Thursday, December 16, 2010

Julefrokost 2010

About 15 of the ISAa mums went out for Julefrokost at the beginning of December. It was a great night and our gift exchange was so much fun! Thanks to Hilde for coordinating it. This is such an amazing group of women and I'm so happy they are a part of my life.
Christina, Yvette and Canon
Me and Sandra
Monica and me
Laura and Hilde
Susanne and Carri
Emilie and Jean

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Messages from Santa

Santa sent messages to Riis and Beck! It was so nice and thoughtful of him during his busiest time of year! Thanks Mr. C!

Here are the links to the video messages he sent:



Monday, December 6, 2010

International Family Christmas Party

We went to the International Family Christmas Party in Århus this past weekend and had a great time. It was so nice to have all of our ISAa (International School of Aarhus) families from Riis' class there with all of my international group's families.

Tegshee and me
Riis said that these are Santa's "Indoor shoes". :)
So Un-P.C.!

Johan stylin'
Sarah and Buffy
Becky, Claire and me
Juleman and his wooden shoes
Juleman and Sarah dancing around the Christmas tree


Monday, November 15, 2010

My baby is 6!

Yesterday we took the boys to the Regnskov (Rainforest Zoo) as both a reward for their sticker chart and to have a birthday family outing for Riis' 6th. Today, we had Riis' best friend Toke over for dinner for Riis' 6th Birthday. It's our third year in row celebrating Riis' birthday with Toke so we were incredibly happy he could come. He didn't want to go home, they were having so much fun!
We'll have a big party on Friday with all of Riis' friends from school as well, but for tonight it was really nice to have Toke.

My two cuties.
Zen master

Riis turned six years old at 12:36am this morning and I just cannot believe it's been six years since that day. Every year I tell him the story of the day he was born, which he loves. This year he said "Why didn't you name me Hawk? I think that would have been a good name." I asked him "Don't you like the name Riis?" He replied "No." :) Great. We only got 6 good years with that name. Ha!

My six favorite things about Riis are:
1. The things that he says and how he says them. He is hilarious!
2. He's very thoughtful and kind.
3. He's got an amazing imagination and is always up for an adventure.
4. He dances like no other. He's got such a dramatic flare.
5. He's not afraid. He's willing to try new things (with the exception of food) and he puts his complete effort into things. We've seen this especially with his language (moving to Denmark and learning Danish quickly) and with how friendly he is.
6. Seriously, he's my baby and I love him so much. I LOVE everything about him. I look at him and my heart fills with love. Six years ago he was the most beautiful, amazing little thing I'd ever seen. I feel the same way today that I felt the moment I first saw him. PURE LOVE. PURE JOY. PURE BLISS. Of course we have our challenges, but the good outweighs those things every second of every day. All I can say is thank you! I'm so thankful that he's my son.


Here is the video of us singing to Riis on his actual birthday.
Btw, if anyone is interested in knowing the Danish birthday song lyrics:

    I dag er det ..........'s fødelsedag
    Hurra, hurra, hurra!
    Han *) sikkert sig en gave får,
    som han ønsket sig i år,
    og dejlig chokolade med kager til.

P.S. Here's the letter I'm writing to Riis for him to read in 15 years:

"Dear Hawk,

When you were 6 you asked me to change your name because you didn't like your birth name, Riis. I hope you're happy with your decision. We really liked the name Riis. Oh, you're also to blame for changing your brother's name to Eagle. It just seemed more fitting once yours was changed.


Sunday, October 31, 2010

The 2 Ninjas

Halloween 2010 - we are fully exhausted because we just got back from the US last night after a VERY long day of traveling, but our neighbors rock. We brought over candy and treats for them to hand out to the kids so they could go trick-or-treating. They loved it. They were ninjas and kept showing us all their ninja moves all night.

Now for a good night's sleep...please!

two ninjas
Beck - the little ninja
Riis - the ninja with the Christmas stocking trick-or-treat bag
Riis insisted on sneaking up on the people that answered the door - ninja style - while Beck rang the doorbell and just stood their silently.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Riis' school photos 2010-2011

School pictures were last week for Riis and do we have some keepers! :)
This says "Uncle Neill" all over it. Picture him with brown hair and brown eyes.
Strike a pose

Monday, September 20, 2010

ISAa 2010-2011 - Reception & Grade 1

So, Riis is really enjoying school at ISAa, the International School of Aarhus. He is in a Kindergarten (also called Reception) & Grade 1 class. He's got kids from all over the world in his class. His teacher, Mrs. Kristensen is from Ireland and his teacher's aid is from the UK.

Places where his classmates come from:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


A few things about Beck these days.

1. You know you've been away from the US a while when your child starts speaking with an accent...but you'd assume it would be a Danish accent (whatever that would be) since we live in Denmark. Nope. Beck has started this Italian accent. He says things like "Mummy, like-a-dis." or "Mummy, like-a-dat."

2. He's going through the Terrible Threes as well - high drama. We went for dinner at a friend's house this weekend and he had to poop and insisted that I come with him, so I took him into the bathroom and as soon as we went in he immediately yelled "I NEED SPACE!" (a daily occurrence) I told him that I wanted to stay with him because we were at someone else's house and he said "MUMMY! Close you eyes!" He then told me to take off his clothes. Okay. Then I was forced to leave. DRAMA! So I leave and take his clothes while he poops naked on the toilet at someone else's house. :) As soon as I closed the door he yelled "I'm DONE!" I went in, helped him off and flushed the toilet and he yelled at me "MUMMY! I flush dat toilet!" He tried, but the toilet wouldn't fill enough to get a full flush so he told me "MUMMY! We come back here another day and I flush dat toilet!" (GOODNESS!)

3. Beck fell asleep during books tonight and when I went to bring him to his bed he let out a huge fart and smiled...asleep. Hmm...

4. Beck is finally speaking Danish more often. He's understood a lot of Danish for quite some time, but has mainly been speaking English. He likes to stop people (whether he knows them or not) and ask "Hvad laver du?" ("What are you doing?")

5. This is an add on that I forgot to mention. Beck has the cutest way of saying certain words like "gone" and "not". He says "gaww-ne" and "naww-t". For example, I'll ask "Beck was that you who tooted?" and he'll reply "Nawwt me, Mummy. Was Riis." That is also an example of him not telling truth. :) And when he says "Gaww-ne." he sounds just like The Donald. "You're fired." "Gaww-ne."
Needless to say, we have been having some challenging times with Beck, but a lot of laughs as well. He has such a great sense of humor and is a very sweet and loving little boy.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

This is Riis as a baby...hehe. Just kidding.

It was Parent/Teacher night last night at ISAA and Riis' teacher told us that the she doesn't hang all of the artwork up that the kids do because there's a lot. For example, she said that the kids were cutting out pictures of their favorite food and "one kid" told her that his favorite food was beer so she didn't hang that one up. :) I burst out laughing because I knew it was Riis...sure enough it was. He LOVES to tell me that he loves beer, but I assure you, he doesn't. :) I almost forgot to mention that I then asked his teacher if it would be okay if I brought in beer for all of the kids for Riis' birthday since it's his favorite. We had a good laugh!

This story then reminded me of when we were last at the Danish Office of Immigration dealing with renewing our Visas. The woman working on our paperwork was being a real pill to begin with and when she looked at Riis' passport and asked him to tell her his name he said "My name is Toke" in Danish about 4 times. Um...hello? Dag and I were thinking "Riis you're getting us in trouble here!!" Goodness! He finally told her his real name.

Monday, September 6, 2010

THE finger! }:|

Riis stuck up his pinky finger the other day when he was mad at Beck and said "Beck, do you know what this is? It's a fooking finger!" I said "Excuse me? What did you say?" He said sheepishly "Fooking finger?" I told him that he is not allowed to say that word OR to stick up his finger at people when he's mad and I told him why. But I had to leave the room to compose myself afterward because he had been furiously shaking that pinky finger!

And just now he was upstairs telling me "bad words" in Spanish which sounded like gibberish. They definitely were not swears or words for that matter. :) Ha! One of the side-effects of going to an International School, grades K-12. :)


Riis just started at the International School here in Århus and has a few kids from India in his class that he's very interested in. (I think this is because Dag has visited India for work.) So we went down to the music festival in the city on Saturday evening and a girl got on the bus with her friend and here is how our conversation went:

Riis, quite loudly: "Mummy, she's really little! And I think she's from India."
(She was very short and looked of Indian descent.)
My quiet reply to him: "She is short, isn't she? And she does look like she may be of Indian descent, but she could be Danish."
(I then proceeded to explain this to him.)
Riis: "Maybe she's only 6 and that's why she's so small. Do you think she eats a lot of brown food and that's why her skin is brown?" :)
Me: "Actually, I think that she is an adult and I think she was born that pretty color. Do you think her skin is a pretty color?"
Riis, smiling: "Uh-huh."

Never a dull moment...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Beck's mug shots - børnehaven pictures 2010

They took school photos last week at Beck's børnehaven and I told him the he should smile. This is what we came out with! He's so darn cute! :) Click on the pictures to make them bigger.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


We have been watching Ava, our friends' daughter while they are at the hospital having their second baby, and I couldn't resist making her a dress while she is here. So cute!

Riis starts school!

Riis started school on August 11 at the International School here in Århus. He loves it and is meeting lots of cool kids from all over the world.

Riis on his first day, outside his classroom

Dancing to Madonna in his underwear - HA!

He was so happy to get Baci and Papa's big box of goodies - thanks!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Kerry Ossi's baby dress

My friend, Kerry, is having a baby girl any day now so I made her this cute blue dress. Blue girl clothes are practically unheard of and this is one of my favorite fabrics so I thought that I must make a special little dress out of it.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Viking ship adventure

Riis and I spent the week sailing a Viking ship (replica) with an amazing crew! We had such an amazing adventure. Dag and Beck joined us on Friday night and sailed all day Saturday. More to come on our adventure...first I must eat. :)

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Here's the direct link to my shutterfly site:

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Norway in a Nutshell

We just got back from camping in Norway for 8 days and now Riis and I are headed off on our sailing adventure in a viking ship replica for a week. I'm quickly going to give you the link to our photos from Norway - there are a lot! I'll post more about our trip when I return next weekend. was EPIC!

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Beck learns to ride his bike!

Beck officially learned to ride his bike today! He is 3 years and 3 months old! Good job, Beck! Lots of practice on the balancing bike was very helpful. It took him 2 minutes to learn to ride the pedal bike today. :)