Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sort of settling in...

Well, we are in Africa.
Got our house, no furniture yet, they were first sent to Singapore (???), then back across the world to Kenya.
They are now going through the procedure of clearing, which is going to take a while especially since every thing that possible can go wrong is going wrong. First the system failed last Friday, this Monday the "machine" that moves the containers broke down and I bet when it is finally cleared and put on a train to Nairobi, the train will derail or something else will happen, to delay it even longer. Anyhow, I have resigned to the fact that it might take "awhile" and there is nothing we can do about it. It really makes you appreciate your things and belongings in a different way. Freya asks daily when her unicorn teddy will arrive...
Since we haven't got any belongings, except what was in our suite cases from our month in Sweden, we've had fantastic friends and family who have all chipped in and lend us bits and pieces so at least we can live in our house. The house is BIG and with only a small sofa set, a plastic garden table and chairs in the dining room, a mattress and few bits in each bed room you can imagine the echo... It is laud here! Kids love it, we don't!
Just to give you an idea of the size:

Kids have started school and seems to settle really well. Kian has grown so much and his speech is amazing. He asked me the other day "Mamma, where is Daddy?" Me: "He is in the office" Kian: "Why?" Me: "Cause he has to work" Kian: "Why?" Me: "So he can earn money" Kian (after a little while): "Wow, chocolate money!!!"
Well, luckily it isn't just chocolate money that you get here but the little gold coins, with chocolate, is Kian's weekend treat and he obviously thought that that was the whole point of Daddy working - Sweet!
Kenya is fantastic for the children, the climate is great for all year outdoor fun. Right now we are in "summer" with lovely +26C and sunshine.
Some pics from our weekends:

We've also been to see the giraffes and adopted another orphaned elephant.
Freya has started her ballet classes again and she is loving it just as much as in Oman. Now she goes one afternoon on Tuesdays and in school Thursday mornings - she's in heaven!

Well, I think this is all for now.
Hope you all have a great day!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

So far so good...

Long time, no "blogging"...
Well, we (me and the children) left Oman end of October. Got back home to Sweden in time to celebrate Freya's 4th birthday together with Bella, her cousin, who is only 4 days older. They had a fabulous day and got seriously spoiled with loads of presents and each a pink "princess"cake!
Going from +30C in Oman to -5C in Sweden was according to the children fantastic. They LOVED the snow and being able to be outside in the cold fresh air.

Who can blame them doesn't it look beautiful!
This is our cabine at home.

After a month at home without daddy we were all very happy to see him when he came to "pick" us up, only problem was the snow that made our trip a little longer than planned back to Kenya. It took us 4 days and 3 continents to arrive and Sean has still not seen the luggage he brought to Sweden...
Now we are here, we've been to see our new house, which is FAB! We are planning to move in next weekend. All we need is some mattresses, a table and chairs since our shippment from Oman still haven't arrived in Mombasa and when it does it still has to be cleared by costumes so any hope on seeing that any time soon are not high.

Children has started school (only 4 days left of the term) and Freya is loving it, whilst Kian is not quite sure yet, think things are finally catching up with him and he needs some time to take it all in.

Now, I'm off to try and sort out some curtains before we move in.

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Lensbaby, beach shoot and lots of pictures!

I honestly have the best friends ever!!! As you all know we are moving to Kenya this months, actually this coming Friday! Well, me and the children will go home to Sweden first until we know the container with our furniture and things are on it's way to Kenya.
So, back to the best friends ever - guess what they gave me as a "going away present" (titel of the post sort of gives it away...) a LENSBABY!!!!!! I was in tears of joy and sadness for leaving such amazing friends but I know we'll stay in touch eventhough we are continents apart!
Needless to say I have done loads of playing trying to get to know my knew "baby"... wanna see? :)

all are not shot with my Lensbaby but the ones that are - aren't they great!? I just love the blurred effect with the tack sharp center! Still lots to learn but my is it fun!

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wedding bells

On Wednesday afternoon I had the honor of documenting this very special day for Clair and Oliver. They are the most amazing, sweet and beautiful couple and we had such a blast in the +35 degree heat and burning sun. All dripping of sweat but still so much love and happiness. I thought I'd share a few of their photos with you all.

I wish them both all the best and a very happy marriage! Can't wait to do it all over again in October!

Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Exciting times ahead!

It seems as our time in Oman has come to an end after 8 fantastic years. Sean has got an amazing opertunity and promotion that will bring us back to Africa. We are sad to leave friends and our "home" but at the same time, happy and excited to go back to Sean's home and live with family and friends there. I'm in a house hunting mode and my brain is going crazy with interior decoration ideas - so much fun!
We've got until the 29th of October here and will have some visitors before we leave so we'll make the most of this beautiful country whilst we can.
The children will only have 6 more weeks of school here then they'll be off until January when they'll start their new school in Nairobi.
Since Freya has all morning off nowadays, school only starts at 11am, we have some time to play just her and I. Most of the time we are either Queen Mamma and Princess Freya, Ballerinas or Freya is practising for a few cold weeks in Sweden before actually arriving in Kenya.

All this fun playing is giving me some great photo oppertunities!

Have a great day everyone!