Time for the snow now. Here you can see the lake, frozen and some day with really beautiful snow, although the temperature has been around 0 all the time. The kidz loved the beach but especially Daniel has been enjoying the snow and ice as well.


Today we went ice-skating, first time for Daniel and it’s amazing how fast he learned to stand and not fall with the skates! I really love ice-skating, since I was in Spain and there was not really any place outside to do it, I just went round and round in circles in some enclosed area πŸ˜‚ It’s amazing to be outside, in the lake, looking at the places we went swimming in the summer, now above the water 😍 Daniel loved it as well, even though it is not easy to learn. Maybe we can even take the girls in a sled for two!


Otherwise they are fine at home, Alba climbs the chairs, Sofia is about to start walking but not and Daniel is teaching them what is right to do and not... He told Alba today β€œWhat did I say before?” as she was climbing chairs πŸ˜‚ (Of course I say that to her and she answers a sweet β€œnonono” and keeps climbing 🀣)


We are lucky just one of them is climbing the chairs, Sofia tries but I think she’s a bit shorter!! They both climb the sofa, they dance together as well, or one dances and the other one claps πŸ’ƒπŸ‘ , they put some music before, of course. They fight as well, for the same toy, the three of them! Daniel runs races together with Alba and, now that I think about it, he races with Sofia by crawling, so both of them crawl and scream πŸ˜‚


No time to get bored but oh they are so funny! And yes we miss family, friends and the sun but we will be back and they feel always close ❀️

Tomorrow starts Daniel the preschool, oh I hope he likes it, I’ll try to remember to take a picture of him leaving with daddy so he will feel proud about it!

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We will celebrate Christmas in Spain and New Year in Sweden so bye to the beaches for now and hello to the snow ⛄️ Of course I could write long about mixed feelings, about how the stars shine tonight... but no, I know I’m lucky to be able to spend this time here together with my family in a beautiful place and I know we also have friends and family in Sweden who are longing to see us.

For the next year I’m looking forward to see how the kids keep growing and outsmarting us (Daniel, 3 πŸ˜…πŸ™„πŸ€£). So far the girls don’t talk so much (today I told J there’s no hurry πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) although I counted that Alba is almost in the 20 words hit. She says in Spanish from “pie”(eng. foot- but also hand for her πŸ˜„) to mine/me (“mi”), bread (“pan”), animal sounds, bottle (“bibe”), toothbrush (“pepe”=cepillo), Alba (which sounds like “baba” or “papa” and she calls Sofia also Alba πŸ˜‚) and many more. Sofia doesn’t talk so much but understands everything and says the words she’s most interested in (mama, toothbrush, bread, locks and feet are highly popular!). Then there’s also DanDan who is of course Daniel!

And well physically it’s s not so much easier (yet?) than before as Sofia likes to be carried around and she ‘s not walking yet and Alba is constantly climbing the table you see in the picture πŸ˜…. She’s even climbing up the sofa and jumping 😱That’s when they are not eating paper, my phone, throwing lamps, fighting etc etc. Anyway I can find the positive side of it, I don’t need a gym!! Although I’m thinking about the swimming pool to relieve some back pain. Actually, the gym may be a good idea to relax πŸ€”πŸ‘

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Yesterday we had a tough day, we had to go to the hospital with Sofia. She's alright now but we got scared as she had convulsions. Apparently that's very common in children as they get fever, it doesn't have to happen again. But we went to the health center and they sent us to the hospital with an ambulance- in case the episode got repeated. Everything went well but we had to stay for 7 hours, in observation, just in case.

It's so hard to see your little child in this situation, I got dizzy, almost fell, my little girl, surrounded by so many unknown, I tried to get her to see me. My little one, my sweet Sofia, even the nurses said you look just like a doll. Nothing serious really, she slept almost the whole evening in my lap. I can't even imagine how it feels to have a child with a serious condition. We forget too often to treasure what we have. Soon it's Christmas πŸŽ„ but I already have the most beautiful presents.

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One day I woke up and suddenly I don't have babies but two young girls who understand everything, Sofia smiles playfully when she does something I tell her not to do (for example eating paper) and Alba is just walking around the house all the time as if she was in a hurry to get somewhere!

They have even started to play together with Daniel. It's surprising how they don't look so much smaller than him now. I can visualize them in the future playing all together 😍 I've been going to the pool 🏊 with Daniel and people has been commenting that he's such a cute little boy, almost like a baby... and then they comment on how well he talks. It amazes me how it shocks me to hear "baby" as I think of him almost as a teen for his conversations πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚Not but seriously he's reasoning pretty well, sometimes I need to remember he is only 3!

Alba and Sofia now say some words and make interesting animal noises πŸ˜†They can even do high five βœ‹ with each other, that is great to see! Alba said "guapa" to SofΓ­a this morning β€οΈπŸ˜„ Sofia says "choca" (high five ) "Aba", "guapa" but she is more silent. Alba says "mooo"(cow), "me, me". Both say boll "ba", "buf, buf" (dog).
And "dΓ€r" (there) and "titta"(look in Swedish). They say also yes and no in Spanish. I can't recall many words that only one of them says, I think they learn quickly from each other πŸ‘ΆπŸ‘Ά Alba says her name (Aba) and Sofia says "Aba" as well but I think she calls herself "beba" (baby) ☺️
Both understand a lot and though Alba walks before, Sofia can get down from beds and sofas with her feet first while Alba goes down with her head first πŸ˜…

Thus, no time to get bored, today I went on vacation to the supermarket (my mom and brother took care of the kiddos). And I'll try to get some rest now as most of us have quite a bad cold. Have a nice weekend!

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One year and one month, are my girls and made it through a long trip by car in Andalucia with their big brother Daniel. On October 18th Alba took her first steps, in the beach! Now is soon Sofia's turn but so far she's been hanging a lot on mummy, as if saying, I don't walk so you'll have to carry me forever πŸ˜„

Meanwhile Daniel has been discusing how his sisters are more of his than mine or from his father and crying if we take any away from him because he's bothering them. Not too bad though, he likes them and sings to them when they cry 😍. However they are getting almost as big as him and start to defend themselves so Daniel, just wait and you'll see.

Coming back to their big day we celebrated it with my mom, dad and my very good friend Pili one day and with my cousins and their family another day. Sofia got a white chocolate cake and cousin Guille helped her blow the candle and Alba got a black truffle cake and Daniel helped her with her candle. They got the hypo Pipo and a frog, a rabbit and a pig from Italy, nice clothes and bracelets with their names!

We went before their birthday to Biopark, a very big zoo in Valencia, with big spaces for the animals and Daniel loved to see the animals from Zootopia πŸ‘ I asked him if he knew which animal was the leopard and he said it was a giraffe πŸ˜‚ But then he saw the real ones and was impressed. However he was even more impressed by the ostrich (esp. avestruz) which he said it had a longer neck than the giraffe and then had such a round stomach! When we came home he said he only liked the crocodile (it was so scary, so close and opening and closing his mouth!) πŸ˜…πŸ˜… But then he added he liked also the giraffe and the elephants... The girls seemed interested as well but didn't comment. It was very interesting to see, in fact they didn't want to sit in their trolley, just be carried and see! 😊 (pictures: Panda and Unicorn not from the zoo!)

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One year already since my little ones came out to the world. They were soo small.... they 've grown now and are so funny and smart kids πŸ’• I still look at them and cannot believe it. I have twins. And it's absolutely wonderful. I'm the luckiest and most tired parent ever 🀣

The girls are calm and always smiling but at the same time they are very different. Alba gets into everything, she's not afraid, explores the world, wants to walk, dance, scream and she's so strong! Sofia is also strong but she'll complain easily, she's more quiet but quick to give anyone a smile and looks in a way like she's planning something 😏

This year has been challenging in some ways as we had the twins, moved and tried to keep three small kids save and happy. Without much sleep or time over. Two babies are well... two babies πŸ˜… But the real trouble comes in adding a toddler to the equation! Still I don't complain as they are such good babies and we had so much help ❀️

Just looking forward to seeing you two grow together, sharing thing, taking things from each other, I cannot but melt when I see you look and smile at each other... each of you is unique and amazing but together you are like a miracle!

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Tonight I had a nice dilemma, it was between going to sleep or watching the stars. I write mainly for my kids so this is why I thought I will write something important about mothers. We are so much moms, above anything else, 24/7, but we are much more as well and it's important to remind one self who we are as individuals and which are our passions.

My big ones are writing, swimming and astronomy. These are the ones that have lasted longer. Something as simple as swimming, the water, the sea, the silence under the surface. Writing, which I do whenever I have the chance, even if I 'm not writing I often think about writing. And astronomy, which is harder to practice -the sky must be dark, and clear. But when I'm somewhere I can see the stars well, I enjoy it immensely: the universe, the constellations, galaxies, nebulae, if I have my telescope it's beyond exciting to discover new things high up in the sky, millions of years apart from us.

Thus, I'm really happy I got the chance to practice my three passions right now- besides enjoying the time with my family. I wish my kids get to learn and enjoy these passions with me and of course find their own to love!

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I'm getting a bit nostalgic about the Summer, it is so short and beautiful in Sweden, specially if you live close to the water... Anyway we have been enjoying the lakes plenty and now we are preparing an important trip. My older brother visited us with Conchy and we had a great time and discovered even more of the nature around us.

I wanted to give you a closer description of the girls' personalities, I wrote recently about Daniel. And my twinnies ❀️? Are they similar? No! They are very different, I think, although both are much calmer than Daniel and fast to smile. They are not difficult at all (although nights can be hard sometimes). Sofia is however the hanging one, she likes to be hold, specially if the brother comes too close πŸ˜‚ she looks more suspicious and she is more prone to call mummy. Alba on the other hand is more likely to escape from the lap and seek adventure, she will hit something and not complain, she's a tough girl already πŸ’ͺ

It's quite much fun to see them together, sometimes they share things, of course many times they take things from each other but not always. They crawl together through the house, one after another as a train and both stand holding on to me to be picked up. Luckily my mom is here and both of them can be picked πŸ˜… They steal food from each other πŸ˜†and sometimes hold the same toy and do not scream but laugh!

I was just remembering about how the twin pregnancy was not any joke but now look, two amazing babies, so lovely! It's hard to believe they were both in my belly, so tiny they were.

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Done this or that... Lately I just go to bed-after stressing during the day- with this guilty feeling. I 'm guessing you know what I mean as a mom. Parenting is hard! I 'm not complaining, I love it but it can be really hard. You probably see these mothers with the three beautiful kids, smiling and think "she's got all figured out" but believe me, not. One day I wonder why I got angry, the next if I could have done/said things differently. In addition we are all sleep deprived, not in our best conditions to make any kind of decisions and yet we have to be answering questions all the time.
I've been wondering, how can I give a realistic vision of how parenting is like? In one side it is wonderful, the development, the kids' ideas, just looking at them is mesmerizing ❀️And sometimes when I talk in Skype with my family and we have to stop because of the screaming they must think what did I get into πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚
I guess the only answer I have is that I'm doing my best. If you are also hoping you could be a better person/parent/partner you are for sure also doing your best. That means you care, you are already a good parent/person. Take a break, breath, do you realize how much your kids love you? That is probably all you need for an answer. Now let's get that diaper and catch some sleep, virtual high five βœ‹

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The girls are 10 months! Alba has already started to stand without support and as Daniel told the dentist, he has two sisters with two teeth each!
Sofia has got the second tooth recently, before that she started to say "meme" which we interpreted as "mamma" and now it's clear. Alba said "papa" first thought πŸ˜„Both shake their heads to say "no" which I find amazing as they are so small.

Daniel's reasoning skills are also impressive, he told me yesterday "as grandma X doesn't speak Spanish and grandma Y doesn't speak Swedish they speak German πŸ˜‚ He meant English of course but still! πŸ‘ŒHe's gone much further than the required 3 words for the 3 year-old control 😏

Finally we suspect the girls are mirror twins as their hair twirls in different directions 😊 One in four identical twins are mirror twins and then they will use different hands, it's quite interesting, we'll see, it's too early to say πŸ‘ΆπŸ‘Άβ€οΈ

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