(We are having such a good time, I keep forgetting to update you!)
This month has been blissfully quiet, and as it gets darker and darker every day, we are getting more and more used to spending our time inside. although we have to go play outside at least once a day. We have been spending a lot of our free time having snowball fights (which I hate), and Sparking (which I love). This is sparking, just in case you’ve never heard of it. I hadn’t!
Its a little wooden sled, with metal runners. You stand on the runners and then kick off with one foot. Its fun because we take turns sitting on the sled. I should mention that the light in this picture is actually the moon, I havent seen the sun in a month an a half.
One great thing about Norway is that it lives up to all of the stereotypes I had about how much Scandinavians love Christmas. They decorate the whole town, and everyone has lights and candles in their windows, and its incredibly beautiful.
We are so happy to be hosted by someone who cares about our silly traditions, and who got just as excited for Thanksgiving as we did. Roger spent hours trying to find us a turkey to cook, and he offically got the last turkey in Norway. Our dear friend Alex came to visit from England, and Jeremy came home to the farm from his job in town.
We made everything! Turkey, stuffing, gravy, rolls, sweet potatoes, green beans, and even cranberry sauce! Except our cranberry sauce was made with lyngenberries instead. It was an amazing day, filled with laughter, cooking, decorating, drinking, eating, and of course being thankful.
My favorite moment was at the end of the day, when we all said what we were thankful for, as is traditional. It brought to the forefront the thought that, even though we are far from home, we have found home here, and we have found family. It was an amazing evening, and I will never forget it.