My personal highlights of 2013

I thought I’d share something more personal than my usual rant on this blog. I thought I’d share the things that made my year special (and please friends and family, if I have forgotten something or someone, don’t judge me,  I am sure there are many more, but these are the ones I just happened to come up with late one evening).

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Spending time with my first born son and watching him learn, grow and develop into a wonderful little guy. I’m so proud of how he’s coped with moving countries, changing schools, learning a foreign language, different routines, making friends and adjusting to a new life here in Denmark.

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A highlight was my week away in England with #2 son taking him to spend time with his grandparents and meet the English side of his extended family.

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Another highlight was backpacking around Germany with the two boys. It was hard work but lots of fun and definitely an amazing bonding experience that we’ll never forget.

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I have loved watching the boys relationship grow this year. They probably spend more time together than other siblings due to the lack of family and many friends around. They are inseparable and I just love seeing how well (on the most part!) they play and discover the world together. My hope and prayer is that they will continue to grow up to be good friends caring, loving and looking out for each other.

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Spending quality time with this guy has been a highlight of 2013. He has just got so much character, wit and charm. He cracks us up and drives us crazy, is fiercely independent yet so in tune with how others are feeling. I love how he corrects my udtale, translates for us and patiently teaches us new words (he is without a doubt the best at Danish in our family!) I can’t wait to see how he continues to grow next year.

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This guy is always a highlight. A particular high point for me was our 36 hours together ALONE in Copenhagen. We had SUCH a good time. I am just so utterly thankful for him being in my life and love how our relationship continues to grow and get stronger each day.

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A highlight for me was this day at Louisiana – a stunning, unique art gallery outside Copenhagen. It was a day without my boys and a day with a new friend. It was such a relaxing, wonderful day and I’m am so thankful for that and for the friends I have made this year in Odense – they are few, but I hold them close to my heart!

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Hospitality in our apartment has been a highlight for me from the crazy family dinners with hundreds of noisy children running around to the quiet late evenings with just a couple of friends over, sharing a meal or a drink, spending time together.

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Our road trip over to Jutland and particularly our days in Aarhus were a highlight for me. Not only was the weather amazing but the city is such a fun place and it came at such a perfect time for us to have some good quality family time.

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The moment while in Heidelberg when the boys were fed up of my demanding we see another church during a sweltering hot day and we stepped outside, found some sprinklers and to the amusement of many tourist had the time of their life getting drenched.

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The hot day in Berlin when we’d had ALL had enough of being tourists in a big city and we searched for the nearest beach and grabbed the first train there. We were all in heaven. #2 lounged in the water for 6 hours, the other two built sandcastles and made friends and I lay back and read a book. After that day we promised each other: no more city holidays in summer.

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Finally, a funny one: but a highlight for me that after 11 1/2 years of being with M, I have finally convinced him that sushi is delicious and worth spending a date-night eating!

What are your personal highlights of 2013? What are you thankful for this year?

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