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Hi, I'm Kristine Nyborg. Home is currently Ottawa, ON, where I live with my guy and our three kids, but I've also called Oslo, Lafayette, San Francisco, New York, Fairbanks, Tromsø and Vancouver home. Kristine is pronounced Kristina, I know, weird. It's a Norwegian thing, which is where I'm from. This is my daughter and I, she’s in the middle of cracking me up, something she does most days. I find her extremely funny, even though most of her jokes are about bodily functions. She’s 5, has a twin brother and an older brother. He’s 6. I worked as a photojournalist for 15 years, then I had three kids in 15 months, and now I'm combining my two favourite things: visual storytelling and family.
This is us. We had three kids really fast. This photo cracks me up every time I see it, he’s using a pack of diapers to rest his head! I’m so in love with this photo because we did this. And still came out holding hands.
Every time I go home I take out my album and look through it to find clues about my childhood and fish for memories. I’m so grateful I’m the first child, because that means I actually HAVE a photo album to look through. My brother’s is full of pictures, but none of them are glued in so they’re always falling out and offer no explanations to why they’re there in the first place. Photo albums are so crucial. There is something special about how family history gets visually passed down.
This photo is one of the most hilarious pictures I know of myself. I love it so much. The caption does equally much for me (translated from Norwegian): “But oh, so unfair to have to pee outside - while it’s raining!” Including raindrops my mother carefully coloured in. It just cracks me up. It is also one of the reasons I decided to keep my kids anonymous on social media. I would have been a mortified teenager if this followed me around everywhere. But that face, though! And rubber mittens! This picture will keep making me laugh forever. Takk, Mamma!
Attempting a selfie while my son is kicking my face. I did this because I had just realised his feet no longer fit on my cheeks the way they used to and that made me feel sad. One of my favourite things to do when my kids were babies was to carefully snuggle the bottom of their feet against my cheeks, it just gave me all the feels. Now their feet are huge (comparatively) and won’t stop moving. It’s a snapshot from a cellphone, over exposed and in poor light, but moment wins and not everything has to be perfect to be beautiful.
Here we are, as a family, just over a year ago. Our neighbour Candice snapped this as we were walking by, and I love this photo because it reminds me of how lucky we are to be together in a community we love where a neighbour sees our happiness and snaps it on her phone. Also it’s snowing, my favourite precipitation, something it kept doing for three months. Which is really rare for Vancouver.