Always giving thanks...for everything...(Eph 5:20)

Friday, July 30, 2010

More childrens books..

Compared to kids today, me and my siblings didn't have that many books growing up. But the ones we had were very dear to us.
It was so great to curl up next to mom and listen to her read! (my kids love that too..)

Lying in bed I often looked at the pictures in our books. I could look at them time after time and get totally lost in them!

This book was one of my favorites, and now my husband uses it to learn Norwegian!
Little did I know way back when :)

Anyways, still love the pictures and just wanted to share them with you.
Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Beloved childrens book

I love children's books from when I was a child and even before. I guess I'm entering the vintage category?
I didn't have this book as a child, but it was read on TV. Oh, how I loved it and it's beautiful pictures! By the way this is "Tant Gron, Tant Brun och Tant Gredelin" by Elsa Beskov. ( "Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Violet"). The first edition came out in 1958 so that is WAY older than me! I came across this book at a secondhand store back in Norway a few years back and I was so excited!

Anyways I seem to be drawn to things that gives me good childhood feelings, and this is one of them. I will feature more books in days to come. I don't know if this book ever got published here in the US, but if you don't know it, enjoy the pictures! I always wanted to be the little girl...

How about you guys, are you drawn towards childhood feelings?
I don't remember too much from my childhood, which is horrible, but I do remember feelings and scents...And they make me remember more.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Our weekend

Top of the world!
Amazing views on our hike.

Wonderful Rockies!

Taking a break with a little friend. Cheese everyone!

By the creek on our little camping trip. Hours and hours of endless fun for the kids. What a great summer we've had!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Good days

We've had a great few days. We've camped with friends and we've hiked with others. The weather has been marvelous! I will post pictures of that tomorrow.
The other day I did accomplish most of what I set out to do, I changed all the linens. And then sprayed them with an awesome linen spray my friend Kristin made for me. It's made out of essential oil, water and rubbing alcohol! I love it! Miss E says it smells like candy!

I did bake as well. Made my favorites, "boller", which I think is almost the same as hot cross buns. And this time they were a success! Last time they didn't turn out. Like I've said before, I'm far from a master in the kitchen.
Me, Miss E and her dollie had a tea party and that was fun. Then we looked at her baby pictures and had some good conversations.

I tried to move the lawn, but the mower didn't start, and my hubby hasn't had time to look at it yet. I can safely say that it's a jungle out there! This picture is NOT resent, but it's my back yard. I'm not sure what to do with it. I'm going to need heavy machinery and $$$, so it will have too do for a while. We still enjoy it, especially after my husband fenced it last summer. The dog and kids enjoy the freedom. Now if it only kept wildlife out. Last summer the bear would come early morning a couple of times, and now there are lions roaming town! But they've away from us so far!

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Good morning!

It's a good morning and today I will accomplish something!
I have great plans to catch up in my yard, do some baking, change bedding's, find stuff for our church garage sale and actually play with my children...
But for now, snuggled on the couch with my it!
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I need some more coffee...

..even though I've had more than my share today.
We spent the day at a friends house. We had a lovely time and got served lunch!

Now we're home and duties calls...just need to rest a little bit...
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Monday, July 19, 2010

My historic house

This is my house.
This picture must have been taken between 1889-1924, that is when it was my towns school house. The first in the county I believe. It looks a little different today; sadly no bell tower, and some new additions have been added. Yet the square base is still the same. We found this picture, a copy of the original, at a museum last week. It's pretty awesome if you ask me! We also bought a book about the county and town. It was quite the wild west here at some point. Can't wait to read all about it.
I love history!

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Princess movie night

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Friday night, we had a big princess party at our house. It was an AWANA event, girls only and we watched the new veggie tales movie "Sweetpea Beauty". AWANA is a christian organization where girls and boys learn bible verses and have a lot of fun. Our church has a program every Friday night and we really enjoy it.

I think we were about 25 princesses and queens in attendance, so it was a house full. I happend to have quite a bit of princess and castle stuff, so it was really fun to decorate. Check out the knight in shining armour!

Others brought the food so that was great. The girls made their own little pizzas and we had a beautiful cake and cotton candy.

It was a lot of fun!
Now I have to get ready for an afternoon out with girl friends: The third Twilight movie and dinner. Yeah!

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Recycling part 2

I had an old shoe box that I glued some pretty paper on. Then I put some embellishment on it to make it cute.

Now I have something pretty to put ugly stuff in... One can't have enough storage stuff!

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I ran out of flower pots a while back, so I used an empty can of coffee instead. Took the label off and put on a pretty sticker.


I'm sure I was supposed to drill some holes on the bottom for drainage, but I was too lazy for that. Instead I put some small rocks at the bottom. So far so good. And so cheap.

Have a fantastic day!
I have a party to clean for...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer delight

Today we're going to the beach with friends. It should be a lot of fun! Both kids and moms alike enjoy a splash in really REFRESHING water!

Nothing like a beautiful baby smiling and being happy. JOY!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My peony

Wonderful, stunning BEAUTY!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Changes in the kitchen

I love curtains and how much they add or change a look. I usually change curtains in my kitchen and living room at least four times a year. Needless to say I have a huge stack!

I recently changed the kitchen. Beautiful flower and see through curtains. I also put fun striped chair covers on my chairs. I moved around the kitchen table and changed the table cloth (another great love).

These flowers has lasted for weeks. I love when that happens! Thanks Susan! :)

You would think that since I love curtains so much I would have invested in really nice curtain rods and all its stuff, but when we moved in there was so much else to spend money on. They are so very expensive! The only place I splurged was in the kitchen, and I certainly don't regret that! I love these. Now I wish I'd bought nicer ones for the rest of the house, but I'm too cheap to change them out now. Besides I would need for 15 windows of various sizes! $$$
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Saturday, July 10, 2010


I love flower patterns! If it was up to me, we would have flower couch, flower wallpaper, flower almost everything!

But, I guess since I'm married to a man, I can't do flower everything...

Just a little bit...much...

Thankfully he doesn't care much!

( most of this stuff is my mom's - and please may I have it mother???)

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