Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Reading


The books I've read are as much an inseparable part of my life's story as the events in which I've participated.

This quote from Karl Ove Knausgård (My Struggle, 6th book) is one I can relate to. I can't remember a time in my life when books were not important. I read all the time, every day, and, I read to my kids. I've read to them all, from the time they were tiny infants, and now I read to my two youngest. If I'm not out, which I'm usually not, we read every single night, and I love it! There is some repetition, books I've already read one or many times, but there are also new discoveries. This year we've for example read Jules Verne: The Mysterious Island, In Search of the Castaways and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe and Jostein Gaarder: Through a Glass, Darkly, all of which I had never read before. We snuggle up on the couch with blankets, we light candles and we disappear into the stories we read. The other night we finished Astrid Lindgren: Ronja, the Robber's Daughter. I've read it before, several times, but it was their first, and I discovered it again, through them, almost lost my voice when it was sad, and laughing with them when it was funny. Then, when they are in bed, I pick up the book I read alone. Last night I finished Tove Nilsen's King in Snow, and now I'm reading Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist. 



De bøkene jeg har lest er en like uadskillelig del av historien min som de hendelsene jeg har vært med på.

Dette sitatet fra Karl Ove Knausgård (Min Kamp, sjette bok) er et jeg kjenner meg igjen i. Jeg kan ikke huske en tid hvor bøker ikke var viktige for meg. Jeg leser hele tiden, hver dag, og jeg leser til barna mine. Jeg har lest til dem alle, fra de var spedbarn, og nå leser jeg til mine to yngste. Så sant jeg er hjemme, leser vi hver eneste kveld, og jeg nyter det. Noe repetisjon blir det, bøker jeg allerede har lest en eller mange ganger, men det er også mange nye oppdagelser. I år har vi bl.a. lest Jules Verne: Den Hemmelighetsfulle Øya, Kaptein Grants Barn og En Verdensomseiling under Havet, Daniel Dafoe: Robinson Crusoe og Jostein Gaarder: I et speil, i en gåte. Alle disse bøkene var nye for meg. Vi krøller oss sammen på sofaen, under pledd, tenner stearinlys og forsvinner inn i det vi leser. Forrige kveld leste vi ferdig Astrid Lindgren: Ronja Røverdatter. Denne har jeg lest mange ganger før, men det var deres første gang, og det var som om jeg oppdaget boken på nytt, gjennom dem, nesten mistet stemmen da det var trist og lo sammen med dem da det var morsomt. Så, når de har lagt seg, kan jeg finne boka jeg leser selv. I går kveld leste jeg ferdig Tove Nilsens Konge i Snø, og nå leser jeg Paulo Coelho: Alkymisten.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Beautiful Baby Girl

She is just so beautiful, this little girl I'm lucky to know. Two months old now, big eyes which seem to register everything around her. 
Hun er bare så skjønn, dene lille jenta jeg er så heldig å kjenne. To måneder nå, store øyne som ser ut til å få med seg alt som skjer rundt henne. 



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Summer Nostalgia

Summer (and general) nostalgia belongs to fall. Here are four little monsters - four years ago... (They're sitting on 4000 year-old petroglyphs.

Sommer- (og generell-) nostalgi hører høsten til. Her er fire småtroll - for fire år siden... (De sitter på 4000 år gamle helleristninger i Nord-Trøndelag

Monday, October 13, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Little Hero / Min lille helt




Meet my new hero: Little Ingrid is only three weeks old, but she has already been through a lot: Breathing problems, acute bowel disease, helicopter ride to another hospital, and surgery. 

But look at her now, so very much alive, alert and beautiful. She still has challenges ahead of her, but I'm convinced that she is one of those who will show the world that challenges are there to be overcome. The fact that she has Down's syndrome may be part of this, but I think she is going to reach far, help make the world a better place.

She is born into a loving family, and she has also stolen a piece of my heart...


Møt min nye helt: Lille Ingrid er bare tre uker gammel, men hun har allerede vært gjennom mye: Pusteproblemer, tarmsykdom, tur med luftambulanse til et annet sykehus og operasjon.

Men se på henne nå, så utrolig levende, våken og nydelig. Hun har fortsatt store utfordringer foran seg, men jeg er overbevist om at hun er en av disse som vil vise verden at utfordringer er til for å løses. Det faktum at hun har Downs syndrom kan bli en del av dette, men jeg tror hun kommer til å nå langt, være med på å gjøre verden til et bedre sted.

Hun er født inn i en familie med mye kjærlighet, og hun har også stjålet en bit av hjertet mitt...












Saturday, August 9, 2014

Mountain Hike with Kids

Two days ago we hiked a mountain: Spåtind, 1414 meters above sea level. From where we parked the car, we walked 6 kilometers to the top of the mountain. What a great day! Beautiful views, lots of tasty berries and fresh water. It took us a little less than three hours up, and a little less than two hours down. (Breaks included) We hiked with our two youngest kids, aged 6 and 10, and not one single time did we hear them whine or complain. They simply had lots of fun, a wonderful experience for all of us.