A couple of weeks back our family celebrated Norway's Constitution Day. Ella's Bestemor (Grandmother) knitted a beautiful Bunad - which is the Norwegian National Costume. We are so blessed to have this beautiful, handmade heirloom for generations to come. Ella felt like a royal Queen!
Here she is two years ago - I guess she was a Norwegian Princess back then!
Next year it will be Vivian's turn to feel royal.
I love to see how Ella has grown in the last two years.
As the little ones set the table for lunch we listened to Norwegian music. The girls were very excited to listen to their Dad's language through songs especially this song - they knew exactly what the song was and were delighted of the similarity.
We shared a special lunch - which was a cold lunch - very typical of the lunch Geir my husband had as a kid. Homemade bread, homemade strawberry jam, cheese, butter, and vegetables.
We all thought the food that Dad (Papa) prepared for us was delicious - but the most fun was talking about our upcoming trip to Norway to visit family. We talked about all of our relatives in Norway and paid tribute to them through prayer. We are teaching the girls simple Norwegian words like thank you - "tusen takk". There is nothing simple about the Norwegian language but it is very important for the little ones to know how to speak the polite words when using thier manners. Family traditions are so meaningful and important for children - I love creating new traditions for my family and continuing with the old. The girls really enjoy the togetherness - the sacredness of it all and I do too.
After lunch the girls had fun playing with their Vikings that their Gram had gifted them for Christmas this past year.
Jeg elsker deg Geir!