Ahmmm

I am just going to sneek back in here and really try to keep up… It has been a bit much, but hey that is life.

Still running alot, 35-50km per week. Summer was great (was – it is almost over in Sweden). I think I will remember this as the best summer in a long time, and I hope the kids will remember it this way too. We swam a lot and enjoyed little outings around here mostly. We had many fun visitors and we grilled almost every day.

Vince starts first grade on Monday. That is huge! I will update on that in a separate post, but I am really happy (now at least) and I feel rather calm about it.

My dad is doing great, and as of what we know now the tumor is at least not growing. Still eff cancer.

And like I said, a serious effort will be made:)

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Awesomly Awesome Spring Day

We are back home. The trip back went just fine, the kids were great again(?!) despite having to get up at 3.45am to go to the airport for an early flight!

We came home to nice beautiful spring weather. A 14k run with a friend this morning through the forrest and around the lakes where we live was a great start of the day. Vince had a friend over for a bit and then we went for a long walk in the great weather.

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In a tree house with a friend

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Both kids are convinced a bear lives here.

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On top of the mountain

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Calling us to tell us he found a bear.
Not really, his immagination is vivid to say the least…

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Eds in action.

Hamstering Up

On good ol’ Styrian food and friends. A day at the vineyard Krainerhof outside Lannach, is a given on any of our Austrian trips, a tradition dating back to the beginning of our history in 2003.
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Käferbohnen with pumkin seed oil dressing.

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Eds and Mr B sharing a cheese plate and fresh pressed apple juice

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The hills.

Driving home on the Autobahn between Graz and Vienna in the night brings back many memories. I have driven there many times. After Mr B and I first met, I was working in Vienna for a while and he was in Graz ( before he moved to Mexico, and I moved to Detroit to be closer – global thinking 🙂 ). I spent all the weekends in Graz and drove back to Vienna on Sunday night. Two kids later, driving the same road together in a pleasant silence was almost magical!
Tomorrow more Austrian adventures!

Eds

Vince is the fish who is always in the water. Eds on the other hand is most likely to be found out of the water.

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He found that flower hair band on the beach… And he refused to take of his long sleeved shirt…

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He has his own swim suits too, but he preferred wearing dad’s. Also, he can do everything on his own (and don’t you dare try to stop him), here he is applying sun tan lotion. In his hair.

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Little big almost three year old Eds.

Yoga on the Beach

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Lunch

Picking out lunch:

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Oh yeah, Mr B picked his unbreakable lock just fine in some 10 minutes or so. So we biked to a little fishing village today. It started raining just after we left…

Fall in Graz

Is pretty amazing!
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Tuscany in Pictures

We have had the most awesome week in Tuscany. We decided to drive back yesterday as it was hard to find a hotel for a few nights for a reasonable price. Apparently this week is the biggest vacation week for Italians and per old customs you must spend Monday (some saints day) by the ocean. Hence our early departure. The kids were amazing, and the 10 hour drive was rather painfree.

With that said, warning for picture overload:
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The house we had rented for the week

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With our own pool in the garden

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Thankfully separated with two sets of stairs, so the kids never escaped without our attention to go down to the pool.

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The view of the Chianti Valley seen from the breakfast table

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Fresh fruits and veggies from the market

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And what is better than renting a house together with people who like to cook gourmet meals for both lunch and dinner every day? Fresh fish from the local markets, lots of cheeses, breads, salami, grilled Tuscany steaks, lots of veggies and tons of fruits. And of course pizza! Amazing people, and luckily one of them is the kids uncle:)

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Vince stopping for a break during a walk to eat some fresh blackberries

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A view over the hills and in the horizon Sienna

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My dear Vince

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The kids waving Good Night

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Smartest Mr B brought the bike. One morning we biked down to the bakery and picked up fresh salami and cheese breads.

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A morning trip to Sienna

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Snack break in Ambra, Vince is a bit hmm interesting? with his choices of food. This time ice cream and salami sandwich.

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Walking through Rapale

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More of Rapale, a little village located approx 4 km from the house we rented

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More of Tuscany’s landscape

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and more Salami, cheese,and  bread lunch

Tuscany

We are in paradise. We are renting a house together with one of Bs brothers and his family and some other friends. It is absolutely gorgeous with a huge garden overlooking the lovely Chianti Valley. A pool that wears the kids out and comfortable winds that makes the +30c heat seem very bearable. There are olive trees, lemon trees and tons of other fruits around the house too. I will dig through all our million bags to find my cable for my camera asap.

The trip here was better than I could have dreamed of. I flew alone with the kids from Sweden, connected in Berlin and then we flew on to Verona where Mr b picked us up. The kids were amazing on the flights. As usual I must say that the Swedes my passively be the most unhelpful population of the world. By that I mean the motto is ‘Let’s not help someone who looks like they need help (ie me handling two kids, a stroller, two bags including 2 computers in the carry on luggage at the security check point that all needed to get bomb swiped) as we do not want to be perceived as getting into something that is not our business…
But we survived a German gentleman (they are top ranked for politeness in my world) with a brace on his leg came to our rescue.

South of Bologna we got stuck in a tunnel due to a bad traffic accident a few km in front of us. A bit of a panicky feeling in the back seat as the emergency cars all had to pass by and there was no space between the cars. 45 minutes we rolled on.

Now I am sitting in the garden after an evening run, a glass of red Chianti by the computer and family right by my side. Life is good.

All Packed

Three big bags plus two carry on bags are packed. The kids and I are flying to Sweden for three weeks tomorrow. You might want to send some  good vibes this way and hope for a more pleasant flight than last time…After Sweden we are flying straight to Verona, Italy where Mr B picks us up and then we are spending two weeks in Tuscany. Life is good!