Pictures from Sweden (Part 2)

A quick upload while waiting in Kastrup for our flight to Oslo (and then home). Note to self: the WiFi at CPH is very good for a free connection.

More pictures of the lake from Dan's cabin.
More pictures of the lake from Dan’s cabin.
Kronobergs slott (castle), Sweden.
Kronobergs slott (castle), Sweden.
Will on the walkway to Kronobergs slott near Växjö in Småland, Sweden. The ruins are located on an island in lake Helgasjön,  Will, Susanna and I went to the ruins while Ben went fishing with Dan.
Will on the walkway to Kronobergs slott near Växjö in Småland, Sweden. The ruins are located on an island in lake Helgasjön. Will, Susanna and I went to the ruins while Ben went fishing with Dan.

 

Pictures from Sweden (Part 1)

On Friday, the boys and I took the train from Copenhagen to Alvesta, Sweden. We had to switch trains twice – our original train from Copenhagen was cancelled and we had to pass through an ID check at Kastrup Airport before crossing the border into Sweden. It was a little stressful to have to figure out where to go, but at least the people at the information desk spoke English.

In Copenhagen central station, we met a French family on their way to Stockholm that spoke little English and no Swedish. They stuck with us for the train swaps at Kastrup and again at Malmo.  Their daughter sat next to Will on the train ride from Copenhagen to Kastrup, thinking he was older. She was shocked when he said he was 13. She was 18. Of course, it embarrasses Will when I tell the story. But his new haircut makes him look older.

On Saturday, we had Isabella’s christening – Susanna posted pictures on Isabella’s website.

Sunday was an easy day. We cleaned up from the celebration and the boys took it easy.

Monday we went to Kosta and got fish pedicures and ate lunch. After lunch we took a guided tour of the glass blowing factory. In the evening, Susanna’s sister, Rebecka, took the train back to her home, and we headed out to Susanna’s Dad, Dan’s, cabin which is near Sävsjöström, Sweden on Alstern Lake. The boys and I were going to camp out for the night, but after dinner Will felt sick, so Will and I came home while Ben camped out with Dan.

This morning, Will, Susanna and I went back to the cabin and joined Ben and Dan for breakfast. Breakfast was followed by checking out Dan’s harvester, and Ben rode along while Dan took down a few trees. We spent this afternoon taking it easy and playing kubb while the boys took turns trying to figure out the antique (1960s) moped.

Susanna keeping warm next to the sauna at the cabin on the lake.
Susanna keeping warm next to the sauna at the cabin on the lake.
Enjoying the brisk Swedish evening on Alstern Lake, Sweden.
Enjoying the brisk Swedish evening on Alstern Lake, Sweden.
A low camera angle and short (8-inch) wall make Will look like a giant at Herråkra Church, Sweden
A low camera angle and short (8-inch) wall make Will look like a giant at
Herråkra Church, Sweden
Will and Ben watching the glass blowers work at Kosta, Sweden.
Will and Ben watching the glass blowers work at Kosta, Sweden.
Will taking alone time to carve points on sticks at the cabin on the lake.
Will taking alone time to carve points on sticks at the cabin on the lake.

Pictures from Sweden

Susanna and her dad by his camp on the lake.
Susanna and her dad by his camp on the lake.
Susanna's sister, Sofia, setting up flowers at the church the day before her wedding.
Susanna’s sister, Sofia, setting up flowers at the church the day before her wedding.
Susanna, beautiful as always, ready for Sofia's wedding (and of course, 4 months pregnant).
Susanna, beautiful as always, ready for Sofia’s wedding (and of course, 4 months pregnant). Sofia had to fix Susanna’s hair the day before the wedding after declaring that the hair cut she got here before the trip looked like a 5-year-old had cut it. Rebecka added that she thought that Susanna had cut it herself. Both honest as only sisters can be.
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Hanging out with Susanna’s grandmothers (Ruth and Kerstin) in traditional dresses (Värendsdräkt) from their region in Sweden. Time for the reception and drinking to begin.

More Pictures from St. Louis

I’ve been a little slow to finish posting the pictures from St. Louis. We have had a busy 10 days since we got back from our vacation. Now I need another vacation.

Benjamin exploring the roof of the City Museum. Yes, that is a bus hanging over the edge of the roof. It reminded me that I don't really like heights.
Benjamin exploring the roof of the City Museum. Yes, that is a bus hanging over the edge of the roof. It reminded me that I don’t really like heights.
Susanna and Benjamin resting before our tour of Cathedral Cavern.
Susanna and Benjamin resting before our tour of Cathedral Cavern.
Susanna enjoying the City Museum, St. Louis. Beautiful as always.
Susanna enjoying the City Museum, St. Louis. Beautiful as always.

Summer Trips – Pictures from St. Louis

Susanna, the boys, and I are taking a little over a week to drive to St. Louis and visit family. We spent a couple of days in the Ozarks camping in a huge cabin (so not really camping). We spent two days floating on the rivers down there, and even toured a cave (Cathedral Cave). Today we went to the City Museum for the morning, and tonight we will watch fireworks in Webster Groves.  Here are some pictures from the trip so far:

Ben and Brady taking a break at the City Museum
Ben and Brady taking a break at the City Museum
Susanna and my dad at the entrance to the Cathedral Cave.
Susanna and my dad at the entrance to the Cathedral Cave.
Climbing at the City Museum, St. Louis.
Climbing at the City Museum, St. Louis.
The Curtis boys at the City Museum, St. Louis.
The Curtis boys at the City Museum, St. Louis.
Exploring the City Museum, St. Louis.
Exploring the City Museum, St. Louis.
Will and Ben in motion (as always). City Museum,St. Louis.
Will and Ben in motion (as always). City Museum,St. Louis.

Pictures of Cancun (Part 2)…

More pictures from our family vacation to Cancun, Mexico last week. Just in because maybe someone isn’t sick of vacation pictures. Anyway, I’m almost done. Probably one more dump of pictures tomorrow night.

Will playing at the beach by our hotel (completely ignoring Susanna's requests to look up for the picture)
Will playing at the beach by our hotel and completely ignoring Susanna’s requests to look up for the picture.
Enjoying the beach by the hotel (picture by Benjamin)
Enjoying the beach by the hotel (picture by Benjamin).
Benjamin enjoying his drink by the beach (and not too happy to be the subject of the photograph)
Benjamin enjoying his drink by the beach (and not too happy to be the subject of the photograph).
On Tuesday, Will and I borrowed one of the resort's catamarans for a short sail. Despite many hours sailing our own sailboat, a water depth of maybe 10 feet and lifejackets, Will clung to the middle of the boat for the first 20 minutes sailing.
On Tuesday, Will and I borrowed one of the resort’s catamarans for a short sail. Despite many hours sailing our own sailboat, a water depth of maybe 20 feet, and life jackets, Will clung to the middle of the boat for most of the trip. He said it wasn’t the same without a cockpit to sit in.
Benjamin enjoying the swimming pool at the resort.
Benjamin enjoying the swimming pool at the resort.
Susanna: "Just one more picture, please."
Susanna: “Just one more picture, please.”
On Wednesday, Ben and I went on a snorkeling adventure for the morning. Here we are waiting to get underway out to the reef.
On Wednesday, Ben and I went on a snorkeling adventure for the morning. Here we are waiting to get underway out to the reef.
Benjamin enjoying the water at the reef on our snorkeling adventure on Wednesday.
Benjamin enjoying the water at the reef on our snorkeling adventure on Wednesday.
One of the may underwater sights that Ben and I saw on our snorkeling adventure.
One of the may underwater sights that Ben and I saw on our snorkeling adventure.
Benjamin swimming ahead of me at the reef.
Benjamin swimming ahead of me at the reef.
Benjamin enjoying a break after snorkeling, before our van ride back to the hotel. "Dad, can you get me another drink, please?"
Benjamin enjoying a break after snorkeling, before our van ride back to the hotel. “Dad, can you get me another drink, please?”