Friday, September 29, 2006

The saga of my hair

I just got back from the hairdressers. I was there last week, too, and had them color my hair. It had gotten pretty blonde due to multiple highlighting jobs. It was too light, and my roots were really starting to show. But last week she made it too dark. I didn't feel like me, and I couldn't get used to it.

Today I decided to go back to a different hairdresser (one I've used before and was happy with), and I had her put som lighter highlights in my hair. I'm pretty happy with it right now. What do you think?

The new steps

Gaute pointed out to me that I never published a picture of how the steps for our deck actually turned out. So, here they are....

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

First day of school

One thing that happened in August which was very exciting was that Johan started school. He was very excited, and he really likes it a lot! On the first day, all of the first graders meet up in front of the school, and the principal (far right) calls the kids names one by one, and they come up and shake hands with the principal, and then with their teacher. Johan's teacher is named Kikki - she's the one holding the sign that says D. He is in class 1D.

The first day only lasts for one hour, and the parents go into to the class with the kids. Gaute and I were so proud that Johan picked up the "raise your hand" thing right away. He's sitting next to his current best friend, Alexander.

Anders and Espen also had first days of school on August 21st. Espen started 6th grade, and Anders started 3rd grade. Now we have 3 kids at the same school!!

The latest

We had another appointment at the hospital yesterday, and they set a date for Espen's surgery - Monday, September 25th. They really want to do it as soon as possible, and actually moved another kid's surgery back a few weeks, so that Espen could take his spot.

Espen seems fairly calm about the whole thing, but I can see that he's a little freaked out. He makes some comments every now and then. He'll have to be out of school for a week (he doesn't have to stay at the hospital, though), but he doesn't want his teacher to tell the class that he's having surgery until the day of the surgery.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Cross-eyed Espen

I'm pretty sure that anyone reading this already knows what has been going on with Espen this summer/fall. We are so happy that they haven't found anything seriously wrong with him.

But - they are going to have to do something about his eyes. He is still seeing double all of the time, and his left eye is still going in toward his nose, although that varies a little bit. The latest - we were at the hospital yesterday - is that they are going to operate on his eye. The have to "slacken" some of the muscles attached to his eye so that his eye goes back to where it should be. It's outpatient surgery, so hopefully it won't be too big of a deal. The bad thing is that since they don't know why Espen's eyes started going cross-eyed, they think he might have to have more than one surgery. The doctor called today and said that they want him to come in on Monday for an appointment with the surgeon and several other doctors. They are going to make the final arrangements for the surgery, and we will find out more about what they are going to do. He is apparently quite an unusual case, so we've had lots of different doctors looking at him.

I'll keep you posted.


So much has happened since I last wrote anything on this blog. I barely know where to start. I think I'll just start making lots of different blogs for different things. Follow along.

For now - here's a picture of the boys when we were doing some orienteering at the end of August.