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2015
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Kaden / I’m afraid he’s letting the Spider Man pjs go to his head. I tell him to get down, but you can’t tame a wild soul.

Alia / middle-center back of her head right there, is what we affectionately refer to as the “rat’s nest”. She hates having it brushed out, but she wakes up like that every day. We sing rats nest, rats nest, get out of baby’s hair, and she has since started singing that to all her dolls, lego people, etc. and pretends to brush their hair too.

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2015
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DSC_0141 DSC_0152Kaden / entertaining himself with a sticker book & bowl of Cheerios during Alia’s nap.

Alia / in a princess dress, with her socks pulled all up. She always wants to wear them like that.

Bonus / the two of them this morning, just waking up :)DSC_0610

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2015
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I first heard about the 52 project here a couple years ago. One portrait a week (per child) for a whole year. So here goes my first!

DSC_0006 DSC_0047Kaden / putting together one of his last new Lego sets from Christmas. I seriously can not even count how many he got. He still feels a little young for the “big kid” Legos in my opinion, but he loves them, and put together a train this morning all by himself.

Alia / drinking her “hot tea”. She tells me every day “hot tea my favfree” (favorite) & cries when she can’t have it. We normally give her honey & lemon juice in warm water, but today I gave her some of my throat coat tea & she like that too (told me “throat tea my favfree.”)

new year’s eve

Jan
2015
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Growing up in Minnesota, my parents always had a New Year’s Eve party at our house. All our friends would come over & we’d play games, eat good food, and countdown to midnight.DSC_0123-3

We had two families that were our best friends, who are so much more like family it’s kind of strange that they technically aren’t. One of our “family friends” are down on vacation this week, so we (my own little family) hosted our first New Year’s Eve party at our own home!

DSC_0133-2It was very fun, and felt just a little crazy. Kind of like when we had my childhood friend Vanessa & her husband over for dinner last year. Like I’m not playing house, this is my real house, and I have real kids, not baby dolls! Crazy.DSC_0098-2

We ate food and visited, while Kaden took everyone on tours of his playroom to show off the new Christmas toys.DSC_0115-3 DSC_0139-2DSC_0148-2DSC_0192-2DSC_0200DSC_0265

Alia, who’s usually a bit reserved with people, kept Nancy by her side all night and told me “I like Nancy” repeatedly. She’s a good judge of character ;)
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We counted down to the new year at 9 pm cuz Alia told us she “need go bed” and when she says it she means it.DSC_0229DSC_0269-2

We toasted with sparkling cider & sang Auld Lang Syne around the piano. It was fun and festive, and I cracked up at how Reader’s Digest Christmas songbook said how “For most people, New Year’s Eve just isn’t complete without the singing of Auld Lang Syne.” I do not know anyone who has ever actually sang Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve, but it’s a fun tradition so maybe we’ll stick to it!
(I had told the kids earlier we’d be doing that at the party so they were running around the house all day singing it. It was cute.)DSC_0296-4nye bw 2DSC_0186-2DSC_0257-3(not pictured: Landon, Clarissa, & Alex. They were all working :( But we’re happy they all have jobs that they love :)
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Hope you had a fun & safe celebration, and that you have a very happy new year!!!

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I always feel a special connection to my Norwegian side of the family at Christmastime, when my family makes lefse together.

I grew up very close to my paternal grandmother and her sister, and their mother Palma was 100% Norwegian. Palma’s grandmother Signe came to America when she was 9 years old with her parents Tone & Olav from Telemark, Norway. (p.s. “Tone” is pronounced “Too-na”, & “Signe” is “Seeg-na”. Looked it up here because I like to pronounce their names properly when I think of them ;)

Over the summer I discovered some old photos of their Norwegian families (thanks ancestry.com!), & used them to put together this little pedigree.

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I feel lefse making in our family has been something of a maternal heritage, passed on through the mothers, and to me by my grandmother and great aunt. It’s nice to have a connection to these women and families from our past, even a small one.

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