Mommy of the year award

I think I won the mommy of the year award again. I know, I am awesome. I’ve dealt with sick kids for almost 18 years. We have been through lots of asthma and croups, plenty of ER visits, climbing falls, soccer injuries, skiing falls, a couple of different accidents that happens when you have kids. That’s life. The last 5 years have been pretty bad when it comes to allergies and Sofia is a real trouper. She has a food list of 34 items that she can’t eat if she doesn’t want to swell up or stop breathing. She is more than awesome. And after all those years it feels pretty stable right now. I am on top of things. The kids are getting older. I can treat a cold or two with my eyes closed. I can inject an EpiPen in my sleep if I have to. But no, my healing skills suck.

I know I can be pretty rough when it comes to injuries and sickness. The kids are good with staying home from school if they are sick. But it doesn’t happen if they’re not close to dying. PMS doesn’t really exist at our house but soreness from a tough workout does. Sounds bad? We actually are a nice, caring family but school is important. So what do I want to say with this rambling?

Two weeks ago Sofia stayed home from school with the flu. Really sick, high fever and a bad cough and a really sore rib. She could barely walk and sneezing made her cry. When it didn’t get better after a week I took her to the doctor and he checked her out. I explained that we came in because of the rib, she might have bruised it pancaking in volleyball or…? He looked at me and told me that my kid had an ear infection and almost pneumonia. Good job mom. That’s why she didn’t hear.

Johanna has been home for week with a terrible cough and high fever. Really unusual. She finally saw a doctor today. She is coughing so bad she can’t talk. I pumped her full of asthma meds and coughing syrup that tasted puke. I even force fed her frozen fruit bars to ease the cough. The kid has pneumonia. Well done mom. Maybe see a doctor earlier next time.

If Caroline gets sick this coming week she will see a doctor the first day and I will not make any decisions that concerns her health. Apparently I didn’t learn a thing over the past 18 years or my kids are really cool kids and not very easy to brake.


Heart, body and soul

Started yesterday with news, breakfast and cleaning my mailbox. What a great feeling when it’s down to zero, empty. And you turn around and it starts ticking again.

I drove to work in sunshine. Blue skies, calm waters and one heck of a beautiful mountain in the horizon. Seattle at its best. The kids started to roll in and we had a great day at school. Tired kids that slowly woke up and got their Swedish brains and words going. What a great group of kids. What is not to love with 6 year olds. And when you get 15 of them together something happens. And this is why I choose this job 100 years ago. Curiosity, never ending energy and open heartiness. At the same time they make your brain spin around and take leaps, you sometimes need to hold your breath for a second and think.

The sun was still out when I drove home, the mountain was still bright white and the lake crisp blue. After some food, coffee and kicking my feet up I was promised company for my run. I love spontaneous running company. Caroline got dressed and laced up. We shared the forest with horses and goats and had a really good time for about 6 slow miles. Lots of talking, mind twisting and body work.


After a quick shower, a trip to the grocery store and dinner prepping for the kids we were on our way to the city and a late concert with Doug Seegers. The guy who got famous on Swedish TV and has a magical voice. He is playing for full houses in Europe but here he is close to his small audience. We sat beside the stage, got to chat with him before and after the concert. What an awesome night. Add on good friends, a couple of beers and great music. What a perfect night, goes straight into your deepest.