When we first came to Sweden on June 18th, we stayed with my dear friend Linda and her family in Vasteras for a little over a week. It was wonderful to see her and her family again, it was way too many years ago. And even if we have seen our youngest additions to our lives in person once before, her youngest Victor, was then just about 6 months old and when Linda came to visit us in Kansas, the twins were only 2 months old. So a lot has changed obviously!!
After picking us up and treating us to a great brunch, that the kids hardly were able to eat due to being tired, Linda went to work and her husband and kids left the house for a few hours to let us sleep. It was hard to sleep, but after falling asleep, it was even harder to wake up!
But after getting into the showers, it was nice to enjoy their garden and the kids had fun playing there until the family all came back again.
The next day, they had to work, and we hung out at home for a while, and then went across the street to get to the playground. Love this aspect with Sweden, there are playgrounds EVERYWHERE, and you can walk to them!! :) Quite a big change for my kids, coming from the US, where first you have to drive to everything, and then there isn't the same "typical" playground equipment. They had a blast to say the least!! And as you can see, it was a bit chilly so long pants and fleece jackets were needed! What a change, and how great to play outside for hours without getting too hot!
Later in the day it was raining, and after dinner when it had stopped, I took the kids over to the playground again, and let them use their new rain boots that we brought with us from the US. What a treat this was!! Most Swedish kids don't think much of this, but my kids that have hardly seen rain after 3 years in the desert, loved it, even if they thought it was a bit cold...:)
The bigger kids joined us at the playground, and then the little ones got a ride on the big swing. What a fun thing to finish off this day with! Walking home, the kids found these seeds. I had to show them what we used to do as little kids, and they thought it was so much fun! Small things...but unusual things were so appreciated!