A Summer Party

Six months on , we celebrate Alfie’s 8th birthday. ๐Ÿ˜„

He didn’t want a party in December. At least he couldn’t decide what kind of party to have. Or how many people to invite. And he didn’t want games – at least not competitive ones…

So we settled for an open-ended summer party, with free play, lots of friends, and lots of fun! ๐Ÿ˜„

He had four requests…

a) To have ‘geometry dash’ plates and cups…


…which we made by printing out lots of ‘geometry dash’ faces and sticking them on plain plates and cups (cups not shown).

b) To have ‘FNAF’ cupcakes, which Maya and I made….


…and for your information, he is not allowed to play ‘FNAF’ yet, but he is very intrigued by it, as some of his friends play it, so this does not stop him from looking up the pictures of the characters on the internet, and drawing them… ๐Ÿ˜ณ

c) A craft table with minecraft / supermario / geometry dash / FNAF pictures (printed from the computer) which you could cut and stick with…


Sadly this table was not appreciated by his friends….but it was a lovely idea, and everyone had a wonderful time running around playing instead.

d) To have a ‘shop’. We had a token system….

Every child was given an envelope with their name on. In each envelope were 10 tokens (which I found in a local shop)….


With these 10 tokens, the kids could buy 1 each (sometimes more, depending on the item), from the ‘summer kiosk’ menu…


Translation is…

Ice-cream bar, candyfloss, tube of bubbles, FNAF cupcake, big punchball balloon, paper craft, origami boat with snacks (crisps and goldfish crackers), slice of watermelon, mini water pistol and a bottle of soda (NO Coca-cola!).

And yes, we borrowed a candyfloss machine (from the scout hut – there are benefits from being a scout leader!) ๐Ÿ˜†

After the kids had eaten pizza or a hotdog, they were given their envelope of tokens, and allowed to ‘buy’ from the kiosk. ๐Ÿ˜„


And we had decorated the veranda in ‘summer style’ with coloured flags and an ice-cream banner…


There was free play in the garden – water balloon pinatas hanging from the tree, and an obstacle course, as well as the usual swings, climbing ropes and spider net, and trampoline. At the end we put on the water sprinkler (we had told the kids in advance to bring a change of clothes or swimming gear), and Richard did a treasure hunt for the party bags.

The kids really enjoyed the kiosk, putting the water pistols and the balloons (not so much the bubbles!) to good use. 

And at the end, it was the present opening….  


It was a fantastic, wonderful party – really enjoyed by everyone – so much, in fact, that many of the kids want to do the same for their birthdays! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

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Best Friend Next Door

Right now, Ted’s absolute best friend, is Celina, who lives next door. ๐Ÿ˜„


We were invited to Celina’s older sister’s end of school celebratory meal. In Sweden it is a tradition to have a big party when the child finishes school forever, at the age of 18. ๐Ÿ˜„

End Of The Pre-School Years!

Four children, and the last of the four, has had his last day at preschool! Ending with the traditional summer concert in the church, followed by cake…


Goodbye preschool years!

It doesn’t feel sad right now – but I might be sad when he goes off to ‘big’ school (Reception / Kindergatan) in August! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Pre-school Carnival Day

Catching up on my blog again – going back a few weeks – and we celebrated Ted’s preschool ‘Music Carnival’ day. An annual event where some of the pre-schools in the local area meet at the church, and walk down to a nearby park with balloons, singing and playing instruments. And when they get to the park, the younger ones have a song & rhythm time, and the older ones get to see a magician…


The girl in the picture is Alice, Ted’s best friend from pre-school. Unfortunately they are going to different schools (Reception / Kindergatan) next year, but I really hope we’ll stay in touch. ๐Ÿ˜„

Valborg 2016

Every year, on the last day of April, the Swedes come together to celebrate ‘Valborg’- essentially ‘Walpurgis’ – and the ‘burning away of the Winter, the welcoming of the Spring’.

As is our annual tradition, we went to our scout one, where this year, Alfie and I worked on the fishing pool (fiskdam), and Maya on the chocolate wheel.

Thus, the photos I have, are courtesy of my husband…. ๐Ÿ˜Š

‘Skรคrtorsdag’ And Easter Weekend 2016…

Just before school broke up, Alfie, Ted and I decorated the Swedish ‘Easter tree’ inside…   

 …and because we had so much ‘Pรฅsk-ris’ (birch tree branches) left over from the scout meeting, Ted and I decorated one for outside too… 

  

 The Easter weekend starts in Sweden with children dressing as ‘Easter witches’ (Pรฅsk-kรคrring), and going from door to door exchanging homemade Easter cards for sweets…

This year Alfie’s friend Love joined us…   

   
…and this year was the first year they went off alone, with their friends Lilly and Andrea…. 

   

Maya took Ted alone…it was the first time I had seen Easter witches on scooters….๐Ÿ˜„ 

 

On Good Friday we had a family trip to the cinema to see ‘Zootropolis'(3D!)…. 

 

….but we also had homemade ‘hot cross buns’… 

 

….and on Easter Saturday we enjoyed the first real Spring day! We had our garden Easter egg hunt…

  

  
  
   
 …played outside, and Richard and Leon even planted some bulbs!
       

  
     

 
Of course, I couldn’t not read our favourite Easter book to Ted last night….  

…and this morning, on Easter Sunday, after Alfie left out carrots for the Easter bunny (Pรฅsk Hare), he left the kids with a little packet each…

   

In which were chocolates and jelly beans, and seeds for planting ๐Ÿ˜Š….  

Today we are going with the kids Swedish grandma on a long nature walk, and to eat Easter lunch in a log cabin restaurant. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Happy Easter! ๐Ÿฃโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒป

Saint Patricks Day

I always try to mark Saint Patricks day with something. It doesn’t exist in Sweden, but over the years my kids have known of its existence through me, so we continue to ‘celebrate’ it, in our tiny ways.

This year I have been reading stories to Alfie about various Saints, so I was specific to read to him the story of St Patrick (this time found on the internet). 

 Usually we also read the book ‘Jack and the Leprechaun’, and put out our very own leprechaun Liam, and his rainbow… 

  
…and I make green sugar coated shamrocks (although it’s taken me to this year to notice that this is actually a four leafed clover! ๐Ÿ˜ณ) … 

  
 Most years Liam the leprechaun leaves his ‘footprints’, getting up to tricks such as green milk, and shamrocks in our shoes, or leaving a trail of shamrocks to find some ‘gold’ (money or chocolate coins) at the end of the rainbow….

….but this year, with me being unwell, Liam was kind, and just left some chocolate coins tied up in a rainbow coloured ‘coffee filter’…. 

  
  
  
  
…which was beautiful… ๐Ÿ˜Š

This Last Week (or so)….

I’ve been a little behind at posting – mostly because I’ve been ill – so very ill – with a terrible sore throat and a terrible cough. Ted had it last week, and Alfie over the half term. I hope no-one else gets it…

Anyway, Richard has been away in the US, and my mum has been to stay. It’s been one of those chaotic weeks, with sick people, sleepless nights and argumentative little ones especially… But I suppose, some weeks are like that…

Still, we had some nice moments…at the ‘Tjรคderstigen’ in Tyresta park…   

 
 …doing Easter crafts at the church playgroup…   

 …hanging out by the river in the forest…

 
…a trip to the aquarium….   

     

   

….and to the local play park…

  
 Alfie was proud of his bag he had sewn at scouts…  

 Maya turned 12…       

      

  

…and we have been looking for, and finding, signs of Spring…. 
      

    

And so that was this week…. ๐Ÿ˜Š
 

  

 

 

What Is Valentines Day?

I don’t believe telling someone “I love you” should be about a card company telling you to do it on a specific day. I believe you should tell someone that you love them, and surprise them with gifts, when you most feel like it.

But it would be boring of us to ignore Valentines day. So for our family, it has become tradition over the last few years to have a ‘family Valentines dinner’ with festivities and fun… ๐Ÿ˜„

This year we made heart shaped pizzas and all decorated our own.

I gave everyone a treat bag with Valentines sweets and heart shaped balloons.

We made chocolate muffins in heart shaped cases.

And you can’t go wrong with heart shaped ‘connect 4’! ๐Ÿ˜†

  
  
  
  
  
  
 
  
  
  
  
  
It’s important to tell someone you love them – whoever they are! โค๏ธ