Mushroom fun

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With the beautiful Danish summer weather running full steam, nobody wants to spend time inside. Today, a pretty ridiculous looking mushroom pool entered the arena and most of our afternoon was spent with various sorts of water play.

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Us through Nelson’s many lenses

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A day at the Zoo and tired, (jet lagged) grandparents

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Farfar and Sandy are here.

They arrived Thursday and yesterday we spent a gloriously sunny day at the Zoo. We got lucky with the timing a few times and got to see a lot of animals up close and active (polar bears, elephants, tigers). And Savannah finally got to see living giraffes – her all time favorite animal (“The giraffes on the bus go ouch my head, ouch my head, ouch my head…” – you get the idea)

Xander and Savannah were pretty wiped out after this exciting day, as were the (jet lagged) grandparents (who needed an entire day off from our company to recoup :) )

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Soccer, soccer everywhere

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Soccer has become Xander’s favorite activity (to the point where he’d rather go kick a ball around outside than play Skylander on the PS3!). After a couple of trial practices with the local club, we all joined him for the final practice of the season and documented the chaotic fun of five year olds kicking balls around. Savannah was an eager cheerleader, and since then the fun has continued at home.

The World Cup has brought Lionel Messi and Argentina into Xander’s world and there is no doubt who he will be cheering for in tonight’s finale against Germany and Argentina.

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My workout buddies

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After apparently forgetting about knowing how to ride a bike, which resulted in Xander refusing to ride anything but his balance bike for a very long time, we finally convinced him to get back on the “real” bike and give it a try. Much to his own surprise, he instantly remembered how to work it and I spent a good while chasing him up and down the local shopping street. Savannah wanted to join the fun and quickly realized that the baby jogger was the place to be during these workouts. (She now climbs into the stroller as soon as she sees Xander reach for his bike helmet).

Since that first day, we have expanded our repertoire to include lakeside riding and duck (or greedy swans) feeding – and I have learned to wear proper running shoes in order to keep up with my little cyclist.

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Rewarding science

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Gave my first oral presentation at a conference at the IPC2014 in Budapest, squeezed in a tiny bit of sightseeing, and was honored to receive the Young Scientist Award (plus some Euros for our upcoming summer vacation).

Not usually a huge fan of the networking that conference trips bring, I have to say giving an oral presentation made a tremendous difference compared to contributing with a poster. The feedback and interest was overwhelming and wonderful.

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Sun and sand

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Summer on the rooftop.

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Lots of running

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Xander and Morfar ran in the final round of a kids’ orienteering event today, and the rest of us joined as a cheering squad (Savannah got clapping down).

Mor, Morfar, and Moster Anna ran in an adults’ orienteering event tonight – we are truly a family of map nerds :)

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Looks like we are staying in Denmark (or at least Scandinavia) for another couple of years

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LU for Lund University – who offered Chris a 2 year post doc position!

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Frilandsmuseet vol. 2

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