Sunday, August 31, 2008
Then Mormor and Maya studied a book for about an hour (one of those books you have to find all kinds of little things in the clues on each page).
After an entertaining lunch of BEE (wasp) watching....(we were catching them in one of those glass bottle traps over the outdoor table)....we all went down to the beach! Maya "swam" with her mermaid fin for a few moments but mostly rode on "Sharky". (Her blow up shark rafty thing). We collected LOTS of little clam like shells to make crafty stuff later...what? I don't know!
And when we got back to the house ....ONE of us continued to soak up some golden rays of sun before packing up the car to come back home. What a life that dog leads! Eat, swim, sleep!
And now it's back to the grind stone for another week.....my parents return to the USA on Friday morning. I will drive them to Copenhagen on Thursday where they will spend the night with our Danish/Swiss/Eyptian cousins. (yes, that's another story, I will write about later!)
I always feel a little sad and "empty" when my folks go back to the states. Somehow the distance between us feels greater just after they leave. Things will get back to normal again quickly....and then it doesn't ache so much. Who else lives far from family? What do you do to ease the "goodbye" feelings?
Outside Mom peeled the fabulous Göteborg crayfish that Bo's cousin brought to us! Much better than the frozen ones we usually get at the market. Thank you Georg and Victoria!
Maya received this adorable cap made by Victoria to wear to school this fall. Stylish!
It was so much fun to have baby Alexander waddling about the party! Victoria is an excellent seamstress with lots of talent for design. Her 3 children take up most of her time now but she still gets moments to make something now and then. She's one of those people who don't use patterns...she just looks at (or imagines) what she wants to make and does it. WoW!
These are the famous CRAYFISH of Sweden that everyone drools for in August! These were particularly yummy with or without butter! like mini lobsters!
Bo's cousin, Georg, his wife Victoria (from Spain) and their daughter, Desiree dig into the crayfish!
Although these three did eat some crayfish, they were happier playing and playing together!
Didn't take a good photo during the party (and no photos of my dear husband!)....but here's what it looked like afterwards. We didn't party into the night as you are supposed to...when the children are bigger, perhaps!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
1. Where is your cell phone? in the car
2. Your significant other? Bo
3. Your Hair? BROWN
4. Your Skin? semi-tan, freckles
5. Your mother? always busy
6. Your favorite thing/things? flowers, fabrics, fruits
7. Your dream last night? scary....was given a lost child to care for
8. Your favorite drink? cold beer on hot day, real water, coffee in morning
9.Your dream/goal? TRAVEL, Travel, travel
10. The room you're in? messy home office
11. Your ex? which one?
12. Your fear? losing my family members
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? comfortable and happy
14. WHERE were you last night? HOME
15. What you're not? skinny
16. Muffins? alright... but cookies are best
17. One of your wish list items? Time to do what I want to do....
18. Where you grew up? Peru, Indiana, and Florida
19. What are you wearing? khaki capris, Winnie-the-Pooh shirt, white socks
21. Your TV? off
22. Your pets? DOG, CAT, 5 Goldfish
23. Your computer? iMac
24. Your life? busy
25. Your mood? up and down but mostly happy
26. Missing someone? friends in the USA
27. Your car? 4 Runner (12 yrs old), RAV4 and saving for a Prius (All Toyotas)
28. Something you're not wearing? a watch
29. Favorite Store? ICA MAXI or IKEA (TARGET when I am State side)
30. Your summer? It was lovely and now it's over...
32.Your favorite color? Cobalt blue
33. When is the last time you laughed? TODAY
34. Last time you cried? 2 weeks ago maybe
35. Who will respond to this? someone who likes to do these from my BLOG WORLD
36. Who's Answers are you anxious to see? Anyone's
Monday, August 25, 2008
And a real postcard from Valerie of Australia....who is travelling in Scotland just now! Thanks Valerie! Did you know that I collect REAL postcards, too? Yup...have about 4 shoe boxes full at this point...I use them at times in my classroom to show kids sights from around the globe! What fun to receive your message in the mail!
Unfortunately, I haven't had time to work on my cards....too much with having all my family here for weeks and weeks....but once they leave I'll be back to a routine! I hope!
If you would like to join our FABRIC POST CARD SWAP, please click HERE to find out more!
Maya choose the seafood buffet meal....10 kronor for every year ...that was 60 kronors for Maya's plate. She picked out her own food and ate most of it! That's about $10.oo. One of Maya's most famous quotes (when she was 3 years old) "I'll start with the caviar!" She's a seafood lover!
Couldn't resist photographing this little guy on my Dad's "fresh beer" (unpasteurized, unstrained)....have you ever seen an angel with a beer mug?!
Tips: the gluten free plate has a delicious variety with more chocolate than the regular table. My husband always shares his plate with us as it is more than he can eat at one time.
We were so busy eating and drinking ....I took an 'after' shot instead...Mom and I love the needlework all around the place!
After chowing down on cookies....we went off to the National Park and ran off some of our calories on the beach!
It's a wonderful place for finding smooth, colorful stones and pebbles...one of these days we will find AMBER here! I just know it! I have stones from here that I collected in 1997, they flew to Los Angeles with me then moved back to Sweden with me in 1999! Some well travelled stones! They look so beautiful resting in a shallow bowl of water with floating candles! (something I stopped doing while Maya was little...I think she's old enough now not to eat them!...play with them but not eat them!) Maya has turned out like her parents...she's also a stone collector! My pockets were loaded with her (and my) finds when we returned to the car.
WEEEEE....running with the waves! Hands full of pebbles!
On the way home we were bathed in bright sunlight....this is around 7:30 pm.
And so ends another wonderful day in Sweden!
Apples are ripening...and dropping from the summer house's wild apple tree. Mom makes a yummy, flavorful apple sauce with all the little apples. It's good on ice cream, yogurt, cereal...alone! I hope there will be enough to freeze for later.
And my Dad....well, I'm so lucky! Every night that they stay here in our house...HE DOES THE DISHES!!!! I"m being spoiled big time!
Guess who I found making out in my kitchen after supper!???? Geez...gotta keep my eye on them! BTW---sunset is around 8:30 pm here so that's why it's light outside after dinner!
It's wonderful to have my family visiting us...and I'm so grateful that my darling husband enjoys their visits, too! All this togetherness feeling has to last long after they leave because it will be several months before we see each other again!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Lots of booths with all kinds of fun stuff to buy! As we walked through the festival, I heard so many languages (Arabic, Spanish, French, English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Polish...etc) makes me realize how diverse southern Sweden really is when everyone comes out into the center!
My husband's parents met us for lunch (they live in Malmö)...each person purchased the food that they had a hankering for and we could eat together under the shade trees. YUMMY!
More views...it was hard to take photos that captured the diversity of the festival and the colorful vending booths. I'll try harder next year! At night, the live music dominates the festival with venues for all types of music spread out throughout the center. When Maya is older....we'll check those out.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Before we left, she packed her bag....
And then, in a blink of the eye, she was READY FOR KINDERGARTEN!!!
And Mommy cried because she was so happy, excited, nervous and proud that her little baby girl was starting school! It seems like only yesterday .....time sure does fly!
When Maya came home, she announced that "School was GREAT!" She seemed to enjoy all of it and had lots to tell including that she and some other kids "got lost in the cafeteria". I asked her how that could have happened and she replied, "I just wasn't paying attention to my teachers." (A good lesson on the first day as she promised to pay better attention to them on Monday!) We are VERY pleased with the two teachers she has at the school and with their program for the term. More later...as stories come forth!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
It's a composting toilet! Nothing fancy but very functional! Dad did a great job putting it all together! There is even a simple sink to wash hands and brush teeth.
No more surprises for now!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Maya is with my parents and brother for a couple of days at their summer house while Bo and I are back at work after summer holidays. Seems strange not having her (or the dog) around.....we've been eating dinner on the couch and watching the Olympics!