Monday, January 20, 2014

january blues

There is another load of snow expected tomorrow, and as much fun as it's been this far, I'm sort of done with snow and ready for spring to come, although I know it's still far away. Last week Bjarni and the kids took turns being sick, and now we are trying to sort out some important questions related to our move, which is making life these days a bit stressful. The downside to all the wonderful experiences that comes with moving between countries (as well as being paid in one country and living in another) is figuring out different tax regulations, health insurances, and general university bureaucracy. Ugh! Moving with two kids rather than just Bjarni and I makes for a completely different need to have things in proper order from the beginning. Hopefully it will all get settled as we move along in our planning for what's next.

Pictures from a Sunday afternoon at home. 
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Friday, January 10, 2014

winter winter winter

It's been absolutely freezing cold around here, and terms such as polar vortex and arctic blast have been used frequently over the past week in whatever media you turned to. A snow storm closed Silja's preschool last Friday, and then it all melted away, just to get really really cold again. So all this winter weather has been a good excuse to cosy things up at home with hot chocolate and soup, and a cave with lights. We are lucky to have our neighbors just a few doors down, who are always ready for a chat or a playdate, when things get boring at home.
 Making New Year hats with friends
 They don't do fireworks for New Years in Boston, so sparklers were as festive as it got.
 Sledding (Silja and Bjarni are on top of the hill)
 Ice lanterns made out of balloons. 

A baby on the back turns out to be a whole lot easier than a baby in a stroller, when there are lots of snow.

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