March 6th, 2010



It's not like I had anything particularly much to do this week, other than the usual, and yet the last 5 days have sped by in a blur. It's been sunny nearly every day and the snow on the ground has that rotten lacy look to it, though it's clinging for dear life. Hard to believe there was 2 feet outside our windows only 2 weeks's down to inches in most places, though the big pile-ups from shoveling and plowing will take longer to disappear.

This morning, the spring-cleaning bug bit me hard in the butt and I cleared out the living room almost completely, first of furniture with my husband's help and some strategically placed towels under the heavy stuff, and then of the dirt and dust and fuzz accumulations of what appears to be centuries. I simply can't remember the last time we did this, but I suspect the children were several feet shorter then.

Now, Anders and Karin have left for the store to purchase a flat-screen TV because hey! since we've moved all the stuff out of the way, why not get it now before we put everything back? I had some trepidation because we simply MUST have enough money to get tickets for the trip home to the States this summer, and also because we are planning to replace the Volvo in a few months as well, but a check of the financial situation made me give thumbs up, and so it goes.

Last night, aside from one upset, was a lovely evening: a full family date. I had booked movie tickets and we went to see Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief at the kids' request (both of us thought it was so-so, the kids loved it) and then dinner at an excellent sushi restaurant. Good end to the week.

Today, in addition to the cleaning: finally talking it out, reaffirming commitment, tears and promises and definite plans for improvements on both sides. We'll weather this: we're made for long-term.

Now I am heading out into the sunshine for a walk, and then to the grocery store for lasagne fixings. Melodifestivalen "second chance" show tonight, which we're not so invested in but will watch anyway. Anders leaves tomorrow for 2 weeks in Italy again.

And a mission: to think of things to do as a family each weekend OUTSIDE, even if it's just going for a walk, or having a picnic somewhere. What do you do to feel like a family? Where do you go? I'm looking for inexpensive ideas. Thankfully, we're heading into spring and warmer weather which expands our opportunities.

Have a lovely weekend, peeps!