Saturday, February 18, 2017

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February 15th
February 18th

Laying Low

It's another winter weekend with nothing planned except play, chores, ice-fishing, and building with marshmallows. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

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February 2nd

February 5th

February 6th

Celebrating The Segerstens

These winter months are ones that are filled with birthdays in our extended family. Within a four week period, we celebrate Papa Swede, Julia, Sarianne, and Elin, but since nobody was having a milestone birthday (unlike last year) the celebrations have been low-key cozy. Like this past Saturday, when we drove down to Söderköping and home in the same day to give Julia and Sarianne their presents, meet their new bunny, and enjoy an enormous spread of cookies, cupcakes, and brownies with good company. I think the person who felt most honored, however, was Elin, who turns fifteen in three weeks and will then be legal to drive the moped that Gurra bought and restored for her. This may seem like an outlandishly generous gift for a family friend, but remember, gifting vehicles is kind of Gurra's thing

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Daily Jamie

Mid-Winter Signs of Hope

It's tulip season and these beauties are making me very happy every time I see them. Combine that with the fact that it's now still light at three in the afternoon and I am a happy, hopeful lady.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

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January 20th 
January 21st

Marcus & Martinus

You guys, check out these adorable Norwegian twins! Jamie came home singing this song a few weeks ago and now neither of us can get it out of our heads. And don't worry, we don't really understand much of what they're saying either, but that's decidedly nonessential to the enjoyment of the song.

Sunday, January 8, 2017


Hey, dudes! Sorry I haven't been great about posting pictures this week. It's because I haven't been great about taking pictures. Annemor and Matt are in Sri Lanka and the Segerstens are in the Dominican Republic and have been sending beach and palm pictures regularly, and I haven't even been able to respond to them because what I am I going to send? I picture of me re-watching every episode of Girls? The Swede fishing? Jamie jumping on the bed? The bottom line is, we haven't been doing much exciting, but have enjoyed our Christmas break nonetheless. Back to work and school tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Daily Jamie

Top Reasons Not To Go Sledding

… according to Jamie, after I pushed the apparently horrible idea so hard that he was crying actual tears:

1.  Said tears would freeze into ice cubes on his face.
2. We might go so fast down the hill that his loose tooth would fall out. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Daily Jamie

The Place To Be

Jambo and I are on break this week since his school is closed, and while The Swede is technically on the job, he's been working so much overtime that he was able to take the afternoon off. He decided to take us to the museum of natural history, a first for Jamie and me and the first time he'd been in about thirty years. It was an awesome idea, but not a unique one as the place was PACKED with preschool-aged kids and their parents. I daresay, all the coolest parents take their kids to the museum of natural history.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Daily Jamie

Two Thousand and Sixteen

If you look and listen, there are a lot of people making a big deal about how terrible 2016 was. Indeed, some people very close to me had truly tragic experiences this year. Our little family has been incredibly fortunate, however, and I will continue to stick to my personal policy in life and on this blog and focus on the positive. Always. With that in mind, here are the highlights from my latest trip around the sun with the men of my dreams.
In January, Jamie and I experienced our first julgransplundring and I made a promise to myself that some wonderful friends help me keep later in the year.
Jambo and I also enjoyed the quality time that The Swede's ice fishing hobby allowed us.
In February, I drove down to Söderköping for Sarianne's Melodifesivalen-themed birthday party, which was a blast.
They had been talking about the Vasa ship at school, so Jamie and Axel got to visit the real deal at the Vasa Museum.
In March, we prepared for Melodifestivalen by making an awesome sign for Jamie's favorite act. 
We also celebrated Easter with Erin's family for the first time.
In April, Jamie learned how to ride a bike and The Swede and I learned how to run faster.
Also, The Swede's fishing buddies showed up at our house for a surprise birthday party for him.

In May, we headed to Ohio! We had lots of quality time with family and SO MUCH FUN at Becca and Jonathan's zoo wedding.

In June, we celebrated Nationaldagen at a nearby castle, took advantage of gorgeous weather with a visit to Gröna Lund, and made good on that promise on Midsommar

As usual, we were on vacation for most of July and did a lot of traveling. First, we visited the nearby island of Vaxholm, then northward to Dalarna, and finally we headed down south to Malmö, Copenhagen and Legoland!
In August, Jamie and I rounded out our summer with a week full of Mom-and-son-only fun when The Swede went back to work.
In September, we went to Gran Canaria with the Johanssons and it was precisely as amazing as you can imagine.

I was back on the road in October, with a solo trip to Ohio to officiate Kate and Scott's beautiful, romantic wedding. While I missed Jambo and The Swede, it was so nice to be just daughter, step-daughter, granddaughter, and friend for a few days.

In November, we went Pokémon hunting at Steninge Slott and enjoyed a child-free spa weekend at our favorite hotel.
And finally, this month, we got outside and played in the rare December snow.

With love, gratitude for this magical year, and anticipation for the next, our little family wishes you and yours a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! And now, a gift: take ten minutes to read this. I promise goosebumps and possible tears of joy.