Sunday was funday

Sunday was  a funday:)
I took three kids ( one was busy with friends and homework) and a husband and went to a street art exhibition. 
That was such a fun thing to do for all ages and all of us:). 
Street art, optical illusions and interactive learning.
Remember it is only optical illusions so nothing is what it seems to be...
So freakin cool!
Then of course we had the usual graffiti that once started as vandalism and now is considered art.
Amazing artists and skills and all of their art has a story to tell. Either political, environmental or just informative.
Loved, loved loved it. 
Happy kids, happy parents happy life:)
Yup, a street art exhibition is highly recommended a normal Sunday.

We did it!

We made it!
My sister and I ran 10 kilometers!
Its not that of an achievement lengthwise but it is a first timer for both her and me. 
And that should count:)
The happiness inside me comes from having had a plan and following through.
It was about persistance and not giving up despite injuries and sickness. 
It was about keeping a promise...
It was about building up something and reaching a goal. 
At the same time we exchanged fresh air in our lungs three times a week.
Our legs that carry us through our lives and now also around in the wood became target for admiration and gratefulness:)
We became role models to our kids, and possibly my husband too 😉
We proved that small steps could take us far.
So this 10 K was not only a number. 
Hooray for us!

A “golden” day!

If there is a rainy day in your life, become the sun by wearing a golden jacket and have afternoon tea with your sisters!
So enriching, filling 😋 and cozy. 
Worldly problems were ventilated, many laughs were shared and a feeling of togetherness we’re running through our veins. 
I also love to spend time in this beautiful store which also have this little tea room in it. 
They have timeless furniture, both colorful and calm textiles and accessories that really are calling my name:)
The showrooms are completely styled as if someone would live there and makes the whole impression welcoming and warm. 
And on top of that a nice cup of tea with my sisters ( unfortunately one was missing)...
A truly golden day!
Grateful is what I am!
Thank you sisters for sharing your time with me!

A look back at our Christmas ...

I think I’m back!
We will see how I feel but today I’m giving it a go:)
We are on vacation right now but unfortunately I left my phone at a friend’s house a couple of days ago so no pictures and documentation yet. 
Instead im giving you an update of our Christmas. 
We did not have a lot of decorations for various reasons and I kept my table setting for Christmas simple.
Instead I filled the rooms with family, love and laughs.
A wonderful start of hopefully a new tradition!
I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas too where at least some of your wishes and dreams became true...

To be or not to be...

This blog is right now hanging in the air.
Im doubting its existence.
I started to write to keep our family and friends updated in our doings, beings and thoughts.
But is this really of interest to you?
This is pictures from our place yesterday. 
So grey you cant even see the other side any longer. 
It kind of mirrored exactly how I feel about my blog. 
Totally lost. 
The only splash of color I found was that decoration bird.
Artificial made to make reality look more beautiful. 
And not even that helped.
Maybe it’s not only the blog feeling lost. 
I seem to suffer from a mix of adjustment difficulties, climate change, house crises and an empty nest feeling. 
I look at life with the same grey tone as my pictures.
I’ve lost my spirit.
I so hope I can find it soon.
Thats on my wishinglist for Christmas. 
Meanwhile, to be or not to be?

Fifty shades of grey…

King Winter decided to pay us a visit again so I took the opportunity to enjoy the special light that comes with the snow in the forest. 
I always love to be in the forest but when everything is wrapped in this blanket of snow it gets extra quiet and peaceful. 
The only noise is coming from my excited dog...
I had to swap my trainers into snow boots, my knitted gloves into ski mittens and a hat on top of all that.
But then I was all ready to enjoy the beauty:)
Fifty shades og grey.
The light was so weird, both dark and almost blinding st the same time. 
I did not meet a single person but I would not have been surprised to see an elf behind a tree...
Such a magical walk.
Recharging, energizing and good for my soul. 
Very well needed:)

Christmas baking

A weekend full of activities, laughter and togetherness has passed, especially for my husband. 
He had old friends from his childhood visiting and it was wonderful to see that despite many years of not seeing each other, they acted like no time had passed. 
Bella and I took the opportunity to make our saffron buns and gingerbread cookies for Christmas while the guys were busy somewhere else. 
The gingerbread cookies disappeared immediately.
Bella and her cousin just filled a bag with all the cookies and went up to her room.
To be honest there were not so many cookies because the dough had for some reason ended up in the kids mouth before it even became a cookie...
The saffron buns I luckily managed to put in the freezer before they too would vanish. 
A couple of them I saved for my evening tea though. 
They were perfect as a part of my me-time:)

On our way to school...

Everytime I take Bella to school i feel so grateful that we are surrounded by all this beauty. 
I do think every day is as beautiful but when there are signs of sunshine and the landscape gets a glowing face the impression just raises a level.
A sunrise is definitely as powerful as the sunset. 
I have to pinch myself in the arm, just to make sure this is not a dream.
Everytime we pass by on our way to school Bella is looking at me waiting for me to say
- Are we not so lucky to live like this?
And her respons is always the same too, yes mom, this is so so beautiful. 
So not only am I grateful for the beauty in our place but also for having a child who are able to see and appreciate that too:)

Skansen Christmas market

One of the things I love with the month of December is the Christmas market. 
They are everywhere, at schools, at different places in the city and even some churches offers those markets where you can buy gifts, crafts, food, decoration, everything that one could possibly need for making the Christmas ambience come through. 
In this case we went to Skansen, an outdoor museum in the central of Stockholm. 
Me, my friend and Bella manage to cover almost all the shops, some candle making, horse kissing, the aquarium, a lot of freezing, hot chocolate and tons of Christmas spirit. 
These markets are like waterholes in the desert. 
Tourists and locals, children and elderly come together in peace and want to have a share of what is offered.
There is no obligation to buy anything, just to stroll around indulging the atmosphere is good enough. 
Yup, a Christmas market definitely brightens up this dark month and my beautiful friend was even able to bring back some Swedish Christmas light to her own country. 
I almost feel it is a little piece of me hanging there in her windows...:)

Sunday funday...

This weekend I had the pleasure of having a beautiful friend visiting me from the Netherlands.
Someone I have not seen in real life in a couple of years but lives in my heart and thoughts so we kind of just took off were we ended last time. 
This time I was able to also add some Christmas feeling to her Swedish experience:)
A typical Swedish Christmas smorgasbord, on a small island in Stockholm, was indulged with all the ingredients one need to feel that Christmas is approaching.
If you then mix that up with hugs, Christmas markets, dog walks, laughter, horsecarrier rides, long chats, tons of tea and chocolate, togetherness and friendship, then you get a feeling for how our weekend turned out. 
So so happy for all those people in my life that contributes to a more beautiful world!
Thanks friend for who you are ❤️

Almost first of December ...

First of December and starting date for the advent calendar are almost here. 
I have a few enthusiastic kids waiting to dig in behind the doors. 
No matter age, an advent calendar seems to pass on a magic touch to every person involved:)
Four different styles and content but four of the same expectations. 
They have all been shaking, listening and squeezing the boxes or bags. 
Everytime with a shimmer in their eyes...
I love December:)

A house of inspiration

As I told you before I am far, stylewise, from the minimalistic Scandinavian functionalism and embrace a more warmer and richer style. 
My heart skips a beat when I find homes that show signs of like minded people.
This is a beautiful house that was for sale here in Stockholm earlier this fall.
(Pictures Per Jansson fastighetsförmedling)
I love the mix of old antiques and modern furniture as well as the wild colors, patterns and different materials. 
Not to mention the terrace...
I can so picture myself in one of those chairs wrapped in a blanket with a big cup of tea in my hand:)
Yup, a little slice of a not so traditional Swedish home!

My little scones maker

I love breakfasts!
And especially on the weekends I like them to be big, long and tasty:)
Its a wonderful way to start off the day, gather the family around you and take the opportunity to talk to each other. 
There are usually lots of things to be said...
The other day Bella wished for scones.
Best thing is when your kids want to help out and are showing some interest in the food making business. 
That is really something I happily encourage and try to fulfill. 
It does not only have to be breakfasts, it can be everything from a fruit salad, cakes, cookies or a full dinner but whatever idea they come up with I feel I have to accommodate, sometimes modify but always have them come through with their impulse. 
In this case the breakfast scones brought laughter, togetherness and coziness for me and Bella and with its accompany of tea and a scented candle we shared a morning in quality. 
#catching the moments

Bye bye boat...

The time has come for our captain to put his pipe and captains hat on the shelf for the winter.
We got a little more than a month with trial and error, exploring and havIng fun with our new toy so it felt a little sad saying goodbye for this time. 
I was driving the car with Bella to the marina but the “captain” said it was such a beautiful boat ride.
The calm water, that kind of winter light that makes knife sharp contrasts and the snow made the whole trip magical. 
Now the boat is going in for a long sleep and we will not be reunited until some time in spring. 
Sometimes I wish I could do the same...
I think I would have loved to go hibernating till warmer month arrive.
On the other hand I would miss out on the hot chocolate season so I don’t think it’s worth it :)
Better just to like the situation and make the best of it. 
Bye bye boat!
Till we meet again.

King Winter is here

And then it’s here!
King Winter decided to give us a little taste of the upcoming winter month and wrapped our world in a soft white blanket. 
So beautiful. 
But it was an eventful morning though when I dropped Bella off at school.
All the snow on the roads had turned into pure ice, and I slidded in to a another car which was blocking the way due to having no control. No injuries or car damages though so happy for that but I really really hate this part of winter.
The road assistants were not able to help out due to general chaos and other, more serious accidents, so it took us a few hours to find a solution for our cars. 
Later I ended up leaving my car at the nearest parking lot and I just walked back home. 
50 min of pulsing through the snow in a beautiful, quiet and white world.
Two members of our family were extremely happy though although it was too late to play in the garden when Bella got back from school, but Elvis...
He was running around chasing the snowflakes and dipped his nose in the snow and blew it just to watch it dance:)
Unfortunately he got his legs covered in lumps of snow which was annoying him. Any advice of how to deal with fur and snow? 
To me me this winter costume only trigged the Christmas spirit...
And the hot chocolate nerv:)

Not giving up

If ever doubting what to do one day just do hand stands!
That is according to my daughter both energizing, energy craving, addicting, fun, a way to kill time and you get muscles on top of all other positive things:)
You can do it everywhere she says.
In the mall, at school or at work, in your garden, at the beach, in the kitchen...yes wherever you feel the need of doing a hand stand:)
She also tells me it is not about how good you are, if it’s straight, crooked, or if you do not even get up.
It is about trying to do it and not giving up!!!
I think my beautiful daughter is really on something there.
On a deeper level and in a wider perspective.
We sure can learn a lot from our children!

A trip to Zeta’s...

A cold and grey day my beautiful friend took me to a little gem I’ve only heard about but never experienced my self. 
It was a garden center with kind of extra everything if you refer to ambience, style, products and prizes 😝.
Plants and other things for the outside were of course “hibernating” but still I could picture what wonderful place to go visit when the right season will come if you want to go hunting for inspiration.
I so appreciate when they mix in ideas of how to use some of their things so it can be seen in its right environment and us buyers can start dreaming:)
They also have a cute little cafe with just enough selection to satisfy both a savor and sweet tooth.
Luckily 😝! 
I can’t wait to come back to this place when it’s filled of temptations and I can explore their full range of ways to beautify our home and garden. 

My fluffy marshmallow

I dropped Elvis off at the hairdresser this morning.
I left a dog in there but came to pick up a fluffy marshmallow:)
I think even him did not really recognize himself because he walked in a funny way, like he was a balloon only attached to the ground by the leash I was holding.
 I don’t know why the pictures came out so weird but something seems to be wrong...
Anyhow I wish there would be a “smell button” too that could catch that special hairdressed fur fragrance that surrounded my dog and made me bury my nose in a fluffy marshmallow both once and twice:)
 So much fluffy love!

The weekend

Its been a busy weekend!
First my dear hubby surprised me by taking me to a concert and managed to keep it a secret all the way till the artist entered the stage.
I had no clue at all but i did welcome it by all my heart when I found out it was one of my funniest favorite Swedish singer, Lena Philipsson.
Love my husband for doing this kind of things for me!
Love him for other things too...😝
And today was his day.
Actually it was the day of all fathers out there...
But he was the only one getting a gift from me.
I gave him a book for him to write about himself, his past and current time, his plans for the future, good things and bad things...
It will hopefully give him time for reflection, bring out emotions and a possibility for him to pass on his experiences to other generations to learn from.
He immediately started to write his autobiography so I guess there is some stuff to be told:)
We were thinking to take the boat out for a trip in the archipelago to have a Father’s Day lunch but have not really got used to the short days yet so ended up in our local hotel. 
A beautiful building next to the marina, great food but completely empty.
I so hope the new plans for this pearl will make this place hustle and bustle and become the new waterhole for both locals and visitors from far.
A few kids were missing...
Will I ever get used to that?!
A weekend filled with activities and sharing of love and a wonderful ending of the passed week.
Hopefully it will set the tone of this upcoming week...
Did I mention I feel so grateful?

A glorious morning

The other morning when I stumbled out in our garden to let Elvis do his things it was like entering a painting. 
The world looked so beautiful and it felt like it passed on a message of “today will be a good day”.
It was cold, a little foggy and a beautiful light.
It was just magical!
It immediately created a feelgood feeling and I felt like I was wrapped in a blanket of peacefulness, no worries and lots of hope for this world.
A glorious way to start my day:)

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