Today, Preciousbabe decided to start the morning with a bang at 5 am. I am not a fan of early mornings. 5 am to 10:30 pm filled with toddler demands = a long day + 6 days of something very similar = a long week. Which then turns into a very grumpy me which then turns into a very grumpy everyone. It is amazing how this cycle spirals. Did you know that a happy mom makes a pretty happy family? If only I had a nanny. JUST KIDDING! actually, i like my kids too much to give them up like that. A house keeper! now, that is good idea.
So, after I baked some bread rolls, put a load of laundry in the machine, read an article about outdooring in Sweden (yes, please!) My sweet little Preciousbabe fell asleep on my lap at 7am.
Now that my babies are snorring still, I have time to write a little post. I will continue where I left off…in Höfgen at the family renunion….
We, as a family, packed into cars, went on a little trip to a monastry. It was first built in the 11 hundreds then it expanded and grew and buildings were built until 16 hundred or something like that. I have no idea actually because we got there at 3 only to find that everything was closed. We looked at the outside of the buildings for an hour and then left. It would have been really interesting to hear more of the history and such, otherwise, you look at it and think…’huh.’
The surroundings were very pretty.We decided to go check out a nearby city that overlooks the river. It has a lovely Burg on on it, which was also closed. We didn’t have much luck that day.Closed entrance to the Burg.She loves her uncle.We had a little service in the old church for Sam’s grandfather. It was so sweet how the family prepared things for him. My sister in-law played the organ, Sam’s cousin the flute and Sam’s uncle the guitar. I really liked it. Unfortunately, my children seem to react to quiet somber moments with naughty behavior. I had to leave, I saw red, it was very difficult to hold back and not give a good hard spank. (which was very necessary) I think everyone felt very sorry for me. Heck! I felt sorry for me! Anyway, it passed, kids and I changed our attitude after a good nap and everything was okay. phew.
This is Sam’s grandma. She had 6 children. ! She is remarkable. I like her wisdom and love. She doesn’t smile in pictures but I got a little smirk here. Throughout our stay she continuously hugged me (she has a great hug by the way) and told me that she is glad that I came and got to know her family better. I felt very accepted. Being accepted is a lovely feeling.
That means ‘Hope.’
We then came home wiped out. The next day we slept (all of us) 3 hours for our nap. That was glorious! Getting back into the daily routine was also nice.
This trip awakened my desire for a good vacation. We have 2 weeks off in June. I am trying to figure out how to scratch together a lot of euros so we can take a caravan to Southern Norway. I want to see the Fjords and go on long hikes with 3 kids. Oh wait, short hikes. I am getting a little passionate for open untouched beauty. I mean, if you live here you should use the opportunity right!? I should write a donation letter entitle: ‘For the Cause of the Overworked Mother and Father’ Ha ha!
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! I pray that you would gain vision for your motherhood and strength to do an excellent job! I pray for refreshment and love for all you mommas out there!