Sunday, March 3, 2013

What happened to February?

It is March already and the temperature is rising. This morning it was 21 when I drove to work, significant improvement, about a month ago it was around 14 in the morning, a bit chilly for us thin-blooded creatures.
I spent the morning by the community pool yesterday and by mid-day, it was quite hot. Winter is definitely gone and summer is on its way. March and April are generally pleasant, but May tends to get a bit too hot with highs at 44 sometimes.
This month is busy, lots of things going on, our trip to Sweden end of March, two birthdays, two birthday parties, cup cakes to bring to school, presents to buy (and the 10-year old doesn't have a clue of what he wants for his birthday). Some important meetings, some planning that needs to be sorted out but still in limbo as everything is depending on the outcome of this meeting.
Yesterday friend S hosted another lovely BBQ at their house. Gorgeous evening, children playing happily in the garden, delicious meat cooking on the grill, excellent wine in our glasses...
It was quite difficult to get up this morning, the weekends just go so fast, just like the weeks. Which is a good thing I guess but I can't keep up. It is already March, what happened to February? I realize it is the shortest month but I hardly noticed it! Scary!
No immediate trips to remoted areas on my agenda, which is quite nice. I was supposed to go to Kenya last week but the meeting was postponed (the elections are coming up tomorrow, Monday which will probably be a bit messy). Elias was relieved that I was staying home, I think he still remembers how he ended up in hospital last time I was in Kenya..
International Day is coming up this week at the kids school. I have prepared a folder about Sweden with lots of photos about our traditions, food, language etc. We are a few Swedish families (there are three Swedish children in Joli's Kindergarten class) and every year the Swedes partner up with the Finns and the Norwegians and arrange our own Scandinavian/Finnish display table with Christmas trees, Angry Birds (didn't actually know that they are Finnish!), fake snow, Midsummer decorations and flags. It is a great event, kids dress up in their national costumes, Elias is wearing a blue and yellow football outfit and I still need to find something for Joli. We don't have the proper national dresses for the kids. it is way too hot and expensive for a once-a-year event. There are performances on stage, dancing and singing and samples of traditional food.

6 comments:

  1. Det är alltid kul med dessa internationella dagar i skolorna, speciellt som om det finns en hel del nationaliteter representerade (jag antar att det gäller hos er i Dubai också!?)

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    1. Det ar jattespannande, sarskilt att smaka pa mat och se barnen i fina drakter och traditionella danser! Ett jattebra event och ungarna har en stor flaggparad med sina respektive flaggor!

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  2. I feel the same way: February just disappeared! I hope March will last a little longer:)
    Sounds so cool with an International. Wonder what the Danes will bring? Probably lots of Tuborg and a "klaphat":)

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    1. Well, a Tuborg tastes good "hvergang" and especially after these intense events that involve a lot of kids together!

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  3. Låter jätteroligt med era internationella dagar! Kul för barnen också att få visa upp traditioner och saker från de länder där de till viss del har sitt ursprung (även om det i många fall handlar om att det är föräldrarna som är kopplingen och de själva kanske är födda och uppväxta utanför Sverige.
    Kram!

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    1. Det ar ett populart event och alla skolor har en egen internationell dag, det forekom i Singapore ocksa. Jatteroligt att se alla i sina nationaldrakter, smaka pa olika matratter och upptradanden. Och som du sager, trots att manga barn ar riktiga expatbarn sa ar det valdigt stolta over sitt ursprung och det ar fantastiskt att se! Joli har ju inget minne av Sverige alls men hon ar valdigt medveten om att hon ar svensk!! :)
      Kram!

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