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We live in a place where horses romp on the beach.

 

Some days are beach days, and there’s nothing else to be done other than to drive your toes into the sand.
(I would say “warm” sand, but hey, this is Norway ;) )
So we grabbed our new American friends, the Yates, and had ourselves a beachy afternoon at Hellestøstrand.
This horse was having a grand old time.
Partners in pregnant-hood. Erin is due the month after me.

 

Preikestolen

After getting back from our fantastic weekend at Bjergøy we had a day to “rest” before we jetted off on the next round of our adventures with the Hills in town. And by “rest” I mean mom and dad Hill got to rest while we dragged Emma up a mountain to sit on top of a cliff. Because that’s just what you have to do when you visit Norway!

Summer was definitely in full swing! We’ve never seen so many people swimming at the swimming hole!
The traditional feet-over-the-edge shot.
Queen of the rock, Emma!
Hello little baby bump! Glad you could join us on this lovely summer day now that your secret is officially out in the open!

 

Utstein Kloster

One of the things I like best about wedding cake season is delivering cakes to parts of Stavanger and the surrounding areas I’ve never been to before. I had one wedding that took place at an old monastary on an island north of Stavanger called Utstein Kloster (Abbey). It was built in the 1100s, which sounded pretty cool, so Chris joined me on the delivery and we spent the afternoon exploring the old buildings.

It was a cute little monastery, and a super pretty place to get married!

 

Grossest postcards ever.

 

Lake Skating

The other day I came across the bucket list I started back in high school and have updated every few years since (bucket list = A list of all the things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.”) I hadn’t looked at it in at least a year or so, and guess what! I crossed off nine things! NINE things! Life is good :)

One of the things I was most excited to cross off was ice skating on a frozen lake. All through my “career” as a figure skater, I dreamed about getting to skate on a frozen lake. It always seemed so magical in the movies! But since I learned to skate in the deserts of Las Vegas, chances to check that off the list were… well.. non-existant.

Luckily we moved to Norway where we got hit with a frigid cold spell that froze all the freshwater lakes and ponds! So we took a break from our crazy work week and had fun with the ice on Mosvanet.

Skating on a frozen lake… CHECK!

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It really was just as magical as I had dreamed!

A few other things that got crossed off the list: Go on a cruise, bake a pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin, visit Italy, go backpacking, and donate my hair to Locks of Love!

North Sea Beach

One of my absolute favorite things about living here in Stavanger is the fact that we are completely surrounded by water. It’s everywhere! Lakes, fjords, oceans, and harbors just pop up everywhere you turn. And because they are plentiful, they are slightly less of a novelty than say, the beaches in California. You can find random, beautiful beaches that are relatively untouched and uncrowded all over. It’s such a contrast to my previous experience with beaches in the US where they are few and far between, crowded, and touristy. Granted… Norwegian beaches are freezing… but no less beautiful!

After Mandy and Daniel’s party on Saturday we went for a quick walk down to the beach by their house in Randaberg. It was a sunny day with a complete lack of wind, which is unusual considering this particular beach faces straight out into the North Sea. So while we were bundled up in coats, scarves and gloves, and the sand was so frozen I could walk along the beach in high heels, it was a perfect winter beach day by Norwegian standards.

I absolutely love it!

 

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