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weekend.  

Haven’t really felt the "weekend" term as much as I do this week. We had the car packed and as soon as Lucy was done with school Friday we headed up to Bay Lake to take out the boats and spend one more weekend in one of our favorite places. This week was really good for me. Full of new habits and lots of rest. I feel the "outer order, inner calm" more than I ever have before as I’ve incorporated some new habits into our new schedule, and have really found joy in my days. My friend Trisha gave me the run fast, cook fast, eat slow book. It was just so sweet of her and I have been reading it nonstop since. Cookbooks are my favorite and especially when paired with one of my favorite runners and healthy recipes.... perfection! I can’t wait to cook through it, finding my go-to recipes and making marks in the beautiful pages. 
Happy weekend! ✨edc.

First day of school

Lucy started school at Bethel Highlands on Monday. She was so excited all morning. We loaded up her backpack (with 1 folder) and went to meet her teacher, find her hook and  her name on the door then gave a few more hugs and let her go! What a crazy feeling! She loves it. We’re 3 days in and she just can’t wait to go back each day. She loves her teacher Miss. Mollie and even though I don’t get a ton of information from her, she is bursting with joy when I pick her up at 3:30. 
Here’s Lucy and Lyla with their backback hooks right next to each other! 💕 Lyla is a friend we met at church and it was a total bonus to be in the same class together. Who doesn’t love a built in friend?? My time during the hours of 12:50-3:30 are SO. QUIET. Olle is napping the whole time so I just do whatever I want. My goal each day is to do 1 productive thing. But honestly, my even bigger goal has been just to rest and enjoy some peace. I hope I never take those 2 hours for granted. It has been soooo great fo…

Last night

It’s crazy to think of the people we barely knew 1 year ago, and how now they are the people whom our kids get excited to see, and we show up to their houses and walk right in. Last night we went to Pettis Fest, where we ate delicious food, chatted and watched our kids run around for hours. There were lots of baby bumps, lots of littles and a whole slew of big kids, just being kids. We finished off the night sitting front row on lawn chairs listening to Nathan Anderson under the twinkling lights with tiki torches lit. These are the nights that make friends, friends. I watched Olle run around in the dark with his big buddies, and anytime he would get hurt one of them would kindly walk my crying little boy over for a quick snuggle and then he’d run off again, ready to play, not wanting to miss out on the fun. It makes me happy to think about the fact that these are the boys Olle will learn from, look up to-- those that include him in play and care enough to take a break when he’s hurt. …

My baby is turning 5.

I just spent way too much time going through baby pictures of Lucy, and settled on this one for some reason. Look at this little chunky bundle:


One thing that is evident in EVERY single picture is how much Sten and I thought (and still think) she was the absolute best. Without a doubt, this girl has been doted on, oooo'ed and ahhhh'd over since the day she was born. I also clearly had way too much time on my hands, because there isn't a single picture where she isn't dressed to perfection and looks freshly bathed. (I can't say the same is true anymore).

I can't believe she heads to school next week, and then turns 5 a couple short weeks later. There is something about FIVE that seems much bigger than all the other birthdays. I think just because I've changed so much in 5 years. I feel like a completely different person-- so often motherhood brings out the best in people, and I think that is *partially* true of me, but it has also shown me how selfish I am w…

September 

I’m looking forward to this month for lots of reasons. It’s Lucy’s 5th birthday, she starts school, we have our fall kick off at church, and our women’s retreat at the end of the month. I think my whole life will fall a little more into place as a schedule must be had and routine must be put into practice. My life for the last 5 years as a SAHM has been a lot of "what should we do today?" so this is a big change for us. The nights have been a little cooler around here and Sten and I finally sat out on the porch the other night. I want to do a lot of evening porch sits this month, as well as staying motivated to meal plan and feed my family healthy things. Lastly, I want to find time for me, and not be afraid to ask for it. Sten gave me the morning off yesterday and I felt so rejuvenated. I hate putting more on someone else’s plate, but I know I have to in order to stay sane. My last September "to-do" is make my way up to 20 miles, I was on 15 this weekend and ended…

Lucy, almost 5.

I just love my girl. Endless creativity with the absolute sweetest, most tender heart. This is new (not the creativity part) but the tender heart. I see it in the way she cares about others, and wants to share her favorite things with friends, and lately I’ve seen it in the way she talks to Olle. Always wanting to help him, teach him, and encourage him. It’s all I could have hoped for her. A big heart and a creative mind. There has never been a doubt in my mind my girl will do big things. Last night I went into her bedroom because she couldn’t sleep and I told her stories about when she was a baby and how I’d come in to her room after she’d fallen asleep and just stare. I told her how I still check on her every night before I go to bed, and that made her feel so great. I snuck in last night, and snapped a picture of my big, almost 5 year old-- because they’ll be a day very soon, that she’ll go to bed after me, and I won’t be able to sneak in her room any more. Love you Lucy 🐻. You ma…

Friday 

Last night was our 4th month of dinner club and I think it was my favorite one yet. The whole group was able to make it, and Rita and Randy hosted with such ease and beauty that it may not ever be topped. The weather was perfect. The food was amazing and the people around that table are becoming some of my favorites. All from different stages, ages and seasons of life, but when we get together it's comfortable and so meaningful to me. The night started with shrimp, followed by a peach/herb/mixed green salad, crusty bread, Salmon, potatoes, asparagus, and ended with créme brûlée, followed by fireworks, while sitting around the chiminea. All-in-all one of my top nights of summer-- Sten and I stayed way too late, and didn't go to bed until after midnight! but, it was worth every minute.  Already looking forward to next month 💛


August Update

Here we are, 20 days into my happy, healthy August, and I need a reminder and a reset.
Eat no added sugar: I failed at my no sugar goal while at Bay Lake. Ice cream, donuts, and candy...getting back to it today. I have 11 days to finish strong.Fill my plate with veggies at every meal: this is easy for me. We eat a lot of vegetables, I'd say I've done this well.Strive to get up before my family 5 days/ week: Yes, I think there has only been 1 or 2 days I have let the kids wake me up.Finish 2 books: YES! success, I read Into the Water and The Alice Network I actually think I could probably read one more book before the month is over. I just started Zero Sugar Diet (clearly I am trying hard to get off the sug) but it's a little science-y for a quick read, so I don't know if I'll finish it this month or not.Limit social media (I took all apps off my phone already) This has been so easy for me. I have been very unplugged this month. Drink 64 oz of water a day I've d…

bay lake. 

We escaped from Hudson life for the week and headed up north for one final getaway before fall comes. This fall will look different than the past. We’ll have Lucy in school every afternoon and church life will be in full swing, as opposed to last year, when we were planning our preview services. I’m so glad we got away. I loved our lazy mornings and long afternoons spent out on the boat, swimming and playing. The week flew by- hours spent reading, fishing, preparing meals, doing dishes by hand, and playing games. It’s always hard to leave such a magical place and I hope we can make it up one last time before it’s closed up for winter. 
We squeezed in a day trip to Duluth, which proved to be the highlight for both Lucy and Olle. Olles favorite memory from the week was "throwing rocks at Duluth" and Lucy’s favorite was climbing the tower. My favorite memory was taking the boat out to the middle of the lake and watching Lucy jump in with not a care in the world. Her bravery in t…

willow river

On Friday we were offered a free campsite at willow river and since it is basically in our backyard we loaded up the car and headed out to enjoy a night in the tent. These two are just the best little buddies, helping and playing and getting dirty. Olle was especially funny with how excited he was to do EXACTLY what Sten was doing. I’m not exaggerating. Sten would scratch his head, Olle would scratch his head. Sten was so great at including the kids in everything he did, he’s always making everything fun, and giving the kids just the right jobs to make them feel super helpful and special. Camping brings out our best selves, I’m convinced of it. Our campsite was close to the path leading to the falls, .93 miles to the falls to be exact and I was so proud of the kids for walking there and back after playing in the water and climbing the many steps for a view over the falls. When we got to the top, we saw our friend Jayme and she took a family photo! Neither of us had brought our phones …

Friday

I have been so good at being present this week, that I have neglected to take pictures. This is fine with me. In actuality, I can feel a sense of connectedness I was missing this entire summer. I’d say my favorite memory of the week was going downtown to the Hudson bandshell and watching my kids put on a performance. There was a lot of made up songs and some really quality dance moves. Sten and I just sat there with the biggest most proud grins on our faces. We’ve got the 2 best kids in the world. We also spent a day at "Harpers Grandmas pool" and one of the best days at the lake IMO, this entire summer. The night ended with the whole gang together for a family dinner, in which mom loving said while boiling corn on the cob: I love when we’re all together for dinner..... Me, too, mom-- me, too. My month of healthy habits and happiness is just that. I feel calm, like me, and happy. Tonight I’m checking ✔️ month 8 of state parks off my list with a night of camping ⛺️ at willow …

Happy Monday!

I love new weeks, this is going to be a good one, I can feel it.

I finished my first August book last night. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. It was a good and easy read, had me very captivated. I was thinking I should read something that is nonfiction next, but I just don't get into those books as easily, so I've decided to read something I just can't put down and my sister suggested: The Alice Network. I'm excited to dive in.

On the agenda today:
Clean up after the weekend: 😳 !!!
Laundry
Meal Prep
Love my babies and play whatever they want for 15 mins straight. <-- hard to do.
Run
Get together 1 box to donate.

I slipped up on my no sweets Saturday night. We had a bday party to go to and they had a million different kind of bars (I am a true Minnesota girl with bars, I LOVE them) I only tried 2  tiny ones, so I am still considering this a win. But I am back to my month of no sweets as of yesterday.

xo. edc.


Friday Favorites 

This week is brought to you by:1. This guy! 
Olle is finally understanding potty training! We’ve had limited accidents and we’re on day 4. I never thought I’d see the day. I’m ready to have an extra $20+ a month to use on something other than diaps! He is so proud of himself, it’s adorable. 2. I am 3 days into my August self-love goal and I’m happy to say it’s going well. I’ve been staying away from the sug, and have been running and biking a lot over the last few days. I also am about 1/3 of the way through my first book, so I think I’ll be able to meet that goal too. I’ve been refilling my water bottle often, and have only checked social media about once a day (I have to log in on our computer). I’m excited to see how I’ll feel at the end of the month. #progressWe have a pretty low-key weekend, and I’m looking forward to it. xo. edc.

Hello August 

We’re over halfway through summer and I’m heading into August with some self care goals. I have been running around like crazy the month of July and I’m ready to focus on treating my body a little better. I will:Eat no added sugarFill my plate with veggies at every mealStrive to get up before my family 5 days/ weekFinish 2 books Limit social media (I took all apps off my phone already) Drink 64 oz of water a dayDeclutter 4 boxes Here’s to a happy, healthy August ✨💛xo. edc

Goodbye July 

I’m in denial that July is over. It was a month spent with so much family, many of which we only get to see every few years. It was fun to watch my kids warm up quickly to aunts and uncles, great aunts and great uncles, cousins, second cousins, and grandparents. Sten and I are fortunate to have the best families, and the kids are now enjoying the benefits of lots of family to know and love. 

My aunt Pam and uncle Dan came last week and stayed the whole time at the cabin. I felt so happy spending our time catching up, jumping off the boat, swimming, fishing and winery-ing. As I grow up I feel more and more of a draw to make family my top priority. The history, stories and joy my family brings to life is something I hope to pass down to my kids. We hit 6 states this month: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. I’m tired just thinking about all the driving we did, but so thankful too. Xo. Edc.

Kansas

My sissy and I travel the same way, not a lot of planning and a lot of heat and sun. We decided a trip to Kansas was in the cards and loaded up the Acadia with 4 kids, 2 adults and a million other things. We stayed at my aunt and uncles house, and spent our days swimming in their pool, hanging with cousins and keeping 4 kids entertained. It was so fun! These 2 little pool chicks. ❤️❤️❤️❤️This is olle. Constantly messy, with a sassy face, wondering why we ask him to do things. Lucy loves holding babies! Here she is holding Louie, my cousin Zach’s little guy! We went to LEGOLAND which was the highlight for sure! It was so fun, there were rides, a 4-D movie and endless creative outlets! This pic is out of order, but we also found a secret garden when we visited the Kansas City children’s museum. ❤️More LEGOland fun. We ended our time out a restaurant with crazy kids and lots of laughs. So thankful to have a sister who will get in the car and drive 7 hours to a new destination! Xo. edc

Olle my 3 yr old 

Olle turned 3 July 10th while we were at camp. What a lucky guy, spending his birthday down by the lake around a bunch of family. He asked for chocolate cake and before free time started he ripped open his very own brand new Nike’s and a basketball outfit. He immediately changed and ran around jumping and sprinting, so excited. I recently heard something about how we should receive God’s love in the same way kids receive birthday presents. They never feel like they have to earn it. Watching kids open gifts is my favorite- they get so excited, and they love everything! 
Olle has high highs and low lows. When he’s at his best he is an absolute joy to be around. Non stop laughter and hugs for everyone. He cackles just to get a laugh out of others and can sing and dance with the best of them. He loves any sport and all music and has a keen fascination for mowing (basically he follows after Sten in his interests). His dream day would include being outside all day, going to the guitar store …

Family Camp

We've really packed it in over the last few weeks. I can't believe we started July with Family Camp, and now here it is: next week will be August. I hate seeing Summer fly by. July was so good to our family. We took our first Sunday off, and went to Family Camp and had the time of our lives. I have a hard time describing the magic, but it was the perfect mix of time in a beautiful place, family time, Sten and me time, away time, free time, structured time.... it was just all around a great week. Some highlights include:
 One of my favorite views in the entire world. Sleeping in a tent is pure bliss for me. We camped right near Mackinac Island and the kids loved every minute of tent life.  Plus-- got to cross it off my resolution list for this year!  morning snuggles.  Why doesn't this guy sleep in at home???  Lucy took this picture. I wanted to document my 7/7 State Park 18 for 2018 goal  I'd say the highlight of Mackinac Island for us was finding this spot and throwin…