What happened

Today Sam came home with his graduation cap. I can’t comprehend this. Our oldest is done with school. He’s officially a real adult and we don’t need to care for him. Naturally I teared up. I’m so not ready for this and I force myself to remind myself what his daycare teacher Helene told me,…

Realizing

Sam’s started “junior high” and it is clear that the tempo and amount around homework and tests are C.O.M.P.L.E.T.E.L.Y different from sixth grade. We are cool but demanding parents. We’re not demanding straight A’s (which is almost impossible to get in Sweden), we’re actually not demanding any specific grade more than he needs to pass. But, we…

Out in the cold

I decided to join the kids at school today. I asked Fabian yesterday if there was any particular class he really wanted me to join and he clearly stated “PE”. So I planned the day accordingly.  This morning when I shared my plan our oldest response was: “What?! wait?! Once more, are you coming to…

Summer is here

The Swedish of all Swedish things. Probably more Swedish than Midsummer is end of term (skolavslutning). I don’t think I am more proud to be Swedish than at this specific time.    New for this year is that our school had the ceremony on the evening rather than the morning. It was perfect. The sun came…

Nature and memories

I had to go back to my parents for another round of cleaning out of old stuff (so much crap one saves…). Instead of keeping it all I chose to take som pics. Driving to my parents I also got flabbergasted over nature’s brilliance. To be honest I must have grown up at one of…

Nostalgia 

As my parents have sold our childhood home we are “forced” to clean out. And for some reason we have saved a lot. Like old schoolbooks. And I love it. I have a long walk down memory lane showing our kids how great I was at math and what a terrible speller I was (am)….

Heritage, environment or jante at its best?

Reunions, what a strange arrangement. What a great arrangement. Last Saturday, 50% of all the students from the three graduating classes from Ljungbyheds junior high 1990, returned to a building where school dances were held 25-years ago. Did we time warp and become as we once were. Naturally, I can only speak for myself, but some extent yes. But only because…

Let’s blame it on the mom

It is only me and my husband who have fostered these terrible individuals. No they are not terrible. I love my fantastic children to death, but right now I am far beyond frustration. I believe we are quite normal parents. We give a lot. Love, experience and to some extent; things. To that we follow…

Gratitude

Yesterdays visits with friends left me with an even stronger sense to actively acknowledge gratitude. I really have nothing to complain about. Nothing, nothing at all. Besides our general health, yesterday left me grateful for; To have  friends around me that challenge and allow me to challenge. GREAT ideas Both boys had a good first…

That one thing missing

Right there is only one thing missing in my life (OK, two, if we count the lack of snow) and that is the fact that school is not out yet and I need to get up at 07.00 am tomorrow.

Tomorrow is a huge day, huge

I will be a little late to work tomorrow. Reason? School starts. Our little one will start first grade. He has really been looking forward to it, until today. He thinks he will have a hard time to concentrate. To sit still. I told him, he’ll be fine. In one way or the other. He…

And the happy things

Yes, life goes on. Before our goodbye to Kinchie, we celebrated Fabian for his 7 (!) birthday. The other day I told him that soon it is time for “fritids” (the place school kids are after school and before parents pick them up after work) for some time before school starts. He first booed when I…

Bee inspired

Went with Sam to his school today. As his school is working a lot with the environment (maybe not so much with sustainibility I guess). They have classes around a lake and its environment, a tree park with different kind of world (so not necessarily Swedish) trees, bees etc. They learn about the things and…

Christmas getting closer

Christmas is getting closer. I love this time of year, thee Christmas tree will move in this week-end. I think I love this time because I am a sucker for having it cosy. Lit candles and a fire in the fireplace (preferably with snowstorms outside) all this . To create a warm and safe feeling…

Ache

Kids will be kids, but it is not OK that one is bullied (with ever so “small” things) so he feels that it is better to be alone. It is not OK at all.  I try to get a perspective on it but the mummy heart aches :(.