Monthly Archives: April 2012

Amsterdam, Finale

Day 2 in Amsterdam was a bit better. The sun was out and the wind died down. We decided to wander away from the center. Upon leaving the hotel I was immediately annoyed by the scene on the streets at … Continue reading

Posted in Travels | Tagged | Leave a comment

When your daughter believes she is ugly

Just as I was feeling that I had sufficiently navigated the parenting obstacles set before me for the day, my 6.5 year-old Jie-jie dropped a bomb on me. After dinner we came back to the room and the kids had … Continue reading

Posted in Parenting | 10 Comments

Amsterdam in a little too much detail

The overnight train was fine. The kids love “hotel on the train” and tend to sleep pretty well even though Jason and I don’t sleep wonderfully because we are terrified they are somehow going to slither out of the top … Continue reading

Posted in Culture Shock, Ex-Pat Parenting, Musings, The Weather, Travels | Tagged , | Leave a comment


This week is påsklov (Easter break). We’ve been home up to this point on account of work, Swedish for Immigrants obligations, and the fact that we have been running around quite a bit and thought it might be nice to … Continue reading

Posted in Travels | Leave a comment

The apologetic American

Yesterday when I was talking about how we are happy that are children are in a school with lots of other immigrants, I glossed over something. I wrote: “kids are from Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Mexico and Gambia, to name … Continue reading

Posted in Musings | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Settled in School

About a month ago we moved the kids to a new school – our conventional Swedish neighborhood school. That was a great move. The kids are doing wonderfully. Jie-jie is in Class 1 where most of the  kids are 7 … Continue reading

Posted in Ex-Pat Parenting, In Sweden, Schooling | Leave a comment