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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!

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!

4 Days To Christmas

Ho Ho Ho! Santa Claus is coming to town!

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Four days before Christmas…our tree is up, decorations in the house are all set, gifts are wrapped and ready. All I need now is my husband to come home. OK, two more nights to wait and it feels like eternity.

For  a couple of days now, I’m  kinda sad at some point despite being busy with having friends over for lunch and attending my little Martin’s Christmas party. I know it has something to do with Thomas being away, I’m a little envious to those families  out  together doing their things for Christmas.  So can’t wait for Sunday!

Here are some of my decorations I made this Christmas.

My Christmas Calendars 

Advent Candles

Advent Candles

My Christmas Wreath

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The Orange and Cloves Ornament

Living room decoration

Living room decoration

Our Christmas Tree

My little assistant

My little assistant

We are having my in-laws over for Christmas and it is our little Martin’s 2nd Christmas so for sure he will going to enjoy it. He just loves playing around our Christmas tree, picking the balls and other ornaments.  The good thing is, he haven’t figure out he can unwrap the gifts but he knows that after his nap he can open a treat from grandmother’s advent calendar.

Merry Christmas! Wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and the best of 2014!

Camping in France

For our family Summer vacation this year, we went to France for almost 3 weeks, a combination of camping and a  vacation house in South of France rented by grandparents. The first week, together with Thomas’ girls, Hannah and Emily and our little Martin we stayed in a campsite Camping Les 3 Lacs du Soleil, a campsite in the town of Trept.

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As this was my first experience as a camper, it was a big shocked for me.  I complained a lot of things that in the beginning I did not enjoy being in the campsite. Yes, the place is beautiful and very peaceful, we are surrounded with a lot of trees and lakes, a lot of activities for the kids and teenagers which is very important in our case having 3 kids in tow. Complains like: I have to share the shower and toilet with hundreds of campers,  the tent is a little bit messy and disorganized but I tried to tidy up;-) Of course I felt better after a couple of days, Thomas just keep telling me not to look for the small things that made me not to enjoy the experience.

With our little campers helping Daddy

With our little campers helping Daddy

So, I did  enjoyed it. We went swimming in the lake where the kids love so much including Martin in his baby float. Hannah and Emily played and swam like there is no tomorrow.  They loved being in the campsite,  splashing in the swimming pool everyday, horse back riding which they love the most. It was also nice we went to see and explore the Caves of La Balme and the beautiful Cascade de Glandieu nearby.

Cascade De Glandieu

Cascade De Glandieu

Small church inside Cave La Balme

Small church inside Cave La Balme

The good side of staying in the campsite was meeting new people who sometimes end up to beginning of new friendship. Thomas met a Danish guy and I met a Filipino girl, a very nice girl who helped baby sit Martin when we had to packed down the tent.

Making funny face with Daddy

Making funny face with Daddy

 While staying in the campsite I noticed 1 thing about Dutch people when it comes to washing the dishes. They rinse the dishes to remove remnants of food then wash it with dis-washing soap  then wipe it off with tea towel to dries up without rinsing with clean water first. The first time I saw them wash their dishes, I just stand and watch them wondering why not rinse with water.  I asked the Filipino girl who is married to a Dutch guy and she said it’s their way of saving water.

Enjoying the water

Enjoying the water

Hannah & Emily while horse back riding

Hannah & Emily while horse back riding

After 5 nights in the campsite, we then drove to our next destination in Lorgues, Var, France where we stayed for a week at the old house together with Thomas’ family. I will write more about it on my next post.

Happy Father’s Day

Today, I dedicated this post to all the father in the world, working dad, house dad, for all the single mother’s who stand as a father for their kids, and everyone who been a male/father figure to someone. I would like to give special mention to those  men who are very important in my life.

First is Thomas, my husband and the No.1 Daddy for our little boy Martin and to his 2 daughters Hannah and Emily. He is our best friend who understand us all the time. He tried to spend more time for family despite being busy at work, and that I appreciate a lot. I hope he will start loving “changing nappy” for our little man then I can say he is the best:)

oh, I love my dad!

oh, I love my dad!

Second is my father, he will always be my hero. A lot of him changed but I know he is still the man who love his family above all. He just turned 70 this year, and was so proud when he had the whole family around him. He loves his drink for sure, and I am hoping that one day he will stop totally. I love him so much that I don’t want him to waste his older life with alcohol.

me and Martin and my father

me and Martin and my father

Third is my father-in-law. I feel honored when he agreed to stand as my father on my wedding day. Getting married away from family is not very easy but when you have someone who can stand as your family will definitely ease the pain. Being the father of my husband, I respected him a lot. I do love him, the way I Love my father.

me and my father-in-law

me and my father-in-law

It’s their special day, I say thank you very much! Hope all the father in the world had a wonderful day. They deserved it. Kudos!