What type of vacation type are you?! At home I’m always very active and have a hard time to just let things be, I’m always on the go, from morning till night. But, on vacations like this I turn into the laziest person on earth, haha. I’m reading a book and only leave the sun chair (even to the point in life that I enjoy the shade :) for lunch, swim, or play with the kids. But they even love to spend a few hours a day at the kids club so for real, I can be lazy :) But today I at least left the sun chair for a bit and took some pictures.
Every time we pass the outdoor gym we need to make a quick work out stop.
We are staying at Atlantica Aegean Park at the island Rhodes and it’s really good. It’s an all inclusive resort with ‘Bamse kids club’ and I’m impressed! The food is delicious and the entertainment team and kids club are amazing! Tonight I went wild and ordered a bottled of Sauvignon Blanc and stayed up late with my brother and Kirre, while hubby and the kiddos went to bed :)
What a day – Good night from a tipsy me, it’s time to get some rest. Tomorrow we have a car booked, even ‘lazy vacation me’ is looking forward to leave the resort for a day and explore the island!
Vacay mode is on! We are in Greece on the island Rhodes and it’s so nice. We are here with my brother Jörgen, Kirre and nephew Melker. Kirre is actually greek, her mom lives in Greece, so I feel I need to learn some greek before the week is over! I have at least been eating delicious gyros, tzatziki and greek salad every day :) So far we’ve been lazy and just enjoying the resort, but we are planning to rent a car so we can explore the island.
My amazing brothers and I ♥ I’m very close to both of them, even though mom spread us out :) Jörgen is five years older than me, and I’m thirteen years older than Victor!! Victor has another dad than me and Jörgen, and I’m super close to both my dad and stepdad. One big happy family ;)
Yesterday was Eddie-Bo’s last day of kindergarten! I was so emotional, he’s been having the best teacher ever, Ms Keller and we’ll miss her!! But summer vacation means more time to do sports during the days, thumbs up for that for our sport crazy son!
Oliver was done with all his school, speech therapy and summer camp two days ago. I’m so proud of both of them. They have been working hard and learned so much this past year. Olivers speech has improved a LOT, and Eddie-Bo reads and surprises me every week of things he knows.
My heart melts for these two and I’m so thankful I got to spend so much time with them.
A few gifts were waiting for them at home and after that we went to lunch at Luxe, a favorite spot in Birmingham.
Later in the afternoon we had a summer party at our house with The Helm’s, Ericsson’s and Gray’s.
That lasted a long time! The kids thought night swimming was really cool :)
And to make this day even more special, Oliver ended up with a sleepover at Lisa’s house and Eddie-Bo went home with his friends Lucas and Beau. Weird to wake up all by our self, that was a first I think in this house.
Oh yesterday was such a great day, I hope the kids will remember this in the future.
Now, I’m looking forward to our Sweden trip. We are leaving tomorrow night, so I need to keep packing up and prepare for that. But a massage and dinner out are also on today’s schedule!
Yay or nay?? My brother Victor puked in his mouth I think when I sent him a picture, maybe it was just the color, haha… he’s not a fan of shine metallic things, but I LOVE IT!!
Finally I’m a owner of a fanny pack (magväska alltså)!! I guess it’s about thirty years since I had one :) I’ve been saying for years, especially on vacations and at amusement parks that I really need one. The ‘cool’ way to wear it now is cross body, but I like it like this too!
I found my fanny pack (brand- EPTM) at Caruso Caruso in Birmingham, about $60 I think. And the pants are another new favorite bargain – from Zara.
Johan asked the other day if the bag is stuck to me? And yes it is :)
Here’s are a few pictures from a week ago, when the fanny pack made it to it’s first dinner and concert. A really fun night! And I’m glad Johan came with us, which is not always the case. He’s been feeling pretty good lately ♥
I’m so happy I got to spend ten days with these two. And so thankful Lina flew over here alone with the baby just to be with us. My brother Victor met Lina five years ago (well done Victor!!) and we are having so much fun together. And Allan ♥ Oh my, I love you so much, like you were my own baby. Which I also pretended when he was here, haha. I even told Lina -Let me know if i’m doing/helping too much :) It was also cute to see how Eddie-Bo and Oliver enjoyed spending time with there baby cousin. But if you ask Allan he loves Johan the most (Johan says).
We miss you two already, but it won’t be long until we’ll see you again back home in Sweden.
Happy Friday peeps! I’m totally energized and getting lots of stuff done at the house today- paper work, cleaning and I also found two moving guys on the street, so they came to help me moving out my broken coffee table and aslo helped me to get a rug under my crazy heavy outdoor table. Thumbs up!
Johan and I want to thank you all for your love, support and kindness thru all your comments and e-mails regarding my previous post. I’m overwhelmed by the response and it means a LOT. At the same time it breaks my heart to hear so many of you are going thru the same or with similar issues. I hope you all get better eventually ♥ Don’t give up!!
We are all home now and are very grateful and taking it one day at a time.
I don’t know where to start, but this week has been really hard and extremely emotional. Monday morning the kids, Lisa and I flew out to Denver, Colorado to visit Johan. He’s been going thru an intensive treatment program at Marcus Brain Health Institute, and this last week was a family week where I joined in for a lot of sessions. He’s still dealing with post concussion syndrome, and the last months have been really bad. Something needed to happen and I’m so thankful we found this new amazing place. It opened up in March and they treat vetarans and athletes with brain traumas. Johan was actually their very first athlete.
First day when we came was a great day, so nice to see each other again. Second day – terrible and we got in to a huge fight. Probably normal in most relationships, but when you have an brain injury it adds up, and it becomes SO not rational. The brain just can’t paus and take a break when it’s overloaded and can’t recover. He bounced back to a very dark and sad place. However, I’m glad it happened while we were there. The amazing top of the line team at ‘The Marcus’, handled the situation so professionally, they rescheduled his and my schedule completely the day after to treat him as best as they could. You could feel how they all genuinely cared for Johan, and also me.
He was teamed with three vetarans, and they have all become very close to each other, sharing their stories and situations. For me it was also great to get together with the other wives, same there sharing our stories along with LOTS of tears. I have not been crying this much in a very long time.
So as I said, it’s been very hard, but also GREAT! They have a really good approach where they target all different aspects of PTSD, everything from auditory processing, balance, vision and tools to deal with dark thoughts of depression and ways to learn how to calm down with meditation and mindfulness, and to be proactive to give themselves a longer fuse.
We are for the first time very hopeful for the future and Johan feels much better from when he started the treatment. It’s not gonna be easy, but now he has a plan on how to go forward and can also start to work out slowly again, we have learned how to handle different situations better, and the doctors and therapists are still there for us and will continue to follow up. I’m super proud of my husband for getting his lately lazy butt out there!!
Living with a husband with a brain injury is not easy, it’s like a rollercoaster. But I am doing my best to get us to a better place, not only for us and but also for our amazing boys that deserve the best!!
Another fun hockey tournament in the books for us! No trophy this time, we won a few games and lost two against handpicked Toronto teams, so that’s ok! Eddie-Bo and his team played really well, and I’m so proud of them all. We could have been driving home last night, but half of the team decided to stay and hang out, and it turned out to a great night. Love our hockey family!
We are now back home from Sarnia, Canada. Next on this sport weekend is Oliver’s soccer :) After that we’ll just stay home enjoying a cozy movie night.