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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰ ) 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 πŸ™‚ 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 Birthday, Dad!!

18 Nov

This post was originally supposed to go up YESTERDAY for my dad’s actual birthday but something happened and it get posted…thus it’s one day late.

Anyway, I wanted to dedicate a post to my wonderful dad and wish him a very Happy Birthday. Lindsay and I have been truly blessed to have such a family-oriented, loving, caring, advice-giving dad and we wouldn’t trade you for the world!

I love you so much, dad!! Hope this year is one of the best yet!

xoxo

 

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 πŸ™‚ 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 Β 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 πŸ™‚

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

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 19

28 Oct

A picture of a letter (like a letter you receive in the mail)

This particular letter/birthday card was sent from my mom and dad for my birthday last June. It’s still a weird concept not spending my birthday with my family, but they still manage to make me feel special all the time. Cards and letters are a foreign object here in Sweden and I’ve actually talked to a few people at my job who think it’s weird that “we” (Americans) give people cards for basically anything that happens in your life. Personally, I think it’s a wonderful, heartfelt opportunity to show someone that you care and that you are thinking of them. So, if any of you would like to send me a card I can always tell you my address πŸ˜‰

Too cute not to post…

24 Oct

Okay this has nothing to do with my photo challenge, but I came across the CUTEST pictures on Pinterest today and couldn’t NOT put them up…Take a lookie and I’m sure it’ll brighten up your Monday πŸ™‚ P.s. A photo for the challenge is still to come today. Just think of this as a 2-for-1.

 

 

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Source: reddit.com via Hadley on Pinterest

 

 

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