Saturday, May 27, 2017

Daily Jamie


The Gap

Please just look who lost his first tooth! Jamie's teacher, Nina, pulled it out and The Swede helped him write a note to the Tooth Fairy. 
Hi Tooth Fairy,
My name is Jamie and I lost my first tooth. I'd like to keep the tooth if I may, and also receive money.
Good night!
Jamie

Friday, May 26, 2017

Daily Jamie

May 23rd
May 24th
May 25th
 

Trosa/Tullgarn

Why the Feast of the Ascension is a public holiday is beyond me, but I'll gladly take the paid day off. Yesterday, instead of going to work and school, we met up with The Swede's folks in Trosa, as seriously adorable coastal town just south of Stockholm. Despite being very close both the summer cabin and Söderköping, and despite getting rave reviews from Ingvor and Roland, we'd somehow never been. Mama and Papa Swede were there to watch a fishing competition and since my husband can't resist that sort of thing, it was a given that we would check it out. We walked around for a bit and enjoyed some ice cream and sodas and watched some fishermen we know win during the award ceremony, then I got in my car, and Jamie and The Swede got in Papa Swede's because I had to go home and work on Friday and everybody else was heading to Molsta. I didn't go straight home, though. Just outside of Trosa, I saw signs for Tullgarn Palace and obviously couldn't resist. I just missed the last tour of the day, but they let me peek around on the first floor a bit, plus a took a leisurely walk around the grounds.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Daily Jamie

April 28th
April 29th
April 30th
May 3rd

May 7th

Lately

The last days of the action-packed month of April had been booked for months as the weekend when Sarianne would give The Swede his birthday present: a cruise to Helsinki! It was to be Sarianne and the girls (Magnus had to stay home to take care of their dog), Mama and Papa Swede, and us, and it was a total surprise for The Swede. I also got a major surprise when, after we left land behind us, I discovered that Annemor and Matt were also on the ship! Sarianne had coordinated with them so that they could also join us from England. 


Jamie was thrilled to hang with his cousins, and we all enjoyed an awesome show, a swanky dinner on the Segerstens, and some tax-free shopping on Friday night.
When we landed in Helsinki the next morning, we split up. Elin, Matt, Annemor and I took a cab to the Temppeliaukio church, a really cool, modern church built into a hill right in the middle of the city.
While I can't say that this particular church was my cup of tea architecturally, it was definitely unique and I'm glad we took the time to check it out.
On the way back to meet the rest of our group, who had spent some time at a department store, we admired the way Helsinki chose to advertise that KISS was coming to town.
The weather in Helsinki was horrible and the boat was rocking like crazy for the rest of the trip, but we were too distracted by the all-you-can-eat buffet we enjoyed on the way home to care.
Also, Sarianne debuted her new camera and now her photos look better than real life.
Since we had been out of town every weekend for over a month, we were really looking forward to taking it easy this past weekend. And, oh my goodness, it was so glorious not to have anywhere to go on Saturday.
Then, yesterday, we went to Parken Zoo, one of our favorite warm-weather destinations, for the premier weekend. 
We went ahead and splurged on season tickets this year, so we have to go back a couple more times this summer to get our money's worth, so be expecting that.
It's been snowing a bit off and on today, but yesterday's zoo trip felt like the official start of the warm season, the one with a bank holiday every other week, summer vacation, lilacs, Molsta, Jambo's birthday, long evenings with lots of light, morning walks, Aperol spritzes, birds, watermelon, sandals! AH, I love it! Yay for spring!   

Monday, April 24, 2017

Daily Jamie

April 21st
April 22nd

Spontaneous Sälen

Last Thursday, when I arrived at work, The Swede told me that he had a crazy idea. He thought that we should wrap up a couple of things at the office, go home and pack a weekend bag, pick up Jambo at preschool, then head up to the mountains. He had had a significant birthday earlier in the week, so saying no was out of the question. Six hours later we were in Sälen.
We stayed at a lodge in the same area I'd been with work just a few weeks earlier, close to restaurants, the water park, and the lifts. Jamie put on downhill skis for the first time in his life and was AWESOME! I expected a lot of falling and whining, but he was so cool, just gliding along like he'd been skiing all his life. The Swede is a good teacher, to be fair.

The Swede was also awesome, obviously, and rocked the dang slopes with his stylish outfit.
We skied both Friday and Saturday, but also squeezed in two trips to the water park, three after ski parties, a couple rounds of bowling, a visit to the lodge's playland, some gaming, lots of relaxation, and plenty of good food. Also, we slept a lot because we were all pooped at the end of three busy days.
Not only did Jamie kick my butt at skiing, he was a significantly better bowler. Good thing I hadn't much ego to speak of to begin with.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter Weekend In England

For the second year in a row, our husbands headed north for the Easter weekend ice-fishing trip, but Mama Swede and I weren't just hanging around at home this year. Back in January, she and I and Jamie booked tickets to visit Annemor and Matt at their home outside of London for the holiday. We arrived on Thursday night and left Sunday morning, but managed to pack a lot of fun into just two days.
Annemor and Matt live very close to Windsor, so we went to feed the Queen's  swans and check out the castle.
The inside of Windsor Castle was closed to the public when we arrived, but we were able to walk the grounds to our hearts' content.
It wasn't super warm when we were there, but it had been for weeks so everything was green and blooming. I'd say they are a good two months ahead of us, weather-wise.
Obviously I was obsessed with St. George's Chapel with it's gorgeous architecture and intricate stained glass windows.
Brain freeze!
Annemor planned a tour on an amphibious bus that was a big hit. Picture Jamie and me waving like crazy at everyone we passed while Mama Swede pretended she didn't know us.  

 

We did some shopping, of course, but mostly just relaxed around the house, which was perfect. Jamie became best friends with Annemor and Matt's cat, Poppet, and terrorized her the whole time we were there. She never ran away, though, and indeed seemed kind of into his petting her backwards and flashing a laser in her face.

It was such a cozy weekend, and while it went by quickly, it really felt like quality time and I'm so glad we went.