I have really tried my best not to start making my summer plans so early this year, but it seems that December arrives and I just get this urge to start planning. Every year is the same. It’s beginning to piss Mark off.
This year he has really tried to convince me that a ”Last Minute” booking is the way to go. I am not convinced. What if the really good places are gone!? So what’s happened… well, for the past two weeks I have been surfing the travel sites. Apollo, Fritidsresor & Ving (off course) and also checked regular flights and searched for houses/apartments to rent.
So what’s been on the agenda this year!?
Well… Mykonos, Tilos, Crete, Kefalonia, Skopelos, Naxos, Paros… and Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Tarifa, Sitges. Mostly Greece and Spain as you can see. Two very interesting options as we love both Spanish and Greek food, we love the heat and the beach, as well as the wine (I should add).
So where’s it gonna be?
Looks like we’re heading back to Mallorca, but for a shorter stay this time, so that we can travel somewhere else in Europe as well. I am thinking that we might take a trip in June to Sunwing Alcudia Beach in Mallorca, so that Pixie can get her Lollo & Bernie fix. That way we can head elsewhere in July, without a bad conscience.
Here’s me and Pixie in July 2013, outside Sunwing Princesa in Alcudia, Mallorca. We had such a blast there, I think we might go back.
We had a lovely evening with the family last night. The food was spectacular, crayfish and smoked prawns with aioli and a Macon Village Chardonnay for starters followed by a fantastic fillet of beef with potato & parsnip puree and bacon-fried Savoy cabbage plus a red wine jus. This was accompanied by a glass of red. I can’t remember what bottle it was, but it was most likely a Rhône wine. For dessert we had a saffron pannacotta with blood orange ad grapefruit slices, coffee and a glass of Calvados. It’s hard to convey in writing just how fabulous the dinner was, but it’s one of the best dinners I’ve had in a very long time.
Following dinner my brother and his girlfriend headed out in the garden with Pixie to set off some fireworks. We bought a couple of small ones to set off earlier in the evening in case Pixie would fall asleep and miss the fireworks at midnight. They had a ball!
I tried to put Pixie to bed around nine o’clock, just in case it would work. I thought my plan to put her to bed for a few hours and then to wake her up just before midnight was brilliant. But it didn’t work. She was distraught, cried and cried, and said that she did like the plan when we spoke about it but now that it was real she didn’t like it anymore.
She stayed up the whole evening with us, and had a ball at midnight when the foreworks started going off. When I broadcasted to the room that we should head out in the garden with the Champagne to watch the firworks, she looked at me surprised and exclaimed ”Will there be more!?”. She had though that our small fireworks dsiplay earlier in the evening was it, so when it set off properly she was absolutely amazed and delighted.
Safe to say it was a good night!
It’s with mixed feelings that I am looking back at 2013. This year has been wonderful in som many ways but I have also experienced some of the saddest moments in my life during the past 12 months. It is hard to come back when sadness grabs hold of you, like a black hole that is impossible to climb out of, and when you think you are back up then something happens and it pulls you down again.
I am making my way back now, sleeping, resting, getting some exercise and some time for me. Yesterday I had a massage and afterwards I headed for the gym, spent 30 min in the sauna and in the afternoon I went skating with Pixie. Last night we made pizza and having had our fill I passed out on the bed and slept for at least 2 hours. It was fantastic!
I am so thankful for my husband, my daughter and my family! I am blessed with a beautiful home, good friends and job that I love.
At this moment so many people across the world are making resolutions for the new year, to become fitter, healthier and kinder people.
This year I am not making any resolutions, I am going to live my life with outboundaries and promises that are are hard to keep.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Stressing down has been the theme for me this holiday and with two weeks off (one week to go) I am really beginning to wind down. I can’t remember the last time I slept so much, I am sleeping in until at least 9.00-9.30 each morning and I have been able to drift off for a snooze nearly every evening. True, we go to bed quite late in the evening but spending time on the sofa watching a soppy movie isn’t really draining.
This year we have decided to stay at home, like last year and the year before that. Since moving back to Sweden I have made sure we don’t have to travel at Christmas. I spent 15 years travelling every Christmas, living out of a suitcase and not being able to completely relax. To me the best thing in the world is staying at home for Christmas. Having breakfast in our jammies and happy family dinners with my husband and daughter.
Unfortunately we haven’t had much snow this year and we haven’t been spending much time indoors, but lately we’ve headed in to our old stomping ground in Vasastan to go ice skating.
We had a family Sunday with friends, enjoying the Autumn with all its beauty and colour. Pixie had a great time in the payground at Nytorget and afterwards we enjoyed a pizza, pasta, sallad at Vapiano. Mummy got a glass of wine too.
The pleasure was ours as we met with baby Alma for the first time, such a bundle of joy, just 5 weeks old. It seemed that I managed to support a new mother by sharing some of my own experiences from Pixie’s first weeks on the planet. I had forgotten how overwhelmed I was myself at that time, and it was nice to hear that my few words of wisdom made a difference.
Pixie was so excited to meet baby Alma and we found a lovely Sophie the Giraffe teether for her to give away. She was so proud to carry present and to hand it over. All of a sudden seemed to BIG, especially compared to baby Alma. It’s amazing to look back at the time we’ve had together over the past 5 years. It’s like I’ve known her forever, it’s amazing she’s just 5. I am so proud to be her mother!
Sitting here on my sofa. It’s 10.30 PM and I am wrecked. I’ve been catching up on emails from last week, hurridly trying to respond to everything.
I’ll tell you, I could spend another 10 hours with email and I wouldn’t come near to emptying my inbox. It’s crazy the amount of emails we get every day. I shall continue tomorrow. I’m missing the catwalk set on Project Runway, sigh. I am logging out!
It’s two weeks since we came home from Copenhagen, but the trip is still fresh in our minds and I felt a need to update you on how the days progressed over there.
Copenhagen truly is a wonderful town. We stayed in the chic Nyhavn, just a stone’s throw from the Royal Castle. On our first evening we made sure we walked along the seafront so that we could see the Castle, Pixie in particular was very excited to be away on a short break and to hear that the queen, princesses and princes lived just next door to us made her day.
Having seen the castle we took a stroll back to Nyhavn where we made it onto one of the boats, Copenhagen Canal Tours offers a variety of tours with skilled guides. The trip we took allowed us to venture out toward the sea to see the Little Mermaid, back into Christianshavn and then across to Gammelstrand. We got completely soaked sitting outside but that made the trip more fun. On the way back to the hotel we stopped for an ice cream at Vaffelbageren .
The next day we decided to visit The Blue Planet, Northern Europe’s biggest aquarium. This really is an amazing place for children, lots and lots of fish, and we even saw Nemo. Pixie was so excited to the see the little clown fish. ”That’s Nemo, and there’s his dad” she shouted. Everyone around us smiled.
I would have stayed for lunch here, the restaurant was really nice but we had two more places on our schedule that day, so we took the metro back into town. Riding on the driverless train was a liittle scary at first but we quickly normalised even this query feature.
Lunch was had in the meat packing district at the wonderful ”Mother”, thank you Sara for heloing us find this gem. The pizza was made our of sourdough and the house white was chilled to perfection. We had our fill and Pixie enjoyed a movie on the Ipad.
After lunch we headed down to Carlsberg Brewery where we enjoyed a complimentory cool glas of lager and a coke.
Did I mention that all the entrance fees as well as the metro and train rides were included in the Copenhagen Card we purchased at the Airport.
At this time, exactly 5 years ago, I was allowed into my own delivery room at Holles Street National Maternity Hospital in Dublin. I was high on gas when the anaesthetist joined us and began to give me an epidural. I remember talking all sorts of rubbish to him.
That night I stayed awake the entire night and listened to my Ipod. Mark went home for a few hours sleep, and returned at 9.00-ish when he joined me again.
It was on Tuesday the 7th October 2008 that we got to meet our little girl for the first time. She had some trouble on the way out and was whisked away from me up to the ICU, it seems like yesterday, but also like a hundred years ago.
This obviously means that Mark and I are parents for the same amount of time. 5 years as a mum and dad, that’s unfathomable, I personally can’t believe it.
We celebrated Pixie’s birthday today, one day early so that we could really enjoy it together. She was so excited when she woke up this morning to open up her presents. The afternoon was spent in the company of family. The Swedish Clan joined us for cake and coffee, and the Irish Clan were present too in our thoughts and via Facebook and Skype. Thank you all for celebrating with us and for the lovely presents!
Happy Birthday Pixie Boo, we love you so much!
In my view, one of the best things about staying at a hotel is the Hotel Breakfast!
At Scandic Front the breakfast doesn’t dissappoint. Lots of choice; juices, fruit, cereal, cold cuts, cheeses and let’s not forget the scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms and pancakes! We made sure we didn’t miss a thing.
Pixie insisted on wearing her brand new nightie down to the restaurant each morning. She happily wandered down to enjoy her pancakes with ketchup and juice.
It was an excited little Pixie that woke up on Thursday. We had been planning our trip to Copenhagen for some time and she was thrilled as she packed her little suitcase on the Wednesday evening.
Our flight was due to leave at 10.00, and we left home at 8.00 to get the Arlanda Express. Three cuddly toys were coming along for the hols, Fluffy, Fluffy and Bunny.
We took the Metro from Copenhagen Aiport directly in to town, in like two seconds. We bought two Copenhagen Cards for 72 hours, 75 free museums and free travel on all buses, Metro and trains in The Greater Copenhagen area. Such a good deal. We headed for Kungens Nytorv and Nyhavn where our Hotel was located.
The Scandic Front and a family room, Great for this kind of trip.