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(Finally) snow…

Since the snow keeps us waiting at the moment, we headed up into the mountains in search of it… And we found it!

After a (typical) slow, Danielsen Sunday morning, we dressed up in all the gear we have (just about), packed hot drinks and soup on the thermos flasks, jumped in the car and headed for higher altitude in search of snow.

Just at the top of Hafjell we found it at Gaiastova. Enough snow to impress the kids. Enough snow to have a good play. And since it was -8C and a tiny bit of wind it got a little bit cold (for the grown ups at least)… Cold enough to remember that even if I grew up above the Arctic circle, it doesn’t automatically mean I enjoy the cold!

Luckily Gaiastova was right there offering a very nice option. After a coffee and some hot chocolates and a nice relax in front of the huge fire, we were ready to play some more in the snow… Nice lodge, we will definitely be back here again!

The weather forecast is now promising us snow by the end of this coming week. Hopefully they are right, because after today, the kids are totally ready for daily play in the white stuff…

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!

Cold, but smiling…

Autumn outing to Sjusjøen.

We did an outing to Sjusjøen yesterday. An area where you can go swimming in the summer or skiing in the winter. This time of the year it is also a nice area for a family outing on a Sunday. Must admit that we got a little bit surprised how cold it was, so the outing was cut short, and we headed home early, lit the fire and made hot chocolate with marshmallows and watched a movie…

We are well settled into our new place here in Øyer. Lillehammer is just 15 minutters drive away. Kaelyn can walk to school and Alex is enjoying his days in the kindergarten. Ballet for Kaelyn is sorted, as is gymnastics for Alex!

The other day we woke up to temperatures below zero… Daddy had to scrape off the frost from the car using a bank card since we did not have a proper scrape… We are desperately trying to stock up on all necessities ahead of winter! Tons of stuff (it feels like)!

Well, if it gets too cold, I guess we can retreat to our loung for some more hot chocolate and movies in front of a roaring fire… Just need to get some more hot chocolate and fire wood first…

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!

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!