All days can't be good days

My kids had an awesome day yesterday. They where happy, didn't fight and did everything I told them. Today was not so awesome. But all days can't be perfect and you always have something to be happy about, you just need to find it and keep it there.                                             
 

I've been rescued, I've been set free

We had been invited ta an army ball at West Point of Rachelles friends who goes there. They are gonna graduate this summer so it was their 100th night banquet, 100 nights until graduation.
 
So at friday midnight we arrived to New York. Two of the guys came and picked us up and drove us to the house that they had for the weekend in NJ. That night we socialized and got to know each other. Sleeping is something you can do an other time, like when you are dead. 

The next day was all about getting ready for the ball. We woke up pretty late so we just fixed make up and hair before we drove the 1.5 hours from the house to the academy. When we got there we putted the clothes on and fixed the hair and make up one last time. 
It took us a while to find the dresses and all the accessories but it was worth it and we fitted right in. 

Me and my date Justin. His tie actually did match my dress even if it doesn't look like it on the photos because of the flash, it was different materials so it reacts different to it. 

The night started out with mingel and then dinner with a lot of speaches. The guest speaker of the night was General Carter F.Ham and even if it was a reallly long spech, it was a really good one. One thing he said got stuck in my head. It was an african saying; "If you wanna go fast, go alone. If you wanna go far, go together." It really is true, about everything in life. I have thought about it before but never like that, never that clear. 

After that we went back to the house where we had a really fun night a head of us. 


Thank you again guys for taking us! It was so nice and this is a weekend I won't forget. Definitely the best New York trip so far. 
 
//West point är United States Military Academy, men det är mer känt under namnet West point, eller förkortningen USMA. Detta är landets bästa militärskola och det räcker inte ens med att vara toppstudent för att komma in, du måste verkligen vara utöver det för att ens ha en chans. Så det är verkligen ineligenta människor som vi har träffat under helgen, och människor som inte skulle sätta sin skolgång på spel för något. Något som gjorde att mina värdföräldrar var väldigt lugna, ingen räddnings styrka skulle behövas skickas ut. (skämt å sido) 

Men att få vara med på en Army ball är det inte alla som får, det är inte som med the Navy ball som kommer upp att vem som helst är inbjuden bara man köper en biljett. Du måste gå på skolan för att få vara med på denna kväll, det eller gå med som en dejt till någon som går på skolan. Detta var alltså en upplevelse utöver det vanliga.//

Meatballs the swedish way

I made my own meatballs the other day. I have actually never done it myself. I've seen other do it like grandma and mum but not more than that. But I knew kind of what I needed and just tried. They where actually really good, the only thing was that I should have shred the potato better so you couldn't see it like I did with the onion. Because my kids loved them until they found the potato and after that they didn't like them anymore. Of course you can make it without the potato but that is what I really remember, that the potato helps to make the meat stick together when you make them, and it tast better too, not so dry. 

To that I made mashed potatos and brown gravy. We even hade Felix lingonberry jam to that, you can buy that in the grocery store close to us and of course we have it at home. 

//Lite roligt att detta blev av under samma vecka som det diskuteras om det finns hästkött i köttbullarna som man köper färdiga från IKEA och att dom redan har dragit tillbaka dom från många av butikerna i Sverige. Enda anledningen till att vi inte åt dom denna gång var för att dom var slut och det var lite för långt och tidskrävande att åka och köpa några denna dag. Men ärligt talat så bryr jag mig inte om det är hästkött i köttbullarna, det som stör mig är att jag faktiskt inte vet vad det är jag äter. Jag kan inte aktivit välja vad jag vill äta och inte eftersom jag inte vet om det finns i maten eller inte.//

Getting sick

I think I'm getting sick. I feel so tired and have a really hard time to sleep good, I have a cold that is on it's way and my head wont stop hurting. So today was a day in bed. I took my computer with me and did things from bed. Worked pretty good, but I still don't feel good. So I'm gonna sleep now, and hope I feel better tomorrow.
 
Hat to keep me warm, glasses to help my eyes and head, and tea...I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I wont get sick!
 
//Även grattis igen till min fina broder som fyllde år idag. Pratade därför lite med nästan hela familjen. Mys!//

An awesome weekend

I came back home like an hour ago but I watched some of the oscars, the rest is beeing recorded for me and I'm gonna se it tomorrow. 

But the weekend, what can I say? eight people, four girls, four boys. What can go wrong? When the boys are the nicest gentlemens I have ever met, nothing can go wrong. It was a fun weekend, no drama, nice friends, a lot of laughs and a lot of beeing silly. It ended with us missing the bus (or two, depends on how you wanna see it) but we finally got to take one after we had been standing in the standby line for a while. The photos are gonna come up later this week hopefully, and with them more about what we did. But a lot of it are gonna stay unsaid. Things that made us laugh so hard but even if you try to retell it no one who wasn't there would get it. Some things are not  meant to be shared. 

But the west point acadamy was really nice. It looks like a castle and that together with men walking around in uniform makes it hard to make any better. This is a trip we wont forget, so thank you guys for taking us! I had a blast. 


New York

This entire week have been just fixing everything for this weekend and now it's here. In 15min the girls are gonna pick me up and then we're gonna take the bus to the city that never sleeps, and to show respect to all the people that lives there we're gonna do the same. Or it might just be because we have a lot of plans for this weekend. I can't wait!

 
//Måste säga att jag är lite nervös, min första riktiga bal och på middagen innan kommer jag inte ha några av mina vänner runt mig alls. Vad snackar jag om!? Jag är ju tjejen som sitter och pratar med poliser och grejer på starbucks, det kommer gå alldelses utmärkt. Jag kan konsten att prata med människor.//

More and more at home

I find myself feel more and more at home here. I can drive around a lot without using the GPS, I know which store is good and witch isn't and all that. But lately I've found myself doing more and more things that I would never have done in Sweden. Lie the fact that I can go to a cafe by myself without feeling weird. I never did that at home, I even hated waiting for people alone. But now I'm comfortable with it. If I get board or feel lonely I can just start talking to someone, because here everyone are talking to strangers..it's not like in Sweden where people think you're weird for doing that.

I'm starting to fit in here for real.


När man bor i det stora landet i väst

Att det finns mycket onyttig mat att konsumera här i USA lär knappast ha undgått någon. Det är inte nog med att det finns restauranger precis över allt, dom är billiga, det går fort och de flesta restauranger har hem leverans så du behöver inte göra mer än att lyfta luren. Det är sedan väldigt mycket socker och annat i maten. Om ni sedan tänker att "men man behöver inte köpa den maten utan man kan gå till en mat affär", då kan ni börja tänka om. Det är inte så himla lätt förstår ni. För det första så är det väldigt mycket mikro mat, allt går att göra i mikron. Allt från fädriga lunch paket som bara ska värmas till att göra ris eller grönsaker i mikron. Du behöver inte ens lägga det i något, det kommer redan färdig packiterat i speciella förpackningar för mikron. Men det är klart att det går att hitta basvaror, precis som i Sverige. Men allt är annorlunda så trots att man gör saker från scratch så blir det fortfarande sötare och onyttigare än om man skulle lagat samma sak med varor från sverige. 

Det är alltså inte så konstigt att många människor i detta land ser ut som de gör. De som är smala får verkligen käpa för det, de tränar oftast varje dag och går på olika dieter hela tiden. Men det är klart att det finns människor som inte gör det också, men det är väldigt vanligt att vara någon av de två extremerna. 
Eftersom min fot är som den är och krånglar så mycket blir det där alternativet med att träna ganska svårt. Det går inte att hålla kontinueligt. Men det andra alternativet är inte något för mig, skulle ni kunna se mig sitta still på soffan utan att göra något och bara äta? (ok, jag skulle lätt kunna göra det en dag, men efter det skulle jag bli rastlös och börja klättra på väggarna). Vi äter dock redan ganska bra mat i min familj men, då är det forfarande bara bra för att vara i USA, det skulle fortfarande ses som ganska så onyttigt i Sverige. Så jag har börjat att göra mer riktiga sallader till varje middag, istället för att bara göra dom där bönorna som man stoppar in i mikron på två minuter så är dom klara. Jag har också tröttnat på pastan och riset som barnen vill ha till allt, vi har aldrig potatis, och när vi har det har vi pulvermot så det är inte ens potatis på riktigt. Jag har alltså bara slutat att äta av det, så ingen pasta eller ris och en massa god sallad varje dag till kycklingen eller fisken eller vad det är som lagas den dagen. På det så tränar jag lite, jag bygger upp min fot igen samtidigt som jag tränar mage, armar och rygg som vanligt. 
Varför vara som alla andra? Hitta det som passar dig och kör på det. 

Back on track

So now I'm back in the world again, everyone is now able to reach me again all the time because Milly made sure my new phone came. So new phone and new number, so if you think you should have my american phone number just tell me and I might give it to you. hehe. 
 
It's a small one where you slide out the keyboard so you can type really fast...I just need to learn how to use it first to hit the right letter...so right now it goes a little slow but I'm getting there..

Beach 2013, what do you mean?

Today was birthday brunch for Franzi. Really nice, friends, a lot of food, and an awesome time. What a great way to spend a wednesday. 



//Jag känner att jag jobbar bra mot beach 2013. Alla andra tränar och jag äter, men det är som vanligt och det brukar ju fungerar ganska bra så varför inte? Jag njuter, och min fot kan inte göra ont av att äta..men jag lovar, jag smygtränar lite ibland...mycket för att jag blir så rastlös men lite för att det känns bra också.//

To let go

You can make everything to a symbol for something else. It doesn't have to be big at all, the smallest thing around you can be a symbol for something big. 
I had this braclet that I thought it was too many hearts on, so I asked if Paul had a tool so I could take all except one off. I just saw it as the simpliest thing, I took something that I would never have used and fixed it so I liked it and now will use it. Paul saw it like I realeazed 4 hearts from me and just kept one still close and that it was a symbol for my life. 
I think it's intresting. 

President day

Today have been about kids, all day because they where off school; and picturse say more then words so here you go.

how it looks like when my kids are eating, like someone died on the plate..
We made craft stuff after the doctors apointment as a treat. 
a good bye and a glass of really good wine. 
A really tired girl. 
 
//skrik, bråk, inte lyssna och annat roligt har även fyllt min dag. Men det är sånt man får ta med barn, alla dagar är inte bra dagar, idag var en sådan dag.//
 

Do it all again

A busy weekend, spent with Hanna. It was work, it was driving, it was baking, it was party, it was planing, it was a lot. 

We decided to try to make swedish semlor yesterday. For beeing the first time ever to make them by ourself, and have a swdish recepie translated to english, they where awesome. For beeing semlor, they where ok. But it took a whilie, but it was worth it. Everyone who ate one though so. After that we had to hurry to Hanna's place and get ready for the party up in the penthouse, and we'll leave it with that. It was a good night, and I woke up feeling really good. 
 
//Kan meddela att semlorna smakade semla men att dom var lite kompakta. Men vad gör väl det, vi fick också semlor trots att vi är på andra sidan atlanten. Har också träffat så många andra svenska au pairer på alla dessa fester i Hannas hus, jag som knappt trodde att dom existerade.//


Getting ready

Today have had it's adventures. Started out with teachers that is not really good teachers, followed did the forgoten inhaler that resulted in a call to the doctor and a trip to the pharmacy to get a new air chamber and it ended up with salmond covered in black. (I can tell you that it still tasted good.) 

All this was done in sunshine, with a lot of love from my kids. Who really needs something else to have a good day?
 
//Ni i Sverige hade högst troligt skippat vinterjackan men jag är inte redo för det än. För mig är det fortfarande kallt, eller inte kallt, men det är inte varm än. Men jag är glad för att ha 10*C och sol på alla hjärtans dag, det är ju inte något som händer så ofta. Nu ska jag göra mig i ordning inför kvällens "valentines dinner". //
 

A day full of love


Once a year when I don't know what to think

I just got back from the store and every single man in there where buying flowers. I just think it's so silly. I mean, it's really sweet that they wanna give someone they care about flowers. But it's so predictable, it's like this day they get a list with what is expected of them and they just needs to check that list to make their girl fall. Flowers, sweet texts, dinner and all that is worth so much more all the other 364 days of the year. On a day when no one is especting it and you are doing it because you want to, not because you should.

 
//Jag trodde att alla hjärtans dag var en stor komersiell sak i Svergie och att det inte kunde bli värre. Men det kan det. Det är sjukt hur mycket saker det finns här, det ser nästan värre ut i butikerna nu än runt jul eller halloween med dekoration, blommor, presenter och godis i alla dess former.//
 
 

Eftermiddags mys

Today it was time for a check up at the doctor so me an my little man where home early from school. He is really tired right now from being sick so we're just spending the afternoon in the couch all snuggled up. A perfect way to get better.


Bruch, as always

Now it's time for this year's first brunch for me. We have had some before but because of different resons I havn't had the time to be there. But this week, I'm going. Nothing can stop me. It feels good too because the last couple of days have been about resting my foot that still isn't 100% good and doing things I have too. So I just decided that I'm gonna put on nice clothes and some make up, just because it was a while ago since I did that in the middle of the week. 
 
 
//Inget mer av detta heller. Som ni vet har min amerikanska telefon gått sönder och inte fungerat alls de senaste dagarna. Även om det har varit skönt att inte ha något som vibrerar HELA TIDEN så är jag trött på detta nu. Trött på att inte kunna komunicera med någon när jag inte är hemma, och det gäller framför allt mina värdföräldrar med bara saker som rör barnen. Men det ska bli en ändring på det, Paul ska åka och fixa en ny telefon till sig och då får jag hans gamla. Jag förstår varför jag inte får en ny, han behöver bara se till att jag har en fungerande telefon för sitt eget behov av att få tag på mig, så varför ska han köpa en ny till mig istället för en ny till honom själv. Men det kommer att betyda att jag inte längre kommer behöva gå omkring med två telefoner...För jag kommer få en likadan som min från sverige så det finns inga fördelar (så som kameran) att använda min egna.//
 

Sometimes I just want a little bit of sweden

Vissa speciella dagar är bättre i Sverige. En sådan dag är idag. Fet tisdagen, utan semlor är inte riktigt helt okej. Facebook har fyllts med bilder hela dagen på en massa saftiga semlor och jag vill också ha. Det är inte rättvist någonstans. Så Hanna, vi får försöka oss på att baka i helgen, har aldrig gjort det och det lär inte smaka som hemma eftersom till och med mjölet är anorlunda här. Men det är bättre än inget. Eller så kanske ikea har? Jaja, på något sätt ska jag få mina semlor! 

But it's just smile and everything will be ok :)

A quiet day doesn't mean a day without things to do

For the one who have tried to contact me throu my phone; it's dead and won't charge. So you can try as much as you want to, I'm not even gonna see it right now. I thought I would feel more handicaped without my phone but I have to admite, it's kind of nice to not have something that buzz all the time! But I need a working phone soon. Becuase right now if something happends or if I or my hostparents needs to contact each other, we can't, and that is something really important. 

One reason why I didn't think about that I didn't have a phone might have been that I've been busy the whole day. Right now is the first time on the whole day where I'm actually sitting down without doing anything. 

From Google

Take you to every party cause all you wanted to do was dance

Today was all about wedding dresses. Me and Hanna was and looked at dresses for her sister who is getting married next year and it was so much fun. Hanna got to try them on and I helped her in and out of them and had the contact with her sister all the time. This makes me long for the day when I'm the one who need that kind of dress. But that's in the fututre. When that day comes, I know I'm gonna be the one in that dress and the one who is helping me and telling me how it looks is Hanna. 

But right now I needed an other dress, a ball dress. I have been thinking for a week and have had a hard time knowing what I wanted. (I know what you're thinking, when can that girl ever decide something..) But when I was there and saw all the dresses I decided to just take a look and see if I could find something. I found two that I really liked but with a Hanna to help decid I went for one that I can use for other events too, something that is imoprtant for me so it doesn't just hang there for no use. 

My sweetie <3

cocktail party

Six girls and one mirror, I can tell you that if you start in time you will make it in time. So now we have 45min left until people start to arive and we're done. Tonight we're all in nice dresses and high heels. Or, I'm not wearing any high heels, I'm wearing flats to be nice to my foot. 
But now we're gonna have an awesome night! (and yes Will, I can say it's gonna be awesome.)


My two crazy favorites

Saturday morning means spending times with sweet crazy kids. Today it's all about playing with the cats and finding a way to go to a party.

I can't other than laugh and be a little scared when my nine year old girl is sitting and texting her friends to make up a plan to crash a party. But we fixed it in the end by talking to the birthday kids dad and everything was fine. When she said "don't worry, I got this under control" I just couldn't do anything other then laugh.


An awesome start on an awesome day

So after a week with kids just staring at their food in the morning, maybe eat some of it and then hurry to school, complaing about that they are hungry, we wanted to do something different. So we changed room, brekfast was held in the dining room this morning, not in the kitchen. On top of that Paul made an aewsome Sydney made breakfast. So good breakfast, new room and happy kids resulted in an awesome start for this friday that only can be better now.
 

When your kids stop listen to you

Today was a day when the kids didn't listen at all, they right now in a phase in life where they wanna try to take over and show us that they wanna be the boss. They ignored everything I said so I took their benefits away from them. Becuase if you don't listen to importent things you shouldn't get a reward. 

In moments like this I love that I have so good hostparents. We talk, they always support me in my decisions and before they promise the kids anything they always check with me what have happend during the day. Today was one of those moments. As soon as the kids saw their dad they tried to get as much things out of him that they didn't get from me. But because we have that good relation that we have, he checked with me first so that the kids didn't trick him and get more jsut because they have more people taking care of them. But it helps me too, it helps me in the way that if I say something, the kids know that they won't get it from an other way, even if they will always try. Because what kid doesn't always try to get what they want. 
 

Sooo cute

We just got two kitties to my hostmums house and they are so cute. They are sisters and look almost the same. When we left they had kind of settle down and had started to just hang out.

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Planing

The future, with that you can talk about in a couple of years or just a day after today, even an hour from now is the future. Sometimes you have to plan for it, you have to make something happen. Today was a day for that, a day for planing. Didn't really get anything out of it but I got one step closer to close my open loope. An open loope is things that you know ou need to do, or things that you wanna do, or just a dream. But as long as you never do anything about them, they will always be there. Over the past few month I've learnd that I dont have to do everything at the same time. If I have a goal, I'm either thingking about what I need to do to make it happen or the best thing is to write it down. After that I just take baby steps if it takes to long to do everything at the same time, do one action at a time. So instead of having that open loope always there, I'm actually getting closer to close that loope, one day, sometimes in the future. 


You can rest even with friends

I still need to rest my foot. I really want this to go away now. So for some days I haven't been doing that much and because of that I haven't really felt for writing anything here. I lose all the inspiration.
But now I'm out of the house, tired of being inside..and as you all know, I have a hard time not doing anything. So right now I'm sitting at Panera with a studying Hanna next to me. We're soon to take off to meet Lauren at a coffee shop close by. A good afternoon and I can still rest.


Fika går ganska bra här också

Alla som känner mig det minsta lilla vet att jag älskar att fika, framför att om jag får kakor eller något annat. Jag kan meddela att det går alldelse utmärkt at fika även i USA, du kallar det bara för coffee så är alla med på noterna. En sådan dejt (sluta fundera mamma, jag menar med en av mina au pair vänner) var inplanerad idag, och det blir precis som i Sverige. Dock är Espresso House utbytt mot Starbucks men jag överlever. 
 

Not like everyone else watch it

So I've been busy the whole day, busy for having fun. Started of with museum in DC and ended up with movie in Tyson's.

Right now I'm home watching the Super Bowl like every other American..but my family is not like every other American and so is the case even this time. We're starting to watch the game when we want and then we've been watching all the commercials (those are more fun and creative than normal commercials) and the highlights of the game. So we're not even at half time yet because right now the kids is getting to bed.


In a car by yourself

When I'm driving by myself I always put on loud music and takes the moment to actually think. Today on the way back from Hanna's was no exception. It doesn't really matter what I'm thinging about, it's just nice to do it. 

Today it was about how people here drive. If americans lived in sweden very few of them would actually have a driving license. So when it's been snowing or is snowing, like today, nothing works. Backwindows is coverd with snow, so they can't see anything behind them. They are slowing down really late for a stoplight or something like that. The few people who actually can driva a little and have access to a manual always drive on really high gear, even when it's snow. They press both gas and break really hard every time they wan't to slow down or speed up. They change lains without lookining and sometimes without putting the blinkers on. On top of that, most people only have what we is sweden would call summer tires, so not good at all for driving in the cold and especially not on snow or ice. 
So here's a tip to u guys in weather like this. Slow down! Make sure u can see out throu all windows. But especially, know that it takes time to slow down, stop or speed up. Everything you do needs to be done really gentle and carefully. Try this for a start, and drive safe!

Before they are destroyed

I went and picked Hanna up yesterday night so she could sleep at my place and then spend the whole day today with me. So we started the day with work and after that we decided to fix our nails. It wasn't that long ago since we did it last time but that place wasn't that good so this was something that was needed. My nail where almost ruined from last time but now they look good and they are actually gonna be okay even after I take these of. 

Nails and things like that isn't that expensive here in the US if you compare to Sweden so here I can allow myself to do things like this sometimes. Especially after a week like this when I've been living in tights just because that's the only thing I can get over my foot without crying. Then you need something to make you feel beautiful again.
 

En tuff dag

Idag har variit en tuff dag här hemma. Vår katt Spike har inte mått så bra på ett tag, men trodde att han skulle bli bättre eftersom han började äta igen och bli lite sig själv igen. Men sedan den här veckan blev han sämre igen, och igår när vi tog över honom till Pauls hus så att han inte skulle vara själv, kunde han inte ens gå. Han hade även stora problem med att andas och man kunde se att han led. Så idag fick han somna in. Det var för det bästa men det är sorligt och framför allt min lilla tjej..hon var alldeles tyst hela dagen, åt knappt och grät en massa. Det var verkligen hennes bästa vän som försvann från henne idag. My little man är ju bara 6 så han har svårt att förstå vad det är som har hänt, han har frågat hela kvällen var Spike är. 

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