Saturday, March 25, 2006

Lena Natalie to switch schools

Natalie (11) had her last day at her current school yesterday. On Monday she will be starting a 2-week trial period in the 6th grade at Steiner School, which is the private school that Kelvin attends.

We are sending in an application for Thomas (7) as well, because we found out that his class (2nd grade) only has 11 students, and we think that the extra attention afforded him from such a group would be to his benefit. Hopefully he can start just after Easter. Posted by Picasa

Droids masterpiece by Kelvin

Kelvin (9) drew this picture of C-3PO and R2-D2 from memory without any reference photos or toys to look at.

I think it was an amazing job. I especially love Threepio's expression and the way he is holding his hands. Fantastic!

I haven't blogged for a while because we have been so busy getting ready to move. It will continue that way with only a blog every few days over the next few weeks. We leave this house in only two weeks so we have a LOT to pack and clean. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Good Night, and Good Luck

Good Night, and Good LuckA couple days ago I finally got the chance to watch George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck. It immediately rose to my Top-5 list of last year, and within my Top-30 or so of all time. An excellent film about how TV journalist Edward R. Morrow brought down Senator Joseph McCarthy from his Communist-witch-hunts in the early 1950's.

Edward R. Morrow
Summary: "In the early 1950’s, McCarthy was destroying people’s careers and lives as he fanatically sought to expose Communists in America during the Cold War. Murrow and his devoted CBS staff defied Congressional intimidation, corporate pressure, and concern for their own careers to use Murrow’s “See It Now” TV broadcasts to enlighten the public about the deceptions and abuse-of-power tactics behind McCarthy’s “witch-hunts.” Though the conflict effectively ended both men’s careers, Murrow took his place in history as a stirring example of the media’s power to protect the public good."
If you haven't seen it yet, rent or buy this film now! An inspirational story that should be seen by everybody interested in politics and media.

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Christmas theater

Each Christmas we get together with the rest of Irene's family. All the children who are old enough (3 or 4 and up) take part in an enactment of the Nativity story: The birth of Jesus.

Here you see Karoline, Lena, Kelvin, Emili, Dina and Emma. (Thomas is probably hiding.) Posted by Picasa

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Diary of Lena

Natalie has started her own blog, Diary of Lena.

She writes mostly in Norwegian, but you should visit it and check out the pics. She loves horseback riding and has posted some shots of our last visit to Steiner when she got to ride.

Horsebacking at Steiner School

In December 2005 we went to a Christmas workshop at Kelvin's school. They had lots of great activities, one of which was horseback riding. All of the kids got a shot at it and mostly enjoyed themselves. Natalie especially loves horses. We are hoping to start her in some riding classes after we move. Posted by Picasa

Friday, March 17, 2006


I happened across this blog today: Re-Imagineering

It reminded me a lot of our trip to Disneyland last May. I bought a book on the history of Disneyland that had a lot of the pictures on that site in it.

I love Disneyland. Maybe more now than even when I was a kid.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Five hours hiding in a bathroom

Thomas (7) was supposed to go skiing with the other 2nd-graders today but decided to hide in the school lavitory instead.

When Irene (his mom) arrived after school to pick him up, she couldn't find him in the classroom. Other students from his class said Thomas had been hiding in the bathroom all day, and was still there.

Irene confronted the teacher who professed to have only just discovered that he was there. She was apparantly unaware that he had been there all day and thought he had been home from school.

This picture was taken on Thomas' first day of school (August 2005). His countenance was not so bright today when he came home. "I hate going to school late" was his excuse for the bathroom visit. But he failed to see that he was only late because of fighting not to get his ski-clothes on before going to school this morning.

Solution: No TV before school and an earlier bedtime. He agreed that going to class would be much better than smelling the toilets for five hours. Posted by Picasa

Boating last summer

Last summer we rented a cabin by the sea. It included a small motorboat which we really enjoyed cruising around in. It wasn't fast or powerful enough to use for skiing, but it was still a lot of fun and perfect for short trips out to the mini-islands in the cove. Posted by Picasa

Roadstar Emili, or "Emili's need for speed"

These pictures were taken last summer (July 2005). They really show Emili's addiction to speed, excitement and adrenalyn. She enjoyed dragging her "motorcycle" up the sloped driveway, and then driving it full-speed-ahead down again with both hands in the air!
The little dude on the bike next to her is her neighbor- best- friend, Sander. He is one year older than her and the toys they are riding on are his. Posted by Picasa

First snowfall this winter

These pictures were taken on October 20th, 2005. It was the very first snow this winter and the kids were very excited about it. They ran outside and quickly packed together some snowballs.

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Self snapshot

To be fair to my wife, whose picture I have plastered all over this blog, I decided I better add a close-up shot of myself. Although this is not entirely flattering, it's the best I could find of recent photos.

This was taken on November 30th, 2005, and is the most recent shot I have. I have neither gained nor lost any weight since then, so I look pretty much the same today, 3½ months later. ;) Posted by Picasa

Soccer Thomas

Thomas was on the soccer team for a while and enjoyed a few great games.

These shots are taken during a one of those on September 5th, 2005.

Kelvin's private school

Kelvin (9) is a very creative and artistic child, who has not felt at home in the public school system. We have felt that the school system out here (Enebakk, Norway) does not really support nor promote these attributes in children, much to our (and Kelvin's) frustration. So after much deliberation, we decided to try out Rudolf Steiner private school, whose philosophy is "education is an artistic process." What the public school consider frills, Waldorf schools consider essential, e.g., weaving, knitting, playing a musical instrument, woodcarving, and painting. After three months, we can clearly see that it was the right choice for Kelvin.

Read more about the school founder: Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), and about the schooling concept: Waldorf Education

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Another summer collage from 2005

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Summer collage

Emili and I enjoyed boating while Irene tanned in the warm sun. Sandy beaches with seashells everywhere made our stay very pleasant. Posted by Picasa
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Catching shrimp

Last summer we spent a week at a cabin by the sea. It was great fun and we had nearly perfect weather with loads of sun!

Kelvin and Thomas are trying to catch some shrimp. There were dozens of little ones swimming around under this dock. Posted by Picasa

Thomas' Christmas Joy

No doubt this picture was taken directly after opening presents on Christmas Eve.

Every Christmas we meet up with Irene's family at her parents' house and eat a lovely dinner and then open presents.

We always leave some for the kids to open on Christmas morning as well. So in a way they get two Christmases. Posted by Picasa

Leaning Tower of Kelvin

Kelvin loves to build with Kapla blocks. And he's very good at it. He built this big tower using thin flat blocks and no glue, tape, nails, whatever. A bit like stacking cards or Dominos. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

My Thirty-Fifth

Ok, this is really my last blog for the night. It's way past my bedtime and I have to get up early tomorrow.

I just wanted to post this picture from my 35th birthday (December 2005). I am eating yummy cream-filled chocolate cake with Emili. Irene makes amazing cakes!

More later... Posted by Picasa

Candle holder

Natalie is absolutely gorgeous in this picture. I think it was taken in February 2006. She is eleven and is getting prettier every day.

I fear for my future - when she grows up and has guys chasing her.

I only hope they will be able to see past her good looks to that sparkling and feisty personality. He he. ;) Posted by Picasa

My one and only

I can't help but think my wife is the most beautiful woman on the planet.

This was also taken Christmas 2005, at her parents house.

Thanks to Picasa for the red-eye remover. Her eyes are almost as big, brown and beautiful as in real life. Well, almost. Posted by Picasa

Deep in the snow cave

Thomas loves digging caves in the snow. The sun is so bright that for this picture he had to close his eyes. I guess he takes after his mother. ;) Posted by Picasa

Snow fortress

Thomas Jonathan, Lena Natalie, Kelvin Alexander, and Emili Michelle behind their wall of snowballs upon the giant snow hill across the street. Typical Norwegian winter and a clear blue sky. Posted by Picasa