Monday, January 13, 2014

Back in the saddle

We survived our recent holiday trip to the States. I am usually much more of a wreck when I return to Sweden but there is so much that I am thankful and grateful for that there is literally no time to be sad.  

#lufthansa #greatservice #Frankfurt

The family is still in recovery from the time difference so I am focusing on getting the girls readjusted to Swedish time. 
Daniel is back at work and actually going on a showing tonight for a house in Jönköping. I hate that our family is separated during the week. It is difficult for us all. One thing that I took away from spending time with my family is a renewed energy and stocked up on the positive vibes that I need to live so far away and maintain my drive. Life abroad is difficult but I have made my choice. In this situation there is only one option and it's clearly to choose happiness. Nice to be back home! 

How did you spend your holidays? 

Write me back! 

Hugs, 

KyanainSweden 

P.s the showing revealed that the house was not what we wanted after all.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Baby I'll Be Your Shelter

Today I needed Quiet time with a capital "Q" and I got it. I woke up at 4:00am and drank my daily lemon tea. I folded clothes and watched television. Once the baby started to stir I realized that I would soon need to return to bed but I revelled in my 30 minutes of peace and quiet.
Later on... 
I needed more special Kyana time and simply popped some popcorn and gave my husband the signal.. I needed to retreat and so I did. I watched my new favorite show and after 2 episodes I felt rejuvenated but decided that I needed additional special creativity time. 
I decided that it was time to collage my workbook with inspirational images. And what you see are the first of my new series of inspirational journaling. After clipping out images from 3 magazines waiting to be recycled I reemerged as a happy relaxed Mommy. The majority of the week I am there for everyone and today I was there for myself! #shedidthat

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Hugs

KyanainSweden

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Another Day With Her...

Feels like time is flying. Olivia will be 5 months old in a few days. 5 months... It's unbelievable to think that so much has changed and in 12 days we are leaving for the States to celebrate the holidays with my family. Yesterday Olivia enjoyed her first helping of smashed banana and today it was mashed potatoes. Next thing you know her diet will consist of only solids and the beautiful breast feeding period will be over. Time spent with her is precious.


Thanks everyone for reading my blog! 

Hugs, 
KyanainSweden

Friday, November 15, 2013

One a day like this....

Sweden doesn't give you the best weather all year round. On those boring, dreary days the best thing you can do is pull out your warm socks, walking shoes, fleece and windbreaker and get moving! Then when you return home the baby might be in a "fresh air coma" and you might be able to answer emails and hey even post on your blog!

Hugs, 
KyanainSweden

Ps.. Love taking pictures of "Sleepy Hollow" trees!



Everyone Has Bad Days!

Yesterday was one of those days...LOTS OF CRYING. It seemed like nothing or no one could soothe her finally she settled down and gave me just a hint of a smile. Today she has been amazing. Everyone has bad days....

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

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.