(After) The Weekend Coffee Share 

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I decided to write a coffee share even though the weekend is long gone. We do need coffee even though it is not the weekend, right? 

I’ve been inventing different ways of encouraging my daughter to speak more Swedish every day. My inventive methods, I’ll get back to them in a minute, have kept me away from the computer. My daughter is making progress with her Swedish, but she often choose English because it is easier. A little too often. Of course it is OK for her to speak her native language, but it would be good for her to practice more Swedish so that she could start in a regular class, in a regular Swedish school close to where we live. Right now she is in a transitional school for people who only just came to Sweden (like her.) The transitional school is a little further from our house, but not terribly far. This temporary school is a stepping stone into the real school.

She attends an after school program close to our house, at the school where she is going to attend when she is more confident in her Swedish. She took some tests last week, and it is decided that she is going to attend an age appropriate class (many newly arrived children have to start classes below their age group.) She will start later this spring. We feel good about that.

My daughter loves to play different card games, and I agreed to play with her many hours this past weekend. I told her that I would play as long as she speaks only Swedish when we play. Her Swedish is much better than I thought! Playing long card games while speaking Swedish is a method I am going to keep using. 

I’ve made a similar “deal” with her reading. She have asked me to crochet a blanket with the colors of the rainbow for her. I agreed to work on it for one hour every night, if she reads to me at the same time. We’ve done that for the past ten days. Now you know why I haven’t been at my computer so much..the day only have so many hours. I work full time, and after work my priority have been to help my daughter find her way here in Sweden. I know from my own experience of moving to California 8,5 years ago how confusing it can be to adjust to not only a new language but new food, a new culture, a different climate and new people. 

I am planning some fun adventure traveling to other parts of Sweden this spring and summer, and I look forward to that. For now I am very happy with how things are progressing with our day-to-day life. I really enjoy my work, and my daughter is happy. We’ve made our new house our own now. We’ve started to grow alfalfa sprouts in the kitchen window like we always do, and we framed photos from our travels that we’ve put up around the house. Life is good. How are you doing? Would you like a refill on your coffee? 

Love,

Maria

Weekend Coffee Share – I’m back!

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There is a slight dust of snow covering the ground outside my window. There’s been an unusually mild January for this area. For the most part we haven’t had any snow at all. Today we have some, and it is a little colder (not much.) The coffee is hot. What can I offer you to drink today?

Lucky for you this is a virtual coffee date, since I was sick as a dog last night. I felt great when I went to bed, but woke up shivering, and sweating at the same time around midnight. Around 3am I had to get up and take a warm shower. I fell back asleep, but when the alarm went off I had a high fever. I rarely get sick and it didn’t feel good to call in sick, but I did. It’s not strange at all that I got sick, because I’ve been around sick kids all week, but still..The fever lasted for about 12 hours, and then it disappeared as fast as it came. My body still aches, and I’m tired, but besides that I feel OK. It’s the weekend, so I’ll have plenty of time to rest 🙂

I’ve taken a break from the blogging world this first month of the year. I’ve missed all of you! I purposely haven’t installed internet at our new house yet (I will.) I had the idea of helping my daughter conquer the new things in her world without the distraction of online gaming for a month. It worked out great. She is making progress with her Swedish, she learned to swim, and she developed a love for books this past month. She’s been a great reader for a long time, but she never seemed to enjoy reading. This first month of the year we’ve been to the library twice a week, and we’ve spent two hours a day reading together. I’ve always loved books, and now she finally found that magic as well. I couldn’t be happier. 

I like routines, and I feel that we finally gotten into some good routines in our brand new life back home in Sweden. The weekdays mostly consists of work, school, dinner, laundry and reading. We have long days, but there is no stress about them. We always take the time to smell the roses on the way.

How are you doing? How has this first month of 2020 treated you?

Love,

Maria

Weekend Coffee Share – New House

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!

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I am sitting here in my new house writing this coffee share for the first time. We moved in earlier this week, and it is just starting to feel like home here. I’ve spent the majority of this week finding the right place for things, and making my daughter’s and my room ready. Starting with my daughter’s room first of course. I couldn’t place her new bed where I planned to put it, since it was an inch too long..Her room is tiny and very cozy, but this slight change of plan throw me off little bit, since we had to move a closet, and take down a big shelf (that was pretty well attached to the wall,) to fit her bed at the only wall that was long enough (if I didn’t want to place her bed directly under the window and cover the only heater in the room.) In the end it turned out great. We are going to print some new photos and decorate her walls with, as soon as we can agree on which ones. All fun stuff.

The only thing that took some time in my room was to put  my new bed together. It went pretty smooth. I did that yesterday afternoon. I have actually not slept in my bed yet, since it had such a strong smell of new when it was time to go to bed yesterday. (I’m very sensitive to strong smells.) It seems comfortable though, I’ll try it out tonight. I still have some decorating to do in my room as well. I like to not hurry with the decorating, and live in a place for a while until I know how I want to make it my own. I’m a minimalist and I don’t want lots of stuff or decorations, but the ones I have I am very picky with. Very picky..

I do like our new rental house a lot. It has a unique charm. It is more than 100 years old, but is completely renovated on the inside. It is small, the minimalist in me like that. It has everything we need (2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and a full bath/laundry-room) on less than 500sqf. 

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View from my bedroom. I love the old stonewall, so typical for the Swedish countryside.

How are you doing? How was your holidays? Please tell me all about your week. Can I get you a refill on that coffee?

Love,

Maria