Monday, June 22, 2009

To those of you coming directly from Lupinehillfarm...

There are more new posts on Look to Norway than the one showing up on Mom's blog. Click on Look to Norway at the top of this page to see all of the excitement.

Poppies in the morning sun

I woke up this morning and looked out the kitchen window and saw these. They looked so gorgeous that I just had to take a picture!

Lyn game last night

Lyn is not doing well this year. They are currently the worst team in the series, and they're about to go bankrupt as well. But - we've gotta stick with them. Last night we went to a game. The sun was shining bright an hot, and we had a good time. Lyn scored a goal after about 15 minutes and held their lead all through the game, but the other team managed to score during the last minute of the game - really lame!

Johan's football team was asked to escort the players onto the field, so for them it was extra fun last night! (Johan is the one with the red cap)

And after the game, they had had a fun time standing over a fan ;-)

Johan's summer program

This is a video I took at Johan's summer program on Thursday...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A short one...

I have no time - this weekend has rushed by with stuff going on all day long - and all evening. And we're leaving for California the day after tomorrow - super early in the morning! But - I wanted to post this link. Anders played in a football tournament all day yesterday and today. They played against kids a year older than them - and won 1 of 3 games yesterday and 3 of 3 games today. They're so good! Anyway, here's a pic of the team that played this weekend! (See if you can figure out which blond kid is Anders ;-))

Sunday, June 14, 2009

It's the final countdown...

We have started counting down to vacation - this has been hanging on the fridge for the past week:

Needless to say, we're a bit excited. And now even more excited since Tess and Ryan decided to bump up their wedding. Now they'll be getting married at Mom's house on July 5th. Yippee!! I can't wait to get there and get in on the planning...

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Pictures from last weekend

Doing a little barbecuing on the newly stained deck.

Wild river...

He was wearing sunscreen, I swear!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Home alone

I have the house to myself! Espen left yesterday afternoon for a friend's cabin south of Oslo. Anders, Johan and Gaute also headed down south. Anders is staying overnight in a cabin with the other members of his orienteering team. And Gaute and Johan are going to a climate festival with some friends, where, among other artists, Alexander Rybak of Eurovision Song Contest fame will be playing. I was debating whether or not I should go with them, but the prospect of having the house to myself was too tempting, so here I am.

Not much exciting stuff I'm doing, but doing some cleaning and organizing in the house, which is a great feeling. So far, I've changed the sheets on all the beds, cleaned out and gotten rid of old hats and gloves, folded the HUGE pile of clean clothes, cleaned and tidied the entry hall. Just found some good recipes I'm going to try for dinner, too. Chili-Lime Mango Chicken Grill Skewers and Coconut Rice. Sounds really good! I am addicted to mango these days and eat at least one a day.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Weekend in the mountains

This weekend was another long weekend (I'm sure everyone in the U.S. celebrated the pentecost as well...), and the weather was supposed to be gorgeous. About 85 here in Oslo - and about 75 in the mountains. We decided to go for the mountains - and weren't disappointed. It was sunny and beautiful all weekend long. We left after dinner on Friday and got up there about 10 pm. It's LIGHT in Norway this time of year, and the sun was still shining when we got there, so the boys ran around outside for a while before it was time for bed.

On Saturday, we took a trip down into the valley to pick up supplies - one of our goals for the trip was to put in stairs down from our deck and stain the deck. We picked up what we needed and headed back up the hill. Then the whole family got to work. It's so nice having such big kids now who actually help out when we're doing things. Espen and Anders did at least half of the staining work and Johan helped Gaute with the stairs. The sun was bright and we were pretty worn out that evening, but Johan had arranged a little family relay race that we did after dinner. Jill and Anders against Espen and Gaute. I really let Anders down on the part where we had to run uphill, but I was fairly good at throwing rocks up and catching them in a net and at skipping stones. And I was super good at saying the American alphabet as fast as possible (Gaute wasn't quite so good on that one...). It was tied for a long time, but then Espen pulled through for his team and got some good skips in with his rocks. None of us really wanted to do this relay that Johan had planned, but it ended up being really fun! And Johan was very happy!

On Sunday, we put another coat of stain down on the deck, packed our backpacks and headed out. We climbed a peak near our cabin - Spåtind. We've done it before, but the weather has always been crappy, and we've had to take rain clothes and boots with us. This time, the weather was beautiful the whole way. We were in shorts and I had on a tank top - fun walking across the patches of snow in summer clothes. It was pretty windy at the top, so we had to put on some warmer clothes up there, but it was a great trip - 6 km each way.

Today, we ate breakfast, cleaned up the cabin and took off, but stopped at all of scenic spots along the way, so it was a nice trip.

The house was about 500 degrees when we got home, so the first thing we had to do was open all of the doors and windows and get some air in! Dinner was to be barbecued chicken, Greek salad and garlic bread, but halfway through the barbecuing, we ran out of propane, so it ended up being roasted chicken. Good regardless!

I took my camera with me on our hike up to Spåtind, but I forgot to put in the newly charged batteries, so I just took a few pics with my iPhone. Here they are: (I did take some pictures other days with my camera. I'll upload them when I feel motivated to go down and find my camera.)

On the way up...

Jill at the top

It's windy at the top