Summer in August

Summer in August | day 1
Tonight I went for my evening walk with my dog (Ferdinand) and was pleased with the warmth of the night and the summerly sound of grasshopper in the fields. I’m all for this kind of summer in August!

Inspired by Susannah Conway‘s August Break project – mixed with my own need to embrace and savor the summer feeling – I’m enbarcing on a photography project for this month. The goal is to search up Summer in August (as it looks here in Norway in 2013).

So far I’ve done good and captured both of the days with a summery feel, I’m not sure I can promise to keep that up all month long, but I will try! I’ve strugled with August in the past, this year I want to celebrate it no matter the weather or the messes (we are moving houses; help!) (Wish me luck!)

Above is the photo from August 1st. Here are the words:

The boys (MT and a friend of his) convinced me that a trip to the lake was in order. I hesitated for a while, there was things to do, but realized what a good idea it was. Especially for me trying to embrace Summer in August, not thinking too much about fall and winter and cold weather(!). And it was so nice to get out of the house and do something together.
I got to swim too. Hurray for summer not over yet :D

Here is the photo from August 2nd:

Summer in August | day 2

E slept over and they ate breakfast while watching cartoons. They are such good boys; and I’m so happy MT got to spend a little bit more time with his friends before we move!

Please share your favorite Summer in August in the comments. I’d love to see!

The Simple Things | Happiness

Happiness | The Story

Saturday I snapped a few photos during a half an hour (or so) break outside. I tried to capture the feeling of the every day life’s blessings. I tried to capture the happiness of the small things. I loved how it felt playful at the same time as meaningful. I’ve been working on and off with these photos (and words about them) ever since. And now I’m ready to share them with you. (If you want to read a little bit about each of the photos you can head over to my Flickr steam or the Simple Things photo set, I also made a layout with the above photo and you can find it at Flickr as well: This Photo | The Story).


Happiness | Attack

Happiness | Photo Play

Happiness | Play

Happiness | The Flower

Happiness | The Flower Photo Shoot

I really have so much to be grateful for in my life. I only have to remember to look for it + dare to play a little to catch it. It helps to slow down the pace a little as well.

Good luck hunting for happiness. I don’t thing we’ll ever have too much of that stuff, so be on the look out every day. I sure will.


It’s my 3rd go @ the simple things, I love the idea of this.
I hope I can keep it a regular thing on Mondays.

A Photo | A layout

yellow flower

My plan was to join in on all the challenges Shimelle put up for the Scrapbook Day last week, with a few digital pages. But my time didn’t stretch as wide as I wished. But here are my two contributions that I had some fun making. One layout. One photo edit.

The yellow flower is really a weed in my garden. I love how beautiful it is when you get up close. For this edit I really like how the darker, more bluish background made the flowers pop. Here is the original:


I was also inspired by the forth challenge, about the telling the story behind the photo – and this was what I made:

this photo | the story
(Click image for credit + journaling)

Thoughts about a photo

thoughts about a photo
credits: alpha, papers and elements from Front Page by Sweet Tomato Designs

I’m not entirely sure why, but this photo speaks volumes to me. Maybe it’s the memory of so many times I’ve been with MT down by the lake or the fjord, watching him throw rocks out in the water? Maybe it’s the independent way he moves around, happy to have me there but don’t need my help or guides any more? Maybe it’s because finally, after many hours doing youth work in church, I got a chance to sit down eat a pizza with my favorite boy and enjoy the outdoors on this fantastic warm spring day? Or maybe it’s all of the above. Mixed together somehow.

For I know it’s not the purse, that is an okay enough thing and I like it. But not enough to make this about it. I think it’s all about the boy down by the lake – I can’t tell how much I love him. This afternoon it’s finally all about him and me, right now nothing else competes for my attention. (written 10. April 2011)

Sometimes I feel that a photo need a scrapbook page of it’s very own, even when it was part of an event that I already have scrapbooked. I know there are different approaches to this, but I love to use my favorite photos several times – documenting more than one aspects of the story. I could off course make a double page spread, including both the event itself and the feelings or/and my thoughts about it, but I like the pages to not look the same so each of them can stand alone. (I will show you the other page I made later;  since I’m on the team @ the daily digi I get to play with the digi files one month early and I used them for the second page. Check out The Digi Game here).

Do you approach this like me, or do you have another method?

Happy Scrappy Saturday!

See more photos from the day here: Youth Work Weekend.

I Hearts Faces; Shades


I’ve been thinking about entering the contest of I ♥ faces for a while. Finally I just did it :) The challenge for this week is to present a photo with a face and some SHADES. I just knew I had a few photos of MT from when he was around 3 years old sporting some shades, looking cool. Thankfully I found them!

And above is my favorite and the entry for the contest. Below are the runner up ;) You can read more about this weeks entries in this and this post.

Serious Shades

Forgot to bring the key

….or something like that.

I wanted to write a post earlier, but I wasn’t able to log into the blogs dashboard on my PC. Due to a paper hiding somewhere unknown to me. (These last couple of weeks have really been a period where things I need get lost – or hidden. Frustrating.)

Anyhow, I just wanted to let you in on my latest photo project. I’m doing well; and have so much fun! shaking up a poloarid on my iPhone each day. I know they aren’t the best photos, but using the camera that I have with me almost everywhere sure capture a few more moments while they are happening.

No need for: hold that smile till I come back with the camera or do it again so I can get it documented. Oh, well, I still say it sometimes, but that is only because sometimes I want to gave the possibility of printing a huge photo of my kiddo :D

O.k. I’ll be back with more later. But if you can’t wait for it, last weeks photos are all up on my Flicker (see sidebar for link).

See you around!

Some Apps Loving…

Thinking MTI’ve been a bit unsatisfied with the camera on my iPhone. I just couldn’t get it to take good photos on a regular basis. So I almost never used it. Even though I carried the phone with me far more often than my other big camera (especially during our cold winter…).

That was until I tired a few of the many photo apps for iPhone.

I’ve had so much fun today, and even thought it cost me a few bucks – it was well worth it (and I  really could not buy ice cream this week anyhow).

Now I plan on using the camera on hand more often, so nice to capture the moments when it happens.

So far my favorite app are: ShakeIt Photo (I just love the sounds it makes; and yes, I’m easily amused) I also like CameraBag and Best Camera and look forward to explore more later. Here are a few more photos I shot today:

Church The Three 2 Home Work My Sweet Biker Guy Red old shack The Three 1 Daffodils

Do you have a favorite app?

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