It is time for me to show you "part two" of 2014.
Part one was posted yesterday. Please feel free to check that post as well.
I have an obscene amount of pics. Therefore I had to split my recap in half.
I still have a lot of pictures in these posts. Obviously I have a hard time to pick and choose.
Well, let's take a look now on the second ond half of 2014, shall we.
Peter, Karolina and I headed for Sweden on July, 1.
We were all eager to go, as always!
Karolina was looking forward to see her cousins, and other friends. I was eager to get home to my sister and her family. I was also looking forward to see my friends. The rest of the family were already in Ostrobothnia. I was so looking forward to take off for Finland as well.
It was cold when we arrived in Stockholm. BUT, a few days later the weather changed. It turned out to be the warmest summer in Scandinavia in over 50 years. Believe me, it was a summer for the record books.
The temperature seemed to be stuck around 30 degrees Celsius (86F) week after week after week. I loved it! I just loved it!!
Stockholm, my beloved home town!!
And, all the shrimp sandwiches and salads that I ate. DELISH!!!
A week later the whole gang (my family and my sister's family) took off for our summer vacation in Ostrobothnia in Finland.
The fantastic weather continued there.
The water (The Baltic Sea) was warmer than ever. The days hot, and the nights so very warm. And there were hardly NO mosquitoes!! WOOOW!! Yes, we loved it!!
On our way to Finland.
This is where we have our highly beloved summer house, Ledörssundet. The pic is taken from our dock.
The white nights that I love so very much!
Facing east, the "back side" of our summer house. OH how I love birch trees!!
A fantastic trip to a nearby island, Långgrund. What a day!! Sara, Håkan, me and my mom Ann-Mari, had a lovely day on Långgrund. I hope we can go there this year again!
In the beginning of August, I was heading back to Stockholm again. I spent three days with my sister in her apartment on the island of Kungsholmen.
The days were hotter than hot. It was almost unbearable without A/C. But, Sara and I had such a fun time regardless.
The view from my sister's balcony. SO lovely!
In the evenings we were hanging out outside the apartment by the water. People were swimming at all hours.
We went to Fjäderholmarna on the hottest day of the year. Actually it was so HOT that Sara and I could hardly stand it...
I left Sweden for DC.
And, I got upgraded to Business class for the long haul, Copenhagen-Washington. Oh the comfort! Oh the joy!
I wonder when that will happen again?
Back in DC it was time to prepare our daughter for college.
It was exciting and sad at the same time.
We drove down to Elon University on Aug, 22. Karolina got installed, she had orientation, we went to the convocation. It was incredibly hot, PAINFULLY hot and humid. Awful!
It was 100 degrees F (37,7 C) and so muggy.
Yes, it was hard leaving Karolina behind when it was time for me and Peter to return to Washington. Karolina had a couple of turbulent days before she settled in to college life. Now I can happily report that she loves everything!!
Elon University delivers its beauty every time!
The new freshman on the block!
The bare bones of a dorm room.
Peter and I settled into out new lives as empty nesters. I thought we made it pretty well, I am glad to report!
Life took a calmer turn.
We discovered a new pearl of a beach town in nearby Chincoteague in Maryland. Oh boy, did we love it!!
I cannot wait to return to this place.
September here is more like summer than fall. BUT, you can tell that there is a different vibe in the air. The nights are colder, and they days are crisper.
Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite season!
Lake Thoreau an early morning in September.
Lake Anne late in September.
We went down to Elon again for Family Weekend. This time around the weather was VERY pleasant!!!
It was so fun to see Karolina, and all her new friends. A true joy for me and Peter.
Yes, and the fall is the perfect time to visit vineyards!
And, so we did. We went to our very favorite, Bluemont. Bluemont is located about 45 minutes from our house. The wine is decent, but the view is world class!!!
The annual cray fish party at my friend Lotta's kicked off October.
So much fun, as always.
October is one of the best months of the year in NoVA. The days are still pretty warm, but the nights are cold. There is a nip in the air, and most days are crystal clear and sunny.
Me and my Swedish peeps!!!
Peter and continued to visit vineyards on the weekends. The Virginia wine is nothing to write home about, but the venues are usually SO VERY lovely.
Zephania in Leesburg, VA. Lovely!!!
Stone Tower Winery, also in Leesburg, VA.
Karolina came home from Elon on fall break.
Peter's mother had a stroke, and that scared us to death. She has recovered pretty well from it, and she is resting at home.
It was Halloween!
And, sure, I was The Queen of Halloween again. What else is..??
I decided that it was the last year that I will turn my garden into a horror chamber. This year it will look different, you guys will just have to wait and see.
The Queen of Halloween will still reign, though!
Peter ran the Blood and Guts Race, and he loved it!!!
YOUR Queen of Halloween!!
The Queen is married to a zombie slayer.
Blood and Guts Race. Peter was chased by zombies, and he loved it!!
The early morning Power Walks were a true joy! Maybe October is indeed the most beautiful time of the year?
Lake Audubon in late October.
November is also a very lovely month here. True fall.
Cold days and cold nights. Usually very sunny and crisp days.
Another vineyard! Chrysalis in Middleburg, Virginia. Another super lovely venue!
Misty mornings by the lakes in Reston.
A hike by the Potomac River in mid-November.
Old Town Alexandria in Virginia.
Peter, our good friend Keith and I went down to Elon again. We traveled down to see Karolina's BFA-Freshmen-Showcase. Needless to say, we were so impressed by the BFA-Acting kids.
There are twelve freshmen actors in the BFA class. ALL of them so talented!!!
We had a great weekend in Elon. The weather was quite cold. Fall, even in North Carolina.
Thanksgiving was nice. Karolina came home for almost a week.
The Holiday Season started.
All so very lovely!!
Well, what can I say.
The Queen of Christmas (aka me) had the time of her life.
It was so much fun decorating, and preparing, for Christmas. BUT also HARD WORK!
We went down to Elon AGAIN to pick Karolina up for her Christmas break.
My sister Sara, her hubby Håkan and the kids, Ebba and Erik, came over from Stockholm to spend Christmas and New Year's with us.
As you know, it was nothing but a BLAST!!!
My living room was cleared for Christmas on November, 29! All set!
My kitchen, too!
And the outside!
And that, my friends, was my 2014!
Mostly a good year.
We can also call it The Year of Karolina. It was a huge year for her!
Thanks for reading, and looking at all these pictures. It really turned out to be a picture bomb.
I wish you ALL a very good day!!