Our First Danish Christmas

November 29, 2008

We put up our Christmas tree today. Here’s some photos.

Without a car, we have to get creative in our transport methods. Paul bungie-corded the tree onto his bike and walked it home in the rain.

Bringing home the tree on the bike

Bringing home the tree on the bike

The girls of course are very excited to be decorating the tree. Hanging above the tree is a copper star from the 1950s Rachelle found in an antique shop for a few kroner.

The girls decorate the tree

The girls decorate the tree

Cate’s baby’s-First-Christmas ornament fell off the tree and shattered. She was very sad.

Cate's first ornament fell & broke, with tears ensuing.

Shattered Christmas Dreams

 To prevent further sadness, Cate took her special pickle ornament off the tree.

Sad, Sad Cate

Sad, Sad Cate

 These paper stars are very traditional in Denmark. This one took us a couple of hours to figure out how to make.

Danish Christmas Star

Danish Christmas Star

Here’s the final result. Christmas tree stands don’t appear to be used much in Denmark.

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas Tree


Have Yum!

November 26, 2008

almond-apple-custard-tart-happy1

Want to know what we had for Pauly’s birthday. It was SOOOooooo good! The recipe is on my new blog, Food Hero. Click here.


Happy Birthday, Paul!

November 23, 2008

The girls spent several hours drawing this for Paul’s birthday yesterday. The border is slices of pumpkin pies (Paul’s favorite!), with a large pumpkin pie and can of whipped cream with a detailed cow on the can. Danish flags are traditionally used to decorate for birthdays here, so the girls drew the flags in the corners.

Happy Birthday Paul

Happy Birthday Paul


Snow in CPH

November 22, 2008

It’s been snowing here…

It started Friday Morning. Here’s the train station at Skodsborg, about 20km north of Copenhagen, where Paul gets off the train on his way to work.

Skodsborg Station

Skodsborg Station

Last night Eden’s friend Mia from China spent the night. Here they all are on the balcony.

Snow on girls on the balcony

Snow on girls on the balcony

This is what we woke up to this morning:

Snowy Roofs in Copenhagen

Snowy Roofs in Copenhagen

 

Rosemary on the balcony in the snow

Rosemary on the balcony in the snow


It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

November 15, 2008

sammy-raincoat

 

Friday I walked 20 minutes to and from the dog groomers (eah way) in the rain. With Sammy’s fur shaved short he needs his sweater or raincoat to keep from shivering. We made lots of Danes smile today. Two even stopped to talk to us…unheard of!


Watching History Being Made

November 5, 2008

(Paul here) I tried to stay up all night, but petered out at 2am (8pm EST) on the couch with ABCNews streaming on the laptop. I set my cell phone to go off at 4am (10pm EST), and woke up enough to hear that the election was not decided, so I set my phone again and woke up at 5am. I watched McCain concede a few minutes later in a tone that would have served him much better over the previous months.

History

BBC World ran election coverage all night long, and even now, four hours on, BBC World is still entirely devoted to the U.S. election. Every European newspaper site is leading with the news, often heralding it as indication that we moving past, healing our historical sins. Europe is thrilled to once again have a collaborative tone in America.

We woke up the girls shortly before 6am to watch Obama’s acceptance speech on a day, about an event, that will go down as one of the most significant in American history. A speech full of hope and a call for shared sacrifice.

It is amazing to see hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park in Chicago. Many hundreds of thousands more gathering in public spaces across the U.S.

Walking the girls to school this morning, a father of one of their classmates said “Contratulations on your new president.” Yes, congratulations to us indeed.

And now time for sleep before getting to work.


Italian Tales and Images

November 1, 2008

Eden, Cate and Daddy stumbled upon this happy surprise in a Florentine piazza.

More photos of Italy now up on our Flickr site. A lot of the photos have short stories attached to them. Click on the photo to read the description and find out what we did there.