. I assumed she needed help bringing something in, but oh was I wrong.

Now Annette has mentioned many, many, many times in her blog about the rain here. Which happens pretty much daily. While this creates a lush green lawn, it also makes it marsh like when stepping on it; spongy. So I walk out with Sandy, Annette’s friend, to assist in her delemia and found her car sunk about 3 inches in to the grass in the middle of the lawn. She had attempted to turn around at the direction of her mother and got stuck. I attempted to assist but the it was going to take more than me to get it out. As we were attempting to get Sandy out Helen (another member) also got stuck as she tried to take her minivan across a small strip of grass to a parking spot on the other side.

As luck would have it Tara, the host, had both cardboard and wood that we could use to assist in the traction, which anyone who’s been stuck in the mud in Alabama knows, you step on the gas, one tire spins, the other tire does nothing. But of course the cars were too deep to get the wood under the tires, it acted more like a scrapper cleaning the mud of the tires. Next we tried an all-hands evolution (except prego Annette). We rocked and rocked and almost got it the minivan out, but it was still stuck.

Next plan. We’ll try to “tow” it out with nylon rope. So where to you attach the rope? To the emergency tow hitches, which get screwed in to holes in the bumper. But because they hadn’t been used ever, the wholes were filled with dirt and I could only get the hitches in so far. So we threw caution to the wind and tried anyway, and to my surprise the hitch held and Helen was on her way. But sad Sandy was still stuck in the mud (literally not figuratively). So we tried rocking her much lighter BMW and it came out without a problem. Although one poor Mom choose the spot right next to the rear drive wheel and was covered in mud. Now the only thing left was for poor Tara to repair her poor lawn, a little soil and seed will do wonders.

Sadly I was assisting in the “car removal evolution” and was unable to record the event for prosperity. But I’ll work on getting copies of the pictures taken, so you might learn from their mistakes. But in the mean time, enjoy the photos I did take in the Gallery or directly to the Easter 2009 BCT gallery.

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Easter at the American Women’s Club of Brussels

by David Lister on Mar.22, 2009, under Belgium

DSC_5575.JPG Today we journeyed to the American Women’s where we had an egg hunt, create a craft, and ate munchies. Oh the munchies… the cookies, the cupcakes, the chips, the candy, the vegetables… wait, veggies? How would bring veggies? Yes you guessed right Annette (I will mention they were greatly received by others… Suckers!). Once placed in the crowning location, I quickly noted the spot and avoided it during my travels from our craft area to the cookies (oh the cookies) even if it took an extra steps 20 and 10 additional seconds (which just increased the anticipation of the cookies).

While I greedily munched on the food, Caitly and Annette decorated a small metal cup with stickers and color in a beautiful Easter fashion. The cup was then filled with a bulb and soil, then carefully watered. Now we have the anticipation of a beautiful flower to grace our home.

During the craft time, the Easter bunny and helpers were covering the grass outside with treats for the children to find. I use the term “find” loosely because all the children had to do was look where they stepped. The grass was COVERED with little treats. Caitlyn loved finding all the little choc-o-late eggs. She even found a large foiled wrapped bunny and jelly beans. She was in candy heaven, sneaking an egg whenever Annette and I were not watching. She had a plan… one for the basket, one to eat, one for the basket, one to eat… You get the idea.

Here in Belgium the small chocolate eggs are filled with chocolate, praline, hazelnut praline, or white chocolate. They are all really good, but I think the older kids preferred certain ones since they were looking for certain colored eggs, which is how you can tell what is in them. Fine with Caitlyn since they walked by small piles of eggs which she scooped up in to her basket.

The pictures from the day are posted in the Gallery or directly to the Easter 2009 AWCB Gallery.

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