Friday, 26 August 2016

things I like lately

a little trip down memory lane: exactly two years ago we said good bye to this space - yes, I still miss it a little


- omelette with ham and cheese for lunch on Friday - my weekly home office/study day
- 10 pm bedtime all week
- the morning routine of making lunch boxes for Sara, Sverre and me
- restaurant etiquette 101
- the soundscape of her childhood
- the first week of both me and Sølve working plus both Sara and Sverre in kindergarten has been more smooth than expected
- getting text messages and photos from kindergarten with updates on how Sverre is doing - some tears but mostly he is doing fine
- 41 things to do before I turn 42 - especially the part about shooting a roll of film a month!
- Love Taza's Switzerland video
- our tomatoes are ripening
- being told that I look younger than my soon 37 years
- Sverre hugging Sara's stuffed animals
- dinner in the shade of the plum tree last Friday - today it is pouring down and it feels a bit like autumn
- chamomile tea and candles every evening

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Things I don't like lately

- still haven't gotten rid of that bad cough (time to see a doctor maybe?)
- Sara has started coughing too
- headaches, every day
- a repair guy came to see our dishwasher today (it's been broken for over a week) but he could't fix it because he needs new parts for it #angryface

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Answers to questions in the comment section:

- Irene asked if I can share my waffle recipe. Of course I can. Soon!

- Irene also asked, on this post: Astrid, how did you manage not to eat sweets for one whole month?! I ate way too much of it during my maternity leave - the habit of rewarding myself with a goodie during baby nap time got a bit our of hand - so I needed to do something. I figured the summer holiday was the perfect timing; away from my daily routines, keeping busy with friends and family. And it worked! It has now been almost two months (pretty much) without sweets, ice cream, salty snacks. My craving are gone and it feels amazing! And of course I love the bonus that my jeans are no longer too tight.

- Jill asked if I have any special tricks to edit my iPhone photos. I use the VSCO Cam app and LOVE it!

- Nikki asked on this post: How did Sverre like the sandy beach? And is that a little LEGO Bergen? He liked it a lot. And apparently he loves the sandbox in kindergarten. Yes! LEGO Bergen. Pretty cool, eh?!


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Friday, 19 August 2016

things I like lately

from the May film of my a roll of film a month project // Kodak Gold 200, Minolta SRT 101


- Sverre turned 11 months this week!
- Sverre started kindergarten this week and it seems like he likes it
- Sverre has started to take an interest in books
- Sverre's second word (after mamma): ball! His favourite toy!
- the fact that I can see both sea and mountains from my desk at school
- a slower start to my new work/student life than expected - but still SO much to learn!
- Sara has inherited my old stereo player and loves listening to music in her room - with the door shut
- drinking my Monday night cap (chamomile tea) in the sofa watching the moon outside the living room windows
- harvesting kale from our own garden - I had no idea this would bring me such joy
- dinners on the terrace
- warm, sunny days - yet there is a slight change in the air - it feels a little crisper in the morning and evening
- the new IKEA catalogue - I have kept every catalogue since 1998 #nerd
- Fridays off work (I have a 80 % position) - not completely off though; I still have my studies
- meeting a new colleague who is going to study the same as me
- the redesign of one of my favorite blogs, Practicing Simplicity
- this dress from COS (via Ingvild)

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Things I don't like lately

- our dishwasher is broken so we have to do the dishes the old fashioned way - grateful for audiobooks to keep me company (currently listening to the first of Knausgård's "My Struggle" novels - I don't think I'll continue with the next five)
- Sverre is back in the habit of waking up at 5 am
- I still have a bad cough, especially at night

Thursday, 18 August 2016

life, week 31


happy to be united after a weekend apart // I really needed the break tough 


I love seeing how Sara's drawing skills develop.


I love hearing how excited he gets when he sees cats - both in books and real life.


His favorite amongst the books at Åsly: the little English one about growing pumpkins. Bonus: there are cats in it!


a souvenir from Trondheim // such pretty ceramics from Danish Studio Arhjo


Slooowly getting back to work mode while my oldest niece is out for Sverre's nap time pram walk (he slept for a record of nearly three hours!!).


family hike // finally a day (mostly) without rain


summer snow is fun 


zigzag mountain roads


Who needs toys when there's a kitchen full of fun stuff?!


being brave


had fun with ropes and heights today // luckily we were closer to the ground than to the treetops


sharing his treasures with grandma 


baby dinner time


two seconds later


No time for photos when her cousins are ahead of her up the path.


family selfie // from the oh so rainy Friday hike


øsende regn, pøsende regn 


lunch time shelter from the pouring rain



home bound 



summer traffic on narrow Norwegian fjord roads


dappled light love


tomato babies!


She asked if they could play outside together. I happily accepted.



ripening 


He is finally able to explore the house by himself. Yay for crawling!


Good times!

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Week 31: August 1-7

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

life, week 30


10 am nap time pram walk cloud watching


2:30 pm nap time pram walk flower watching 


While Sverre is napping and Sølve is painting the garage, we hang out at this new to us playground. Then there will be...


...waffles! 


We still have one and a half week left of our summer holiday, yet I find myself wanting to fast forward to autumn. August will be super busy with me starting my new teaching job and studies (again, this time the Norwegian language and literature) plus Sverre starting kindergarten. There will be lots of adjusting to the routines (and most likely chaos) of our new everyday life. I dread it yet I look forward to it, especially the part where I get to be more Astrid, not just mamma-Astrid. Until then I'll force myself to enjoy the calm before the storm.


Voss bound


Hardanger kjærleik 


Norwegian summer // oh the drama


good morning from Voss


Trondheim bound - all by myself


dressed to the nines before 10 am


all the love // and rain



happy, happy wedding sisters



beautiful wedding // beautiful location 



10 pm wedding view



cookie monster // I never manage to limit myself at cake buffets and I always end up feeling sick - will I ever learn?



playing tourist with my parents // never tire of this beauty 



post wedding lunch: lukewarm pâté served with bacon, mushrooms, leek, pickled beets and rye bread  at Baklandet Skydsstation - so, so good!


- followed by coffee and cake at Soil



Bakklandet - a must whenever I'm in Trondheim 

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Week 30: July 25-31

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