Where did February go?

Seriously! February was not so kind to us! Like really not kind, but it also brought us one of the best surprise ever (more on that later)! I got so sick!  Even one of the dogs got sick.  It  was horrible.  I am so glad February is over.  Plus March has brought the sun to this winter.  Yippee!!  Its been so pretty these last couple of days. Please bring SPRING!

I know the last time I posted it was about the video, which I am still going to do. I was not able to video every day as for two weeks I didn’t leave my bed (no really). So I will be working on it in the next couple of days. HAHA it’s mainly Le’i and the dogs. Not sure how exciting it will be.  The thing I did like was that I started thinking more about video and documenting things in our little life.

So little update our closets are almost finished. Yes, I can stop living out of my suitcase!  The chicken coop is almost done.  Yes, we are getting chickens!  The house came with a coop and a sheep shed ( I guess that’s what you call it). It needed some renovation and stuff so we have been working on that.  I am still in awe that we will be having chickens, I am excited but also find it so funny   Here come the new little farmers.  Since spring is coming we are looking to plant our first little garden.  Oh my gosh so much to learn about gardening.  It truly is an art form.

My cooking is getting better and better…..well at least I think so. Finally getting used to grocery shopping here in Sweden, although I still have moments where I am calling the Mr. and asking him what the heck I am looking at.  Good times I tell you.

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Yes this does happen every now and then.   Sometimes you want to feel the warmth!

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Also I will be devoting more time to this blog!  I know you all want to know more about my country living. 🙂

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30 days of filming

Okay so I am taking this 30 days of filming challenge from February the 1st for 30 days. I am really good at capturing moments in photos, but horrible getting things filmed. HORRIBLE! There is so much happening in our life these days, its a perfect time. Everything is new and I want to remember it. Plus when will my son be 5 and 3 months old again. NEVER.
So here is what you are to do. HERE

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I know this say camera but guess what I am doing it all from my iphone. All of it. Cause not everyone has a fancy camera and I want to show you can do it with an iphone.  Plus its almost always with me.

Annie and Erica join this challenge with me.

 

The key is everyone, it doesn’t need to be perfect!  I just needs to be you!

When we see the sun, we jump!

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The weather is Sweden is not what you would call ideal.  I would say most Swedes don’t care or like it.  Its grey most of the times.  It really hasn’t been a bother, which is awesome.

But let me tell ya,

when the sun comes out we run to the sun.  No really we get so excited, we go for walks, stand in front of the windows etc.  Makes you want to do a happy sun dance. 🙂 Today I actually had to pull out my sunglasses to drive.  Imagen that!  I realize how much I took the sun for granted while living in Hawaii.

The snow has left us, which I am not a fan of.  It makes it so much darker. By the way the sun rise at 8ish and sets at 4ish.  Crazy!  The snow helps stay brighter plus its just beautiful. The funny thing is it will most likely come back.  The weather here in Sweden is very confused.  What kind of weather do you live in?Image

Learning a new life!

Sweden in some sense has been a whirlwind for me.  So much has happened in 5 months.  We have moved more than three times, traveled up north (9 hrs one way) twice, seen beautiful days and not so beautiful days!  In Hawaii we were beach people, like we went to the beach more than once a week. Now we are living in a winter land where it has been -10c for the last couple of days…. freezing for these beach going people. Le’i three days ago finally said mom I really want to go back to Hawaii its to cold.  That’s not bad since we have had winter since late October.  Today our heating went out…… you can only laugh. As I write I am sitting with my uggs, scarf, and a lot of layering.  But I swear that s what makes living so fun.  We are bundled up dogs and all and watching Cake Boss.  Le’i has now asked for every cake they have made on the show for his birthday. Mr. and I just laugh.  It just a bit we are going to help our neighbors in their barn. They are adding new stable  for the horse.

 

Ok so horses….. my dream! When I was little I think I asked for a horse every year for my birthday till I was 16.  No really!  Of course I knew I was never going to get one.  We were poor and my parents had four children. You do the math! Anyway since being in Sweden horse are all around me. I love it!  Plus our neighbors are so kind and let me ride.  God is good.  He always has a way of showing His children that He loves us.  Here are some images of us up north with Stefan’s aunt horses. These are Icelandic horse, which seem to be very popular here in Sweden.  You ride them completely different, needless to say I have learned the hard way.

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We are back!

I have not blogged in forever…. first we finally moved into our house. Yeah happy dance! It’s perfect for us! We love everything about it. It’s small and needs some (a lot of) work, but who doesn’t like a little hard work. We feel so blessed. Its our little country house!

It feels so nice to finally have a permanent place.  For the first time in 5 months we have our own home.  We can stay in it as long as we want! I actually feel  like I am finally living in Sweden.  Plus we finally have internet. We didn’t have any internet for over a month.  I thought I was going to go insane, but I also loved it.  So much quality time with the family.

Also I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year.  I was sick and in bed before 12. It was a 24hr flu or something.  HAHA plus we are getting old, we could barely make 12 anyway.

It’s really good right now in Sweden, like freeze your butt off. It’s a huge change for Le’i and I but we are embracing it and loving all that this winter wants to bring us!

I am very excited for 2013!  Change is coming and I am embracing it with open arms.

 

So here is too hip hip hip horray to 2013

 

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Little red house.

I can’t believe it, we finally have a house.  I think I pinch myself everyday!  I am so thankful the search is over.  When friends said it was hard to find places to live in Gothenburg or the surrounding areas, I thought to myself I am not picky so it should be fine.  AH! I wish being picky where the problem.  Ok its stupid crazy how hard it is to get a house, apartment, or a shared room(not that we wanted a shared room).  Basically there are way to many people trying to live here.  You have three universities, plus your normal business and then people who just want to live in the city add that all up you get “NO ROOM IN THE INN”.  On top of that you fill like you are auditioning for the apartment.  I have never had to write so much about ourselves to get somewhere to live.  In Hawaii if you can pay the rent you can have it.

So on to the happy news, we have a little red house.  I am so excited to start decorating and feeling like I am settled.  I have loved the house we have rented for the last three months everything about it has been perfect, but not my home.  I will forever be grateful for it and the memories but I can’t wait to make new memories in our little house.  I can’t believe we have lived in Sweden for almost three months.  CRAZY

Red house: two rooms, two bath, living room, kitchen and a cute little deck!  It’s in the country. Its perfect. Its only 30 min drive into Gothenburg. Its country and city at the same time.  We keep joking that for my birthday Mr. is going to buy me a lamb to start our farm. HAHA Not really going to happen but it could.  I told him I just want to make it through our first winter.  The nice thing is our neighbors have horses, and sheep so Le’i and I am sure will go there often to see the animals.

If you can’t tell I am just a little excited about our new little place. I don’t have any pictures of the house but I will put some up asap.  We don’t get the house till the end of the month.  I will post before and after images of the place. I feel like after this move Sweden will start to feel like it’s really my home.

Update on how we are doing: Le’i is in pre-school and loving it. He is picking up Swedish so fast. I am amazed.  We walk to school every day 15 walk, and we love it. We talk, pray, and just enjoy holding each other hands.  I swear he is getting smarter, more attitude, and making us laughing even harder.

Mr. he is fine.  Being our rock as we learn the language.  Make me laugh everyday.  Getting used to being back in his country after being gone for 15yrs.

Me. Good now that we have a place to live.  School is ok, I don’t love it.  I feel like I am not learning much right now. I can not wait to crack the code. My tan lines are almost gone.  I laugh when I think 10 celsius is warm.  Excited for the winter and christmas.

Here is a picture because every post is best with a picture. Lei baking with Mr. cousin and morfar (grandma)

 

 

This and That

So I thought I would start a new little section on my blog called “this and that….what  i am loving lately”.  I would love to say I came up with this idea all by myself but I didn’t.  My friend who also happens to have Hugo(my yorkie) step-brother ( I know us animal lovers are so crazy,the fact that I call him step-brother is funny).  She did a post about what she was loving lately. I loved it.   So I decided I was going to do one too.  I hope you all enjoy it.  Let me know if do a post like this.

 

This is my night stand besides my bed (only until dec 5th, we have to find a new rental) but I love this little space.  There is nothing fancy about this end table. A couple a 2x4s and some white paint, but it works.  First, my favorite pictures of the Mr. and I.  We have so many memories from this shoot that we still have some inside jokes.  Lets just say the Mr. isn’t a big fan of taking pictures even though he is dashing.  Can you believe there is yarn on my end table… nope me neither!  This year I decided I was going to learn (ok I might feel a little pressure bc every swedish lady can knit). Over all I suck at it! But I am learning. My mother-in-law gave me the needles and the yarn.  Heres to some cute scarfs.

This as to be one of my most favorite things ever. My vintage Limoges shell.  I have had this since my freshmen year of collage, collecting my rings, bracelets and necklaces.  My mom and I found it at a garage sale when we were setting up  my room.  Its been next my bed since then.  It’s the perfect size and I love the little bit of gold with the pink.  Next our my fabulous bracelets from Washed Up.  These are very popular in Hawaii. I think every girl has them.  At least it seems.  Not every girl has picked their own shells!  Lei and I picked the shells and the glass.  Which make them even more dear.  She doesn’t have a site yet but you can order from her Facebook account.  Totally worth it!

The small little picture of the Mr. is a little frame my mom gave me when I went traveling after I was married. Moms are the best!  This has also ended up at my night stand since she gave it.  Not really my style of frame but that’s why I like it. It has little birds on it, and if you know the Mr. he loves birds. 

My face loves, loves, loves this lytic gel face wash.  It feels so fresh after washing, even mr. use it. I can not rave enough about this wash.  All the products are fantastic if you ask me. Check them out here.  I guess they are big in Japan and in Britain.  Here is there blog, they have great tips.

This Accent cameras I found in a second-hand shop here in Sweden.  I love it and can’t wait to use it!  Raise your hand if you love film…. me me me. 🙂

 

ahhh I just love these little guys!  Le’i looks so cute in them.  I die.  I found this also at a second-hand store here in Sweden for 5 dollars… It really does make you hollar!  Cause these babies are the real deal, lamb skin and I think moose or deer hide.  Little kids in moccasins are just too cute.  You can get some like this here.

So this is what I am loving!  I hope you like it. What are you loving?

 

Sorry I didn’t realize how small the font was in the pictures. Next time will make it a bit easier to read.