Golden Wedding Anniversary

August 08, 1964. Fifty years ago from today, a beautiful young lady and handsome young man started their life together as husband and wife here in Denmark.

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Their story started when both of them joined the athletics club called Saga in Copenhagen. Nanette and Tage were both on their teens when they first met. Nanette became the Danish Champion in long jump category and Tage became the Danish Champion in 100 meter dash. As both of them are champions in Athletics,their engagement was then featured in a newspaper. Since then they start running together and became running buddies for the rest of their lives.

Nanette on her long jump days

Nanette on her long jump days

Tage in 100 meter dash

Tage in 100 meter dash

A lot of things happened. They moved around places due to work where in they met a lot of people and made friends. Friends that after all those years they remain good friends. After 6 moves, they are now happily settled down in a small town called Humlum, west part of Denmark. They love leaving here because they are situated nearby a fjord where they go for their run everyday…uhmmm ok its only Nanette who is running everyday now:-) while Tage walks with Laban their dog every morning.

They just got engaged!

They just got engaged!

They were lucky to have 2 children named Klaus and Thomas, both now have their own family. Klaus is married to Tina whom they have 3 kids named Camilla now 17, Helene now 13 and Nikolaj now 11. Thomas is my husband and we have Martin who just turned 2 years old last June and he got another two girls from his first marriage named Hannah and Emily both 7 1/2 years old now.

Klaus and Thomas at early age

Klaus and Thomas at early age

50 years of marriage is a milestone we all be proud of. Yes, they had ups and downs during those long years, they agree and disagree on some things, they had all the tests they can have on their marriage life but they survive. They are here today enjoying their lives to the fullest, loving every moment of being a grandparents and treasuring all the good things every single day.

Tage and Nanette with the whole family in 2013

Tage and Nanette with the whole family in 2013

I myself, being a daughter-in-law of Nanette and Tage is very proud of them. Being a part of this big celebration is one of a kind experience. I can only do my share by shouting to the whole world a huge congratulations to both of them.

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HAPPY 50th GOLD ANNIVERSARY TAGE AND NANETTE!

Hura Hura Hura!

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A Day in Weymouth Beach

One perfect day for a nice and quiet walk by the beach in Weymouth beach in the UK before we left for a month holiday in Denmark. Look who is having fun…

Footprints in the sand

Footprints in the sand

At a very young age, he is getting all the attention from the beautiful ladies…but I don’t know if he noticed them at all.

Enjoying the girls attention

Enjoying the girls attention

Martin turns 2

My birthday boy

Today our little man turns 2. He is growing fast but I still remember that special day when he came into our lives 2 years ago. Our precious one became the center of our attention for the past 2 years and we are enjoying every bit of it.

Thank you for being such a cute and sweet little boy you are. You have your moments especially with mommy…but still you’re the best. I just wish you start eating more so the stress during dinner time will be over:-)

Busy reading a card from grandparents

Busy reading a card from grandparents

You love to read your books, to play in the garden all day rain or shine if you have to, you love playing mom’s pots and pans as drum set. What I love the most are your cuddles and sweet kisses always ready to share to mommy and daddy.

A simple celebration with his toddler group

A simple celebration with his toddler group

We both enjoyed your birthday despite daddy being away from home. We will celebrate your birthday with all our friends on Sunday.

Happy 2nd Birthday Martin. I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK!

Year 3 and Counting

I received unexpected delivery today. Thomas is again working away from home on our anniversary day and this simple effort from him made this day special.

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Happy 3rd wedding anniversary my dear Thomas. Having you and little Martin completes me. Thank you for such a wonderful life with you. I love you Thomas.

My First 10K Run

What an amazing feeling after I finished the 10K run with a time of 1:12:57  in Longleat Safari Park last Sunday 9th February 2014. A run organized by 2:09 Events Limited. On the same day, Thomas completed the 2 Mile fun run with Martin in the jogger with the chip time of 26:22. Impressive for someone who ran after a week of hectic work and pints of beer in Amsterdam.

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Together with my best supporters

The hilly route was a bit challenged for me. I struggled a little but I managed to finish my run. It was a beautiful view all the way from start to finish line passing by the Safari Park and overlooking the Longleat house as you reach the end of the line.

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Going strong up the hill

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Thomas and Martin during the 2 Mile Fun Run

Together with two friends of mine who ran the 10K and two other friends joined Thomas at the 2 Mile Fun Run we are all proud and excited when we are holding our medals from the run. My first ever running medal.

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With running buddies: Millie, Teene and Coline

I am so lucky I have the best supporters in the world during my training and during the run. Seeing them waiting and cheering for me at the finish line was amazing.

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My 2 Mile Fun Run finishers

And now I tasted the victory of my first run…I am in a mission to join a half -marathon one day. It takes a lot of discipline, dedication and willingness to do something to achieve one’s goal.  Go Go for Half Marathon!

Passport Renewal in Denmark

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Today,  I managed to renew my little boy’s passport at the Borgerservicecentre (passport issuing office) at Struer Kommune,  Denmark. His passport is still valid for another 7 months but we decided to renew now while we are in Denmark because  it is cheaper and faster  here than in England.

I picked up a form from the Borgerservicecentre and asked Thomas to fill up the details on it, obviously the form is all in Danish.

Next, I took Martin to the only photo studio I could find in Struer to have his passport photo taken, yes that is not very easy as my little man decided not to sit still without mommy:-)  Luckily after quiet number of attempts he managed to shot a photo we then decided to use. A 4 copies of passport photo costs DKK 149,00 (find it a little expensive compared to  England prices)

To renew a passport, it is a MUST to appear in person including the children

Required Documentation

  • One Application form
  • Current Passport
  • Both parents information are filled in and signed the consent section on page 3
  • If the child is under 3, bring a passport photo as it is difficult for the Passport Office to take photos of small children.
  • Fee. Advise to bring Cash

Prices of Passport

– Children under 12 years – DKK 115,00
– Children and adolescents 12-17 years – DKK 141,00
– Adults 18-64 years – DKK 626,00
– Adults aged 65 – DKK 376,00

Take Note: Please DO Bring Cash if you are only holding a Danske/Danish Bank Card as most of the time they DO NOT accept other International Visa Card.

At the Borgerservicecentre, I get a queue number at the reception and asked to wait  until being called.

I started the conversation in English and of course I got a reply back in Danish. She keeps speaking to me in Danish even when I told her I don’t understand. Luckily I have with me my father-law who I asked what she is asking. I know she can speak English but keep using her own language to communicate with me and she only started  speaking  English after I told her we live in England and not in Denmark. Then the conversation went well after that and I was pleased to know that the new passport will be ready for pick up after 4 working days.

I then went back to the reception and paid the renewal fee and was given a receipt. Tried to pay by my visa card but of course it was not possible as they are  only accepting Danske/Danish Bank cards. Bring cash or bring your father-in-law:-)

Happy 2014

Year 2014

New Years greetings

We celebrated  new years eve together with our good friends here in Denmark. We arrived in Denmark from the UK in time for the celebration. We started our evening, Thomas and I together with his parents by watching on TV the Denmark queen (OK, I admit I didn’t listen much because I don’t understand anyway) deliver her New Years speech for Denmark, and we shared a bottle of champagne while watching.

Then we left and gone to our friends place ready to party. Fantastic food, lots of wine, alcohol and beer and most of all the cozy evening we shared with other guests made our New Years celebration a good one. Three minutes to the year 2014, we gathered together in the living room, hand in hand  we stand on the couch and as soon as the clock strikes 12 MN we jump off to the floor and shouted Godt Nytår (Happy New Year in Danish).  A glass of champagne to everybody as we hug and wish everyone the best of 2014.

One of  best part of the night was the Fireworks display. It was so beautiful watching all the lights and fireworks up in the air. It was a great night for us. Being with Thomas and Martin this time of the year is very special for me.

We were home at 3 AM in the morning, my in-laws in deep sleep together with our little Martin. He decided to sleep through the night and wakes up 8 AM and demanded attention from his very sleepy hangover mommy, at this point in time I am very thankful I have Teletubbies and Night Garden to have him entertained. It was a very lazy day for me today after a great New Years eve party.

I wish everyone a blissful 2014 from my  family to yours!