Ingrid’s four-day dance and theatre-themed day camp ended with a performance of Oliver Twist, in which Ingrid played the role of Bill Sikes (in an orange velveteen coat).

I am of course far from impartial in this question but in my eyes – and especially ears – Ingrid was among the very best of this cast of twenty-odd kids. She played her role with enthusiasm and feeling, and had a real presence on the stage. The group’s drama teacher shared my opinion and encouraged Ingrid to join a theatre class in autumn. Ingrid had already been thinking in the same direction.


School’s out and it’s summer. Ingrid is too old for any kind of school-provided care, so she stays at home on her own for two weeks, until Eric and I go on vacation. She is struggling a little with filling her days.

Luckily a friend of hers told her about a dance and theatre themed day camp, so that’s helping. It fits her perfectly, as dance and theatre are her two favourite (group) activities. I’m looking forward to seeing the show they put on. It’s a short camp/course, four days only, so we’ll be seeing the results on Tuesday already.

She’s also spending some time each day trying to earn money. Her allowance doesn’t go as far as she wants, especially since it’s essentially halved until the end of the year as she pays off her new gaming computer. She wants money for souvenirs from our upcoming vacation trips, and for ComicCon in September. She is also talking about saving up enough to join the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea in 2023, which is rumoured to cost 39 000 – yes, thirty-nine thousand – Swedish kronor.

To make more money she is cooking dinners, taking out the recycling, etc etc. She found an app (called Gimi) to keep track of the chores as well as the money she earns by doing them, and though there is no gamification in it, the bare fact that she can see progress on the screen helps give her that extra push.

Meanwhile she still likes drawing and reading and gaming. Hunger Games remains by far her favourite book/movie. There’s probably general hanging out on the internet going on as well, Snapchat and other such things that kids nowadays do, but since she does that in her own room and likes having the door closed, I don’t really know.

Other facts: this summer’s wardrobe is made up shorts and t-shirts only. No dresses, and no tank tops since Ingrid doesn’t like to have her shoulders bare.


Ingrid on her scooter.

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.


Something by Rick Riordan.


Sweetcorn fritters, one of her favourite dishes.


Ingrid’s class had a kind of “open house” day today: parents were invited to attend classes, and groups of kids acted as teachers. We got one lesson about energy (and how it can be transformed but not created or destroyed), one about Nordic geography, and one in art (during which we had to speed draw superheroes).