Picking this year’s puny strawberry harvest.

Southern Sweden is suffering from drought; it’s been hot and dry since early May with no change in sight. But we got one bowl of small strawberries at least, enough for one luxurious breakfast with yoghurt and cereal and fresh strawberries.

Evening walk with pokemons.

It’s summer and school’s out, but for Adrian it won’t really feel like summer until Eric and I also start our summer vacations. He goes to fritids for two weeks (this past week and the coming one) but would much rather be at home with us. Especially since summer care is not offered at his own school but a neighbouring one. It’s the same staff as usual, and some of his best friends are there, but that doesn’t matter much when the place is just wrong.

It’s summer and Adrian got his summer haircut. He has never been fond of washing or combing his hair, but he wanted to keep his hair for warmth during the cold season. Now that the weather is warm, all of the hair came off.

Pokemons and Minecraft are still Adrian’s favourite hobbies. Every other Friday the kids can take a toy with them to school, and Adrian’s chosen toy is almost always his Pokemon album. Then he and his friends sort and organize and compare and trade the Pokemon cards all afternoon.

His “Pokemon Go phone” gets a lot of use. He is quite diligent about playing daily to keep up his “streaks”, and he puts a fair bit of work into practising his throws. We often go out for evening walks together.

While Pokemon Go is something that he does together with myself or Eric, Minecraft is the bond between him and Ingrid. Ingrid finds new mod packs and servers, and Adrian enthusiastically follows along. After some initial technical difficulties we figured out how to make multi-player mode work, with Adrian on my computer and Ingrid on her own, and now they play together nearly every day.

When I tell him to get off the computer, Kalle Anka is his go-to way of just making time pass. Legos and Plus Plus are back in play again as well.

Adrian with his fresh summer haircut. Catching Pokemons of course.

End of school. The children in Adrian’s class sang, got a diploma and a small gift from the teacher, then there was more singing out in the schoolyard. Afterwards we went for our traditional end-of-school conveyor belt sushi lunch at Zan in Kista.

We played Dixit. The kids were tired and distracted. Emotions ranged from boredom to mild hyperactivity.

The Dixit cards are quite pretty and look intriguing at first glance, but when we play, the cards turn out to be less inspiring than expected. The basic idea is great but I think the whole game could be much more interesting with better cards. We’ve been wondering idly whether the cards from Mysterium would work better, but haven’t actually tried yet.

We filled the pool today.

There was a moment of hesitation, but in the end the kids couldn’t resist it, even though the water was stone cold – and will remain so until the sun has had several days to heat it.

The lawn, meanwhile, is pretty dead. And since I mowed it this morning, it’s all full of dry cut grass, which sticks to wet feet and then ends up in the pool as debris. Hence the blue carpet treatment for the bathers.

Preparing for movie night.

We really should do something about the overflowing bookshelves… You cannot see it in this photo, but there are piles of books not only on top of the shelves, but also on the floor in front of them.

Adrian helps me water the garden.