"Home" again

Being back in Pennsylvania has been pretty nice these past few days. Travelling like that is pretty exhausting so it's nice to get home to your bed and routines. Buuuut the trip was way beyond my expectations and so much fun!! I'll try to make time to write a post about it later this week. This whole summer will be something I'll remember for the rest of my life as a fun random adventure but especially because of these past two weeks of travelling, it's been amazing!!
So back to the every day life here this week with ten hour days with the kids. We drove out to a lake called Quemahoning, a gorgeous big lake surrounded by a ton of woods. It so green and just serene. It wasn't too hot today but a nice sunny day so we stayed there until it was time for A's nap. This afternoon we took the picnic blanket out in the garden and sat under the umbrellas for a while. But no it wasn't quite as serene as it sounds, I was hoping the kids would be tired from the morning adventures but there was still no sitting still for more than 30 seconds at a time. But hey, we had a nice time and I got a good leg workout done by playing airplanes and doing tricks in the air with them (I lie on my back and hoist them up on my feet in the air). 
If you look real close you can catch a glimpse of the mosquito bite I have on/in my eyebrow. Good stuff.
This evening, like most evenings, I got home and laid in bed for a bit until I dragged myself to the gym. I've been meeting with a personal trainer over the summer which has been really interesting and fun. And really really painful. The seven minute walk home afterwards has never been more painful than today, so yeah, that will be fun in the morning!
Life is good over here, I feel like I have a routine. It mostly consists of kids, excercise, Netflix, bed and then repeat. I don't have a bunch of free time to do things and even when I have time I'm too tired but my last couple of weeks more than compensated that! I'm also starting to get excited about getting back into life back home in Sweden in a few weeks but I plan to enjoy and make the most of the time I have! 
E loves to take pictures, so here's a candid one from yesterday when we had picnic in the park (we have at least one picnic per day, sometimes more) and I was trying to get A to forget why he didn't want to wear shoes.
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Racoons and Sunday orchestras

This past week went by in a blur. I worked long days and was exhausted when I came home. ("came home" sounds a lot more dramatic than just walked 10 seconds from the one house to the house next to it as I live neighbours with the family)
Anyways a quick update:
– Racoons people, RACOONS. We have for the last three weeks forgotten to take our rubbish bins (heeeeh yeahyeah, we busy) out in time sooo yeah. Racoons come out at night and tear open the plastic bags. It's a great sight each morning I'm tellig ya. I thought it was just crazy determined birds but I was told it was racoons. So that feels a bit cooler than birds at least.
– I have seen more dead animals by the side of the road in these past three weeks than possibly my whole life. Ok, maybe not, but there are a lot of dead animals around. What type of animals I couldn't say. 
– I went spinning the other night and my butt hurt for three days. As in really, really hurt. Other than that it was pretty alright.
– The summer thing to do here seems to be to ride on big motorcycles without helmets. I cringe everytime I see it. It's usually a middle aged (or older) man in front with sunglasses and a mustache and then a lady behind. It looks pretty sweet to be fair but HELMETS PEOPLE.
– I saw fireflies for the first time this week. I didn't understand what it was at firstas I just saw these tiny little lights turning on and off randomly in the garden. There were sooo many of them but it was too dark to get a picture of it. Super cool!
– Also. Freckles. I have freckles and it's a big deal.
And here are some pictures:
Last Sunday when Anna and I had some dinner before we bought ice cream at the creamery and sat down in the town gazebo to listen to the orchestra. This is what the town square, the diamond, looks like every Sunday at seven. Everyone brings there lawn chairs and sits and listens. And it seems as if they always start off by playin the star spangled banner. Everyone stands up direct themselves towards the flag and most people put their hands over the hearts, I really enjoy seeing it. When I went past it last night there was a man in a shirt with the american flag and eagles on it, one cool dude.
The preparations for the 4th of July are well underway. Flags EVERYWHERE (more than usual) and people are wearing anything american. It was pretty funny to see at church most men wearing some kind of american tie and I saw a few women wearing special earings for the occation. I don't mind it at all, I just don't quite understand the hype obviously as I am not an american and I know very little of the whole independace day story, more then the film that is, heheee.
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Heat, ants and trampolines

Just a small update from my past week in Ligonier:
1. Running here is just as painful as in Europe. And I dislike it just as much. Well, I love the getting out part, hate the burning in my chest and lungs part. I went running twice this week, both in the evening when it had cooled down a bit (from 29° to 27°). Both times were pretty enjoyable, most likely because I walked the more part of it. But still. 
2. We had an ant invasion in our kitchen after a thunderstorm the other night. I took care of it. I've never killed so many ants in my life and I kind of feel like I crossed a line I can never return from.
3. I have every Sunday off (so church tomorrow, yay!) but I other than that I am mostly with the kids all days. I've come to realise the greatness of picnics. Picnics on the trampoline, picnics under the trampoline, picnics on the living room floor, picnics on the living room floor in the fort we made. Next up is probably just having a normal picnic in a park somewhere, we'll see, I mean it's gone 6 days with the children so I'm bound to run out of fun ideas pretty soon.
4. Other than that things are pretty good. I play with the kids during the day, work out, read or watch Parks and Recreations (yay for US Netflix!) in the evening and then sleep for about nine hours per night. Yes, you heard me. Mixing heat, children and jet lag has been rough yet lovely. Oh and my roomates are nice and they don't seem to dislike me so I'd say it's a success all in all. Life is good and exciting! 
From underneath the trampoline the other day while pretending there was a storm raging outside and the only thing keeping us safe was the trampoline and four umbrellas. We stayed under there for almost three hours. It was pretty great.
Living room fort with enough room for them to wrestle in, important. – Me always running behind – Us just hanging out at the park with umbrellas. The umbrellas go everywhere we go for some weird reason. 
Blowing bubbles at least once a day is a must. When it is pooring down outside the porch works just fine. Oh, and porches in general are just loveable and cosy and I think I'm going to need one in the near future.
I haven't found any good tracks to run in the woods (läs elljusspår) (also not sure I'd dare as the only things I've heard about are black bears and rattle snakes) but so far there's a nice calm road that is surrounded by this. It's very green here in general and there a few mountains and just a ton of trees. It's gorgeous.
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