Thursday, December 30, 2010

December 24, 2010

Christmas eve was a beautiful day with sparkling sunshine, and about -20C (-4F). Before lunch we took Ebba on a walk on the nearby golf course. So stunning!

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Some of the pictures and highlights from Christmas Eve.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 23, 2010

We worked until noon, and then we got in the car and drove north to my family. First we visited my brother, his wife and their lovely little baby daughter. Then we continued to my parents, were we will be celebrating Christmas Eve.

Here is a cute little decoration that my mother had on the living room table.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December 22, 2010

Here is the result of the re-made raspberry caramel. The first one, that was cooked too long, were more brown in the color, and really hard. I brought it to work with a warning to watch the teeth while eating it. Apparently it was nothing wrong with the taste. (But I know this one is even more delicious =)

We decorated some today too. Dressed up the Christmas tree and put up some Santas here and there. Even with the ridiculously busy time at work right now, I begin to feel Christmas is actually on its way.

December 21, 2010

More Christmas cooking tonight. Lastly we mixed up some mulled wine, Glögg in Swedish. I had prepared tags for the bottles, with the year on them as we plan to store two bottles for next year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

December 20, 2010

This evening we started preparing food and candy for Christmas. Unfortunately the Christmas ham got a little over cooked, and also the raspberry caramel. But Daniels pickled citrus herring (the picture above) looked nice as always, and the fish- and shellfish pate smelled delicious. Tomorrow we'll give the caramel another try, and continue with the ribs.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

December 19, 2010

We drove home from Stockholm today in very snowy weather. Everything went fine, although it was a little hard to drive when the road are all snowy. When we got home we picked up Ebba that had stayed with Linus mother during the weekend. After her walk she fell asleep in "her" sofa, where she loves to relax.

December 18, 2010

Sorry that the quality of the photo isn't better, but it is captured with my SonyEricsson Xperia X8 cell phone camera.

A friend of ours has just moved in to a new apartment, and invited a lots of friends to his housewarming party. He lives close to Stockholm, and on the other side from where we live, but we decided to go anyway. It was a really fun party! We got these little snacks before dinner, and it was a little funny that he has Swedish flags in them, as he is from Finland from the beginning. We teased him a little, but of course there aren't many such sticks with Finish flags to find here in Sweden.

Friday, December 17, 2010

December 17, 2010

I got this candle holder from my parents earlier this year as a gift. I thought it was comforting and reasuring in some way and it has been placed in a window in the livingroom ever since. When Zoey passed away in October, I lit a candle in this holder, reminding us all of Zoey. This has become Zoey's light.

December 16, 2010

The office where I work arranged a Christmas party, and it was located not far from where Daniel and I live. The people at my department met up at our home before heading for the party. It was a fun night, and Ebba were thrilled to have so many visitors at once.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 15, 2010

Yesterday we went Christmas shopping, and today it was time to wrap the gifts. There will be some more, but I was happy to have begun.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December 14, 2010

Right after work we went home and took Ebba on her walk (-9C/16F), and then headed for the mall to do Christmas shopping. We actually was quite successful, but afterwards we were tired and cold and our feet hurt. To cheer us up we made ourselves a warming set of Irish coffee.

Monday, December 13, 2010

December 13, 2010

Today we celebrate the memory of the Saint Lucia in Sweden. Everywhere children dress up and sing Christmas carols for the parents at kindergarden and schools. It is actually a lovely start of the day.

Here is our Santas little helper!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

December 12, 2010

12 days to Christmas. I thought I'd give this another try, at least with 12 photos counting down to Christmas. Hope you are all having a good time, and are looking forward to the holidays!

Today I have baked lussebullar (saffron buns). They turned out quite nice, and our home got a lovely smell of Christmas.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

August 7, 2010

We are looking after Daniel's parents dogs this weekend, and are right now enjoying a cold Margarita on the porch while the rain falls on the roof. Vacation has soon come to an end.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

July 29, 2010

Home again, and my parents and uncle are visiting. Today we are on a small cruise boat on the local waterway; Kinda kanal. It is raining quite a bit, but the surroundings are stunning.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

July 25, 2010

Last night in Germany, by the Baltic Sea in Neustadt in Holsten. Daniel and Linus bathed and then we all had a nice dinner overlooking the sea.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

July 23, 2010

We are done with the Mosel valley, and now continues north. Tonight we are staying at a camping site by the Rhein in Remagen. Right behind our caravan there is a pond with swans and lots of fish; so fun to feed.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

July 22, 2010

Today we decided to start our way home, alongside the Mosel river. It is simply beautiful!

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July 21, 2010

Sorry that there aren't so many updates or pictures on the blog from our trip. There has been both limited wlan access and limited time. But we sure are having a good time! =D Tell you more when we get home.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 20, 2010

Here we are at a camping overlooking the Rein. Next we will be served a delicious, but large, Weinerschnitzel. Still wonderful weather.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

July 18, 2010

We are on the ferry from Trelleborg in Sweden to Travemünde in Germany. The vacation has started! :-)

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

July 16, 2010

I became an aunt tonight! :-) My little brother and his wife gave birth to a sweet baby girl named Isla.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

July 15, 2010

We have visited a friend who lives outside of town. Fortunately the local train stops close by, so it was easy to go there and to get home. Here we are on our way home.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July 14, 2010

A while ago our camera dropped into the ground. It was a terrible moment as we heard glass shatter! Fortunately it was only the uv-filter that broke, unfortunately it got stuck on the lens. But today Daniel finally managed to remove it, and replace it with a new one. The camera is ready for vacation. :-)

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July 13. 2010

The rain and thunder arrived today. Our plants were thrilled!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July 12, 2010

Another wonderful summer day. Ebba gets to play in the water to cool down a little.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

July 11, 2010

We are watching the FIFA world cup final tonight, and also enjoys a cold drink to try and cool down. The weather is almost tropical with 32 degrees. Lovely!

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

July 10, 2010

We are at a party, the whole family, including Linus and Ebba. Today it was about 32 degrees, really hot, but it is lovely with summer!

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Friday, July 9, 2010

July 9, 2010

We are back in the city again, with both of our cats (no one of them got lost in the country). While eating our dinner outside tonight we saw this little hedgehog roam the courtyard.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

July 8, 2010

We worked in the city and then went back to the summer house for the night. It almost feels like vacation has already started.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July 7, 2010

Zelda and Zoey came with us to the summer house tonight.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 6, 2010

Linus is riding on his kickbike, and Ebba is running out of the picture.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

July 5, 2010

My collegue at work treated us with home-made cookies today. Yummy!

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July 4, 2010

The only photo for the day; a salsa recipe. And on the wrong side even. Sorry. :-)

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 3, 2010

Strolling around Helsinki in the beautiful weather. Here we have just stopped to have a beer and some sect.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

July 2, 2010

We`re on a cruise again, this time to Helsinki.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

July 1, 2010

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June 21, 2010

I'm sorry for not posting photos in a while, and not visiting other blogs. Somewhere this felt more like a chore than something fun, so I decided to just leave it for a while. I really enjoyed doing project 365 last year, but I realize now that it almost killed my scrapping spirit, and even though I value all the photos I have from 2009, I do miss scrapping.

Here is a picture of Linus from the cruise we went on Saturday to Monday. This time it was not a party cruise, but we went with friends that also have a son slightly older than Linus. The boys had tons of fun, and us grown-ups also enjoyed ourselves.

June 15, 2010

Summerparty at Linus' Kindergarten. All the kids sang and then we had a picknick in the Kindergarten garden. The weather was lovely and it was a fun afternoon.

Monday, June 7, 2010

June 1, 2010

We have been looking for new curtains for Linus room since we moved here two years ago, but the other day grandma had found a fabric that maybe could fit. It was patternd with cool knights, and she even sewed them for us. Today it was time to change curtains and it turned out beautifully. Linus haven't seen them yet, but I'm sure he will be thrilled.

May 31, 2010

Ebba found a large puddle filled with rain-water, and decided it was time for a bath.

May 30, 2010

Ebba on our evening walk.

May 29, 2010

The lilacs has finally started to bloom, and they fill the air with their wonderful scent.

Linus in his grandparents garden. He was very happy with the gift; a radio controlled car.

Friday, May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010

The cloudes were dark grey already before we got out with Ebba, but in the middle of the walk they opened up too. The rain poured down and thunder began. Before we got home these larg hail fell down on us. Ebba was not happy at all with them as they got in her eyes, and we all ran home to get shelter. Later on our patio it was kind of interesting to watch nature roam for a while.

May 27, 2010

Our little garden frames have now started to show progress. We have planted the tomatoes here now, and they look very happy with that. There are also chives, garlic, sallat and some herbs.

May 23, 2010

There is a castle about 20 minutes by car outside of Linköping, and each year they arrange a medieveal fair there, complete with knights and horses. Grandma decided to take Linus there and Daniel and I joined in. Here we are, waiting for the tournament to start.

And the knights ride in on their beautiful horses!

There were lots of games making up the tournament.

Here is the castle; Ekenäs castle.

Linus trying out the bow and arrows at the fair. He got help with the first one, but then he was on his own. Here he is aiming very carefully.