Wednesday, March 14, 2018

An even dozen!

And, just like that, Mathias is 12 years old! 
While a Wednesday birthday is not ideal, we made the best of it. We started the day with donuts and finished with ribs and cake. In between there he received some nice gifts from family and friends!
Twelve years seems like a mind bogglingly long time. I honestly can't believe it was that long ago that he rolled in!  Now he's a hockey playing fifth grader with a mind of his own. 
It is marvelous to see! Ericka and I are just happy to be along for the ride! 

Monday, March 05, 2018

Skating at Mariucci

This weekend, Johan's team of hockey Mites got to skate at Mariucci Arena, home to the University of Minnesota hockey team.  They were accompanied by Goldy Gopher, the university mascot. It is always pretty exciting to skate at a massive arena, even if the only people in attendance are parents. I can't even imagine what it would be like with 10,000 screaming fans in the seats!  

Friday, February 02, 2018

Making waves!

A few weeks ago, Johan decided to give swimming a try.  He's been going a couple of afternoons a week after school.  Along with a few other new joiners they held a 'novice' swim competition.  They all got to learn about the rules of swimming competitions and give it a try. He swam 50 m freestyle, 50 m back stroke, 25 m breast stroke, and 25 m butterfly. There is another meet in three weeks. It can only get faster from here! 

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Racing in the snow

The boys and I a chilly day watching snowmobile racing. Not only were the professional racers in town, but we also had a special connection to two of them.  We set out to flag down Adam Renheim and Emilia Dahlgren, both from Sweden. Adam is a friend of aunt Anna's and Emilia is no less than a relative from northern Sweden. We caught them at the autograph table after spying Adam's snowmobile (the boys were not impressed with my assertion that because i have a screwdriver of the same brand that sponsors Adam's team i have some snowmobile chops too!) next to the massive Makita trailer.  The boys are now, of course, lobbying for the full blown racing snowmobile with more horse power than my first car. I don't think so. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017

Like so many other festive occasions one spends a lot of time planning and anticipating Christmas. And then it goes by in a mere couple off days! Ours was nonetheless very nice. We stayed home and enjoyed a fairly quite long weekend together. Johan and I finished reading the third Harry Potter book and celebrated by watching the move. The boys, perhaps politely, ate some Swedish food and helped clean up the dishes on Christmas Eve. Santa Claus (along with various allies) was very nice to them! They even found themselves on Christmas Day as the stewards of a kids sized snowmobile. Now all we need is a bit of snow and milder air temperatures!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The trumpeter

Fifth grade comes with a choice: a musical instrument or choir?
Having decided on musical instrument, the next decision is: which one?  Luckily drums are not permissible unless you have played another instrument for at least three years. Whew!
Mathias landed on the trumpet.  The trumpet is surprisingly loud! After a few months of trumpet classes at school the time has come for the first concert.  It was a very fun performance where the band poked fun at themselves by deliberately starting out playing terribly to illustrate how far they have come. While nobody may mistake them for the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, they did well!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Wild vs Blackhawks

Chicago comes to town a couple of towns a year. On rare occasions, it falls on a Saturday night.  So Mathias and i seized the opportunity!  Ericka and Johan will go to a later game.  Since games don't end in a tie one of us was bound to go home happy. Pleased to announced that it was... Mathias.  At least it was a close and exciting game! 

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

October 2017 - Food!

Oh, yes! And there was food too! Lots of food! 

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