Monday, September 4, 2017

Daily Jamie

Juuuuuuust Right

We had the nicest weekend, you guys. It's a rare occurrence that the weekend doesn't feel too short, but we packed so much into this one that it felt just right. It began with kräftor on Friday evening at the cabin. The Segerstens were there too, so the place was packed, but in a good way. There were more than enough kräftor for everyone to stuff themselves and the grown-ups sat around the table chatting into the wee hours.    
The next day, Sarianne was full of energy and insisted we take the kids to the nearby lake and test out her new rubber boat. She took each of us out for a spin and then paddled across the lake and back by herself. 
Meanwhile, Jamie and Julia tried to catch minnows with butterfly nets.

Sarianne ended our outing by pretending to fall off the dock, which the kids (and I, admittedly) loved. We left the cabin on Saturday evening so that we'd be home for Jamie's football practice in the morning. 
On Sunday afternoon, Jambo and I met up with Axel and his mom to see Cars 3, which was quite good. Axel and I even shed tears. We went to the playground afterward and the boys ran around until it got too cold and windy for our light jackets. Summertime is over for sure, but the livin' is still easy.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

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Our Time On Öland

It's been over a week since we returned from Öland, a week during which I started back at work and The Swede and Jambo have enjoyed more summer break. Sarianne, Julia, Jamie and I drove to the island on a beautiful, sunny Sunday, making stops at a gorgeous church and McDonald's along the way.
When we arrived, however, it was raining cats and dogs, a grim start to what we had hoped would be a few days of island sun. The rain did let up eventually, though, and we were able to enjoy the camping site and lovely views.
The first night, we played minigolf and Julia creamed the rest of us. We also played a lot of games and cards in the cabin, played bocce and badminton in the yard, Julia taught herself how to do a cartwheel, and Sarianne and I enjoyed one or two glasses of champagne.  The clouds even parted for a couple hours so that we could go swimming.

The second night we were there, we had gone to the camping site's grocery store to get ice cream, when who should walk in but The Swede! He was supposed to be working that week, but had taken the five-plus hour drive to surprise us! Jambo and I were overjoyed, obvs.  
The next day, we drove up the coast to the northermost tip of the island, passing a medieval fort and dozens of old, wooden windmills along the way. We also stopped by a touristy sand beach and dipped our feet in the Baltic, and visited a petting zoo and camel farm where Julia was the only one brave enough to ride one.
The other significant thing we did was plan another trip to Öland next summer, we had such a good time!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Vacay Week Two

Our second week of vacation started on an awesome note when we discovered that a KFC was opening about an hour from our house! The Swede kindly pulled off the highway for an unplanned, early lunch as soon as we saw the sign. We ordered a bucket and decided just a few pieces into it that we didn't need to do that again for awhile.
We continued on toward Skara Sommarland amusement park, where we met up with Erin and Svante and the kids. It was fun, but very crowded and exhausting, as evidenced by these images.  

The week since we got home from Skara Sommarland has been a blur of sixth birthday preparation and celebration, with a trip to Parken Zoo and an overnight at the summer cabin thrown in.  
Jamie had a great birthday, got lots of presents, ate a ton of cake and candy, and spent lots of time with his friends.
His Pokémon-themed party was a huge success, with bingo and a piñata being the high points.

We had the pleasure of The Johansson's company again yesterday when they came over to our place for dinner. The Swede took us all fishing and made sure that each of the boys caught something. It's been a nice, relaxing week around the house, which was necessary because on Saturday Jamie and I are heading off for a week in a tiny cabin with Sarianne, Elin, Julia, and Elin's boyfriend. It promises to be intense. You'll hear from me again soon!