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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!

“Happy Gappy”

A very proud little girl showing off her 3rd gap (in total), the first on the top row! She had been wriggling, pushing and pulling on it for a day or so and she was very pleased with herself when it finally gave in!

Tooth fairy duly visited and at 4am I was woken up and given an update by our 6 year old. As soon as she was confident that I had understood the fact that she was one coin richer due to the late night visit she climbed up and started snoring in the big bed…

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!…

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!

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….