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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…

Winter fun…

winterfun.

Weather is a bit unreliable here in Norway as well… There has been a little bit snow, but mostly there has been a little bit snow, a little bit cold, a little bit warm and a little bit rain… That does not give much snow! Hopefully soon though!

After a relaxing morning, we did venture out in the snow for a walk and a bit of fun in the (little) snow (we have)!

Luckily we don’t need much snow for K+A to have some serious fun. We also brought with us hot dogs and yummies, so the tummies were looked after as well…

After a bit of fun, we then headed home. With a roaring fire, we then had hot chocolate with marshmallows and waffles… Yum! Hopefully the cold weather means we burn a lot of energy and burn up these treats extra fast!

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

Making ‘rosinboller’

photo by J+B=Us.

After a lazy afternoon, the day gained some speed (literally) when we went to do some tobogganing with Lukas (Ruben, Thore and Randi joined in the fun too….).

Today’s new trick was the one going down the steep hill without the toboggan, just sliding down (see the previous post where you can see a little film clip of our two “dare devils” at full speed)… Good fun, but little feet got very tired from climbing up again after sliding down! A cup of hot chocolate always does the trick to get the energy back!

Then, to finish off the afternoon, it was time to do some baking. Rosinboller (raisin buns) with and without raisins was rolled out (some more than others) and we should be self sufficient with rosinboller for a couple of days (they are Yum-Yum and Daddy likes them , so probably not more than two days….).

+4 today here in our part of Norway. Felt like a proper little Norwegian heat wave! Hats and scarfs almost not needed!

Crash bang….

Alex and Daddy was trying to impress the girls in showing off our driving skills. Unfortunately it didn’t go too well… Alex did great job driving the toboggan, but the passenger showed once and for all that he could not multitask and did not concentrate enough on the piste and the result was….. Crash bang!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM-jbzoGt60

Top of the world….

photo by J+B=Us.

Two little monkies, very proud that they managed to get to the top of the Pyramid in Asker all by themselves…

Our holiday to Australia is now just a memory… Norwegian winter weather is now the norm, never mind days at the beach, BBQ’s and the like…. At least we have the photos to look at when we are getting too cold here! (Have a look at the photos here!)

We are now trying to focus on getting all the D’s bi-lingual…. Mummy at evening classes, Kaelyn through nursery and Alex with the help of the rest of us!… √łnsk oss lykke til!

On Saturday Kaelyn’s nursery had an open day in the town center and the oldest kids from the nursery were performing their new song. Kaelyn and Daddy had been practicing the song and Kaelyn did really well and sang along in Norwegian. Daddy is fearing that the tune will stick with him a long time….

Alex is developing a ‘need for speed’ and is now seen tobogganing down all the hills in the area around our house… Woossshhhhh…… Good fun!

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….

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!