Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cat Nap

Chad's probably going to give me a bad time about this picture, but it was just too awesome not to share!  Hahahahaha!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sankt Hans Aften

Sankt Hans is the Danish celebration for Midsummer.  It's quite an old holiday, celebrated back during the Viking time.  They would have a big bonfire to ward off the evil spirits.  Driving around during the evening, we saw a ton of bonfires all over the place.  In the 1920's, a new tradition emerged of making a "witch" out of straw and burning it on the fires.  It is thought to commemorate the witch burnings from 1540 to 1693.  This witch burning is also thought to "send the witch away" to Bloksbjerg Germany where the Great Witch gathering is thought to be held. 
We were invited to a Sankt Hans party by the Olsen's in our ward.  It was quite the event.  They live in this awesome country house with a lot of land.  There were a lot of kids for our kids to play with, a trampoline, land to explore, horses to ride and yummy food to eat.  And the huge bonfire, of course!  We didn't "burn a witch", but the bonfire was really fun.  We all stood around and sang some traditional Sankt Hans songs.  It was really a fun experience.  We missed going to any bonfires the last 2 years and were glad to have gotten to experience it this year. 

 Cooking snøbrod (Danish twisty bread) over the fire remnants.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Børnefestuge 2014

 The festival was a little bitter-sweet this year.  The kids were pretty sad thinking about how it would be the last one they would attend.  Nevertheless, they made the most of it and had a really fun time. 
 I had to drop the girls off over an hour before Noah, so we had fun walking around and playing.  I didn't get any pictures of him playing with his school.  On the first day, his sisters came and picked him up, to go and play with him.  Then they lost him.  Just around the time I went to pick him up, so I got to spend a good 20 minutes searching for him.  Ugh!  I was not super happy about that.  For the following days, he stayed right with his teachers.

 See that tent, full of babies sleeping in strollers.  Haha!  I love Denmark!
 I think the highlight this year was Myra getting to participate in the Rollespil or Role Playing.  The first day they fought ogres and on the 2nd day, they had a big battle between schools.  It looked like a lot of fun.

 Last Day, a little cooler than the previous 2.  Exactly how it was for the past 2 years!

 Getting their fighting assignments.  And if you are wondering, her face paint is suppose to be a wolf.

 Lexi chose not to fight, she just rain around with her friend.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Medieval Festival

For the 3rd year in a row, we made our way to the Valby MidderalderFest.  This time we went with the Jensen's and we hardly took any pictures.  But we had a great time. Amazingly, for the 3rd year in the row, it was a super hot, nice sunny day.  Not something you can bet on in Denmark.  We started out the day by letting the kids do an activity. Noah and Myra fought a "knight" and Lexi shot a bow and arrow. 
 See the big smile on all of Myra's picture?  She was so happy.

 We were waiting in line for the kids to fight and the knight was actually a guy, really dressed up with a helmet and everything.  Noah was so excited.  Just when it was his turn, he left and a girl replaced him and Noah was pretty disappointed about that.  We finally got him in there to fight and he was a little timid at first, but finally got the hang of it.  Fighting a knight was his dream.

 Lexi was very good at shooting the bow and arrow. She came very close to the center on all of her arrows. 

 The jousting tournament is always really fun to watch.  The year was a little too much "story" and not enough fighting.  Still fun to see though.