Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stockholm and how to become Swedish

It feels like ages ago last time I went up to Stockholm and so I decided it was time to get out of the forrest and head to the city. I love the energy from city and need a good combination of city and country yes I do think I have written about that before. However as much as I need that combination I also get use to country life and kind of forget I really need the other source of energy. And when I get a dose of city I go "ahhhh yes this is just what I needed" and then I will be extra happy to go home to my garden and continue to sow seeds and plant flowers.
I went up with my dad who anyways was going up to work and didn't mind to fill up his car with a cookie monster  ( great with crumbs in the seats...) 3,5 year old who used up all her mammas surf on the phone watching Youtube. A 1 year old who was complaining (read screaming) refused to fall asleep for about 1 hour of the journey which feels like hundred years and I was even considering jumping off anywhere and walking back home... Me I  was driving, trying to keep the peace in the car and drinking coffee. We managed 2/3 of the trip in good atmosphere and so that is classed as a success.  But we did end up a little later then planned so my dad droped us and continued to his job and my mother came to pick us up.

Mila has been longing for her grandmother asking for "when are we going to see my little mormor?!" Since we got here they have been hanging out in the garden, playing with Molly the crazy puppy, taking a bath in the hot tub, eating a ton of strawberries with whipped cream, going on a sky-bar attraction, riding escalators and playing memory game. And yes of course Mila has taken good care of aunty Sofies barbie horses, I think it is around 65 barbie horses saved in boxes here and every single one of them has a name AND Sofie still remember all the names.

Surprise was that Loren managed to find a good ticket for Friday evening to join us here in Stockholm. And that gave me a chance to fix a surprise for him a couple of days before his birthday. Mormor offered to take care of the kids and I found I perfect Comedy show "How to become Swedish in 60 minutes" who had premier Yesterday. We headed down-town and walked through a  busy Stockholm hand in hand (no stroller, no kid on the shoulders...) . We had dinner and beer at the Theatre bar before the show. The show was great and well worth to see and the Islandic comedian had really managed to capture some significat signs for Swedishness and Swedish behaviour. After we enjoyed another drink before heading back to the kids who had had just as great evening as us with mormor and Göran.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Science fiction by Mila

I loved to write and illustrate books when I was a child or actually I still love it and dream of making childrens books. Mila has already started to follow my footstep but in a slightly different genre then myself. Mila is more into science-fiction//horror.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Illustration world with inspiration from books

I have started on an illustration some weeks ago. I still have to go over it with second layer of colors to make it more rich and alive. If  I will get around to it. I have got inspiration from different books and characters. I love children books and I read for Mila and Filip every night without a fail. I buy a lots of books both new and second hand. I have been able to read a different story every night until now when Mila only wants to read one particular book "Märtar galloperar". It is about a girl called Märta who is learning how to canter on a pony.... I have now read this book every evening for over 2 weeks.. Sometimes even two times per night. I wonder what will happen if "Märta galloperar" goes missing for a while!? I might try that very soon if I only can remember to make it go missing before I am already trapped in the sweetest way. Laying there in the bed with one kid on each arm and gets this very loved book handed over to me and with a very sweet voice Mila asks " mamma can we please read Märta galopperar tonight!?" like she havn't heard it in ages. First I am trying "but why don't we read xxx or xxx or maybe xxx" but at this point she is not ready to negotiate it is "Märta galopperar" or no sleeping...  

Friday, May 13, 2016

Filip turning 1 year

Last week was a busy and fun week here at Lundsätter. Loren drove together with 3 friends our car from Moscow to Sweden. Road-trip from Moscow to Riga and from Riga ferry over to Stockholm. They arrived to Lundsätter on Tuesday just in time to enjoy the warm sunny spring weather ( actually more summer temperatures with 23 degrees)
Started with taking the gang for nice walk and ride. Mila was thrilled to have not only pappa here but also Adad, Igor & Gazzan to show them how she rides Puzzle. The following day we all went to Örebro for nice lunch and play down town. The nice spring weather was truly amazing and we could enjoy having lunch and dinner outside. Our patio is the best investment ever as it is like an extended living-room where we can hang out on nice days like this. On the Friday we had arrange a BBQ party to celebrate Filip´s first birthday. Friends and family came out and we had a great time although as always when throwing a party not so much time as a host to sit and enjoy even though we had great help organizing all the food and drinks. I can't believe that Filip is already turning .. How fast this year has passed it is crazy. On the Sunday we continue to celebrate Filip with starting the day with having him christening in our very beautiful church here in Vingåker. Great ceremony with choir and good atmosphere. Family from my side was collected and came out for lunch and cake after. Thank you all for coming and celebrating with us.
It was busy but fun days and we had so much help over the days. I got spoiled having help with cleaning up the kitchen, making great food, garden work and taking care of the kids. If all guest were like this I would have people staying all the time. Kids are super happy when Loren is here and of course sad when he has to back to Moscow to work. Filip is such pappa boy and it is so cute to see how he only wants pappa to take care of him when he is here and first thing in the morning reaches for him. Mila is pappa's princess and are shining extra when he is here. I hope we soon can all be in one place all the time. I am proud how we manage to stay strong and make this work even though it is hard to be apart so much. 

Writers block

I am in a phase where I am not getting around to update my blog. The internet is pretty bad out here in the forest. My computer is still in Moscow and I am borrowing my dads at the moment and we are not getting along that great. I have been busy with garden projects and before that stair project inside and many other things. But maybe the biggest reason is that I have writers block or maybe more asking myself why am I blogging and for whom am I writing. After doing some serious thinking I have come to following conclusion.I am updating and want to keep updating my blog because:
  1. I have such a crappy memory and by using my blog as a journal I will capture feelings, events, memories etc which I have noticed is gold worth especially as the kids are growing up so fast.
  2. It is away for me to sit down switch my brain on and activate my writing skills and use my English in written form. Maybe even thinking it would be good to also write in Swedish sometimes. I mean other then here I don't really have the chance to write much more then messages and emails. And I have always loved to write stories, articles etc. 
  3. Best inspiration when I am sitting drawing and painting is to know that I will use my illustration in a concept together with my texts 
So I have the answer. I will get back into being more active as it has so many benefits for me and that is what matters.

Here is a memory illustration I made back in February that I found and realized that I have not written down anywhere what is going on in the picture. It is me super proud mamma with such clever small boy who is using potty successfully since the minute he could sit stable. He is also a master in doing the movements of itchy bitsy spider and happily clapping hands to if you happy and you know it clap your hands. Pointing at everything he wants while his big sister is running around being a unicorn or a flying Pegasus. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Garden spring clean

I have been busy with spring cleaning the garden lately. Less time for indoor creativity and more time for pure hard working projects in the garden. And I like it alot especially now when I am starting to see the resluts. I had a target this year to clean up behind the house where my dad has been storing all sorts of good to keep building materials in the nature. Roof tiles, pipes, plate, wood, styrofoam blocks etc etc. Material that has been laying there for 15-20 years and as you can imagine not a pretty sight although everything kept with good intetions that it will come in handy one day. But enough is enough. I wanted to get it done before the grass starts to grow or become too warm so the snakes wakes up. Every spare minute when Filip has had his daily nap or got help from my dad to take him I have been carrying, digging and fixing outside. At fist it did feel like a mission impossible to clear out and organize everything but slowly but surely I am getting there.
I am proud of my work I have to say and now I am ready to start to focus on real garden work with planting.