Thor and I will soon celebrate 3 months at our new place. Jazz hands, flashy lights and big marching band in the background – I bought an apartment! In the great uncertainty that has been the rule in the months up until the day we moved in – it is this feeling of foundation that we have needed, sought and finally found. I’m still a hundred little projects away from being finished, but we’re well settled and it has been worth every ounce of effort. Every meeting, every kroner, every sleepless night. When you have solid footing (home, family, friends, health) – life can throw just about anything it likes at you, can’t it, and you know you’ll be fine. With that feeling in my back pocket and my arms around this happy little boy in front of me – it’s impossible not to look forward with a great big smile. There is so much more good to come.0 Comments
We’re hardly into the month of July and already it feels like we’ve enjoyed months of sunny summer weather. Spring is like that here, thank goodness, because we count our blessings for each and every blue skied day through the months of July and August. The office buzz becomes barely audible as colleagues jet off to summer houses and exotic holiday places, the result of which is the kind of quiet that lets you get all sorts of things finished and off to clients ready in good time for their return in some weeks. It is maybe the only time of year where it’s possible to get ahead. Even if it’s just a little.
There is time for a late afternoon picnic with friends at Islands Brygge and watermelon slices in my auntie’s cozy back yard. Dear far away friends fly into town for a quick visit and a barbeque in proper anywhere-there’s-grass-there’s-a-blanket CPH style. It’s still light out at 9pm and the late evening sun casts a delicious warm glow on smiling sun-kissed faces. These moments are welcome breaks from trying times at home and a warm reminder that there is a wonderful network of love and support within arms reach. The light summer breeze has brought with it the hope of calmer days to come.0 Comments
We have covered some ground, Thor and I. And I have covered some more after that. These two months have involved a lot of research, countless hours of searching and of seeking out a place to call our own. Finally, finally – things can begin to settle (more on that later). It has happened quickly and it has felt like a long time coming.
In all of our wandering and our great winding walks, we have (aside from stops for juice, coffee and a shared carrot scone) explored some pretty amazing neighbourhoods. Vesterbro, Frederiksberg, Amager, Christianshavn, Inner City, Østerbro. Each as individual as if they were siblings: physically close but so intentionally different. We have looked around corners, played in their playgrounds, sat in their coffee shops, and tried to picture living there. And while some places clearly fit better than others when we tried them on, what became clear was that home is as much about the who as it is about the where. It’s about creating a cozy safe place to come back to each day – and knowing without a doubt that it’s where you’ll hang your jacket again tomorrow… no matter what neighbourhood it’s in.0 Comments
Café Væksthuset (in a green house owned by the students at The University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Science) and the Landbohøjskolens garden in Frederiksberg is one our favourite spots to meet with dear friends & their kids for play dates and brunch on weekends. The early summer sunshine means green grass, climbing vines and a lush little oasis for Thor to explore at top speed and full volume. Such a great way to start a Sunday.
We spent the holiday Friday exploring hidden-away playgrounds and not-so-hidden-away public markets with my lovely cousin Maia. It’s nice to be reminded that I have family here and how close they actually are.
Harbourside at Nyhavn 17 on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Friends + CPH vibe + official seaside entertainment (this week: inebriated teddy-bear-hat-wearing flute player) = wanting for nothing at this very moment.0 Comments
Bless him for being exactly who he is.2 Comments
Friday saw Thor’s last day at dagpleje (private daycare) with one of the sweetest women we could have been fortunate enough to trust our boy to. She’s given Thor an amazing start and been a big factor in so much positive development the past 6 months. It has been such a blessing to know each morning when I have dropped him off and watched him confidently make his way from my arms to her living room – that she would provide a day for him that was at the same time cozy, safe, challenging and fun. She started missing her little ‘dansemus’ (dancing mouse) weeks before this day. We’ll miss her too (and for that reason will be visiting her when we get back from Canada) the week Thor has orientation at the new place.
That new place is the vuggestue (public daycare) downstairs, where their daily activities are planned with an athletic focus – which is ideal for an active guy like Thor, especially at this age. Their opening hours are a little better for us as well, which was one of the factors that led us to accept the spot when we finally got it (we started as number 72 on the waiting list almost a year ago). Thor won’t get the close attention he had with private daycare where they were only four, but given how social he is, we know this next step will meet his need for new challenges. We’ve heard very good feedback from other parents, so things bode well. Fingers crossed he settles in quickly and takes these next steps as well as he did the last.0 Comments
Another weekend walk: pre-snow storm and without the peddle-go-no-where winds of this week.
The countdown to our little trip back to Vancouver for the Easter break has started. Just Thor and I. We’ll take the long flight home as an adventure and do our best to get as many visits in as possible. Mostly we’ll be savouring the time home with family and dear friends, just hanging out at the beach and walking a kilometer or two through favourite neighbourhoods and old stomping grounds. It is an odd time right now – with no set vision of the future or of what is to come. Which is why it will be so important to treasure every moment of this trip, leave any worry back in DK and appreciate all the heart-warming goodness of being home.
9 days to go.0 Comments