Monday, 3 August 2015

life, week 29


already 30 weeks


Water play is always a winner. Even when she insists it's winter and wears a wool hat and scarf.


When your grandfather comes visiting on his motorcycle, you finally get a chance to play astronaut.



Current favorite pastime: coloring. She prefers to not to do it alone though.


I try to not get too attached to things yet some things are harder to say good bye to than others. This bowl used to belong to my late grandmother, my namesake.


We still have a sunset view, but it is nothing compared to what we used to have. I do cherish it though.


The house painting is officially done and we are finally off for our little summer vacation roadtrip.



First stop of the roadtrip: our family holiday home at Voss, Åsly


Norwegian strawberries = the essence of summer. I always make sure to eat tons of them.


Norwegian summer, part I // So good to be here again. It has been a whole year since the last time.


Norwegian summer, part II // there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing // family hike to Moastølen



She does not mind the bad weather at all, she just loves being outdoors. Such a happy camper!


This one also loves being outdoors, but wishes her pregnant body was better equipped for the bad weather. Yet the long rain coat and lack of rain pants served her rather well. 



family hike in Oppheimsdalen - with bikes for the little ones


Again with the rain! It has been much more inviting the last couple of times we were there. 


A family of ex-scouts will make a campfire for hotdogs and coffee in all weather conditions. Because a campfire makes any hike complete.

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Week 29: July 13-19


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

on the road

Right after Lom, on our way up the absolutely stunning Sognefjellet

We are back home again after two short weeks of summer vacation around Norway. In total we have driven almost 2200 km and we have eaten ice cream every day. More soon!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

life, week 28


Still working on adding a little more color to our living room. A new pillow from IKEA does the trick. 


Now that we have a toddler, a visit to Dyreparken was in order. She loved it, of course.


Her idea and she was busy for what felt like hours.


Summe vacation mornings


A good start to the day: drinking the first cup of coffee slooowly



Not quite finished with the painting yet, but we are getting closer and closer for each day with no rain.


strawberry rhubarb crumble - so, so good!


"Kids' first book of English". So far she just looks at all the pictures.


Who needs new pillows? A toddler brings lots of color to a living room.


Ombo bound // ombré ferry view


A road side wild flowers bouquet inspired by #wolfandwildflowers


Water and toddlers - always a winning combination

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Week 28: July 6-12

Friday, 10 July 2015

things I like lately

Malmön, Sweden, summer 2009 // Fuji Sensia 100, Canon EOS 500N


- i sesong / juni (via draumfarir)
- I finally made my first ever crumble, with Norwegian strawberries and rhubarb from the garden (an adapted version of this recipe)
- sesame seed bread from Godt Brød
- handing in a slide film to get it developed (still waiting to get it back though)
- 3191 Miles Apart - always a favorite
- slowly getting started on the process of turning the messy room into baby boy's room
- thankful for the help we get from our parents, especially my father-in-law and my dad, during our house painting process
- three steps to a simple home
- the work of motherhood
- why I'll miss being pregnant
- the new Skogsta collection from IKEA
- on Thursdays and blogging
- Sharon Hwang's illustrations for Food 52
- inspiring! not sure I could do it, though
- straccetti con rucola looks good
- aktiv med pappa by my friends Jannicke and Sverre
- hege & henriette
- drinking the first cup of coffee of the day slooowly
- a mini vacation at with our friends at their family cabin in Mandal - we all really needed those days off
- first sea swim of the season
- Dyreparken - Sara LOVED it!
- fresh corn on the cob
- my sister and her little family are in town again - we all love baby S!
- my dear husband for working so hard on our house projects and for coping with his pregnant wife

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Things I don't like lately

- the paralysing pregnancy tiredness
- rainy days which means the house painting is put on hold (I will be SO happy when this project is done - my pregnancy hormones are not good at dealing with it)

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

life, week 27


My cousin and his family brought a lovely orchid as a housewarming gift. Sara didn't care about the flower, of course, but she had a blast playing with her second cousins. 


I have slowly started the process of turning the messy room into baby boy's room. And I promise to never have a whole room dedicated to mess ever again. 


I finally made my first ever crumble, with Norwegian strawberries and rhubarb from the garden. Served with Mövenpick vanilla ice cream and a week 28 belly photobomb. (I used an adapted version of this recipe.)


10 pm sunlight on the living room curtains.


I thought I had set the alarm for one hour. Apparently not. Woke up after two hours, tired and confused. Growing a human can be quite exhausting. 


Homemade burgers on the grill and coleslaw dinner on the terrace - just before the rain started and the diligent house painters had to take a break. 


It finally feels like real summer! 20c already at 9 am and I'm wearing shorts for the first time this season. 


Our bedrooms are too hot, so we are all sleeping in the basement living room tonight. 


So, so thankful for all the house painting help we get from our parents. 


July 1, 1130 pm, 19c and a full moon. Pure summer night bliss!


So good to see this cabin view again. First sea swim of the season also happened today. Summer feels good.


 All meals are feasts with these guys.


Our crew of four kids (plus little brother in my belly) and four grown ups enjoyed hanging our at Mandal's best playground. We did not expect the sudden heat though.


Taco night for the win! Also, grilled fresh corn on the cob. Yummy yum!


Not pictured: morning sun peeking out from the clouds, mosquito bites and the last pages of The Girl on the Train.



Accidental selfie on a happy summer Sunday



A dirt road lined with wildflowers brings us to the sea.


The memories of this day will give much needed warmth during cold winter months. Sara was super excited to be in a boat for the first time.


Yes, we do enjoy summer vacation very much.


Fascinated by the beautiful flowers growing in-between the rocks. Also, week 28 belly.


I can't find a good English word for svaberg other than rock. It is indeed rock, but the word svaberg implies so much more - the smell of salty sea, a refreshing swim and the feeling of saltwater dried by the sun on tanned skin. Do you know what I mean?


A beach on an island only accessible by boat. A pirat, his treasure and eager little treasure hunters. Collection seashells, rocks and driftwood sticks. Only the bravest dared to swim. 

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Week 27: June 29 - July 5

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