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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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)

 

 

Simple love

I still got butterflies.. yes its true, by golly!

Monday after school I stared walking home (I have about a 20 min walk once off the train)its cold rainy in Sweden not fun to walk in. 5 minutes into my walk this happened.

I reached the top of the hill on the other side of the hill (it’s a U type hill) I saw my boy. I couldn’t see his face but I knew it was him. He was walking to meet me so I didn’t have to walk alone. There that moment time stopped. I was overwhelmed with the sweetness of his simple love. The inner butterflies leaped, I felt like time was frozen, maybe it was. I didn’t know if I should run, cry, or laugh. I did all. I breathed in the cold air and walked off the icy chill of autumn. As we walked towards each other I could see his face I smiled, he smiled and looked away sheepishly embarrassed at his gesture to love me. I let out a little chuckle, happy giggles!  The autumn leaves fell under my feet as my walk was turning into skipping. Longing for his embrace I could see in his eyes; I was this girl he feel in love with 12 years ago and continued to fall in love with me everyday. My heart sang, what have I done to make you love me ? As we reached each other he kissed me, grabbed my hand like he was saying. I will alway love you and will always try to show it. His kindness unleashes the butterflies!  You have taught me how to feel the butterflies over and over and over again!

So here is one of the many moments, of pure joy and delight. Our marriage is truly built on how we can bless each other and it rocks my heart all the time. I hope I show him the selfless love he shows me all the time. This week go out of your way to be unexpectedly thoughtful. Everyone loves a surprise especially if it’s some you love dear.

Happy weekend lovers.

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I know its not the best image but every post is better with a picture.