Downtown Walnut Creek is a sweet little area with plenty of fancy boutiques and restaurants.
After a week filled with, among other things, parent/teacher conferences we decided to spend the Saturday there - having lunch and do some shopping.

Having met most of my childrens' teachers during these conferences I cannot be anything but happy & proud. They all three got the best feedback possible, and more than one teacher said to me: "whatever you do, keep doing it".

Parenting is hard, and so many times you ask yourself "are we doing what's best for our kids or should we do it differently?". Whether it's about moving them around the world and making them change schools and leave their friends behind or about letting them stay out late Friday always question yourself somehow. Getting all this positive feedback, knowing we must be doing something right, gives me all the energy I need.....for now..

Giving my daughter Filippa the feedback from her teachers she tells me:
"I have to be successful because I like expensive things!"
So off to Walnut Creek we went...

Tomorrow it's Halloween.

The kids have made cupcakes, decorated the house and the patio.
They've chosen what to wear, we've filled a tray with goodies......

They're ready...and so am I.....Hallo Wine!!! 🍷



The day started out really good - dropped the girls off for a tennis lesson at 8 am, and at 9 me & Joakim played a game.
Went home for a quick shower and then went to drop off Filippa at a party.

Having had just a coffee and a sandwich for breakfast I said to Joakim on our way back: let's find a coffee shop.
Living in California-at least in this area, you'll pass just as many wineries as coffee shops.
Not having visited a single one yet (it is true) we figured why not?

Luckily we happened to choose an excellent one - the Steven Kent Winery in Livermore valley. Being the sixth generation member of America's oldest winemaking family he started his winery in 1996. Today the winery is a leader for the region, crafting small lot vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grape varieties.

We were also fortunate to arrive two minutes before a wine tasting only performed once a year.

The 2013 Lineage -Steven Kent's classic blend of the five basic red Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec & Merlot - were just released (only 555 six-packs produced).

Should we stay or should we go look for a coffee shop?

Just arrived home with one of the 555 cases produced you guessed right!

Live a little more in Livermore valley



Ok! Been thinking of keeping a blog for quite some yrs now..though I never really got around.....moving to the US in August 2016 I had to leave my job in Switzerland maybe between all the dropping off & picking up at school 😁 I will find the time to start. The pic shows our start of the day!