Monday, July 16, 2018

First day of holiday

Today is my first official day of holidays! Yes, I am absolutely excited and happy for it but I have to admit that I have a hard time letting go of work. This morning, I felt a bit guilty for not putting together my usual "to do" list... but I quickly poured another coffee to put me back into holiday mode. The rest of today will be spent getting the boys to and from the pool. Maybe not so much of a holiday but it works for me ;)

Happy Monday to you all xox

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

One of the best things about blogging....

... is having real life meetings with other bloggers that you have known on the internet for years but never met in person before. I know that it sounds a bit funny but, after communicating online for years, you get to know the person, their families, their home countries, their traditions and their day to day life. You end up developing a relationship that is similar to a pen pal... but online.

I have been extremely lucky. Over the years, there are 3 lovely women from all over the world that I communicate regularly with via blogs: Catarina, Karin and Ageeth. Last year, while I was in Denmark, I was lucky enough to meet Catarina in person. It was so much fun meeting with her that it felt like seeing an old friend. Recently, while I was in the Netherlands, I was able to finally meet Ageeth and spent the weekend exploring Amsterdam with her. Despite never having met her in person before, we have very similar interests and ended up doing things our respective 3 boys and husbands would not have had the patience to do: she treated me to a fantastic ceramics workshop... we people-watched while having awesome coffee (and wine) just outside cute cafés... we explored the small shops along the canals... we took a lot of pictures.... and we went to Europe's largest flea market (all 7 hours of stalls)! Could I ever do this with Andreas and the boys? A BIG nope... after about 10 minutes of flea market or trendy shops, all of my boys (big and small) would have been close to throwing me into a canal 😉 Again, like with Catarina, it was like meeting an old friend... and one that I look forward to seeing again! Ageeth was so sweet that she even tolerated watching the Denmark/Croatia football match with me... ðŸ˜‰ Thanks, Ageeth! It was a lovely... and much appreciated... weekend! Next time: Montreal!

xox to you all!

Ageeth and I

A moment of "boy-free" quiet ;)

Yes, Amsterdam, I love you too! ;)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Postcard from Amsterdam

Hello from beautiful Amsterdam!  It was a busy work conference in Eindhoven and, now, I am enjoying hanging out in Amsterdam with my friend, Ageeth. I have no Internet access, asides from my phone, so I thought that I would send you all a postcard from Amsterdam 😙 Coming home tomorrow so I will see you on the other side 😉

Friday, June 22, 2018

Last day of school

Today was the last day for elementary school (Oliver and Nicklas). Alexander has already been off for a week now (= the teenager can finally sleep in). I have to admit that I am pretty excited for the summer holidays to start... at least I am now. Ask me again in a few weeks... after the fighting starts... and I will tell you about how much I love the school year ;) For now, though, I can feel vacation coming up.... and it feels good :)

Happy last day of school xox

Alexander was sleeping when this photo was taken... lucky kid!

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Today was my last day of making school lunches for the year. Enough reason to celebrate 😉

Hallelujah 😉

Monday, June 18, 2018

World Cup humour... or not... the Montreal Italian way ;)

During the World Cup qualifiers, the Swedish team tied with Italy- after having won the first game- thus keeping them out of the World Cup (the black day of November 13, 2017). Now, the Italian community in Montreal is retaliating with the campaign "Anyone but Sweden". Little Italy is covered with banners that cheer on any team playing in the same group (F) or against Sweden (= Anyone but Sweden) ;) It doesn't even matter who it is... just not Sweden. Andreas better stay away from Little Italy for a few weeks ;) It looks like they mean business ;)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to the best man I could think of to be the father of our boys. You give them attention, love, respect and teach them to be the best jokers in the world ;) They will be good men because of you. xox

Happy Father's Day to all those who step up to the plate...

With Alexander
With Nicklas
With Oliver

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Things (or thing) that I dislike about summer...

I know that I write a lot of blog posts complaining about winter. I complain about the cold, about the snow, about shovelling snow, about ice.... actually, just about everything winter related ;) Anyway, I thought that it was only fair to write a blog post about things that I dislike about summer. Hmmm.... it was hard... really hard but I actually came up with 3 things: 1) fruit in the fruit bowl and bread in the breadbox go bad fast; 2) mosquitos and 3) dog fur all over the place (if you didn't know it, we have 2 dogs. Yes, I am nuts!). Yup, that is about it and, honestly, I just put the fruit and bread in the fridge and- voila- problem solved. Now we are down to 2 things and, to get rid of the mosquitos, I just permanently carry around bug repellent. Last on the list is dog fur... and, no matter how much I vacuum, there always seems to be enough fur on the ground to make another dog. Seriously, I vacuum twice a day and there is a seemingly endless supply ALL OVER THE STINKING HOUSE.... (*the house is actually not stinking but you know what I mean). The boys are able to effectively step over the fur without either realizing it is there or just not caring enough to sweep it up (I am betting it is the latter of the 2 choices). On the other hand, I obsess. Once seen, I cannot unsee it so I am endlessly pulling out the vacuum. It has become my best friend. I look like a crazy woman, permanently dragging a vacuum around the house... ALL SUMMER LONG! So, what do I dislike about summer? Definitely dog fur shed around the house.... the dogs are good... the shedding sucks ;) I still think that winter wins in the complaining department! ;)

Wishing you all a great rest of the weekend.... hopefully, vacuum cleaner free ;)


Aaaaarrrrrrgh! I jut finished vacuuming and it is already back again! ;)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

New meaning

In the past, if I was kneeling in front of the toilet on a Saturday morning, I would have chalked it up to a good time on Friday night. Now, it just means that I am cleaning up after boys. Hmmm... the 2 experiences are both pretty nauseating ;)

Happy Saturday! Hope your morning was more exciting than mine ;) xox

Friday, June 8, 2018

Biking with kids

When we lived in Denmark, we used to bike everywhere. I had a baby seat on the back of my bike for Alexander... and when he wasn't in it, it was a perfect place for grocery bags or the bouquets of flowers that I would pick up from the local florist. I think I even helped move one my friends by carrying stuff on the back of my bike. My bike was a big part of my day to day life.
Where we live now, I have to say, it is not very bike friendly for little kids and, despite still having my baby seat on the back of my bike, it became more challenging to take 3 boys out for a ride. Now that they are getting older, we are starting to re-discover biking: for the boys, it represents freedom and being able to explore the neighbourhood with their friends. For us (the parents), it is a fun way to exercise.
Last summer, Andreas started to take Oliver out to learn how to bike and now he is ready to ride to school... with parental accompaniment... it still is not the best biking neighbourhood but that is another story. Anyway, this morning, I biked in to school with Oliver. He absolutely loves it and is so proud to put his bike helmet on his hook outside his classroom. Nicklas bikes with us... but way ahead... and with his lunch box in my still-present baby seat. Alexander has, for years, used his bike to get to his high school. It always means that he can play football with his friends after school and not have to rush to catch the bus.
So nice to get back to biking with kids....

Happy Friday to you all xox

Then..... Alexander in his seat of honour

And now...... The boys' own bikes

Friday, June 1, 2018

A night in Toronto

I am in Toronto (again) for just one night. I have a very early meeting tomorrow morning for work and then will head back to Montreal in the late afternoon. In the mean time, I have a big bed... all to myself (!) and I get to watch all the cheesy TV that I want ;) I also got to take a long bath without someone wanting to come in to use the toilet ;)

Now I am going to enjoy taking up the whole bed... Good night! xox

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Post cards from Montreal... the finally summer version ;)

I am such a slacker and didn't get around to posting these earlier ;) Here they are! Sending you all love from Montreal <3

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Excitement for Swedish boys

Last weekend (I know... I am a slacker and totally late in posting this), Andreas, Alexander and Nicklas all went to see the Montreal Impact soccer team play against the LA Galaxy. The biggest reason why they wanted to see the game was that the famous Swedish player Zlatan Ibrahimovic (see here if you have no idea who he is) was playing. Pretty exciting.... Even more exciting was that the boys (including Andreas) got to be a part of the pre-game show and ending up being just meters away from Zlatan (can you become cool through osmosis? 😉) ! Although Zlatan ended up getting red carded, the boys were all pretty impressed and had a good Swedish boy bonding day. Sorry, Impact, usually you get our support but, on this day, it was all about Zlatan 😉