Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Kevin & I's Final Adventures Overseas


The last week of Denmark was full of rest and exploration. I really enjoyed having time to, take my time around the city. I saw so much and yet there was still so much to see. For Kevin and I'd last two days together in the city we chose to do some of the more tourist-y things and get away to Sweden for a few hours, marking yet another country on our map.


Saturday. We woke up early to go catch the morning sun at the Copenhagen beach (the Amagar beach, I believer), about a 30 minute bike ride from our home. It was fun to see a new part of the city, all of it is just so charming and in the early morning, it's so quiet. The beach was so pretty and I'm pretty sure this was the first time I've ever been completely, bundled up at a beach, it was cold. There was a group of men jumping in the water butt naked, so that was also a first. We snapped some pictures, took in the morning sun, gazed in the water and headed off to Nyhavn in order to catch a ride on the canal tour.

Right before we boarded the boat, we grabbed some croissants, when in Denmark do as the Danish and eat danishes. We really enjoyed the canal tour. It was cool to learn about  and see the city from a new perspective. Did you know the man that invented blue tooth was from here?! After the tour we loaded our bikes again and sped home (we had to grab Kevin's passport). This wasn't part of the plan originally but we realized it was better to take the train closer to home than farther and have to ride back at night. We boarded the metro, swapped trains at the airport, and in about 40 minutes we were in SWEDEN! Malmo to be specifc. Malmo, is, or at least the part we saw, mostly comprised of newer architecture than Copenhagen. There were some older structures to see, thankfully all very close together, so we had mapped those all out. There were several businesses and homes decorated with sticks that had feather glued to it, I read later that this was in preperation for Easter (which was the next weekend). There are two stories out there on the internet, one involved witches and another involves them being symbolic for the palm fralms laid for Jesus...I'm going with the second version.

We ate some really yummy meals in Malmo and enjoyed a much easier site seeing day than Paris (thank you Malmo for being small!).We tried to stop at an Ikea on the way home but it was too far away (as in, a nearly 45 minute walk from the metro in the dark) so instead we loaded the train, went home, watched a tv show while eating some swedish candy we picked up in Malmo. Sweden, really deserves it's own blog post.

























Sunday. Sleep in day. We made it to 8am, which technically time just changed here so our bodies are still waking up "early." We lazied around for a bit, talked about our plans for the day. Ate some breakfast and then got going. We wanted to check out an Ikea here so we biked about 30 minutes from home to the nearest one. Ikea's are pretty much the same there as they are in the states but a tad cheaper! We had fun, and even had an Ikea lunch before we went to church, the same one we'd gone to before. It was Easter there (since the host church would be needing their facility for the entire day on the actual day of Easter) and oh was it glorious! The choir was so sweet and we loved sitting in the back and listening to the worship.

Sunday ended up being an incredibly cold and rainy day. It was definitely the most miserable day of our time there together thus far. We'd had plans to check out a museum but after leaving church the rain started coming down harder and all we wanted was to be warm. We went home, and dried up. As the rain started to lighten, we went out to my favorite nearby park so I could take Kevin to the hammocks I'd finally found the other day. We finished our day with another trip to the bakery and our final meal in the apartment together. I couldn't believe my time in Copenhagen had come to an end up I was indeed ready to be back in my own bed.















Thank you Lord for the trip and experience of a lifetime. I can't imagine our life without this fantastic opportunity now. I pray I never ever forget about the sweetness of every single day we had in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. Copenhagen has stolen a piece of my heart forever.




Following our time in Copenhagen?
one-Arriving in Copenhagen: The first bike ride
two-A Sunday together: Discovering Nyhavn, a church, Amalienborg, and more
three-Monday & Tuesday: my first days while Kevin is at work. Exploring the city by a run, seeing historical sites, and some new architecture. 
four-The little home we lived in
five-Wednesday & Thursday & Friday: More exploration of the city
six- The story behind the Pacifier trees of Copenhagen
seven- our 27 hour trip to PARIS!
eight-A preview of our portrait session with the Eiffel Tower!
nine- Changing of the guards, ice cream, The Royal Library...
ten-Getting ice cream, and checking out the Royal library
eleven- My final days of exploring
twelve-My thoughts on being a house wife

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Five




Our favorite Paris pictures...taken by the extremely talented Katie Donnelly...find out & see more here!

It's been rather quiet around these parts lately. I've sort of just been focusing on other things. So today I'm copying one of my favorites, Karla, and doing a friday five.

one. By now I'm sure you've heard of the storms that have torn up our land here in Oklahoma. Tornadoes are never fun but the flooding has really begun to mess up lies here. Last week was completely exhausting and I'm pretty sure we crashed our friends' home nearly every day (they had the storm shelter). I'm praying this weekend isn't going to be crazy. If you're interested in helping, I know it can be hard to figure out where to help from far away, of course pray for those affected by the storms. And if you're able to give, this one family from our church has been through A LOT and they've lost a lot. It's a long story but insurance isn't helping and they've got $30,000 worth of repairs to make out of pocket. You can give to them here.

two. We miss Denmark but we are happy to have warmer weather around. I also need to finish off those Denmark posts! Whoops! We also miss our trip last summer spending time with Samantha and Tim.


three. We might be going to the country dance hall this weekend which is always lots of fun. Kevin and I need to practice our swing dancing that we learned at this wedding.

four. I'm planning a baby shower (or two) and need your help!!! What are some of  your favorite things you've seen or experienced at baby showers?

five. Some sweet girlfriends have been joining me on the Tone It Up challenge and I'm so glad for their encouragement! It's been sort of an off week and I've gained back a couple pounds I've lost but I'm still giving God glory! I've lost ten pounds since December! That's a praise a Jesus statement for me! What are some of your favorite healthy recipes? Did you buy the new Tone It Up book? Cause it's awesome!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

On Being A House Wife


They say getting married shows you how selfish you really can be. I suppose that's true but over the past nearly three years, I'd say Kevin and I have just really gone with the flow and done what we needed to do for our marriage and our home. We trade off who does chores/etc and neither of us really complains. I think in general, we're both interested in doing what's best for the other, and our marriage.

When I had the opportunity to live in Denmark with him for two weeks and just be his wife, I learned how hard it can be to really practice selflessness.

I wanted to go out and explore all day, and honestly it is what I mostly did and he wanted me to-after all we were in another country for a brief amount of time, but when I would get back to the apartment, the last thing I wanted to do was tidy up or do dishes. And there wasn't a lot of that to be done! We were living in a little three room place- kitchen, bathroom, bedroom. In the mornings when he would get up for work, all I wanted to do was sleep more, maybe it was jet lag at first but over time that excuse was invalid, I man oh man it was so hard to get up some mornings! And here's the kicker, he was getting up at 7am! That's a whole two hours later than the time we typically get up at here at home. And yes, we were going to bed at the same time, if not earlier most nights. And making dinner? I tell ya, I usually tried not to have to do it.  Selfishness and lazyness was oozing out of me and I didn't like watching it.

When you're a stay at home mother you have many more responsibilities and there's a child waiting on you. That role is incredibly difficult, though rewarding, something I know, not from experience but of stories I've heard/read from others But being a house wife? I thought it would be so easy. It proved to be a heck of a lot harder than I thought. Yes, my husband is fully capable of doing all the home things himself, but when my only job was simply to be his supportive wife then it's I who should be doing those things. And goodness, was it hard to deny selfishness and choose to serve him and the little home we were blessed to be staying in.

Of course, our situation in Denmark was pretty different than I imagine if we practiced this life style at home in Oklahoma but the lesson was still a valuable one to learn and I'm trying to be even more mindful of things I could do to deny selfishness/lazyness in our day to day life at home.



So to you house wives out there, bravo to you! You are incredible. Also, while I used to think you had one of the easiest jobs, I know now that's not true, however, I'm still incredibly jealous. I loved learning what it looked, even if temporarily, to be a house wife. I think the role of wife and mother was something I'm fully meant to live out. For now, I'm learning what it looks like to be more house-wife like while being a working wife. We shall see what God has in store down the road for this family.


Following our time in Copenhagen?
one-Arriving in Copenhagen: The first bike ride
two-A Sunday together: Discovering Nyhavn, a church, Amalienborg, and more
three-Monday & Tuesday: my first days while Kevin is at work. Exploring the city by a run, seeing historical sites, and some new architecture. 
four-The little home we lived in
five-Wednesday & Thursday & Friday: More exploration of the city
six- The story behind the Pacifier trees of Copenhagen
seven- our 27 hour trip to PARIS!
eight-A preview of our portrait session with the Eiffel Tower!
nine- Changing of the guards, ice cream, The Royal Library...
ten-Getting ice cream, and checking out the Royal library
eleven- My final days of exploring

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

My Final Days of Exploring Copenhagen


Tuesday. I woke up early today on my own at 6:15 am and I could not go back to sleep. I got up with Kevin and made him breakfast. I finished up dishes and ironing. I went to run at my favorite nearby park. I ran/walked 2.6 miles while I was there. I also did some crunches and other stretching at the little work-out spots the park has. There are two parks close together. One is part of Freriksberg Palace yet it's open to the public and another is a full on public park. Today I did the one more with the Palace. Like Sondermarken park, the Frederiksberg park also has a viewing section into the zoo. So I saw the elephants and man were they cute! They were really active and played together. I rode my bike on the highest resistance setting there and home for an extra work out.

At home I showered, ate a lunch of salad and an apple and proceeded to get some things done at home on the computer. After  8 days of hitting the streets hard I really needed a slow down day. Besides it's really cold (high of not quite 40 today) and gray out. Tomorrow the sun will come out more and then it's raining much of the rest of the week. I'm trying to line up some school tours later this week. Tonight is date night with Kevin. He's been planning for us to check out this restaurant since before we left for the trip. I'm excited to have some special out time with him, though really every day on this trip has felt like one giant date.






Wednesday. I relaxed this morning. I did some blogging, read, watched an episode of fixer upper, did some dishes. I left around lunch time for a free walking tour that started at 11 and didn't end till 2pm (or as we call it here 14pm). The tour was excellent. I learned all kinds of things I hadn't known before about the city. The tour guide was a local (well lived here 4 years from Colorado local) and had a lot of interesting stories about the royals and the history of the city. Totally loved it. If you're going to Copenhagen, carve out a few hours and do this tour! We ended up on a movie set for part of it! Seriously, so cool...I wrote about it here. And then I went back to the shopping street (when Kevin first took me here I had no idea how many times I would visit it again), Stroget, to grab a couple more items for family before going back home. I showered, put on jammies. tidyed up the home and prepped a big dinner complete with a tasty "homemade" cake...in local style. The husband loved it. That evening we relaxed. I read and finished up Hope Rising, please read this book. It was kind of like any other night back in the States but it was still so sweet.





the oldest street in Copenhagen, and also the only one not affected by any of the historical fires.

the oldest residential building in Copenhagen




  

in City Hall

in City Hall



The oldest amusement park




Thursday. I spent the entire day, other than the evening at the apartment. The only day that I really JUST relaxed. It was sorta hard but mostly enjoyable,  I tend to get stir crazy at times. I cleaned up and did dishes, finished up some laundry and started the packing process, which just makes me sad. I worked on some computer things (editing pictures, blogging) and I squeezed in some reading time.  I also began planning our Saturday trip to MALMO, SWEDEN!

Kevin and I  decided to go check out the newly remodeled mall this evening but other than that our evening was pretty low key too. The local mall went from one floor to FOUR complete with a parking garage, a very rare find here in Copenhagen. Malls, in general are rare here as well. Most shops are just along the street side and big department/name brand shops are on Stroget. This mall is new and has both your typical mall shops and a grocery store. It connects to the metro station as well which makes it really convenient for people. It was pretty fun to explore and we also finally tried a juice from joe and the juice, they're all over the place here! In a way, it's like a Starbucks but for juices, we both got something different and they were both delicious! We finished off the evening with a dinner of rice and beans and a movie,  Jurassic Park 2.


Friday. My last day by myself in the city. I'm sorta sad but can't lie, I'm getting ready to be home again. I miss that puppy of mine, and my bed and a bath tub (Kevin teased me for taking 2 baths in the 27 hours we were in Paris, what can I say? I love baths!). I got up for my last run in Frederiksborg park. I took a new way into the park and ran some new paths, and I finally found the hammock section our friends who were previously here told us about. I laid there for a bit, just listening to the birds, and the church bells. It was wonderful moment. I will definitely miss this massive park filled with joggers and bikers, and lovers, and babysitters with four bundled up babies in carriages. Oh and watching the toddlers waddle up and down the hill.

I headed  home and stopped at a couple bakeries to try some final things. I showered at home, ate an early lunch and then went off to find a school with some neat design to it. It showed up often online for being a unique school style. It was crazy there. Kids were all over the place. I must have been there are recess because they were roaming the whole campus. I couldn't find the office so I just wandered in a bit, and out briefly. There was no fence around the park, no immediate office (obviously since I couldn't find it) and the doors were just unlocked. The design was interesting but time had definitely taken a toll on the school as it was looking quite worn, compared to the online images. The school was mostly an open area with movable "walls." From there I wandered off back toward the area of town I now know well (on the way caught some sights of new architecture recommended to check out in the city). Well I got lost and then got incredible cold. It also started to rain. I decided to head back to Kastellet so I could explore another side of it. I still wish I'd made time to go run the trails there. It was very pretty even on a gloomy day. The church bells there sang amazing grace and put my soul at ease.

I got back on my bike, explored a new part of town and headed to my favorite area to possibly draw outside. Nyhavn. The closer I got the more it rained and the more my headache really set in. I was pretty darn cold at this point and decided that it just wasn't going to happen so I headed home. On my way home I stopped to walk through Kongens Have, Rosenborg's Castle Gardens, a park that I had been intending to stop in. Even on a rather dreary day,  it was lovely, and full of people.The castle was pretty cool too, from the outside at least, it was a place I originally wanted to go in but decided not to just to save money for other adventures. I went home from there and just warmed up in bed. I don't know why but I just did not feel well at all and I was so cold. Kevin and I opted for another night in and ate leftovers and watched another movie on Netlfix, The Ugly Truth.




took this for Samantha! love ya girl!





Only one more weekend in this beloved city left!


Following our time in Copenhagen?
one-Arriving in Copenhagen: The first bike ride
two-A Sunday together: Discovering Nyhavn, a church, Amalienborg, and more
three-Monday & Tuesday: my first days while Kevin is at work. Exploring the city by a run, seeing historical sites, and some new architecture. 
four-The little home we lived in
five-Wednesday & Thursday & Friday: More exploration of the city
six- The story behind the Pacifier trees of Copenhagen
seven- our 27 hour trip to PARIS!
eight-A preview of our portrait session with the Eiffel Tower!
nine- Changing of the guards, ice cream, The Royal Library...
ten-Getting ice cream, and checking out the Royal library
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