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)

 

 

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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

Still warm…slippers and all

Ok I think the Swedes would still say its warm. Yes, it is warm but it would be a winter day if we were still in Hawaii.  So I have a little mix up in my style.  I am dressed for the cool breeze but still hoping for the warmth of the summer.  Hence the slippers.  You just can’t take Hawaii out of this girl!

I am still perfecting my style shoots, to be honest it feels a little weird posting about what I wore. Even though I love reading others style blogs. Its seems so vain!  🙂 These images where taken with my iphone. Sometimes its just easier.   So here is me!

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Incase I want to run for president! 🙂

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Shirt-Splendid, Jacket- Club Monaco (got it at the closing out sell for $15), Jeans -Chip and Pepper (old), Slippers/flip flop-Tory Burch

I just found out about this singer.  I love her. I am sure you have all heard about her, but incase you haven’t.  Here is a video. 

September Full of New GOALs

September is like having New Years a little early. It’s a kick start to what lies ahead ( at least in my head). School starts, new clothes the weather is changing, and at this point your still excited about studying.
This september is huge this year. I am not only living in a new country I am learning a new language and well a new way of doing life. So with all this change I decided to have some personal goals.
1. 90 day challenge- fitness and getting the body I want. I am not fat and I know that but I don’t feel and look my best and I am over that! Plus who doesn’t love a good work out. Makes me feel so good an by the looks of it the weather is about to get pretty sucky! Join me in this 90 day challenge! I love it! Plus you can get it free if you get 3 people to join you!  What could be better then that!
I will post before and after pictures!
2. 40days of Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren – why this you might ask. Why not. This book has been laying around our house for years. When we were packing I knew it was time to do. What a better time to find out why I am here on this earth! You to can get the book here! I am likin it. Some deep questions to think about. You can buy the book here.
3. Learn Svenska (Swedish)- this is clearly a given! I start my swedish for immigrants tomorrow. I am excited and nervous. How cool is this if I pass to a certain level by a year the country gives you 12,000 kronors! Umm heck ya! That’s almost 2,000 US dollars.
4. Cooking- yep I am going become a great cook! 🙂 at least I hope! Trying to make things from scratch. So this blog might start to get a little foodie on here!

That’s my goals. Do you have any goals or do you wait for till new years? Let me know. If you do a post with your goals let me know so I can read!
Cheers

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First day of the 90 day work out!

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In love with my shakes.

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40 days of Purpose Driven Life

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Meeting my teacher and my new school

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HAHA Here we go!

Sorry I thought this posted on my phone. I guess not this should have posted on Tuesday!

In the north picking blueberries

So we are up north with the mr.s family. It has been so much fun. It is the first time they have all meet our son! They have welcomed him with open arms. It’s berms so sweet watching them interact with each other even though they don’t understand each other.

In Sweden it is very common to go berry picking and then make pies, jams, and well just eat fresh wild blueberries. We had so much fun. It was Lei and I first time doing it. I loved it! I felt so good picking our own berries to make something!

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Then we made this! Blueberry pie with a homemade vanilla sauce! It was so good! I felt like Betty Crocker!

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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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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.