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Skinnskatteberg med Mormor och Carina

28 Nov

Joachim and I just returned from a very lovely trip to a small town about 1 1/2 hours west of Stockholm named Skinnskatteberg. Try to say that twice! Since we are headed to Colorado for Christmas, we decided that it would be nice to make time to visit Joachim’s grandma and Carina before we left to celebrate the holidays with them and hang out for a bit. We had a very relaxing time and were so glad that we were able to visit for a while. I think I also surprised Joachim’s grandma with how much Swedish I have learned since the last time I saw her, which made her so happy that we could finally understand each other ๐Ÿ™‚ She is such a nice lady and has the wittiest personality.

Mormor’s first iPhone experience!

The beautiful church on the outside of town. This is also the site where Joachim’s grandpa is buried. Quite peaceful.

Skinnskatteberg’s population is approximately 4,500 people and is also where Joachim’s mom grew up.

Mormor and I, making marzipan chocolate balls w/ peppermint topping (I forgot the swedish name for them, thus the lengthy english description!)

The finished product! SO good!

Sweet Mormor and Joachim

And finally, we spent some time going through old photo albums so I could see Joachim when he was younger…check out how ADORABLE he was! (And still is ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I couldn’t help but snap a picture of this…

Doesn’t he look like Jonathan Taylor Thomas? OMG I was obsessed with that guy when I was little. Just makes sense that I now date someone who looks just like him as a kid! HAHA!

Anyway, I am so thankful that we got to escape and spend some much-needed time with grandma and Carina. I just realized that I have no pictures of Carina from this trip, but I promise she was there ๐Ÿ™‚ It really makes me thankful that Joachim has such a wonderful family who treats me like I have been a part of their family forever.

Happy Thanksgiving…a few days early!

21 Nov

Okay, let me address a few things to set the record straight:

1. Thanksgiving is NOT celebrated in Sweden…because the pilgrims didn’t settle here, the settled on PLYMOUTH ROCK in the United States of America.

2. We celebrated Thanksgiving this past Sunday because a. I have to work on Thursday and would have ZERO time to make Thanksgiving dinner and b. We will be seeing Joachim’s mom and grandma this weekend so I won’t have time then either.

3. As you will see in my pictures, there’s one thing missing…the turkey!! My mom tells this story-I’m still not sure if it’s true or if it’s just a cop-out because she doesn’t want to make a turkey every year- about when my sister and I were younger, she went to all this trouble to make this very nice turkey for Thanksgiving, stuffed the damn thing and all. Unfortunately, when she placed it on the table, Lindsay and I took one look at the bird and both started hysterically crying. I’m still not sure if it was because of this huge dead bird in front of us or maybe my mom just burnt the hell out of it (i think it was option a) but to this day my family just has turkey breast and ham on the big day. Also, if you know anything about me, it scares the living daylights out of me to eat anything straight off the bone (feels too cannibalistic to me) so we just have a nice little ham sitting at the end of the table ๐Ÿ™‚

So, I hope I have answered all of the looming questions and will thus bless you with the great pictures I took of our feast.

–Someone watches a little too much Dexter…

And poor baby Enzo fell into a sleep coma after all that turkey ham!!

So there you have it, my FIRST ever Thanksgiving that I made by myself…in Sweden…where they don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving…and I didn’t even have a turkey. Oh c’mon, give me a break!!

Some (really) big news, part 2

16 Nov

Sorry to keep many of you on the edge of your seats but I am JUST now getting home from work and the gym ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, where did I leave off?

I’m sorry to burst some of your bubbles (Megan, lol) but we are NOT getting married…yet! We decided that the best way for Joachim to be able to come and STAY in America is to go to school. Thus, Joachim will (hopefully) start classes at a community college this summer that is located pretty close to my parent’s house in Broomfield. He’s not 100% sure yet, but he thinks he may want to study nursing since I so greatly convinced him that nursing is the one occupation that people are desperately seeking people to work AND they have the potential to make a pretty great salary AND he has a heart of gold and I think helping people is something that is second nature to him. We still have a long way from now until classes start in May, so we’ll see if his mind changes at all.

On the other hand, I am going to stay behind in Denver when Joachim leaves (December 30th) to come back to Sweden so I can start looking for jobs. In the meantime, I will apply for another type of visa that let’s me come back to Sweden sometime in March so I can help Joachim sell the rest of our stuff and pack up the last of our things. We are hoping, if all goes well with his visa and such, that we will BOTH be back in Colorado by the end of April or beginning of May to start our new lives there.

We are both very excited to start this new chapter ย and look forward to when things settle down this summer ย and I get a job and he starts school. I am pretty sure life will be a bit hectic until then, but we are both ready for the challenge and will do anything to be able to stay together. I think he’s worth it, don’t you think?

 

 

 

Day 30

14 Nov

It’s day 30 of the 30-day photo challenge! I did it! I actually posted a picture every day (during the week) the ENTIRE time and if I say so myself, I’m pretty dang proud that I did that ๐Ÿ™‚ It feels good to post on a more regular basis and it also helps to get all of your sweet comments about how much you have been enjoying this little challenge. So for the last day, the photo challenge is:

A picture of someone you miss

This is a picture of my Grandpa Hartman (my mom’s step-father) who was the best grandpa any girl could ask for. My grandpa and I had this connection that I hope my children will someday have with my dad. It was like I could do no wrong in his eyes and he was SO proud of every little thing I did. He even kept EVERY, SINGLE seashell I found at the beach ย and displayed them above the TV for all to see…all 574 of them! My grandpa knew how much I LOVED to save my money when I was little (I wish that carried on into my older years) so the one time I decided to splurge on a giant teddy bear at the mall (I think it cost 20 dollars), after I had paid, he pulled me to the side so no one else in my family could see a stuck 20 bucks in my pocket and said “shh, don’t tell.”

I wish he was around to see that young woman I’ve become. I know that he’s always around me, and he’s so proud of what I’ve done since he’s passed. Grandpa, if you’re reading this…I think about you more often than you will ever know and you were the BEST grandpa in the whole world. I promise to live the rest of my life the way you did; laughing the whole way through it. I love you Grandpa Hartman and I hope you and Grandma are having a grand ol’ time up there!

Day 29

11 Nov

Happy Veteran’s Day to all my people in America! I’m so thankful for the men and women who put their lives on hold to fight for our country and make sure we can maintain all of our American values. Also, happy happy Friday to all of you! I hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend and are preparing yourselves for Thanksgiving! Joachim and I will be having our Thanksgiving dinner NEXT Sunday and I’m getting a bit nervous about having all the ingredients to make what I want. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out…

Moving on to today’s photo challenge:

A picture that can always make you smile

This picture makes me smile for a number of reasons…one, it was taken on my sister’s wedding day, which was SO much fun and such a happy day. The second, is because I am so thankful that I actually have a picture of my three best friends all together! Maggie (second from right) was in Colorado for Lindsay’s wedding and it was nice to be able to hang out with both my Colorado best friends and my best friend from STL all at the same time. I am really really hoping that Maggie figures out a way to move out to Colorado so we can all be together again ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you all enjoy your weekends!! See you on Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 27

9 Nov

It’s Wednesday and you all know what that means…it’s HUMP day! Feels good that we are halfway to the weekend, which means you should all be in wonderful moods today, right? Today’s photo challenge is:

A picture of yourself and a family member

Isn’t my grandma beautiful? Okay, I may be a little biased BUT she’s one great looking 88-year-old if you ask me! My grandma is the typical sweet, lovable, tells all her friends about you kind of grandma and I’m so glad that she’s still around. Unfortunately she’s the last of my grandparents that is still in my life so I plan to soak in as much time with her that I can. My grandma lives about 40 minutes south of where my family lives in Colorado and can always tell you the exact day and time that you were last at her house. You see, since I can remember (and my dad as well) my grandma has had this thing about remembering everything, thus she writes it in a little book so she can reference it in case some question ever arises about who was where and when. I adore her little quirks and can’t wait to see her for Christmas! Love you Grandma!!

Day 26

8 Nov

Hej allihoppa!

You know those days when you just feel like nothing is going your way? When you feel discouraged about every little thing and can’t think of a positive way to figure things out? I definitely had one of “those” days yesterday and you know what? All it took was a 30-minute phone call with my daddy to make me realize that everything is going to be okay. Which leads me to today’s photo challenge:

A picture of something that means a lot to you

I think this is the number one underlying factor that creates a good relationship. Whether it’s romantic or friendly, a great relationship is always built on trust. Trusting that other person with things you may never tell someone else, trusting that they won’t tell anyone else, trusting that they will come to you in a time of need, trusting that they know the right thing to say or do to help you figure out what’s going on in your life. Is there someone in your life you who can always trust to get you through whatever you need to get through? I am so thankful that I not only have one person in my life that I can count on, but many. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t trust just anyoneย and it does take some time for me to trust someone, but once I do I feel so lucky to be able to add to my list of trustees.

xoxo.