Sathurday & Sunday with Sanna

We slept in, kind of. She woke up early and let me sleep. Had breakfast around 9am. Scrambled eggs, prosciutto, avocado, toast and of course coffee. Then we went for a long walk all the way to the Rye pier. On the way there we stopped and got an iced tea at Starbucks. It was an incredible hot day, like 30*C + and a clear blue sky. We walked for about 2,5 h in total. On our way back we got ice cream.

When we got back I realized how badly burned I was, like holy whatever. Totally forgot about sunblock, looked like someone painted me red. We napped when we got home, we slept 3h, probably cause we were so burned. Sanna made us homemade burgers for dinner served with broccoli, a salad with spinach, apple and goat cheese. Played badminton in the backyard, gosh we sucked at that, took wine pauses, cause I mean what is water even. Sat out in the rain and kept sipping wine, we always find something to discuss cause we talk about literally everything. Did our makeup, had mojitos and spilled secrets. Had one of the best eves out since I got here. I even forgot to use social media, that’s how you know you’re enjoying yourself a little extra. Got to bed like around 4.30am after tripping around in heels, scraping elbows, downing red bull vodka, dancing, meeting new people, eating a burger and facetime our favorite swedes.

Sunday was chill and nothing else. I woke up which what felt like a tongue made out of sand. Went down to the kitchen where I found a icebag.., what. “Sanna are you hurt?” “YEA YEA, you know what, I did, my ankle is swollen”. Haha good job girl. We went to get Chipotle, cause what else. Had our lovely bowls and then she drove me home. Had the best weekend and a very much needed vacay. BBQ and quality time with a friend, how summer should be spent.

Emma, x

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Friday with Sanna

I’d dropped the kiddos off at school and then I had to get to my LCC’s house. An LCC is the contact person every Au pair with Cultural Care has to have and stay in contact with to make sure we do every thing we need, get information and help if needed. We were just having a Fika. She had made a very yummy banana bread and I’d brought some cinnamon buns. We just talked and had a great time. She’d bought coffee for us and no one else was drinking it, so naturally I had about 4 cups of coffee, cause one can’t waste right.

After that Sanna was coming over. We did a nice workout together; some strength exercise for the entire body and then running + jumping squats in the stairs. Fixed some lunch, showered, took a nap and then went to get the kids. Took the kiddos to the park and snacked on cinnamon buns. I got to end work early so packed my bag. Literally looked like I was going on a proper vacay with my carry-on filled with stuff. My girls were so cute when we were leaving, waving and sending kisses from the window.

Did a super Swedish summer carpool karaoke. Next stop was Wine & Liquors, we needed some rosé for our BBQ. Best dinner ever, honestly Sanna is the BBQ Queen. This evening we came up with a new swedish verb, Ernsta, att Ernsta. Haha it’s this swedish intertior designer/chef. He’s always having some tv show where he expresses how important it is to enjoy life, he’s also for some reason very often barefoot. Hehe well so we Ernsta, we went for a sundown walk barefoot and with wine in paper cups. When we came back we lit a fire even though it was like 26*C outside, hehe forgot about that part. We had more wine and grilled some smores. Coziest night ever.


Emma, x

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Och vi kan dansa åt andra hållet...

June passed so fast. One moment Freya was here, Stella was graduating in her cute cap and gown and the next second it was midsummer already. I'd looked forward to midsummer since like New Year's Eve. The kids went to school during the day and then I got to be off in the afternoon. So I just did the morning routine with my girlies and then went to Deccico's & sons and ShopRite to get some shopping done. Got some elderflower lemonade and my favorite rosemary crisps to snack on when I'd make the flower crown. I got a bunch of cheep but beautiful flowers at ShopRite. I spent like more then an hour on that crown, it got way too thick and even after "fixing" it it was massive. But I liked it so doesn't matter does it. I got my makeup done and the dress I'm aware gives me way to much cleavage. People it's hard to shop for me, I have both shoulders and boobs so I just don't fit dresses at all but I want to, and then this is the result, oh well. I felt content though.

I took the cab to the train cause I wanted to drink in the city. Duh it's midsummer. So when the cab came he apparently where getting more people and it turned out to be more swedes. Haha we are everywhere, especially a day like this. Like the cool old business woman Barbro Ehnbom said "Man blir Svenskare än svensk i New York" (basically ; you become more Swedish in New York). Meet even more swedes at the train station so I didn't have to feel like an idiot anymore with my flower crown since all of them had one too. Finally at grand central people were pointing and saying we looked like the Snapchat filter or asking if we were going to a wedding. When Maddie and Sanna came in to the central they had ofc already started drinking, which I was stupid enough not to think of. They were hilarious so even though I was annoyed I could not be mad. They knew I was not to exited about them already being all tipsy so they'd obviously decided to try being on their best behavior. And it was so obvious that they were doing just that, trying. We went to Urban Space and got some fried chicken sandwiches, cause who wants a beach bod, not us apparently. Maddie dropped chicken in her shirt whilst continuing to eat on her sandwich and then ate that piece to, that was our current state. No wait that's the level we're always at, drunk or sober. But it looked hilarious, she seems so completely content with life.
Then we were of to Battery park for some midsummer celebrations. Before actually going in there though we had to get some wine. They went to do the shopping as I was talking to the majority of my relatives on FaceTime. They got me some rosé. The store had opened the bottles for us, given us brown bags and we got straws at the Subway that was one floor up. Finally ready. Sat down watching the end of the Hudson River and lady liberty sipping on our wine. I got pretty tipsy compared to what I drank, think it might have been cause it was so extremely hot and demo. They (rise/rouse) up the midsummer maple/pole. We got some sandwich cake and chocolate balls. Then the best part, time for dancing. There is so much people there to participate that we ran to get space to dance. This was probably the best part of the whole day. I laughed so much I couldn't breath. You look like a complete fool but you do it together with friends and strangers, the atmosphere is just a complete feeling of being home. Not necessarily Sweden, but home, belonging. That even though you don't know the name of the person either to you left or right, who's calfs you're holding whilst there holding yours and your walking in a circle almost falling over, there's nothing wrong about it. Everyone is allowed and everyone laughs together as if we've known each other forever. If that's not beautiful nothing is. It has as I said been the weirdest weather all day. There was supposed to be a thunder storm but it never came, tension in the air, grey, demp and confusingly hot. The sun cracked up for a few minutes, and then it started. Pouring down. We couldn't be upset, cause I mean it was midsummer, it's almost supposed to rain on midsummer. We had discussed going out to a bar or club after but we looked like drenched cats, tired we were as well. At the train about after 10 sometimes, me and sanna came to the conclusion it felt like 5 in the morning. We were so done and bed was a much more fun idea then going out. Sanna came home with me.
Next day, Saturday, my family was gonna celebrate midsummer. In case your not following, the dad, F, is Swedish. So me and Sanna came with them to another celebration. Cozy with the kids. F had gotten more sandwich cake and we made new flower crowns. Danced around the maple once again but now with the kiddos. Just chilled, had an ice cream. Just simply enjoyed life without having to do much. Top 3 out of all the midsummers I have had in my life.
After getting back Sanna wanted to nap, but Maddie came to get us to go get some dinner. Maddie and I did Chopet' and sanna did LTK. Ate in my backyard and just had a great time.

Emma, x

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Coney Island & Top of The Rock

Saturday we were going into the city, but we didn’t have a car so we had to walk to the train station. Takes about 40 min. I was really morning grumpy. We skipped doing breakfast, forgot to brush my teeth and hair, only thing I’d done was doing my makeup and putting my clothes on. It was not even 9, Freya tried to hitch a ride and I was still kind of asleep. Walked 4 km at 9.30 already. When we finally got to the station though I got much happier as Freya made a really tasty breakfast for us. Avocado toasts.

We took the train to grand central and then the metro to Coney Island. Took some time, were there about 12. Strolled, looked at all the nice graffiti and then all the horrible rollercoaster. I loved it out by the ocean, didn’t at all feel like NY. A completely different atmosphere with the beach walk and all the food places. We walked out on a pier and then bough some onion rings.

Then it was time to get back into the city. I was laughing at Freya so much as she was holing her phone out over the train rail in hope to catch some of McDonalds wifi. The guy beside me laughed with me and then gave Freya his seat as she gave up. Nice I thought, but then like 20 minutes later he would’ve been dead if my eyes could kill. He was on his phone with a friend and then so obviously tried to sneak a picture of me, he looked so busted when we got eye contact. He got the “are you serious” look I turned away and shook my head. Freya didn’t notice a thing as we were listening ti a documentary. Then it was time for Top of The Rock, an absolute must if you come to NYC and the weather will allow a good view. Then we went to Urban Space for some dinner. I had a Japanese and Mexicans fusion bowl with salmon in it.

We got home around 9 and got ready to go out. We’d bough some peach margarita that Freya said tasted like shit but that I would like it, she was right, usually don’t like peach but it was good. Then I was gonna say I’d choose vodka over the drinks we had any day of the week, dropped the bottle and catched it in the air. Haha when we went in the cab I started to think Freya was so embarrassing. I mean I shouldn’t be but it was like she was my sibling and no matter what she did I was a lil embarrassed, or mostly and kind of only when she nonstop was talking to the cab driver. Madde and Sanna was ofc with us. Had a blast.

Now that was it for this visit. We just chilled Sunday and then Freya left to go home on Monday. Miss her so and even though she at times drive me crazy I love her, we have the best times together,

Emma, x

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Waxing, baby turkey & Mets game

Some day it feels like just about everything happened. This was one of them. FriYAY. Left the kids at school and then we went of for waxing. First time for me, gooosh how nervous I was. Even though I was just doing bikini line and not a Brazilian. It was scary. I mean it hurts, I’m not gonna lie. They say it feels like a band-aid being ripped off, I say sure, a ban-aid with superglue attached to your skin. But me and all my friends (that I know have done it) all agree it’s worth it. If you were considering, just be aware, there is pain.

Coming home we made a salsa salad bowl. We then played some soccer to soak up the sun. Made watermelon slushies’ for us. Did some pampering. Standing there in my towel and green facemask I heard a weird noise in my room. I live in the basement, there’s this full-length window so obviously there’s like a pit that goes down. Over this hole there’s a plastic screen to keep out rain and such. But somehow a flippin turkey baby managed to get in between the plastic and the wall and fell down the pit. Now just to clarify something. I hate birds. Turkeys, turkeys are the biggest and ugliest looking and sounding bird there is. It was a baby so it was almost cute but I was not like in a great position to go save a turkey baby, standing in a towel with a facemask. We of course did save it though, hope he found his mama.

We got the kids and when we got home their nana had come to visit over the weekend. Which was great cause then she could take the kids, Freya and I could get ready to go to the Mets game. Did our make up and then got the car to get to the citifield stadium. Haha I was like I’ve heard this is the most boring sport in the world so I didn’t have the highest expectations. Freya got us beer and popcorn. Once in a while people would start screaming and we were like “Is something happening?” “I still do not understand anything, do U?” “haha noo…”. It was really cold which we hadn’t quite understood before so we were freezing. Therefor we changed seats later to an open spot closer down to the court/field or what ever it’s called. The only thing we learned was where the score board was. Haha had an amazing Friday though with one of my absolute favorite gals. Now I can check off baseball game from my imaginary to do list.

Emma, x

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Week 22

Freya was here for about two amazing weeks. During the weekdays she sometimes went into the city whilst I was working. On the Monday I was hangover and my family wasn’t home yet so we just chilled.

Tuesday I dropped of S at school, Freya at the train and then A and I had a cozy day. Did some washing and watched some youtube. A loves watching Tanya Burr, can’t blame her. In the evening I did a workout whilst Freya sat on the bed with cupcakes from Magnolia bakery. I got one when I were done, lying on the floor sweaty and eating the best chocolate confetti cupcake ever.

Wednesday after dropping the kids off we went to Shop Rite where Freya shopped snacks for like 70$, basically anything you could think off. Then she wanted to get KFC, I felt that I shouldn’t but she ended up buying a bucket. It was one of those things that were really good but I won’t to again. The chicken was great but the thing I was most happy about was the mashed potatoes and the gravy, goodness that is something I’d missed. We don’t really eat potatoes in my house here. After getting the kids we went to Greenburgh Nature Center where the kids wanted to show her everything. When we got home Freya drew chalks with the kids until dinner. With the kids asleep we went for a nice walk.

Thursday there wasn’t really anything going on. Last time at the Little Gym, the previous time they had the show but this was the official last class of the term. Got Starbucks before per usual, need caffeine to play in a room with ten or more angry or exited kids and their parents. When we got home I went to the bathroom and when I come out I find A drinking up the last sips of my coffee. Oh goodness she was ashamed. She got freaked out and sad as soon as I asked her what she was doing. Haha one of the funniest situations I’ve been in with her cause she was so weird. I put on some music for her and then she was fine, the power of Icona Pop, I don’t caaaaaare I LOVE IT.

Emma, x

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Brooklyn & 9/11 Memorial

Sunday funday, the day both of us decided to do the brilliant choice of shoes. We came to the great conclusion that if neither of us had good shoes no one would get annoyed with the other as one slowed down the tempo. Very smart gals. Blisters blister all the way. Today it was time for Brooklyn, starting with a walk over the bridge. When we got over we found a popcorn truck and Freya didn’t even have to think about it. A few moments later we stood on the sidewalk with a massive brown bag filled with the five different flavored popcorns. Best tasting popcorns I had in my life. Cheddar, caramel, chocolate, movie and then a fifth one I can’t remember, perfection. Freya of course needed the classical Dumbo picture and oh my how I laughed. She had some really beautiful ones but then I also managed to get like haft split jumps and so on. We then set up the mission to find sushi, which turned out to what felt like a treasure hunt, but then finally we did find a place. We walked back to the grass between Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge to eat our lovely lunch. West elm was right behind us so we went in to look for some interior inspiration, find a bathroom and shop at the Brooklyn roasting company they have in there. I got myself an awesome cup of latte and a flippin amazing blueberry doughnut for Freya. Took the subway to lower Manhattan. Got a doughnut there too cause I mean, it’s a doughnut, but at Dunkin’.

We then went to the 9/11 Memorial. Let me tell you that is something special. Going there I had two feelings. One that is really hard to explain, it’s like you all of a sudden connect to what humanity really is and you feel this love and compassion for these people you never knew and all the people that loved them. Understanding that all of these names are a person and all of them had whole families that can never have them back. All of these names are people and what happened to them was as well was done by people. It’s hard to understand so you skip to think and analyze about it and instead just feel it. There’s a graveyard here. The people that are remembered there on their birthdays they put a white rose next to their name. I walked around wishing them a happy birthday. It’s surreal. In the city of New York, not outside, but in a city, where one of the most tragic and scary wake up calls in history took place, where all of these people died, there’s a graveyard. And it’s horrible and it’s beautiful. There’s a special sense of respect you carry with you walking there. But then there are those people that somehow seem to be lacking that respect and that’s when my second feeling comes in. Just right up pissed. I know y’all have a brain so why you not using it. I mean I don’t understand, do you usually take pictures and smile next to graves or is it just this one? Did you somehow miss that this is in memory of the dead? I get it, take pictures, I did. You can even be in them but for heavens sake don’t smile damn it. Don’t joke, laugh, let your kids run around and jump on things. There was this one parent that put up their kid on the edge of the fountain/grave, the guard came and instead of just asking them to get of he told them to get down because they were putting their sons feet on a dead mans name. I think everyone should go there it’s something that I would say is a somewhat important experience, if you can behave, otherwise, don’t, don’t bother.

After a moment of silence we went to century 21 for some shopping. Freya got a beautiful Karl Lagerfeld handbag. We went home, extremely tried. But it was just to chug that coffee and then get going with the shots cause we were going out. Well aware it was Monday the coming day, it was a holiday and my family wouldn’t come home until evening. So none of us was working. Sanna and Madde came over to my house. Doing my make-up and then going up to ask what outfit to wear I find the two of them singing our national song with a beer in one hand and the other one on their hearts. Weirdos. Then we did lemon flavored vodka. I’m not talking Aboslute Vodka with lemon flavor. I’m talking this is as strong as that but tastes like lemonade and I could chug the whole thing straight out of the bottle cause that how good it is but I would die from alcohol poisoning, that kind of lemon flavored vodka, Deep Eddy. Shots to Blue Swedes – Hooked on a feeling, haha. Then we had deep talk outside the door waiting for the cab. Important things like the fact that you need a man to pay for your Channel bag, haha, crying of laughter, them Maddie turns to me and with a cheesy voice goes “Emma, Emma, Emma, all you want is someone to love you”. Then Sanna started to pet our plants cause they are so soft and fluffy, haven’t even left the house yet. We had a really fun night, lots of dancing. I made pasta for me and Freya before going to bed at 4.20 am. Yeayh, love my gäris.

Emma, x

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The Manhattan Route

Saturday the 27th of May. Even though we wanted to go to the city as quick as possible we didn’t want to stress. We had a nice breakfast, cereal filled with chocolate that she just had to have. First thing we did coming into the city was finding the first Starbucks, because I needed fuel, hehe. We walked to Bryant Park and everything felt just so, it was perfect. We watched the kids giggle as the old fashioned carousel went round and round. Walked down Manhattan, passed Empire State Building and got to get my laugh watching Freya trying to get a picture of it. Got some real nice pictures of Freya however in front of Flatiron. My favorite buildings are Chrysler and Flatiron, they’re both very beautiful and interesting. It was a warm but gray day, just how I’d want a day in the city. We watched all the art that was for sell on the sidewalk. Massive jewelry and pocket flasks, all kinds of paintings. There was this one booth that really was impressive, this old man (that turned out to have a Swedish wife) had made these really cool paintings of mason jars and it really freaked me out that they were painting and not printed, they were soooooo well made. Up close you could see the paint and the strokes, amazing.

Washington Square Park was beautiful as usual. People had painted and written beautiful things with chalk all over. These young boys were playing wonderful jazz as we walked out of the park trying to find the Carrie Bradshaw apartment. Just when I was supposed to take picture of Freya in front of the Bradshaw stairs my host mom facetimed me and I got the scariest funniest news ever. A had ran into a cactus. I laughed so much. They did to as she wasn’t in pain anymore. She apparently were swinging her arm for no particular reason as one does when you’re two yrs old, swung it right into a cactus, hilarious. We had linner at Black Tap. The food was great. However as we left we started fighting. I really love this girl, she’s like my sister, but we think very differently, and when we get upset we don’t really communicate, we just both get snarky, especially when we fight with each other. We got over it quickly, just to tired. Got ourselves together, listened to each other, solved the problem and went up on the High Line. We walked the whole way, which I’ve never done before. Like I’ve said before I really like the High Line, except for when there’s an unreasonable amount of tourists, but out of all the tourist attractions I have done over and over again it’s my favorite because of the contrast it has to the city.

We then found our way to Victoria Secret as one just has to. Freya shopped a lot. Then we made our way to see Times Square, as it was dark now. It was fleet week, so many drunken sailors. I’d earlier done a dare for myself during the beginning of the day that I had to ask to take a picture with some sailors before we got on the train home. If you don’t know me, I made that dare because for me it really was a challenge, I don’t like social situation that are new and I don’t know what the outcome will be. But I did it and ofc it went fine and wasn’t at all as embarrassing as it feels before you actually do whatever you’re supposed to. We went up on the red stairs where more sailors wanted to be in everyone’s pics and were so blissfully drunk haha. Freya and I walked to Grand Central; I love how the Chrysler building shines when you’re on your way home in the evening.

Emma, x

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Finally here

The 24th of May; Me and the munchkins were waiting for my friend to arrive. The day before they both made cute cards and such for her even though it would be the first time they’d meet. I showed them her Instagram and S came to the conclusion that she was the cutest. My princess Freya, how I’d missed her. Finally she was here. Sitting on the metal chairs waiting on the train whilst the kids where drumming with their feet there suddenly came a honk and the train rolled in. The pink Björn Borg bags where hard to miss even though she stepped of at the far end of the platform. I started walking with one kid in each hand but after a while I couldn’t bare it anymore, it went to slow, we all started running of excitement. It’s funny how you sometimes understand first when being together again how much you actually missed someone. It happens almost every time here. There’s just so many to miss that you can’t really think or let yourself feel it too much, and you keep those feelings within it’s boundaries until they’re finally there and you just want to hug them forever. S gave her the cute cards and we made our way to the car. I made dinner and we ate with the kids. Put them to bed and then I brought her to Shop Rite. It’s so fun to see someone experience new things, even something as simple as a grocery store. Her face when she saw the lobsters, or my face when she found the biggest cheese ball box and declared it was going in her carry-on, I’m sure it wouldn’t even fit. We walked to Starbucks and catched up on whatever I might have missed since December.

Thursday the 25th. S was going to visit the school she’ll start at this coming fall so they were both home today. We had a calm and cozy morning. A was already trying to boss Freya around, we were singing Pippi Longstocking songs as they were attacking her with hugs and wrestling her down on the floor. Freya came with A and I to the Little Gym. It was show day and she got a medal. I felt so proud of her as she’s gotten so brave compared to the begging of the term. As the parents were home because of the fact they had to bring S to the new school me and Freya went out for lunch when I’d put them down for their nap. We had chipotle, ofc. We came back early so I chilled in front of the fire with a coffee as Freya built things with the kids construction magnets. The girls were so tired and cozy when they woke up, we all just cuddled up with music in S’s bed before showering them. We then made brownies. By far the absolute worst batch of anything I ever made. The kids didn’t mind though, it’s chocolate and sugar, in their eyes nothing was wrong, especially not with whipped cream all over. When the kids were in bed Freya became my PT and I was barley standing at the end. But then we started dancing and the extra energy kicked in. She showed me her latest R&B choreography, guess what, I started crying. To my defense it really had that much feeling in it. We ended up giving whatever was left dancing in heels and then falling asleep wasn’t that hard.

26th of May. It was finally Friday and my host family was going away on vacay. So Freya and I decided to have a cozy dinner. Invited Sanna over and we did have a wonderful meal in the backyard. Sat out there until the sun been down for hours and the cold was too much. Went to bed and got ready for the coming day.


Emma, x

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Madeleine is turning 21

In my house everyone loves Madeleine so I though it would be perfect to have a little birthday party for her at our house. It was a pretty hot day the 17th of May and we were working so that meant we could have fun with the kiddos. I’d made a card and a cake for her. S helped me make a punchbowl and set the table. We filled up some water balloons and also got the sprinklers ready for the kids. I had some how messed up the sprinkler so Maddie were going to save the situation and got wet. She’d also brought the latest addition to the family, a little cutie pie with the name of Christopher. We all sang happy birthday for her and then served the cake. Put on a movie for the kids so that we actually could finish our cake, thoughts and sentences for a bit. Really hot and cozy day, it officially felt like summer.

On the Friday I was off since my family were going away over the weekend. I decided to sunbath even though I hate it, and I did not put sunscreen on…,ops. I did go in all the time to check how it was looking and I didn’t stay out there that long so I though I was fine. Went inside, 2 hours later my bum felt super hot. Went to check, oh my goodness. I don’t think I’ve ever burned this bad before, might be cause I’ve never sunbathed in string panties before, haha it was bad. Imagine the whitest palest white next to like lobster red but even a shade brighter, insane. I later got to go to another Swedes house to have some tacos with the swedish gals and I needed to stand some part of the eve cause yeah…

Next day it was time to properly celebrate Madeleine again. Her friends had invited us all to a birthday brunch at their place. We had mimosas, bellini and avocado toast. Maddie had two champagne bottles to pop, one she almost shot at us standing behind her, how I don’t know. The second one went to the neighbors and Maria just screamed in a weird whisper “RUN”. They had bought a lot of balloons for her so they sang with helium. They’d got her cupcakes that said Happy birthday Maddie on them, super yummy as well which I’ve found is rare here if you don’t go to like Magnolia bakery. These were from Whole Foods. Honestly I got pretty tipsy on those drinks. It’s really fun to day drink just not that awesome in the long run. Me and Sanna walked back to her place to do our makeup and stuff. We were so tired but also exited for the evening. They came to get us with the car because heels. We later got a pizza for dinner and then the drinking started again. Sanna made a strawberry cake that was actually really good; she put some frosting in it which made it different from just a normal strawberry shortcake, heavenly. I got way to wasted but I also had a really great night. And I hope Madeleine had the best birthday week ever as well. Love U Maddie.

Emma, x

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