Thursday, December 24, 2009

This Blog Has Been Taken Over (at least for 1 post)

While this blog is normally written by an extremely eloquent and amazingly expressive woman, today it has been hijacked by her three favorite boys so that we can write about her.

As L is getting very impatient waiting for his turn, I figured that he would go first. The following is from L:

“Loimnhgkjhgfdsaq” – Which L explained means: “I love my mommy and think that she is friendly and good. She loves us and she likes us to clean up and she likes to wear sun glasses.” That is all from L.

S is now anxious for his turn. The following is from S:

“I love mommy. I think that she is awesome. She is the best mommy in the world and she will always be. I think that she is good at knowing things that me and L like. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.” (I am not quite sure what the last sentence has to do with you. However, S said it. So, much like the sun glasses line from L, I decided to keep it in.)

Now for my turn.

For all the years that we have been married, I have marveled and admired your sense of honor and goodness. You have always looked out for the best interests of others ahead of your own well being. You have always strived at becoming better and at helping our family become better. Getting married to you may very well be my smartest decision. I love you very much. Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Baby Bump

I received a Babycenter email today, informing me that I am now 35 weeks pregnant. I am not sure, I believe it - it feels like I entered a time warp and suddenly I am five (-ish) weeks away from delivery. At the same time, I have been pregnant now for over eight months - which does seem rather long...
Needless to say, I am not any less confused than normally. We are, however, all so very excited for this little one to join our crazy family!




Thank you, Jenn, for taking these. You are an amazing photographer!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hitchcock Rerun?

This is what we saw, when we looked out the windows on Sunday:





I have never before seen hundreds and hundreds of birds converging on a few residential lawns. It was eerie and I was reminded of the old Hitchcock movie The Birds, where birds flock into and attack a small town. The sight was incredible - and the sounds were overwhelming; they would peck around the lawns and caw and then suddenly set off all at once, their wings hushing in unison. Strange and incredible at the same time.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lego Fest 2009

A couple of weeks ago, we went to the Lego Kids' Fest. We had no idea what to expect but we ended up having a wonderful time. The Lego creations were amazing, the kids got to do some games and Lego building and E even got a massage. Clearly a winning family activity!





I'm including this final picture because I realize there are hardly any pictures of my belly bump...However, I am fully aware that it may be difficult to tell which one is me and which one is Hagrid. A clue: I am not made out of Legos...

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year with family and great food.
Unfortunately for documenting reasons, I was so busy enjoying myself that I didn't get any good pictures - here is the best of what I captured:





I am thankful for wonderful days. I am thankful for family near and far! I am thankful that I have a wonderful husband who takes care of his children - and throws them around as well. I am thankful for good food. In fact I am thankful that we have food. I am thankful for modern technology hat allows me to speak with my family far away - I can't imagine the pain of the immigrants in days of old, who left their families behind in their home countries, knowing they would only ever communicate through occasional letters from then on. I am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who helps me be better - and holds my hand when I'm not. I am thankful to not be vacuuming every waking minute this fall; for a clean(ish) house, with minimal buggage...I am thankful for the winter sun shining in through my windows (although that does remind me I should wash those...) I am thankful for lessons learned in the past year, for scriptures, for prayer and for church. I am thankful that I can listen to Christmas music at this time of year. I am thankful for the little kicks and nudges in my belly, reminding me of the little life there. I am thankful for the improvements we have been able to do around the house in the past year - and for the amazing help of my father-in-law who has done a lot of them. I am thankful that my husband has a job - and that he has this week off! I am thankful for my little, clever, crazy children, who bring so much joy and madness to my life!

The list could go on. And I am thankful for that! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pretty or Gorgeous?

The other day at lunch, L and I had the following conversation:

L: Mami, who is prettier, a boy or a girl?
Me: Hmmm, I guess they could both be pretty. (As it often happens, I am wondering where he may be heading with this...)

After a short pause -
L: Mami, you will be pretty and I will be gorgeous.

In case you were wondering.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

S, Our Toothless Wonder


It happened this past Tuesday - S is so proud of having lost his first tooth and I just think he is adorable. The tooth fairy even stopped by the following night - which is nice, considering the fact that she never made it to Denmark when I was growing up...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween Extravaganza

Halloween is the only holiday I wish there was less of. Partially because all the parading, parties, and trunk/ trick or treating loses some of the magic through the sheer mass of it. And partially because I have no self-control and can't stop eating the kids' candy that is sitting out on my counter...
Meanwhile, the kids had fun dressing up this year, in spite of the fact that costumes were cut out of the budget and they wore the costumes they both received as dress-up clothes for Christmas. Of last year. Yeah, I was that cheap. But they did actually want to wear them - and I am fairly certain that they didn't feel deprived.

Here's my evidence:

S at the school Halloween parade:


S, L and their adorable cousin at the church trunk or treat. This was funny, because that afternoon I was double checking whether the kids wanted to wear their Pikachu/ cow costumes again or if we should pull something else out of the dress-up box. S asked what else he could be and racking my brain, I blurted out "Harry Potter." Which I didn't think he'd want to do because he has never read the books. He was totally sold on the idea, though, so we pulled together a costume according to the cover of book 3. We even made a wand. I personally think he is beyond adorable.
L fell asleep and had to be woken up to go, so getting him into any costume was impossible. We settled for his bone-pajamas:


And finally, the kiddos got to go to the dentist the day before Halloween. And yeah, that is a "got to" not "had to." Grandpa is the dentist - and the office dresses up in costumes. Fun all around! They had no cavities either! (Only a wiggly tooth!) I guess before Halloween is better than after...Or maybe it's because they had a chef check their teeth this time.

Monday, November 2, 2009

There Goes the Mother of the Year Award

Tonight L got himself tangled up in the rope that divides the kiddie pool from the slightly deeper end at the YMCA and I completely lost my head. I saw him struggle, ran over there and then just stood at the edge of the pool, hollering for S to yank his brother up. Then, finally, the lifeguard came and grabbed him.
I can't shake the guilt over not just jumping in and pulling him out myself. This isn't even about me - I mean, L is fine, he went right back to playing in the water and seems to have recovered just fine. I just wish I'd jumped in the bloody pool. Maybe then I could recover quicker too...As it is, I am just shaken - over the incident and over my freezing up. Can I outsource some responsibility please?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pumpkin Goop

This afternoon found us up to our elbows in pumpkin innards and L kept saying "this is so goopy." I obviously thought he was beyond adorable and quickly dug out the camera to capture our pumpkin carving activity. (I threatened them into this picture, by the way. Does the end justify the means when it comes to photo ops as well or is that strictly a Russian mafia thing?)



In any case, we all had fun (except for the picture taking and accompanying threats) and have some pretty neat pumpkins to show for it - Designed by S, I might add. Too bad my photo skills aren't up to low light photography. I'll dig out the tripod and see if I can get a shake-free shot tomorrow night.



In other news, I took S to a cub scout activity tonight. A few of his friends are doing scouts this year and I think we will sign him up. I was very much the indoor, book-reading, doll playing kind of child, so scouts is (are?) completely uncharted territory for me. I hope he likes it. And benefits from it. And I sincerely hope I wil never have to do any camping as a result of signing him up...

Monday, September 28, 2009

A "hyggelig" Day

Today was a perfect New England fall day. The sun was out and it was warm, but not humid. The air was crisp and fresh, the colors vibrant. The trees are beginning to turn, slowly changing their green leaves into splendid gowns of reds, yellows and oranges.
I adore this season with it's spectacular coloring and inherent "coziness." Candles, hot chocolate, Halloween decorations, upcoming holidays - it all adds up to a Danish word that is missing from most other languages - "hygge" - a calm state of being comfortable and content, doing quiet things you enjoy with people you care about.

Schools were out for Yom Kippur and as the boys and I were out doing errands, we passed a pumpkin patch with free hayrides. We then went home and unpacked our Halloween decorations, cleaned a bit in the basement, negotiated a deal to leave the pumpkins whole (the way I like them) until tomorrow when they are carved (the way the boys like them...), went to the farmers' market and the playground and then made lasagna for dinner. A great day!!
So here's to our impromptu hayride and pumpkin picking, to sunshine and the color orange, to fall, candles and the beauty of New England.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fyns Hoved

On this rainy fall day I thought it would be appropriate to finally edit and post a few pictures from warmer summer days. This is Fyns Hoved - the most northern tip of the island I am from.



Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Big Boys

I caught S and L looking adorable and way too grown up a few Saturdays ago. They were heading over for lunch with their grandma and great-grandpa.



We are also having an onslaught of homework from school at the moment. While I'm certain it will get old very fast and I do feel it's a bit excessive to have so much homework in 1st grade, I still choked up at the thought of my little boy being old enough to do homework. (Is there an equation out there that can prevent this event from implying that I am getting older too?)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Reasons and Excuses

I have been neglecting my blog in the past few months. I have many excuses - tiredness, traveling, head colds, nausea, plain old busyness, did I mention tiredness?...
Mostly it comes down to one little reason, though; currently growing and causing most of the excuses - although I suppose I can't blame her for neither traveling nor head colds and being busy...

With that, we are so excited to announce the future arrival of Baby Posner #3, due date January 22 2010:


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Upon Request

After many requests, I am finally getting around to these pictures. As you may know, we had a...few issues with our home and regular house projects were put on hold while we fought with the more pressing stuff.
However, a few months ago, my amazing father-in-law took on our outdated living room wall unit and completely changed the look of the room.

This is what we had before: (shelves and books removed):



During construction:





And finally - After:



I should mention that my father-il is not a carpenter by trade. He is just incredibly talented; the entire unit is designed and built by him. He also helped us paint, he changed the electrical outlets and he put up new crown moldings. I cannot thank him enough. So, here it is, very publicly:

THANK YOU DAD!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Off and Running

We're home and life has kicked into high gear. Cleaning, weeding (the weeds have used the rainy summer to completely take over the yard), errands, appointments and most importantly - school. S is now a first grader. He bikes to school most days with E or I, and is just such a ridiculously big boy.
My brain is still trying to catch up to the fact that he is in elementary school, let alone already done with the first year. Luckily, he is preserving a slight bit of little-boy-essence and suddenly loves to cuddle at night. I swear, I just blinked and suddenly, he's 6.


Friday, August 14, 2009

A Few More Legoland Shots

L and Moster on the Around the World boat:


Snobrød:


Yup, this is all made in Legos. (Except the birds. And trees, of course...)





Morfar and L searching for gold:


S swimming with the fishes:


With Morfar on the Dragon Ride:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Legoland

We had such a wonderful day at legoland, although we missed E tremendously. We did find a stand-in for him for a family picture...

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Nature Playground (Svanninge Bakker)

On Friday we went to this huge playground where the equipment is made from trees, ropes, tree stubs, etc. It was a blast - and I was surprised at how much the boys loved it. Probably not enough to let me throw out all electronic toys, but definetely enough to go back. And even maybe like nature. A bit.