Monday, January 30, 2012

Bucket lists!

Different buckets
I had an agenda, for the upcoming weekend, I wanted to create yet another new mini-tradition in this string of days that are almost like pearls of a necklace: date nights with the hubster!

Since you all know me by now you're maybe not surprised, there is the "My Favorite Day"-project (the goal being making every day my favorite day), there is the "Five Fab"-project (that aims to let Wednesday be a work-week-day that has five great things in it), there is "Tuesday Snuggle" (with my boy, since there aren't enough Fridays in the week) and now I'm proud to introduce: "Date Night"!

What a date! At "Casa Scandi" at its best...

I'm a all-or-nothing kind of gal, so why not red wine and Mojito, I ask you?!

Tuesday Snuggles speak for themselves. They're the best!

... continuing.
Date Night I wanted to be a way to capture not only the weekend a little bit more but the marriage also. I had asked the hubster if we could turn the TV off, put music on, light a fire, have a drink and sit down for a date, like if we were in a hotel lobby and dating. He was game, so we did!

My initial plan was that we prepare this date by e-mailing each other a question in advance, that we wanted to ask the other but there was no time, so impromptu had to do. And it did!

I best capture the powder snow, in case that's it this year.

Yeah well, now this symbolizes something: last year I braved the outdoors barefoot in February, having waited the snow out. This year I went head on, out in the snow in January.
Way to go me!

Darling leaves striving, through the snow.

This little fella gave up though... but didn't do so 'til January!

Cosiness in a life.

.... continuing again.
I asked Marcus what his top three bucket list wishes, for life, are and what three ordinary-day bucket list wishes he has and that kept us going.
It goes to show that this is a great thing: getting to hear your loved one's highest life wishes and also small wishes and also getting to be heard, yourself, and what you dream of.

What were our buckets then?

Well they were pretty similar, thankfully.
Marcus wished for travels in his big wishes: Rio de Janeiro, Kenya and Kilimanjaro.
I (of course) wished to experience Miami with the hubster and both sons, New York with the same folks and Greenland (with whoever!!). Yeah, for I threw in folks in my wishes as well, it just wouldn't be me if I didn't...

Small buckets there were too.
Hubster wishing for more trips to Copenhagen, visits to the theatre and visits to the cinema.
I wished for a micro-date every evening: fire, us, TV off and music just to get each other's temperature for real every day (hey, if you can get a date every night, why not eh?!) and I wished for dog walks together every weekend and more board game-playing for the three of us.

Of course the grandest buckets of them all are having happy sons.
I do and I'm in awe over it.

Wii:ing demands concentration.

And boy, is it fun?!

Heart warming and good.

Yeah, life's all good.

So, as simple as it may seem - as ingenious it is: date night every weekend with the most interesting man alive: my husband! In a cosy, comfortable living room, by a fire, feeling all lit up inside, feeling luxurious that you have all that in your life: do it!
You can't go wrong.

And then there's the dream of making each other's buckets coming to life, turning real and the joy of wondering if they will and when.

For us the bonus of our date was obvious: we talked and talked and talked! About politics, the world and even happenings we hadn't had time to fill the other one in on.
Precious date.

Have a spectacular week y'all.
Yep, I'm ready to take on a new week. Bring it on!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Quicky!!

The week was hectic, intense and tiring...
Now it's late Thursday evening and I am adament to score a goal on this blog post - and so be it.

Icy rain, snowy puddles and a few flakes. January finally did deliver - some snow.

Of course The Boy was ecstatic and exclaimed in joy that snow has finally showed!!

There was also some sun...

The little paw manages all the cold.

What sweet joy to spend time alone with my gorgeous dog.

It sure does look like spring...

... but make no mistake: it's winterrrrrr...!!!

He's not spooked by the sniffing in the snow, my brave hero!

And love keeps growing stronger by the minute.

The Boy was so tired this evening and I'm guessing his week was every bit as tiring and exhausting as mine. Still, how heart warming it was, listening to his friends greeting him Tuesday at school. The Boy had been at home, ill, Monday and when he showed up again the next day, his little friends called out for him:
-Welcome back to school!
I was so touched by it and once more I realized that kids are so much more open and allowing than adults usually are.
My boy looked like he felt the love!

It's indeed about that time when tulips are not only loved - they're needed! 
You see them through every kitchen window.

The Boy, playing - in high speed - with a good friend!

Friday Instagrams:

I remember this Instagram! 
Last Friday, going home this baby (aka the sun) warmed my soul.

Beautiful view from the train home!

We always celebrate our Saturdays, as one very well should!

Jogging in icy cold, last weekend.

Like icy for real! Ice like art.

Love, love, love, love, love, love....

The little paw <3

Saturday breakfasts, nothing like it!

Chocolate begging, nothing like it!!

My right element!

... some similarities: also a right element.

Beautiful mornings here, in a coastal town that has captured my heart.

And it's just like this: as much chill as we can, as much joy as is possible!

A breakfast out with the hubster (before a hard meeting): good thing!

And finally: came Thursday, came powder snow!

I don't know what's with me: I'm so tired I can't speak this Friday (yeah, for now it's Friday 'cuz The Boy woke up scared of nightmares las night, when I started this post, so I went to bed with him) and I've actually never experienced tired like this before. It was almost the same thing yesterday morning and I made mistakes like putting juice in the cupboard instead of in the fridge.

I guess I need to rest?

I have a day off today and I realize it was a good decision to chill. I will chill!
Meaning: foam bath:ing, movie:ing, dreaming:ing of traveling and having fun.

This weekend my parents-in-law will visit us here in the south for the first time and so cleaning and cooking will be done coming days.

I hope and wish wonderful times for y'all this weekend! What plans do you have?

(and if you live in my part of the world: watch your step: it's freezing out there ;-)