Thursday, July 30, 2009

There is Something Wonderful in the State of Denmark

We have already been in Denmark for two weeks but I am having a hard time believing we didn't just get here. Time flies so ridiculously fast when I finally get to see my family, it hardly seems fair. We've already had so much fun, though and I just love being back here and seeing my boys experience all the things I grew up with.

So far we have been to the beach:




We went to Den Fynske Landsby, which is a recreated 19th century village where volunteers demonstrate how people used to do everyday chores. We made balls from wool, sampled authentic æbleskiver and of course saw cows. (L was happy, yet slightly awed that real cows are that big.)



We've eaten much delicious food and played loads of wii. Fun times! (And E - this one's for you - I think it's a challenge from your son...)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Homeward Bound

Tomorrow, the boys and I are off on our Scandinavian adventure. I am so excited. And only slightly apprehensive about the 20 hour trip. I'll let you know how it goes.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

What a Difference a Year Makes

Playing catch-up again...
Here's S on respectively the first and last days of Kindergarten.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Left Brain, Right Brain

Either my son is a genius. Or I'm daft. Either way, S just beat me in checkers. And I tried to win -- I believe in doing that once in a while and not letting kids win all the time. Healthy for them and all. In any case, I guess it doesn't matter anymore; now he'll have to let me win once in a while. Sigh.
I seriously used to think I was smart, but I so very obviously prefer to use the left side of my brain to the right. I'm not only bad at checkers, I also cannot play chess - and I have always despised the math problems that began with "a train left station X at 3 pm..." That's why they have train schedules, people!! right? This may be why I just lost a game of checkers. To my son. Who is six. I try to find comfort in the fact that at least it was the six-year old, not the three-year old. And he is pretty smart. But in the end, I still lost. In checkers. To a kid.
S just tried to make me feel better by telling me that I would do really well against L. Probably.
Ouch.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Glorious Summer Days

Tonight I broke all the rules and instead of putting the boys to bed, we walked to the park and swam in the pool after dinner. Well, S swam, L combat-crawled and I waded in the shallow water, pointlessly trying to keep my dress from getting wet.
As we walked home, there was a mild breeze and the setting sun cast a glow over our neighborhood. I was a few yards behind the boys who ran ahead when I suddenly realized how blessed I am. Wet hem and all, life felt peaceful for a moment.
It's been a good day.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Being a Mermaid and other Thoughts

Today, the humidity level in my state clocked in at 90%. Now, I'm no physics buff, but wouldn't 100% indicate that there is all water and no air? Will we be growing gills soon, I wonder?
Aside from the humidity, it's been raining a ton. People are griping everywhere that this is the worst June in memory, but I'm actually enjoying it. I get to pretend I'm a mermaid when we're swimming around in 90% humidity and it's not unbearably hot - since my attic fan broke last year and we can't afford to fix it at the moment, I can't help being a little thrilled that it's raining a lot and I'm not sweating like a pig...
(Sorry about being graphic. I don't function well when the mercury rises above 75º F)
In spite of the weather - or maybe because it hasn't been hot enough for my body to shut down - we've still done some fun things. A couple of weeks ago, all of E's family was in town and we played, went to an amusement park, had a wedding reception and even picked strawberries. Fun, fun, fun.



More pictures will follow. We've also been remodeling like crazy - yes, pictures of that will follow as well.
Then, S graduated from kindergarten (we celebrated with ice cream), we were finally released from quarantine after the swine flue went through 3 out of 4 in our house and the boys and I are getting ready to go to Europe for six weeks. Life is a little busy these days...

Finally a few gems from the monkeys -

Rainstorms, according to L: First you have a grumpy, grumpy cloud and then come the zig-zags.
(This is after we narrowly avoided getting drenched by a huge thunder storm.)

Weight gain, according to L: Wow, mami, your body is HUGE! Right there - points to my thighs. You will not fall into the potty.
(This is after he followed me to the bathroom and I have neglected the gym for a month...) This child redeems himself by being ridiculously adorable and smart. He will insult you and then occasionally throw in an I love you, mami, to keep me from giving him away.

S is such a big kid - he loves Pokemon and Star Wars, and whatever time he doesn't spend asking to play Pokemon, he either quizzes me on it or runs off to read another book. I'm still trying to fight genetics and convince him of the joys of the great outdoors. Maybe I'll do what my mom did and just throw the boys outside and lock the door.

I am excited and nervous to travel half way across the world with these two - it will definitely be an adventure!