LA day two – Disney’s California Adventure


Yesterday was a big day for the boys! We went to Disney’s California Adventure Park. I really love Disneyland and was pretty excited to go as well. ;)

We had an amazing day. On the upside, there was a lot of fun things to see, Disney is always magic, the boys both got to meet their heroes and there was actually not that bad of a crowd-situation. On the downside, the heat!? THE HEAT! It was so warm that we thought we would actually melt away sometimes. But it also made us really appreciate the sun setting later. ;D

Here’s some pictures:

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The biggest reason why we chose California Adventure instead of Disneyland was Carsland!! Sam is the biggest fan of the movie Cars and has been since before he could talk. I’ve just always known I wanted to take him. Finally <3 And it was incredible to walk around in Radiator Springs and meet all the cars.

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Elis really wanted to stick his hand in the mouth of the car. He was so proud he managed to do it too. ;)

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And meeting Lightning!!! This was big for Sam. They told them “it’s okay, you can touch!!” but Sam just stood by looking at him the whole time like “wow…”.


Look at Sams face <3

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Getting their heroes facepaint on! Sam chose Thor and Elis chose Captain America (duh). We spent a lot of time at this section of the park, they really loved all the superhero stuff.

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Haha I had to include this picture “oh look how much fun we’re having…” ;D

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I will show more of this in the vlog I’m making, but Elis was SOOOO EXCITED to meet Captain America. He was so giddy and smiling while we were standing in the line and kept whispering stuff like “captain america…..*heart eyes*”. I loved it, he’s not gonna be this age forever when something can be so truly real and magic like saying hello to your favorite superhero.


And they had to say “-little captain america!! look over here!” because Elis had a hard time taking his eyes of the big one.



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That moment when they were so happy they just started spinning around and dancing in the streets of Radiator Springs.

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So glad we were able to go and make so many memories for all of us!! I have a feeling the boys will talk about his for a long time. ;D

LA day one – The Getty Center, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica Beach


Hi! We’re in LA right now. The boys did SO GOOD on the flight over, so proud of them. <3 We landed here on Monday afternoon so yesterday was our first full day. We had plans to just take it easy and relax with the jet lag, so we didn’t have too many things planned. But with traffic it ended up being a full days anyways!

Here’s some pictures I took. I filmed quite a bit too so there will be a vlog (I just haven’t got time to edit it yet):


We drove up to the Getty Center in the morning. It was breathtakingly beautiful!! Views over all of LA.

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It was BRIGHT sunshine so my pictures didn’t turn out great. :O But I’m so glad we took a guided tour of the garden and got to hear all the story behind (an artist designed the whole garden instead of a gardener). It was beautiful to walk through and hear all the thoughts behind every part. We also almost melted a little bit in the sun, such a warm day.

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They had a little discovery/art center for the kids as well which I thought was so cool. Both Sam and Elis LOVED these masks they got to make. Which were totally creepy haha. They both wanted to make scary ones and Sam drew some brown lines under the mouth, when I asked him what it was he said “It’s a witch. And that’s barf coming from the mouth”. If you know Sam you know stuff like that is the worst thing he can think of.

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Most random part of the day was when we were driving from the Getty Center and we wanted to eat, so we just looked at the gps and found the nearest Chipotle. We had no idea it was in the middle of Beverly Hills, right next to Rodeo Drive! So we just ended up there by mistake and thought it was pretty funny.

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Last stop of the day was the Santa Monica Beach!


So pretty!

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We mostly just played in the waves (they got pretty big!) and it was really nice to just cool down from the heat a little bit.


Elis went in for a bit but didn’t like how hard the waves came crashing down. He was totally happy covering himself in sand for the rest of the time though. ;)

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And this picture represent the 2,5 hours we spent trying to drive home in rush hour traffic! It was pretty crazy. :O And we thought driving 40 mins home would be hard to do with keeping the kids awake. If we only knew it would be almost four times that much. But we made it with no kids asleep (even if it took us desperately trying every game we could think of). Today we’re excited to do no driving whatsoever! Haha.

Kraftprovet 2017


Last friday it was time for our summer tradition of going to Kraftprovet in Trollhättan. The boys both ran the little race last year (800 m) and they’ve been talking about it ever since. So they were really excited! You can see how serious they were about it in the video I made. 😅

So this was their second time running. Here’s the post when they ran last year (+ a video) and here’s the post from the year before that (when they didn’t run but cheered for others).


All ready for the race!


And afterwards with their cousin Nils. So proud over their medals. <3 And I was so proud over them! I was with Elis and I could tell he was getting so tired and I told him it was totally okay to walk too but he just shook his head and kept running. The whole way! 👏


Sam got this great idea to offer chips to the runners. I noticed him reaching out for them and thought it was pretty adorable. Nobody took him up on his offer though. ;)


When you try for a group shot with all the kids and you just don’t succeed, haha.


And here’s the vlog from the day:

Sam turns five (+ a vlog)


On Tuesday last week, Sam turned five! Birthdays always make it so obvious how fast time is moving and how these years just swoosh by. No mercy. ;) But on the other hand, it’s really amazing seeing your child grow up. I love Sam as a five-year old. 💕 He’s discovered so many new interests this year and keep surprising us all the time. And he’s still my sweet and cuddly boy. Speaking selfishly, may that never change! This year we celebrated with cake on his actual birthday, and with family later.

So on Saturday we had the bigger party for our families and because I want to try and make more videos I mostly just filmed the day. Here’s a few pictures + a video at the end:


This little guy had been counting down the days until his birthday pretty much since christmas. He loves when I make things into lists for him, he’ll remember stuff like that forever. So I’d tell him and he’d repeat “first is Christmas, then it’ll get warmer so you don’t need gloves, then is Easter, then Midsummer and THEN my birthday!”

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You can see more of the food in the video I made, but we had pulled pork burgers with a few salad options on the side.

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And here’s the vlog from the day (in swedish). Hoping to document this summer with some more!

My little sister graduates


Monday was a special day because our youngest sister Sigrid graduated from school. Sigrid is the coolest, she’s always taken her grades so seriously and worked really hard for them in order to get into the gymnasium she wanted to go to in Gothenburg. For the last three years she’s been commuting every day while still keeping up with her schoolwork and doing great. Seeing the “DO NOT DISTURB! STUDYING!!”-signs on her bedroom always made me laugh. So proud of our artsy and smart baby sis.

Here’s some pictures I took:

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It’s tradition to bring little presents/stuffed animals/flowers to hang around the neck of the newly graduated. Sam and Elis LOVE to pick out gifts so this was a part they really looked forward to.

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All babies did really well and were in a good mood even though it was crazy crowded. To make matters worse, we ended up on the wrong side on the crowd and when we realized our mistake we had to make our way through the thick crowd…with strollers! There was a lot of “excuse me” “excuse me” going around. ;)


A very happy fresh out of school-girl <3

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This was the part that left the biggest impression on both Sam and Elis. They were so fascinated by these trucks with students (how they jumped to make the whole thing move around) and Sam took his waving so seriously. Aww.


Back at mom and dad’s place we all found our old graduation-hats.


Time for group shots!

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Tried a lot of different poses…nailed all of them of course. 😅


Congrats Sigrid!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

Our first day in Florence


The second stop on our little Italy-tour was Florence. We stepped off the train from Venice and we fell in love right away. Florence was so beautiful in a way where I just said “-pictures will never do this justice”. And I was right. Also, it was so sunny which occasionally made for overexposed pictures like the one above (where Elis is missing his scalp, haha). But what can you do? 😂

Here’s a look at our first day in Florence (with a few pictures from my phone too):


Started off by skipping down the street because we were on the hunt for some gelato!

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I love Sams face in this picture. Even at four years old he couldn’t help to stop and stare at the Cathedral. It was unreal.


I tried snapping it with my camera but it’s the kind of thing you have to see in real life (or I just need to get better at taking photos). So majestic and beautiful with a thousand small details to look at.

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Found some gelato! Not just some. This was, hands down, the best gelato I had on the entire trip. I got the pineapple, it tasted sooo fresh and homemade and just MELTED IN MY MOUTH. ARGH. It was almost like butter in icecream-shape?? Take me back so I can have some more. ;)


We didn’t take any pictures but right before this we went on the antique carousel on the Piazza della Repubblica. I recommend it if you’re ever there, it was a fun thing for the kids to do.

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Only family picture we got on this trip! All thanks to a kind stranger walking by and offering to take one for us. He had a daughter with two kids as well so he thought of her when he saw us. <3

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Taking a pizza-break! Both boys got a little car and I thought it was pretty cute how they then followed them around everywhere on this trip. Sam especially wouldn’t let go of his and if you look closely, it’ll be in his hand most of the time.

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My little tourists! 😍


Oh Elis, sunshine in my life. So happy he and his brother loved being away on vacation together just as much as we did.

A charming Bed and Breakfast in Florence

In partnership with Palazzo Ruspoli, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

On our trip last week, we were able to stay at and review the Palazzo Ruspoli. Palazzo Ruspoli is a Bed and Breakfast in Florence, Italy and it was perfect for us. Because we were in Florence for a short stay, and wanted to see as much as possible, the location was key. This simply couldn’t be at a more central location! We also enjoyed how kid friendly it was and admired all the beautiful details inside.

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Checking in, we got the warmest welcome and we felt right at home.

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The elevator was very convenient after long days of walking.


We loved our room, it was full of italian charm and so bright and spacious. High ceilings and big windows with lots of natural light flowing in.

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We even had a view of the Il Duomo outside our window!

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In addition to one big double bed, we also had two single beds for each of the kids. A spacious room which we really appreciated. Our whole stay was very family friendly.

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The breakfast was really good and included a choice of yogurts, muesli, jams, cheeses, hams, bread, croissants and juices. A good start to the day!

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Like I mentioned, the location could not have been any better. Walking out the door we were only a few steps away from the Piazza del Duomo. We loved this. We didn’t have to waste any extra time in the evening or morning and could just spend the whole day exploring Florence.

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Thank you for the stay, Palazzo Ruspoli! We had a great time.

A morning by the Grand Canal in Venice


We got an early start to our second day in Venice. The kids woke us up anyways so we just got ready and went out. It was a really good few hours, I really loved how quiet everything was and how the only people around seemed to be the locals heading to work.


The first stop was the Rialto Brigde. We went by it while we were in a water bus the previous day…and we noticed it was completely packed with people. So to go there first thing seemed like a good bet (and it was). The view there was so incredible! I just love how Elis scrunched down to get a good look between the poles. He sat there for a while, just watching the boats. <3


These two were pretty popular and looked like total rockstars. 😅

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Then we just strolled along the Grand Canal, until we ended up at the Rialto morning market. They had a bunch of fruits and fresh veggies. The strawberries both looked – and smelled amazing – so we had to get some.


While we sat there I just thought “I’ll remember this”. Everything was just so calm, and we sat in the sunshine looking over the boats and eating strawberries.

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I could’ve done morning in Venice for many hours!


I asked for a posed photo and this was what I got. ;)


Our train left a few hours later so we started to make our way towards train station. We had a lot of ground to cover and a lot we wanted to see on the way. The boys had not gotten sick of crossing canals yet, which was really cute. I’m still in awe over how far they actually walked. Crazy.

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Made it to the train station! And Sam decided he wanted a break from walking.


I like how he made sure he had some strawberries to snack on while getting comfy, haha. Next stop: Florence!

Hello Venice!


Hello from Italy! We’re in Venice right now and we’re already in love with how beautiful this place is. We spent the day exploring the city and eating way too much gelato. The kids also insisted on getting regular cones when there was amazing gelato right next door because, you know, kids. They looked so adorable eating them on the steps though ↑…that people stopped to take photos.

More photos from our day in Venice below:

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Sam and Elis really loved all the gondolas. It was problary one of their favorite parts of the day! They kept finding good spots to wave at them..and got so happy when they waved back.

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St. Mark’s square and all the big sights around it were really beautiful to see. But I have to admit that the amount of people there just made us both really stressed. I really started to relax and enjoy myself so much more the more we wandered away from it. All the sudden there was just so much tasty food we wanted to try.

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And one of my absolute favorite parts of Venice has been all the small alleys. Just walking and getting lost, discovering new pretty places everywhere we turned.

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At late afternoon it started raining but that didn’t stop us from going out for some (more) gelato. We’re from Sweden…a little rain is nothing to us. ;)

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Still loved all the alleys. <3


Even though they were so tired we had to carry them on our backs the way home, they were still all laughs. We all had a pretty exciting day. <3


Then we just stayed in the rest of the night, got some very delicious pasta-takeout that we checked out earlier (we kept seeing young people with brown boxes so we just followed them, haha! the long line outside was a good enough review). Thanks for today, Venice!

First time riding a horse


What a cool day today was. My niece Marta had her birthday party and decided she really wanted all of us to come riding horses with her. It was the first time for my kids – and for me actually! I’ll spare you the picture of me looking like a total loser on that horse, I was so scared/freaked out the whole time. ;)

Let’s look at the adorable riders instead:

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They were so excited about brushing that pony.


Sam REALLY wanted to try but once he got up there he started to freak out a little bit and didn’t want to do it anymore. (I totally get that btw haha)


Looking at these photos you might think that Elis really loved it. But he just loved the part of getting on the horse and posing for photos. ? Once the horse started moving he was all “ok, i’m good now”.


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This picture just warms my heart. I love how close they are to their cousins and seeing them be best friends to eachother is so sweet.

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One of the really cool parts of the day was watching Nils be a little pro and ride away all on his own.


And look! Even though he got so scared the first time, he decided to try again. And he got the hang of it and really loved it this time! So proud of him. <3

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The two of them just casually chatting on the fence like that? Too cute.


Turns out their first try at riding horses was a big success! Everyone had so much fun today, both on and off the horse. Thanks Marta for coming up with the best idea. ???