Back from Norway
|An extremely jaunty walk to get the mail.
|Playing by the lake.
|A visit from my grandmother and the kids' great-grandmother. With my mum standing in for my dad, we've got four generations on this sofa and ages ranging from two to ninety-four.
|I gave Gwen one of my old bridesmaid dresses, and she immediately declared herself Princess Gwen.
I'm rather inclined to agree.
|We went for lots of walks up and down the lanes.
|There were wildflowers (and their tiny tenants) everywhere.
|Pancake brunch with my Norwegian Bestie. We love our Annika!
|Annika is the director of an opera museum, and therefore wins all of the Best Dress-up Box awards.
As the days turned into weeks, it was really great to see my mum recovering more and more each day. Over the course of the month we were there, she went from needing two crutches to get anywhere, to mostly getting around the house unsupported and only using a walking stick in one hand if we were going somewhere. She was even well enough to drive the car into town before we left, which made me feel like we weren't leaving her completely in the lurch. And now she just had her first day back at work!
|My lovely Mumsy
My mum and I have always been good friends, so just spending time with her was great as it always is. I know I'm very lucky in that regard, because not everyone gets along as well with their mum as I do. She does have an absolutely frustrating ability to be right about things, but other than she's lovely. We did a lot of chatting and knitting and shopping (so much shopping!) and sorting through old photos and just spending time together without doing anything very significant in that way you can only do with your very nearest and dearest.
|Visiting the cows and breaking in their news boots.
|Washing Granny's car.
And I was able to enjoy some time with Jeremy too! We went for walks and talked a lot, and discovered that we are equally nerdy about Dr. Who, so almost every night after the kids were in bed, we'd pile onto the couch with my mum and watch some vintage Dr. Who or an old movie. He was great at helping out with the kids and did a lot of stuff around the house in general, which I really appreciated. He's going to make some girl very happy one of these days!
|Cooling off with popsicles in the paddling pool. It's a rough life!
|Picking wild strawberries.
|One of many tiny tea parties.
|Who even knows?
|Happy and handsome.
|Playing with mama and uncle Jeremy's old Lego.