Tuesday, 29 December 2009

The 2009 Chronicles

January: We kicked this year off with some visitors from Sweden, the Wellanders; with them we went to the Temburong National Park for the first time. Lucas turned 5, and we got two puppies. We celebrated the Year of the Ox and the Chinese New Year both in school and at the Kids Hash. There was big floodings and strange weather, and Linnea quit her dummies.

February: We had another visitor from Sweden, Erika; she came along to Linnea's school trip to the HM Sultan's Flight's hangar. The Dam family from Hong Kong also came to see us, and I went to the stadium to celebrate Brunei's 25th National Day.

March: In March they had Arts Week at school and we went on a short trip to Hong Kong to participate in Brett & Dordor's wedding. We also got visitors from Denmark, Uncle Thomas and family. Lucas got a new shelf for all his Lego and I took a Japanese cooking class. March was also the month of the Indiana Jones Hash and the St Patricks Hash, and we took the family to Singapore Zoo.

April: We went on our first Away-day-at-the-Spit and Lucas had a school excursion to the fish market. We celebrated Easter, and lost a friend in an unnecessary accident. Linnea and I went to KL for a few days and the kids had Book Week at school.

May: In May they had Athletics Day at school, and we spent a few days in Thailand with the Dehlis, at lovely Koh Samet. The kids' cousins and family came to stay on their way to Scotland and we got a new neighbour, Oliver Rose.

June: June brought on endless parties: numerous birthday parties, the big royal birthday party at the polo field and the 007 Summer Ball. I also got a new camera and Anna and I celebrated Swedish Midsummer in Singapore. Linnea went on a school trip to the fire station and we went to see the kids perform in their end of year Celebration Evening at school. Nathan also took part in his first bike race.

July: In July the quick spread of the H1N1 flu here in Brunei made us a bit nervous, and school was closed for a week. The kids finished Nursery and Reception, and we left for Sweden. The weather wasn't very good in Sweden, but I still managed to start jogging and the kids did their usual stuff with Mormor and Morfar. Daddy turned up, and we went to Denmark - Copenhagen, Legoland & Kolding was on the schedule.

August: Vacation continued with stops in Bildø and Odsherred before we went on to Sweden, and more visits of friends in Helsingborg, Vinslöv & Nyköping. We saw a Viking ship and had a crayfish party. Back in Brunei school started again and this blog turned two!

September: In September Linnea turned into a pretty ballerina, Lucas became a footballer and I got my handle at the hash and passed my first 50 runs. We celebrated Nathan's birthday with a curry night, and went to a few open houses for Hari Raya. We got a trampoline and discovered Linnea could write her name.

October: This month Lucas lost both his front teeth and his hair (...), Linnea turned 4 and got celebrated with a big birthday bash at home. We had our first big snake (a python) in the garden and the kids and I went to Miri for a few days. Nathan bought a fogger and both kids and adults celebrated Halloween.

November: Anna and I went to Singapore for the day, to stock up for Christmas. I took up squash again and we celebrated Bonfire Night at the beach and International Day at school. We had a cobra in the garden and I got the "Most hashits of the year"-award at our Hash Founders Day. We went to New Zealand and Nathan did great in the Lake Taupo race.

December: We started the month still in New Zealand, getting colder and colder. Only had 3 days back at school before Christmas holidays. Spent the holidays with cinema visits, Jungle Gym, kids hash and playdates. Lucas learned to bike; and we geared up to Christmas with baking, decorating and watching Swedish lucia over the internet. We had a lovely Christmas and met Santa a few times.

Now we are looking forward to another fun and exciting year -
bring on 2010!

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