2017, it's hard to believe you're almost gone. Only a few days left to celebrate the holiday spirit, and to be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about that. Celebration isn't a word I would use to describe the past few weeks. We didn't get the tree up and decorated until a week before … Continue reading Merry Christmas 2017
As long as there's no ice outside, we're calling it summer. That's what we've decided at my day job. And it fits, too, in a strange logical way. Although September is coming up fast, in Sweden the summer feels wonderfully long because of the amount of time everyone gets to enjoy it. Many who live … Continue reading The Long Swedish Summer
As some of you may have seen on my Instagram or Facebook posts, we've moved! I'm so excited. And a little tired. Okay, maybe more than a little tired. But I'm still mostly excited! We had, in my eyes anyway, a tiny apartment. Our son was basically sleeping in what was labeled as a closet … Continue reading We’ve Moved!
Yesterday, I mentioned one of my goals for March was to begin documenting a story the kids and I create together each week. Today was electronic-free day in our house, so I figured it was the perfect time to start. When we were finished, the kids were laughing so hard, I couldn't understand anything they said, … Continue reading Our 52 Stories Project
I asked for a February do-over, but I don't think anyone heard me. You know what? It doesn't matter now, because February is gone. Good riddance! And take your germs and viruses with you! I better not get too excited or that meme I saw the other day with sunny skies on Tuesday and a blizzard … Continue reading Hello, March! I’m So Glad to See you.
"Sunshine isn't good for your health. You know what you should do? Take it easy. Move to Sweden. Relax and enjoy the freezing weather and the crushing darkness that wants to eat your soul." Said no doctor ever. In February, Sweden is usually wet and still dark, though she's starting to get more sunshine. Definitely … Continue reading February, VABruary, Same Same
I keep a 'Did it!' list to remind me of my accomplishments throughout the year, because I tend to forget them. Despite all of my good intentions, I'm an emotional creature and the events that happen throughout the year that pull on my emotions stick with me way longer than anything else. 2015 was a tough year … Continue reading 2015 – Did it!
Swedes say 'God Jul' for Christmas. For New Year's, they say 'Gott Nytt År'. For the days in between, they say 'God fortsättning,' which literally translated means 'good continuation,' and as you've probably figured out by now there isn't really an equivalent in English. I love this phrase, though. It's a way to say, 'I … Continue reading God Fortsättning
Our elf's name is Wackack and he's been with our family for about five years now. As I've mentioned before, the elf is a special tradition our family enjoys every year. He means a lot to us. Christmas is still magical for the children and that elf is one of the main reasons, not to mention it … Continue reading The Elf Wants to Retire
One of the first things my husband told me drove him crazy about Americans was our fascination with small talk. To him, small talk is fake. And pointless. I disagree. I miss small talk. I miss walking into a store and knowing you could speak to the guy next to you if you wanted to. … Continue reading My First Passive-Aggressive Note