Friday, February 26, 2010

Think healthy thoughts...

Once again, I am sick and Dag went to London yesterday. After a night of Beck being up from 1:30-3:45, I'm in bed and everything hurts. I just need MY Mommy! The boys are home from school today and have had some good moments and some...challenging ones.

The funniest moment of the day so far came when I went downstairs (pain with each step) and found Riis with a giant jar of Nutella on the counter. (An impulse buy after our trip to Paris where I got a street vendor crêpe with Nutella and banana - YUM!) Anyway, I keep the jar hidden in our cabinet, but Riis was obviously exploring. Come to think of it, he may have been on a mission. (He tasted that crêpe too!) Thankfully, he had yet to scoop any out and kindly asked if he may have some. I must have made there just in time!

Another funny moment came just after that when I made the kids sandwiches and Beck dropped his cheese on the ground and Riis responded: "Don't worry about it, Beck. The mouse will get it." Hmmm...Is there something he's not telling me? Until I find out, Auntie Heather, don't even THINK of visiting us. :)

I'm off to curl into the fetal position in bed and listen to the kids play, battle, laugh and cry in the next room.

MOMMY!!! Why don't you live down the street from me? I really could use you right now.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I stopped at Bilka (a supermarket here in DK) today and when I pulled up Beck looked at the sign on the building and said "Mommy, letters - A-K-L-I-B".

I said "Nice job, Beck!"

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Let it snow!

It seems like it's been snowing since we got back to Denmark and we LOVE it! We would much rather this than rain. There has been snow on the ground since the beginning of December! We've been taking full advantage of it too - sledding, building snowmen and igloos and making s'mores! :)
Riis, age 5
Riis and Beck
Beck, flying!

Daddy worked hard pulling both boys up the hill over and over!

Snowman #1 - he ended up slowly leaning backwards and in a limbo position for a while
Dag worked almost half the day yesterday building an igloo out of the snow in our yard. Riis had an idea to make a campfire inside the igloo and roast marshmallows so we took him up on his idea. It was SO much fun!

the boys in their Olympic gear that Daddy brought back for them

Dag's trip to the 2010 Winter Olympics

My lucky husband just got back from the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Vestas sent him there for a few days for a meeting and while he was there he got to see Women's Snow Cross and Ice Hockey (Russia vs. Latvia). Lucky dog!

I'm so proud of Dag and how hard he works and I am so happy that he got to go to the Olympics to represent Vestas. He deserves it.

Back to Portland

We headed back to Portland at the beginning of January for 3 weeks. Vestas asked Dag to be the interim VP for the office and I was more than happy to go and get some extra time with family and friends there. We started our visit at the good ol' Residence Inn (a.k.a. Hotel Vestas) and the boys enjoyed a healthy breakfast of hotel Belgian waffles and scrambled eggs each morning and swimming daily. :) We then moved over to NW Lovejoy to a corporate apartment. With the exception of a very scary stovetop fire, our stay there was really fun. (I'm pretty sure I've scared the heck out of Beck for life - he hasn't stopped talking about the fire and my burned hand.)

Our visit to Portland ended up being so much better than we could have hoped. It is usually difficult to be away from home for such a long time, but this trip was fantastic. The kids were so happy and content. We had a couple of game nights, got to visit family in Eugene, went to the zoo, got to visit with our neighbors, went to play gyms and I actually got to have a girl's night out!
Game night at 900 NW Lovejoy
My bff, Scott - love the face
Sweet Wendy - I need to frame this for Aimee and Michelle (wine is a rarity)
The Hinrichs Boys
Girls night out - Mary, Wendy, Aimee, me
Game night - Hillbilly Wendy...with more wine...or maybe it's Boones!
Canyon Ever Friess

Canyon and my bff, John
Typical - John and Dag don't want to play games on game night - dual computers
Why do we buy toys when this is what he uses?
Non-birthday party with Sawyer, Dashel, Riis and Beck - Thanks to Kerry for the cake!

View from our apartment in the Pearl every morning


Ben and Dag took the boys to Forest Park - it is SO gorgeous!

Simon Walsh
Ben and Beck

Riis - making a Toke face (Toke is his bff from Denmark and he makes this face in most pics)
Sweet Beck
Kerry read books to all the kids for a very long time one day in Eugene:
(left to right) Aria, Beck, Dashel, Jasmine, Kerry, Riis and Sawyer

New Year's Eve 2010

We missed New Year's 2010 by 3 minutes because we were playing Rock Band. :) But we still celebrated when we realized! We spent the night at my sister's new house on Cape Cod along with some of their friends, Sarah and Pete. My parents came for poker - huge shocker.

Pete, bringing the New Year in in style (Hef style)
The group, minus two - my parents went home after they lost all their money in poker

Sarah and Pete's girls, Anni, Gavy and Beck
Dag, rockin' it

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Fastelavn 2010!
The Pirate and the Crocodile Hunter

Have a look at the size of that croc! Crikey! Thank goodness the Crocodile Hunter is here!
Riis, the Croc Hunter - he's got this one under control
Uh-oh! Maybe we spoke too soon!

Looks like he's going to be okay!
Safe and sound! Just another day in the life of the Croc Hunter.

Fastelavn is tomorrow at the kids' bornehaven. I helped Riis put the costume together for tomorrow. I don't know if he'll end up wearing it, but I thought it was too funny not to post!

Fastelavn is the name for Carnival in Denmark which is the either Sunday or Monday before Ash Wednesday. This holiday occurs seven weeks before Easter Sunday and is sometimes described as a Nordic Halloween, with children dressing up in costumes and gathering treats for the Fastelavn feast. The holiday is generally considered to be a time for children's fun and family games.

Some towns in Denmark are renowned for their large Fastelavn festivities and parades. Traditional events include slå katten af tønden ("hit the cat out of the barrel"), which is somewhat similar to using a piñata. The Danes use a wooden barrel, which is full of candy and oranges and has the image of a cat on it. Historically there was a real black cat in the barrel, and beating the barrel was superstitiously considered a safeguard against evil. After the candy pours out, the game continues until the entire barrel is broken. The one who knocks down the bottom of the barrel (making all the candy spill out) becomes kattedronning("queen of cats"); the one who knocks down the last piece of the barrel becomes kattekonge ("king of cats").

*Am I the only one who thinks it's mean to hit a cat out of a barrel??*