Posted on August 13, 2016 at 9:53 pm by patchi
The Rio 2016 Olympic games is in full swing and we have been enjoying this experience with the kids to the fullest. The atmosphere here is so amazing and some of the events/games we got to watch were a lot of fun. Just to get an idea, think Michael Phelps live and a picture of Bela with gymnast Ragan Smith. All these Olympic athletes are pretty amazing to watch. As a matter of fact, we have enjoyed this trip so much that we thought that maybe, just maybe, we could make trips to every Olympic game a family tradition. Does anybody want to join us in Tokyo?! Here are some of our travel scenes for my weekly photo challenge.
Posted on August 5, 2016 at 10:54 am by patchi
Two days ago we headed down south, way down I should say. Alex, the kids and I hopped on an airplane to fly to Brazil to catch a glimpse of the Olympic games happening next week in Rio de Janeiro. While traveling with my family is one of my favorite things to do, every parent knows that traveling with kids is always a bit crazy and often exhausting. Due to some inevitable long layovers, travel can easily be a daunting task. To make things a little easier during our long 10-hour wait in Miami, we left the airport and went exploring. So for this week's photo challenge, I focused on portraits during a layover. But fortunately, the layover turned out to be a good one...
Posted on July 21, 2016 at 12:06 pm by patchi
Here we are at week 28 of 52 for the weekly photo challenge. Last Sunday we got to hang out at the beach with friends and family and I got to take a few photos with my iPhone. My camera was nicely packed in my bag waiting to come out to play, however, my busy brain forgot to charge the battery. Yikes! Luckily, my iPhone was there to capture a few precious beach moments. These kids are definitely beach kids, and I right there with them, watching from under the umbrella.
Posted on July 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm by patchi
Alex's triathlon competition took us all the way to Colonial beach, a rocky beach near a State park where we go camping with friends and family every year. Bike rides, s'mores, and tick bites were all in order. It's such a fun and easy trip to enjoy with the kids. Their favorite part, or mine, is to hunt for ancient shark teeth along the Potomac. This year we found seven! Here is a bit of our camping photography for my weekly photo challenge.
Posted on June 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm by patchi
Most of the times I wear the mom hat, a few times the unpleasant referee hat, sometimes the very likable designer hat, and in a few instances the party planner hat. I will most certainly not take any credit for this beautiful celebration my sisters planned for both their Swedish husbands' 40th birthday. But I can say that I was there giving one too many opinions and snapping a few pictures before the sunset. With a high percentage of rain in the forecast, we crossed our fingers and hoped for a beautiful afternoon to enjoy with good friends, family, and good food. This garden party took place a few weeks ago. This duo birthday party was celebrated following the wonderful Midsummer Swedish tradition. We decorated the backyard with garland lights, white linens, flowers, a traditional Swedish maypole, and a few Swedish flags sprinkled here and there. Midsummer is an occasion for large gatherings in Sweden. Friends and family gather for the most typical Swedish tradition of all. This celebration was originally a fertility festival with many customs and rituals associated with the hope for a good harvest the coming fall/autumn. Swedes dance around a decorated midsummer pole while listening to traditional folk songs known to all. I wish I had taken more pictures of the festivities as the night got darker so I could record how truly amazing this celebration was in more details. My brothers (in-law) were so happy to celebrate with friends that flew in from Sweden, Peru, Brazil, and their local friends we get to see every day. Heck, I say we make this a yearly traditional so we get to taste a little bit of Sweden again and again. To see more behind the scenes, follow us on Instagram.
Posted on June 6, 2016 at 10:29 pm by patchi
It is time to kick off Summer with lots of pool time in the sunshine. Last Sunday the little guy finally got the courage to put his face under water. Quickly the goggles were in place, the floaties were put aside and he started his swim quest by saying: "- Mama, if I go under, you go under." And we did, over and over and over and over again.
Posted on May 23, 2016 at 5:36 pm by patchi
Cloudy skies and a very wet weekend made it quite a challenge to take some great shots for this week's photo challenge. Below are the best three I could get from each kid. Did you manage to take any photos last week? I have challenged myself to take one picture of the kids every week. If you want to join the challenge post your kids photos on IG and tag #weeklyphotowithtrendypeas so I can see your photos. Random moments, theme portraits, playground photography, weekend scenes, anything works.
Posted on May 16, 2016 at 5:09 pm by patchi
Last week we felt all the emotions we could possibly feel in only one week. Feelings of anxiety, sadness, joy, sickness, excitement, and stress embraced all of our hearts in one way or another. I must say I am happy it is Monday. Really happy. We have survived last week's emotional roller coaster and look forward to seeing what this week will bring our way. Deep breaths and let's go. Here are the pics from last week's photo challenge.
Posted on May 9, 2016 at 11:45 am by patchi
After lots of rain throughout the week, the sun came out for a special Mother's Day celebration with family. For this week's portraits, I asked Alex to capture a picture of each kid with me so I could create a mother/child portrait theme, but unfortunately, my plan failed big time. Or should I say, Alex failed big time? At the end of the day, there were zero photos of the kids and me together. But I did manage to get a very special photo of my sisters, my mom, and I, that will be included on this year's photo album for sure. I hope everyone had a nice time with family this past weekend.