We are officially residents of Denmark. We’ve actually been on Danish soil for one week. But I have to be honest with you, it has really felt like a month. From an international flight with children to jet lag to endless paperwork, it has been a busy/stressful one.
The flight was probably the least stressful part of this week. Claire was a bit scared of the flight at first and was terrified of the window seat. By the end of the flight, she was asking if she could sit in the window seat to watch touchdown in Chicago.
I sat in the back with Avery who was fine until the last 10 minutes when she started screaming “JUICE!!!” at the top of her lungs. (She had finished her bit of juice in a two hour flight and was ready for a refill by landing).
The five hour wait for our international flight was probably the most agonizing for the girls. We grabbed McDonalds for them then jumped onto a bus to Terminal 5 (international flights). Thank goodness for the moving walkways. O’Hare may not have intended for them to be used for playing tag but with our gate right next to one, we took full advantage of wearing out the girls.
Around 10 PM, we loaded onto the plane and set course for Denmark. Avery had the movie UP on her headrest screen and Claire watched Ralph Breaks the Internet. Avery only lasted about 20 minutes before she was fast asleep. Claire, unsurprisingly, lasted her whole movie and then fell asleep. She still claims she didn’t sleep at all but I was awake most of the time. She did.
About 12 hours after takeoff, we were in our new rental home.
And then jet lag set in. Oh. My. G.O.S.H. Jet lag with four people is something. Avery was in our bed multiple times this week and then slept 13 hours one night. Claire is a bit more emotional than usual. And me. Well…I can’t get to sleep before midnight.
And this conundrum led to a very late night for me. You see, our new place has motion lights. I was laying in bed trying to get myself asleep. Our house is also very empty and with hard floors everything echoes. Since I’m a light sleeper, I was listening to the noises of the house when the motion lights flicked on. Immediately my mind jumped to the worst. We are being robbed! Now the question was, do I get out of bed and investigate myself or wait it out? I didn’t hear anymore noises so I mustered up my courage and looked around the house. I didn’t see anything but I did double check the locks. Of course, due to my heart racing at warp speed, I didn’t fall asleep until 3 AM.
The culprit of my panic attack? Denmark wildlife.
A roe deer was happily eating from our apple tree early that morning and was likely the one who set off the lights. I happily sneaked in a midday nap with my mind a little more at ease.
Heart-attack causing deer aside, the rest of the week has involved driving and shopping. I’m getting comfortable behind the wheel in Denmark. Road signs are pretty easy to understand and our rental car has GPS.
I’m a little less comfortable at the grocery stores. I think a major achievement for me this week was going to the store alone with the girls. I figured out the Danish word for wheat (hvede) and I think I purchased a good supply of food for us that may last a week…maybe.
Another exciting event was finding patio furniture in the shed on the property. We spent the first few days eating on the hardwood floor. So now we are excited to have a dining table and chairs!
Although it appears the girls prefer to eat this way:
not so patiently waiting for our shipment of household items. Until then, I just tell the girls (or myself) we’re camping.
Other notes for the week were celebrating the 4th in Denmark, enjoying gluten free buns at McDonalds for me (yipee), finding denice water and our first family trip in Denmark (upcoming blog post).
One week down. Many more to go.