Saturday, 16 June 2018

Dear Jonas... You're Three!


To our little Jonas...

Hard to believe that’s its been three years since you first meandered your way into our lives, 12 days overdue, and with no sense of hurry! You’ve always taken things in your own stride, done things at your own pace and, holding firm to your convictions, not worried yourself too much about what other people expect of you, or what you should be doing! I love that life is never a rush for you, that you somehow manage to run around our house at breakneck speed, and yet, for the most part, always seem cool, calm and collected.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Siblings in June // Fun in the Sun

                                    
It feels like summer has come early this year. Long afternoons in the sunshine, dinners gobbled down before requests are made to return to the great outdoors... The games have been varied over the last few weeks - detective clubs, horses and stables, exercise areas, water fun and good old fashioned mud pies. It's so fun to see the four of them interacting together, and while I'm still very much supervising Elias' involvement, the big three are completely independent now. It's lovely to see!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Self Care or Soul Care // A Few Simple Truths


Excuse the silence round these parts... it’s been a little purposeful, and a little accidental. Life with four little people around allows no moment of space during the day, and life can feel pretty whirlwindish right now. That’s been the accidental part.

The purposeful part has been a long time coming. That still, small voice has been probing and whispering... urging me to set aside my pride and re-prioritise. When I have too much on my plate, things get skewed and the most important things get shoved to the side - communion with the Lord, time with my husband, thoughtful parenting.

Instead life becomes one long cycle of knee-jerk reactions which does no good to anyone.

Monday, 28 May 2018

For a Lifetime // Thoughts for a Monday Morning


"When children are curious, they learn. Like eager birds, they track, hunt and pursue knowledge as if it's going out of fashion. They learn autonomously without fear of failure and whatever they discover is etched in their memories for a lifetime." - Amelia Dashwood -

Don't you think we could learn from them??

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A Royal Feast // Celebrating with Little Ones

 

I have always been a royalist. For as far back as I can remember the royal family have fascinated me and as a child I collected photos and newspaper snippings in a scrapbook. Even as an adult, my friends joke that I'm useless in pub quizzes until the royal family comes up... then I can pretty much answer any questions you throw at me. As small children (sorry Kris!), my sister and I used to play princesses - I was always Zara, and she was always Beatrice, and my best friend and I collected royal sticker albums growing up (we may also have written some rather hilarious letters to Prince Harry - Katherine, you win that one!) I've pretty much not missed a major royal event; going up to London for the jubilees, to lay flowers for Diana, to watch the car drive past and wave at the Buckingham Palace balcony. And I've loved the Netflix series "The Crown".

But with Dave away at the weekend (back in Norway), and four small children in tow, there was no way I was going to attempt heading up to London for the wedding of the year.


Monday, 21 May 2018

Keep Going // Thoughts for a Monday Morning


"Taking on the career of being a mother and wife is a fabulously rare lifework in the twentieth century, and a very challenging job. A wasted effort? A thankless job? An undignified slave? No, a most exciting possibility of turning the tide, of saving the species, of affecting history, of doing something that will be felt and heard in ever-widening widening circles."

Edith Schaeffer

Friday, 18 May 2018

Hipp Hipp Hurra! // A Red, White and Blue Week




Norwegian National dawned yesterday morning after a busy few days, so the usual 17th May breakfast was sadly not ready! Still, we dressed up in all the red, white and blue and took a few pictures!

After school the children prepared red, white and blue decorations (there might just be a royal wedding at the weekend which I might also need all the colours for!), we listened to the Norwegian songs and had meatballs and pasta for dinner, and our favourite Norwegian waffles for pudding.