Friday, August 31, 2012

Summer Vacation... part 1

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This year we were unable to go to Sweden since by the time we were set to purchase tickets they were close to $6000 for all of us... had a hard time stomaching that... uffff!
So we decided to have a slow relaxing summer with a little road trip... and my gosh am I ever glad we did... can we ever make some fun memories!

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This year we headed to the mountains and got our camping on!!!
It was absolutely amazing in so many ways!
Being together in a forest with nothing protecting us but our love, family, and a little tiny tent...
it can really make you find yourself in a funny hikey kind of way!

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when booking our campsite I wanted the farthest site from anyone!
I wanted to only hear the crickets... and be surrounded by a forest right in the heart of mother nature...
and wow were we ever!
all the way down the edge of a mountain.. ya, that should do it!

sitting on camp chairs with our girls on our laps... looking up into the forest at things like this... ya... beautiful!

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we made most of our food... by the fire.
being totally in nature figuring out things without electricity can make one nervous... scared... for me... I felt powerful!
even when I heard bear noises...

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to see your little girl play in a creek... so quietly and at peace in nature... I don't know really what to say...
but who needs things... when you have each other... some huckleberries... and some twigs...

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trails leading us to things like waterfalls... sliding rocks... rivers... mountains... you feel so small and so connecting to the rythmes of our Earth

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red white and blue and tie dye fun with pig tails!

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a nice little 4th of July... pure summer!

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I love when our girls wash dishes... so many suds but it's ok... it'll clean up later... 

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nothing says summer like sweating at friend's homes making tie dye memories!!!

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and the ice cream sundays to finish... ahhh... perfection!

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let me just state for the record how much i love braidie pig tails! just seeing these smiles with pig tails makes me so damn happy! how can i do anything but smile....?

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Midsommar

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Midsommar Parties...
well where to begin... it's the kind of party that makes you wish the night never ends, and maybe it doesn't...
there are so many memories of past midsommars that it is quite difficult to address each memory in just one night..
stories are told... friends come together...
schnapps glasses are met
cling..clank
smiles on cheeks... creeks in eyes...
I love how it's such a tradition to us and our friends know and understand how damn special this one night is....
we live it up and make sure our hearts are happy...
but now we make sure that our children are making memories..

to me, there is beauty in these memories...
nights with friends... our children learn about our village...
the importance of tradition...
heritage... friendships... cuisine

my heart becomes so overwhelmed when I see happy friends with happy children, that feel like my children too!
dancing together in the rain... holding hands... drinking wine...
embracing each other's children to make them feel and realize
there is something magical here...
hold it tight, don't let it fade

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

tiny dancer...

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she really loves her ballet.....
and I love watching how much she loves it...

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lemonade stand...

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is there anything quite cuter than a hot summer day with children's happiness screaming "Lemonade for Sale!!??"

I love my friends and I love their children!
I love making memories!
I love making really sweet memories that I hope to heck these children will remember when they're 20!

I remember when I was a little girl selling lemonade in a nice rickedy table at the end of our driveway... we made the sign ourselves... mixed up some extra sweet lemonade with our moms... I think we may have snuck the entire bag of sugar... I remember sitting sweating on my driveway with my pals.. waiting for a car to come by to brighten their day... and make 25cents!

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and well... gosh, it got quite hot out... so a few Coronas were totally in need! made the lemonade stand even better and a lot longer... :-)

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always a nice sidewalk bike rally...

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and ah yes, the juggler arrived! whew a completely amazing lemonade stand indeed!


enjoying this season... completely!

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Summer has been a big giant bubble of happiness!
everyday it feels like it burst and a million pieces of glitter sprinkle over us until we fall over with giggles!
Now that our oldest is in school it makes our summers even more precious... like gold! or maybe sapphires! rubies?
Whatever it is we have enjoyed our summer like it's drippy meltie ice cream about to drip over the edge of the cone!
licking each drop before it hits the ground... that's summer!