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Aaaah, home sweet home! It came as a surprise, my longing for home on our little jaunt down to the westcoast of Sweden and Göteborg. Why, you ask? Well, the reasons are many, but mainly as this place epitomises what is summer, relaxation and what is good in life to me, and it is somewhere that has always been a constant in my nomadic uprbinging (that is a positive thing FYI). How exciting that I finally got to show it off to Mark, and we went on our first family holiday!

We did the obligatories, such as going to Liseberg Theme Park, even managing to steal a little time to ourselves and going on the hunt for some fun rides of our own. Dont get me wrong, it was fun and exciting riding around with Maia and Lily on the rides we went on, they just aren’t as thrilling as grown up ones hehe. Poor Mark, most of the rides that he wanted to go on, like the  ”shoot you up stupidly high and drop u just as quick” towers all had max height limit of 195cm. A whole 9cm shorter than what dear husband is. Shame. So, with the mammoth queues that abounded during the warm lovely day in the middle of the holiday period, we managed to find ourselves ONE ride, with only 35mins queue time and with no height restrictions. We ended up on the classic Lisebergsbanan, a rollercoaster, and we grabbed the very front seats – yay for us!

Next on the hit list we had Slottskogen. A massive, beautiful park with petting zoo’s and animals to go and see, as well as massive playgrounds and lush grassy expanses dotted with pretty flowers, also in the middle of the city. We saw a couple of Bambi’s, that now are no longer in enclosures in the park, but allowed to run free, and this very much excited Maiabus. Not once did she whine and moan about not wanting to walk, and Lilypops was chilled and happy in the pram, varying between exciting squeals and giggles. Bless.

I think Marks favourite bit was driving an hour and half up the coast line to Sannäs, and being able to swim in the sea and soak up the atmosphere of a sleepy, summery idyll right by the sea.

And then, before we knew it, it was time to drive home. This time, we didnt run ourselves ragged seeing all the wonderful friends we have here, and it is with a guilty conscience that I admit that it was very nice to just be by ourselves, enjoying our family. As great as it is seeing long standing friends, some of whom have even been like family over the years, things start to feel a little stressed when we have a list of things to do hanging over us. So my lovelies, you all know where Umeå is, so get thee going to the north!…just not today, its raining so not much fun 😉

All in all, much needed, much enjoyed and certainly to be done again. But for longer. The trip has even made us consider buying a cottage by the sea and not a house, as our apartment is everything that we need, both space and location wise, and we have the bonus our own garden. One cant have it all, even if that would be nice.


lemon tasting and burning skies

This past weekend was one for firsts.My first first in the list of first is that I willingly went out with an aim to go look at cars. Second first being the Wilson family sampling the delights of eating an evening meal out together all four of us. Thirdly first, as you may have guessed, Lily got her first taste for lemons. The pictures are rather misleading, as she actually really liked it haha. Bless her, she’s a cracker for pulling faces that one!
Old American cars from the 1950’s, lovingly restored to their former glory, dont quite have the same glory when you are sheltering under a shop awning from the rain and the normally big crowds of people gathering for the cruises are whittled down to almost nothing. But still, when you have had a nice meal with great company its still very much a successful evening even if the highlight wasnt as was hoped. There be always next year, and the year after, and then the year after that so I am sure I am going to be feeling the vibes and bopping along some point to the funky retro-ness that is.
pic borrowed from here

It was a good thing we had such a chilled weekend really, this week has been hectic. More visitors arriving in the shape of Michelle and Frederik, and tomorrow Nana heads back to the UK. So really, I ought to get myself to bed as I’m heading over to mothers early to see her off before she heads for the airport. I know I will kick myself for saying this, but I am somewhat looking forward to the evenings getting darker again – I find it ridiculously hard to go to bed at a sensible time when the sun shines all the time…lame as excuse I know. But hey, if I didnt stay up until the small hours savouring the light that is, I wouldnt be able to take photos like this:

moose farms, beaches and happiness

Life is for living. I’d bet a million quid on the fact that most of us have used this phrase at least once in our lives. To live is to breathe, and smell the sun drenching everything in warmth. To feel, every colour of the flowers, the grasses and the skies. To live is to be, taking the time to stop, look around and appreciate what you have and love it.

taken whilst picnicking at Älgens Hus, Bjurholm

Today, like everyday, we have been so busy it is untrue. Unlike last week though, so far we have avoided A&E. We ended up there twice with Maia, once for high temp and next to NO food or drink and no weewee’s or poops for 15hours (scary) and a second time with severe swelling to face and limbs with a rash, that went as quickly as it came, and practically disappeared whilst we were sat in assessment. Strange. Thankfully, we were at a BBQ where a friend of our hosts is soon to be a qualified paediatric Dr, thinks Maia has slapped cheek and not a severe allergic reaction. Thanks GP and A&E for nothing. When we inquired about how/why this allegic reaction (the rash) was coming and going at such random times and circumstances, we were met with a shrug and sent on our way. Anyhoo, Im over it…

So, yes. Busy, busy, busy. We took a trip out to Älgens Hus today to see the Kings of the Forests. The kids weren’t really all that interested in it, but it was a nice day and we had a lush picnic out in the sunshine and the girls were all lovely behaved. Sort of. Good considering they werent fussed on the mooses and just wanted to run around and scream which wasnt so nice for the baby mooses who were only at most 3weeks and youngest 1.5 weeks old. Didums.

After a quick turn around of dinner, it was shoes on again and off to Revet  for evening play at the beach. Wishful thinking it would turn our little angels into peacefully sleeping beauties before their little heads even touched the pillows. But it was a valiant try and very very fun one too, Mark releasing his inner merman and James Bond, dunking of some over eager children in the water who then realise that maybe it wasnt so fun lol. Little cuties. I am awed at how well they have taken to eachother and play together, considering they were all but strangers when they first arrived. Blood is thicker than water they say, and maybe there is something in it…

 Someone once said, that happiness is wanting the things that you already have. Its so true.  Cheesy, I know. But still. A happy thought to leave you with, G’night!

just a quick hello…

Bejeezaz, Friday has come round mighty quick. An eventful week will make for fast passing of time I guess. We have fitted in visits to A&E, a water adventure park, Nationaldag celebrations, BBQ on the beach in the drizzle, removal of wisdom tooth and possibly another doctors appointment on the horizon today. Oh, and we are due for a BBQ and play at Nydala Lake Adventure Park with the Wattses and the S-A’s. Jolly good stuffs!

So not much time to update at the mo, bu hopefully I will find some later on this evening when all kidlets are conked out and sleeping peacefully after a fun packed day ❤ Enjoy the photos instead from Gammlia Open Air Museum where we went on Wednesday and then later at Revet for a BBQ

how NOT to take a family photo..

Now that the weekend is here, you may be feeling the urge to get the camera out. Snap a few moments to treasure for ever of your darling little one doing something adorable, or try a hand at taking a family snap. Timers at the ready, balancing camera just so, and you are ready to go…

As you can see, I failed miserably last week. To say the least. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that may be useful in ensuring you dont do the same :

  1. Use the sodding autofocus. As you can see, all shots are slightly out of focus haha. Muppet
  2. Good light!  Bejeezas, how could I mess up the two most BASIC and IMPORTANT things?!
  3. Make sure children aren’t in charge of any remotes to set of the camera. Not a good look, Maia. Its ment to be DISCREET 😉
  4. Dont try and do this half an hour before bedtime. Ridiculousness. Child strangling child and screaming makes for unattractive photographs.
  5. If it absolutely must be done half hour before bedtime, then make sure Daddy understands how deadly serious you are. Face pulling a la Daddy Wilson = Big no no. Naughty.
And if at first you dont succeed (even after you hit 200+ photos)  try try and try again another day. Perhaps I will try again this weekend,  perhaps not. I’m still rather put off from last time lol

early summers eve

I can almost smell the musty, sweet & earthy aroma of freshly cut grass. I can imagine the taste the cold refreshing glass of rose, feel the warmth of the midnight sun, and the comforting embrace of a soft throw. I can see myself in leggins and an over sized jumper, curled up in a chair on the balcony, the birds and crickets humming in the background. 

To say that I want summer now, would be an understatement. It feels tantalizingly close, seeing as we are in May and all, but the mercury doesnt fare much above the 10C mark, and even if it may come close, there’s a most bitter wind blowing. brrrrrr! What a weather forsaken place to be right now lol.

The Swedish summer is something to experience. As with all seasons in Sweden, making the most of the time of the year is always top priority. Did you know, that in Sweden there’s this thing called “Allemansrätt” which is basically a right to roam. You can pitch up a tent anywhere you so desire, pick the berries and mushrooms that grow, as long as you respect the nature, animals and other possible people in your vicinity. So what are you waiting for? Get a camper van, fill it with family and/or friends, and head on over this way. You will not be disappointed.

Now ’tis the time for a cuppa and curling up on the sofa with the husband. Friday has come round super quick, and for once we start the weekend without any plans…it feels rather strange but good =)