In Denmark Father’s Day is always on the 5th of June. This year the kids surprised Shawn with pancakes and creative greeting cards crafted by themselves.
Life has not been the same ever since Mif and Clifford entered the household. We do not know their exact date of birth but have decided that it has to be somewhere around May, so that’s when we’ll celebrate them. They have very different personalities, but they both bring a lot of joy and fluffiness to the table every single day. Mif likes structure and routines, and he gets miffed if things are not in order. Cliff is more of a wildcat. If he had a real job, he would definitely be a stuntman.
As tradition will have it, we all got out of bed early to enjoy a delicious breakfast on Sienna’s birthday. One of Elliot’s birthday presents to Sienna was a wooden toy for Mif and Cliff that Elliot had crafted himself. It was a big hit!
We invited Mormor and Bedstefar Carlos to one of the nearby forests to celebrate that Siennas was turning 14 years old. We enjoyed a beautiful Spring scene along with cake, treats, and some traditional birthday party games. Since John is immune to all diseases known to mankind, he was the only one who was allowed to break the social distancing rules.
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.
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.
On our last day in Brussels Sienna turned twelve. We celebrated her birthday at a little brunch place called “Oma’s”. Sienna had been hesitant to break her life-long tradition of going to Tivoli with mormor on her birthday, so Elliot and I put extra thought and attention into ensuring that she still felt like it was a special day. As it is very clear from the pictures, Elliot hit spot on with the present that he had gotten for her. The food was good too, although they were very cheap with the pastries so Sienna and I made sure to fill up on an excellent Crème Brûlée.
On Friday this handsome young man turned 9 years old. It was still very dark outside as we all got out of bed to start the day off with pancakes, ice cream, and sprinkles. After that, it was time to go to school. Elliot brought a homemade alligator pull-apart-cupcake-cake with him, which all the kids really liked. Upon his return from school there were more surprises. In his room, mormor was hiding in a giant box. She brought Lego and a cool/cute homemade moose. Elliot was also ecstatic to learn about the Apple gift certificate which Farmor had sent (thank you Farmor), and Sienna had crafted a personal greeting card with two of Elliot’s favorite foods, soy sauce and salmon. Finally, Elliot also found the time to color in the greeting card from great grandma in Canada (thank you great grandma). After a lovely and sunny afternoon, we headed downtown to meet up with Shawn for a game of petanque and some juicy burgers.
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.
Elliot opted out of having a big birthday party this year. He didn’t want any crowds (his words). Just cinnabons for breakfast, lots of uninterrupted Ipad time, and mormor and BC over for dinner and board games.
Homemade birthday cake, greeting cards, and presents. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Elliot prepared a delicious birthday cake for Shawn’s birthday this year, complete with 42 candles in it.