Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Christmas Magic

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fresh made Swedish Saffron buns... one of the many perks of being married to a Swede... :-)

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opening her sweet birthday gifts from Farmor & Farfar!

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To me, Christmas is magic...
So many feelings... excitement, happiness, memories...
Having children at Christmas is a big giant present!
I love experiencing all of its coziness with our girls... passing on traditions to them... knowing that one day when they are grown they may have a family to love and share these same traditions with... they may have sweet children to be excited with as well!
and my goodness we surely will be there to share in the magic!

On Christmas Eve I always remember back to last year... one of my favorite memories with our family... well heck I kinda love every one... but this one really stands out!...
It was Christmas Eve before going to sleep we sat on our driveway all cuddled up together...
Isabelle whispered, "Mamma, if you are really quiet and listen hard, you can hear the bells..." oh I nearly melted... pure wonder and magic all rolled up to 4 happy cats on our driveway... no worries, no cares, just us together and a sky full of sparkly stars!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I 'heart' Christmas!

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Oh my he loves his girlies!
this little cutie my have stolen his heart this night.
I love how even though Pappa Mattias may not be the biggest ballet fan... he gets pretty fluttery when his little shy girl tip toes across the stage...
Mattias was quite the shy boy growing up so he totally feels her pain. :-)

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Cecilia's best friend Tais!

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traditions... I love them!
Advent... love!

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Cecilia's 4th Birthday!
wakey wakey!
a tradition in our home is on one's birthday we sing and get breakfast in bed and open presents!
what a way to wake!
ps... that aligator... the only thing she wanted! ;-)

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Isabelle was so excited!

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happy girl...

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Uma & Umpa came for dinner and cake...
sparkly converse chucks! thank you thank you Uma & Umpa!

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chocolate roll torte! yummmmm!

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make a wish!

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!
wow, 4 years old!
I love being your Mamma!

a little gardening and St. Lucia fest... oh my!

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oh my do I ever love our little girl's 1st grade garden!
myself and 2 other mamas are the garden moms! It's SO MUCH FUN!
every week I get to hang out on Friday for an hour with her class... letting them get dirty! feel some mud! muck up their shoes! eat tomatos from the bush!
heck even one day we just let them take off their shoes and lay in the grass and watch the clouds go by...
something happens when kids take their shoes off... they relax and become so calm... it's crazy!
I love getting the chance to teach these sweet minds about where their food really comes from... a little bit about nature... how to love it and treat our sweet Earth with so much love!
it's a real treat and my girl loves seeing me!
I love her happy face when I walk in and she runs to me fast with open arms! big hugs! this mom thing is awesome!

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a little latke treat!

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building a treehouse, oh my! how lucky did I get!

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and now for a little Sankta Lucia fun!
Every year we celebrate Lucia with the Swedish Club in town!
who knew... a Swedish club huh!
It's so cute and a great way for our girls to connect with their Pappa's heritage a bit!

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our little shy girl won't budge... nope.. not doing it.
oh well maybe next year...
for now she just hangs on to one of our fingers or grabs tightly our shirt or my dress...
and reads a little music... hee hee..
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something about a dark quiet church lit only by candles that is so so beautiful...
I remember when I was in Sweden for Christmas and we went to church on little Christmas Eve...
It nearly brought me to tears... maybe 500 candles... every window was lit, the alter was fantastic..
the choir sang carols that I recognized even though the language was different... outside it was snowing and so still and quiet...
I'll never forget it.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mermaid Cuteness!

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In December we had such a fun party! Our little sweet Cecilia turned 4!!!one more!
I love having a little with a birthday in December!
seems like the perfect month for celebrating! and yes, we do go all out even thought it's the 19th of DECEMBER!!! 5 days before Christmas! I love it! I love freezing the madness for a moment to totally put my all into her! Forget the hustle and bustle just be all Birthday FUN!
To do this it does I must admit take a good strategy! hahaha... I'm on my 4th year of it... and after 6 birthdays with her sister I feel kinda like a pro! We are full of so many traditions and my gosh I have it totally down now!
Christmas shopping MUST be done in November! Party planning starts in October... oh oh... and did I forget... it's our busiest time with our business... so for a procrastinator, I really am learning to plan ahead... and I kinda love it!
most shopping is done ONLINE! best thing ever! a lot of Etsy! a lot of cool Waldorf inspired websites, and for everything else... small businesses locally!
When going about her birthday I keep all thinking SEPARATE!!!
I shop separate for it! wrap on a separate day.. just to make it special! 

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here we go.... project purple mermaid party!
Cecilia LOVES purple and LOVES mermaids!
so what a fun theme eh!
the above pics are the party favors that we made for the guests!

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Here is the Birthday Girl!!!!!!!
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she had so much fun! what a great day this was!

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Cecilia and her little best friend...

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old fashioned games...

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big sister found a worm!!!

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a really really nice and cozy pretty party!