Mums Visit!

Last week when Greg was in America, my mum came to stay with me for 5 days. I was so happy, because it had been such a long time since last I saw her and Greg was away so it was really nice to have someone stay and not being all alone.

Most of the times when my mum has visited me here in London there has always been something happening that we have been busy with, so she has not really got to feel like she is in London. We have not gone to the center at all on most of her visits and therefore not seen very much.

Fortunately this time, we had the whole weekend, and we got to go to into the central and take pictures with some of the main attractions such as Big Ben, The London Eye and Westminster Abby.
We were so lucky to get some great weather whilst we were there that just made our time perfect.
We had lunch by Trafalgar Square, walked around and watched the buildings and the people and enjoyed the nice atmosphere.
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We also started a project to redo our entire living room as a surprise for Greg when he came home, and he got so happy! I will in a later post show you our new place.

It is something special to have ones mum stay, it feels very homely and cozy.
I was even so lucky to get some of my favorite foods from Norway from her, such as Bearnaise Sauce and Norwegian bread spread.

In the evenings we would watch old crime series and drink tea just like we did when I was younger. I felt like I was 16 again!
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I was so sad when she left, but it wont be long until I see her again. In two weeks we are packing our bags and travelling to Greece for two weeks, so I wont have to miss her long.

Two days after she went home, Greg came back from America. It was so good to have him home, like I could finally relax again. So my time “alone” went quite well, and fortunately passed quickly.

Now life is back to normal. Greg is recovering from his Jet Lag and I am enjoying a relaxing weekend before work starts again tomorrow.

I hope everyone has had a nice end to the week!

– Camilla

Happy Birthday Mum!

Today, the 30th of June is my amazing Mother’s birthday.

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Last year, we had a great celebration for her with our whole family for her 60th.
I wish so much that I could be in Norway today for her celebration, but unfortunately this year I was unable to go back due to work.

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My mum is an amazing woman, and a great role model to me. When i grew up it was just me and my mum that made up our little family of two, and I think that is one of the reasons we are so close. Until this day we still go on holidays just the two of us and have an amazing time, sometimes many times a year. Whilst many of my friends just go with their friends since they turned 18, I prefer to go with my mum and we have at least as much fun as I do when going with my friends. This year I thing the trip will go to Greece and I am so excited!

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My mum took me on many adventures when I was young and I think that is what has made me so curious about the world and how other people live their lives.

Even as a single mum, my mum was never afraid of adventures, and to try new things and for this I am so grateful. When I was 14 we went to live in Cyprus for almost three months. We rented a flat where the locals lived, and became close friends with neighbors whom many of did not even speak English. I remember so well us having the children in the flat compartment in for tea everyday and sitting downstairs trying to make a conversation with their grandmother in very simple Greek.
We found some chicken eggs on our veranda in this apartment that was abandoned by their mum, and we took care of them until they came out and then until they where old enough to fly on their own.
The time there taught me to speak English and  even some Greek, but most of all it taught me of different ways to live in different cultures and that there is not necessarily a better or worse way of living, just different.

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My mum and I at The Blue Mosque in Istanbul last year

When I was feeling down in my teenage years we got a beautiful golden retriever called Bob Marley. My mum did not really need the extra work load, but she knew how good it would be for me, and it was and she agreed to it. And we ended up having the love and laughter of a dog in our home until he passed away in 2011.

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When I was 16 years old and my biggest dream was so go on exchange for one year to Australia, my mum supported me 100 percent and let me travel to the other side of the world for a year at only 16 years old. I am sure it was not easy, but again she knew how I wanted it and how good it would be for me to gain that experience and let me go.

I could list examples like this all day, but the most important thing she does for me is that she is always there for me. As a friend and as a mother, whenever I need support. She is such a fun and loving lady and looks amazing for her age. I am very proud and what better day to give credit to all that she does than on her birthday.

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Happy birthday mum, love you xxx

– Camilla