Thursday, July 28, 2016
the Hugo, was a no-go. I needed a replacement, so I got online and found the solution: the Moscow Mule. It contains half of a ginger beer, which I love and which is surely packed with sugars of all kinds, but falls into one of the acceptable categories. Otherwise, with a shot of vodka (I used blueberry and it was delish), the juice from half a lime, and plenty of ice, it's a pretty nutritious treat. Go mix one up for yourself!
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
what was inside the balloon I popped. It was chaos, but Jamie had a great time and I think the other kids did too, so mission accomplished! I'm just glad we have a year before we have to do it again.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
We are back home and settled after five days on the road, folks! Our trip started bright and early last Saturday morning, when we cozied up in the car for the six-hour trek to Malmö, Sweden's southernmost city, and neighbor to our destination: Denmark. We arrived in the early afternoon with plenty of time to explore the city. I'd never been to Malmö before, and while it's no Stockholm, it had a very cute old town and a gorgeous gothic church, which The Swede and Jamie were generous enough to let me drool over.
On Sunday morning, we drove over the bridge to Copenhagen and arrived just in time for the opening of Den Blå Planet aquarium. It was cool, but The Swede and I agreed that the one where Becca had her wedding at the Toledo Zoo was actually much better. So if you want to go to an aquarium and have to pick between Toledo and Copenhagen, go with Toledo!
After our long walk, we were pooped and it was time to check into the hotel in a really beautiful, old building right on City Hall Square. The view from our room, seen above, was pretty spectacular. Also noteworthy: it shared a wall with a KFC. Fried chicken for lunch AND dinner, you guys.
We stayed at the Legoland hotel on Monday night and the whole place was set up for kids. Lego pits everywhere. Food shaped like Legos. Competitions (Jamie won a badass kit!), magicians, balloon animals! It was awesome.
We didn't stay very long on our second day in the park, which worked out well because we were able to drive for seven hours and made it almost all the way home. We ended up getting a room a few hours south of Stockholm on Tuesday night because we were all so pooped, but that turned out to be one of our best choices on this vacation because the hotel was right next to a water park where we spent a few really fun hours before making our way home on Wednesday. Five days on the road doesn't seem like much when I think about it now, but it felt significant so we were really happy to get home. And now, with nothing else planned aside from Jamie's birthday party, we'll see where the summer takes us!
Friday, July 15, 2016
Tomteland (Santa World. Apparently the big guy lives in the Swedish woods.), taking a tour of Sweden's most famous painter's century-old home, but mostly running through rain, avoiding rain, and drying off after being caught in the rain. Here's hoping there'll be a little sunshine in Denmark because next stop: LEGOLAND!!!
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Last week, Jamie and The Swede were on vacation and went to the cabin. I still had to work and decided to spent the child-free time at home on painting our entire downstairs. So I painted for five to six hours after work each day, then headed to the cabin on Friday afternoon and spent the weekend there with the guys. This is why you haven't heard from me all week. And now I'M on vacation too and we're heading off on our annual Swedish summer tour tomorrow morning so I'm proooooooobably not going to do much blogging during the next couple of weeks. Maybe I'll just throw up some pictures now and again, who knows. Hope you all - and we! - have a wonderful, safe summer! XOXO!
Monday, July 4, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Saturday was actual day of Midsummer, which is basically Sweden's biggest bank holiday, so more businesses are closed that day than any other day of the year. Everyone is supposed to be outside, though, so it's not such a problem. We, however, thought that the mid-eighties temperatures were way, way too warm for hothouse flowers like us and headed to the mall. Halfway there, of course, it occurred to us that all of the shops would be closed. Not the movies, though! So for the first time ever, all three of us went to the movies together. We were the only ones in the theater so it was pretty luxurious. Afterwards, we went to a sports bar and restaurant that also happened to be open and played games and watched a European Championship match. It was still pretty warm when we headed home, but we definitely missed the worst of it and had an awesome time in the air conditioning.