Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Find yourself

This post has been hard for be to publish, probably because its so near to my heart and I wasn't sure if I wanted to post, or if I could even find the right words that adequately describe the experience that we had. But I will try and I hope that in reading this you understand the importance of family, of family history work, and connecting with your relatives in anyway shape or form.

I said in my previous post that I ever since I can remember I had a huge desire to go to Denmark. I have a strong relative tie there and it was something I wanted to experience to find more of my Danish roots. We found a steal of deal for flights and decided to take the jump. We learned enough about my ancestors that we knew they lived their lives on the Island of Fyn about 2 hours out from Copenhagen. We didn't have address of homes, or anything to go off of, but we had an idea of where they lived. We booked some rooms in Odense (a town on the Island of Fyn)  hoping and praying that we would find more of direction. I prayed and prayed that we would find something that would give us direction. A couple days before we left for Denmark, my mom found my Grandpa's ancestor book that he wrote in detail all about our Danish Ancestors. My heart skipped a beat, this was what would help us and lead us to the places we could go, where we would learn more about our Great Grandma and Grandpa. I devoured the book on the plane flight over, the book was so detailed it was able to give us towns, churches and homes where we could go visit.
Luckily the areas that they lived in had not changed much and so when we typed in the town we were lead straight to landmarks that were significant. We got to experience the culture, the people and walk on sacred ground that brought my family here to earth.


These are photos are from our time in Odense, a town I'll treasure forever.
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Daxton's First Bike Ride

Daxton had a birthday this last week and all he asked for was a bike, so of course we surprised him the morning of his birthday with a little red bike.

For me, its been so important to document little or big milestones in our children's lives and so we thought it would be a good idea to document Daxtons first ride on his bike.  Its always emotional to have my kids birthdays come around, but as I watched Daxton ride away for the first time on that bike it hit me  like a ton of bricks of how big and old he is. And that I remember dreaming when I was little of being the mom one day and helping my own kids ride a bike. And now it is here and I'm living my dream. Being a mom is so incredible and I couldn't help but tear up watching him ride around for the first times.

Hope you enjoy watching Daxton's first ride.
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Also, we have absolutely been loving our new bikes from BRILLIANT BIKES. They are beautiful, sturdy and have such a unique, and slick design. Their site is simple along with the shippping, and putting the bikes together (from what Brandon said about putting both bikes together!) Brilliant is kindly offering a discount for our friends! So if you are looking for a bike this summer, use these codes below for a discount off your bikes! Offer expires 7/16

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Monday, June 27, 2016

London in a day

While we were in Denmark we thought we'd take a quick one hour flight over to London to go and see the sites there. We didn't have a ton of time in Europe as it was so we basically got to London in the afternoon, and then the next day we spend just going around all the sights, trying to get it all in before we left the next morning.

Side note: Before you watch the video please note that I am a kid-like sometimes and get super giddy over seeing sites. Just in case you think I"m pretty cheesy- just remember that.

When we first got into London we thought we'd rent bikes to get to our friends flat instead of taking the metro. Turns out that London is not so much of a biking friendly city as Copenhagen! Haha we learned that lesson fast!

The first night we went to the play "Wicked" it was my first broadway show and I couldn't have been more giddy. It was so incredible, it made me so emotional and left me wanting more. Tanner and Amanda went and saw the Lion King and also said how amazing it was. We exchanged stories and how much the story inspired us.

The next day we walked 11 miles around the city seeing everything and anything, we had the London pass and so we just wanted to do all the touristy things since we didn't have much time there. Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon 
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Collin and Rachel are friends we made in Boston and they moved to London a couple years ago. They were so kind and hosted us while we stayed in London. We sure are grateful for them and miss having them around.
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Our trip to DENMARK!

Ever since I can remember I've always been infatuated with Denmark, probably because my ancestors are from there, and I've always heard about what a beautiful and wonderful place it is to visit. So years ago I told Brandon I wanted him to take me for my 30 birthday. And even though  I haven't had my birthday quite yet, we went anyway because we found some good tickets and the timing was perfect.

Here is a video that summarizes our time in Copenhagen, hope you enjoy it. Also... if you ever go to a place that isn't your native language and you can't read labels, make sure you ask about the cheese before you buy it!


Copenhagen was everything I dreamed it to be, and I squealed with excitement and awe over the cobblestone streets, the colored buildings and everything in-between. It was incredible. We got to visit the city of Copenhagen but we also had some neat experiences where we got to do some family history sites, and that post is coming soon.
But for now this post is about the touristy fun stuff we got to enjoy. We stayed in airbnb houses which were beautiful and added so much to the trip- best way to be immersed into the culture. And below you will find my list of must sees in Copenhagen!




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  • Nyhavn is where so many of the beautiful houses are seen on the river. This is the place you think of when you picture Copenhagen.
  • Christianshavn Close to Nyvan is a place called Christianshavn and you can eat at paperisland. Such a cool atmosphere and so many food options
  • Boat Tours at Nyhavn 
  • Tivoli is an amusement park, and a garden area.
  • Grundivks Church the architecture is... there are no words to describe how pretty it is. Best word  I can think of is heavenly.
  • Church of our Lady It has the original Christus statue with the apostles lining the isles.
  • The little Mermaid Statue
  • Frederiksberg is a quiet area. It has a beautiful park, you can see some elephants and the castle has the original Carls Bloch  paintings.
  • Danish Ballet- In.cred.ible! From what I heard is that Ballet was started in Denmark, I haven't checked my sources so don't quote me on that. 
  • Vesterbro is a beautiful area with so many restaurants and shops.
  • Jagersborg gade  a famous street packed with independent stores. Very Great atmosphere
  • Biking! As a tip I suggest renting bikes. Copenhagen is big but its doable on bikes. And it is a VERY biking friendly city. That def was one of our favorite things. 
  • Dyrehaven at Klampenborg station here you can see the ocean, and the beautiful Forrest
  • City Hall: you can go to the top and get a pretty gorgeous view of the city for free. 
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