This time of year is usually a bit all over the place with the holidays, end of year wrapping things up etc.. and we thought we'd squeeze in a Disney trip for some family bonding. We are being joined by my sister in law and their two kids and my in laws..
The second week of November is when our teachers have their convention, it also happened to be Election Week and the week of Ventran's Day. So D found himself with a week off of school! H in daycare meant no days off for him and that's the way we liked it. This way D and I got the chance to make up on some of our alone time, which we now don't get much of, even if it was just a few hours.
These marshmallow cupcakes were very good. I used store bought cake mix.. used only half and still ended up with 12 cupcakes! While I followed the recipe to the T.. the marshmallows didn't melt like they was supposed to and roasted instead..
We played board games and worked on a puzzle. 210 itty bitty pieces.
Friday M took the day off and we headed to the Camden Adventure Aquarium. The last time we were at the aquarium D was a year and a half.
Lighthouse - The surprisingly arid, cactus covered terrain of Aruba. The iconic California Lighthouse in the background.
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We spent our last day and a half in Copenhagen.. we started our fourth morning with breakfast in Cafe Europa. This was my favorite breakfast of our trip.
After our bellies were full we headed towards Church of Our Savior, a baroque church most famous for its helix spire with an external winding staircase that can be climbed to the top, offering extensive views over central Copenhagen. All I can say is wow!
It had been a chilly morning, by the time we were half way up the spiral it had gotten windy and started to drizzle.. it was exhilarating, also a little scary.. had to really hold on to D, I was afraid we'd fly away. H had to be carried all the way up, the stairs were irregular so M was exhausted by the time we got to the top. But so worth it.
After the church we walked through Christiania, a self proclaimed autonomous neighborhood of less than 1000 residents. It is famous for it's hippie culture and cannabis. No photography.
We were getting hungry and perfect because we were headed towards Copenhagen's famous food market Papiroen aka Paper Islands.
We had really good taco's and a creme brulee donut! Sorry we were too hungry and the place was so full we barely got a spot to sit.. no pictures. It had started to rain outside and we were trying to contemplate if and how we were to proceed with our evening plans.
Firstly, let me just say yay Uber. So much easier to use then trying to figure our the local taxi system etc. A second yay to mother nature.. the rain calmed down and we were able to continue with our afternoon plans. We were very excited to visit Tivoli, the second oldest operating amusement park in the world. Interestingly enough the oldest amusement park in the world is also in Denmark!
There was nothing old about Tivoli. What I found interesting was how smack dab right in the middle of the city it was.. the rides had something for everyone.
Loved this little alley, reminded my of something right of Harry Potter. Denmark's very own Diagon Alley?
Look at those happy faces!
The next morning we busied ourselves in packing and then walked around and visited Nyhavn one last time before saying goodbye
I'm glad we stayed for 5 days instead of rushing through it. It would have left us much more tired and when travelling with kids you have to plan a looser schedule.. you never know what will happen. With more days we were able to really enjoy the city and some parts of the country.
We are back home now, already thinking where next?
I'm going to take a break from Denmark posts this week for a Halloween post. Will be back with one last Denmark post next week..
We had a pretty good Halloween this year. We were hosting a Halloween party so we were in an especially festive mood.
We decorated the house.. the balloon ghosts were especially fun to make and M was busy cutting up garbage bags making spider webs.. next time he wants to make a spider too. This year H was a bit spooked and was afraid of going into any room with a white balloon. It was kinda funny.
I made mummified chicken tenders for the kids
and mummified jalapeno's poppers for the adults.. It was a pot luck so everyone pitched it.
I made some orange sherbet punch.. my first time ever making punch and surprise surprise it was a hit.. the kids got a kick out of the eye balls floating about.
One of my friends daughter made these adorable witch hats.
after lunch the kids decorated foam pumpkin.
we drank coffee and ate strawberry shortcake
D and I made best costume trophies, one for the best adult costume and another for the best kid costume
Monday was the day of class parties, parades and trick or treating