Friday, December 18, 2009
I have been here for almost 3 years, and I have to say that I am not impressed with the Danish Medical System. Here are some examples:
1- my 4 year old daughter use to through up once a month for over 1 year. I would tell our regular doctor, and she said it is normal "daycare sickness". Then when she was spitting up blood, and after hours doctor never came by and said well if she is still bad after the weekend go to your regular doctor. Needless to say she never had any tests done. She is better now, but we will never know what caused it.
2 - when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter the midwifes were on strike. That didn't mean I should see my regular doctor more, it just meant that I had less prenatal care. Thank goodness I do not have any complications with diabetes and high blood pressure.
3- my hubby had a pretty hard bike reck. He crashed into a light pole really hard. He came home and almost passed out. I was able to get him into the emergency room. They did not take one x-ray, and sent him home with nothing. After 5 days his doctor suggested that he get an ulra sound treatment from a physical therapist. That was it. To this day you can feel a huge divitt in his leg.
My 4th story is what happened to a little boy. Here is the reference from another blogger. I refer you to her post on the subject so you can also read about her experience, and she has references to the article as well.
Here is the story. A 14 month old boy had swallowed a small battery. The doctors never took an x-ray, and they thought the parents were not sure. The parents tried 11 times in 2 weeks to have someone help them. No one did. Needless to say the boy had died, and when the autopsy proved that the battery was the cause of death. The parents are Danish, so it goes to show that I am getting the typical Danish medical care, and that I am not treated worse as a foreigner.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Over at 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven. Jen talked about her journey of going vegan. Well, I have not decided to go vegan, but I was very intrigued with the idea of eating food in its natural raw state. Plus, I like the idea of feeding my children good nutritional food. So I decided to make manna bread. Here is what mine looked like. It took me a week to sprout the wheat. I think I was trying to sprout to much, but overall it tastes great. I also made sprouted wheat bonn bonns. I cannot get mine to form into balls, but my 1 year old enjoyed it. My 4 year old did not like it, but I think she needs to learn to eat other foods. I enjoyed it and look forward to having more tomorrow. I also made almond milk. I was able to make some great shakes with bananas, and blueberries. My 1 year old thinks this tastes great. My 4 year old thought it was okay, but she did drink the small cup that I gave her. I also learned that we could use flax seed as an egg substitute. Anyways, I am having fun learning new ways to make good food.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
-how green everything is in summer and spring--there are so many trees, even as you drive along highways
-in general, they are more healthy--there is less fast food, everyone gets outdoors a lot, they are more environmentally friendly
-how everyone gets into Christmas so much
being away from all our family
not speaking the language--my fault! (I appreciated that they all spoke perfect English!)
I missed my garbage disposal
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
I will keep the names of the people I have asked anonymous. Just know that everyone I have asked have kids, and have lived her for over 1 year.
Here is my 1st Guest.
If I had to do over again. I would wait till my kids were grown and then just go with Scott I might have had a different view of it then. To visit Copenhagen I like it but to live there I don't think I would recommend it.
Monday, November 16, 2009
The other day I had taken a long train ride, and I was on my way home. An elderly man started to talk to me. As usually, I had to tell him that I speak English. He then asked if he could borrow my mobile phone. His battery died, and he was trying to call his wife. He even said he would pay me. Of course, I had him use my phone, and I would not even consider having him pay me. He called his wife, and then told me I had saved his life. He was so apprieciative. He continued to thank me as I left. That day I was that man's Good Fairy. And it felt great helping someone.
I think I spend to much time feeling sorry for myself, and I feel like my mountain of responsibilities gets bigger everyday. But I realized that others need help as much as I do. Even something small goes a long way. But if you happen to be lost in the woods and a sweet little fairy helps you get out, will you please send her my way. I would love to have her give me a visit.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Isabella Frickadella loves to have her nails painted. If I plan things well, I can usually use it as a reward. But lately she just nags me. Well, the other day she found my nail polish, and tried to paint her own nails. I am very, very, very lucky the only mess was on her nails. But overall, she gets so much happiness in having her nails painted. I may need to tell her that I pulled the nail polish from the trash, and paint her nails.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I went on the South Beach Diet for around 1 week. I decided to go off of it for a few days. The excuses are: I have been sick, and so have my kids. I am having a hard time exercising the past few weeks. I gained 1 pound on the strictest phase of the diet.
So now I am going to not be so strict for a few days, then get right back on it. I am going to blog about my weight until I have exercised 105 total days. We will see how things look by then. Hopefully I will get my rear in gear.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Hopefully, Isabella will get well, and I can be back myself.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
But lucky enough for me. My fweety sent me a very sweet email.
Sometimes a nice word from the one I love makes all the difference. I hope he comes home from work at a good time, so we can cuddle on the couch and watch season 5 of 24 Hours.
I hope you all stay away from The Blues.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I need to do better work outs, and watch my diet. I am hoping to follow the South Beach Diet here in a couple of weeks. I will post on how that goes. It's going to be hard because I can't put my girls on a diet, so I am going to have to cook two meals. That is something that is annoying to me, but it won't be forever.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Here are some of the reason's why I like it.
1 - easy to travel wth (My 1 year old just sucks it out of the package, and she has for several months. You can also just us a spoon to squeese it on to as well.)
2 - has 12 month shelf life(that works out really great if you need to throw some in a 72 hr kit, or just leave it in your diaper bag)
3 - healthy for my kids. (the smoothies and other big kid flavors are made to be for big kids, so my 3 year old can use it too.)
4 - they taste great.
I am not sure if they sell this in the states. Only a few places sell them here in Denmark.
What are your kids eating?
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Here are a few of the sites that we use.
We also just get right on the airlines site to see what they have to offer. Some of the airlines that we have used in Europe have been.
We have also used.
There are many others out there, so look everywhere.
Also, be sure to collect frequent flyer miles. Many airlines group together so you can earn and redeem miles from several airlines. For example, United Airlines has a Star Alliance Program . Sometimes you will need to double check to make sure you earn miles. It may be a bit of work, but it is worth it. Several times in the states we were able to be bumped up to business class on delayed flights because we had premier status with our frequent flyer miles. This can make a big difference in a long wait and when you have children in tow. We also hope to take a fun trip to Australia with all of our miles we will earn, so take the time to learn more about different frequent flyer programs.
Good luck in your travel destinations.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Anyways, last week I lost "0" pounds. I was discouraged, but I am still at it, and at least I didn't gain weight. Today I have lost 1 pound. I have also cut off 5 minutes from my walk/run routine. I was hoping to be able to run the whole 4+ miles by the end of September, but now it looks like I will have to shoot for the end of October. I have added strength training two days a week. Since, last week I have exercised 7 days. So now I have 116 more days until I am in shape. At least I will be in better shape than I am now.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
This is a movie about an assistant who has a witch for a boss. She is going to get deported, so she announces that she is going to marry her assistant. He goes along because he wants a promption more than anything.
They then go to Alaska for his grandmother's 90th birthday. There they announce their engagement.
I love that Betty White played the grandmother. I think she is pretty funny. There was this great scene where she is doing an Indian dance. I did enjoy Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds as the main characters.
Overall, it was a fun & light hearted movie.
Friday, September 4, 2009
I first started to read Nie Nie last summer right after her accident, but I actually was reading her sister Courtney who was writing for her. She is the author of C Jane. She is a very good writer, and I became addicted. I also was able to learn a lot about Nie Nie. The other thing I love is that they have great faith. I too am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I also love that these two sister have much love for each other. They are very creative, and show much happiness for the basic thing in life. Sometimes we get so wrapped up on how busy we get that we don't slow down and enjoy our little kids, and our messy houses. That is why I enjoy these sites because they remind me to appreciate the little things in life. Because we have a lot of good things around us that it would be a shame to miss.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I truely love this sight. I have been reading this sight for Several months. I love everything about it. I love her frankness, and that she keeps her personality in all that she does. I also really love her recipies. They are very good, and she takes fantasitc pictures. I feel like I cook so much better, because she explains things so well. My hubby even says that he better not meet her because he likes the recipes I have made. She has also just come out with a cook book. I am excited to get one.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
When I took my PE class in college I learned that it takes 128 days of working out to get in shape. So I have 4 days down and 124 to go.
I also read an article through ACSM that talked about strength training and weight loss. Those who added strength training lost more weight, and were able to keep weight off for a longer amount of time. Also, it helps reduce the risk of obesity, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce risk of color cancer, reduce risk of diabetes, and reduce the risk of depression.
Well, I am really motivated to add strength training in my work out. I did do my usually run today. It still took me around 1 hr and 20 minutes. I then did 15 lunges on both legs. Then 25 squats. I should have done more, but that was hard. About a year ago I could do 50 with no problem, so I have a way to go. I also do enjoy the Jillian Micheal's DVD, so I need to get back to that as well.
Well, let's see what next week brings.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This is the blog of my good friend Margee. Those of us that know her, know that Margee means so many things. She is very talented. She is creative, and an artist. She has a whole art room in her barn just for her creativity. She is wise and smart, and gives good advise without feeling like she is giving you advise. She tries new things, and she really knows how to have fun. I am always learning from her, so I am glad that she started a blog. I can't wait to see what her art room looks like, and I can't wait to see what the life of a Domestic Goddess shares with us.
Monday, August 31, 2009
This one has been a life savior. I had so much trouble doing Isabella's hair. She was always taking it out, or it would fall in her eyes by the end of the day. My sister-in-law always has her girls looking so nice, so she told me about this sight. I love, love, love it. Jenn does such a good job in explaining the styles. She also has a lot of other great hairstyles blogs on her blog as well. Those ladies are amazing.
I hope you all have fun with this one, if you have a little girls who's hair is in her eyes.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Today is http://sashaspills.blogspot.com/
She is actually my sister, and she is also busy working and going to school. I enjoy reading it because she is pretty funny. Her last post talked about how she lied about her age to fit in at school. Well, her partner in her class was shocked about how old she was. The reality is that she is much older. I had a pretty good laugh at that one. I think it is good to laugh several times a day.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I have been walking and running a little over 4 miles. It took me around 1hr and 20 min. I actually, run around 8 times during that distance. My goal is to make my running longer, and not run more ofter. I also am doing my work out DVD from Jillian Michaels from the Biggest Looser. It kicks my butt, but it is what I need. I always see good result when I add strength training in my workout. We will see what next week brings.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Let me translate. Flyve is the Danish word for flying, Away is English, and Bi is Isabella's own language. She uses that word for spiders, butterflies, flies, bees, and misquotes. She is much better at saying butterfly and spider, but she does say bi for flies and bees.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
My Mac gave out on me around 2 months ago, and my Fweetie(friend and sweetheart) pie was finally able get it fixed. But he had taken my mac to the states, and then Apple had to mail it back to me. But before we were able to get it back we had left for a 3 week adventure across Europe. So now we are back, and I have my Mac.
So now I will be able to write more.
I am so happy.
Friday, May 22, 2009
- Selling our house.
We are in the process of selling our home in the much loved Seattle area. We love Washington state, and will probably love it forever. We don't love our house, and now we are going to sell it.
- Going to Crete.
We are going to spend 10 days in Crete. We are so excited. We are renting a house with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a private pool.
- Bringing our lovely Tween home.
My wonderful hubby is off to bring our lovely tween daughter from her mom's house. With this there is always a bit of stress. 1- I need to get the room she will be in comfortable. 2- We need to make sure sure there are some good activities lined up for her. 3- Getting use to having a tween around. (That can be challenging in on its own).
- My sweet little baby is growing up.
My little 7 month soon to be 8 months is crawling like crazy. She has two teeth, and now she is starting to pull herself up. I am very busy running around.
- My little princess is acting more like a little devil.
I love my sweet 3 year old but she has been a big handful. With in 24 hours. She has whinned in the car all the way to the airport, gotten a pearle bead stuck on her bottom baby tooth, wrote in pen all over my friends alphabet floor puzzle, peed on the bathroom floor with her clothes on at my friends house, ate a crayon, played with my jewelery, sprayed hairspray everywhere, ate a whole container of gum, went into the baby's room and woke her up, hit me, and threw a big tantrum. I think that is all. At this point I think I am suppressing anything extra that has happened.
Life is busy!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
So sometimes while living in a different country you just wonder why certain things you’ve taken for granted in your home country haven’t caught on. For example in Denmark: They do not have garbage disposals. It doesn’t matter how nice your house is, it just does not have a garbage disposal. Even the Danes who have visited the US haven’t thought about the benefits of this mechanical marvel of modern men. So what in the world do you do with the eggshells from that cake you just baked? Or my personal favorite, the plate of half chewed food your toddler spit back on the plate because they decided half way through that it didn’t taste the same as it looked? Well, you get to scrape it into your kitchen garbage, and toss it in your pathetically small outdoor can. Yes, they have pathetically small trash cans. I’m not sure if this is to encourage people to recycle more or if my landlord is just a cheapskate and ordered the ¼ trash service, but it stinks. Now as a side note: Denmark does do a great job in having you sort through your trash, and recycling. For example. You should sort your trash as so, Bottles, newspapers, cardboard, pizza boxes. But if you live in a home, you have to take these items to what I call the local dump, because there is no curbside pickup for them. The dump here is really more of a recycling distribution area. Everything you dump you can dump for free. You can even bring in old computer parts, yard waste, wood or metal pieces. I am sure they even have a place you can take big pieces of concrete too. It is a great place to unload a lot of junk. But it is easier to get to if you have a car. This could be another side note living in Denmark, but I won’t get into that just yet. Meanwhile there is no garbage disposal. After some time I ran into an article about why garbage disposals don’t exist in Europe. (I am sorry but I cannot find the article I read). Anyways, it said that a lot of countries do not like garbage disposals because it is bad for the waterways. It contaminates the water. Well the house that I live in we have little rocks that come out of our sink that goes down the drain. And it is considered normal to have lots of red water in the winter time. Something to do with the chalk in the pipes and the cold weather. This is supposed to be normal, but begs the question, if the water quality is so bad without garbage disposals, why not just let us have the disposals? So meanwhile we have no garbage disposal, a smaller trash can to throw trash into, and red water. I miss the garbage disposal. I want to have one someday again in my life.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I came to earth and was guided by a wonderful woman. She is my mother. She left her home and made a new life for herself in a different country. She can speak 3 different languages. She nurtured me and loved me and watched me grow. She has great faith, and her love of God is very great. She taught me to have faith in God. The strength of prayer and fasting. If you were to look at her, you would not know how mighty she really is. I am grateful for her strength. I hope I can become strong like her.
One day I met a very sweet man. He is loving and kind and funny. And then I met his mother. Her two arms wrapped around me, and held me close. She has great love. She is kind and funny. She became my mother. She came to me to help me when I had my babies. She wrapped her two arms around my girls and loved them. She is always there to hear my sadness, and gives me guidance and love. She too is strong and powerful. She too has great faith in God. She overcame ovarian cancer. I know she is here to help me become better, and to give me great love. I have two mothers. One who gave birth to me. Raised me, and loved me. The other is my mother through marriage. She too raises me and loves me. After all families are for eternity.
I am so blessed to have two mothers who love me so much.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Then the conversation turned to how the school system is trying to encourage better eating habits. Well, I always try to send her with 2 to 3 kids of fruits and vegetables everyday. But for some reason peanut butter is considered not healthy. I have another American friend and she always sends her 3 year old with peanut butter. So then I went to the store right after and went to the deli section. I then had my little princess look at all the meats and see what she likes. She then picked out leverpostej which is pronounced leh-wer-po-st-eye. This is a dish where they take liver, herbs, salt, pepper, and onions. Yes, I did say LIVER. It is a very common dish in Denmark. In fact, it is a favorite with most of them. You can look it up on wikipedia.
I find it quite gross, and I definitely would choose peanut butter any day of the week. If it was for allergy reasons, I wouldn't feel bad about taking PB off the menu. But it's just a cultural thing.
Now she is going around saying, "I don't like peanut butter mommy." (In her best Danish accent). I hate having my kids develop likes or dislikes to food based on what people say to her.
I will still send her to school with peanut butter, but now I will only do it 2 days a week instead of 5. Maybe, I'll send it on rye bread just to change things up...
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
One of the first things I discovered about Denmark was strawberry pies, or jordbærtærte. It has a sugar cookie crust, with a hard chocolate covering. Then it has a sweet cream custard filling. On top with glazed strawberries.
MMM, MMM, MMM Good Stuff!!
This pie only comes out during spring time, so we make an effort to enjoy it.