Sunday, August 19, 2012

Getting ready for school

Pam's been working getting her classroom ready at Birralee International School. Go Pam!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Camping on the trampoline

The kids got the idea to go camping in the yard tonight. The softest spot -- on the trampoline! They slept there for a little while and then it got chilly and they moved inside. Good thing, too, in the morning it began raining hard and they had failed to put up the rain tarp over the top. We rushed out to bring the blankets and pillows inside, just in time.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Intense growing season

It was quite rainy when we away in America. Add to that the very very long days with a lot of sunshine and you get a very fast growing season. All of the weeding and gardening we had done before we left is now undetectable. It's all overgrown again.

This is a funny find, carrots growing in our driveway:

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Olympics and Women's Handball

I'm in Bergen for a math teacher conference (yes, fast turn around after vacation). The Olympics are on. Norway always shines during the winter Olympics, but not so much during the summer Olympics. Women's handball is an exception.

Norway won gold 4 years ago, and today they played against Montenegro for the gold. Our dinner at the hotel was shifted up 30 minutes so that we could finish in time to watch the game (this is very Norwegian!) After dinner, 50 people crowded into the hotel lobby to watch on a not-so-large screen. Between halves, I accompanied a group to a sports bar where we watched on a big big screen -- much better. We cheered the women to a gold medal. Well done, little Norway!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Return from the USA

We've been to the USA for vacation, visiting Maryland, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. It was a lot of traveling in a short time to see our families that are now spread out in many states, but it was a lovely trip despite the 95°F temperatures every day.

Something different this time was that we purchased a minivan. It would cost us nearly $2000 to rent a minivan for 3-4 weeks, or we could buy one for the same amount. I had a friend in Ann Arbor buy one from Craigslist (American version of

We had a huge amount of bags returning. We each checked two large bags, plus carry-ons made for 18 bags. The bus driver in Trondheim asked if we were moving to Norway. It was indeed more bags than we moved to Norway with the first time.

The weather is cool here in Trondheim. It actually feels nice to be "back at the North Pole." It was a lovely trip. Now we need a week of rest to recover from our vacation!