Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Up for sale!

As of this afternoon our house is officially for sale. The Realtor and his team came out yesterday and took pictures and had us sign the papers. The lock box went on the door and the sign went in the front yard. The house is cleaner than it's ever been and we are very excited to finally get it listed. Having a house for sale here in the US is a little different than in Sweden. For most showings we will only get about an hours notice (maybe less) and any Realtor can show a client our house. The house key is in the lock box attached to the front door and the Realtor will need a code to get it open. Only getting an hours notice will certainly be stressful when Michael is gone because the house will need to be nice and tidy for every showing.
Here's a few pictures that I took myself yesterday, not as nice as the Realtors pictures but I prefer not to post the link to the listing since it includes our address and all that.

View from the front door.

The living room.

View of the kitchen from the living room.

Lily's room.

The study/boys room.

The master bedroom.

Multicultural night at school

Monday we had multicultural night at Maddie and Lily's school. Together with Wilma's family we had signed up to have an informational booth about Sweden. Maddie also performed with her music class by singing and playing instruments and Wilma was in a short play with her ESL class (english as a second language). There was a total of 13 different countries represented which was really cool. Lot's of interesting food and goodies to try. We had gingerbread cookies, alhgrens bilar (candy cars), marabou chocolate and salty licorice (djungelvrål) for people to try. The chocolate, gingerbread cookies and cars were popular but very few liked the licorice, lot's of people went straight to the trash can to spit it out. We all had a fun evening.

The Swedish table.

Maddie on stage.

Some of the Swedes.



Friday, March 26, 2010

A funny comment from Lily

This morning I had put out some clothes for Lily to wear to school on her bed. She was specifically to wear a red top as they were performing at assembly today. She had decided she wanted to wear a red dress she has and so I put it on her bed along with the black tights/pants she got from Werner and Maud. A little later when I walked in to check on her she was wearing the dress with another pair of tights and the black ones was laying on the floor. I asked her if there was something wrong with them and she made a face and exclaimed "They're made out of Turkey!" It was hilarious! The tag inside the pants said "Made in Turkey".

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Things they say....

The boys are talking so much nowadays and they say the cutest and funniest things. They have a few phrases they seem to say a lot, here's some examples.

"I did it!". They exclaim this anytime they accomplish something they are happy about. Like today, Lucas ran across the street (outside a friends house and, yes, I was watching him), he knows not to do this but as soon as he got to the other side he looked back towards us and yelled "I did it!"

"Are you ok?" Anytime anyone trips, falls or gets hurt they ask "Are you k?" They even say this to themselves when they trip or something....too cute.

"I'm sorry" Example; The other day one of them stepped on a boot that was laying on the floor and he exclaimed "I'm sowwy!"

"Folks, folks, folks". They like to announce what they're doing....daddy taught them this one.

"Banzai". I'm not even sure what this means....another one from daddy. Lucas says this when it's time to nurse....he's so funny....we pile up with pillows and then he throws himself in my lap and says "banzai". Also a word they exclaim when destroying block towers or jumping on the trampoline.

"Excuse me". This is another one they say a lot "Scuse me".

"Thank you" is also used frequently. We're working on "you're welcome" but for now they say "Thank you" even when they're handing something away.

"Bye bye" and "Hejdå" (bye in Swedish) is another favorite. When we're outside they say "bye" to everything most often in Swedish so it's sounds something like "Hejda binen" (bye car) "Hejda guck" (bye truck) "Hejda body" (bye birdie). Or they simply try to run away from me and say "hejda, yuv you" (bye, love you).

"This way, come on". This one is fairly new but has become another favorite when we're outside.

One last one before I go to bed. The other day they made a big mess at dinner and I decided to take a shower with them. Michael does this all the time but not me and Michael was at work. So I said "mommy, Jakie, Lukie dusha" (shower). They usually get very excited when daddy says this but Jakie just looked at me and said "pappa på hobbet" (daddy at work). The way he said it was so sweet. They did get excited later.

I love toddler talk!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Grandparents visiting.

Farfar and farmor Maud (grandpa and grandma Maud) arrived Thursday afternoon. They've been here 3 days and just left to go back to California today. It's been really nice to spend some time with them since we haven't seen them in 2 years.

Thursday was a beautiful day and we grilled hamburgers and corn on the cob and ate outside. It was just perfect.

Eating hamburgers outside.

Maud and Maddie looking at pictures.

The boys after cake.

Farfar had a birthday the day before they arrived so we baked a cake to celebrate.

Friday was also a gorgeous day. We spent the day running a few errands and doing some yard work. I had a Dr's appointment in the afternoon and the others went to the park.

Saturday was much colder. The girls had ice skating in the morning. After the boys went down for a nap Michael and I cleaned the house because a realtor was coming by later that afternoon, more about that another time. Werner and Maud went for a walk with the girls to Cold Stone for ice cream and then played games in Maddie's room. Later we ordered pizza for dinner and spent the evening looking at pictures and home videos.

Bouncing on the trampoline.

Maddie and Lily made sure both Werner and Maud were bouncing.

Lucas wearing his new outfit from Polarn & Pyret, a gift from Werner and Maud.

Jacob wearing his new outfit. Both boys love their new clothes.

Sunday morning we woke up to about 6 inches of snow. It's not supposed to snow in Dallas at the end of March! I packed away all our winter jackets,hats and gloves the other week and even had Michael put the boxes in the attic. Well, Michael went and unpacked them because of course we had to go outside and play




Flowers and snow.....????

Lily and Maud made a snowman.

Jakie likes it.

Sledding at the park.

Checking out a fort that someone had built at the park.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Random pictures

Playing outside. Some water had collected on the rollercoaster.



Maddie's room while her ceiling was being repaired.

Lily showing us some of her work.

Lily pointing to the fish she made.

Maddie and Wilma showing us their work on the computers.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bad blogger

I've had no time and no energy for blogging lately. It's not that there's nothing to blog about, just the opposite....there's too much going on. I could write about all the work we've done around the house, it's never ending. I could tell you about the uncertain future we're looking at, we have no idea what our lives will look like in 6 months and it's very emotionally stressful. I could post about how demanding the boys have become lately, they are more work now than ever....what happened to the worlds easiest babies?! I could write about all the homework and special projects the girls bring home that require a lot of parental involvement. Some really cool things that I promise to post about another time. We've been sick again but are finally feeling better. Michael had all his wisdom teeth removed earlier this week and is still recovering. Spring is finally here and it feels great. This is the time of year to enjoy being outside in Texas.
Today we've had 2 guys working on repairing a few things in the house, now it's full of dust and dirt. And tonight we went to Maddie and Lily's open house at school where they get to show off all their hard work. If any of the pictures we took turned out alright I'll post some tomorrow but now we're actually going to take some time to relax and watch a movie. I'll try to do better with blogging.