Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Norwegian Holiday

This past week was a very special holiday.  Not only did it include Independence Day, but we had very special guests visiting from Norway.

Travis’s family has been friends with a family from Norway for the past 17 years, since Travis’s sister went on a 4H exchange trip and stayed with them.  The following year one of the daughters of the family, Sandra, came to the farm to visit as part of the same program.  Travis was able to visit them in Norway when he was studying aboard in the summer of 2006 for his architecture degree, and his parents happened to be visiting at the same time.  Lars and Greta, Sandra’s parents, have made many trips to the US over the years as well.

However, this was the first trip that Sandra has made to the US since she came in 1996.  This time she brought her husband Kåre (pronounced similar to Cory, but with out the “ee” sound at the end), and children, Thomas and Vikortia.  

Our Norwegian visitors.

After flying into Minneapolis on the 3rd of July, the Norwegians were able to spend the 4th of July celebrating with us the way Americans do – loud and proud!

Earlier in the day we had gone to the annual parade in Fort Ransom.  It was our usual parade attendance: Charlie made a haul of candy and Levi was crying because people were throwing candy at him.

Levi & I before the parade.

Charlie kept calling himself “The King."
He hasn't learned about the American Revolution yet.

In the evening we all gathered at Travis’s sister’s house for some fun in the sun and fireworks.

Slip-n-Slide!

Wipe out!

SCHREEEEECH!

The tongue-out is a typical Charlie -
a trait that he received from my mom and grandpa.

Viktoria wore her special dress that she only wears on the Norwegian Independence Day, May 17th.  It is beautifully crafted with all hand embroidery.

Viktoria in her traditional Norwegian dress.


After too many noisy fireworks and one upset toddler, the boys, their cousin Lyla and I, headed inside to view the fireworks from the patio windows. 

WOW!

I left mommy a present in my diaper over this.

We had to leave the festivities shortly after the big fireworks started to get the boys home and in bed, but they made a good run for it by 10:30pm!

The following days we were able to spend a lot of quality time with Sandra’s family, or “The Norwegians” as we call them.  The kids had a blast!

Charlie made Thomas follow him all over the farm.

Levi loved the attention from Viktoria.

The Norwegians are traveling to Yellowstone for the next week or so, and will be back to visit before they depart for home.  Charlie has been talking about them non-stop.  I'm not sure when we will get to make the trip over to Norway, but I am looking forward to someday going...even if it is 10 years (or more) from now.

Oh, and if you need a translation: holiday = vacation.

Ha det! = Goodbye!

Dana

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