Archive for december, 2010


december 29, 2010

After wrapping up the business year of 2010 which means catching up with months of book-keeping and other boring paper work  with the invaluable help of Silver…

accountant cat

… it was finally time for Christmas! But Christmas Eve (which is the day we celebrate in Sweden) is also the birthday of my nephew Daniel. Our most important Christmas tradition is to spend it with my sister’s family.

So Christmas doesn’t start until after 3 p.m. It’s entirely birthday until then.

If you persuade a teenager to be Tomte (Santa Claus) you may end up with a heavy metal one. Well, the neighbours downstairs with younger children wanted a tomte, and why not let him do the job upstairs as well :-):

We had a great Christmas ! Nice and peaceful. Not too extreme food excesses – only the most indispensible traditions (like herring and ham). At least that’s what we thought. Oddly though, it seems that the waistline is stretched out anyway…

Not too many gifts, but those that we got were very appreciated. Some examples:

Vippson examines his present

Tilda's opens her present

Silver wrestles with his present

December fun

december 16, 2010

So much fun going on in December… Here are just some examples:

After months of preparations we finally had our Christmas Concert. It went very well. I believe that we had a  good mixture of up-tunes and ballads, traditional and modern songs, chorus and smaller groups, fun and serious songs.

Our quartet sang too, and here’s the music committee (directors and section leaders) singing Ave Maria:

Fredrik’s new school, Samskolan, had their annual Lucia dance, where all the students do Swedish folk dances dressed in folk costumes. I must confess I thought this might be a bit nerdy, but they were really good – they did some quite complicated dances – and they actually looked very nice in their costumes. And they seemed to have a great time!

And since I like our Lucia tradition, I was pleased that they also had a Lucia pageant . And a good one too!

Personally I don’t feel too stressed up about Christmas. My sister’s family will come here and we always have a great time. There aren’t really any ”musts”. Except for some serious Scrabbles tournaments of course.  Louise has already taken care of decorating the house. Here she’s baking Lucia rolls. Yummy!

There has even been time for some other fun stuff – like the last round of the style jumping series. Little Grandessa was really wild and crazy (probably because of the very cold weather) when we were warming up – kicking, bucking and running around like a maniac. I was actually a bit worried for a while. But once  in the arena we pulled our act together, flew over all the fences and got our third clear-round. Very happy :-)!

Waiting for the ready-signal

So much fun already. And more to come…

Life changing moments

december 2, 2010

Some days are very special because something happens that will change your life for ever. Today, exactly 17 years ago was such a day. It was a cold winter day, just like today and snowflakes big as quarters fell outside the window. Before that, my only responsibility was myself. But that day a new man came into my life. A very tiny one.

And boy, was that a lucky day! Isn’t it amazing that I happened to get the most beautiful, talented, intelligent and wonderful baby in the world?

Here he is with his buddy Erik, one and a half year later:

And time flies. Have you seen this ad? The boy does look a lot like Freddi.

Not even I can claim that he’s a baby anymore. But the most wonderful 17 year old for sure.