Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Life as we know it!

The other day I was randomly snapping photos of everyday life in our house. Catching moments here and there. I realised I really enjoy just capturing life as it really is. Nothing extraordinary just our day to day. Of course I do like to capture special times and events too - just ask my men as they huff and puff as I take 'just one' more photo;),  I feel it is also important to record our family life on the downlow when nothing is happening but life as we live it. So here are a few moments that I've captured over the last 6 months;)

Hanging out on the sofa with Pappa

Board games on a quiet afternoon

Cake making and spoon licking

Getting ready for bed with help from big brother

Writing a shopping list - look at Mr Tae getting up to mischief in the background (only noted after photo was taken;)

Cuddles with mummy - note the water from above mischief on the jumper;)

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Farm Visit

Today we attended an annual Farm Day event organised by the three adoption agencies in Norway. People from all across our region were invited to attend. It gave us an opportunity to meet new people and have a fun family day out. Both boys love animals so they were looking forward to a day at the farm with a BBQ picnic for lunch.

We are having crazy weather at the moment. The last weekend in May should be heading towards the summer, but instead it was very cold and wet:(

This did not 'damper' our spirits, however, I think perhaps Tae and I were the only ones excited about the thought of a day out in the rain in full raingear. Remember Tae's love of water!!  (for those who know us well, I will let you guess Tig's thoughts on this).

Once we arrived we headed straight to check out the chickens. (hmm, yes I know there are ducks in the coop???) 

It was a nice surprise to bump into a family that Tae and I had previously met at a Mums and Tots group earlier this year. The little boy behind Tae (above) was adopted from Korea too and is 1 day younger than him. We are hoping to plan a playdate soon:)

Tim was not loving having to wear his raingear!

He soon cheered up when the rain stopped (for a moment) and he went with Tig into the woods to find some sticks to grill the sausages on.

Nothing beats grilling food from a stick over a real fire.

It was nice and warm in the 'lavo' with seats all around the fire.

Back out into the rain to explore and find some more animals. It was seriously raining now!!

Horse riding time!!!!
This was the first time Tae had been close enough to a horse to stroke and talk to it. He loved it and kept saying 'horsey, horsey, look mummy horsey!' 

Tim has previously had horse riding lessons and can ride quite well on his own. Today he was led by the staff but still enjoyed it.

I was surprised that Tae was not scared at all when it was his turn to get on the horse. He keep chuckling to himself all excited. Once I placed him on the horse he kept a good grip onto my hand and did not let go all the way along the path. He had a very serious look on his face the whole time with the odd smile peeking through. When it was over, he quickly said 'more mummy, again!!' 

We will have to go back and visit again when the weather is being kinder.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

More 17th May Fun

As Tim explained in his post, the 17th May is a big event in our house. This year we celebrated slightly differently as we didn't go into the town centre for breakfast and the big parade.

It was lovely not to have to set the alarm and get out the house all dressed up so early. Instead we had a a special long breakfast with just the 4 of us followed by a fabulous lazy morning in PJ's.

The plan was to head to the funfair after Tae's midday nap. Well, the nap didn't really happen. After putting him down, the sounds coming through the baby monitor were very cute. A little talking to his toys, singing, then after 20mins 'mummy' started being called out. He has seriously only ever missed his naptime less than 5 times in 2 years!!

So we gave up, finished getting dressed up and went off to the funfair.....

Tae LOVES Fire Engines or BeeBoo's as he calls them. He thought it was very cool to drive one. He was a little hesitant to go alone so Tim agreed to ride with him.

 Bless him:) Brother love to the extreme. You have no idea how small the space was inside the truck. Initially I said I'd go on the ride with Tae then laughed as I realised my leg wouldn't even get in there never mind the rest of me. Tim managed to squeeze in, but it was very cozy!

 But, he still enjoyed himself too;)

 Candy Floss time!!

 Tim decided to go on the scary swing high in the air ride!! He was excited and 'just a little bit' nervous;)

 I can't believe he enjoyed this ride! Loved it so much, he went on it twice. He also had his hands in the air and not holding on after the initial fear was gone.

 Now this is more my pace of ride - Tae felt brave enough to go it alone. Since he likes trains we suggested he sit in the train, but no he very firmly chose this lovely pink lorry!

 He enjoyed himself so much waving to everyone who passed and yelling 'Hi'. He loved pressing the horn and pretending to drive that he refused to get off. So, since it was 17th May we let him have 2 goes around!!
After the funfair we headed back to celebrate at Tim's school. My 3 boys joined the parade (Tig and Tae walked with his nursery group) that went from our local church and marched to the school playgound where there were speeches, games, ice creams and cakes on offer.

A busy, but very fun day!!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Guest Blogger!!!

Hi it's Tim here.

This is about my birthday, no wait abit that's next month it's about Errm....
now I know it's about Norways national day. The 17th May it is a really big event.

It is the day when Norway got there own rules in 1814.  People from all around Norway came to Eidsvoll to agree what should be in the rules. On the 18th May 1814 the rules were written in a contract and signed. In 1864 Bjørnstjerne was finished writing the National Anthem as a celebtation of 50 years of the agreement. It is called 'Ja Vi Elsker Dette Landet' which means 'Yes, We Love This Country' and you sing it every 17th May.

On the 17th of May we go in parades waving a Norwegian flag. People wear Bunads, which are the National costume. This year I'm not wearing one because I don't feel like it. I am going to wear a suit instead. Tae is going to have a bunad, but Tig is having the same as me. Mummy is having her nicest clothes on.

Other things to do on the 17th May, watch the parade in town, you can go to the funfair, eat as much ice cream as you want and play games in the playground at my school.

This is a picture of me from last year

Hip Hip Hurra for Norway!!!!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Superman was Adopted

Today we had fun in the garden taking some pictures with the boys wearing their new matching tshirts.

It's not often you can find clothes in ages 2 and 10 that are the same and its great to dress them alike sometimes. These tshirts are the best!! I was able to order them to support an online buddy bring her second son home from Korea. Thanks to Mary Leigh for posting them all the way from the USA to us:)


I know I added lots of photos today, but just indulge me. I love the t's, the colours, the lighting and my boys, you should see how many other photos nearly made the cut!!