Sunday, October 16, 2011

From my camera...

I won't lie.
I'm feeling really delicate this morning. (or afternoon, they're merged)

And so because I'm not feeling too hot, for your amusement, I'll share some pictures of the highlight of my week- Last night's 18th Birthday party, of a really good friend.
In case you think I just like to dress like this- It was fancy dress.
And I went as a beer- never like to take myself too seriously- it was somewhat of a contradiction that, for the most part, I drank cider.

These were taken before the party, because, to sum up my evening, I fell out of the car.
But if we're facebook friends there's already some really embarrassing ones up- the kind where you wonder why you love your friends.
Have a lovely week!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Photos from my week

How was your week? Around here, we are still easing ourselves back into weekly blogging with a few photos from our respective weeks.

Our week here in Spanish Fork had some very good news, some very bad news and a birthday. Either way I keep considering going to town on the leftover birthday cake.

The big occasion of the week was Nick's birthday, and all big news aside, we had a really good time together. We opened presents, went out to dinner as a little family, and took Espen to his very first pumpkin patch.

In search of the perfect pumpkin.  

 Playing in the corn bin with Daddy. 

The birthday boy himself. Oh, I love him! 

It was great to be able to lavish Nick with love, gifts and attention on his birthday, but if I am perfectly honest, it was equally nice to go out as a family and do something fun and special on a Wednesday. More birthdays, please!

Friday, October 7, 2011


Autumn has come overnight it seems,
I'm into zumba these days, and what I'm really noticing is that by the time I'm out of an hour long class at half past seven, it's already pitch black, and the air is icy.
This past week, our Christmas catalogues came, which always makes the autumn/winter period feel more real to me, I love the cooler air.
We missed summer in England, a few days in may, a few in august, and, so it seemed, October, but it came as quickly as it went, and I for one, am really looking forward to getting a new pair of boots.
Largely though, this Autumn should be blighted by parties.
I spoke a little about the year 13 birthday boom here- but basically, I've already been to one eighteenth birthday party- I've a fancy dress one next weekend (dad's getting mugged for my costume tonight) two best friends turn eighteen next week, and since we've been back, I've another five parties coming up.
I love year thirteen.
So, that's what Autumn means to me, life's not just one big party.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Falling for Autumn.

Like so many of you around the world, we've had a bit of an Indian summer. It's October 4th, and today is probably the first time I've felt cold since we got back from our trip to Norway this spring. Utah has very little subtlety as far as summer is concerned, and tends to relentlessly pour it on hot and heavy until you retreat into your air-conditioned home. This summer was a little cooler and a little wetter than people are used to around here, and so nature seems to have felt like making amends by gifting us a very hot September.

We have responded gratefully, and have tried to soak up as much of this extended summer as possible. Trips to the park and playground, walks around the neighborhood, feeding the ducks, picnics on the grass, blowing bubbles in the backyard. We've taken it all in and loved it, all the time knowing that the warm weather could leave at any moment, not to be seen again for months and months. 

This morning we woke to wind, heavy rain and thunder storms. As we looked out of the window at the pond behind out house, Espen pointed outside and said "Trees dancing! Water dancing!" as the wind whipped everything about. I was grateful that we had put him in his fleece footie pajamas the night before. 

It's almost as thought the seasons changed overnight. 

But.... lovely as this prolonged, late summer has been, I am ready for fall. Or autumn, if you prefer (I think I do). I'm ready for crunching yellow leaves under my feet, ready for cardigans, hot chocolate, blankets. Ready for baking, ready for pumpkins, ready for cool, crisp air. Ready for teaching my son to jump in puddles. 

Dear season between summer and winter, welcome. We will enjoy you while you are here. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Remember us?

Goodness, friends, you must all have thought that Maddy was kidnapped and that I died from a lack of gallbladder! Rest assured that we are both still around, and are finally getting back into our poor neglected blog. I guess it's just part of the experience of trying to collaborate across the world and both post every week. It gets tricky! But we have a plan of attack for the rest of the year, so you should be seeing a lot more of us in the weeks and months to come.

Didya miss us? Didya?

PS: Isn't Maddy just gorgeous?
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