Best of 2016


It’s hard to believe it is already the last day of 2016! What an exciting, full and crazy year it has been for us. I took an un-planned blogging break for the past several weeks to focus on family, work and other responsibilities. The holidays are always a busy time,  and this year I definitely underestimated and stretched myself a little thin! Now we are all well-rested, well-fed, the house is finally clean and back to normal.

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming year. Our 2016 flew by and as the dates run together, it is easy to forget all the things, big and small, that happened this year and get lost in the chaos of the past few weeks. Luke and I took the time this past week to go through all of the photos we took this past year and reminisce about the past year.  To highlight our favorite moments, we put together a list of our best adventures and recipes from 2016.

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25 Goals for 25

25 Goals for 25Today is my 25th birthday- No April Fool’s here!
To be honest, I’m more excited about my free birthday drink from Caribou than actually turning 25. Guess I’ve just never been that into birthdays- maybe years of hearing APRIL FOOLS- It’s not really your birthday! rendered the date itself a little less important.

What is important is celebrating the past year, and the year to come. I’m not going to sugarcoat it- 24 was a hard year. I lost my first grandparent, had some health issues, and dealt with some difficult situations at work. But for every difficult moment, there were wonderful ones too. Watching a dear friend get married. Luke finally graduating from college. Hiking with my family in state parks.

I’m looking forward to all 25 has to bring, and can’t wait for new adventures. Here are my goals for the new year: 25 goals for 25.

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The Beauty of Handmade & Giveaway

Handmade CowlHave you ever encountered a word or a phrase that just can’t be translated? As a French speaker, I encounter these situations all the time. Norwegians have a saying “selvgjort er velgjort”. It’s a difficult phrase to translate. Literally, it translates to “self-done is well done”. The English translation is clunky at best, and my best friend Becca (who is also one of my favorite Norwegian speakers) likes to translate it as “handmade is best made”. Becca is a talented knitter, and lately she has been making beautiful sweaters (see the one she made me for Christmas here). You can’t buy sweaters like hers at the store. Each stitch is carefully knit, the pattern and colors thoughtfully chosen. A tiny piece of her is knit into every thing she creates- we like to joke that wearing her sweater is like wearing a hug.

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