Growing up, I really thought everyone was Scandinavian as all our family friends could trace their roots back to the motherland. When we weren’t participating in a Sons of Norway function (and sometimes when we were, even), we would hang out with our honorary cousins, the Christiansen’s. There were Christmas parties, cross-country ski trips and plenty of outings throughout our childhood. My dad even taught the four Christiansen kids how to put a kitten on their head to look like a Davey Crocket hat. This party trick backfired, however, when the girls tried it and ended up with cat poop all through their long blonde hair.
A few days before we flew back to England, my mom set up a playdate with some of the newest members of the Christiansen clan. We met up with Marit and her daughter Freyja at the Pt. Defiance Zoo for a drizzly day of animal gazing with our four kids. During college, Freyja and I played in a band based out Seattle and had a lot of fun performing at various bars and frat parties. She now has three kids – Odin, Leif and Anja – and is a successful physical therapist. I think her oldest son looks exactly like her but all three of her kids are really beautiful.
The kids seemed to like the aquarium the best so we spent the most time there. It was another typical PNW day with lots of rain so we made a quick run through the rest of the exhibits.
By the end of it, all of us were soaked and the kids were getting hungry, tired and cranky. Never a good combo. I think this picture of Marit and Odin is priceless. Bestemor is laying down the law.
Despite being a quick visit, it was really nice to see Freyja again. Hopefully we can get together again the next time I’m home!