Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, August 3, 2018

Back From Our All Family Vacation

"I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery...
air, hills, trees, people,
I thought, "This is what it is to be happy."
Syliva Plath

Without even knowing, Our family vacation together included
the joy of

They say Hygge is why Denmark is one of the happiest nations on Earth.
Simple pleasures.
Hygge is about seeing beauty in the everyday and savoring
each moment by spending time with loved ones 
or that well deserved me time.
Going unwired
especially from social media.

Absorb as many simple pleasures that you can weave into you life

for a daily dose of hygge.

"An optimist is a man who plants two acorns
and buys a hammock."
Jean de Lattre de Tassigny

Hygge Norwegian word meaning 
"To give courage, comfort and joy.

"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale."
Hans Christian Anderson

Did somebody say, "Danny, get back in the water to warm up!"

Laugh if you will but this is one of my happy places!

"To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live."
Hans Christian Andersen

Open Fires!

"A hearth of one's own is worth gold."
Danish proverb

Jack has the art of bonfires down pretty well!

 Open fires
A simple pleasure of life,
relaxing in front of a fire,
a warm, cozy atmosphere
as it crackles and flickers
the aroma of wood smoke
it all calms and soothes 
evoking a primal connection
 and sense of belonging.
Just lose yourself in the reverie of watching
the flames dance.

How about items to craft 
for instant Hygge?
Whether it's making something from scratch
or just creating with your own hands 
it always oozes character and orginality
and gets your imagination flowing
 filling you with hygge happiness.

"A good handicraft rests on a golden foundation."
Danish proverb

Hard at work waking up all their inspiration juices.

Smile for my camera artists!

"Ta-dah! Your very own gorgeous

We also had a birthday to celebrate for Karina!
and Cindy Bear, being Karina's favorite character came to help celebrate!

Gosh we love you Cindy Bear!

Cindy even autographed their decorated shirts!

"Family, like branches on a tree
we all grow in different directions
yet our roots remain as one."

The more hammocks the better
to amuse and enjoy yourself! 

After every trip it's always good to return back home.

Downtown Minneapolis.

Give this a thought tonight when evening falls,

"There they stand,
the innumerable stars,
shining in order
like a living hymn,
written in light."
Nathaniel Parker Willis
"To catch the thrill of a happy voice
and the light of a pleasant eye!
Stirs every heart."

Thanks for stopping in
and take good care of you.


Elephant's Child said...

The little things are HUGE in my world. Thank you for the smiles, the beauty and the creativity you bring to your posts.

Cloudia said...

Oh I love Cindy bear! As I do you, dear Karen. You spread the good around and I really profit by it. Thanks my blessed friend.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, looks like you had a fabulous family vacation. I like the hammocks, lots of smiles and fun photos. Happy belated birthday to Karina. Hygge is a new word for me. Thanks for sharing. Have a happy weekend!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Are there complex pleasures?

RedPat said...

A happy life for everyone! ;-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Hygge is spending Friday with you Karen ✨ Have a wonderful weekend.. I know you will ☺

Debbie said...

downtown Minneapolis is gorgeous at night. this looks like such a fun vacation. often they are busy, hurried, this one is all smiles!! those hammocks are too funny, i love a good bonfire and an awesome craft. what a great time for all!!

and such wonderful pictures of all of it!!!

Jeanie said...

Hygge was my word of the year last year. And I think it should be my word of the year every year. It's a wonderful concept and I try hard to live it!