The days keep on passing by in high speed. I have a goal to write at least two blog posts every week, it’s not much but still I don’t always make it. But even so, I don’t feel like it’s a bad thing. I am getting better at appreciating and accepting things the way they are. Sometimes things doesn’t work out the way we plan. In some cases we can change and rearrange for things to work out better, in some cases we can’t.
We need to accept the things we cannot change, have the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
This weekend we’ve spent a lot of time outdoors. On Saturday we went snowboarding on Dundret. Erik snowboarded for a while, then took a ride with me in the carrier. It was fun but a lot heavier than I would have imagined. On Sunday we went ski-touring to Dalstugan, also on Dundret. Even though the weather wasn’t the best, time spent outdoors is always time well spent. On Sunday, Markus’ family joined us. Filippa, Erik’s little cousin, did her premiere on the mountain. Sleeping happily in the pulka all the way up.
Charlotte and Robin with little Filippa sleeping in the pulka.
Erik sat here for about 10 minutes, then he wanted to run instead. Nothing wrong with his energy!
It took us about 40 minutes to get up to the small cabin. On Sunday’s Friluftsfrämjandet keep it open for visitors and you get a hot cup of coffee, a warming fire and a cookie. We had our own ‘fika’ with us but a warming fire is appreciated, especially for the little ones. We didn’t stay very long before we got dressed and headed back out again. But adventures doesn’t have to be long for them to be precious. For an almost-three year old, this was an adventure the size of climbing Mount Everest.
Erik kept jumping in and out of the pulka, sitting for two minutes and then running again.
Friluftsfrämjandets Dalstugan, halfway up on Dundret.
Erik talking to Filippa and Charlotte.
After we got home on Sunday afternoon, Erik started feeling sick. He threw up a few times during the evening, but was fine in between. But as for all parents, when your kids starting to feel sick, you act according to protocol. It’s like your preparing for war. Total lockdown, cancel all plans, prepare for quarantine. Markus went shopping to get all necessities in case we would all go down.
An uncertain Sunday afternoon passed by, but neither me nor Markus felt sick. Erik fell asleep around 9 and was all better in the morning. Maybe stomachflu, maybe something he ate. Who knows. Still there’s 48 hours you have to stay at home before he can return to kindergarten. We’ve spent two days at home, building lego towers, watching movies and me working a little. He’s been feeling fine so tomorrow it’s back to reality for all of us. Crisis over.
Got this cute bottle warmer from Maria for Christmas, perfect to keep your water from freezing!
On our way back, Erik refused to sit. He wanted to run. Maybe he was starting to feel sick already here.. He walked and partly ran half the way until Markus made sitting in the pulka a game he couldn’t refuse.
When you have kids, you quickly get black belt in making plans, and changing them again. You never know what’s coming and things are really out of your hands. I’ve gotten better at just riding the waves of life and enjoying the moment. Spending two days at home with him has actually been cozy. He is getting so big already, soon he doesn’t want me to build lego with him. I’m just gonna try to enjoy the moment while it lasts.
Our happy little fella. He is turning three in April and has really started to get obstinate from time to time. We have tried ‘time-outs’ for awhile. When he isn’t listening at all, he has to sit for three minutes on a bench in the kitchen. If he gets up and leaves before the time is out, the three minutes start all over again. The thing is, he always just gets me laughing so hard I can’t be angry at him anymore. It always end with us two hugging, laughing and being friends again. It might not be the most consistent way to parent, but I just love it. Laughing together is just magical.
Tomorrow it’s back to normal again. I have plenty of work to do and plenty of fun things up my sleeve. Somehow I can’t seem to find the time to write about it all. But there’s no need to panic, I’m gonna be here for a long time, so I guess I’m gonna get around to it at last.