some places we've visited so far

  • maui, hawaii
    The day we got home, we started saving for our next trip. See my blog entry
  • antalya, turkey
    I miss hearing the call to prayer before sunrise every morning, the sunshine and the small winding roads in the old city. But I don't miss the olives for breakfast. See my blog entry
  • helsinki
    The cruise from Stockholm was the highlight. Breathtaking, really. We found Helsinki to be down-to-earth, friendly and a just-right size. See my blog entry
  • london
    Why on Earth did it take me so long to visit London?! Rivals Paris for best city in Europe. Avoid Oxford Street and Covent Garden, and head to Chelsea and Holborn. See my blog entry
  • paris
    It was my third trip to Paris, but our first while living in Sweden. And, more significantly, our first with a baby in tow. Metro ≠ baby friendly. Centre Pompidou = 10x more fun with a little one. See my blog entry.
  • bergen and oslo, norway
    Think Colorado. Flooded. Oslo is a refreshing little city and the fjords offered beautiful views in all directions. Not love, love. But definitely like, like. See my blog entry.
  • prague, czech republic
    Yes, it has beautiful architecture. But no soul. Skip it and go to Budapest instead.
  • berlin, germany
    We only spent a night here, but I could tell immediately that this was a city I could live in. Hope we can get back there sometime soon. Loved the new architecture, friendly people and the gigantic, wooded park.
  • tavira, portugal
    A great place to relax, see endless fields of daisies, drink sangria and be surrounded by the smell of orange blossoms. See my blog entry.
  • amsterdam and delft
    Amsterdam was one of our favorite European cities and Delft is a little gem you wish you could fit in your pocket and take home. Loved the individual style and easy-going nature of the people. See my blog entry.
  • budapest
    Hurry, it's already been discovered. Wonderful cheap food and an outdoorsy mentality. See my blog entry.
  • dalarna, sweden
    Reminds us of home. Really relaxing and laid back. See my blog entry.
  • hong kong and tai pei
    Super friendly people and so romantic. See my blog entry.
  • nice
    Loved Villefranche and the whole area east of Nice. See my blog entry.
  • barcelona
    Loved the tapas and eating paella on the beach. See my blog entry.

about me

  • In November 2005, my husband and I moved to Älmhult, Sweden, for my dream job. Five years later, our little family of three moved back. Except, back turned out to be a brand new place called Portland.

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January 25, 2011


and from apartment to new home?

Crazy! It really does not feel like three years ago that you, me, Melissa and Amy were eating lunch at your house bawling our eyes out at the miracle of life :-)
And look how long her hair is! Happy birthday, kiddo!

Such a big girl now!! Happy Birthday, Sophie!

Happy birthday, Sophie! What a great post.

Also, no pacifier? How did it happen? And sushi? Wow.

Hurrah for 3! Hurrah for Sophie!

Amy, ditching the pacifier was surprisingly easy. It took 2-3 days. We started with only at night/nap. Then we took it away for sleeping too. I thought she would throw more of a hissy fit but perhaps since we were denying it at non-sleeping times she just got used to it. I cant take any credit for making it happen. It was all Lewis.

Ahhhh, she's beautiful. Just so lovely, and I love her wings :) Your words about her are so touching (very impressed, also - sushi eater:)

So long since I checked in with you and it's always such a pleasure to do so. I hope that Almhult continues to treat you well and that you are happy!!! I was in Stockholm in December with old IKEA friends for a beautiful Advent weekend in Gamla Stan, it was amazing as usual - such the perfect contrast to Italy for me.

Warm hugs from the snowy wine hills of Piemonte.

She is a big girl now!

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