For Father’s Day the kids surprised Shawn with a morning picnic outside in the yard as it was a bright sunny morning. Elliot blindfolded him with his hands and Sienna directed him to the correct position to ensure the surprise was unveiled at the right moment. The kids prepared the pancakes all on their own and had also made cute stone art as gifts.
The forecast was calling for another nice weekend so Shawn suggested we take a trip to an old historic water mill café. We had previously visited the place with Shawn’s mom and this time we invited my mom along for brunch. We did a walk through the surrounding forest and went to the beach afterwards, taking in the nice views of Kronborg castle in the back ground.
Homemade birthday cupcakes for Sienna’s class, a dangerously leaning tree in the process of coming down with my brother Jacobs help, Elliot working hard on homework and on power washing the driveway, Elliot sporting his own design (a custom made ‘Stop Dabbing Be Happy’ sweatshirt) and also a picture where he is all dressed up for a party at school, and kids/cousins/uncles relaxing and playing various games..
We took a family day trip out to Stevns Klint which is a UNESCO world heritage site. We explored the cliffs and natural chalk, including an old church which half fell into the sea about a hundred years ago. We then took a walk to an old lighthouse in the area which offered some magnificent views and afterwards we headed to a cold war museum as this area was once an active military base defending against any potential attack from the USSR. Elliot tried to avoid being detected by the radar, but was not as stealthy as he would have liked!
For Mother’s Day we went on one of the family’s favourite forest walks. We brought along my mom to enjoy a beautiful day in the forest and to see if we could show her some of the little creatures that we normally find in this place, primarily tadpoles. The metamorphosis of the tadpoles is fast and influenced by many factors, so although we try to get the timing right we never know if we are going to find tadpoles or frogs. Although we visited earlier than last year we were not able find any tadpoles this time, only baby frogs and a salamander. We had fun guessing how long one of the baby frogs could hold its breath and Elliot also got himself a pet frog, which didn’t seem the least bit upset that I had unknowingly placed the picnic blanket on top of it.
Every year I try to make sure that we make it to the forest in time to see all the anemones and green leaves come out. We had a nice little picnic in the sun and afterwards we went through the bog, which recently had a walkway built over it. We liked this new addition to the area as it gave us a better chance to explore and see new things (in the one picture that doesn’t really look like anything you can see parts of a black adder if you look really close and use your imagination). Elliot didn’t believe you could sink down into the bog but when he had the chance to get a closer look upside down, he decided he did not want to try and find out!
Whereas Sienna can do magic in the kitchen, Elliot has always been quite the handy man outside. He mows the lawn, trims the hedge, and collects yard waste. Here he is featured doing some spring cleaning. The other pictures are from when my parents came for our traditional Easter lunch/dinner, plus our yearly visit to my grandma’s grave. Finally, there are some pictures from a family tournament at Elliot’s badminton club.
We had a nice sunny spring day available so we headed out to our favourite museum of modern art, Louisiana, to take in the current exhibit. Picasso was on display and we all practiced doing some Picasso inspired animal drawings and sculptures. Afterwards we had a delicious lunch at the café and enjoyed the gorgeous day in the museum garden.
Wednesdays are digi free around our house, which implies no computer, Ipad, or phone. It’s my favourite day of the week as it most often includes board games and other creative initiatives such as pine cone sculptures.
Sienna with her friend Filippa from school, Ella from skating, and cousin Maximillian. Elliot with his friend Marius from school and with some sand craft.
We got half a day of snow this winter so you had to be fast to enjoy it. Also pictured is Sienna and Mormor playing the fun game Patchwork, Elliot getting ready to eat his salami rice cake sandwich creation, Elliot doing homework with Mormor, and finally, Elliot and Sienna posing as models for a Amazon.com cutting board listing.
We had a rather mild winter this year but it did get cold enough for some ice to form for a few days. We took a trip out to the forest for a winter picnic and had some fun exploring and cracking pieces of the ice away near the shore.
Elliot got a new bed for Christmas and in addition we also spiked up his room by painting green mountains on one of the walls. Other than that, the kids were busy with indoor activities such as various crafts, puzzles, LEGO, and movie making.
Since this is Elliot’s first year playing badminton, he also got the chance to play at his first badminton tournament. There were many players who had been playing for years but Elliot held his ground and performed really well despite being a beginner. On the pictures he is featured playing double with Samuel, one of Elliot’s class mates.