Thursday, January 1, 2015

January 1, 2015 - Ringing in the New Year

Starting off the new year with a new post!  That's a good way to be better than last year, for sure.  We had a lot of fun celebrating last night with Kristoffer's family.  There were crazy hats, lots of decorations, party poppers, and very exciting fireworks...not to mention some great food, drinks, and happy company! Truly a great way to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015.

 A catered dinner was so lovely!

 Kristoffer relived his days training the Royal Queen's Guard in the military.  Noah was fascinated!

 Like every New Year's Eve, at 6 pm sharp the Queen addresses the nation.  I learned that she is the only one in any country who does it LIVE!  And you know, Danes love their Queen!

 Aya stayed up so late trying on hats and playing with everyone.  She was down just before midnight actually - ack! The fireworks outside and excited siblings made it pretty hard to sleep.

 Noah and Uncle Rasmus even started planning for what Santa should bring NEXT Christmas!

We spent a lot of time outside watching and lighting fireworks.  Noah was a little bit scared but found out that the sparklers were just his speed.
Grace, on the other hand, might have a future in pyrotechnics.  She LOVED lighting small fireworks with her cousins and running away from them.  Hans had bought some big ones that we watched while the kids were still awake.  It was really fun! (also, this American was a little freaked out...but notice the safety goggles.)  

Hoping this was the first of many happy nights in the coming year.  We are starting to pack up now and will head back to Tanzania in two more days. It's been a really great Christmas trip to Denmark, and we're also looking forward to getting the kids back into the regular routines of everyday life.  That's what keeps this time of year so special!

Again, Happy New Year!

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