Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TrySwedish! in London- Teaching culture through food!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Early to Rise

This morning we woke up at 5:30am, well actually the baby. Mable soon rose at about 6am and was ready to jump start her day. Apparently, I (the night owl) have given birth to two morning persons. Pity for them. LOL! 
Since returning home I have not adjusted to the time change. My family lives in Houston so we had to acclimate to the 7 hour difference and after almost one full week I am finally starting to feel like myself again. 
After Mable left for school, I decided to pack Olivia up and take a nice long walk in the area. It is cold but luckily not to slippery so getting around is easy. Anytime I start to feel "weird" I like to take walks. It's the only thing that helps me deal with winter and the darkness. Keeping it moving is the only way for me to stay in front of my feelings. I miss my family so much but I have a great life here in #Sweden. The only way that I get to experience the two together is by taking a long walk and think about those people I have just left behind. I walk and think of them and after a while everything is ok. 

Any other #expats out there? What do you do when you start missing your people? 
Try to stay warm! 



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! 



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! 



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! 


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!


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 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!


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