Just thought I’d post a picture from my Instagram account (renatebas) of my new tights. It’s so hard to find pretty clothes that doesn’t make me look like an elephant these days, but tights usually works… Got these from Urban Outfitters. Anyways, I just ordered some mini prints from Prinstagram and can’t wait to get them in the mail! Instagram is such a fun and easy way of documenting your life! What is your instagram account and who is your favorite instagrammer?
Every time we’re in New Jersey, it makes me wonder what we’re still doing in Norway. I mean, Norway is one of the worlds best countries to live in, It’s safe, I have all my family and friends there, I can get work there and so on. Practical and financial things are really good, but is that enough?
How much does the weather matter to you? Nice, warm and sunny days? Compared to cold, dark and rainy days? April and May is usually the most beautiful months in Norway. It’s getting a little warmer, trees and flowers are starting to blossom and everyone is filled with the hope of a long and warm summer ahead of them. Then comes August and everyone is just as disappointed and depressed cause the whole summer rained away. There was a few nice days, but of course you didn’t time your vacation well enough and was instead sitting infront of your computer screen getting Facebook updates from all your friends telling about their beautiful day at the beach. At the beach, the wind was cold and the water freezing, but no one would say anything about that.
The Norwegian weather isn’t all that bad though, when there actually is a nice day, Norway is the best place to be in my opinion! So anyway… As you can guess, the weather matters a lot to me. I guess I always get kind of a winter depression in the cold and dark months. I need more sleep and I just don’t have those crazy happy feelings I always get in the spring. I guess what I’m asking is, would you move to another country because of the weather? Obviously I wouldn’t, since we still live in Norway. For me the weather is the only obstacle there, but of course Scott has a different view, and it all needs to be taken in consideration.
Ahh, oh well, enough rambling. Today is beauuuutiful out, so I’m gonna go do some yoga(!) before I’m heading out to tan the belly! Enjoy the rain back in Norway!
Today is a rainy day and we’re staying in. Scott has to catch up on some work and I need to rest my back, which also gives me a good opportunity to make a blog post. Before I left home for the States, I put all my photos on an external harddrive, to make some space on my laptop. What I didn’t think about was that I wanted to post the newest ones on the blog! Luckily I had three pictures still open in Photoshop, so I get to post them now. Enjoy and have a great holiday weekend back in Norway!
Last Sunday I had two photography jobs, and therefore Scott and I decided to get our tickets to the States on Monday instead of Friday after work, which we usually do. Somehow we ended up having to take a train to Oslo Sunday morning and I wasn’t able to take the pictures anyway. Luckily for me the girls I was photographing didn’t have any problems with getting dulled up an extra day, so we had them done a few days before. It was for their confirmation and I think it was actually better to do it in advance. We knew we would get sunny weather and we had as much time as needed, no stress Here’s Emilie. Some people were born in front of the camera! Gratulerer så mye med vel overstått konfirmasjon!
I’m waking up to the sound of happy birds outside the window and Oliver kicking me lightly inside my growing belly. It’s dawn. Still early, only 5.30. Scott is sleeping next to me. I always wake up first. Love mornings. Specially this one. We’re in New York. Scott’s grandparents picked us up at JFK after what felt like the longest flight ever over the Atlantic yesterday(Flying pregnant is far from comfortable). Coming here was the best we could’ve done though. Sonja made us lovely dinner and pampered us with everything we needed and didn’t need, making sure that the parents to be were as comfy as possible. Entering this house must be like going through the closet to Narnia. It’s another world in here from what’s outside. Except it’s not imaginary, it’s a piece of Norway. Back in the days it was easier to travel with lots of things, so they’ve brought a lot of stuff from Norway that makes you feel like you’re actually there. The furnitures, the decor, the pictures and paintings on the wall all reminds me of home. The local radio channel from our home town is on and it smells like coffee, Sonja’s sweet perfume and whatever Norwegian traditional dinner that’s cooking. The house is filled with good memories and lots of lots of love! I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t like it here.
I wrote that this morning before Freddie made us French Toast and I went outside to photograph SUMMER (It’s actually green here and flowers and trees are blossoming!). I’m burnt after reading “Eat, Pray, Love” in the sun. Today is perfect and I look forward to spending another ten days here with our family and friends.
Next week I’ll be posting some photographs of beautiful Emilie. For now you’ll get to see her awesome sister, who helped me during the session, made everyone laugh and made sure her sister got the right lighting in her face. Perfect! I should hire her!
Our office is almost done and I figured it was about time to post some pics. I´m so happy with the way it came out and really proud of my husband for making it all happen, he really knows how to do everything!
It´s a small room and it was mainly meant to be just an office, but as we´re making the other guest room the baby´s room, we had to make this a guest room too. This is actually better as a guest room because it has its own bathroom and is on the first floor, with a little more privacy than the other one.
As most of the stuff is bought from Norwegian stores, I´m gonna write some stuff in Norwegian.
Sofaseng: Kersi fra Skeidar/Living 1495,- Store puter, bilderamme og gardiner fra IKEA, Reinsdyrskinn fra Home&Cottage 299,-, saueskinn fra Bohus og heklet teppe fra den lokale Gjenbruksbutikken. Print: Iso50
We chose to get a daybed that you can turn into a double size bed. This way we can also use it as a TV room for when we have a lot of visitors, plus save some space…
Gulvteppe: Bohus: 500,-
I might get a table or something to put infront of the daybed. Something to put your feet on and maybe to put blankets inside..
Hyller fra IKEA, beiset med drivved beis fra Jotun, lykt fra IKEA, gammel flaske funnet i kjelleren til barndomshjemmet, gamle bøker fra Gjenbruk, hjortehode fra Bohus 699,-
Lampe fra Home&Cottage
The already pretty small room has two doors that makes it a little hard to furniture. This door goes to the bathroom.
Skrivebord og gulvbeskytter fra IKEA, skrivebordslampe fra Home&Cottage, Stige fra Living, print laget av Frode Skaren/Uglylogo en Woo Ninja sitter på iMacen og passer på at Scott gjør jobben sin.
I´m not to happy about the IKEA chair, but according to Scott it´s very good for his back
Gulv: Beiset med drivved beis fra Jotun i tillegg til matt gulvlakk. Vegger er malt i antikk hvit, lister, tak og gamle dører malt i hvitt.
What I´m most happy about is the floor. We put wood floor on top of the old floor, stained it with driftwood stain (One of my few contributions to the room) and voila!
Not sure if I have any before pics so I had to snap one from the book that shows how it used to look when we bought the house. You can also see the beautiful guest bathroom(!)..
What do you guys think? Better than the old pink walls?
Every spare minute is spent planning our kitchen nowadays. I even dream about kitchens! I’ve been drawing one with the IKEA home planner to get an idea on how it’s going to look like. There are a lot of things that has to get in place before we can get a kitchen though. Lots of old pipes, a carrying wall we’re not sure how to remove and stuff like that. Anyways, a girl can still dream, and here’s some of what I would have if I could…
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