Joseph and Mom

Occasionally, we have one-on-one “dates” with the kids, alternating between mom and dad.  When it was Joseph’s turn to have a date with me, he said he wanted us to paint together.  So we did :)  And here we proudly display our masterpieces:

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Lice

We had lice!  Ugh!!  5 out of the 6 of us.

Now, before you go thinking that we have no sense of hygiene, it needs to be said that bouts of head lice are quite common in England, especially in school-age children and those who work with them.  At least that’s what we’ve been told.  Still…disgusting.  It took literally all day to treat, wash, comb through everyone’s hair, wash the bedding, on and on.

Chalk one up for new experiences!

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Cabin Trip

We spent four days with good friends in a fancy cabin, stocked with games and food and plenty of snow!  Who could ask for anything more!?!

Preparations:

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Annie was packed in with sleds and suitcases…and happy about it :)

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Let the good times roll:

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Hours of screen time in the company of friends–the boys were in heaven :)

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(Upstairs:)

 

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Carl favored us with his specialty salsa and guacamole!

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Star Wars chess.  Cool.

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Hunting for paper Easter eggs (winner gets the chocolate prize)

 

 

 

 

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Snow, glorious snow:

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The group:

Christian and Elisabeth Karlsson, Mats, Mikkel, Magnus, Mia

Darek and Aneta Knoll, Aleksander, Angelika, Natalie, Vanessa

Carl and Kami Youngblood, James, Joseph, Samuel, Annie

3 families with 4 kids each makes 18 of us!

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We rented the cabin from our church friend, Wenche.  Wenche and Ole, who were staying in their other cabin across the way, invited us (all!) to dinner on our last day.  So very generous:

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It was perfect.

Easter in Norway

We traveled to Norway during the Easter break, and had a glorious time visiting friends and familiar places!

Stayed the first few nights with the hospitable Oldhams. We drove into Oslo, saw friends at church, ate a scrumptious Sunday dinner with the Schows, and otherwise just enjoyed time with the Oldham family in their beautiful home. I am kicking myself that I didn’t take pictures of those first few days! So, I stole a picture of the Oldhams from Facebook. They’re Americans, have been living in Norway 3 years (like we did), and will soon be moving to Canada.

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Next, we stayed with our former next-door neighbors, the Knolls, in their fabulous new home!  Aneta and Darek are Polish, but have been living in Norway for many years.  They have four sweet kids, similar in age to our kids.  We really loved having them as neighbors.  Anyway, we toured their lovely new house, and prepared for the cabin trip we were taking together–along with the Karlsson family.  The cabin trip will have a post of it’s own…

The boys with Aleks:

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Annie with Angelika and the twins, Vanessa and Natalie:

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Singing songs from Frozen — it’s a worldwide hit!

 

Following the cabin trip, we stayed a couple nights with our dear friend, Gurlie, in her little guest cabins.  Gurlie is the sweetest, and her home has so much character.  She had it decked out with Easter chick decorations, which Annie loved.  The Wyssenbachs came and we shared Easter dinner outside, hunted for paper eggs, and roasted marshmallows.  We had a delightful time.

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Relief Society

I am the secretary in our ward Relief Society. Love these sisters.
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For the Relief Society birthday celebration in March, the stake hosted workshops and a tea party.  All the details were delightful, from the decorations to the flower-patterned plates to the little sandwiches and cakes to the gift bags.  So girly and fun!  And the workshops were inspiring.

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Canal

We live really close to the Basingstoke Canal, and like to walk along it because it’s so pretty. I’ve probably posted too many pictures already, but here goes.
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This is a pretty view of the farm across the street behind our house.

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Pub Grub

I’ve become quite a fan of good ole pub grub! Fish and chips, flaky pastry pies, cosy atmosphere. The pubs are all over the place. And I love the names: the Wyvern, the Queen’s Head, etc.

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This wasn’t a pub.  This was an Italian place.  Prices are such that we can afford to eat out more often in England than we could in Norway, which has been fun.

 

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