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. ;)

Kraftprovet 2016: Pictures and a vlog

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On friday we all drove to Trollh√§ttan for the annual Kraftprovet. It’s a race that has become a big family tradition to attend, we try to¬†go every year (HERE’S the pictures from last year). I just love how everyone gets involved, both kids and adults.

This was the first year that Sam and Elis got to run, they did shortest distance of 800m. It was problary one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen, just how excited they were and how they gave it their all and ran the entire time.¬†I’m so glad I decided to capture this day in video!!¬†There’s a vlog at the end of the post.

Because I mostly filmed, I didn’t snap a lot of photos, but here’s a few:

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He didn’t get to wear his sporty little shoes for long. Right after this picture (on our walk over there) the sky opened up and it started POURING DOWN. They were soaked within a minute and he didn’t want to wear them anymore so he wore rain boots¬†for the rest of the day.

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We found cover from the rain and got time for some group shots of all the cousins doing the first race. Cuties!

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What I love about the last picture is dad running up there so he could film Elis up-close. My dad is the best. ;)

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It’s never the easiest task to get them all looking in one direction for a photo. Haha.

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Thank you, balloons, for providing so much entertainment during waiting time.

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And thank you, Emelia, for always being the one taking our family photo. It was so much fun having the four of us there this year, Gustav was able to take the day off from work to come along. <3

Here’s the¬†vlog I made from the day:

If you like it, you can subscribe to my youtube-channel¬†HERE.¬†I’m gonna try and do more vlogs this summer!

A party for Sam

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Yesterday we celebrated Sam turning four with both our families. He’d been looking forward to it so much! In a week¬†he’ll have a small kids party too (for the first time ever). He was so excited to invite some of his little friends, so we can’t wait for that either. <3

Here’s some pictures from his birthday lunch:

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The very first thing I did the day we got our oven installed was start baking bread for this party! Haha. We had a summery lunch where you could make your own baguette with different fillings (chicken or tuna), veggies and fruit on the side.

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Edith brought some flowers for Sam!

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This was the first time we had people over for our new kitchen (which is about 95% done). Trying to tick those last percents off, one by one.

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Cute people showed up.¬†ūüíē

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And we had the best weather so we set up a picnic on our lawn.

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Food really tastes extra good outdoors in the summertime.

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Opening of gifts with lots of hugs for everyone.

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Matilda gave him a plane from this show “M√§sterflygarna” (Super Wings) and it was the biggest hit. He hasn’t left that thing out of his sight. He liked that show before but now he’s obsessed. ;)

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Astrid managed to sneak some sleep in, even with all the crazy noise going on. I guess we always have, and always will be, a really loud family once we all get together.¬†I wouldn’t have it any other way. So happy about everyone that came!

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Look at that cute little face. We love you so much, Sam.

And¬†my favorite part of blogging is getting to look back in my archives and have¬†so much be documented. Here’s Sams¬†first b-day party in our old apartment (when I was only two months pregnant with Elis), his second¬†one¬†and his third.¬†I can’t believe it’s been a year since that last one?! Time really flies.