Future plans

Sitter i skrivande stund på flyget tillbaka till Detroit efter en vecka i Sverige, med en konstig känsla i magen. Det är kanske sista gången jag flyger tillbaka som ‘Permanent Residence’ som det heter. Planen är att vi ska flytta hem till Sverige i sommar. Vi flyttade till Detroit hösten 2005, så det betyder att vi kommer att ha bott här i nästan fjorton år när flyttlasset går. Det är alltså HELA mitt vuxna liv. Så ni kan nog förstå att det känns konstigt.
Åren har alltid delats in i hockeysäsong och sommar. Normalt sett har vi varit hemma ca åtta veckor på sommaren. Alltid haft ett datum då vi vet att vi ska HEM till Detroit eller HEM till Sverige. Ja, för båda plasterna är hemma. I höstas hade jag ångest över flytten, en ny känsla för mig som annars är en väldigt ångestfri människa. Sen har ju livet inte varit lätt sista åren, men just ångest med tryck över bröstet har jag nog inte haft förut. Jag är mest orolig över att flytta barnen och riva upp all deras trygghet. Dom är ju båda födda och uppvuxna i Usa. Nu rinner några tårar. Hur ska det gå egentligen?! Så mycket tankar som snurrar. Finaste Oliver med sin dyspraxi, och som dessutom inte pratar svenska än så länge. Hoppas verkligen att vi får en bra talpedagog och att barn kommer va snälla mot han, så han får behålla sin härliga och glada personlighet. Och älskade Eddie-Bo, så orolig över denna flytt och över att träffa nya vänner och byta hockeylag. Det gör ont i mammahjärtat ♥
Att vi dessutom inte ska få träffa vår barnvakt Lisa regelbundet. Hon har blivit som en familjemedlem till oss. Hon är helt fantastik på alla sätt, och jag vet inte vad jag gjort utan henne under alla dessa fyra år som Johan varit sjuk. Alla borde ha en Lisa i sitt liv.
Och Marc, Jana och deras kids. Världens bästa som vi hänger med så ofta, det kommer jag sakna så galet mycket. Och alla andra fina vänner vi träffat tack vare både Johans och Eddie-Bos hockeylag.

Ett nytt kapitel väntar alltså. Men jag tror verkligen i det långa loppet att det kommer bli riktigt bra. En nystart i livet, och jag tycker Johan känns gladare och att han också ser fram emot en förändring. Min flyttångest går ju inte jämföra med hans ångest som han bla lidit av dom senaste åren av att vara i Detroit efter sin sista hjärnskakning.
Att få vara nära våra familjer, släktingar och alla fantastiska vänner vi har i Sverige igen gör mig exalterad. Det har alltid varit tajt med tid varje sommar och att hinna träffa alla. Längtar efter att få umgås lite mer ‘normalt’, och slippa dåligt samvete att man inte hinner med alla tillräckligt.

Vart ska vi bo då? Hur många hus har vi egentligen? Vad är planen? Det är frågor jag ofta får.

I’m sitting on the plane back to Detroit after a week in Sweden, with a weird feeling. This might be the last time I enter the country as a Permanent Residence. The plan is to move back to Sweden in the summer. We moved to Detroit in the fall of 2005. That means it will be almost fourteen years total. That’s my WHOLE adult life. So I guess you can understand it feels weird. Every year has been split up in hockey seasons and summer. We’ve always had a date where we would go back home to Sweden and back home to Michigan. Yes, both places are home for us. Last fall I was very anxious about the move. I’m otherwise a very anxious free person. Even though the life has been tough the last years, but I’ve never had pressure in  my chest before. I’m most worried about moving the kids and breaking up their life they are used to. They were both born in the USA and have been growing up here. Now my eyes are tearing up. How will everything go? There are so many thoughts spinning around in my head. Cutest Oliver with his Apraxia and so far doesn’t speak almost any Swedish. I hope we’ll find a great Speech therapist, and that kids will treat him nicely, so he will keep his happy and funny personality. And my dear Eddie-Bo, that is so worried about the move. About meeting new friends and a new hockey team. That hurts in my mommy heart ♥
The fact that we are not gonna see our babysitter Lisa on a regular basis. She has become like a family member to us. She is just amazing in so many ways, and I don’t know what I would have been without her during all these four years when Johan has been sick. Everybody should have a Lisa in their life.
And Marc and Jana and their kiddos. They are the best, and we are hanging out a lot. I will miss them so so much. Plus our lovely hockey families, both thru Johan’s and Eddie-Bo’s team. 

A new chapter is waiting. Scary, but I really think in the long run it will be great. A fresh start in life, and I already feel that Johan is happier and that he’s looking forward to the big change. I can’t even compare my anxiety about the move, to his anxiety about being here the last four years, plus everything else he’s been going thru after his last concussion.
The thought of being close to family, relatives and all friends in Sweden make me very excited. I always feel the summer time is not enough to catch up with everyone.

So where are we gonna live? How many houses do we have? What’s the plan? Questions I get a lot. 

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Our home in Brokind, Sweden

Jo, så här är tanken. Huset i Brokind som ligger vid sjön Järnlunden, är helt magiskt. Ett riktigt drömställe som vi älskar. Det ska vi behålla och kommer använda ofta, framförallt på somrarna. Men jag drömmer också redan om att fira jul där, att laga goda grytor i höstregnet och att möta våren där. Men, där finns inga grannar nära, inga familjer med yngre barn. Så framförallt för barnens skull bygger vi nu ett hus inne i Linköping, i ett nybyggt område, med massa grannar och barn, nära till skola och aktiviteter.

So this is the plan. The house in Brokind is magical and located by the lake Järnlunden. A dream place that we love. That’s a keeper and we’ll use it a lot, especially in the summers. But I’m also already dreaming about celebrating Christmas, cooking yummy fall food on a rainy fall day, and to meet up the spring. But there are no neighbors close, no families with young kids. So that’s why we are building a new house in the town Linköping, in a new area with tons of neighbors with kids, close to school and all activities. 

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New house in Linköping, Sweden

Jag är är så oerhört tacksam att vi kan göra så här. Så ja, vi kommer ha två hus vi kommer bo i. Det är inte mer än ca 25-30 min emellan. Men att barnen efter skolan ska kunna springa ut på gatan och leka, känns viktigt för oss och kommer underlätta flytten för dom. Hoppas jag.

I’m so thankful that we can do it like this. So yes, we’ll have two houses to live in. It’s about 30 minutes in between. But it feels important to us that the kids will be able to play after school with other kids in the area. I hope that will make the move easier. 

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Our American home in Birmingham, MI

Vårat älskade amerikanska hus då? Jo, det ska vi sälja i vår. Kommer sakna detta underbara hus så mycket.

What about our lovely American house? The plan is to sell it during the spring. I’ll miss this house a lot.

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Summer house in Björköby, Småland Sweden

Sen har vi huset i Småland. Det kommer vi kommer hyra ut en del. Förra sommaren hade vi tre tyska gäng som kom. Så det får bli lite business av det.

Ja hörni, det va lite tankar och planer kring framtiden.

Kram på er.


Also, we have our summer house in Småland. That one we’ll rent out. Last summer we had three diffrent German groups staying. So that will be a side business.

Well, that was some thoughts and our plan for the future.

Hugs from me.

 

 

 

Our lovely summer house

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I had a plan to take fresh pictures of the summer house in Småland (in Björköby to be more specific. That’s close to Johan’s hometown and we built this house 2006, my first bigger project). But our plans got changed and we left earlier than planned so there was no time for me and the camera! However it looks the same as last year. So here comes some pics from the archive.

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Details from our small bedroom. The headboard is made by Johan and I many many years ago, and the mirror is made by an old friend, probably 15 years old. The table light is a mix of two lights, I like to mix brass and chrome and another favorite detail is the porcelain bowl that I bought on one of our trips to Thailand.

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This house is also by a lake and right here the ‘building size rules’ are very strict. We made the bedroom as small as possible and saved some space by using drapes instead of closet doors, sliding doors would have worked but I like the soft feeling you get from the drapes. Behind the drapes are two simple closets with drawers in the middle, and on each side there are two rods for hangers.

I feel you if you are confused by all our houses. I am too sometimes. And the kids. They always ask – What house are we going to?! For new followers – Hello and welcome! I’m trying to use my categories so this house I call ‘Summer house Sweden’, and the the other one ‘Swedish lake house’, hmm I might have been drunk when I came up with that… and the third one is USA home!

Now – time to kill a crazy annoying fly before I fall asleep.

 

Small and cozy living room

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Eddie-Bo and Oliver were too cute right here, snuggled and talked about the show they were watching, so I had to grab the camera to get some sibling photos. Next second they were gone though playing basketball outside.

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Nothing new here at all except for the dark purple gladiolus. I really like this tiny space with a lot of furniture, a cozy place to hang out. If I would spend more time here right now I would maybe add some mustard/yellow pillows. But I won’t, tomorrow we have a German family coming to rent our house for a week. I learned German in school about twenty years ago, so I need to dig up some German from the brain… Wilkommen! Hallo ish heiße Cissi. Yep that’s a good start :)

Productive day

 

For my new project I’m working on, I want a glass wall with double doors exactly like this ↑  Copy paste. Time to hire ‘Hectors smide’ again, he did our iron doors at our Swedish renovation house ↓

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Otherwise this day – I’ve been planning a little bit for the summer, like signed up Eddie-Bo for hockey camp, scheduled a company to make sure all new water lines get hooked up in our Småland house. We have had our own water and sewer tank, and finally we get city water and city sewer lines. No more worries when the stupid tank will be full! So done with that :) I scheduled our cleaning companies, we will rent out the Småland house to three different German families, and so I want to make sure every thing is set!

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The kitchen in Småland.

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And living room.

I also planned our bar area in our pool house at our renovation house. I picked out a new fabric for our sofa here in US. And also took a trip to Dr Gray Chiropractic and Wellness Center to treat my back. You can see some pictures from there on My Stories on Instagram @cissifranzen.

Now dinner time and later Eddie-Bo and I will go to an event at his school!

Some days I get nothing done (ok honestly very rare… hahaha) but today has been a really productive one, without any stress though!

Kram//Xx Cissi

 

 

 

 

 

My relaxing place

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My summer’s most relaxing place. Not much to do except some garden work. I still love to renovate and plan for that,  but to live in it -Not my thing at all!! Hopefully next summer our new place will be done. I’ve said it before, all this building dust and our undone exterior are driving me nuts!

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Yesterday we left this house and I say – until next time Småland!

Today we are having a well needed family day. I will take the boys to a theater in the afternoon, ‘Lasse Majas Detektivbyrå’. Our summers are always busy with catching up with our lovely friends and family (plus it’s been a lot with the renovation).  I think we are all a little bit drained at the moment and we are looking forward to fly back to the States in a week.

I wish you a great Sunday!
Kram//Xx Cissi

Back in Småland

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A quick hello from the kitchen in Småland. On the shelfs lots of favorites from Mateus that I started to collect about six years ago. And this is my first kitchen I designed ten years ago, still love it!

 

Cozy night at the loft

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This picture was taken two years ago, but it looks the same today. Eddie-Bo and I slept on the little loft in our guesthouse last night. The kids love to climb on the ladder to get up here, a cozy place! And yes I bonked my head once :)

Today we went back to our renovation house. I just felt when I opened the door that I can’t wait to get it all done. I’m so sick of all building dust, no fun! I hope to wake up in a better mood.

A slow night with Netflix is now waiting!

From the bedroom

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Old favorite that I bought in Thailand many years ago!
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Flower from the garden.

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We are back in our small house in Småland. I think the size of our bedroom here is the same as my walk in closet in the States :) However I love this bedroom. One detail I really like is the white custom made curtains. We decided to use that instead of closet doors to save space, and it also makes the room cozy. If only my better half could close them every time… hehe…

Johan and Eddie-Bo went to the island Öland today. Oliver and I stayed here, and we’ve been having a wonderful day with farmor/mom in law and aunt Nina. We visited a farm (heaven for Oliver!) and stopped for lunch and fika!

Oliver is now sleeping and I’m waiting for the hamburgers to get ready. Victor and Lina just got here and we are going to play cards tonight, love it!

I hope you are having a great weekend!!

Summer feelings

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This place is special to me. It’s our very first house that we built about ten year ago. (You only see the guesthouse in the picture). The last days I’ve been gardening a lot, which I love. It’s so green and beautiful, love this time of the year.

Yesterday I brought the kids to their cousin August’s last day of school (skolavslutning!) for 1st-6th grade, it was in a church and they were all singing so good. It brought back sweet memories from my childhood. That feeling on that day, knowing you had the whole summer off, was the best!!

 

 

 

Beautiful evening

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1G6A0033Sunset 10.09pm!

Eddie-Bo and hubby decided to go camping tonight on an island. Oliver and I joined for a boat ride. Love being on the lake, camping not so much :)

Earlier today we went to aunt Hanna and Sven! The boys were excited to play with their cousins, plus they have a basement. Two things Eddie-Bo said yesterday he misses! Cousins, basement and camping, what a day!

Now Netflix time, ‘Orange is the new black’ it is!