Year 2

Ingarö: Jacuzzi infinity pool

July 8, 2010
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Lucas, his dad and their first jacuzzi infinity pool.

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Stockholm: Gamla stan

July 7, 2010
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A day in gamla stan means running on cobblestones for Lucas. Here are some of his favorite moves ….

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Ingarö: Boating in the Canal

July 5, 2010
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Boating in the canals around Ingarö gets you close to nature and all the beautiful houses around the island. Here’s a video with a quick Swedish lesson. Here is a video attempt at orienting you a bit relative to Saltsjöbaden and the house. And finally one with us driving home from a visit to Gustavsberg, […]

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Ingarö: Boating with Lucas

July 4, 2010
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Here’s us boating with Lucas by the church in Ingarö. And some footage around the road which is our “drive to work” together with Johanna and Tim Finally, another video of Lucas in the boat.

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Ingarö: Hiking in the forest

July 3, 2010
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Here are some videos of us in the forest. Hiking at its best — around the corner from the house.

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Ingarö: Lukie and summer toys

July 1, 2010
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Summer is here and Lucas got a clip-clop … … and a bouncy castle.

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Ingarö: The Shed and Best of Summer

June 27, 2010
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The shed is Lucas’ absolute favorite place omn earth. Could spend hours in the place and often does … … but then everything in town is pretty amazing too in the summer. Here is some footage from Gustavsberg.

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Sandhamn: Midsummer celebration

June 25, 2010
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Midsommar, the all-essential annual midsummer celebration is best experienced a day like this one. Below are some footage of Lucas dancing …

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Sandhamn: Midsummer Party

June 25, 2010
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Lot’s of great food and fun in Sandhamn.

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Ingarö: BBQ Party

June 10, 2010
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BBQ on a gorgeous day in Ingarö. Lillängsdal has never been prettier in the spring.

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Ingarö: Visit from Grandparents

June 7, 2010
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Solveig o Göran come to visit Lucas

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Inagrö: Family Life

May 27, 2010
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Saturdays go something like this … first we go to Siggesta Gård and look at the animals … … then we all jump into the jacuzzi.

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School: Inside

May 4, 2010
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Lucas likes the slide. Still has some tablemanners to learn …

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Stockholm: Family Life

April 11, 2010
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Waking up lukie is always something special. Here’s Lucas in his Stockholm crib. Soviet luxury …

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Stockholm: Visit from Grandparents

April 10, 2010
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Lucas at Sture Gallerian. This and a few other indoor places become part of survival during the Swedish winter … But as spring comes, there is some outdoor activities finally …

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School: Outside

April 8, 2010
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School in Sweden is all about play.

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Rome: Lucas loves hotel rooms

April 5, 2010
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Hotel rooms are a favorite of Lukaseses. Here’s some comemorative footage …

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Rome: Lucas in the Vatican

April 4, 2010
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Here he is!

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Rome: Lucas and the art of eating spaghetti

April 4, 2010
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Didn’t take long for Lukie to fall in love with spaghetti. Turns out Luks is pretty good at eating them too Here’s some footage with Lukie eating spaghetti perfectly with a fork — ready for the ***** restaurants! And the Nike bindi bullet it in honor of Gayo!

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Rome: Lucas on Via del Corso

April 3, 2010
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Lucas on Via del Corso, our daily route to all the little streets of Rome … … and here we get to see a bit of a wipe-out too …

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Rome: Lucas and the history of Rome

April 2, 2010
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Lucas in the Pantheon — not sure what else to say really; one of a long list of amazing places in Rome, one outdoing the other. I guess it is remarkable that even after all these years, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. Guess those guys in Dubai didn’t quite […]

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Rome: Lucas at the fair

April 2, 2010
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Day two in Rome and we went to see the Vatican and a fair we found on the way. Lukie had no problem dancing although there was no music at the moment … … the merry-go-round was also a huge hit (although the parents come across as somewhat annoying in this video …)

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Rome: Lucas by the Spanish Steps

April 1, 2010
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Lucas and Pia seem very content waiting for mom outside the supermarket for some quick banana and dogfood shopping (our bags didn’t arrive with us …) before visiting the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti and the Piazza di Spagna. We failed to capture the number of times that Lukie went up-and-down these steps but he […]

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Rome: Lucas in cobblestone Rome

April 1, 2010
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Lucas loved walking around the city and went up-and-down all the stairs he could find at least two times. Nothing wrong with the local food … Walking in his new shoes on the crooked cobblestones was a bit of a challenge in the beginning, however.

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Rome: Lucas doing as the Romans

April 1, 2010
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So we just arrived and Lucas looks like he’s comfortable with the lifestyle in Italy and he sure seems to like the minibar at the River Palace Hotel. Weather is amazing and from our hotel we can see (almost) all the way to the Colusseum from the Piazza del Popolo. Every day we would go […]

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Dubai: Atlantis and Lukie at the pool

February 18, 2010
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Lukie started his water adverntures at Atlantis with the diaper on. Diaper, soaked in water, expanded to about 5x normal size (which I suppose is what they are there for) and eventually exploded into little pieces when we changed Lukie (luckily away from the pool). Once free from his diaper, Lukie caught a ride with […]

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Dubai: Atlantis with Lukie

February 18, 2010
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The main lobby of the Atlantis has a glass sculpture that is at least 30 feet tall by Dale Chihuly (coincidentally the same artist who did the two chandaliers at the Armand Hammer United College of the American West (see here). The acquarium at the Dubai Atlantis is aparently the second largest in the world […]

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Dubai: Sandcastles on the Palm

February 17, 2010
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William, Jack and David showed Lukie how to build sandcastles on the palm. The largest castle we built was in Inca ‘Human Sactifice’-style (as Jack called it) The first castle was done in Arabian Fortress style, complete with the Smoot Crab & Shell family crest and a UAE flag. It also had its own cooling […]

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Dubai: Breakfast on the Palm

February 17, 2010
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Both mornings and sunsets were just amazing on the palm. Here’s lukie chowing down on his usual feast of eggs, shrimp, strawberries, pb&j sandwiches … With William and David’s help we also set some LEGO boats afloat in the pool. All while Lukie chowed down oblivious to the rest of the world …

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Dubai: Party on the Palm

February 17, 2010
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Kristin loves cooking and put together something special every night. With William, Jack and David always willing to help, setting the table was a breeze … here’s what dinner looked like every night (neighbors and friends from work always seemed to drop by). Jack, not William, set the lights around the pool. There is a […]

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Dubai: Rainforrest Café at the Mall

February 16, 2010
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Rainforest cafe, complete with monkies and elephants was a complete success with Lukie

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Dubai: Burj Khalifa and Burj Lukie

February 16, 2010
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Downtown Dubai now has the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, the Address and Lukie in a very very stylish outfit. The horse sculpture by downtown Burj Dubai/Khalifa is by colombian artist Fernando Botero and weighs 1.5 tonnes. From a cafe on the terrace in the mall there is yet another great view of the Burj. Lukie […]

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Dubai: Waterfountain dinner show

February 16, 2010
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Lucas was completely oblivious to the show but I have to say (and I may regret saying this) but watching the fountain show was super cool. Incredible spectacle right by the Burj Khalifa and set to amazing lebanese food of course …

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Dubai: Mall complete with skating rink and waterfalls

February 16, 2010
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As hardcore Rosa Mexicano fans (see our Center-of-the-World pilgrimage), we had a hard time believeing that Rosa actually copied the idea from Dubai (see here for the Rosa slightly more modest US-style installation) — not to mention the fact that Rosa Mexicano’s successful chain of downtown upscale restaurants probably pre-dates Dubai with at least 2,000 […]

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Dubai: Mall complete with acquarium

February 16, 2010
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With 10 million litres of water, this one is bigger than your average home variety tank. Since he is such a good swimmer, we did throw Lukie into the tank later on but no footage of that unfortunately since fishing him back up and filming at the same time proved too difficult.

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Dubai: Boating on the canals

February 15, 2010
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Any trip to Dubai must include a visit to Dubai Creek they say so we took a trip along the creek in an ‘abra’ (water taxi). Extremely cheap and a good way to cross from one side to the other, although we rented one to go up and down the river, just the three of […]

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Dubai: Rides and food at the Global Village

February 12, 2010
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Lukie loved the Iranian restaurant we went to … David, Jack, William and Kristin on the slide Jonas, Sara and Lucas o the slide David, William and Jack on the slide Rickshaw race back to the parking from Global Village

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Stockholm: Elias and Lucas sledding in Aspudden

January 30, 2010
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Elias, Anna and Jonathan live right by a bunch of parks and an animal park with horses and rabbits. Footage is from Elias and Lucas out around the house.

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Ingarö: On the Ice by Lillängsdal

January 17, 2010
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The water all around Inagrö is completely frozen so when the sun comes out (briefly) on the weekends, it makes for great excursions …

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Ingarö: Winter roads from Lillängsal

January 12, 2010
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This is the road between Lillängsdal and Stockholm — a gorgeous commute in the Summer, but a bit more than you might want to drive every day in the wintertime, especially since the roads are not that well plowed.

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Ingarö: House at night in the winter

January 11, 2010
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Huset i vinterskrud like they say in Swedish. The evenings out in Ingarö are once again beautiful when the snow arrives (and we no longer have to deal with the November rain and darkness) but I say summer is still better …

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Ingarö: Winter landscape

January 10, 2010
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We have figured out that Reggae makes the sun come out even in the coldest of Swedish winter so this is how we start our mornings in Ingarö after we have let Pia out to do her business Then, after Lucas has had his morning meal concoction, we head of for some sledding in Lillängsdal […]

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Ingarö: Winter sunset at the house

January 9, 2010
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Winter evening after hiking around Ingarö. You can hear the birds who somehow still manages to find food I suppose … -20 degrees is moderately fun for everyone

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Ingarö: Gliders around the house

January 9, 2010
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Once the waterway between Ingarö and Saltsjöbaden freezes over, the gliders come out and the parashuting club uses a 4×4 to pull up the gliders in the air. Later in the afternoon everyone tried to catch the updraft at the cliff by our house so we got a very good view of the gliders later […]

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Ingarö: Fist steps on tape

January 5, 2010
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Lucas first walked in December, after he had turned one year, but we didn’t get any good footage until after the new year — so here it is, lucas taking his first steps so to speak … And here some more footage of Lucas doing everything but walking on command …

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Ingarö: Waking Lucas up early in the morning

January 4, 2010
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Video speaks for itself … Lucas just isn’t that easy to wake up in the morning and he loves his sleep. That said, he’s a pretty good sport when we do wake him …

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NYC: Party at the Airport

January 1, 2010
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Flight back was a breeze and Lukie had time for one more party in the US before we went home … Here’s Lucas and the stowaway getting settled in for the flight back …

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NYC: New Years Eve and Gayatri Birthday Party at Robert and Matthew’s

December 31, 2009
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First, here’s how the night ended — much in the same way as it did last year, “at” Times Square (cozy at home) and Lucas was up when the clock turned midnight for his 2nd time (that makes 100% attendance for New Years Eves). And our cozy celebrations at home followed an amazing birthday celebration […]

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NYC: Hanging out at home in the apt

December 27, 2009
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Lukie fell in love with Anna’s basket — probably would have slept in it if he could … … and being chased around the apartment is a favorite.

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Upstate: Xmas Celebration with Johanna

December 25, 2009
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Lukie clearly loved the performance …. never seen a one year old sit still for so long.

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Upstate: Lucas and Nancy at the lakehouse

December 24, 2009
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Here’s Lucas and Nancy (and the entire 4-legged entourage) on Xmas eve

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Upstate: Lucas taking a bath upstairs at the lakehouse

December 24, 2009
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Here’s the xmas bath for Lucas, making sure the guest of honor is squeaky clean …

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NYC: Party for the kids at Kristie and Roger’s

December 17, 2009
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Party at Kristine and Roger’s with Sebastian and Julian. Gayatri, Sachin and Uvi there as well and Mathew and Robert of course.

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NYC: Party on the bus

December 17, 2009
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Taking the bus in New York is not quite the same as in Stockholm, no “mothers ride for free with strollers”, in fact no getting on with the stroller in the back at all. The buses don’t kneel and they are uncomfortable — then again, the one thing NY is not about, is riding the […]

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NYC: Party at l’Express

December 16, 2009
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Many nights have been spent at l’Express (and some of the most memorable) and even thought it’s quite different now, the party feeling seems to something Lukie’s picked up on already …

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NYC: Party at Rosa Mexicano (Center of the Universe)

December 15, 2009
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We arrive at the apartment in NYC and drop off our bads before we go to … … the center of the universe, Rosa Mexicano for some Filete con Hongos and Empanadas de Jaiba. For Lukie its a complete party and he get’s to see the firetrucks right outside the restaurant.

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Ingarö: Xmas in Sweden

December 14, 2009
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First xmas in Ingarö and we took the opportunity to make a gingerbread house, lussekatter and all the other special Swedish traditions.

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Ingarö: Lucas and the love of food

December 13, 2009
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Lucas and food involves the ‘forbidden face’ a lot — the frowning and fierce shutting of the mouth -yet the food goes in right afterwards … … unless he passes out of course …

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Ingarö: Visit to Lucas’ School (Öppen Förskola)

December 10, 2009
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Lucas attends a small Öppen Förskola right outside of Brunn on Ingarö. It’s a 4km drive from lillängsdal but an adorable Astrid Lindreg school full of toys and kids to play with …

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Ingarö: Hiking in the fall

November 29, 2009
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Here’s us hiking around the house. The two hills are the ones that become so tretrous in the wintertime … but here it’s still fall and much warmer.

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Ingarö: Hiking on the Island

November 28, 2009
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Several square miles of forest full of trains surrounds our house and all along it there is a beautiful shoreline below the cliffs that line the island with a few scattered houses and docks. Pia loves the hiking the most but Lukie loves it too as long as he doesn’t have to actually do the […]

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Ingarö: Thanksgiving Recipie

November 25, 2009
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Thanksgiving Menu (we were 20 people and this is what Elle served ..) 1. Thanksgiving Turkey (unbrined, 18 pounds serving 16 people) 2. Mashed Potatoes 3. Cranberry Sauce 4. Taragon Green Beans (serving 8 people) 5. Brussel sprouts hash with Caramelized Shallots 6. Roasted Parsnip and Sweet Potato with Thyme 7. Gravy 8. “Libby’s Famous” […]

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Ingarö: American Thanksgiving

November 21, 2009
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We celebrated Thanksgiving a few days early this 2nd of Thanksgivings for Lucas.  In hindsight, we picked exactly the right day since the sun came out and gave us an amazing day on Ingarö with picture perfect sunset and all …  … and it all happened thanks to Elle who made it her mission to […]

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Inagrö: Lucas’ first birthday present …

November 18, 2009
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May just be a Red Fire Truck …

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Ingarö: Lucas turns 1!

November 18, 2009
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Waking up on his birthday! Here in his Birthday suit! Busy guy Indeed, there was a Birthday Cake … and a Birthday Candle

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