Pool time


Bilder från igårkväll. Sommaren är här och pojkarna badar varje dag. Inte jag, än iaf. Men jag njuter av varje sekund här ute.

Pics from last night. The summer is here and the boys are swimming every day. Me not so much, yet at least. But I enjoy every second out here.



Det är sent och detta inlägg skrivs ifrån sängen. Det är så mycket just nu att jag inte har tid att uppdatera så ofta. Hursom, idag kom lillebror Victor, brorson Allan, min extra-pappa och hans tjej hit. Sååå himla härligt!!

It’s late and I’m writing this post from the bed. It has been a lot lately and I feel that I don’t have time to update so often. Anyhow, my little brother, nephew, stepdad and his girlfriend arrived today, Sooo happy for that!!

KRAM//Xx Cissi

Spring clean up done


Här sitter jag och har det gott på terassen. Så himla skönt efter en busy morgon och dag, som har varit full med aktiviteter. Eddie-Bo spelade match i Little Caesars Arena, eller i träningshallen där, men ändå. Kul! Mål och två assist, wooho! Sen var det gasen i botten för att se slutet på Oliver Flag Football-match. Ibland skulle man vilja klona sig!

I’m sitting outside and enjoying the afternoon on the patio. So nice after a busy morning filled with activities. Eddie-Bo played a game in Little Caesar Arena, or at the practice rink. Fun! A goal and two assists, wooho! After that we had to hurry to watch the end of Oliver’s Flag Football game. Sometimes I wish I could clone myself! 

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Jag riktigt njuter nu när poolen är öppen, trädgården är rensad, buskarna är klippta, staketet är tvättat och det är påfyllt med ny svart bark i rabatterna. Älskar denna baksida så mycket!!

I love this backyard so much! Especially now when the pool is open, the yard is cleaned up, the bushes are cut, the fence is washed and new fresh black mulch in the beds. 



Den lilla syrenbusken har fina knoppar och i krukan har jag satt detta stora träd, som jag tror är för inomhus… men det funkar nu iaf innan det blir för varmt ute.

The little lilac is about to bloom, and in the planter I put this big tree, that I think it’s for indoor… but it’s working fine now until it’s getting really hot.


Sitter och funderar på middagen. Får nog bli grillat ändå! Är ni så där bra på att planera i god tid till era middagar? Jag är värdelös på det, tyvärr! Så dax för en tur till affären igen.

In my head – dinner thoughts. I think we’ll have bbq tonight! Are you good at planning your meals? I’m so bad at that, unfortunately! So, time to go grocery shopping again.

Kram//Xx Cissi

Relaxing evening






Ännu en varm septemberdag här i Birmingham. Hela 25C nu på kvällen, himla skönt men jag längtar efter lite kallare och friskare höstdagar nu. Längtar efter höstkläder. Min favoritårstid när det kommer till just kläder. Hursom så passade jag på att njuta här en stund ikväll medan kidsen och hubby spelade pingis i källaren. Perfekt avslut på en riktigt bra söndag. Först match för både Oliver och Eddie-Bo, sen stannade vi för lunch på Mexx på hemvägen, där vi åt smarrig guacamole och fajitas. Efter det en lugn och skön dag hemma med mest bad och lek. Ok, lite bråk hann grabbarna med också, men annars var det verkligen en härlig dag!

Another warm September day here in Birmingham. About 78F this evening, so nice but I’m looking forward to a bit colder and crispy air now. I’m looking forward to fall clothes, layers, my absolutely favorite time of the year when it comes to clothes. Anyhow, while the kids and hubby played pingpong in the basement I enjoyed some time here by the fire pit. 
A perfect ending of a great Sunday. First games for both Oliver and Eddie-Bo. We stopped for lunch at Mexx on the way back, where we ate yummy guacamole and fajitas. After that we went home for swimming and play. Ok, there were also a few fights between the boys, but otherwise a lovely day!

Our backyard


Our lovely backyard that we use a lot! This time of the year is just magical. Well except for when we got home from the tournament the hot tub and pool was full of mulch (bark) due to the heavy rain earlier that day. But mostly we can relax, play and entertain out here!


Peaceful evening at our house.


I think I enjoy this even more right now, since I now most of our Swedish garden will be a mess this summer. But we will figure it out and plan what needs to be done.

And I love to see all beautiful summer pictures from Sweden, the weather has been warm and nice in May! Please keep it that way all summer!!

Now time for a little family adventure. Will tell you more another day!
Kram//Xx Cissi


Family weekend



These two ♥♥ At the moment having so much fun together and are mostly happy and easy peasy (will probably change tomorrow because I just said that… hehe!). I think we all are enjoying being busy and being back to routines.


Swim and smoothie after their Flag football premiere. 1,5 h on the field in the crazy heat. I loaded up with golf umbrella, cooler filled with lots of fluid, ice cubes, spray bottle with water, and wet cold towels. It was like a spa under the umbrella :) But it was sooo hot!!


A quick smoothie is always a good idea! This one made of almond milk, banana, strawberries, some ice, and for extra vitamin boost -the powder from two capsules of JuicePlus.

I just posted some random pictures from the weekend on my Instagram @cissifranzen. You can call me Sporty Spice, well I have been doing none sport myself… just been watching :)

Kram//Xx Cissi

The summer is back

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A chill Eddie-Bo after a busy week. Oh I’m so proud of him ♥ He’s been doing so good in school. He goes full days, which means seven hours a day/five days a week (My opinion- way too much… I don’t think we Swedes start full days until we are thirteen years old… and I cant remember I ever did full days five days a week, right?!) However, he’s been loving school and his new teacher, and after school he’s been has playing with his friend, plus hockey and he’s been just awesome!

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Today we spent the afternoon at Emma’s amazing house, felt like vacation!


On my way home I was thinking of stealing my dream car from Moa :)

When we got home, friends and neighbors came over to our pool. Ten boys, totally wild, loud and crazy, but so much fun!!

Now it’s time to end this great day with Game of Thrones (like every night!)




Enjoying our garden


Fresh pictures from our backyard! It’s still green and the hydrangeas are crazy big. The mornings are colder but normally it heats up during the day. Fall is around the corner for sure. Can’t believe September is already here, but I think I’m starting to get ready for it. I have to say I love all four seasons!


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A glass of wine (or two), lighted candles and Game of Thrones will fill my Saturday night after the kids are in bed. Cozy!


Jet lag and school bus


Yesterday the jet lag hit Eddie-Bo hard. He was supposed to be at a hockey camp, but asked me if he could be home with me instead. So the two of us had a cozy day together, went out for lunch at his favorite restaurant Luxe, played board games, watched some tv and also enjoyed some pool time!

All this while Oliver was gone all day at a field trip with the gym’s kids club (gotta love Lifetime fitness!).

Also gotta love American school buses! Oliver was very excited to ride one for the very first time. I’m glad we catched him and his buddy Beau when they got back (in their too big camp t-shirts). Too cute!!



Vacation life at home


Fun in the sun! New in -plastic glass from Target. Well needed after a few crashed ones a couple of weeks ago… (Thanks Devon for the great gift. They come in a package of four.)


I just served my mom a Margarita by the pool. We are living vacation life at home at the moment. A better Tuesday!