new england’s finest.

it’s that time. time to pull out the pictures from my trip home to the states; and, as usual, i’ve got plenty to share. so be ready for a few posts over the next few days! woo hoo! you feel excited too, right?

 when we left stockholm, the snow started to fall. ironic, huh? after the de-icing process, we were off!

 after about 8 and a half hours, we landed in newark, new jersey… just steps away from NYC as you can see! what a beautiful skyline!

 my parents picked us up at the airport and we made our first purchase. an amazing peppermint mocha!

we drove straight up to connecticut to meet my aunt & 2 cousins… boy, oh boy, fun times with my family! geez, i love them all so much.

we only spent one night in connecticut before we all loaded up and headed off together for a few days!

the first stop was the new england area… vermont to be exact. it is one of the few states that i had never visited before, so check that off my list of places to go! oh yeah. we were only there for a few days, but it was just enough of a taste to let me know that i wanna go back & explore the tiny state filled with mountains, forests, and cute, little new england villages. freaking adorable & beautiful!

 cozy family dinner time!!

the view when i woke up in the morning. yes, that is a ski slope right there! soooo beautiful & peaceful.

 my dad & molly enjoying some morning coffee.

lina & molly cuddling. cuties.

game time between cousins! love our sexy plaid pj pants that match the sofa. hehe.

 a typical ski resort condo. i’d love to come here regularly on the weekends!

 the ski bunnies (my cousin & lina) and me. that’s right. i don’t ski. i do much better taking pictures or drinking something in the lodge at the base of the ski slopes. hehe.

 at the base of the mountain.

 my girl can ski!!!

 hangin’ with my cousin. inside. yep.

 silly, crazy dad. cracking us all up!

 afternoon coziness.

 beautiful, picturesque vermont. can it get more american new england than this?!

 an awesome country store that has, well, everything. one of those general stores that supplied villagers with everything they needed back in the 1700 & 1800s… and they still have whatever you might need in order to be a good vermont-ian.

 like syrup. gotta get some vermont maple syrup!

 and paper masks… everyone needs one, right?

 just gorgeous!

 on the road again!! driving south to north carolina!

 we tried to find woodstock. you know, the big field where all the crazy hippies gathered in 1969. i should have been there. we never saw the field, but we took a crazy detour & found the little town called woodstock. still, a place where hippies & musicians hang out. sweet.

 still driving… a never-ending trip it seemed. but, north carolina was just a few hours away!!

and the next update… well, i’ll bet you can guess what the pictures are gonna be, right?!

peace out.

the blog world & an award!

i love the blogging world. and when i’m away, i miss it terribly.

it’s true. i miss all of you. you, who read my blog, whether i know you or not. whether you comment or not (though, i am a girl who loves a comment!). i miss you when i am away, and i cherish all of your thoughts, your comments, and your willingness to read through the things happening in my little life. this blog world has become very important to me. a place to share my thoughts, to process my experiences, and to read about your lives as well (you, who are readers & bloggers). it is a way to be connected with people from all over the world, and i am all about that! it’s so important to me to keep in touch with my near & dear, and to get to know more people; and this blog has allowed me to capture a little picture of my life in sweden for all of those i left behind in the states, and a chance to find new, never-met-before, friends who i now call my blogging friends. what a support this blog has been for me! and what an even bigger support each of you has been in my life. you may be silent or unknown supporters, but somehow i can feel all of you. and i thank you for coming by my little corner of cyberspace and sharing a part of my life.

ok. on to another thing. about a week ago, when i was in the states, i read a comment on one of my blogs which said that i was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by se perdre dans les images! thank you so much! i was totally shocked & honored to be nominated! with this award comes a few rules to follow… kind of like paying it forward. so, after a week (or maybe even 2!), i am finally doing my part.

the rules:

  • add the Versatile Award pic on your blog post
  • thank the blogger who nominated you
  • share 7 random things about yourself
  • nominate 15 fellow bloggers
  • inform the bloggers of their nomination

7 random things about me:

  • i’m addicted to potato chips & french fries.
  • one day i hope to take part in a sit-in, protest, or march for something i believe in.
  • when i was a kid, i wanted to be a detective.
  • nature is one of my best friends.
  • i believe that there is a universal truth found in all religions.
  • i loooove to drive! the longer the distance, the bigger the adventure!
  • i think everyone should really get to know at least one homeless person at some point in their life.

here are the bloggers that i pass the award on to… they are writers who make me laugh, challenge me to think, and inspire me to live. click on them and discover someone new!

(in no particular order. except that my wife is first. hehe)

thanks again for the nomination!! now get busy reading some new blogs!

peace out.

mixed emotions.

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hey, my dear readers!! just a short little post to announce that i’m headed back to sweden. i must admit, i am completely filled with mixed feelings. gaaahh. but, nevertheless, feeling good & bad, excited & heartbroken, i’m headed home tomorrow. it has been a wonderful, unbelievable time here in the states with so many chances to spend time with some very important people in my life, and i’m feeling overwhelmed & overjoyed!! but, it’ll be good to return to our cozy home & our adorable zola!

now, i’m gonna sleep for a few hours & then begin the 2 day journey home. see ya next from sweden!!!

peace out!