Aurland, Norway

Image and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends! How’s it going? We are still in jaw-dropping Norway. It is seriously stunning. We arrived in Bergen late last night, but it was so light, and we were so hungry, we took the whole family to dinner at around 10:00 PM. Hah! We are off our normal schedule for sure.

Hey. It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday. I hope you’re feeling okay about that. I know that for a lot of people, Mother’s Day is the most emotionally fraught holiday of the year. Maybe they feel they’re not a good mother. Or maybe they have a strained or chaotic relationship with their own mother. Or maybe their mother died and they’re heartbroken. Or maybe they long to be a mother themselves. It can be a rough day!

We go really light on Mother’s Day celebrations at our house — especially this particular weekend because we’re traveling — but if you’re in the mood for something festive, I can highly recommend this charming banner, these Big & Small projects, or this Momtract that made me laugh.

While we make site-seeing plans for the day, here are a few things I thought you might enjoy:

– Someone to thank the next time Downton Abbey airs before you have a chance to watch it!

– Cyber-parenting. (Do you friend your kids and your kids’ friends? Are you obsessive about monitoring their online behavior? So much to discuss here!)

– Mesmerizing. And I want a yoghurt. (Tell me if you got a little misty, too! Or am I just travel-weepy?)

– Such a beautiful storyVia Dooce.

– A lip-sync contest to make you smile and chair-dance at your computers!

– It’s true, isn’t it? Compliments from other women are the best.

– I know the April 15th deadline came and went, but our taxes were filed last weekend. Hooray! To celebrate, I invite everyone to watch this.

– Let’s get ready for picnic season!

– What Ali Wore. The many dapper outfits of an older Brooklyn gentleman.

– An artist collects DNA from found objects (like chewed gum!) to create 3D Portraits.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and that you feel peace and joy on Mother’s Day whatever your circumstances. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


P.S. — We’ve had 2 birthdays this week (Flora June and Betty) and have been celebrating on the go. We packed up balloons, birthday candles and some colorful papergoods so we could throw together an instant party — just add cake!