Sunday, August 30th, 2015 / ChrisandChelsea
Since Lily is our little foreign baby, we had to take a trip to the U.S. Embassy in Oslo to get her birth certificate and passport squared away (FAQ answer: Lily is solely an American citizen. Norway doesn’t grant dual citizenship if both parents are foreigners). We had been to Oslo so many times previously and didn’t want to spend money on a hotel, so we booked flights there and back in the same day. That was a first for both of us!
I’m not going to lie, I felt SUPER cool going to the embassy. I don’t really know why (probably something to do with spy movies) but I was really excited. The embassy is considered American soil and I had in my head an image of a sleek building with ultra-shiny floors, people in black suits and discreet earpieces hurrying up and down the halls on confidential errands and a whole lot of this:
What it actually is is a very 1970s building that is the love child of airport security and a DMV. ::spy movie dreams crushed:: We got Lily’s documentation all settled after a few hours in the waiting room though and spent the rest of the day enjoying the parks in Oslo and eating BBQ ribs on the veranda of TGI Fridays, because AMERICA!
The park and duck pond in the backyard of the royal palace.
Family selfie in Frogner Park
Sunday, August 02nd, 2015 / ChrisandChelsea
They kill me.
Just looking at this post as I’m writing it makes my heart feel like it’s going to burst into a million little pieces in the best way possible. Lily lights up whenever she sees her daddy coming and Chris definitely gets the lion’s share of the giggles these days. I hope she grows up always knowing how treasured she is by her daddy.
Lily and daddy, two peas in a pod.
Saturday, August 01st, 2015 / ChrisandChelsea
Our landlords are awesome. They are the sweetest family and are so helpful with whatever we might need as renters. They are kind and caring and we love living in their basement. To top it all off, they VERY generously offered us their hytte in Sirdal, a local ski resort, for a week for our summer vacation. Hytte directly translates to cabin in English, but as is typical with Norwegian it encompasses much more than that. Hytter commonly ARE cabins, but the word can mean all sorts of vacation homes as well.
Our landlords’ hytte
was GORGEOUS! We spent a full week there with just the three of us and it was very, very nice to get away from it all up in the fresh air of the mountains. We spent our days relaxing (as much as anyone really can relax with a curious and energetic 5 month old around), going for walks when it was sunny, playing with Lily, spending time with Skittles, reading, blogging and grilling lots of yummy food on the porch overlooking the lake. Sometimes we take crazy vacations
, but this one was chill and low key and exactly what we needed at this point in our lives :)
I mean…this view!!
This little trip was the sole reason I have finally been able to get caught up on the blog. I was able to sit and finish all the posts I wanted to write during Lily’s naps without feeling guilt for not doing the myriad of other projects I need to do around the house. Like cleaning our fridge. And organizing our bathroom. Yes, this ended up being a much better vacation than if we had stayed at home ;)
Lily spent the week practicing her sitting up skills. I can’t believe how big she is already!
Are we sure it’s the middle of July??
The Grill Master
This is how we do burgers in the Hill household.
And this is how we do babies.