Monday, July 29, 2013

a day in the hay...

 






If I had to describe Sweden in just one word it would be Natural...
The way the Swedes are so in tune with nature is so beautiful. Homes tucked away in forests, on the coast, in little villages, countrysides. Peoples' homes are even natural... wooden floors, clean light walls, open beams, simple decor all to compliment nature... soft colors.
Even the clothing people wear is usually soft and natural... creams, whites, grey... not a lot of make up.
People spend lots of time outdoors... especially in the summer months when the weather is good. There are always car lanes, then biking lanes, then walking lanes. everywhere. The price of gas is nearly $9 a gallon so most people bike or walk when they can... it's so nice to not hear a lot of traffic or smell exhaust. Just listening to kids playing outside or birds chirping or bees buzzing...
This is the way we like to live as well... outside... in fresh air... grass stains... wind blown hair.

We found this open field with big hay rolls all over the place... what a fun place to run... and have a picnic...
This summer has been full of natural days...

Saturday, July 13, 2013

relaxing in the garden...








This was a really great day! Thank you Sweden for delivering the bluest sky, the fluffiest clouds, and the warmest sun... with just a little cool breeze to keep us cold if we start to sweat!
Our lazy summer days have been amazing!
We lounge in the garden... nap under trees... coffee breaks to wake us up... the birds circle over us unsure what's going on below... who are these people so still?
My beautiful sister-in-law has the sweetest pregnant tummy... a little girl growing inside has our girls quite excited and curious.
We have caught up on our rest and long for the days ahead and smile at the ones happening... Our girls are growing right in front of our eyes... and we are letting them.

sunny girls...

 well you know how I'm a sucker for light... well the other night... I think it was our second night in Sweden, the sun was setting and dancing on the garden... the lavender, the roses... the hum of the bumble bees was gone... and it looked like things were starting to settle... but then the girls stood in front of me... and they were lit... sun sparkles peeked through their hair and I had to stop and get my camera!!!






Well our oldest girl Isabelle is getting to be quite good with the camera... they both are! It's still too heavy for Cecilia... but it's kinda fun now to see what types of things she sees when she looks through the lens. It's also quite special when something beautiful is happening in front of Isabelle... she stops and says... I want to take a picture! She took these bottom pics of me and Cecilia... then the last image is one that Cecilia took of me...
Fun letting them be creative...
love these girls!









Wednesday, July 10, 2013

arriving in Sweden...

how nice... we made it to Sweden!!! that long flight is always worth it when you arrive to happy smiles, blue skies, and scents of roses every where you turn. It feels good to be back. Feels like it was just when we left last...  ps. the above pic yes, the girls have helmets on... why? they got bikes when they got here and have been on them since! so funny! 


my sister-in-law is pregnant and has been quite the baker/chef! she makes the most amazing loaves of bread with all sorts of seeds and crunch.... the kind of bread when you toast and smear the butter on top it melts and smells like it's just out of the oven again... oh the taste... unreal! These cinnamon buns are one of our favorites! always nice to have with your afternoon "fika" coffee break.








These are the bike girls... I stopped to think yesterday as I was basking in the sun... hahaha... how our girls will look back and remember their trips to Sweden.... all of their beautiful colorful memories. riding bikes through the garden... staying at the house behind their grandparent's and climbing through the fence to wake them... flicking SOS signals through the top floor windows to signal goodnights to Farmor & Farfar... running through hung laundry and hiding behind lavender bushes... I love to paint these memories on their hearts... this is what's important to me. Not remember to read over the summer... not having a schedule... but just remember to be a kid. Children are just little for such a short amount of time....... this I am certain, is the most important job...



oh finding little treasures of little girls makes me laugh so much!
Ponies hiding in flower pots... yesterday the ponies had a wedding... there were stepping stones of red rose peddles... of course.
It's nice to have the time to sit and watch our girls... being on vacation and letting go is simply mandatory for us! We do whatever it takes to get away as a family... we make it happen and promise that we will always!

this is the house where we are staying the first bit of our 6 week trip... 


 one of the requests of the home owner was to feed their cat... done... and to pick the strawberries... um... ok! wow, strawberries!!! right in your backyard! whenever you need one just pluck! they are nice and warm from the sun and full of so much sweetness!!!





I could get used to this vacation life... always! hmm... how could I do this... :-)
it's going to be a really fun time I'm so looking forward to each day as I fall asleep on my bed made of horse hair... The cool night air creeps in our window... what will we do today...? feeling like a forest hike maybe?  ... we'll see.