Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Today Erin and I took the boys to Cafe Glada Barn, a concept cafe that combines a child-friendly environment with awesome food and espresso beverages. Jamie was wild about it from the moment I set him onto the totally baby-safe floor, where toys and books were plentiful and the dirt stayed on the shoes we left by the door. They had food on the menu for kids of all ages, from purées to meatballs, and delicious homemade salads for us moms. All four of us loved it there and will be going back very soon.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Swede's big project today was getting his bike up and running ahead of a big race he'll be competing in later this summer. This has been a bit dramatic. Apparently fixing a bike is not as simple as riding a bike and The Swede, exasperated, found himself wondering aloud how hard it must be to repair a car if this silly bicycle was causing him hours of trouble. Jamie and I tried to provide some moral support, but it totally failed and he ended up taking it to the repair shop, a move which I respect and appreciate for the time it freed up play with us.
Monday, June 25, 2012
The Swede and I met four years ago today. We celebrated this anniversary by dropping Jamie off with Mama Swede's and going to the matinee showing of Snow White and the Huntsman, followed by a cozy restaurant dinner. We both missed Jamie, but the movie was really good and it was nice to have an uninterrupted meal together, just the two of us. Plus, The Swede's jokes flow were flowing; he was on fire. Good to know that four years later he's still as charming as that day when we met.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
first midsummer, The Swede and I were at a private party with friends in the country, drinking and dancing the night away. Last year, I was uber pregnant and enjoying the company of Cousin Anne and her friends from London here in Kungsängen, and this year the family gathered at the cabin and took part in the neighborhood party. As usual, there was a lot of really good food, dancing around the maypole, and glorious sunshine that never stopped.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
We stopped by Elin's handball cup on the south side this afternoon to bring her some dry clothes after a long day of competing in, like, a monsoon. Jamie rolled along through the muddy fields to meet Elin's teammates, who were totally smitten. Actually, I couldn't tell if they were just humoring Elin or what but they all literally just stood there staring at him for several minutes. Jamie, for his part, seemed a little overwhelmed by all the female attention, something which he's really going to need to get over before he gets any hair on his chest.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
We messed up. We brought the bed down to the cabin yesterday and now all we have to sleep on is an air mattress. A really, really uncomfortable air mattress. We've been meaning to get a new bed for awhile now, though, and a couple of nights on the air mattress is just the fire we needed to be lit under our butts to get us to the store. Thankfully, since delivery times on a decent mattress can be up to a couple of months, The Swede has a hook-up. His old buddy Kenneth works for the premier bed company in Sweden and got us set up so that we should get our new one within the week. And really, it can't come soon enough since, for the first time in my life, I'm dreading bedtime.
Friday, June 15, 2012
May I present The Family Swede Jr.'s long-awaited, ready-to-live-in summer cabin! We drove down this morning to build the bed and set everything up so that it would be ready for midsummer next weekend. I wish I would have taken a picture of it beforehand because it was a dark and musty cave of a cabin a few weeks ago and now it's a light and airy country dreamland. Poor Jamie had to walk to the car and strap himself into the car seat all on his own, The Swede and I were so busy patting ourselves on the back when we finished. But really, if he had seen what it looked like before he would be congratulating us, and above all Papa Swede and Sarianne, as well.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Yesterday, after our sweet zoo trip, we went to Thomas and Petra's for dinner and the big Sweden-Ukraine match. We had a fabulous time, of course, until the game went a bit sour for Sweden and seventy-five percent of us took on a foul mood that really brought down the atmosphere for the twenty-five percent of us who were less interested in football and, furthermore, not Swedish.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
The Swede was at the long-awaited Nordea Masters final today (since Jamie messed up last year's final by, you know, being born) but the little man and I were free and available. Cousin Anne and her boyfriend Matt are visiting from London and have been spending a couple of days relaxing at the cabin so Jamie and I decided to drive down for the afternoon and evening and say hi. It was cloudy the entire trip but the sun came out as we arrived and found this cozy scene; a strawberry rhubarb pie surrounded by lots of people we love. Jamie was in heaven crawling around on the grass and exploring the property freely for the first time now that the weather and lawn are dry. And I must say, now I get it. Why they call it a summer cabin, that is. That place is downright amazing when it's nice out and I can't wait to spend more time there in the coming months.