Spring is here! Officially, of course, but it seems like it's also here weather-wise. We had a really fun weekend, though it started out as potentially sketchy. Torben was home with a fever, and Anders was showing early signs of possible pinkeye (we learned it can be dormant for two weeks after you get it! ugh) and we were scheduled to go out of town to visit people Jeff's known for two decades. We were debating on and off about whether it was wise to go, but, also strongly feeling the pull to see more of Denmark than just the town we live in, we were leaning toward going, but also feeling like we didn't want to pass germs on to friends. They said "we want you to come" so we packed our bags in about 15 minutes, loaded up the car and headed out on Saturday morning. The town they live in is near Viborg, and they live on a small farm in town. It turned out to be such a great weekend trip!
The weather was beautiful, and we took several walks to the new park they built in town about a year and a half ago. A while ago, the school was closed down, so the people in town got together and started a Friskole and worked together to create playgrounds and other community buildings to make sure the town stayed vibrant. It was so neat to see what can happen when people work together to create something for the greater good of the community. It was also one of the coolest playgrounds I've ever seen.
We had lamb roast for dinner at their house, and it looked and tasted just like beef! Jeff and I were quite surprised -it didn't taste at all like the lamb we've had other times here. For breakfast, just about everything was homemade -the muesli, the yogurt, the apple juice. We had saft vand also that was made from elderberries from their garden. They both have full time jobs, yet still manage to manage a farm and make their own foods. It was so fun!
Sunday afternoon, we stopped by some other friends houses on our way home. First was a short drive, only about twenty minutes, to Stine's family's house. She was in Jeff's class when he was here long ago. Her son is 11, and the kids had a fun time playing with him as well. They have a little play house in the back yard (it seems every house here has a playhouse and a trampoline in the back yard) and Svea loved playing in it! She found a doll stroller and walked her dolly all over the yard. They have a cairn terrier like Bjorn, so she enjoyed playing with him as well. Though she got a bit scared when he barked at her because he wanted her to thrown the ball. Apparently a 2 year old isn't quite fluent in dog yet.
We drove another forty minutes or so and stopped to see Rasmus and Megan, who we know from Macomb. They were both graduate students at WIU several years ago. Rasmus was paired with us for the "community partners" program where they'd match an international student with a local family to share holidays and meals with since so many of the international students don't get to go home during the year. He brought Megan to our house as well. They are delightful people. They've moved back to Denmark now, and recently had a little boy, so it was fun to see them. They reminded us that when they'd come to our house, Anders and Torben were about the size of Owen! So, it's been a while. It's always fun to see old friends.