Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Big Day

Just a quick little update: The Swede and I are on our way to the Göta Canal, where we will spend the day on a boat, floating through locks and aqueducts! I've got the good camera on me so get ready for a really obnoxious post tomorrow.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Daily Jamie

Best Of

During our first full day at home in weeks we were actually trapped there. The Swede had to take our one car (Linda has been using the other in exchange for cat sitting while we've been on our travels) to the lake to help fish a sunken boat out of the fishing club harbor. It was an all-day ordeal and Jamie and I were getting a case of cabin fever right around the time Jamie's best friend from school came around the corner on his trike with his mom. The boys were ecstatic, shrieking and waving their arms and hopping up and down. I was so glad that they remembered and were enthusiastic over one another after a month apart. They played football and golf and threw things and rolled around in the yard while we moms chatted it up and reminisced about how tiny they were when they met almost a year ago. This buddy popping up just at the right time is what being home is all about. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Daily Jamie

Hot In Molsta

We spent the weekend at the cabin with The Swede's folks. We spent Saturday morning driving to and from an unsuccessful market (it was just way too warm to battle crowds and the smell of fried food) but stopped at the crepe mobile on the way home.  Despite the heat, the guys managed to lay tile flooring in the new bathroom and Mama Swede watched Jambo while I indulged in an afternoon nap. Otherwise we took it easy and enjoyed the sunshine, grilled burgers, and slept in. Not bad for a mid-summer weekend.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Daily Jamie


Last Day In Leksand

We finished up our mini-vacation in Dalarna yesterday with an action-packed day. We had breakfast and checked out of our cozy little cabin and began the short drive to Sommarland, but Jamie fell asleep almost immediately so we ended up taking a drive in the woods to let him sleep and make sure he was in the best mood possible for the day ahead. 
Our third day at Sommarland started with a little mini-golf, but it got warm quickly so we headed to the pool where Jamie splashed around like a nut, pausing only to devour an ice cream cone. We explored some more, riding some baby carousel rides and rowing around in a paddle boat, and I even tested a Segway, which, obviously, I MUST HAVE now.
Later in the afternoon, after Sommarland wore us out, we met up with Ingvor and Roland, who were in town for a concert and staying nearby. We swam a couple more hours at their hotel and they treated us to a taco dinner and then we packed into the car and drove home. It as after eleven when we got home last night and so good to go right to sleep in our own bed. Still, it was a sweet little vacation we'll remember fondly.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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July 22nd
July 23rd

Two Years Old

This is my two-year-old. My toddler. My boy. After thirty-three months of referring to him as "the baby", it doesn't feel quite right anymore. And it's so hard to imagine that two years ago he was born with only a shadow of a personality and that that big baby from one year ago, who seemed to have all the chutzpa in the world at the time, would become this even funnier, smarter, more willful child. He has no fear; the world belongs to him and yet we are all still each others' because, while he doesn't need us as much as he used to, he still wants us. To save him, to help him, to hold him, to see the amazing thing that that he sees. We remind ourselves of this ephemeral gift all the time. We have to because there are so many distractions and so many moments when he is not as charming as he probably seems on the pages of this blog. He's a toddler, after all. And he hushes us sometimes. And screams sometimes. But most of the time he's running, swinging his arms along side him, and testing out new words and rolling toy cars and galloping toy horses across any surface he can find. And turning my face in his hands toward something exciting and running his fingers through my hair while I hold him. He was magical from day one, but he has become the most incredible boy and being with him is such a joy. And two years old is going to be spectacular. 

A Week Away

We're in beautiful, super-Swedish Dalarna this week, visiting places like a bear park and Sommarland!
We've been sticking around the Siljan, Sweden's sixth largest lake, and have been treated to some incredible views. As I write this from my perch just outside of a playroom that Jamie is currently trashing, I see almost a dozen shades of blue on the lake and in the surrounding hills and sky. Magnificent. 
And speaking of views, these guys are the best. I want to hear what they have to say more than anyone else in the world and they're not bad to look at either.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

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July 19th
July 20th
July 21st

Party Time!

Here come some pictures from Jamie's birthday celebration with our Swedish family and Erin, Svante, and Ossian yesterday!

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Hiya, dudes! We're at Molsta this weekend and have just had a wonderful day celebrating Jamie's birthday, which is coming up on Tuesday. The internet is running very slowly so I can't upload any pictures, but I'll be back with plenty tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Daily Jamie


We slept late this morning and it could have lasted much longer if my alarm clock hadn't woken me in time to feast on hotel breakfast. Shortly thereafter we were off on a hunt for some fun for Jamie, namely Pelle Svanslös hus, a playhouse with singing and shows and a cozy cafe dedicated to a tail-less storybook cat who I hadn't heard of until today. Jamie loved listening to the songs they sing at his school that he hadn't heard in weeks and exploring the house, and was especially enthusiastic about putting his face in all the cat cut-outs. We left when he started to get sleeping and made the quick trip home, where we spent the afternoon outside, fixing up the yard and playing with toys. Not a bad day at all. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Daily Jamie

Fair Uppsala

I've been bugging The Swede to go to Uppsala, a university town less than an hour north of us for, literally, years. I'd heard that it's old and beautiful and has an awesome indoor water park, all right up my alley, obvs. With a free night at a hotel and lots of vacation left to kill, we drove up this morning to check if the rumors were true. They were.
We spent a few fun hours at the water park wearing Jamie out then headed off on a walk to the town center. Jamie had fallen asleep in his stroller on the way, which allowed us to have a mini-date at a cozy restaurant in the alley behind Uppsala's stunning cathedral.
When Jambo woke up, we took a walk in and around the cathedral then walked back to our hotel, where we ate dinner and hung out the rest of the evening. There is more sight-seeing on the agenda tomorrow and I can't wait to get a look at more of this lovely town.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Daily Jamie


We woke up late today after a rough, jet-lag-induced night with Jambo, and while we ate our brunch we looked out the window and saw that it was a beautiful, sunny day. I didn't go outside to check the temperature before texting Linda to see if she and the girls wanted to join us at the nearby beach. They were in, so we packed up the car and with all our gear and all our kids and made our way to the lake. And then, when we got there, we noted that it was really, really windy and too cool to swim. Jamie and Sukai and I didn't mind at first and waded in, but it didn't last long and we were soon all heading toward the sandbox instead. The wind only made the sandbox experience more fun. For those of us upwind, anyway. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

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Some Of Our Favorites Popped In

We were at the cabin this weekend but got home with enough time today for an afternoon visit from Erin, Svante, and Ossian. AND THEY BROUGHT FUNFETTI CUPCAKES! (I'm obviously gaining some sort of reputation, as my grandma also baked Funfetti for me while we were in Cleveland!) The little guys ran around, strewing toys about, while we grownups tried to hold a conversation, catch up on our respective vacations so far, and drink a cup of coffee before it cooled. It was a short visit, but so very nice. 
Please look at this face! The cuteness kills me!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Daily Jamie

July 10th
July 11th

The Trip In iPhone Photos

At Pickle Bill's.
We're back in Sweden and super tired, but before I indulge in a super early bedtime, I thought I'd post some of the photos from our visit to Cleveland from my phone.
A little enthusiasm before the ride began.
Little boys and meerkats.
Dan and Ali and future baby boy.
Look alive, Papa!
The Swede and Brandon at my old roommate Rach's wedding.  
Tyler and Jamie getting pumped to swim at the hotel.
Carpet is so cozy.
Update from America: Taco Bell is not good after all. In fact, it sooks. 
His milkshake-drinking method is flawed.
Backyard beach.
"Stor bil!"
Two of Jambo's favorites: Grandma and the U-Haul.
Gotta put that Swede to work!