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.
October was once again filled with lots of fun and laughter as Farmor came for her yearly visit to Denmark. Pumpkin carving, shrunken apple heads, cookie decorating, and lots of board games were on the menu. In addition we also did some outings; a nice brunch, a fun game of shuffleboard followed by tasty burgers, a trip to the aquarium, the apple orchid, the beach, and of course, the traditional trip to Tivoli. The kids are already counting the days until Farmor returns next year.
A visit to the Aylmer area would not be complete without a visit to the kids’ most active Canadian mail buddy. A visit to Gump’s house is like a trip to a Southwestern Ontario botanical garden, and we got the full summer tour. We also managed to sneak in a load of laundry while doing the tour and chasing some chickens. Thanks again! It’s always fun seeing you!
While camping we also did some visiting with Farmor in Copenhagen (i.e. the very little village in Ontario, Canada, not the capital city of Denmark). Farmor puts the kids to work painting concrete and they let their creativity loose making some unique paint jobs like Elliot turning an owl into a penguin, and Sienna painting a rainbow serpent (not featured). When they got tired of painting the cousins hung around inside, playing games and relaxing by the TV.
Our first attempt at family tent camping was in Port Burwell with Angela, Pete, Kenzy, and Logan. Our first night Farmor and Penguin (aunt Suzy) came to visit and hang out by the campfire while Crystal, Derek, Kyle and Owen came to visit on another night. Although the weather was a bit on the cool side, the kids still braved the water and got in a nice day at the beach. We also tried to catch fish along the rocks next to the pier, but the water was too murky and the fish were not biting. To make up for the missing fish the kids toasted a lot of marshmallows and we took turns at telling spooky stories by the campfire. All in all a very successful time where everybody had fun. We are already looking forward to next year!
I hope that everyone has had just as nice and relaxing of a Christmas as we have. Good food and no stress whatsoever. Just happy people, lots of hugs, and an abundance of homemade presents. Merry Christmas.
The kids have undoubtedly had the best fall break ever with Farmor visiting from Canada for the entire week. They have been busy playing lots of games, carving pumpkins and shrunken apple heads, going for little expeditions in the neighborhood, and giggling non-stop. The weather hasn’t been great so it was a bit cold and rainy when we did our traditional trip to Tivoli. Before that we visited the national museum where the kids had to hunt for certain items. The skeleton they are looking at on the picture below is from the Stone Age and was found right next to where we live in Vedbæk. This year we also brought Farmor along for our annual trip to the apple orchard. It was very beautiful with all the fall colours and we got some very big and delicious apples, some of which we ate, and some of which we turned into scary shrunken heads for Halloween.
I decided not to send Christmas cards out this year so instead I’d like to wish everyone a merry Christmas here. Our Christmas Eve was nice and relaxing, despite the fact that our stove broke down and we had to cook dinner on a camping stove (not quite, but almost). We had the pleasure of having my parents with us again this year and they stayed overnight. In the morning, the kids opened presents from the Canadian side of the family and in the afternoon we went for a walk on the beach as it was such a beautiful day.
December has been a fun month where we found the time to uphold many of our December family traditions. It was Shawn’s year to decorate the tree with the kids and it ended up looking very colourful. Christmas gift production was also at its highest ever, and we went through several roles of tape and paper as everything had to be meticulously wrapped. On top of the traditional cookie decorating, Sienna and I found time to try out a recipe from 1866 for “rustic crunchy vanilla donuts”. I don’t know what they are called in English, but in Danish they are called “vaniljekranse”. For Christmas Eve Sienna made some nice place cards and we had fun setting the table together. We were both really pleased with how it turned out.
Farmor had never been to Tivoli during the Halloween season so we brought her along for our traditional trip. Everyone enjoyed all the festive decorations and as always the kids had a blast on the rides.
Bedstefar Carlos turned 70 this year and everyone met up at a restaurant for a delicious brunch. After that, we went to the park nearby to play games, have ice cream, and enjoy the really nice weather.
We met up with the Danish side of the family at our favorite picnic spot in the forest close to our house.
Sienna invited all of the family over for her 9th birthday. She had fun with her cousins and was very grateful for a great party and her presents. Our party theme this year was ice creams and pastel colours.
Once again it was a beautiful spring day when we went to visit to my grandmother’s grave to plant new flowers. Sienna didn’t feel so well so she took it easy. Elliot helped digging and he was also very efficient when it came to arranging the new flowers. He found a long worm while digging and checked if it had anything interesting to say (which it did not).
All the cousins came to Kitchener for our last day in Canada. The kids had a lot of fun playing superheroes with Shawn and in the quiet times they relaxed and played their Ipads. Time flies when you are having fun, so Elliot and Sienna were a little bit sad that the visit was already over.
We went to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory for a very interesting and educational trip. The place was packed with all kinds of new and exciting things for the kids to see and explore. There were worms, caterpillars, giant bugs, and butterflies of all shapes and sizes. The kids had fun trying to find all the different kinds of butterflies listed on the tour guide and as always, Sienna was pretty brave when it came to letting little creatures crawl on her hands.