The adventures of Kurt, Sarah, Ethan, Reid & Leah

Cabin adventure

What do you get when 5 Tennesseans are deposited at the top of a slope covered in snow drifts about 3+ft high and have to walk downhill about 25 yards to reach their destination? This is that story. Back in August when I attended the Fulbright … [Continue reading]

Happy New Year!

While we didn't do anything exciting or have any specific plans, aside from letting the boys stay up to midnight for the first time ever, we wound up being rather entertained on New Years Eve. New Years Eve is quite festive here which was totally … [Continue reading]

Getting into the Christmas spirit

December was filled with many activities that helped us to get into the Christmas spirit so far from home ... Both boys had Christmas programs at school, each being upbeat, festive and very enjoyable. Reid's was a play in which two kids stayed on … [Continue reading]

Juleaften (Christmas Eve)

Here in Norway Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve. The whole city seems to shut down by 5pm and each household commences with a large meal followed by presents and family time. We were graciously invited to share Juleaften with the family of … [Continue reading]

Update from the kids

Back from an adventure in the far Northern region of Norway with another American Fulbright family, first a report from the kids ... Ethan: The plane flight to Tromsø was really nice we could see the huge mountains as we were landing. And as we … [Continue reading]

Ice Skating in the Snow

Snow is becoming more frequent as we head farther into December. Both the boys had winter activities at school last friday; Reid's class went to a nearby park for some sledding and Ethan's gym class walked over to an outdoor hand ball court that has … [Continue reading]

Found the Intelevator

Ethan would like to share with everyone that he has found the Intelevator in which silly antics are played out on unsuspecting elevator riders. On one of our shopping trips, because he continues to outgrow everything, we had to find a restroom. We … [Continue reading]

Thanksgiving all week long

Thanksgiving day here was just another day. And if it weren't for the internet, we wouldn't have felt that it was any different. But seeing so many posts and tweets about turkey and pie and thankfulness, and headlines about holiday travel, made it a … [Continue reading]

Lighting of the building Christmas tree

We are now experiencing some seriously cold weather. High of 14°F today, high of 21°F yesterday, and tomorrow, a high of a whopping 13°F. This degree of cold is an adjustment for our Southern blood, however we are glad that it brings along with it … [Continue reading]

I turned 7!

by Reid Zinser I was feeling excited on November 22nd. I woke up and I saw that Mom put up something that said "Happy Birthday Reidy." And 'Reidy' is one of my nicknames. I ate my breakfast and then I saw a pile of presents on our dining … [Continue reading]