Weekend in winter wonderland

Hey all! Gosh, it’s so beautiful up here right now. I just feel a need to tell you guys how much I love the earth and nature. Where ever I walk, drive or look I go ”aah” and ”oooh” and I take thousands of pictures. Unfortunately my phone is getting a little too old and the camera in it is giving up. But it’s just so beautiful outside at the moment. The combination of soft November light, snow and the amazing landscape all covered in white mesmerizes me, year after year.

On Friday it was snowing heavily and I had to take a break from all the computer work. I picked up my camera and went out to take some photos. I got back to my workplace with wet and cold feet (haven’t gotten around to buy new winter boots yet..). Rounded it up with inspiring conversation and planning with Petra for future projects. The amazing feeling and energy I got from being outside and share visions with this inspiring person stuck with me for the rest of the weekend.

On Saturday we watched the Swedish ski premier from Gällivare (my hometown) on TV while getting the house cleaned. Saturday night we were invited to my brother and his wife’s birthday party with a masquerade theme. Markus was in charge of our costumes and I ended up going dressed as a 70’s hippie and he was an 80’s geek. There’s something special with masquerades, everyone is so excited about dressing up that the atmosphere gets all energized. My brother and Meiri were great hosts and we had an amazing night.

Totally blurry picture of me and Super Mario (aka Maria). 

Today me and Erik went up to watch the ski competitions live together with Sarah and Elin. We watched the first heats in the sprint and then went inside for some coffee and hot dogs. After that Erik was tired and we just stayed for the semi finals before we went back home. 

I just love when these competitions are hosted here and nature really shows off in the most beautiful way. Snow covered trees, beautiful light and colors in the sky and a light snowfall. Anyone will fall for that, right? 

Hope you all have had an amazing weekend with plenty of rest and doing-what-the-heart-wants type of things. Our weekend has been slow and wonderful, just what we need every now and then. I have started to make plans for 2018, both for business and private life and I have a feeling that it’s gonna be a good year.

Happy Sunday people! ♡

Saturday hike to Djävulsklyftan – easy adventures are often the best

Today I’ve been home with Erik. He woke up on Sunday with a light fever. We then spent all of yesterday inside, watching movies and reading books. I finally got around to wash all of our winter clothes, not a day to late as it feels like we might need them any day now. He is better today but still a little tired so we have spent today almost the same.

Before the cold hit our house on Sunday, we got out on a small hike to Djävulsklyftan. That’s a local spot just outside Gällivare. It’s popular among people from Gällivare to walk here, but not me nor Markus had ever been. So on Saturday we packed a little lunch and went out. It took us about an hour to walk up to the cliff. It was beautiful, but a little smaller than I had pictured it. It’s perfect if you’re hiking with kids, up on the top it was flat and open so Erik ran around, picking blueberries and playing all sorts of games. We could watch him run around as we made lunch.

When he got tired we put up the small tent/wind shield we have so he could lie inside and get away from the mosquitos as we drank coffee, ate more lunch and talked.

When we packed up and went down again, Erik fell asleep in the carrier almost immediately. I love when he does that. Feeling the weight of his little hand on my shoulder, his slow breathing in my ear. To me it’s the ultimate token of trust and somehow it makes me feel like a good mom more than anything else. He is safe, happy and he trust’s me so much that he can fall asleep on my back as we walk through the woods.

The distance to the cliff was a little more than 3 km. You park your car right after the bridge over Linaälv, outside of Koskullskulle towards Tjautjas. You walk along the road for almost 2 km and then turn left before the sandpit. The trail then goes up into the woods for a little more than 3 km.  

 

A small hike and a small adventure – but the small ones are usually the best. And even a small adventure can make a big impact.

Road trip through Sweden – 1800 km with a 2 year old

Today me and Erik set out on our one week roadtrip through Sweden. We reached our first stop in Piteå tonight, right in time for dinner! We are staying the night here in my friend Maria’s caravan and tomorrow we are continuing south with the goal to end up in Östersund on friday.

The first 300 km went well, no screaming and no complaints at all from the two year old, or me.. Tonight was spent walking the beach, kicking ball, painting and reading. Erik was thrilled to play with the older girls and spend some time outside. Tomorrow we’re continuing to our second stop in Sundsvall, to visit Rania, also known as Northbound Journeys.


 
Apparently, driving 1800 km alone with a two year old is not so common. People have told me I am brave, crazy and some have asked me why I don’t just stay at home.. I just wanna report that everything has gone great so far and that wild protests are expected during this week. You cannot simply travel so far with a two year old in a car without having some tantrums, scream sessions and crying. But I am not afraid of crying. I am afraid of putting mental boundaries on myself and my son. That, to me, is much worse than any tantrum.The 500 km we are driving tomorrow might not go so great, who knows. If you want to tag along and see if there might be some tantrums on the road – keep your eye out on Instagram stories.

Why wait for the whole family when you can explore on your own?! (and the company of some good friends!)

 

 

Exploring the small things in nature

Exploring nature with kids made fun – and easy! Naturskyddsföreningens Natursnokarna

I spent this Saturday at an instructor course with The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) on their program ”Natursnokarna”. SSNC is a charitable environmental organisation that works with all different aspects of environmental issues, from teaching kids to appreciate nature to putting pressure on politicians.

The ”Natursnokarna” program is one part of their work and the aim is to get more kids out in nature to explore. There are plenty of these programs in Sweden by different organisations (and probably everywhere else too), but this one has another twist to it, that makes it fit my life philosophy so perfectly.

This is not an activity where you leave your kid for an hour or two, while you go loose yourself in social media or work out at the gym. Natursnokarna gets the whole family out, and brings them together.

 

Exploring the small things in natureWhy I believe exploring with kids is so important

There are so many parents out there who doesn’t seem to enjoy the company of their own children. Sad, but true. And I am not saying that spending too much time with a two year old can’t be frustrating, because it can. What I am saying is that I think many parents don’t put enough effort into getting to know their kids. You can live your whole life with someone, knowing their exact routines, their ”personality”, their positive and negative personality traits – but still not know the person at all. And that’s what I am taking about.

 

Getting to know your kids and making memories

Going out exploring with the whole family is a perfect way to get to know your kids a little better. Let them lead the way and explore what they see. Most importantly – listen to what they say. Hear their thoughts, let them tell you what they see and why. Often we are so focused on teaching them what’s right that we just tell them the answer to the question, without first listening to them. When you have followed them for awhile, switch and let them explore with you.

 

The activities with Natursnokarna are easy, simple and fun.

It’s all about spreading the joy of exploring and encouraging the enthusiasm for nature. The vision is that all kids, and adults, should feel at home out in nature. This is done by exploring and getting to know the animals and plants that are out there. Once you know what the ants underneath you are doing, what type of moss you’re sitting on, what trees you’re looking at and how to make a fire in a safe way so that you can cook your lunch – you feel more at home.

Kids attending the activities need to have an adult with them – mom, dad, aunt or grandpa doesn’t matter. The key is to explore together. There are plenty of games involved and when we did them all this weekend to learn how they are done, we had so much fun we had to lay down on the ground because we laughed so hard. And we were all adults.

You can read more about Natursnokarna here.

 

Playing is not only good for your kids, is also good for you.

I have said it before, but playing and acting like a kid once in awhile is the best way to relief stress and be happy. Haven’t been out exploring for some time? Well get out there!

 

Katarina on a lunchbreak in the beautiful environment.

Learning how to make fire in an old fashion way

Rhubarb. Summer delight.

small white flower through the loupeFlower through the loupe

Fried apples with sugar, a hint of cinnamon and some orange juice. Probably one of the easiest and most tasty snacks I have tried! 

Sunday Funday

Det är söndag och morgonsolen lyser på trädtopparna och färgar de orange. Hela världen är vackert inbäddad i ett tunt, vitt täcke. Bredvid mig ligger Erik och sover.. Det kommer små små snarkningar när han andas. Jag anar att han håller på att bli förkyld. Kanske var det gårdagens bobtur på sjön som gjort att han blivit förkyld.. Nåja, han tyckte iallafall att det var roligt.

Igår var vi i Leipojärvi och hälsade på Hanna. Vi blev bortskämda med lunch och tog en härlig promenad över sjön. Erik var först lite tveksam till att åka bob men när han väl fattade galoppen tyckte han det var kul och skrattade sig genom hela promenaden. Vi stannade på sjön och gjorde snöänglar, kastade snö och sprang runt som galningar. Tänk att det är så underbart att få vara barnslig 😁 för att inte tala om hur skönt det är att vara ute. Trots -16° var Erik helt obekymrad av kylan, förmodligen för att barn rör sig hundra gånger mer än vad man själv gör.

Så har ni inget planerat för dagen så tipsar jag er om två saker:

– Ring en vän du inte pratat med på länge, åk förbi på kaffe eller ta en promenad. Inget är mer värt än att umgås med människor man tycker om ❤

– Gå ut. Om än bara för en kort promenad. Ljuset, friskluften och känslan av att ha gjort något ute är värt varenda minut.

Och glöm för gudsskull inte Pappa!

Trevlig söndag 😊❤