Monday, October 8, 2012

Ahh, Autumn.

Autumn has arrived after the mildest summer I've ever experienced. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't San Diego or my hometown at the beach. But, such is life - things are different now.

Autumn is here. With all it's color, and all it's beauty. 

Stian and I (and my brother-in-law) took at little drive up to the fjords this weekend to meet our newest nephew:


I couldn't get enough of the little guy!! Such a sweet baby. We're already making plans to go back in a few weeks to see how much he's grown, and also visit more with our simply darling niece. 

Finally warmed up to onkel Stian, who adores her.

Not quite two, she's bursting with energy and figuring out how to live with her new brother. I can't tell you how much it melts my heart to hear her call me "Tante!"

Besides taking in all the love radiating from the in-laws' growing family, I can't help but notice how beautiful everything is this time of year. 

The snow is already on the mountain tops (the last of it finally melted at the end of July...and here we are again!), and everything is starting to turn golden, orange, and red. 

These are just a few pictures I took from the car on the way up to Stian's hometown:





And then waking up to this in the morning took my breath away:

From the living room window at Stian's parents' home.

I've seen more rainbows here in Norway (and especially in good ol' rainy Bergen) than I think I have in my entire life in the last couple months. I feel like such a kid when I see one - it still brings me so much joy!

As if new babies, beautiful weather, and plenty of rainbows weren't enough to satisfy my soul, there is more to celebrate in the upcoming months. My mom, grandma, and niece all have birthday's coming up, and I am currently enjoying høstferie (autumn break...gosh, it's good to be a teacher!) so don't have to work all week. Also, I can start pulling out my Halloween decorations and start hunting for the perfect pumpkin to carve. 

We will be installing a new fireplace this week, just in time to cozy up as the darkness and cold and crispy autumn air settles in.

I hope your autumn is turning out to be as koselig (cozy....a really important Norwegian word!) as mine. 

Cheers! 

5 comments:

  1. oh wow that last view is fantastic!

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  2. Nope, from Hafslo. Not far from Sogndal and the Urnes Stavkirke...

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  3. Beautiful autumn pictures (and a baby)! And yes, everything here in Norway seems to be "koselig" :)

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