Friday, June 23, 2017

Last day of school!

Today, hallelujah, was the last time for this school year that I had to fill up lunch boxes :) No joke... I did a happy dance ;) Today was also the last time for this school year that I had to pull out school clothes (or, for today, a reasonable facsimilie). The boys have school colours that they have to wear (red, blue and white) but they still try to argue with me ;) As I pulled the clothes out of the laundry pile, I also did a little happy dance... :)
The boys have an early dismissal today so we are going out for brunch to celebrate (heck, who doesn't like pancakes at random times of the day?). Tomorrow, we are all officially on holidays. I am doing a happy dance... all day long!

Have a good one! xox












Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Show off ;)

Yesterday, Andreas sent me a picture... a picture of a calm and beautiful table. A table with crayfish (Swedes are nuts for those things) and wine. A table in the garden, with proper glasses and a WHITE table cloth (real cloth)....

To put things into perspective: We had meatballs. I think that Fanny the dog stole some of Oliver's. The boys had ketchup (the 2 big ones... not Oliver because he is like me and does not like the stuff). I think the conversation included who farted the loudest and where their high score was on the BEST video game ever. The table cloth is plastic... and definitely not white. Dishes were plastic and courtesy of Ikea.... Water was spilled and someone stormed off in a huff....

To my beloved husband: Show off! ;)

(For those of you who didn't know about it, Andreas is on sabbatical in Denmark and is now hanging out with his parents in Sweden. We are leaving to meet up with him in a week... a very long week) ;)

xox




Monday, June 19, 2017

Quiet on the blog front

Hello all! It has been pretty quiet on the blog front lately... but not at the home front ;) The past 5 days or so have been a crazy blend of work/boys' activities/soccer/home maintenance and getting ready for our upcoming trip. Last night was the first in a while that I could sit out on our front steps and enjoy a glass of wine... boy, did that feel good... especially since the boys were in bed already :)

Suddenly, it is back to Monday and the last week of school for Nicklas and Oliver. I will be glad not to make another school lunch until September ;)

Wishing you all a happy Monday xox


I need this shirt ;)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Things that I have learned from boys....

I have learned that boys are really noisy... like punching each other.... like to make farting noises..... and fight about really dumb things. Really. Dumb. Things.

So, I am sitting in front of my computer, drinking an iced coffee and writing my blog post... and learning that the happy place in my head is a good place to be ;)

Love to you all xox



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Grade 7 is done!

After all the excitement of yesterday morning (see here if you have no idea what I am talking about), Alexander finished his last 2 exams! Grade 7 is... DONE! Woo hoo! This morning, to celebrate, he got to sleep in. I am working from home today so, after I dropped off Oliver and Nicka at school, I asked him how he felt. He said FREE... at least, until I got back home again ;) Haha! Mother revenge ;)

I have to say that I am very proud of how he handled himself over the past year. Despite a few blips, Alexander was very mature and responsible for his work. He actually got frustrated when his group project colleagues fooled around (Really? Who is this kid??) and disappointed when his grades weren't where he wanted them to be (Seriously?? Who IS this kid?? And what did you do with the old Alexander???). He went from being a 70%-average-student-who-didn't-really-care in elementary school to one who managed 80%+ in most classes (we're still working on the French and History) as well as playing on his school soccer and rugby teams.

Good work, dude! We are proud of you! Summer freedom well earned ;) xox





Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How to stress your mother out before she even leaves the house in the morning.....

Kids, listen up, you send her a text. One that clearly indicates that you FORGOT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR YOUR MATH EXAM (besides your head, but that is another story). Oh yeah, a math exam that is at 8:30am... when she still has to drop off your brothers at their school... and she has NO idea where your damn calculator is... and then, listen up- this is the best part, YOU DON'T ANSWER TEXTS OR CALLS FROM HER TO YOU. Guaranteed, she will love it... and you ;)

Spoil alert: I actually went to the damn Walmart that opens at 8am... to buy him a calculator... and drove it to his school.... where he was conveniently walking by the front door... with a borrowed calculator in his hand :P

Disclaimer: if this had not been his final exam, I would have pretended that I did not see the original text to begin with.... and burned inside... all day long!!!!!

Wishing you all a happy and stress free day ;)

xox



This does not include the 5 million times that I tried to call him ;)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mother of boys

We mothers of boys have a kind of club. I am sure that mothers of girls have their own club but, obviously, I am not a member ;) Anyway, when mothers of boys see each other, we make eye contact with a glance that says "I know what it is like, sister! When is it wine o'clock at your house? Keep sane!". We do. Seriously ;)
On Saturday, after one of many soccer games, I took the boys to the local big grocery store. The woman in line ahead of us- she had two little boys in her shopping cart who were trying to open half her groceries- looked at me, with my 3 boys trying to punch and push each other. She gave me the mother-of-boys look and said that she was pregnant with boy #3. I told her that it does get better... I just don't know when ;) Haha! Hang in there, sister!

Wishing you all a great start to the week! xox





Thursday, June 8, 2017

Things I learned today

These are some things that I learned today:

1) If you leave your eldest son at home with a pomegranate, there is no doubt that your white kitchen will be covered with red streaks upon your return.

2) Ice cream hidden in the bottom of the freezer will not be there when you really want it.

3) If you have to go to the soccer field for a practice, the mosquitos will have been given steroids and multiplied exponentially in preparation for your arrival.

4) You will always need groceries.

5) You will never manage to have all the laundry done.

6) If your youngest son becomes very quiet... in another room... it is always a good idea to check what he is up to ;)

7) Boys like to fight... a lot!

8) If you find dirty socks on the living room floor, it is most likely that they got there on their own because none of the boys in the house will ever be responsible for having left them there.

9) The kitchen floor only remains clean for about 15 seconds after you finish mopping it.

10) When you are in a rush to leave in the morning, someone always has to go for an extended toilet visit at the last minute.


xox to you all!





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cheater

Today, I had this killer schedule in mind: work from home, run a million errands, try to arrange a pick up from an after school event for Alexander, rush dinner, rush the dog walk, get all 3 boys ready and rush to Oliver's soccer practice, take all 3 boys from Oliver's practice to Alexander's practice, take all 3 boys and rush to the field where one of my teams is playing so I can deliver jerseys for them (I took the night off from playing because it would have been way to late for the boys to stay up- school tomorrow!). Anyway, it rained today. It rained A LOT! It rained so much that all the soccer fields were closed. As much as I enjoy the boys' practices, I also hate rushing around like a chicken with its head cut off ;) So I got to cheat and my schedule looked more like: pick up the boys from their school and take them along to get Alexander from his school event, go home and make dinner, take out the dogs for a walk while the spaghetti sauce was simmering, take the boys out to the now-closed soccer field so they could play with some friends at the park, come directly home, get everyone cleaned up and in bed. I am now enjoying a glass of wine and writing this blog post and...guess what... my head is right where it should be ;)

Wishing you all a peaceful evening xox







Monday, June 5, 2017

Let the craziness begin ;)

Today, Andreas left for a few week's sabbatical in Copenhagen. He will be there for over 3 weeks before he heads to his parents' home in Sweden and we will join him there. I an really looking forward to that but, in the mean time, I will most likely lose all of my marbles ;) It is the most chaotic time of the year (end of school, soccer, soccer, soccer, exams, meetings, more soccer, dog duties, catching up on work before the holidays, packing, getting organized for our trip... on top of the regular family craziness) and- guess what?- I get to do it all by myself ;) Yes, I love my husband... and if he ever doubts it, I will show him all the additional grey hairs that I will earn over the next 3 weeks ;)

Wish me luck... and bring me some wine ;) xox





Friday, June 2, 2017

My turn ;)

A few weeks back, we ordered a new chair for our living room. Andreas has always wanted a cosy reading corner, one with a reclining chair, so we finally decided to buy one. Anyway, after taking a few weeks for the company to make the chair (we got to pick the fabric and style), it finally arrived! Needless to say, it has been a big hit with all the boys (you have to love the reclining feature) so I only got a chance to sit in it for about 2 minutes... and only to show Oliver how to push the chair back.
Today, though, was another thing: I worked from home... by myself... so that chair was ALL MINE! I got my turn and, boy, I can say that it is one of the best (and cosiest) pieces of furniture that we ever bought ;) All the reading that I had to get done today was a pleasure almost a pleasure.... Not a bad way to spend a Friday at the "office" ;)

Happy Friday evening to all! xox


Definitely improves the "working from home" ;)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Forgetfulness

Since having kids, I have become forgetful. It could also be that having kids coincided with going through my 30s and into my 40s.... but I prefer to blame the kids ;)
I used to have an awesome memory: Phone numbers? No problem. I will call you! Agenda? No need! I will remember! Faces? I could always remember your name and how I met you. Birthdays? Let me pick up the phone and wish you a happy day on the right day... Now, I can barely remember my name, whether I need to get a certain kid to a certain place at a certain time (plus or minus half an hour) and if I turned off the stove ;)
I remember coming back to my PhD studies after my mat leave with Alexander. Someone visiting our lab asked me what my project was about and I totally blanked. I had no idea... even after spending the last 3 years on it. I think I made something up... seriously. At that very moment, I panicked... What happened to my memory?!??! Flash forward 12 years and I have become somewhat accustomed to it ;) Well, at least, I can laugh about it ;) Or I can just blame the kids ;)

Wishing you all a happy Monday... I mean, Tuesday... Wednesday? Who cares.... as long as it is happy ;) xox



Sunday, May 28, 2017

RIP Nicka's hermit crab

On Friday, we noticed that Nicka's hermit crab (remember them?) had come out of his/her shell. We figured that it needed a larger home so I cleaned a few shells and put them in the tank. Some hermit crab website (yes, they actually exist. There are quite a few too. Who knew?) recommended to put the shell near the crab so that it has easy climb in access. We did that... except the crab decided to hide under one of the plastic dinosaurs that we put in the tank to liven the place up. Unfortunately, the crab found it's final resting spot under that dinosaur... and now it (the crab... not the dinosaur) is compost in our garden (sorry, no ceremonious burial). I spent a good part of today cleaning out the tank, just in case it was sick or something. Yes, I am a sucker.

RIP Nicka's crab....


Empty shell :(



Friday, May 26, 2017

Another 10 random facts

1. If there are 25 of a type of item on the store shelf, I always seem to pick up the only one that does not have a price tag/bar code on it... and it is honestly not done on purpose ;)

2. Lately, I find myself being the type of woman who talks to people in bank lines... Andreas thinks it is funny that I can talk to people like that... I am surprised to find myself actually in a bank line.... ;)

3. I still love my new toilet. For further explanation, read this.

4. For some strange and probably self-punishing way, I am looking forward to flying to Sweden with the 3 boys... by myself... just me and them.... outnumbered! ;)

5. Yesterday evening, I played soccer in the rain... and actually enjoyed the rain part.

6. The first 2 things that I want to eat when I arrive in Sweden is Scandinavian style pizza (it is very different than what we have in North American) and Risifrutti (cherry is my fave).

7. I am now officially getting Alexander's hand-me-down soccer cleats.

8. Nail polish on my fingernails lasts about 5 milliseconds, no matter how professional the job might be ;)

9. I came up with 3 things that bug me about summer (just to be fair to winter): big mosquitos that like to hang out around my ears, mud on my kitchen floor and bananas that seem to go bad in about the same amount of time that it takes me to wreck my manicure ;)

10. I missed international wine day! Seriously! So bad!


Now, here for some oldie-but-goodie random photos ;) Wishing you all a great day xox

















Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mother x-ray vision

Sometimes, I run an experiment at home: I leave something on the floor that I would normally pick up (ie: a plastic bread tie,a dust bunny, a piece of scrap paper). It kills me to leave it there but I want to make a point. I want to find out if anyone in our house also sees it..... besides me, of course. So far, my experiment has yielded some interesting results: NO ONE ELSE SEES THE DAMN THING THAT I HAVE LEFT ON THE FLOOR. They will kick it by accident. They will walk over it. They will look at the floor until they get to the offending piece that should not be there and then conveniently look up at the ceiling. What is my conclusion? I must be abnormal. Secret x-ray vision, maybe? Ability to look into a garbage dimension? I must have some kind of super power BECAUSE I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO SEES THE CRAP ON THE FLOOR!!!!! But, I have to give the boys some credit: I really think that they don't see it. Or they are the best actors in the world when they look at me in disbelief when I point out the offending crap... So, I like to think that I have super powers... Anyone see my cape? ;)

xox




I see a speck of dust under the bed... and it bugs me.... but no one else sees it ;)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Glimpses of the weekend

Most of the weekend was filled with soccer (all boys, including Andreas). My league has been on a spring break lately so I haven't been playing... but I have been busy coaching. Yes, apparently having 3 boys not listen to me is not enough in my life ;)
The weather has been great and, despite all the running around, it was nice to reconnect with friends that we haven't seen for most of the winter. The little lilac tree that Andreas planted for me a few years ago is about ready to bloom and, with the bit of rain- on top of the sun- that we had this weekend, everything is very green. I managed to get a bit of sun on my face during our Saturday games. Did that ever feel nice! I even put away all the winter clothes... and found about 10 kilograms of rocks in Oliver's coat pockets. Andreas even made us all an awesome Monday pancake breakfast!
Now, our Monday holiday is winding down and the boys are finishing up their homework. I am enjoying the last bit of not having to be anywhere. Back to work tomorrow!

Wishing you all a good week xox



From Oliver's winter coat pockets!!??!!

My little lilac tree

Warming up for Copenhagen

Pancake breakfast

Homework




Sunday, May 21, 2017

Noise with boys

This is a holiday weekend. I always look forward to the relaxation, quiet moments, calm that comes with a long weekend "off". Needless to say, I am naive. Long weekends are NEVER relaxing, quiet or calm. They usually end with me looking forward to going back to work... or wine.... or both (but not together..; c'mon... I AM professional, you know) ;)
The boys, before the chaos of soccer games hits this afternoon, were allowed to spend time playing video games. You would think that this is a quiet activity that they can do together. Nopes. I had to close the basement door because the noise coming from downstairs is louder than my radio, which is in the same room as me.. and I can still here them... yelling.... but, at least, not AT each other but WITH each other. Guess that counts for something.....

Happy weekend to you all xox




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Happy birthday, Montreal!

It is Montreal's 375th birthday today. I know... all you Europeans (and just about every other continent) will think that it is not too impressive but, for North American standards, that is pretty old. I found this celebratory video on Youtube and I thought that I would share it.

Happy birthday, Montreal. I <3 you! Je t'aime, MontrĂ©al!



Monday, May 15, 2017

Seven

Today, this boy turns 7 years old! Time flies when we are having fun :) We love you, Oliver!





Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mothers' Day!

Today- for Mothers' Day, I did absolutely nothing. I had my nails done and was fed caviar with freshly peeled grapes. The boys sang lovingly to me, while I enjoyed the moment with a fantastic glass of champagne in hand. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Yes, it was Mothers' Day. Yes,  I was blessed with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and lovely cards. Yes, I am thankful for the honour of being called mamma. I was also blessed with 2 little boy birthday parties... one of which was Oliver's (his actual party... the other was one where he was a guest). Mothers' Day meant putting loot bags together, wiping up spilled apple juice, cleaning chocolate covered faces, singing Happy Birthday in my usual off-key sort of way and trying to supervise 11 sugar filled little boys ;) I also got to help with homework and make cupcakes for Oliver's class party tomorrow;)

Actually, how fitting... and appropriate... and real ;)

Wishing you all a very happy Mothers' Day xox








Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Waters receding

Today was, luckily, a dry day. Heck, we even had sun :) The flood waters are very slowly receding. Good news- yes- but it is also a point in time where people start to realize what they lost :( I volunteered at the boys' school today (they had a fun run around the block) and, when I was outside, a boy came up to me and asked when the kids would be running. I told him soon and asked if he was one of our students. He said no and proceeded to tell me that he was visiting his aunt and uncle because his house was full of water. Ugh! How do you answer to that one? Poor family!

One good thing about this flood: it is nice to see people wanting to help each other. This afternoon, I picked up some toiletries to donate and the lady at the cash was actually suggesting things that other people had not bought yet. Imagine- a live grocery list ;)

It will probably take months for some of these families to get some sort of normal back to their lives. Terrible, yes, but I hope that they can feel that others care...

Happy Wednesday to you all! xox


This is one of the fields where I play soccer in the summer. No, it doesn't usually look like that. (Picture found on the net)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

No break

It is still raining... :(

My mother sent me these pictures today, taken from a drone (I have no idea who actually took them so my apologies for the lack of photo credits). It shows part of the flooded area, about a 15 minute drive from our house. Actually, on Saturday, my weekend soccer game was cancelled because the place where we play (about 5 minute walk from the area in the pictures) was deemed dangerous to bring people into :(

On the top picture, the actual river is on the right hand side. On the bottom one, the river is at the bottom of the image. The rest of the water is the flood.. and covering parking lots, streets and peoples' properties :(

If you can, please send positive "dry" thoughts to our neighbours. It is really appreciated!

xox to you all!