Thursday, April 30, 2009

Uncle Brynjar and aunt Åse

Sanna is getting a happy welcome into the family. She is a true blessing :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Una meets Sanna

Sanna has four cousins; Nora Annie (7), August (4), Una (5) and Sivert (5 months). They are all very exited to have a new friend in the family. Una was waiting at the airport when we arrived from the US with Norwegian flags and a big smile :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sanna's daybed

Sanna is rocking in this beautiful cradle that grandma and grandpa brought. She loves it :)
FYI; the last pice of Sannas cord fell off today :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Aunt Mette

Tommy`s sister, Mette, got herself a flight ticket and flew down to Trondheim to hold our little miracle-bundle-of-joy-princess. Mette is visiting us with her family in three weeks, but she could just not wait so she jumped onto that plane. We love that :)

One last post from BabyCenter...

By now, you two are old pros at this parenting thing. We were blessed to watch your new beginnings with Sanna and I am confident that it all feels comfortable and very second-nature by now.

The pew was a bit emptier at church today... we missed you!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hickups... :)

We arrived safely...

Hi everybody!

We arrived safe and sound in Trondheim, Norway. Sanna is a traveller, she was soooo nice to her parents on both flights. Not a cry, not a soiled diper (she waited until we arrived in Amsterdam and got into a family restroom :). At the airport in Trondheim we were met by grandparents, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and lots of friends with norwegian flags and beautiful flowers :)
We were tired, but the adrenaline kept us going :) Now we have had a good rest, and I think our biological clocks have switched to Norwegian time already... or, it might be that the jet lag is still fooling us. Anyway, we will have a jet lag, sort of, for the next year... :))

Some pictures from our house, Grandma holding Sanna, Hanne and Grandpa getting flowers on the door (all the time, thank you so much) and a picture showing Sannas perspective from our dinner table onto a lamp and some tulips :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sending them home...

Sanna's passport arrived today... and with that, we have just dropped off the Kleiven Family at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. It is a bittersweet parting of ways, with a "see you again" instead of a goodbye... safe travels to you all!

...and God's blessings as you begin the next leg of your journey!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Science Museum & SaHanne Shower

If you flip through some of the "scenes" of multiple photos taken at the Science Museum, you can almost feel the story unfolding! The boys enjoyed a nice day of science while the girls enjoyed a baby shower. They watched a movie about the Grand Canyon and explored many fun exhibits at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

My girlfriends joined us for a shower to celebrate Sanna & Hanne. Lorraine cooked up a scrumptious spread of quiche, key lime pie and taco dip. I managed fruit and a fun red punch to go with it. Hanne was center of attention with gifts and Sanna was passed around with no shortage of arms to hold and snuggle with her. It was a lovely morning on Aquila. Thanks to everyone for joining us and for those who have taken pictures, please share via email so I can add them to the album?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Hotel life can be good, really good...


We had a very nice dinner out at Benihana last night while the surrogate grandparents from Minnesota took care of little Sanna.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My little potatos

Relaxi'n in my reckliner

Thank you Julie and JP for this wonderful pink ride :)

Fan Club

Sanna's got a fan club at 12 days old!

I have a few pictures posted on Facebook (for friends' view only) and Sanna is getting quite the welcome! I just wanted to share with her fans on this site too!

Soon the Kleiven family will be returning home to Norway and will start their own blog. I will stop blogging on here also in the near future, as my part of this journey comes to an end. The Kleiven's will forever have a few fans in Minnesota!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Wednesday to remember...

remember... click any photo to enlarge!

Mirror mirror on the wall...

...who is the most pretty in this world?

Answer: Sanna :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Afternoon nap

The three of them, Hanne, Sanna & The Rabbit, having a rest :)


...and, later on (some yrs) Sanna can enjoy Miles Davis, Mozart, Madonna, Bruce Sprengsteen or whatever music she likes in daddy's (and mom's) music SPA in our basement back home... :)

Barefoot in white sand...

We enjoyed lovely days on this beach when we were back from Minneapolis and transfer in July 2008. We can't wait to let Sanna run barefoot on this beautiful beach!


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Did someone say it was Easter?

...wake me when the Easter Bunny has stopped by...


Need to get rid of that air...

Happy Easter morning

Sanna touched by ray of light Easter morning

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Good Friday in Minnesota

We enjoyed a nice service at our church on Good Friday and Sanna slept through it all. Afterward we came back to the house for our Mexican dinner and to celebrate one week! The dinner was originally set for the week before. It was a very relaxing and memorable evening.

back home... it's a team effort to feed Sanna:

and still she sleeps...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sanna's first days...

Besides relaxing, eating, pooping and getting to know her Mom & Dad, Sanna's been a very busy little girl getting her affairs in order too! Their first appointment outside of the hospital was with Partners in Pediatrics on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the whole clan packed up again and we visited the local service center to get Sanna's birth certificate printed and a passport expedited.

Just a few new pix...

Monday, April 6, 2009


quite a beauty, Miss Sanna!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Kleivens have left the building...

Chauffeur John Paul & Co. picked up and delivered the Kleivens to their home away from home this afternoon. Maybe they will check in and update with a post sometime this week, if they find time in between all that comes with new parents, napping, feeding, oogling over that beauty... well, you know... so if you don't hear from us or see pictures for a couple of days... we'll catch up soon!!

Congratulations, Kleivens!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sanna born around 12:30 pm on 3Apr09
C-section (A string of pearls... 4 times around the neck!)
7 lbs 4 oz
20-1/2 in.

parents ecstatic... me, tired. and thrilled too!

more later... JP took tons of pix, but brought his camera home with him. we will share when we can!!