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For many years now Terje and I have celebrated our anniversary by visiting old wooden hotels along the western coast of Norway. As we are flying to California in a few days, we found no time for a traditional hotel this year, and after a little time in the thinking box, we decided to have a dinner at home, with the kids.
The preparations started right after work.
Here is what I wrote on facebook:
All kids coming home for the anniversary dinner tonight.Ingrid Elise Lindland and Terje helping in the kitchen,Marius Johansen washing windows, Ingrid cleaning the house, Marta Kristin Lindland playing with my iPad, Øystein Lindland and Torgeir have not arrived yet! My fish soup seems to be too salt, but it doesn´t matter. I play to make the beef and the potato salad perfect!
Just in time for the dinner the boys arrived, and we were complete.
7 of us around the table.
Fish soup, steak, strawberries and icecream.
Four hours around the table with laughter and chatting enough to fill the House in the Woods with happiness for years to come.
Before the kids left I asked if they could come with me out in the garden. I wanted photos.
"No photos for your blog!" was Øystein´s immediate answer.
How could he know that I had planned just that, a series for my blog............
So, what should I do then?
While waiting for the fish soup to finish I had made a series of photos of a spider´s web out on the terrace. May be those photos could do?
But, no! The photos look great, but I don´t want our kids to feel that we are spiders,
catching, keeping them in our net, eating them........
Roots and wings are what we want to give our kids.
So here I am, with the first roses of The Blue Garden,
and a heart filled with blessings, smiles and laughter from a night with
my close family.
Have a nice Saturday!
We will be busy today, preparing the house for my brother and his family who will come tomorrow and stay in The House in the Woods while we are away,
and going downtown for the stone mason festival.