My dad turns 60 (part 1)

I have so many things that I want to blog about. But the¬†more things have piled up, the less I’ve been inclined to do it? I’m just going to dig in and catch up now. Starting with my dad! He turned 60 in October this year and it was¬†so amazing getting to celebrate him. My dad is one of the best people I know. ‚ô•

We had a big party for him a month later, we had to find a date where all of us could be there. But on his birthday, October 5, we took him out for a birthday dinner. Here’s a few pictures:

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A nice person at the table next to us offered to take a group shot so here we all are. My dad, mom, seven of his kids (we missed you, Emanuel!) and his two oldest grandchildren.

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There’s not a bunch of options for restaurants in our little town but this ended up being perfect for us. We got a large table in the middle of the place, there was lots of vegetarian stuff to choose from (there’s four vegetarians in our family) and they served food that was right up dad’s alley.

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It was a fun night, talking and laughing together. At one point they brought out dessert and we all got up to loudly sing happy birthday, the kind of stuff that dad¬†loves. Afterwards we went back to our parents house and we stayed up late playing boardgames and eating (lots of) snacks. It was the perfect low-key celebration with just us kids and I’m so glad we did it.

As the title implies, there’s a part two from his party. Coming up soon!

The day of the cinnamon bun

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Here in Sweden we have something as fantastic as kanelbullens dag (day of the cinnamon bun). It’s on October 4 every year and a really great reason to eat a lot of them. You can either bake them yourselves or get them in the store. On tuesday, we rolled up our sleeves and went for the first option:

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I always have two very eager helpers when I bake. They¬†love being a part of the whole process from putting the dough “to sleep” with his blanket to seeing them grow in the oven.

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There are so many ways you can do the bun and we tried the twisted knot this time.

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Oh Elis. <3 I was busy putting the first batch in the oven when I looked over and saw him do some serious eating. So I asked if he was eating the dough and he said “-no, mom. I’m eating the sand”. Funny thing is I knew exactly what he meant the¬†minute he said it. The filling is brown and has sugar so I guess it¬†has that sandy texture?¬†Haha.

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I can totally see how there’s a whole day devoted to the smell in your kitchen when you’re making these buns!!

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First batch ready. We made three batches to make sure we had more than enough…

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Somehow I always manage to start the baking too late in the day (and then it takes a while) so it ends up being ready like right before we should eat dinner. So the boys might or might not have had buns for dinner that day. Maybe all of us did. It’s only the national day of the cinnamon bun once a year right? ;)

Four cousins at the movies

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Here’s a movie that I made from friday. There’s a reason I wanted to capture this day in video, we went to see Finding Dory at the movies and the¬†kids were so excited.¬†Sam became a little obsessed with Finding Nemo this summer and he was SO¬†ready in his favorite t-shirt. It was even more awesome that they got to go with their buddies/cousins¬†Karl and Edith.¬†I really wanted a little movie to¬†remember how fun they all thought it was.

As you can see at the end, “fun” was the word they kept using to describe the film.¬†Such a cute experience for all of us adults too:

Ugglarp beach in Falkenberg

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Friday was a really eventful day!¬†Gustav and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary so we started out with a lunch date and going to the movies (we saw Suicide Squad). While we had our¬†alone time, my mom and my sister Emelia brought the boys about 2h¬†south to the beach Ugglarp, just outside Falkenberg. We¬†we met up with them later and¬†also with some crazy members of my family who biked¬†all the way there (!!). More about this later though, I filmed some during the day so there’s a video coming.

Here’s the¬†pictures I took after we met up with everyone at the beach:

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It was about the¬†sweetest thing when we came walking down the beach and both boys came running to give us hugs. <3 And Sam said “-Mom, dad! We’ve been looking everywhere for you!”

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The beach is so pretty with the rocks and the sand. We lived in Halmstad most of my childhood/teenage years and I miss living so close to the beach sometimes.

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Sweetest little Marta showing them how to collect sea shells. She’s always taking the time to play or show¬†them things, no wonder they love her so.

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Despite it not being the warmest day it was so nice to just hang out there for a while. Sam and Elis collected lots of sea shells and both took a swim in the ocean too. Special thanks to mom and Emelia for bringing them!¬†ūüėė

Painting our front door yellow

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Our front door has a new color! We decided to do some painting yesterday and painted it in a mustard yellow. We’ve been talking about painting our (ugly) old door for a while now but it has never been so high up on the list of things to do around here.

But yesterday it just seemed like an easy enough project to tackle for a day, so we did.

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This was such a spur of the moment thing which we decided in about five minutes that morning. Gustav put the kids in the stroller and we were on our way¬†out to the painting store when I said we didn’t even know what color to paint. Haha. We were choosing between green, blue and yellow so¬†he said¬†“go on pinterest, show me some pictures and convince me”. So I showed him and¬†we both really fell for the darker shade of yellow which we thought would look good with our house.

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The sanding and washing of the door was the most boring part. Painting is pretty fun. You just need to have your serious painting-face on. Looks more legit. ;)

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It wasn’t as quick as we thought (is it ever??) because in the end it took me three coats before the door was done. Three coats and some really sore arms + neck. I don’t know why it took me so long to bring out a chair for the top of the door…ūüėā

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But finally, tada! Now it’s all a lovely shade of yellow instead of that murky brown. Brought Elis out so he could show it makes for a much better backdrop for photos. The front of our house still needs a lot of work but now there’s at least one thing that looks better. Mission accomplished.¬†ūüĎć

A visit to Gränna and Visingsö

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On friday, we spent the whole day in the swedish town called Gr√§nna (and the tiny island Visings√∂). It’s the cutest place and we kept saying that we really get why it’s so popular¬†during summer. Besides the candy, it’s just the perfect picture of an idyllic swedish small town. If you’re ever a tourist here, make sure you don’t miss it! We went with my sister Matilda and her family and we really had the best day.¬†ūüĎĆūüĎĆūüĎĆ

Some photos from our visit below:

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Open shelves in the kitchen

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When we planned our kitchen, I really wanted some open shelves. So instead of having two upper cabinets here, we made space to leave the one side open. Putting those up has been a¬†thing on our list that we’ve been dreading a little bit. But on Saturday we decided to just go for it.

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The two things we were nervous about was a) getting the length of the shelves just right so they would fit and b) drilling in our new tile. That last thing scared us the most. Haha.

Luckily we found a way to place the brackets so we only had to drill into the grout and NOT the actual tile (huge relief) and after a little bit of sanding of the first shelf, we managed to get the second one perfect right away. We were ready to put up ten more. Or something. ;)

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Right now we’re using the top shelf for some bowls and pitchers.

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And the second one is for all the smoothies I’ll be making this summer, I’ll finally have my blender¬†within reach! I always had to get a chair before #shortpeopleproblems. ;)

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There is a “before & after”-post coming where I’ll talk more about our thoughts and show the whole kitchen. There’s just a few details to get to before that.¬†So this is just a little preview. I’m really happy with how they turned out, we’re going for bright and airy and I think they help!

July snapshots

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Here’s some pictures¬†from the last month or so that I never got around posting:

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The last weekend of June (so almost July) marked the big Potato-festival in our town. I wrote more about it last year, HERE. Where the streets fills¬†with people and it’s¬†fun¬†to just walk around and see whats going on.¬†We saw Nassim Al Fakir on stage, all the kids love him. And all of it would’ve been so much more pleasant if it wasn’t raining so much.

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I guess they didn’t care though.

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A muffin for breakfast for the new four year old.

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And a ,little birthday party for his friends. It was loud and kinda crazy but all of them had fun and that was our goal. Sam was so happy about it. <3 :)

So excited¬†for the last bit of July and all of August now!! Doing them “vacation-style”.

The longest week

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We have one week to go. One week before Gustav gets off work for the summer. One week until he will be home for five weeks. I love this time and in a perfect world it would come around more often than only once a year.

Five weeks of the four of us together, taking turns sleeping in, late breakfasts, being spontaneous, forgetting about time or routines, lots of cuddles, eating icecream, taking roadtrips, swimming, staying out late and seeing new things.

Five weeks of not having to say bye in the morning.

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Just a week to go. The only problem is that it’s always the longest week ever. ;)