It’s been an incredible year and I can’t believe it’s already gone by. In a sense it feels like New Years Eve 2012 was just a few weeks back, but in another sense it feels forever ago as so much has happened since then. If I were to make a recap of everything it would take me forever, and no one would care to read it. So instead I’ll try to narrow it down to just a few highlights, with pictures of course.
One of my favorite things have been spending time with my three-year-old cousin. I was lucky enough to live close to them during the beginning of the year, so sometimes I would pick him up from the day care and see him come running towards me with the biggest smile on his face. Then for the rest of the day he would walk around saying “Marte picked I up from the daycare today”. That was before he learned the difference between “I” and “me”. Once I even got to pick him up from the daycare and take him to the technical museum, where he showed me around as he had been there before and I hadn’t. He also taught me how to make scrambled eggs as he had helped his parents do it so many times. He even knew how many eggs to use and I had no clue!
All dressed up for May 17th (Norway’s National Day)
Green Day, my favorite band by far, came to Norway in the summer and I was able to go to their concert. They put on the best live show I have ever seen. Being able to stand just three rows away from the scene and watching them play and sing along to most of their songs was just an amazing experience. I dragged my aunt with me and she seemed to enjoy it too. My favorite part of it all was probably at the end of the show when they ended it with Brutal Love. Usually they would end their shows with Good Riddance, which is a good song too, but I think Brutal Love was just perfect. Not to forget, my sister Keri and I went to see the musical American Idiot, when it came to Boise towards the end of the year. That was another amazing experience. The actor’s energy and me knowing all the songs by heart, made me want to get up and sing along with all the songs, though that would just have ruined the whole performance. By the end of it, I wasn’t even disappointed the slightest that Billie Joe Armstrong himself didn’t play Jimmy because the actor who did, did such a good job of it.
Green Day in Norway
Over the summer, as I prepared to move to the US, I also spent as much time as possible with my family. I hiked a few mountains with my dad, cooked with my mom and got creative trying to find ways to entertain my brothers (and annoy them a little, as any good sister would do). My family also got a puppy, Arko. He is the cutest mix of Border Collie, Bernese Mountain dog, and Rottweiler. The whole family just adores him.
Looking out over the river
In August, I moved to the US and that has been one big adventure so far! I reunited with the host family from three years ago and they again make me feel like a part of their family, which is amazing. A lot of the weekends and the bigger holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas was spent with them and it’s been a blast. Honey and Jessie is still with them and they are just as adorable, even if Jessie is starting to get a little old and can’t see or hear as well as before. I also got to go on a trip to Yellowstone with the family at the end of the year, but since we didn’t return until this year it will get a separate blog post.
The last memorable thing from the year is probably that I got into basketball. I didn’t use to care for any sport and thought it was just people fighting over a ball. However since Chihiro, my awesome Japanese friend, dragged me to the first basketball home game of the season I got hooked. I just love the atmosphere and the energy of the crowd when the arena is full and the basketball players are doing their best to win the game, so after the first game I was probably the one dragging her to the rest of them.
And that’s it for last year. Now that it’s in the past, it’s time to move on and enjoy 2014! Happy New Year everyone!