Thursday, February 20, 2014

Daily Routine

Here is my morning routine: 
6:45- wake up and get the troops out of bed. 
7:05-7:20- breakfast 
7:20-7:40 get Mable dressed and packed for school. 
7:40-7:50- Double check Mable is prepared, wash morning dishes, take two sips of coffee 
7:55- Mable is out the door 
8:00- Mable security call from designated check point
8:02- Backup wake up service call to Daniel
8:05- Morning nap/ snuggle with Olivia

Well... This usually lasts until 10am but around 8:55am Daniel calls to tell me that the Maintenance Dudes are coming by to check the leaky pipe in the shower and I can expect them to arrive at the earliest 9am! 

F&$/@!

Olivia wakes up grumpy because nap time has been disturbed but we make ourselves presentable to receive guests and we wait. 

Maintenance Dudes arrive.. Take a look and tell me that they will have to call a plumber because this is "over their heads". 

Oh really? 

 


The day has started......

Hugs Everyone! 

Kyana in Sweden

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Valentine's Day Has Come and Gone

What you see here are my bouquet of tulips I received for Valentines Day. I was actually surprised to get flowers. Things have been in disarray these past weeks with Daniel living in Jönköping and I living with the girls alone. On Fridays all I want from Daniel is just to walk through that door but when we arrived with flowers .... Well, I thought it was wonderful. 
Last week I endured my first bidding war on a house I was convinced was the answer to my prayers. We were both so sure that we would get that house but the price went to high for what the house was worth and we backed out. Admittedly,I was upset. For a moment it felt like this separation was coming to an end and the new chapter of our lives was about to begin but as it turns out.. The hunt continues. 
This weekend we have another showing on an even better house than the one we walked away from... Nothing like buyer's remorse. I wonder if the other buyers regret their decision? Anyway, we have a nice long week in Jönköping with Daniel because Mable will be out of school for Spring Break so it's off to the man cave. 
I am actually looking forward to this.. Some time with the family reunited again. I couldn't ask for more. 

Take care of each other! 

Hugs,

Kyana in Sweden

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sunday Afternoon

Some days we just pile into my bed and hang out. These are the moments I will wish we had more of when my girls are all grown up! 
Be with the ones you love....

Hugs, 
KyanainSweden

Friday, January 24, 2014

Overindulgence

This is for anyone who thinks I actually have time to feel sorry for myself! Wise words! #getyourownblog
Stay strong! 

Hugs, 

KyanainSweden

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Snapshot- Olivia's doctor appointment

Today was Olivia's routine checkup. She is growing up to be a healthy and strong little lady. The doctor was very gentle and spoke to Olivia asking permission to feel her belly and listen to her heartbeat and lungs. He approach was very much the same that I taught when I worked as an infant massage instructor. I hope we meet him again. 
Mable followed along and had fun playing with the baby toys and reading the books. She would have loved it even more if she would have gotten a lollipop. 

Just another day in my world! 

Stay warm ya'll! 

Hugs, 

KyanainSweden

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! 

Hugs, 

KyanainSweden

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