Monday, 17 September 2018

Teenage alert

It's still really hot and humid here in the sandpit, and September feels dreary and long. It's a perfect time of the year for indoor projects, so last week I started another one.
We've lived in this same house 4 1/2 years, and even though we did rather well furnishing it spot on back when we moved in, it's been a while and the kids have certainly grown up. We have moved around a few things in their rooms already, replaced their smaller desks etc, but now it was time for Linnea to get another upgrade - to a more "teenagy" room.

Inspired by her friends in Bunkeflo, she wanted a vanity similar to theirs in her room. Not really a necessity, as all bedrooms in our villa have their own bathrooms, but then again, the rooms are super spacious. I had a plan to sort out and get rid of some of her toys and make her room a bit more grown-up anyway, so why not.

It took three trips to IKEA and ACE (first I got the wrong mirror, then we also needed screws and plugs as they are not included in the packages here in the UAE), before we were done, and quite some effort from Nathan - but it turned out really well in the end. Have a look:

Linnea got really happy with the result, and it didn't take long before it was all kitted out with all her little things. The room sure feels ready for the next teenager in the house now!

Friday, 14 September 2018

Starting up the year with SWEA

I've joined two coffee mornings this week, with the ladies from SWEA, both in Dubai and here in Abu Dhabi. SWEA is a global network with about 7500 members in over 30 countries. Here in the Middle East we are about 130 members, most living in Dubai.

Actually there was about 50 of us having breakfast together at the lush Hamptons Café the other day. Super surroundings, and the most yummy breakfast. It was really nice, and I talked to quite a few of the newly arrived/joined SWEA girls.

Here in Abu Dhabi there are not so many of us, but an unusually large group met for coffee this morning, in a kitchy café in the city. Felt a bit like sitting in a dolls house!

Now I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of fun activities will be organised for us all this year, and hoping I'll be able to take part a bit more.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Bring it on 2018-2019

I realized today I should probably have been IN these photos with the kids all these years, or at least have taken the photos next to the same door or something else constant, so you could see how they change and grow.

It's hard to tell, but they have both really shot up this summer. Especially Lucas, he has grown about a centimeter every other week the last few months! He's gaining on me, but he's not quite there - yet!

Off they went, kitted in fresh uniforms and both with new haircuts. Linnea decided for quite a change and cut about 15 cm off the other day! Time for Grade 9 and Grade 7. And as at every school start, I left them at school with a lump in my throat - slipping through my fingers all the time...

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Scroll down! ⬇︎⬇︎⬇︎

I back dated all the posts of our summer holiday, so they are all under the 'That sad September' post below. So please scroll down if you fancy a peak on what we've been up to these past few months. ⬇︎

That sad September

We've been back almost a full week from this years summer holidays, and I guess it's about time to write that 'Hey we're back!'-post. Not that I haven't had time, ha ha, time is all I have; more because I haven't really wanted to.
Last year, I experienced my return was different to the years before and I was feeling happy and upbeat. (In hindsight, it was probably because I had just spent nearly TWELVE weeks with the kids 24/7 more than anything else, ha ha!)

This year, I feel I'm back to square one, or even minus fifteen or whatever the expression would be - I am back to feeling exactly like I did in 2015 and 2016, and worse yet. The words ugly, blergh, prison, gloom, boredom, beige and loneliness still resonate very much with me.

We've been back a whole week, and I've seen one friend for coffee, the neighbours came over for a G&T one evening and... well... I've been to the supermarket once and to the movies once. The rest of the time, I've mostly been sat here, as per usual. Making time pass, trying to figure out how I'll get through this soggy September, before the weather calms down a bit, job picks up a bit and life happens again.

I've stopped being hopeful that things might change, instead I focus on what I can rely on:
I can rely on feeling better when I can go outside and not melt away; I can rely on feeling accomplished when I'll start guiding again. I also rely on knowing that I enjoy so much having guests, and since we'll have four different families come over during October and November it'll be a fun and busy fall.
I just have to get through "Sad September"...

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Thank you, Summer of '18!

Well, it's time to go home after another great summer, at home. Thank you to all our friends and family for creating lovely memories with us. ♥︎

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Back to Bunkeflo

Yes, we managed to squeeze in a few more days with Pia and family before we left Scandinavia for this summer. It was so short when we were here in July, I was happy we got a few more days.

Their new outdoor room was, almost, finished. Finished enough for us to decorate it and be able to sit out there and enjoy our wine and cheese in the evenings. Oh my, so cosy!

Her kids were at school, and we left mine behind at home with Mollie the dog, and escaped to Emporia for some Mums-only shopping; or more like it, just a break for a few hours. After nearly 7 weeks of being together 24/7 I needed that!

On our last evening we invited Pia and the girls (Martin was at work) to Pinchos. They hadn't been before, so it was an obvious choice. Success all around!

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Copenhagen Ironman 2018

We were actually here in Copenhagen to cheer on the Ironman participants two years ago as well, although that day was a much hotter day than today. I dare say that today had the absolute perfect conditions for the athletes, warm enough but no blaring sun.

We walked and walked along the route, to get to the finish line. So many people out and about to cheer on the participants, and such good atmosphere.
It was actually really touching to stand at the finish line and watch the athletes reach their goal. I got emotional sharing their joy and pride, some were crying as they turned down the red carpet, some ran with the arms in the air as they were Olympic gold medalists - with all right, what a feat!!

We arrived just as the first non-professional finished his run, and the first woman at exactly 09.00 hours. I waited about a bit for an old guide collegue of mine who I knew took part, and he came in just under 10 hours. Well done Micke!

Time for brunch

Sunday morning it was time to spoil ourselves a little bit, and go get some brunch. Katja knew of a nice place at Enghave Plads, so we walked over there. Weather was perfect, so we sat outside; and both Dorthe and Thomas also came and joined us.

Thomas brought his latest gadget, an electric bike (Mate) which turned out to be the best toy ever. The kids took turn after turn in trying it out, and could've kept going all afternoon if we would've let them.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Copenhagen happenings

We took a few days more in Copenhagen before going home, as we had missed quite a few of our friends last visit. This time we came on the weekend, and it coincided with two major happenings in the capital - the Copenhagen Pride parade and Ironman Copenhagen. So much fun!

We were staying with Katja and the kids (Søren was flying), and decided to get down onto the street to experience the Pride atmosphere close up.

Lucas and Konrad got a high-five from the Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke!

And very love-themed aftermath once the parade had passed by:

We finished our Saturday with dinner at the kids' request - sushi! They really enjoyed the running sushi train.

Katja and I sent the kids home and finished the warm evening with a cold glass of wine. Lush!