May you reach your best potential. May you fulfil your dreams and hopes. May you always be happy and contented, May you feel the love of those around you. May you keep dancing like no one is watching. May all your wishes come true.
Marking the end of gardening season?
Linn turned 13 just a few days ago. I blamed my old age for not doing her birthday post. I forgot.
We were at Farmor’s to celebrate this special day as it was better for us to go to her. The weather was great and the new teenager received lots of techno gadgets that she wanted.
At 13, Linn is really techno savvy and even more than I am today. For her birthday, I wish for her happiness, fulfillment and joy at home, family, school and with her friends.
In our eyes, She will always be our baby princess Linn. We love you.
This midsummer is really different from any other year with Covid19. No dancing around the pole as large gatherings are not allowed.
We however had a great lunch at farmor’s with the traditional midsummer food such as sill, new potatoes, smoked salmon and eggs with caviar.
It is a beautiful summer day and we have no rain which is unusual. Nicke and kids could not resist taking a swim in the lake. I will not as the water is really cold. I remembered trying it out on my first visit to Sweden and I will always remind myself not to do it again.
As our plans to visit Singapore was aborted due to covid19, it looks like it will be a simple summer just spending time at home, taking it easy.
You will find me busy working in the garden … catching up with the sun.
Have a great summer!
Since the last post, we have been staying alot at home with the Covid19 Pandemic. We work from home since mid March and Linn has digital schooling at home.
The biggest challenge is to not get on each others’ nerves since we are physically under one roof. As a true introvert, I must say I don’t feel the huge difference in my lifestyle. (Thanks to Netflix and my own laziness.) However, I admit that it is a good time for the children to be a little more considerate.
Although covid19 is rather disruptive to our daily lives, it is also a time for reflection, time to prioritise behaviour, activities and make new decisions.
Let’s all learn from this very unique experience together. Hopefully, we are come out of it much stronger.
Stay safe and take care.
Thank you my darling for making the effort to drive me and pick me up from the tunnelbanan. It is the most romantic gesture to me.
Thank you for the beautiful flower drink that you spoil me with…
Thank you for loving me even when I am not lovable.
Happy Valentine’s Day my wonderful husband.
Wishing everyone a wonderful chinese new year. Really missing my family in Singapore.
What a beautiful sunset we have today to celebrate the start of the new decade.
We wish you all a wonderful new year.
Jonathan has been collecting figurines for the past few years. He alternates between Lego and Predator figurines and now his latest is the funko pop collection.
I have no love for horror movies but he loves to collect the villains from the classic horror movies of which many of the villains I cannot even name. So it is really ironic that he proudly shows them to me, telling me their names, their special weapons, tools and knives. Not forgetting the hours he and I spent looking for these weapons when he looses them and amount of glue he has used to stick the broken weapons back together.
This is where he invest all his pocket money. Growing up, I did not have many toys, and not even a Barbie doll. I must admit that I find it hard to appreciate the collection. I can only hope that the toys build his imagination in a good way.
It will soon be 2020, the turn of a new decade. This also marks our 10th year in Stockholm. Yes, come July 2020, we have been away for 10 years.
Whilst the intention to start this blog is to keep in touch with our love ones back in Singapore, I must say that I have not been maintaining it very well. My posts are very random and to be honest, the blog has never been my priority. Through the course of the 10 years, life has indeed taken over everything. With a full time job, countless chores at home for Nicke and myself, the blog is least on my mind and so badly neglected.
I don’t understand why i don’t maintain it as when I do work on it, I really enjoy posting our thoughts and pictures. We experienced so much in the past 10 years, been to so many places we never dreamed of, our lives have been filled with so much laughter, joy, as well as fear and tears. I am grateful for the comments from my dearest family and Fab 8 friends who still read the blog whenever there are new posts and leave wonderful words of encouragement. Thank you so much. I am grateful for your kindness. I have been writing this blog for ourselves and not expecting readers.
In the recent years, I started to think of the blog as our own personal journal of our lives in Stockholm. I am shy on Facebook and Instagram and so this will be ‘MyBook’ or ‘Minstagram’. I want the blog to record the children’s growth and serve as a reminder of our lives in Stockholm…the good, the bad, the trials and challenges. I must work hard to maintain the records as many years from now, we can look back fondly (or maybe not so fondly) of the way we were.
So my dear blog, I hope i will do a better job in 20s. I will post like no one is reading.
Wish me luck.
We started our own christmas tradition a few years ago with our own celebrations at home just before we go to Farmor’s house in Koping to celebrate Christmas.
The kids are usually excited to open their gifts from us and even happier to stuff themselves with their christmas candy.
It is a quiet time for me as I usually miss my family and friends back home as I have not been home for Christmas for 10 years now.
Here’s wishing our precious family and friends a wonderful Christmas and I am thinking alot about you.
Nicke’s kind of Father’s Day…playing arcade games with Linn
Jon personally selected his special buffet for his birthday feast. The family members were treated to his favourite food which includes
Reese peanut butter
3 kinds of tutti fruit candy
Chocolate chip cookies
He was happy with his party.