Just sitting...

I've been waiting for this.
Air leaving my body...
Can't do anything but sitting in the sofa waiting for the energy to return.
I must say I do have a wonderful sofa and place to do such thing as just sitting:)
I also have a few places actually to choose from when in a need of contemplating and the first word that crosses my mind is gratefulness. 
Maybe it's ok to take a day now and then to do just that. 
To sit, think and feeling grateful. 
To reload, place the "musts" beside you and tell them in a firm voice to catch the moment too.
All of those places work absolutely perfect with a cup of tea in my hand too:)
Feel free to join me in my "just sitting" mood!

Reality is here!

Reality is catching up on us!
I feel like I've been hit by a truck. 
A huge fatigue has taken over my body and soul.
We have finally reached the days when the everyday routines are knocking on our door. 
School is starting!
For two days now the two middle kids have been "moving in" to their new school, meeting new friends, new challenges and hopefully a bright future. 
At this school all preparations and help they would need for success are served on a silver plate but the student's own effort is apparently something the school does not provide...
A lot of emotions, nervousness but luckily some excitement too...
And for some the real world immediately showed its "cruelty" by not having prepared the bed in the room but left that activity to the guest. 
They actually have to make their beds everyday, wash and change their bed linen on their own and properly clean the room once a week. 
Woohooo, miracles are to be expected:)
The oldest one is leaving tomorrow and that's when I brutally will be thrown in a new way of living. 
Only one child at home, new house, silence, old but long-time-ago-lived in country, new area, not so many friends yet, worrying, sending positive thoughts to the kids and so on. 
List can be long but clinging on to all those small but positive steps the kids are taking towards a more positive direction. 
"Everything is going to ok in the end, and if it's not ok, then it's not the end"!

Gucci decor on a Friday

Friday and I'm browsing the magazines and internet for home inspiration. 
I read that Gucci is launching a new eclectic decor line and I just fell in love with, not so much the products, but the way they used an artist ( Alex Merry ) depicting the line. 
(Pictures from Gucci)
The collection will include cushions, chairs, metal trays, candles, wallpaper and metal folding tables. Perfect items for an easy change in a room when needed although you have to save a lifetime to be able to purchase. It seems like the fragrant candles and some of the trays represent the lowest end of the price but you still have to pay around $ 200 ( 1600 sek ). 
For me it's definitely enough looking at these beautiful paintings though that remind me of something from Matisse. 
A rainy Friday I can't think of anything better than to sink into a world of dreams. 
Happy friday!

Out in the archipelago.

One day last week we escaped our unpacking and took a day out in the archipelago.
We took a boat and went for a two hours ride passing one beautiful island after another before we arrived to Sandhamn which was our destination. 
A few girlfriends were added to the family constellation so lots of love was in the air and kind of beautified our day. Sandhamn is anyhow such a pretty little island which radiates "Bullerby" feeling but having ❤️ beaming from  our boys eyes definitely took the atmosphere to another level:)
The sun was shining and so were we:)
The whole day was so nice and so well needed that I still have a sweet aftertaste of it which makes the chaos at home much more bareable. 
Im saying it again, our world is so beautiful and I'm very fortunate to be able to experience it. 

Livingroom in the making.

900 boxes unpacked. Check!
Everything from those boxes has a place. Not!!!
Focusing on what pillows to use in the sofa or which color to add on the wall and other more fun "problems" than where to put all our stuff that has been overflowing our new house:)
Someone in our family could not care less:)
I have millions of pillows in different colors and textures so I have a hard work (!) ahead combining everything into a balanced mix. It's easier if I put them out so I can get an overview but all of them did not even fit 🙄 in my very long sofa...
To be continued.

Moved in!!!

I just had to take a break!
I checked out from all media, barely checking my mail and almost never answered any phone calls.
Only focusing on unpacking 900 boxes...
And finally we can see the light in the tunnel:)
Its chaotic and it's stressful but it's some of those things that will later create comfort, coziness and life to our house so it's worth it. 
Its 900 boxes from a bigger house so we kind of have a few problems fitting everything in though. 
But I'm sure our house will in time turn into a home too.
Now and then I lift my head from a box just to catch a glimpse of the water and all the activities going on outside our windows. 
And then I continue unpacking with a smile:)

Sweden's most southern point...

There are a few things that I have to do every time I'm here in my summerhouse. 
One thing is to go visit the very south end of Sweden. 
That little tip of the country always offers different sceneries depending on the weather, wind or time of the day. 
I prefer to do the early night "shift" since there are less people and the light usually would turn into something magical and I get the feeling of walking around in a painting. 
All "objects" seem to catch the visitors attention and could be worth taking pictures of:)
Plus, if you are not too late ( we were) they serve both smoked fish and creamy ice creams...
Happy eyes, happy tummies and happy visitors. 
Life is good.

Soon moving in...

Its happening!
Our move-in date is getting closer and closer. 
Today my dear hubby and oldest daughter left our summerhouse to open up for the movers and our containers that are arriving in a day or so.
Both exciting and kind of scary.
They left in sunshine and hopefully the sun will welcome them to this new place too and to this new adventure.
Sweden and the archepelago is so beautiful and I think and hope this new place will provide us with both quality 
and happiness. 
At least that is the plan.
For the kids too...

Sweet sixteen!

Yesterday my oldest daughter turned 16 years of age. 
My beautiful, funny, wonderful, bighearted and exuberant girl is becoming a young woman. 
Even the sun decided that she was worth shining on so we could have lunch outside:)
Witty and annoying, ambitious and demanding, creative and sensitive and completely and utterly wonderful.
Its fascinating how so much love, hate, caring, frustration, thoughtfulness and anger can coexist at the same time but then again she is an extraordinary girl.
I so love our singing, our dancing in the kitchen, our cracking up laughing, our talks, our walks...
She makes my life fulfilled!
Yup, I so live my daughter!

True family love

Have I told you how much I love my own family?
How the love fills my veins and reach all the way out to the smallest capillary?
How my heart overflows with affection, pride and happiness?
How every laugh we share comes from deep inside and kind of create a warm feeling inside my tummy?
Beautiful people from inside and out. 
We are so different all of us.
Different life and different "luggage".
But the same big hearts, same positive outlook and an eternal love for each other. 
Can you you ask for more?
I so love my family!
I am so grateful and so happy that just I was born into this family:)

A fairytale garden

In sweden we "fikar" ( coffe and a cinnamon bun) a lot. 
We can drive for hours just to visit the place with the best home made baking goods in combination with a cozy setting. 
The other day we did exactly that. 
I must say that first I thought the snack itself was not worth going there for but then I went out in the garden...
So green, lush and beautiful that the drizzling rain immediately was forgotten and my constant faithful friend and I felt we were thrown in to a fairytale.
Narrow and winding paths, small bridges and green "rooms" where you could sit with your coffe or just for contemplating. 
If it wouldn't have been raining.
But still...
And suddenly the "fika" experience got taken to another level.
I do think my daughter was the brightest and most beautiful flower in that garden though:)

Kitchen love!

It seems my blogging is on vacation...
No inspiration and no energy. 
We spend most of our times inside due to the cold and grey. 
And we spend a lot of time in the kitchen. 
This room is a perfect base for meals, stories and laughs. 
Here in this room we nourish both our body and soul, here we make plans, work together and kind of both start and end our days here. 
Here you can't tell if it's raining or not. It's always light, warm and with a few color splashes that makes you think of the sun. 
This is definitely our "living room" and the heart in our summerhouse. 
We have no summer feeling what so ever but we have a wonderful kitchen. 
That is for sure something to be grateful about:)


Our youngest daughter is detoxing.
From her iPad. 
Its not popular.
I'm the most cruel mom ever...
I'm trying to convince her that life has a few more things to offer than different games. 
That her perspective on life gets a little squarely only looking on a screen. 
Im trying to tell her that it's difficult to grow socially when she never interacts with real people...
This addiction just hit her as cold.
And it sneaked passed me too without noticing. 
Going from an active, independent and balanced little girl she has ended up almost shrinking and with no other interests than if her tablet is within reach.
So action needed to be taken. 
She is right now painting and if I listen carefully I can also hear some humming...
There is definitely hope!

Food market in Ystad

There has been a food market here in Ystad. 
An aromatic scent from all the cooking wrapped the whole little town in a soft blanket.
There were Dutch waffles, French mussels, Thai noodles, British fudge, American hamburgers and a sea of flowers.
In between you could find everything else...
We had visitors at that time and it's always great to bring them along to an activity like this. It's entertaining, colorful, small enough to grasp and one will most likely find at least something to enjoy, taste or smell. 
And it's a wonderful way to "travel" around the world:)
Yup, that is what we did a day last week.
I could definitely think of worse days 😉

Together at last...

Since the last week now we finally have been all together.
Its been a couple of days filled with love, tears and togetherness. 
The kids have not yet landed in the idea of staying here in this country but I can definitely sense a slight difference in their appearances, maybe only sensible to moms though...
But still:)
We have actually have time together where we laughed, dreamed and made plans together.
Small steps in the right direction.
Just wonderful if you ask me.
Being all here in Sweden our real journey is about to start. 
Beginning of august we are moving in to our new house so these coming weeks leading up to that final move will have to serve as a mental gym, making the kids stronger...
But the sun is shining, we are in our little haven and we are together. 
It's a wonderful start!


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