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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Life….

Wow, I know its been forever since I blogged. To be honest in my head I have written everyday! I know that doesn’t count.

Life has been crazy.

We are in our second month. I am officially finished with all my paper work!  I am so glad its over. I have just finished my third week of SFI (Swedish class for immigrants). It’s so good and horrible at the same time.  I had no idea I would be going to school everyday from 830 to 1130, so I guess that’s my main issue.  Plus on top of that my teacher will not speak English (they can speak but don’t) which is also good and horrible at the same time. I have 11 classmates, each one of us are from a different county and they don’t speak any English either. So class can be quite long at time.  Our Swedish isn’t good enough to have a good conversation yet so we all just sit and stare.  I can’t wait till I speak.  Or crack the code as they say.

We were given a car, which was such a blessing and still is. It broke down. 5 hours in a random gas station.  Hoping to get it back sooner than later.  God is so good.  At first I was really upset that the car broke down.  I was talking to God going why give us a car and then have it break down three weeks later (a major break). Then I thought about it a bit more.  Every time I got into the car I felt His blessing in our lives!  It was so huge and so big. I got to thinking.  If the car is fixable or not for three weeks I felt His presence and His blessing in my life in way I haven’t felt in years.  It was worth it, even if we only had it for a week!  My attitude fully changed and it turned out to be a lovely Sunday after all. 5 hours in the gas station turned into great quality time with the family as well as telling a lot of fun stories.  Le’i was so good! Really even the lady at the store complemented him.  We are still waiting for it to be fixed and hoping it doesn’t break the bank.

Weather: The Swedes say it’s the worst summer and fall they have had in 60 years.  That pretty much sums that up.  It is getting cold, not unbearable yet but cold.

Here are some images to tell just a little bit of what has happened since I last blogged.  Hoping to step it up now that I feel like I have school a little under control. Did I tell you how much home work we get?

 

Exciting news we got a new little niece, September 25th! Tuava Nyx Eriksson!  So happy and excited for my brother-in-law and wife. She looks like a doll.

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Le’i started his first day of pre-school here.  Mr. and I spent the whole day with him there.  More on that in another post.  I think/know he will be speaking better and faster than me.  Sucks to be me. 🙂

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Umm  every kids dream…. the candy stores in Sweden are amazing.

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We got another dog.  Yes!  Crazy I know.  That is a whole story in its self.  We were not looking for her or wanting another dog.  Hugo is stoked to have a girlfriend. More on the sweet little on called Nikita (already named).

 

 

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Swedes are so crafty!! No really!  Mr.’s aunt made this from nothing no pattern just looked at one of his store-bought one and look at this master piece.  It even has designs in it.  Blown away.  Amazing and he looks good in it.

 

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This is my life right now.  Study Study Study…..

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We celebrated 5 years of marriage.  Happy us. Going to also do a post on that and where we went and what I got!

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This is a very broad wrap up as much more has happened then this.  Untill next time xoxo

Sweden

We made it! I know I have a lot to post! Sweden has been beautiful and actually warm! We are up north w the mr.’s family none of them have meet le’i yet! By the way he is loving Sweden! Which has been such a blessing. But I think children are so good adjusting to new things. Jet lag was horrible as always, le le got up at4 am a couple of times! Over all we are doing great and loving the move. So much to blog, I know. We move into our house on the 1st of sept so then I will be off and off.
Untill then XOXO

P.SThe picture of mr. and le le in a beach in Sweden! Don’t worry Hawaii your beaches don’t even compare. But it is a different kind of beauty! The family picture us us on a cute little island called hönö!

P.S.S. I have become obsessed with black and white images!

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Do you regret

Do you regret never traveling when you had a friend or family member living in a place you have always wanted to go?  I do!  My sister and her husband lived in South Africa for 5 years and we never made it.  Granted they and us both thought they would be there for a couple more years.  We were scheduled to go when my sister gave birth to her son, but we got an unexpected little boy.  Who was the greatest gift (another blog post coming soon) we have ever gotten.  We couldn’t get his passport because the adoption process just started. So there went South Africa. Then the next thing we knew they where moving.  Ahhhh wait we want to come see this beautiful land with you!  We want to see your home, where my nephew was born, the orphanages you worked in, the fields Morgan played professional soccer I want to see all the places that took your breath away, the country you fell in love with and still wish you lived in.  I wanted to see the lions, tigers and the beautiful people.  Oh how I wish timing was in our favor in this. One day I will take you and you will show me this amazing land.  I love you my sister thanks for being a risk taker, for letting your husband follow his dreams in becoming a professional soccer player. You went not knowing any friends and made some of the best friends, you knew the journey would be worth it.  Thanks for showing me home is really where your heart is you had one with us and on in Africa.  When I think about how hard it might be to live in Sweden I think “get over it your baby sis did it”. She had no one but her husband.  I have friends and Mr.’s family.

I am sorry I never came to you see you!  I’ll visit you in California. HAHA love you

This is their cute little pink house.  Its actually a pretty famous part of South Africa called Bo-kaap, in Cape Town.

How cute are her husband and son!

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The last two images are from google images.

Who’s the boss

Me of course! Hugo Boss duh! I am my mom best personal assistant. I don’t complain, I listen to her all the time. I help her with her work. I greet her like a hero when she comes home. I am pretty much the best!
We are packing and it’s crazy!
I finally got the okay to go to Sweden (it’s so crazy tryin to get me in) my mom almost gave me away! Who does that? She finally stopped drinking the kool aid. Although I have to be under the plane the whole time (she is really nervous about it). I had a billion shots and I still have a ton a paper work hence the picture below! I told her if she brings me I’ll do all the work like a boss!

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Happy Times!

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I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July.  It is crazy to think this might be my last fourth of July in a while.  I think the fourth is one of my favorite holidays.  It is always so much fun.  Kids running around, parents and friends chilling, brqs blazing and fire works.  What more could you ask for.? Happy Birthday America.

Speaking of America my husband at the end of this month becomes an American Citizen.  Crazy!  Yes, we (haha he) took the test on July 9th and he has his oath ceremony on the 31st.  I swear, I felt so sick waiting for his interview.  You just feel so helpless. He now knows more about America then most Americans.  It was actually quite fun helping him study for the test ( They are asked 10 random questions about the US history they have to get 6 correct in order to pass and whole bunch of other stuff).  I am not going to lie I kind of felt like I was in movie.  Like the “Proposal” or “Green Card” its no joke.  I am so glad this is over!!!!  BTW he got all the answer correct.

That means we bought our tickets to Sweden.  Yes we leave on the 1st of August.  I can’t believe this move is really happening.  Sweden will now be my new home.  I will have to learn to speak Swedish, my baby boy is going to grow up speaking Swedish.  I am so excited but also a little sad.  I love my Hawaii.  She beautiful, she is warm, she is friendly, is Aloha.  At least my parents are still there so I know I will be back.  I mean who can resist her warm water?  Not us!

Packing completely sucks!  No really! It is the worst. You realize how much junk you have saved, and bought and then you have to try to fit everything into a bag……ehhh yes. I want the little fairy packers to come. I feel like all I am doing is moving one mess to the other side of the room.

Well I must get back to packing we are shipping two bags out tomorrow.

This is getting real my friends.

Honest Blogging

So I am not new to blogging, but telling my thoughts. Yes that is new!  Images that’s another thing.  I have never quiet perfected being a good blogger! Oh I have tried and tried. I have all these ideas and things I want to share, sometimes I just get down on my self. You know the usual self doubt  (not pretty enough, not a great writer, do people really want to know what I think….etc). I know I am not the only one.

The thing is I want to be real.  I want to be authentic and talk about what I love, what I am feeling, how hard it is to be a mother, a wife or how awesome my husband and son are.  How sometimes my style is crazy, yet simple and me.  How moving to Sweden is going to be an adventure and how I can not wait to learn all things Swedish.  How my cooking will most likely be improving since there is not Betty Crocker boxes (they make most things from scratch….help).
Reading blogs at times and think wow I forgot to land on the perfect planet.  Here are things I can promise you there will be some grammar errors, funny things, photography, learning how to cook, most likely a ton of images of my son and how imperfect I am!

xoxo   (not going to lie every time I write that I think of gossip girl)

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