Hey guess who is back from the dead again… oh wait, it’s me! I have been away in Sweden with no way of writing a blog post so I really apologise for the huge gap between posts. As soon as I got back I wanted to post about my trip and include a load of photos but then I fell ill with food poisoning and a fever so it has definitely been a longer break than first anticipated.
Also, Happy New Year guys! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and New Year and spent it exactly how you wanted to. 2018 is a new start and now that I have finally begun to make a dent in the 12,000 words I have had to write over the Christmas break (disgusting, I know) I can start writing some posts again! I have really missed writing and I have so many ideas that I can’t wait to share with you all over the coming months. I hope you checked out my post before this about my Resolutions for the next year. I have linked it here if you’re interested.
So… finally… here are some photos from my week away in Sweden.
Special credit to the wonderful Nikki who took this photo of Rose! After having some chilled out time after traveling over, we helped decorate the family Christmas tree. I loved all their decorations, so many of them being sentimental – from family, friends or countries they have lived in. This photo of Rose is probably one of my favourites from our trip. It was her first Christmas and she was determined to get her hands on that Mickey Mouse bauble! Such a cutie.
We all wrapped up and went for a walk when there was still a little bit of snow which made for some lovely photos! Hovås is quite close to the coast so they don’t experience a lot of snow like other parts of Sweden – so it was definitely a treat to get to see some.The walk was lovely as we got to see more of the place where Robyn and her family had been living. I had never visited Sweden before and I was in awe of all the houses, in particular. The architecture is gorgeous and I have a real love for Scandi home design so I was definitely in my element getting to finally have a look at their homes.
We also need to take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous little ball of love. I have never been around babies, or essentially any children that don’t walk and talk, so spending so much quality time with Rose was really eye-opening and made me realise how much I love children. Is there anything more heartwarming than making a baby smile and laugh? I have to admit, at first I was nervous to hold her or be left alone because I was worried that I wouldn’t be good enough at caring for her or be generally useless in knowing what to do, but it honesly came so easily and I love her to pieces. What is even more exciting is that since we visited her, she has begun to crawl and is getting teeth?! Crazy how quick she is growing and it won’t be long before she is breaking hearts, that’s for sure.
I mean, I could gush about what a little gem Rose is for hours but I also need to mention how incredible these lovely two ladies are. There are few women in my life that I feel as close to as I do Nikki and Robyn and I think it is vital that you let the people you care about know how much they mean to you as often as possible. They have both had their fair share of hardships and seeing them smile makes my day! They are only ever positive and loving and it baffles me every single day (being the cynical, pessimistic joy I am) that they approach life in the way they do, rather than my chosen method of a pity party until something goes my way. To be welcomed in to Robyn’s life and her lovely family and to be asked by Nikki to be one of her bridesmaids has been such an honour and I had to include this little message to give them a big ol’ soppy thank you for being the bestest.
The area was just so beautiful and I felt really lucky to be able to visit Robyn and spend time with her family and Nikki. It was the first time I had traveled with friends so it was a great experience and being able to spend the week there was incredible. On top of that, I got to tick another country off the list and it has definitely made me more excited to travel to Sweden’s neighbouring countries – especially because Nikki spoke so highly of Norway (which looks equally as beautiful).