Wednesday, December 31, 2014
born! Brand new humans are the most exciting thing, I think we can all agree.
In February, I made my dreams come true, first by getting a professional makeup consultation...
...and then when I joined a choir again.
In March, we enjoyed the annual Melodifestivalen festivities, complete with the live show and visit from friends and family from England.
geocaching around Molsta with the Segerstens.
visit! We spent a whole week seeing all the best sights in and around Stockholm and really enjoying some quality face time.
In June, we celebrated Sweden's national day with friends at a picnic and carnival.
Then I flew to Ohio for a long weekend and married some of my best friends. Spending this time with the Cleveland girlfriends was beyond magical.
Oh, and hanging with this lady was pretty much the best, too.
Dalarna with lots of pool time, a classic car show, and a concert at Dalhalla.
Then we spent the rest of the week along the west coast, with friends in Göteborg and then on the beach in Tylösand.
AIK football match.
We also took a super fun, last minute cruise to Helsinki.Montana for the first time in four years and got to spend time with far-flung family in a beautiful setting. Grandpa Ray was there...
theater and the opening of our community's new cultural center.
Kalmar with a stop off in Söderköping...
Thanksgiving dinner with friends.
In December, we made the most of Sweden's coziest month by decorating the house more than ever for Christmas, including the lovely gingerbread houses we constructed with Linda and her girls.
It's not a competition or anything, but this year was surely one of my favorites. Top that, 2015!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
lunch buddies are still on vacation so I knew I'd be lunching alone but hadn't decided what I'd do with my hour off until a text message came from the beauty chain from which I'd just happened to get a gift card for Christmas. "20% off EVERYTHING!" the text read. That settled it. So off I went, driving through a winter wonderland (please reference the Instagram picture at right) that reminded me of the morning I landed in Sweden for the first time almost exactly six years ago and that gave me loads of warm fuzzies. Then, get this: tons of cosmetics were already marked way down so I ended up with three high-end items that would have totaled about a hundred bucks that with the gift card cost me FOUR DOLLARS. Euphoria! Then... THEN!!!... I remembered that a Dunkin Donuts had just opened in that mall! Guys, I mean, I was outta my mind with glee. The poor kid behind the counter must have thought I was high as I kite; I couldn't stop smiling. And of course I got the Swedish flag donut because I am just the kind of... hmm, shall we say effervescent? Yes, just the kind of effervescent girl they invented Swedish flag donuts for. And I think we can all agree that a solo lunch break doesn't get much better than that.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Sarianne's celebrating Christmas and all of its traditions. Our annual walk around old Söderköping was made more exciting this year by a gang of hungry ducks who kind of loved us and our sacks of bread.
We drank glögg during Kalle Anka and tried to take an attractive family portrait in front of the tree. And per tradition, it wasn't the best.
Santa came after the smorgåsbord, followed by a marathon package-opening sesh, followed by Jambo forsaking most of his new toys for a shipping box. So thanks, Grandma Jan, for the awesome box!