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February 21, 2012

What an Adventure!


Just for fun we went on an adventure to find a place that I found on the internet and somehow stumbled upon this awesome indoor play-place instead. The kids had a blast monkeyin' around and, as you can see below, it wasn't such a rough day for me either!

The boys climbing and sliding around in AdventureLand

This place has it figured out... Free wi-fi, free massage chairs and free tea/coffee to keep the parents happy while they sit and watch their kids play. Oh, and free blankets to keep you cozy!

4 hours and 1 finished book later I got out of my seat and went home with 3 tired boys! What a great adventure :)

February 20, 2012

Waffling Around


The boys are on "February Break" this week and since we just arrived about a month ago we decided to spend the week exploring Stavanger rather than booking a trip somewhere. So, today I decided that 'When in Norway we should do as the Norwegians do' and go buy a waffle maker. So, off to the store we went at 10:00 a.m. By 3:00 p.m., a zillion "Are you going to make waffles now?" later, and some waffling back and forth, I decided to save my sanity and just make the waffles for dinner! So yummy!

February 19, 2012

A Windy Day at the Harbor

Checking Out the Harbor

Do they look cold? It was a super windy day down at the harbor! But we had fun just walking around and checking out the sights.

Blue water, birds and big boats...very picturesque!

Cute little area around the harbor...also picturesque!

But for the boys, the best part about the harbor...finding Burger King and 7-Eleven! What better way to warm up from all that wind...a burger from Burger King and Ben and Jerry's from 7-Eleven (okay, so maybe that came after we had warmed up a bit!).

Time to go home!

February 10, 2012

Goodbye Moon, Hello Sun!

This was the neatest drive to school!

Moon setting out of our front window...

Sun rising out of our back window...

And then this beautiful display of colors in the sky by the time we pulled into the parking lot at school!

February 4, 2012

Pile on the Fun!

Pile on DAD!

Pile on MOM!


Our wonderful Norwegian friends- Anita, Oystein and Janne- who lived a couple houses down from us in Angola, gave each of the boys some Norwegian money (Krone) as a going away/ welcome to Norway present. They wanted the boys to spend it during their first visit to McDonald's in Stavanger. Zach was anxious to try it out and chose to go there for his birthday lunch! It was a fun afternoon out and quite yummy! Happy 10th Birthday, Zach and Thanks ( or should I say "Takk!") to the Gripsruds!

Birthday Boy, Zach, using his Krone to buy himself a cheeseburger (no onions, no pickles!) happy meal!

I love these fries!- Nolan

Best chicken nuggets!- Colby

You know you are in a Norwegian McDonald's when... it is normal for a group of boys to walk in and order with all of their snowboarding equipment, including snowboards and super snowy boots!

February 3, 2012

Snow Much Fun!

Surprise! SNOW!!!

Surprise! We woke up this morning to lots of white stuff falling from the sky! Our first snowfall!!

Zach, Colby and Nolan were so excited I didn't think I was going to get them in the car to go to school, but luckily we left plenty early because it took almost an hour to get to school!

When I picked Zach up from school he said, "I can't believe we're allowed to slide and play in the snow at recess!!" And Colby added, "I even made a snow angel!! This place rocks!"

My first time navigating the streets during a snow storm.
I was fine on the way to school because the traffic was so backed up the only speed to drive was super slow. On the way back I just could not get the car to the top of the hill by our apartment. Slipping and sliding, but just not going forward. From the back seat Nolan kept saying, "You're stuck. You can do it Mommy. You can do it!" And, obviously, since I am sitting here blogging, I did eventually make it back home!

Honkedy Honka Dudes!

Is your head cold? No problem! Just add a Honkedy Honka Dude!
Nolan loves the hats with the squishy balls on top and loves honking them. So he started calling them "Honkedy Honka Dudes". The name instantly stuck and Honkedy Honka Dude fever spread through the house. Here all 3 boys model their new Honkedy Honka Dudes!

February 1, 2012

House Hunting

Today we went out looking for a Norwegian house. There are not very many family houses on the market right now and there are a number of families looking for houses, so we had to look fast and make a fairly quick decision. We still don't know which one we are going to end up with, but we would be happy with either.

Check out this master bedroom from house #1.
Bonk! I can just feel the bruises that will be all over my head from sitting up too fast when the alarm clock startles me in the morning!

My favorite feature in house #2. Just add a cozy chair, hot chocolate and a good book. Oh, and some firewood!