I'm born in Norway, but my heart has found it's home in both Spain and the USA. As long as I have the people I love around me I could probably be happy almost anywhere. I love all the sweet things in life: to travel, to eat well, to spend time with friends and family, to shop (sometimes only through windows) and to create beauty around me. I'm a talker, but also enjoy quiet hours spent alone with a book. I laugh often and loud. And I'm drawn towards anything that sparkles! My friends tease me about that... More than anything I want my life to be meaningful - whatever that entails...
It has been a busy month and I have been very very tired. My inspiration and desire to blog completely disappeared. This is the first time I have even looked at my blog in almost 3 weeks. I'm sorry for not responding to all your sweet comments and for not visiting my wonderful blogfriends. All I can say is that I hope I'll do better in 2010. And that I truly hope that you all are enjoying a wonderful Christmas season.
I will do a drawing for my Great Giveaway later this afternoon and post the results tomorrow!
To give a short recap of the last few weeks:
Of course I have done plenty of shopping! I love interior design stores and all the wonderful Christmas decorations you can buy. I just wish my house was twice as large and my pocketbook twice as thick... This is a picture from one of my favorite shops in Drøbak.
I decorated very simple this year. We are all leaving for a Mediterranean cruise this Sunday and will be gone for 2 weeks. No need to put up the tree this year. I only used lots of white lights, a few silver ornaments and green sprigs.
One of the highlights of December is my all girls weekend. Every year I bring my best friends to our summerhouse where we eat, drink, talk, watch girly movies and maybe do a little shopping. It's always a blast and this year was no exception.
Of course I brought them to all my favorite little shops in Drøbak and my good friend Nanni had to take lots of pictures for her blog Nannis Verden.
Drøbak is always charming, but around Christmas time it is absolutely quaint.
My daughter was a cutie the 13th of December for St. Lucia's day. In Scandinavia we celebrate this day with the kids dressing up in white, holding candles and serving the grownups "lussekatter" (a special roll that has saffron).
Every year we go to the national museum here in Oslo called "Folkemuseet". It has a wonderful display of old buildings and traditions. The whole area is just absolutely beautifully decorated for Christmas. Their Christmas market is quite unique and has become a tradition for us. We spend the day eating gingerbread cookies and candied apples, riding horse drawn carriages and looking at wonderful things we can buy for Christmas.
After a very busy month at school we had a fun day this week making a gingerbread village. I have blisters all over my hands from assembling 28 houses with burning sugar. I do not want to do this again next year... but the result looks good.
Finally I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
I'm a woman, mom, wife and teacher. My life is busy and stressful at times, boring quite often and there are plenty of little things that I worry about around midnight lying in bed. Too often I find myself focusing on all the things that I'm unhappy about. I'm sometimes gloomy when it's raining and I'm not excited about early mornings. I wish I would exercise more, eat less, earn more, stress less, listen more, talk less. Yes, there are plenty of things that I would like to change!
But I am also full of hope and dreams. I believe in happy endings and love everlasting. I'm surrounded by people who care about me and who accept me just as I am. I trust that there is someone holding my life in His hands and I do enjoy all the blessings that I have. Writing this blog I'm reminding myself that life is really wonderful and that little things can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary adventure.
I'm excited to introduce you to all the things that make my life sweeter. Hopefully it will sweeten your day as well!