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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!

 

From Kaelyn

My name is Kaelyn. I have a mummy and a daddy and a little brother. I am five  years old and I have a cat, but he died.

A little story Kaelyn wrote down into her little note book. There is lots of writing and drawing going on these days. She can ask over and over again how to spell this and  how to spell that. Then there is Daddy’s iPad, another writing tool that she loves using. She also writes little stories about princesses and other things.

Now she is really looking forward to starting in Kindergarden next Monday!

Alex is, well, Alex… A real monkey!

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!

Getting legal…..

How hard should it be? Married for 8 years, 2 kids who are 6 and 3, citizens of Great Britain and married to a Norwegian. Immigrating to Norway should be a doodle and a simple formality! Right?

Before Jane and kids arrived I hpad a chat with Folkeregisteret og Skatt Øst (this is where you get your National Insurance number and the tax office). Was told just to bring them with me together with necessary documentation (passports, marriage certificate, birth certificates). Also had a check on the website, but nothing more there….

Turned up at their office and was quickly shot down in flames by a grumpy and not very service minded bureaucrat manning the desk! Fair enough, late Friday afternoon and she was probably thinking abhome more fun things than helping us through the process. She did not appreciate my views about lack of and wrong info on their website either….

Got a piece of paper with a website address and was told to register. We, of course, went home and did as told. We registered Jane and chose a date for her to meet the Police to get registered. Website said nothing and did not ask about kids though…. Hence we called when office opened that Monday. Oh yes, kids (even if 3 and 6) needs to be registered separately and appointments made. Problem; no more appointments available same day as first appointment for Jane, so now we will travel back and forth to the police station… What makes it even worse is that it takes over 3 weeks to get one….

One thing is the delay it is all causing. Another thing is the frustration accused due to missing/wrong information. The worst however is the complete lack of service combined with the lack of empathy and smiles…. Not a reason to be proud of being Norwegian!

Greetings from Norway!

Well…. It has been just about been 4 weeks since I went over to Norway and started in the new job. Strange to be back in Norway, but a good strange! Just don’t get me started about the prices! Family ticket for us to get into the local pool? 400 Norwegian krone, or just about 35 UK pounds…. Nice pool though! Guess we will have to get a annual pass for that one. Just walking distance from the house too!

First snow fall has been (and gone). Had hoped to have an all white countryside to present to Kaelyn and Alex when they arrive tomorrow. But not to worry too much, I am sure we will get to have plenty of snow in the near future! Plenty and plenty!

So, the little ones and the Mrs is all arriving tomorrow. All our belongings are arriving 3 days later. Meeting them all at the airport in the afternoon tomorrow. To say that I am looking forward to see them all again is an understatement.

Picture is of the Opera House in Oslo. A new build that has been built in the years I have been away. Quite a few changes done in Oslo since 1997. Will have to do some serious exploring once we are all acclimatised to the Norwegian conditions…