365 Photo a Day Project Photo
“Beautiful when they are sleeping”
The rambling part…
The day began at 2.49am. I never knew days could begin then. I thought there was a bit of a black hole until 6am and then the day started – if it had to.
(Well it really began even earlier as neither Matt nor I trusted the two alarms and had been dozing fitfully since 1.00am – but at least we didn’t have to function in any way) We woke both the children who were surprisingly good about getting up so early (could the adventure they were setting off on have had anything to do with it?!)
Off to the airport for a big breakfast to keep us going till dinner in our hotel that night…
A 4 hour flight (pulled by 4 of Santa’s reindeer) with sleeping, snacking and gameboys interspersed with Dx saying “I’m waiting. I’m waiting. I’m waiting to get there…”
There were also a few games and Christmas songs to keep the children amused (not grumpy Dx but the other children!!) One was passing a toilet roll back through the plane from one end to the other without breaking it.
Eventually though – we were there and it was traditionally snowy enough to look just like they imagined – and cold enough for us to be glad we packed extra jumpers and hats in the hand luggage (we landed in temperatures of minus 26)
Dx was a bit worried as at Gatwick he had been selected for a “random security check” and we told him it was because when he went through the metal detector (aka the “naughty/nice detector 😉 ) it wasn’t completely sure about him so they had to check! Having moaned all the way over on the flight he was afraid if there was another check in Lapland – he would fail and be sent home!!
In the airport some of Santa’s elves caused mayhem in baggage reclaim – pulling hats over people’s eyes, pretending to run off with luggage and climbing onto the luggage trolleys to give each other rides.
Eventually we set off to the coach for our transfer with a quick hello to our first reindeer and its Sami owner on the way.
The children were barely functioning by this point and it was pure excitement that stopped them falling asleep on the way.
We were kitted out with our thermal suits, boots, mittens and thick socks and then we quickly left our cases in our room and set off to the toboggan slope.
We managed to get there before the crowds and both children got their first go at tobogganing I am not sure Dx was too impressed but Lx enjoyed it. 30 minutes later you could barely get down the slope for the numbers of people walking up he middle and we headed back to our room for a nap while Matt enjoyed internet access in the hotel bar.
Early dinner (bread and jam for Lx – and a few chips! Dx was SO unimpressed with dinner I don’t think he ate anything) …
and back along the snowy streets to go early to bed…
PS one thing we had forgotten from when we were here before was the “magic” in the air. When you catch sight of the air in the streetlights, it catches on the glitter sparkling there – the children were very impressed that there is so much magic there you can actually SEE it!