Friday, November 15, 2013

Home Alone 3

Soon my wonderful husband will move to Jönköping to start his new position. This is a bright and amazing step in his career. I am so very proud of his achievement and think that relocating for this opportunity is obvious but the idea of being separated for ....how ever long it will take us to find a place to live sucks. The plan is that my husband will commute to Stockholm on the weekends. During the week I will stay in Stockholm with the Girls. 

Mable and I posing and testing the self timer function on my Nikon- I admit are a bit close but posing with Mable is always fun

We both agree that pulling Mable out of school where she has tons of friends and a great teacher is traumatic enough. If we all move now there is no guarantee that she will not have to switch schools a few times before we are finally settled into our new home and I will do just about anything to avoid that. So, starting in a few days I will be home alone with my little girls. 

Not quite sure why Olivia always looks terrified but perhaps Mommy with a camera is a terrifying thing
Obviously, I feel really sad about the separation from my husband. He is my very best friend and I will miss the companionship that he gives me. Hopefully, we will find a new home very soon but for now I have our holiday trip to the States to plan so taking life one day at a time...Today is a good day!

I'll keep you posted!

KyanainSweden

Friday, October 25, 2013

We are on a roll!



From the first moment Mable was ready to jump in and help me take care of Olivia- Hemsjö 2013

Ever since little Olivia was born the months, weeks and days have just flown by. I am so thankful to be able to spend this special time with her- watching her grow from teeny tiny to a fat glowing bubbly baby. It has also been amazing to watch Mable grow into her role as Big Sister. She has shown such tenderness, understanding and willingness to help- I am proud of my two little baby girls. Life is Good!


Here Olivia is only a few days old and already happy, laughing, letting us know that all is well and how much she loves us- Hemsjö 2013

Olivia has such serious eyes that lock on to me and won't let go- Stockholm 2013

I'm sorry but I had to include those sweet chubby legs....she is delicious! Stockholm 2013

Olivia has no problems communicating- this look says "can you put that camera down and pick me up?"

Mable reads to Olivia everyday...I find it curious that Olivia only sits with Mable for storytime. Stockholm 2013

I have two sisters myself and I understand how important that bond can be...this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Stockholm 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Let's Take A Long Walk- Photos









Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Baby Olivia Meets Her Swedish Family on Öland

Olivia out on a walk with Daniel and I to Kungsförsen i Hemsjö

We are on our way home from visiting my husband's family on Öland for a few days. The baby had a chance to finally meet her Swedish family. Olivia, being such a sweet baby, allowed herself to be passed around and only came to me when she needed some comfort aka food. We managed to drive into Kalmar in the middle of a rain storm to buy a Baby Björn baby carrier so I can get around more freely in the house and in our backyard. Olivia did not like getting wet and she protested the entire operation but Daniel and I remained steadfast and completed the mission. I am not as active as I would like to be but it is only a matter of time before I am back on my feet. It takes time to leave when you have a little baby. Everyone wanted to hold Olivia one last time, everyone wanted to say goodbye. Hopefully we are able to move closer to my husband's family so they can have more contact with each other. We plan to return to Öland again sometime in the Fall  but now we are on our way back to Hemsjö.

Borta bra men hemma bäst!

Hugs- KyanainSweden

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Welcome Home Little One




On July 6, 2013 my second daughter Olivia Marie Holmberg was born at Södersjukhuset in Stockholm. Our newest addition has already turned our family upside down and inside out. The next few weeks we are staying in Blekinge bonding as a family and enjoying the wonderfully warm and dreamy Swedish summer weather. Life is a miracle.  

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The End is Near

It has been awhile, I know!

I have officially started my maternity leave so no more worrying about work and projects. I feel like its time to turn inward and prepare for the arrival of my sweet little baby. I'm not sure if I posted the news but we are having another little girl. At first I was convinced that I was carrying a little boy but the ultrasound revealed another truth.

We are completely prepared,  all the little outfits that were not ruined I decided to keep in storage for that day that we decided to have another baby. Now those clothes are washed, pressed and folded- and just like the rest of our little family waiting for the baby to arrive.

My first daughter came two weeks early so I am praying for an early arrival for this baby as well. Nothing would make me happier than to have that baby in my arms in two weeks. Everyone is super excited.

We are also seriously considering leaving Stockholm. I love it here but now it feels like its time for a change. My husband's family live in Southern Sweden, our summer cottage is there and I have started a new internet based venture with my sister so won't matter if I live permanently in Stockholm or not.

We also have greater opportunity to buy a larger home which is just not something that we want to do in Stockholm. As long as I have access to a large body of water I will be fine. Growing up in Florida it is required that anyplace I live has to have water that I can see on a daily basis. Göteborg, Uppsala, Stockholm and our new possible home all have this....so I am happy.

You might ask yourself what about finding a job? I don't feel that I belong to that group of people that only has opportunities in the capital. I know that the competition is fierce here and remember I am fluent in Swedish and have years of Swedish work experience but besides that, I have this new idea that I will be starting with my sister in the States so since I am already in the business of creating opportunities for myself I don't feel tied down to one area. My biggest commitment is to my family and moving provides immediate opportunities for the family.

Studying at Stockholm University has been an amazing experience! I have taken classes in Cultural Anthropology which I would describe as a study in politics. It has awakened a new passion in me and I will start volunteering with the Swedish Red Cross and continue working with that for the rest of my life. I know it sounds grand but you have to take risks and commit to helping others. Its the only way to survive in the world...GET OUT OF YOUR OWN HEAD!

So, on that note- I will end this post by saying that the past 8 months has been an amazing journey that has set me up for wonderful opportunities in the future.

I wish you all the best!

Hugs,

KyanainSweden +1

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I laugh at you cold..I shall prevail!


Today I need a bit of extra motivation. Mable has been home for a full week and can't seem to shake her cold. I'm just happy that its not the flu. We already caught one of the three flu that has been circulating in Stockholm. In fact, the hospitals have been slammed! Being pregnant doesn't help but I have been sick three times since Christmas but I keep on moving! I had a meeting this morning that I had to cancel because I am also sick..which is usually how it works..Mable gets sick at school and then BOOM- I get it too. Oh well, such is life but I have classes all afternoon AND I MUST GO (mantra)- so I gained a few hours to rest and conserve my energy for my 45 minute subway trip to campus followed by a two hour lecture and test prep! Sometimes you have to suck it up!


So.....let this be an inspiration to you all who are facing a tough day or week and can't see how you will make it through. No matter what, stay motivated and committed! Wake up and BE AWESOME!

Hugs,

KyanainSweden

Sunday, March 10, 2013

What goes around comes around

Whatever it was that Mable had has hit me like a semi-truck! In bed drinking lots of water today. Daniel and Mable are going to the Schlagerfest at Vällingby City to see Sean Banan.. She loves him! #sick #bored — at Råcksta.

Video Games and Gender Harassment

Ok, so I have been playing video games since PacMan was on Atari and I love them even today. In fact, video games are a passion that my daughter and I both share. She has become obsessed with video games. Her favorites are Minecraft and Pokemon..she will even watch Minecraft videos on Youtube to get inspiration. What I have never thought about is gender harassment in online gaming sites. I am sure that soon we will advance into the world of HALO 3 and League of Legends but for now we are happy to play our Wii games- My personal favorite is still Star Wars Lego.

After watching this video I realize that this is an important issue for everyone so I wanted to share it with you here.

About the video:

Excuse Me Princess - Gender in Video Game Culture: Stirling Little at TEDxUNC.


In case you didn't know TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

I hope you enjoy the video



Have a great Sunday!

Hugs,

KyanainSweden

Friday, March 8, 2013

OMG- It's a Girl!!



I am so excited about having another baby. I haven't been contributing very much to my blog but we do know that we are expecting another beautiful daughter. If I compared pregnancies so far, and yes, I am aware that you are not suppose to compare, but this second one is much more "fun" because we don't have the same financial stresses on us or the stress of the unknown about whether or not we will be good parents.


 Mable has grown to be a wonderful little girl- well on her way to either running a happy household, company or country....whatever she decides to do she knows that her Mommy and Daddy love her very much but now...our family has another baby on the way and sometimes I am so full of love that I think I will burst!

The baby's due date is set for early July but I don't know...Mable came two weeks early but who knows- this one might be relaxed and take things as they come. After getting to know Mable- who is very punctual, it does not surprise me that she is arrived early.

I am so curious about this new addition to the family- there will be a new personality in the household and everything will change....of course change is good ...change is wonderful and I am so excited!!

How will I make it until July??

Hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs,

KyanainSweden