I’ve had ten of them.
Friday was the tenth ‘Koninginnedag’ I’ve had the dubious pleasure of experiencing.
Ten times I’ve seen the Dutch national holiday come and go in its usual sea of orange clothing, odd songs, and untimely downpours. Yet not once have I ever particularly enjoyed it, other than as an excuse to imbibe that little bit extra. Not a surprise I suppose, being a foreigner.
I wonder about Mango though, technically she is Irish, despite her birthplace, but for all intents and purposes she’s going to have her early years surrounded by the same things that every other little Dutch girl has.
Her Irish passport is winging its way to us as we speak, albeit probably via the hands of an Israeli assassin, or first being used as an incentive for an Arab billionaire to invest in some Galway based businesses. Should it eventually arrive in one piece it will be the only thing to set her aside from all her peers at school or daycare.
She will be sung Dutch songs, will be told Dutch fairy tales, and will play Dutch games with her little Dutch friends.
She’ll be cycling before she can walk, having cheese for breakfast, and talking with a funny accent.
We’re raising a foreigner.
A cute one though.
Definitely a cutie... Mine weren't that young when they got their first passport!. Good for her!.
Just look at that hair, please tell me you have already put ribbons and clips and all sorts of hair accessories through it already... Too cute!!
She is SO cute!
... but her hair is thicker than mine, that is so unfair! :P
The passport is probably going to take longer to get to you cos all the ladies in the passport office are passing it around ooohhhing and aaahhhhhing over Mango....she is a sweetie!! Funny cos I have a friend in Ireland who is Dutch and her kids also have as much hair as Mango,must be something in the Dutch hair!
I have a great CD of Rosaleen Linehan telling children's stories - I could get a copy to you if that would help. A beauty like Mango should get to hear all about the wonders of the lessons learnt by King Labhraid Lionnseach!
sorry, were there words in this post? I didn't notice cause OMG BAY-BEEE!
You just keep her nice and Irish. The one thing Northern Europe has enough of already is Dutch people. More than plenty. And Koninginnedag is just plain annoying. Only marginally less so than their bloody carnival. (I'm Flemish - I can't help it.)
My WORD but she looks like you!
I have an actual physical urge to kiss that child.
Good God, that child is adorable!!!
(that's all I've got)
Dude, you hit the jackpot. That is one cute kid!
Know what you mean. Boiled egg, cheese, brown bread and hagelslag for breakfast.... My Anglo/Celtic (now grown up) kids, are as Dutch as they come - in tastebuds and dialect (although I did register them as British as well). The eldest has re-emmigrated to the Scottish Highlands, hoch aye *sigh*. Still, have to be grateful for small mercies I suppose - she was talking about emmigrating to New Zealand(!) before deciding to don the kilt.
Your Mango will be a delightful Irish/Dutch 'mengelmoes'! Bless her.
In any country or on any continent she is such a GORGEOUS baby!!!!
Real Dutch babies don't have that beautiful dark (big)hair or those ravishing blue eyes!!
For certain there was no oops in the petri dish. Sanne is perfection and she is Yours!
i have decided to stop saying how cute she is because that tells everyone how cute you must be, and i can't admit to that...EVERYTING DUTCH, HOW WOULD EVERYTHING DUTCH BE///??, BY THE WAY I HAVE GOT WOODEN SHoES I WEar WEWHEREEVER I GO..had them customed made in rotterdamn
But what accent will she have?
Make her have an Irish accent please.
She has a serious head of hair and is totally gorgeous!
Like the others, I can't get over her head of hair! Bless her, she's going to be a real heartbreaker that one...Dutch or Irish it doesn't matter she'll still be one with those looks! Sue x
She is so beautiful.
Doesn't everyone eat cheese for breakfast? Really?
And I can help but comment on how absolutely gorgeous she is; are you SURE she is yours?
OMG! That is the cutest little Irish Dutchgirl ever! Been meaning to comment, but I've been busy with my own little blue eyed charmer. Only mine's a ginger. :-)
Frodo Baggins sprang to mind when I saw that photo......;)
Think there is a ruling somewhere that the longer you wait for a baby the cuter it turns out?
A little Irish Dutch woman. Interesting.
She is just getting cuter and cuter by the day. Next time you come home on holidays I just have to meet you, I really want a cuddle of her :D
Another great photo. And that hair...!
I'm sure she'll grow to be very proud of her Irish roots.
A Beautiful little Irish/Dutch chick with blue eyes and a mane of gorgeous dark hair...look out world!
Look at her beautiful hair ! Its too adorable
The first time I realized that my children were American was when I was able to hear through the baby-speak to the American accent. It's a little horrifying. (I have an American accent now too, though I should rightfully have a Scottish one.)
I'd better start teaching them to put Us where they belong, or they'll be writing atrocities like "honor" and "favorite". *shudder*
Look at all that hair. She even has a hair style going on. She's lovely!
Her hair looks like a wig in that picture! Hilarious! She's a beauty, though.
You could always move back to Ireland before she goes to school, you know.
Best of both worlds! I think it's neat!
We have bald babies in our house, so when my newest baby was born I was shocked to see what I thought was a serious head of hair. Your daughter's hair could eat my daughter's hair for breakfast. I love it. She is beautiful.
Oh. MY. What a doll! She is GORGEOUS!
Oh. My. Gosh! Your little one is absolutely adorable! Cute is an understatement. :)
Ow my ovaries! Is it bad that I'm jealous of her hair?! Man, you're so lucky!
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
A supercute one. That photo should be blown up on the wall, over looking all who visit!
@Chrissy - No choice but to, otherwise no travel allowed!
@Making Babies - Noooooooo! ;-)
@Breigh - It's actually fairly light, but there's just lots of it!
@Corkmum - Funny thing, her passport pic is the most unflattering one imaginable.
@AnnB - Hold that thought!
@Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo - Meh.
@Jenni - :-)
@Mwa - Such anger!
@Veronica - A handsome child of course!
@Ms. Moon - hahah
@Betty - aww indeed!
@Bonnie B. - It'll do ;-)
@Ed - Yeeuuuup.
@Geri Atric - Funny. Since 2005 the citizenship laws have changed so there was no choice but to have her 'be' Irish.
@Horse Chick - Dutch kids are almost always blonde!
@Robin - hehehe
@Putz - Watch out for splinters!
@Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] - god only knows....
@Rebecca - it is serious isn't it!
@Smiffy's Blog - It looks that way
@Barbara - :-)
@Kori - easy does it there now...
@Dora - A ginger! excellent
@Gail - Oi... Behave
@River - All sorts of messed up!
@Jane G - at the rate the passport is taking, I'm not holding my breath.
@Steve - she'll have no choice ;-)
@livingrightnow - hehe
@Muddling Along Mummy - :-)
@Sadia - stay on top of those Us, and unnecessary use of Zs instead of Ss.
@Holemaster - Not a bad one!
@areyoukiddingme - er, no. ;-)
@AnnD - hehe sort of.
@Heather - I find bald ones kind of funny now.
@Rikki - :-)
@justjuli - hehehe
@Ave - I know we are, very much so.
@corymbia - thanks ;-)
@Jo - I take it you mean 'enlarged' on the wall as opposed to some odd semtex concoction...
Sanne is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous...you gotta get that child into commercials! We can all say we knew her when Spencer wasn't quite getting the job done!
I'm raising Australians. Which is slightly disturbing. But that's what it is, so I feel like I should insure that I'm raising the best Australians I can. Thus, far too many days spent at odd Australian football games.
Looooove her hair!
@Hotmammamia - You yanks and your commercials!
@A Free Man - I'd rather an Aussie Rules game over Hockey or Tulip munching, any day.
@Chelsea Lietz - It's really something isn't it!
Awww! Your little foreigner is just too cute :)
Well, with me, when we have ours, they'll automatically be half spanish half american because of the household. But sometimes it disturbs me a little that the kid will undoubtedly be more Spanish than American growing up here.
I was in the embassy recently and saw a blond woman with her two blond, american looking children. She addressed them in English and they responded to her in English. But with eachother - they were two little Spaniards saying little Spanish things to each other.
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