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Happy Birthday America, Carrie and Erin!

It’s always strange celebrating American holidays here in Norway. Even though there are a lot of Americans here, it just doesn’t feel the same celebrating it outside of your own country where EVERYONE is BBQing, swimming, sporting red/white/blue, eating pies, watching parades and prepping for dusk and the impending fireworks. Pass any Norwegian on the street and they don’t know it’s a special day. The 4th is definitely a day that makes me miss the U.S. We Americans sure know how to have a patriotic holiday!

We got together with a bunch of American friends (and one honorary American friend) to celebrate the 4th with a mocktail night. It was also a celebration of Carrie and Erin’s upcoming birthdays. It was also the Yates’ last week living in Norway so it was also a farewell hurrah for them. Lots of reasons to come together and have food and mocktails.

The idea for a mocktail came from Barrett, as his “5th dream job is to be a bartender.” We also had hors d’oeuvres, American flag cake, and a giant pizookie with ice cream. Erin even managed to locate some poppers so we could have our own little “firework” celebration. God bless the U.S.A!

Crostini with goat cheese and bacon-onion jam.
Caprese bites.
It’s not Independence Day without fruit made to look like a flag!
Kjetil: Our honorary American
Happy Birthday America, Carrie and Erin!!
Aaah friends :)
Note the two babies in the photo. Little stinkers WOULD NOT sleep and after hiding in the back rooms trying to get them down and missing the party, we finally just gave up and let them join the festivities. Why is baby sleep so fleeting and elusive?
Chris and Kjetil modeling what the sky looks like at midnight these days.
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17th of May (and a bunad-clad baby!)
We celebrated Norway’s Constitution Day by getting dressed up, taking some photos in our backyard, napping and eating hot dogs and dessert at Carrie and Kjetil’s house, skipping every single parade. We felt super lame and un-celebratory not going to any of the parades, but the idea of missing Lily’s naps when every minute of sleep for her was so precious was too much to handle for us so this year we played the new parent card. Next year :)

 

We celebrated in our own way though. I found an adorable little bunad on sale before Lily was born in a 3-month size and hoped hoped hoped that she would fit into it on the 17th. And she totally did! The cutest little Norway baby that I ever did see!
Even thought I thought she was the absolute cutest, Lily had other opinions about having to wear so many layers. She reminded me of that little boy at the beginning of Frozen who, when his mom said he had to wear his bunad becuase it was the queen’s coronation day, said, “but that’s not MY fault!”
We managed to get a smile or two out of her though!
Our now-traditional 17th of May pavlova at the Olsen’s. (2 years in a row makes it a tradition, right?)

Gratulerer med dagen Norway!

 

Easter Dress
I’m slowly learning that, while adorably cute, babies are uncooperative little rascals. All I wanted was a cute photo of Lily in her sweet bunny Easter dress…

This one will have to do.

 

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Easter Egg Hunt

Some friends from church (Olsens, Glenns, Yates) collaborated to organize an Easter egg hunt for their kiddos the week before Easter. It was our first official kiddie activity as new parents and even though we’ve hung out with these friends on loads of occasions in the past, this time we felt like we were part of some secret club with a kid of our own! They even unexpectedly made sure Lily had some eggs to hunt, which I thought was adorable even though she slept the whole time and Chris and I did all the work :)

Baby-wearing mamas
Afterwards we all went back to the Yates’ house for Easter treats. In all the craziness of kids running around we managed to snap the photo below, which I love! Carrie, Erin and I all had babies within 6 months of eachother (Oliver 2 weeks; Lily 2 months; Joseph 6 months), and it was so comforting to have good friends in the same motherhood boat to uplift and support one another. Motherhood is rewarding, but very difficult and I couldn’t have made it through those first months without these ladies! Love you guys!

Happy Easter!

Christmas 2014

Christmas was lovely and simple this year. So much of the past few months was stressful so it was nice to have some days to just relax and enjoy spending time with Chris. It was a little surreal that this was our last Christmas with just the two of us. Exciting, but surreal. We enjoyed every minute of it.

 

It was particularly fun to reminisce about where we were last Christmas. We had just moved into our new apartment and the only furniture we had in our living room was a desk and two bookcases. We had our traditional Christmas clam chowder on blankets on the floor. This year we ate it on our kitchen table and then snuggled up on our couch. Simple blessings and fun memories :)

Plus we woke up to the most magical of all Christmas surprises: A white Christmas!

Merry Christmas from C2, Skittles, and the growing baby!

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