Sunday, June 30, 2013

Photo Challenge Week #26 - Fear

I have so many fears, it was hard to come up with just one.  I think one of my biggest fears is something bad happening to one of my kids.  It can be very hard for me to just let them walk across that tiny rope bridge, all by themselves. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Myra's Baptism

On June 29th, Myra was baptized.  It was such a wonderful, special day for her!  She has been so excited about being baptized for several years now.  She's talked about it and dreamed about it.  And was pretty sad when her 8th birthday came and went and we had to have her wait for a month and a half for her baptism. We were grateful that Chad's parents and brother Blake were able to come visit us for a while and be here for Myra's baptism. 
Since there are few baptisms here, we basically got to choose our date and time and put together our own program.  Myra was so excited, she passed out invitations to half ward.

 Leading up to her baptism, she was really worried about what she was going to wear.  I had looked a little for a nice white dress, but couldn't find anything here, so I told Myra she would just have to wear one of her regular dresses.  She was a little sad, but always a good sport.  But, in reality, my Mom and Sister had picked out a dress for her and sent it with Chad's parents.  She was absolutely delighted in her new white dress.
The morning of the baptism was a little stressful, the building was locked when we got there and we had a difficult time getting someone to come and open it for us.  It was a rush once we got in, we still had to get the font filled up, everything set up, food prepared and I had to practice the piano with the girl doing the musical number.  Needless to say, I was pretty stressed and barely finished everything in time for the baptism to start.  When it was all over I realized that I hadn't even taken any pictures with Myra and her Dad before the baptism, in their white clothing.  That made me pretty sad.
Anyway, once the baptism started, it was just wonderful.  We had very touching talks by Grandad, Chad and our Bishop.  Our friend, Dana, stepped up for us at the last minute and sang a beautiful solo.  Myra was all smiles the entire time.  When it came time for the baptism part, she was so excited.  And then, of course, she stuck her foot out of the water, so she had to get "dunked" twice.  It was such a nice program, the spirit was so strong.

After we had a nice time visiting with family and friends.  It was such a special day, we only wish that my parents could have been there.  Myra continues to be delighted with the fact that she's been baptized and is now a member of the church.  She's such a sweet girl and we are so proud of the choices she has made. 


Beautiful Girl!


Myra and Uncle Blake

Passing time, waiting to get into the church.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Photo Challenge Week #25 - Light

Looking into Christians Kirke in Christianshavn.  It wasn't a very sunny day, but the light coming through the windows made it appear very bright. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Photo Challenge Week #24 - Favorite Place

There are so many places in Denmark that I have really fallen in love with.  I love going into Copenhagen and seeing all the old buildings and statues.  One of my favorites is Christiansborg Palace.  Not as old as many of the buildings, but very picturesque.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Børnefest 2013

The kids were really excited to participate in the Børnefest this year.  Especially since they all got to go this time.  I have to admit that a certain amount of anxiety enters my mind at the thought of sending my kids off for 3 days with 500 other kids to basically fend for themselves.  Ok, maybe that's an exaggeration, but really, it is a pretty crazy event.  The younger kids are watched pretty closely by their teacher, although Myra does get a pretty big leash at the event.  They run off to play in the woods and climb the big hill.  There are cooking pits everywhere.  Lots of places to get hurt.  Luckily, the kids went through the week with no injuries and lots of fun.  Tuesday and Wednesday were beautiful days and the kids had so much fun.  It rained the 3rd day, so it was cancelled for Lexi and Noah.  Myra came home soaking wet, but still had a good time. 
Also, I had to drop Myra off about an hour and a half before Lexi and Noah, so I had a really fun time with them hanging out at the park and enjoying the sun.  What a fun activity! 
So many kids!

Yeah, no adult supervision, no ropes attached, use at your own risk! 

Cute baby swans

Collecting rocks.  Pockets full of rocks.  A lot of rocks!

So sweet!

The Pancake shop - aka Crepes
 On the first day, the kids had their faces painted by other kids.  I laughed SOOOO hard when I saw Lexi and Myra.  Lexi looked like a skeleton version of Hello Kitty and can you guess what Myra's was suppose to be?  Apparently she's a dog, but really, she just looks like the devil.  (As I type this, I can't stop laughing!)  The funny thing was, the kids didn't know what they looked like.  So, when I got there, we found a mirror for them to look in and they were both so upset at how they looked.  I just can imagine all the leaders wondering why Myra had her face painted like a devil.  Hahahahaha!!!!! 


They had a bunch of these sand pits for the kids to play in around the park.

Open fire pits, everywhere.

Probably 100 or more tents.  Huge event!

It was such a pretty place, but they wouldn't pose for me. 

Carved out of a tree.  The kids loved playing on it. 
 We were so excited when we found this awesome tree swing.

The 2nd day of face painting was much better!

One of the many carrot peeling stations around the park.


Love this picture!  Noah was so excited to ride on the big horse and not one of the ponies.  But the helmet was a bit too big and he couldn't see anything the entire ride.  He loved it though!

 Myra in her rain gear for the last day.