F I V E DSC_0026DSC_0083Finley: “Look up, he’s a star now. I can see him!”

Sienna: Three is huge. So is loosing your balloon to Balloonia, and beach gymnastics.

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A few days late, still playing catch up, and too many absolutely wonderful photos and memories from the past few weeks keep distracting me. Hey, there, luxury problems.

Linking up with Practising Simplicity. 

And for fun, last year’s week five.


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She wasn’t born with fins. She didn’t even like water as a baby. When we first moved to Dubai, she would cry every time we took her to the beach, frightened of the waves. In the pool she’d cling on to us, and we made sure to never push her comfort limits in terms of water over her head. Not a water baby.

And yet. Somewhere along her way, she gained confidence. Although she barely tolerates a hair wash, and please no water in her face in the pool, and don’t even mention underwater swimming, the garden hose apparently is COMPLETELY OK AND ALL THE FUN IN THE WORLD apparently and keep up with the program parents, please.





Two blogs, both based in Oslo and Dubai. Same choice of coffee. Same granola. Same excellent taste in purses. What are the chances?

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with Roos, one half of the duo behind the brilliant blogazine Mag-on-the-blogOver a coffee and breakfast at The Hamptons Cafe, we chatted all things beach, blogs, baking disasters (and tips of tasty shortcuts!); and how try as you might to wear winter boots in Dubai, come midday it still is very much a Havaianas on your feet all year round place. 


The Hamptons Cafe Dubai.




I love the way the colours of the desert light up my children’s faces. I love snacking out of the cool box in the boot of the car. I love attending a sandy church service in the middle of the desert.

I love the sand that pours out of our pockets when we get home.

I love using the word love. DSC_0033 DSC_0029 DSC_0018DSC_0015 DSC_0019DSC_0039DSC_0007DSC_0037 DSC_0028

…ahem. Yes. That’s right. Boxing Day. As in last year. I totally forgot to hit ‘publish’ when I finished this post. Ooops. Criminal, I’m sure.



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