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One month done!

Yep, time is flying when you are having fun. We have now spent one month in Norway as a family. Lots done, still lots to do…. Many boxes have been emptied, still a few left! Some rooms are complete, or almost complete, while others need some more work! We have done some sightseeing, we have visited the local library, we have used our local swimming pool. Might just go to our first Xmas market here in Oslo tomorrow. That should be good fun. Just need to wrap up t hough. Getting a bit cold. We have bought some big clothing for Kaelyn and Alex (snowsuits, winter jackets, winter shoes, winter wellies), but there is still more needed! New corner sofa for our tv-room bought and delivered. It was just the right size. For onze the daddy got the measurements right…. Today, finally, the daddy also managed to hook up the Wii and get a picture. Up until now we have only had sound.

Kaelyn is starting in her new pre-school (kindergarden) on Monday, so that will be an experience for her (and the mummy). Technically they did not have any available spaces there, but a very nice manager did manage to convince her bosses that Kaelyn should get a place to help her develop Norwegian skills ahead of school start next year. Yey!

Getting a little bit cold now, only around -3 or so…. A few years ago when we visited here in Asker, we had -17… We are expecting colder weather in other words. Not any snow yet, to the disappointment to all the new Norwegians. Daddy keeps on promising!

 

Lazy Saturday….

A very nice, lazy Saturday that also was busy and hectic with many things to do if you are 6 or 3…. Early start as per usual. In our household it is normal that one or two sneaks in too early (according to  the mummy, the daddy normally sleeps through it with his special “daddy-skills”)….. Breakfast a bit early compared to normal, then straight down to get washed and dressed. Out by 10 was not a bad effort, normally we like to lounge around till midday….

Nice walk to the swimming pool were we tried out 3 pools, the jacuzzi, the curly whirly slide and the freezing plunge pool (Kaelyn only).

Back home we played some games and had lunch before heading down to “Thole’s” house, meeting up with “daddy’s daddy” for the first time in quite some time.

Roll on a lazy Sunday….. We are going into Oslo tomorrow…..

Afternoon outing to “Slottet”

On the first weekend here in Norway for Kaelyn, Alex and Jane we did a short little outing to the Royal Castle in Oslo to pass some time in the afternoon and to get some fresh air too. Here we are posing in front of “Slottet” (as we call it in Norwegian) and we were even allowed to get a photo with the guard (Gardist). Very exciting!

Photo done, though we were told to stand on the gravel while he (the guard could be on the bricks) and we all had to stand on one side of him (guess he was afraid of Alex and Kaelyn attacking from each side)… Following this it was straight indoor to a deli just off Karl Johan (main street in Oslo) and we got some hot chocolate (a coffee for the daddy) and some cakes and yummies for all!

A little bit cold, but not too bad (even for the immigrants from England)!

A little outing!

Library cards was needed and a family outing was completed today and all of us were issued with new cards quicker than we could say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (guess what movie we are watching these days……

And the library in Asker had a fantastic kids section too! Did not get to see anything else in the library today though….. Staff was great to in making sure we knew what was happening and what they are doing for families? Well done!

Busy, busy, busy!

It has been a hectic couple of weekends for us all. Even with rain most days (it was so much rain that a new bridge had to be built at Daddy’s work!) we have been out and about!

Last weekend we went to Southend-on-Sea to visit some friends. We walked all the way out on the 1.33 mile long pier. Windy and a bit cold, luckily we took the train back!

We also managed to get to Colchester Zoo as well as going to Southend!

Mostly we played in the soft play area due to the rain. We did also have a picnic outside at the Zoo. This is our 5th visit to the Zoo, so we are starting to find our way around it. This time we met this little fellow who was very curious about who was visiting.

This weekend we have mostly done gardening… Boring gardening! But after weeks of rain, it was a bit of a jungle out there! After hours and hours of working, we could see the results though! We could even see some flowers!

Even with all the gardening, we did have time to do some jumping on the trampoline, and we also got to the park for a play!

Busy, busy, busy! No wonder the parents are exhausted by the end of the day…. Some va-va-voom would be very much welcomed!

A clever girl!

Who is the clever one? 43 out of 43 on the sight word test! Must have it from the Mother’s side… (I could hear all of you say it anyway, so I might as well beat you to it!). Kaelyn enjoys the reading and the writing that she is learning at school at the moment.

And Kaelyn have found this new skill to be very useful too! The ultimate use is of course the possibility to now write to Father Christmas! The other day when I got home from work I found this letter in the snug on the sofa. Not only had she written the letter, but Kaelyn was a really good girl that day as well; she had added her little brothers name to the letter as well! Father Christmas will be well impressed, I am sure. He will probably get a few more letters between now and December as well….

It is not only the Daddy that is well impressed with this new skills level displayed! For the second time she came home, very proudly, displaying the Headteacher’s Award on her shirt. Well done Kaelyn!

Easter is over!

Our two little delights are growing up fast. There are times when peace reigns and all is well. Kaelyn shares and looks after her little brother who listens and does exactly as the big sister commands…

Then there are times when the two parties needs the UN to come in and negotiate peace following major fall outs and disagreements. UN does not arrive on the scene, however, Mummy does and most times it all gets sorted out fairly efficiently….

Easter is behind us, still some chocolate left due to an over eager Easter Bunny wanting to impress the little ones. Yesterday the whole day was spent with Daddy and Colchester Zoo was the destination, followed by some running around in the Arena at work and then McDonald’s for dinner. Today we have been at home all day. No major fights, a couple of smaller bumps and bruises (as expected with a 2 1/2 year old in the house….) The trampoline has been actively used while the garden got a little bit attention from the grown ups.

Normality returns from tomorrow, with school, Under 5’s and what have you… Before we know it, summer will be here….