Just for fun: 2011 Scandinavian Festival

I really love our little town.  I have lived in a lot of different places and I can honestly say, without reservation, that this is one of the best places I have ever been blessed to call home.

One of the greatest things about our little town is the variety of activities available.  I’m sure people that have lived here their whole lives might beg to differ, but for our family, it is a perfect match. Our favorite community activity is, hands down, the annual Scandinavian Festival.  This is no little undertaking, but a full-on, four-day festival filled with food, dancing, and all sorts of cultural treats and learning opportunities.

This was the third year the kids have participated in the children’s dancing group.  They have two performances a day for four days (which usually end up being the hottest of the summer).  They are very dedicated, even at their young ages!  In fact, over the past three years, we have only missed one performance!  It helps that we only live a few blocks away since we spend so much time down there.  🙂

The last day of the festival is always bittersweet…the kids are exhausted, but always say, “Goodbye, Festival…we’ll see you next year!” as we walk home.

Here are a few of our favorite moments from this year’s festival.  (PS… we are NOT Scandinavian at all!  We figure Germany and Ireland have a fair share of Viking DNA, so we’re covered. )

Declan and Danika
Dala horse
Sariah and the trolls
Desiree dancing

Just for fun: French Flea Market

The last two posts have been about my amazing trip to Seattle to visit with my lovely sister-in-law Angela.  While there we attended a photography class at Gas Works Park and had a fun photo shoot.  Next on our agenda:  a fabulous French-inspired Flea Market in Kirkland! But first we headed to Wallingford to an amazing little cafe called Chocolati.  When I say that was the best chocolate drink I have ever had, I am REALLY not exaggerating.  Add a chocolate-covered, truffle-stuffed fig to the mix, and we were both pretty “chocolate buzzed” after that.

Now on to the flea market!  We decided to continue our photo workshop by catching some of the sweet little details in the booths and shops along the way.



It was a wonderful weekend with an even more wonderful sister!!!  Who knew learning could be so much fun.