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Lily turns 2!

I CANNOT believe my little girl is so grown up already! We kept her birthday simple this year because of pregnancy, jet lag, and the insanity of Christmas in the US so we celebrated with just the three of us. We wanted to put the focus all on Lily because we knew it would be one of our last big family events before little brother arrived to steal the show. In fact, their due dates were a day apart so we were praying that the baby wouldn’t come on her birthday. When we reached the point in the evening where we knew even if labor started he would still be born the next day we both heaved a big sigh of relief! Lily gets to keep her special day all to herself :)

I made her special birthday pancakes with rainbow sprinkles for breakfast, she went to barnehage so they could celebrate with her there (she got a special handmade birthday crown that she refused to take off and subsequently left a trail of glitter all over the house wherever she went), we looked at the photos from the day she was born together, did a bunch of her favorite things (read books, dance to music, color, build with blocks) and we had a birthday dinner of Thai salmon with coconut rice and strawberry-banana cream pie for dessert! I had originally asked her what her very favorite food was that she wanted to eat for her birthday dinner and she said, “Oatmeal!!” This girl loves her oatmeal and could literally eat it for every meal of the day without getting sick of it. And at this point she already was eating it almost every morning for breakfast so we opted for slightly fancier salmon, which we knew was pretty high up on her favorites list too. Dessert was strawberry-banana cream pie because Lily LOVES berries. Any and all kinds. Oh, and rainbow sprinkles again, because she was (and still is) a little obsessed with her “birthday sprinkles!”

 

(Full disclosure… I bought this cupcake instead of baking it. Sorry Lily! Super-pregnant exhausted mamma didn’t have time or energy to bake a single cupcake and since the bakery is closing I couldn’t just grab one from there. There ARE certain things I will miss about owning the bakery and easy access to leftover cake at almost any time is high on that list! But thankfully she didn’t notice or care :) and I DID add the rainbow sprinkles!)

“I’m two years old!”

We sure love you little girl! I’m so happy I get to be your mommy! You are such a joy!

It’s 2017…and we’re back!

Hello there! Did you miss us??

We’re finally back after a looooong hiatus from the blog. It has been a bit of a crazy year (plus some) as I’m sure you have guessed. As much as I loved updating the blog, the stress of running the bakery and raising a toddler had me at a breaking point where I had to cut everything non-essential. The pressure of trying to stay on top of updates was just too much and I needed to take a cold-turkey break so I could attempt to decrease the feeling that I was “not enough” in pretty much every aspect of life during that time. Luckily though things have since mellowed out significantly. Katrine and I decided in November to close Slikkepotten (more on that later) so despite all the hard work it has taken to actually shut down (and still not done), the crushing weight of it all is gone and I feel like I can finally take some time and mental energy to be creative again!

I thought the best way to begin again was to start with a new year and a new life!

2017 began with us preparing to welcome our new little baby boy into the world! The thought of two kids was overwhelming to say the least (at least for me. Chris was ready to have another boy in the family!), but we were excited to start this next chapter of our lives!

The photos were taken in the sheep field just behind our house by the amazing Desiree from Desiree Photography, who pretty much documents all our major family milestones these days!

Grandma is back!
Moms sure are amazing. I was having a bit of a breakdown at the beginning of August because of a combination of wedding cake season, a scheduling issue at work (we overbooked ourselves on a week when half our staff was on summer holiday! Aaah!) and Chris’ upcoming camping trip with the youth. Mom could tell I was barely hanging in there on Skype and within a few days she had bought flights to come help with Lily for the last few weeks of wedding season.
Did I already mention moms are amazing? Because they really really are!
We didn’t get to do much outside of the bakery because of my crazy work schdeule, but Mom and Lily tagged along on a particular long delivery to Bakernes Paradis and we ended up having a gorgeous afternoon near the fjords eating waffles and homemade bread and artisan peach soda from the cafe at the wedding venue. Summer days were rare this year so we soaked it up while we could!

We sure love Grandma Osborn!

Lily and Daddy

 

These two.

 

They kill me.

 

Just looking at this post as I’m writing it makes my heart feel like it’s going to burst into a million little pieces in the best way possible. Lily lights up whenever she sees her daddy coming and Chris definitely gets the lion’s share of the giggles these days. I hope she grows up always knowing how treasured she is by her daddy.

 


Lily and daddy, two peas in a pod.


 

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Three-generation date in Oslo

During Grandma’s visit Grandma, Lily and I took a day trip to Oslo just because we could. We took the night train there (sleeping in a sleeper car), bopped around Oslo for the day, and then took the night train back. Oslo is surprisingly doable in a single day, especially in the off-season. Mom got a huge kick out of spending the night on a train for the first time (just like me on my first time!) and even Lily enjoyed it! It was hard to really tell at that age what she liked, but the motion of the train calmed her right down and she slept like a rock!

We hit 4 of my favorite museums (The Fram, Kon Tiki, Viking Ships, and the Norwegian Folk Museum) to give my mom a good dose of Norwegian history and culture. Lily spent the whole day in and out of naps in her Solly Baby wrap and handled the long day like a champ! We’ll make a world traveler out of her yet!

Grandma and Lily taking in the Northern Lights show aboard the polar ship Fram.

 

The Viking Ship Museum
The Royal Palace