reynolds shenanigans: xmas traditions.

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christmas eve.

christmas eve morning sunrise.
christmas eve morning sunrise.
a quick stop at ikea on the way home after dropping fam off at the airport. we needed glögg!
a quick stop at ikea on the way home after dropping fam off at the airport. we needed glögg!
christmas eve dinner with extended family. fun!
christmas eve dinner with extended family. fun!
we had to bring a little swedish tradition to the states... glögg!
we had to bring a little swedish tradition to the states… glögg!
stockings hung. cookies & milk for santa. time for bed!
stockings hung. cookies & milk for santa. time for bed!

christmas day is here!

it's christmas morning!!!
it’s christmas morning!!!
waiting to come out & see if santa came (a reynolds tradition. hehe.) and yes, i am 38 years old.
waiting to come out & see if santa came (a reynolds tradition. hehe.) and yes, i am 38 years old.
santa came & brought us bags!! and tons of other amazing stuff, too!
santa came & brought us bags!! and tons of other amazing stuff, too!
santa even brought gifts from sweden for mom & dad.
santa even brought gifts from sweden for mom & dad.
morning relaxation with coffee.
morning relaxation with coffee.
opening presents!
opening presents!
i got an awesome lens for my camera. sooo excited.
i got an awesome lens for my camera. sooo excited.
christmas dinner for six. such a fabulous time.
christmas dinner for six. such a fabulous time.
i am spoiled. thanks, family!
i am spoiled. thanks, family!
dad got a macbook pro!
dad got a macbook pro!
merry christmas!
merry christmas!

one more shenanigans post to go! peace.

“it’s a long way to tipperary”. 2.0

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hello! it’s road trip day! last friday (day 2 of our extended irish weekend), we woke up in dublin, and then headed down south to the county of tipperary to meet up with the soon-to-be newlyweds and other guests. we had the great luck of riding in a car with a friend of the cute couple, so it was more of a personal road trip than just hopping on a bus. fun. we left around lunchtime & were in the middle of the irish countryside on an amazing estate by mid-afternoon. check out our friday adventures!

starbucks was just around the corner from our hotel, so it was imperative that we stop by there before our road trip.

 we sipped on some yummy peppermint mocha & surfed the ‘net. we’re apple nerds.

dragging our luggage through rainy dublin. the cobblestones were super duper slippery. hehe.

hanging out on the street corner, waiting for our ride… wondering who it will be.

typical downtown street/apartments.

on our way! a glimpse of the irish countryside from the left side of the road. feels crazy to ride on the “wrong” side of the road. hehe.

backseat girls.

we’ve arrived! a gorgeous gated estate will be our home for the next 2 days. can’t wait!

welcome to lovely, amazing kilshane house. an estate, a mansion. tons of land, rolling hills, horses, gardens, a conservatory, walking trails, and an incredible, old manor with cozy, beautiful suites. (more pics tomorrow too!)

we immediately compared kilshane house with downton abbey. we felt like we were living there, complete with “servants” and everything. felt like royalty. i was overwhelmed, amazed, and so so so thankful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

come on in to the classy, formal entrance hall. kilshane house awaits…

after arriving, we were whisked away with the bridal couple to the rehearsal at the church. my love was asked to sing during the wedding, so she had a chance to tickle the ivories before the ceremony the next day. plus, we got to stroll around the cute village of cashel.

with the rehearsal all done, we went back to our cozy room to get dressed for dinner. yes. get dressed for dinner. perhaps we’d meet carson or some of the other downton abbey characters. hehe.

the view from our window. my eyes could hardly take in everything i was seeing. so beautiful.

our old-fashioned, updated bathroom. compete with a rainfall showerhead. luxury, baby.

when we went downstairs, we discovered that the restaurant/bar was a billiard room with tons of great big leather chairs & sofas. asheville people, i couldn’t stop thinking of biltmore estate.

gnocci (deeeelish) and cosmopolitans (double delish) for dinner. good food, good people, good times.

we ended the day with games & mingling… hanging out with the couples’ friends & family. it was a great night!

after such a fabulous day, i couldn’t even begin to imagine how the wedding day would be… and it did not disappoint. but, you’ll have to check back tomorrow to see all the pictures from the big day. think perfect weather, gorgeous people, and party, party, party!

happy wednesday, readers. peace & love.

time is flying by.

yep. it’s been a big week in the eriksson-mcguire household. luckily i have the photo a day challenge to make sure i have a memory from each day. hehe. enough chit-chat.

drumroll, please….

relaxing at home on a sunday afternoon. finding some time to rest is so important.

this is not day 24. i didn’t skip day 23, i just got a head of myself & screwed up some numbers for a few days. hehe. here’s my monday- morning-at-the-breakfast-table reflection in the mirror.

and this is not day 25, but day 24. i passed a random person on my way to the market who seems to be as attached to his phone as i am to mine.

now, here we go. the real day 25. my materialistic heart beats for all my apple products.

the sun streaming in my bedroom windows thursday morning. it turned out to be a true summer day.

on the road and out & about in norrköping friday afternoon. i think my city is beautiful.

some new cups that i’m totally in love with. the first is one that lina & i have been wanting for a while, thinking they only existed in the states. but, we found some here! mason jars as drinking glasses. a funky & different style for sweden. the second cup is a mug that i got from lina’s parents as a congratulations for being a permanent resident of sweden this week. so cool & unique. perfect for coffee, of course.

well, friends, there are only 3 days left in july. and then, we get into the dog days of summer of august: for some of you, the heat builds. for those of us up north, we wait to see how it will be. but, for all of us it is a bit of a transition month. school starts again. work begins again. and the days creep toward the changing of the season. but before i get ahead of myself, august still brings us some lazy days, some more time to enjoy the sunshine & the warmth. and of course, the august photo challenge.

if you want to follow me on instagram and see my pics on a daily basis, i’m lizslens. otherwise, check back here in a few days to see the last 3 pics of july and to get the august challenges. perhaps you’ll want to join in?!

happy saturday! enjoy some olympic moments, if that’s your thing. me, i’m gonna have a little cookout, check out some olympics, and then cozy up with my love tonight with a movie in bed.

peace around the world.