Last summer

searching for crabs to catchcatching crabs

These last couple of days we’ve had kind of nice weather. But not nice warm weather, there seems to be a chill in the air no matter how much the sun tries to shine (#norwegiansummer).

I miss the nice warm summer weather.

Looking through some of my photos, I found quite a few from our visit to dear friends + the western part of Norway last summer. The first part of that vacation had such good warm days, almost too warm honestly. But I want more of such days: summer like we dream about on cold winter days.

Pretty please!

Clear water

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Summer Vacation 2012 | day 2 + 3

It did not take long before MT was ready to visit his good friend from when we lived here. They were neighbors back in the days. And thankfully they where home and MT got asked if he wanted to stay with them for a couple of days. If he wanted to? He didn’t even have to think: YES! Off course.

The very next morning he went down to them, and had so much fun. The weather was nice and they spent most of the time down by the fjord – swimming, jumping, talking, catching crabs and playing. Talk about the summer feeling!

I spent the day with my friends and their family. Not a lot of photos at all, but here are a couple:

summer vacation 2012 | love
summer vacation 2012 | beautiful

On Friday I slept for a long time and ate late breakfast outside while talking to my friends.

summer vacation 2012 | late breakfast

Then we went down to get MT and spend a couple of ours down there by the fjord. It was BEAUTIFUL. Glad to have a chance to catch up a little, it’s been two years since I last was there.

summer vacation 2012 | two friends
summer vacation 2012 | drying hay
summer vacation 2012 | the bay
summer vacation 2012 | the fjord
summer vacation 2012 | jumping in the sea
summer vacation 2012 | tiny fish
summer vacation 2012 | by the fjord

In the evening my friend and her granddaughter made birthday cake. And then we just hang out a little.

summer vacation 2012 | baking cake
summer vacation 2012 | train set playing
summer vacation 2012 | bubbles

In the evening we went by the lake – and I had my very first swim of the season. It was both nice and really cold. And with that another couple of great vacation days were over. So thankful for my friends.

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Summer Vacation 2012 | the birthday edition

I’ve always loved celebrating my birthday – even now as an adult. As each year passes I’m more and more aware of how precious this life is. I love my life. I love my family, my friends, my faith and all the other bits and pieces my life is all filled with. I’m not worried about getting older, each and every year I have more to be grateful for and more to add to my story. I hope I can keep thinking this way for as many years that I’m lucky enough to live in this beautiful world of ours.

I’m not saying every day is nice. Because they aren’t. There are hard days and difficult memories, there are hardship and heartbreak. There sure are. But that is not all there is. And I want to remember the good, hold it dear and try as hard as I can to keep in mind that this life is a gift given to me and I get to fill it with as much good and happy as I possible can.

This year I got to spend my birthday with friends I love. Noting special, just hanging around and talking, having some cake and a barbecue in the afternoon so even the littlest among us got to join in. The weather has been good with warmth and sunshine. The evening came with rain, but the sound of it makes me smile. I’m going to treasure this day and keep it close to my heart. This is just how I love it. Simple, easygoing and with people that makes me feel loved.

I snapped a lot of photos today, many of them will be kept for friends and family only – but here are a bunch that I want to share with you. Thanks for looking.

summer vacation 2012 | breakfast
summer vacation 2012 | serious MT
summer vacation 2012 | flowers
summer vacation 2012 | our friends house
summer vacation 2012 | the dog
summer vacation 2012 | the little one
summer vacation 2012 | birthday cake
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summer vacation 2012 | farm tractor
summer vacation 2012 | mother & daugther
summer vacation 2012 | grandchild(s) & grandparents
summer vacation 2012 | our friends' house
summer vacation 2012 | birthday barbecue
summer vacation 2012 | birthday barbecue - the food
summer vacation 2012 | a friendly competition
summer vacation 2012 | gone fishing
summer vacation 2012 | the fishing buddies
summer vacation 2012 | he got fish
summer vacation 2012 | he got fish
summer vacation 2012 | flowers
summer vacation 2012 | happy birthday to me
Happy Birthday to me. A really HAPPY day indeed!

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