Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dear Globetrotter,

Your almost home from Norway by now!
Tell me everything, I'll assume you had a fantastic time, I want to hear about how your family took your amazing news!
I'm so excited!

I've been so busy! I'm really starting to believe that there are not enough hours in the day!
Your memories are correct, I'm doing "adult" things, such as planning, to open a new bank account, and going out on the town :)

I'm having a lot of fun actually, it's really liberating to loose the seventeen year old's...rules?
I don't know, not a massive amount is even different, my parents were never really too ansy about us acting 18 before we were, but it's definitely nice to do some things that weren't possible without that 18 ID :)

Such as going out in London for Oli's 20th, it was THE BEST NIGHT, so much fun to be able to go out as sisters, with all her friends, and a few of mine too,

Us in the club- she's actually three inches taller than me, but I'm in huge heels!

Not to mention leaving school, which happened on Tuesday, we're not quite done, I'm on study leave until exams and my art exhibition, and then it's Holiday time!

It was a lot of fun, although so far study leave has consisted of me cleaning out the fridge and catching up on blogging!

How was your trip?
Did being laid- back work out? someone described me as being laid back the other day, I laughed, I wish!
I'm hoping to be able to make another trip out of the country this October, fingers crossed! A lot of factors to be sorted out first!
My dad just told me I'm welcome to live at home for the next 30 years, something to really look forward to there!

Looking forward to hearing back!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Hello friend

Dear Maddy,

I have missed you! How are you?

So much has happened and is about to happen in your life. You're 18 and an adult, for goodness sake!
How is that working for you? Thinking about my own experiences as an 18 year-old, I seem to remember lots of fun and lots of dramas. Highs and lows. The thrills and the horrors of suddenly being a responsible adult. Sound familiar? You'll be out of school in just a few weeks too! Still headed off to Amersham in the autumn, or did something else come along as hoped for?

(Quick break while I go and get a yogurt. ----- OK, that's better).

Espen "playing dishes".

Life over here has been pretty busy lately. Of course you know some of what has been occupying our time! :) On the not-so-fun side, we all got sick, one after the other, which took up what felt like years of our life, and on the much-more-fun side, we are packing up and going to Norway for three weeks on the 15th. So in 11 days!

I'm managing to be a lot more laid-back about things this time. Last year I was so nervous about traveling with Espen, and making sure I had packed everything he could possibly ever need. I had checklists written out weeks in advance. This time I've hardly even thought about what we're going to need. It makes a huge difference that he can now tell us what he wants, and we can explain what's going on to him. Of course, right now the most exciting thing to Espen is that he knows he has a bucket and spade ("Mah shovel, mama!") waiting for him at Granny's house, and so nothing else matters. He has also told me that he is going on a picnic with Granny and Granddad and uncle Jeremy, and they are going to eat carrots. Priorities.

I left my phone (and therefore my go-to camera) in the car, so no new photos I'm afraid. I will however, offer you the above one from a few weeks ago of Espen doing the dishes.

We've been having gorgeous weather here lately, so now that I can hear Espen rummaging around after his nap, we are going to head out into the sunshine. It's Friday, so we are driving into Provo and meeting Nick for dinner. Italian, I think.

Have a lovely weekend!

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