Soft clothes, uncut hair, usually somewhat grimy and with scabbed-over knees. He doesn’t seem to notice dirt much, neither on himself nor his clothes. I have certain standards in that regards, so I usually inspect him before I put him to bed in the evening. Quite often I find his clothes so dirty that they go straight into the laundry hamper, no matter how favourite they are.

Another part of the evening routine is the application of various creams. He has dry skin, although that’s become much better after we left winter behind us. He also has one molluscum wart – just one! – that has been bothering him since last summer already. The wart itself sometimes itches a bit but really isn’t too bad, but unfortunately it irritates the skin around it so Adrian keeps getting eczema in the crook of his elbow. We salve it and it goes away, and then it comes back again. Both Adrian and I are quite fed up with it now.

Adrian likes climbing trees, and has often told me he wishes we had better climbing trees in our garden. But the ones we do have are pretty OK too. And of course he climbs every climbable tree we find when we’re out in a forest or park somewhere.


The era of Bamse is over and Adrian has graduated to reading Kalle Anka instead. When a new Bamse issue arrives he still reads it, but is done with it in five minutes. And he no longer spends all evening reading old issues. Instead, Kalle Anka is the thing.

Of games, Minecraft is his favourite, especially when we play it together. He likes building best, especially tall constructions with towers. I’m more into exploring and mining. In our current world his ongoing projects include a trampoline made out of green slime blocks, and a sniper tower that he wants to use for shooting monsters from a safe distance. (We’re not very good at fighting monsters and I regularly get killed when I run into skeletons, and then we have to restore from a save point and that is annoying. We do want some monster excitement in our world, but ideally all the monsters should be clearly weaker than us.)

And Pokemons, of course. He’s saved up so he could buy a used iPhone on which he can play Pokemon Go. We paid enough to get him a phone, because before long he will be walking home from school on his own. That was about half the cost of a modern-enough iPhone, and he contributed the other half. It remains to be seen if it ends up like Ingrid’s “Pokemon Go phone” which was initially so very important and which she now almost never actually uses for Pokemon Go.

Random fact: he likes carrying out small lumps of Blu Tack-like putty and playing with them: squeezing, pulling, rolling, pressing them onto his thumbnail or an uneven patch of wall, etc. I think he probably keeps one in every pocket.


We went to see The Sound of Music. Got to the venue a bit early, went in to the vintage clothes shop next door to pass the time. Adrian fell in love with the 19th century top hats and was rather disappointed when he heard the prices.


He always sets up the code and I always get to guess.


Ingrid is off on a scout hike and Eric is working (on such a beautiful sunny weekend, too, poor guy). Adrian and I went out for some walking and sausage grilling near Hellasgården.

We first crossed the bridge to the west side of lake Dammtorpsjön, and I had hoped to maybe walk all the way around the lake. But Adrian was not very interested in the walking – his focus was more on the sausage grilling. (And on sticks, of all sizes.) So shortly after we came to the sunny cliffs with views of the lake, we already stopped for lunch. And I have to admit it was a very nice spot for that.

Very windy, though – and there were no flat spots further down, so it was either make do where we were or take a longer walk, and I was pretty sure the latter wouldn’t end well. I had real trouble getting the coals on the disposable grill to burn in the wind. The starter paper burned up in seconds without any effect on the coals, so I ended up building a little fire out of dry twigs on top of the coals to get them started. But we got our sausages done in the end.

From where we sat, the cliffs on the other side of the lake looked very inviting, so on our way back we made a little detour and clambered around there as well. We stumbled upon an excellent climbing tree, which must have gotten an awful lot of use as just a climbing tree – it had many bald spots and sawed-off branches. Adrian climbed up and I looked on, slightly envious, but I didn’t want to make him come down to make room for me. But then he suggested that I should climb as well, and I was not going to say no to that!


It’s been a late and cold spring, but today was surprisingly, wonderfully warm and sunny – the first day when we felt that the warm season is finally here. We celebrated this with the now almost traditional ice creams outside in the afternoon sun.


Likes:

  • Captain Underpants. Reading in general, especially late in the evening when it’s bedtime.
  • Cycling.
  • Board games. We’ve been playing Secret Code several times recently.
  • Minecraft. Playing the pocket edition on his iPad is no longer enough. I’ve now set up an account for him on my computer and installed the real deal, so that he can play on public servers etc. Just like Ingrid at about the same age.
  • The Mumin books (which Eric is reading for him) and The Brothers Lionheart (which I just finished reading for him).
  • Climbing. Particularly in trees, but other objects – such as large rocks, sacks of earth, etc – also work. He is disappointed that we don’t have more and better climbing trees in the garden.
  • Most foods, except for tomatoes, unless they’re turned into tomato sauce. Well, that and anything sour/sharp, line vinaigrettes and such. Most recent surprise favourite: kohlrabi.


I’ve started spring cleaning in the garden, cutting back last summer’s dead perennials etc. Adrian came out to help me but lost interest in the work quite soon, and found better places to be.




Easter in Uppsala with my mother and brother.

It was just a day trip so the kids didn’t pack much in the way of books and toys, and by late afternoon they were quite bored. After complaining for some while, they ended up playing a version of rock, paper, scissors that somehow also involved a duster and a mixing bowl, and howls of laughter.

There are aspects of my parenting that I wish I could have done better – but I am so happy that I’ve managed to raise kids who enjoy being with each other.