TILLSONBURG — For a few days at least, Aad and Amanda VanLeeuwen and their two-and-a-half year old daughter Maya had a very Oranje house.Follow @SlamSports
The diehard Dutch soccer fans had Netherlands' flag and a Hup Holland banner on display Wednesday afternoon for the gathering of Tillsonburg friends and family to watch Netherlands versus Australia, or The Oranje vs Socceroos, in a Group B World Cup soccer game.
Aad was quick to credit his wife Amanda with the idea for the orange makeover, an idea they had discussed after Holland's 5-1 thrashing of Spain last Friday.
"She had said 'let's paint the house orange'. We were going to breakfast Sunday morning, and she says, 'oh, by the way we're painting the house today.'
"I even said 'no'," Aad laughed.
Off he went to Canadian Tire for orange paint and out came the rollers. The family spent a part of Father's Day applying a distinctly Dutch theme to the front stucco.
It won't be orange for long, however. New siding had already been put up on the rear and sides of the house earlier this week, a project they had been planning for several years. It was only a matter of time before the Oranje house became another VanLeeuwen World Cup legend – one that may even top the orange-painted car that friends parked on his lawn for World Cup '98, or rival the family road trip to World Cup '94.
"Probably by 4 o'clock this afternoon," said Aad shortly after Netherlands' 3-2 come-from-behind win, anticipating completion of the siding. "This was a once in a lifetime opportunity – the timing was perfect."