It's been a looooong time since I last wrote here, and so much has happened since! So what have you missed? I have been sick for a couple of days, a really bad cold. But since there's no one that can take care of the children I had to stick it out. It was not that bad, but it was really difficult not to hug and cuddle with the boys! The oldest one wanted to hug all the time and he said he didn't care if he got sick in the process, haha.
November 23rd was thanksgiving, an American holiday involving food and family. I was super excited for this holiday that is portrayed in so many movies and series, but that you actually know nothing about. My host family always go to the boys' aunt for the holiday since there's no school or work. The boys were off school from Tuesday to Sunday, and it was really nice to have them home. They didn't have that much homework so the time was spent chilling and preparing for the trip. Their aunt lives in Atlanta with her family, so on Thursday morning we got on the plane to Atlanta, Georgia. I had not met their aunt, her husband, and cousins before so that was really nice. Their grandparents were there too. I've met them plenty of times before, but it was a while ago since their last visit so it was nice seeing them again too. The family had the cutest greyhound and cat. They were cute but not as snuggly as Bo ;) Thanksgiving dinner was served at 2pm, and let me say it was a feast! There were so much food and desserts! After two hours of eating and talking, I was so full and tired... We spent the rest of the evening just chilling by the TV, where they showed an Indiana Jones marathon. It was a really relaxing day.
On Friday, it was Black Friday! That's when stores have an incredible discount, and most people go shopping for Christmas presents. My host-mom, her sister, and their mom have a tradition of going to an outlet mall at 6am (!!!), and this year they asked if I wanted to join. Of course I said yes, because although some stores in Sweden has started with Black Friday, it is much bigger in the U.S. So at 6am, we sat in the car on the way to the outlet mall. We bought coffee and breakfast on the way, because we didn't want to waste any time. When we arrived, there were already people there, and the parking lot was starting to fill up. We went to the Kate Spade store first and there was already a line (?). It was insane. But it was so worth it, going early and standing in line for the stores. All stores had 50-75% discount, and many stores had buy 1 get one 1 free. I didn't bring a big bag to Atlanta, so I had a hard time fitting everything in when it was time to go back home. I didn't buy a lot of stuff, but I bought big things, like a bag and knitted sweaters. We left the mall at 3pm, so it was many hours of walking and shopping. When we got back, we were all super tired so we ended up back in the couch. This evening we watched Christmas movies.
This weekend was my weekend off. So I had half the day off in Atlanta, before we had to go home. I had found that there was a Coca Cola museum there, so that is what I decided to do. It was amazing. I'm not a big fan of Coca Cola as a drink, but the museum was so cool. When I got in, I received complimentary Coca Cola (of course), and then we had a small guided tour and a movie before we were led into the exhibitions where it continued as a self-guided tour. I went around 10am, so there was not a lot of people there, but the tour-guide said that they usually gets around 7000 (!!!) visitors per day. Since it is Christmas time, they had decorated the hall with Christmas trees and Christmas-themed Coca Cola ads, and you could meet the Coca Cola polar bear. The exhibitions were very broad; old ads for the drink, the secret recipe, how it was served in the past, a 4D movie, how it was made in the factory, Coca Cola in pop culture, and a taste center. They had everything you would ever like to know about the brand Coca Cola. It took me about 2.5 hours to go through it all, much more time than I had intended to spend there. I'm so glad that I decided to go. There were a lot of Swedish things there as well, which is never wrong ;) After the World of Coca Cola, I went walking around in downtown Atlanta for a while, and then it was time to go to the airport. When we got home around 6pm in the evening, I was so tired that I went to bed almost straight away. I slept for 11 hours, so today I'm feeling very well rested!
Today is Sunday, and I have some errands to run, i.e. Christmas shopping. My host-family has started to decorate the house and I'm feeling extra festive today, so it's a day where the only music playing is going to be Christmas music! Tomorrow everything is back to normal. The boys are going to school, and I'm going to roam around the house. It feels a bit weird because we have been on vacation for almost a week now, but at the same time, it will be nice with some routines again.
Fun fact, I calculated yesterday that before the year is over, I will have gone on 19 flights! 19 flights in five months! That's insane! But I shouldn't complain because I've gotten to see so much. I really love traveling so it has not been the worst thing in the world. Before I came here, I hated flying. I was terrified of it, and even though I don't particularly love it now, it is not as bad as it was in the beginning. This could be due to the fact that I'm flying with two little boys now, so I have my mind mostly occupied, haha.
I hope everyone at home is feeling great! It's almost "första advent", and think it is so sad that they don't celebrate it here... because it is then you know that it is Christmas time! I also hope that everyone is enjoying the cold weather! It's cold here too, but I'm waiting for the snow.
Ok, that's all for now. Now I'm going to continue drinking my gingerbread latte 🎅🏼🤶🏼