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Time warp… or something!

Don’t know what happened there, but suddenly it was 2014, date is August 2nd, and it has been months and months since our last post! Winter came (eventually) and went, life settled down for us here in Lillehammer and kids are doing great! Norwegian skills are improving for all 4 of us. Kaelyn and Alex are fluent, Mummy not far behind, Daddy almost fluent too…

Summer has been mostly work for Daddy, not much holiday for kids and Mummy other than enjoying the nice summer weather in and around Lillehammer. Even been some swimming in Norways biggest lake this summer! Coooooold, so Daddy didn’t stay in long!

Today we have been helping Alex’ kindergarten move into their new facilities and on Monday it is the first day for the kids in their new and big kindergarten. In the afternoon, Mummy got some alone time at home while K&A took Daddy out to soft play and to Lilleputthammer for a few rides and some fun…

Big bench, little girl…

photo by J+B=Us.

Mummy and Alex is spending the week in England helping Grandad move house. That means Daddy has been a single dad and Kaelyn have been ruling the house! Biggest challenge (1/2 way through the week) is admittedly the hair… No fancy plaits this week! Daddy does not know anything but a very traditional Pony tail…

Another change in the routine has been that we are biking to the kindergarden in the morning… Well, Kaelyn have been biking up to now. The change is that we are using Mummy’s bike and Kaelyn gets a ride while Daddy is pedaling the best he can to get up the hill from home… I had no idea of how badly out of shape I have become until I did this the first day… Good training program anyone?

1/2 week completed, easy peasy so far!…

Spring is here…

photo by J+B=Us.

Although it does not feel like it all the time, spring has arrived in Norway. Snow has melted away, flowers are coming up and in some cases blooming, 3 layers of clothing is not needed and sun glasses can be spotted at every outing. Now, don’t think that makes it warm. Today it is just a few degrees above freezing and a bit cold for us “new comers’, although the natives seems to be enjoying it still?

This is a photo from last weekend where we did an outing down to our local beach. There are (apparently) 4 blue flag beaches in Norway and we have two of them just down from here.

Kaelyn and Alex got very excited when we said we were going to the beach. Took some work to explain that the beach does not automatically mean swim wear… Particularly this time of year in Norway!

Even though we did not go swimming, we had a lovely outing to the beach with a picnic and collecting of shells…

And no, you will not get me to jump from the 10 meter high diving platform! And that is a promise!

The world is his oyster…

photo by J+B=Us.

When you are 3 1/2 and you get a surprise pressie that turns out to be your first Big Boys Bike… The world must just feel like the best place and you are probably pretty sure that Freedom has arrived!

Alex got his bike on Saturday, and was looking very happy and quite smug after he got the pedals going. Obviously, the Big Sister was there to show how it was supposed to be done and showing off on her bike (without stabilizers…)!

This time of year is also a fantastic time for all kids. Mud all around and puddle galore! Both Alex and Kaelyn goes through a endless number of clothes every day, resulting in mountains of washing to work our way through…

Back to the bike though, how about a video of the very pleased boy, showing off his skills… A little boy that thinks the world is a great place to be and is very happy with his first set of wheels… Ah, come on. You know you want it….

Since you asked so nicely, here is Alex rolling away on his bike for the first time!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLYY2DIVM_I

iPad kids

photo by J+B=Us.

If I am to list the ‘most asked questions’ in our house, up towards the top you would find “Where is the iPad”… Gaming and drawing on the iPad or the iPhone is a normal activity for a 3 year old and a 6 year old.

We did consider buying an LeapPad to Kaelyn a couple of Xmas’ ago, but decided against it because of the cost of the games/software. With the iPad there is an abundance of games and educational software ranging from free to a few pennies.

On both our iPads there are now a folder for the kids with things they enjoy doing. This includes Temple Run 1 and 2 (one upgraded with the lady runner), Crazy Birds are so last year apparently…

When we went to Australia over Xmas, the iPad was loaded with new games and activities including a small selection of movies. Something that was handy when we were waiting for our connecting flight in London. Thank you iPad and thank you Winni the Pooh. It gave the parents a much needed sit down and relax!

Guess when the next Xmas comes around we will have to see if any of our little ones are getting ready for their first iPod Touch. And maybe Daddy and Mummy can get their respective iPad’s back… (I really need to get back the high score on Temple Run!)…

Tobogganing

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDYHvt0M5Ko

From their Norwegian ‘Farfar’ they got these for Xmas. Many trips down the hill has been completed. Mummy and Daddy also have to contribute to the fun sometimes (especially when a bit tired from the playing) by pulling them up the hill again….