The Adventures of Kristi, Christina and Shenzi

Posted 30 November 2013 by Kristi

Taking wedding pictures…

When my previous colleague asked me if I would take their wedding pictures I was first very apprehensive.. I’m not really a photographer even though I love taking pictures. But after discussing it with Emma I decided to accept the challenge!

It was a fall wedding on October 12th and it turned out to be one of the best fall days of the season! Sunny and a bright blue sky with some color still on the leaves. Emma and Fredrik knew of a pretty place in nature so we drove there and walked around to find different spots to take pictures. Their two kids Lucas and Stina were little troopers and of course helped make the pictures special, in ways only kids can. Of course I had my brilliant helper Christina alongside.

I won’t post all the pictures we took but here are a select few of the beautiful family!

Love this natural and relaxed picture of Emma on the left as well as the beautiful bouquet with bright fall colors and Emma and Fredrik in the background.

Love this natural and relaxed picture of Emma on the left as well as the beautiful bouquet with bright fall colors and Emma and Fredrik in the background.

Natural, playful, active and fun are kind of the characterizing features of this family and I think this picture says it all.

Natural, playful, active and fun are kind of the characterizing features of this family and I think this picture says it all.

Adorable little Stina holds her dress high as she walks through a cow pasture. Emma and Fredrik share a kiss.

Adorable little Stina holds her dress high as she walks through a cow pasture. Emma and Fredrik share a kiss.

The whole family walking along a road...

The whole family walking along a road…

Stina inspecting her flowers and patiently waiting.

Stina inspecting her flowers and patiently waiting.

Lucas sitting on a fence looking sharp on the left and the whole family lined up on the right.

Lucas sitting on a fence looking sharp on the left and the whole family lined up on the right.

It was a really fun experience to take wedding pictures of this type and I think it would be really fun to do it again… we will see if anyone’s crazy enough to make me responsible for their wedding pictures again. ;-P

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Posted 29 November 2013 by Kristi

Fall vacation to Croatia!

The post is a little late but the pictures have been posted in the Gallery for a number of weeks… but just to give a quick recap I’ll jot down a post as well.

Since we didn’t take a summer vacation to a warmer place, we decided to go to Croatia the last week of September to catch some rays before the fall and winter season really set in. It was a wonderful time to go! Felt great to get away from Sweden during the fall since it really felt like prolonging the summer and the temperature in Croatia wasn’t tormentingly hot. Our destination was the small town of Bol on the island Brač.

Checking out the view from the pier of Supetar, Brač.

Checking out the view from the pier of Supetar, Brač.

Neither of us have been to Croatia before and Croatia really showed us some of it’s best sides. The trip awesome! Croatia is incredibly gorgeous and offers loads of fun activities, sports and sights. We spent a lot of time just relaxing on the beach or by the pool and balanced that with some activities and a lot of good food, drinks and beer.

Christina enjoying a beer after a day at the beach.

Christina enjoying a beer after a day at the beach.

Pizza dinner!

Pizza dinner!

One of the things I really wanted to try during our trip to Croatia was windsurfing. And I did try it! It was quite hard and I kind of wish that my teacher had been a little more engaged in really working with me. He showed me all the stuff but then sent me out to figure it out on my own… would have helped if he explained what I was doing wrong in some situations. But also, it was almost completely wind still so it wasn’t really the best day to wind surf since the board mostly stood still either way.

It's both beautiful and a little scary to wind surf when you can see the bottom no matter how far out you are.

It’s both beautiful and a little scary to wind surf when you can see the bottom no matter how far out you are.

Makarska and rafting on Cetina

We took a full days outing to the mainland Croatia and went on a rafting adventure! It was sooo much fun! Christina was very scared and worried before we got in the boats but once we were floating it was just a ton of fun! The fresh river water was so clear it felt like gliding on an aquarium with fish swimming under the raft and you could see the huge rocks and boulders under the surface. The rapids were of course the most fun though! I want to do it again! With more rapids!

g wet but laughing like maniacs!Christina and I are the front and second people on the right hand side of the boat (left side of the picture).

Coming out the other side of a rapid, soaking wet but laughing like maniacs! Christina and I are the front and second people on the right hand side of the boat (left side of the picture).

Soooo much fun! Crazy happy faces!

Soooo much fun! Crazy happy faces!

After the rafting adventure we had some time to eat lunch at Radman Mills before the drive back to Makarska. In Makarska we had time to walk around and see the town as well as enjoy coffee and huge ice creams in the sun by the harbor.

Coffee and ice creams by the boardwalk in Makarska.

Coffee and ice creams by the boardwalk in Makarska.

Back in Bol on Brač

A relaxing day at the beach… playing cards, swimming and reading.

A day in the sun on Zlatni Rat.

A day in the sun on Zlatni Rat.

Christina heading into the water to cool off and playing cards on the rock beach Zlatni Rat.

Christina heading into the water to cool off and playing cards on the rock beach Zlatni Rat.

We played tennis for an hour in the afternoon. Tennis is not like ridning a bike – we were both pretty bad at it. But it was lots of fun!

Kristi testing serves...

Kristi testing serves…

It's hard to top a day at the beach with a campari juice cocktail... loving Croatia!

It’s hard to top a day at the beach with a campari juice cocktail… loving Croatia!

Rocks are really useful for a lot of things. When you play cards they act as weights... or art on a leg.

Rocks are really useful for a lot of things. When you play cards they act as weights… or art on a leg.

Almost back at the hotel.

Almost back at the hotel.

Christina at the beach and Kristi enjoying a super tasty seafood dinner of grilled calamari and prawns.

Christina at the beach and Kristi enjoying a super tasty seafood dinner of grilled calamari and prawns.

Kristi floating in the clear and salty Adriatic.

Kristi floating in the clear and salty Adriatic.

There are as usual tons more pictures in the Gallery! Go check it out! 🙂

We will surely return to Croatia!

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Posted 8 September 2013 by Kristi

Norway, July 5th-12th

It’s been quite a while since we actually went to Norway so I’m not going to write a long post about it. Most of the trip is described through the pictures in the Gallery so check that out! Norway was absolutely gorgeous. So gorgeous it was hard to capture a lot of it in pictures, but we tried. Here are a couple pictures to get you inspired but check out the rest in the Gallery to get the full scope of our adventure in Norway.

Christina and I on top of the new opera house in Oslo! It's made out of white stone and is hence very bright with sun the sun shining.

Christina and I on top of the new opera house in Oslo! It’s made out of white stone and is hence very bright with sun the sun shining.

This was our little cabin for the night up in the Norwegian mountains at Haukeliseter.

This was our little cabin for the night up in the Norwegian mountains at Haukeliseter.

This was our stop of lunch.. so beautiful words and pictures can hardly describe.

This was during a stop for lunch… so beautiful words and pictures can hardly describe.

The hike to Preikestolen was tough as hell thanks to carrying heavy backpacks. But the view from the top was incredible!

The hike to Preikestolen was tough as hell thanks to carrying heavy backpacks. But the view from the top was incredible!

Hiking the Bynuten trail gave us a taste of wilderness, all alone along the paths and rocks. Shenzi drank the fresh spring water after climbing a tough part of the mountain.

Hiking the Bynuten trail gave us a taste of wilderness, all alone on the paths and among the rocks. Shenzi drank the fresh spring water after climbing a tough part of the mountain.

After three and a half hours of hiking we finally made it to our destination.. only to hike another three hours down the other side. We were all exhausted by the end of it.

After three and a half hours of hiking we finally made it to our destination.. only to hike another three hours down the other side. We were all exhausted by the end of it.

Walking down a street in the fishing and oil town of Stavanger and Christina trying to move out of the picture in front of the oil museum we visited.

Walking down a street in the fishing and oil town of Stavanger and Christina trying to move out of the picture in front of the oil museum we visited.

Our last destination actually offered water which was warm enough to swim in! Christina and Shenzi preferred the view though.

Our last destination actually offered water which was warm enough to swim in! Christina and Shenzi preferred the view though.

Now go check out the rest of the pictures in the Gallery! 🙂

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Posted 19 May 2013 by Kristi

Christina’s Birthday

Last weekend we had the pleasure of having Christina’s family down to our place for three days!

When everyone had arrived we went to the police station to show everyone where Christina works. Not sure if the kids or the grownups were more excited to go inside a police station… We met a couple of Christina’s colleagues in full uniform and Siri suddenly got very shy and didn’t dare go close to the police officers. She just watched silently with big eyes, holding on to my legs for safety. We also looked inside one of the cramped arrest cells and Christina pointed down the corridor to another cell telling us the note on the door meant there was someone currently under arrest in there. This bothered Siri a lot and she kept asking questions about the man behind that locked door for a long time – who was he, what was his name, how did he look, why was he in there…

Before leaving the police station we climbed to the roof and checked out the amazing view of Norrköping. Somehow everything looks so much prettier and more fascinating from a distance. For a minute we thought we’d been locked out on the roof.. but the door was just a little jammed so we made it out after a moment of panic.

Siri showing Shenzi one of the dog treats she's gotten out of the green rubber ball.

Siri showing Shenzi one of the dog treats she’s gotten out of the green rubber ball.

As usual, the kids (mainly Siri and Albin) stood for the entertainment. Siri, again, found one of Shenzi’s rubber balls which you fill with candy and roll around until the candy falls out. Well, one of Siri’s favorite activities seems to be to roll the ball around and hand the dog candy to Shenzi. Shenzi just sticks close and follows lead.

Siri and Albin playing a children's game on an iPhone... Albin checks if the iPhone tastes good.

Siri and Albin playing a children’s game on an iPhone… Albin checks if the iPhone tastes good.

Little baby Emil, 3 months old, shows us he adorable smile and watches the other kids play.

Little baby Emil, 3 months old, shows us his adorable smile and watches the other kids play.

On Christina’s actual birthday, May 11th, we did an outing to Söderköping to see the cute town, try out the famous ice-creams and watch a couple boats go through the locks. The ice-cream was, as expected, amazing!

Shenzi, Christina, Håkan and I climbed the mountain to get a view of Söderköping from above.

Shenzi, Christina, Håkan and I climbed the mountain to get a view of Söderköping from above.

Once back in Norrköping we all relaxed and hung out at our apartment while we prepared Christina’s birthday dinner and birthday cake! We celebrated by all sharing a magnum bottle of champagne as a drink before dinner while Christina opened her presents. The present opening resulted in a lot of playing with the wrapping material. Albin and Siri played for ages with both the string and the paper. They tried to get Shenzi to join but Shenzi was so exhausted he could hardly keep his eyes open.

The three sisters Marlene, Christina and Therese - with a squirmy Albin and baby Emil - toasting to Christina's 29th birthday.

The three sisters Marlene, Christina and Therese – with a squirmy Albin and baby Emil – toasting to Christina’s 29th birthday.

Marlene poses with the string from one of the presents and a very tired Shenzi tries on Albin's bib.

Marlene poses with the string from one of the presents and a very tired Shenzi tries on Albin’s bib.

The cake was a Kristi-version (=not exactly bakery perfection) of a cake that’s been showing up online as of late. Pigs in mud (check out the Gallery for a picture).

Siri eating a marzipan pigs buttocks and Håkan displays Emil's buttocks with adorable pants!

Siri eating a marzipan pigs buttocks and Håkan displays Emil’s buttocks – adorable pants!

It was a weekend of lots of action and fun. Christina, Shenzi and I were both exhausted on Sunday when everyone had left. Shenzi slept for the better part of two days. Thanks Lars, Inger, Marlene, Albin, Therese, Håkan, Siri and Emil for coming down to the far away place we call home! It was great to have you here!

As usual there are more pictures in the Gallery and you can comment on this post below!

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Posted 4 May 2013 by Kristi

In love with Riksgränsen

Kristi’s dad invited us for weekend of spring skiing in the very north of Sweden. We spent four unforgettable days skiing on the border between Sweden and Norway, both off-piste and on piste, above the Arctic Circle, in Riksgränsen. We totally lucked out on the weather and had a blast skiing in the insanely gorgeous surroundings. High on life! Yup yup.

Left: Christina and I on the first day of skiing and the first off-piste run! Right: Christinas and my colorful legs getting ready to ski!

Left: Christina and I on the first day of skiing and the first off-piste run! Right: Christina’s and my colorful legs getting ready to ski!

We spent the days skiing from when the lifts opened (after enjoying a huge breakfast buffet). Relaxed for a while in the sun while having lunch accompanied by a beer… before skiing some more. When the lifts closed we hung out for a while either in the lobby bar with a glass of wine or joined the rest of the skiers for beers and a live band at the after-ski bar. Either way, we were completely knocked out by 10 pm after enjoying wine and a tasty dinner at the restaurant.

Left: Dad and I before skiing, with a gorgous view. Right: Dad (Claes) and Christina enjoying the sun during lunch at Katterjokk.

Left: Dad and I with a gorgeous view. Right: Dad (Claes) and Christina enjoying the sun during lunch at Katterjokk.

Left: Claes figuring out how to get down from a cliff. That's what happens when you don't stick to the marked slopes... Right: Kristi skiing the last part of a great slope.

Left: Claes figuring out how to get down from a cliff. That’s what happens when you don’t stick to the marked slopes… Right: Kristi skiing the last part of a great slope.

What makes the skiing so special in Riksgränsen is that you can ski all over the entire mountain, be it slopes or not. It makes it feel like the possibilities are endless and every run is a new one even though the lift up is the same. Also, there’s a simplicity and love for the outdoors as well the harsh climate of the north which appeals to me. It’s a wonderful mix between rugged simplicity and things that add that extra comfort and quality of life.

We brought cross country skis as well but were enjoying the slopes and off-piste skiing so much that we stuck to down hill skiing. Next time the goal is to climb to the top of Nordalsfjället and ski down the other side. The first day when we saw people walking up a freakin mountain just to ski back down again I thought they were insane… after three days in Riksgränsen I want to do it too!

Christina, Claes and Kristi. All of us enjoying a great dinner and a good glass of wine after a long sunny day of skiing.

Christina, Claes and Kristi. All of us enjoying a great dinner and a glass of wine after a long sunny day of skiing.

Lunch in the sun at Lappis with the well deserved beer after making our way down a very steep slope called "Branten".

Lunch in the sun at Lappis with the well deserved beer after making our way down a very steep slope called “Branten”.

I (Kristi) had a feeling I would love the nature and landscape of Lappland and I was right! The fact that the skiing was amazing and the sun was constantly shining probably helped though. I think I wouldn’t have enjoyed it quite as much had it been -40° like the last time my dad was here in the late 60s. But this time we lucked out and came back home looking like raccoons from wearing skiing goggles and sunglasses…

Last day of skiing... Kristi somewhere on the mountain between Norway and Sweden, under a clear blue sky.

Last day of skiing… Kristi somewhere on the mountain between Norway and Sweden, under a clear blue sky.

Definitely not the last time we got to Riksgränsen! Check out all the other pictures in the Gallery, where we also cover the gorgeous drive from Kiruna to Riksgränsen and back as well as the special last dinner in Kiruna.

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Posted by Kristi

Piano Girl Concert

My mom’s been working really hard the past months on organizing a charity concert and auction which finally took place April 24th and it was a success! Christina and I hurried up to Stockholm after work to join the cheerful crowd of people sipping wine and chatting.

Mom giving the introductory speech, on the left, and helping out at the auction, on the right.

Mom giving the introductory speech, on the left, and helping out at the auction, on the right.

After an introductory speech from my multi-talented mom, the storytelling pianist Robin Meloy Goldsby took over the microphone and treated us to a very entertaining evening. Robin shared stories of her life and made us all giggle as well as played beautiful music on the piano. As promised it was a wonderful evening with high spirits for a good cause, and a very entertaining auction!

Robin Meloy Goldsby telling us about the asparagus people and Germans in saunas...

Robin Meloy Goldsby telling us about the asparagus people and Germans in saunas…

Pianist Robin... creating beautiful notes of music.

Pianist Robin… creating beautiful notes of music.

The auction and ticket sales etc brought in a grand total of SEK 27 000 for the Tabitha Foundation which means the event raised enough to support 82 families with water wells in Cambodia! On top of entertaining a group of people in Stockholm.

Thanks mom for organizing this event! I’m glad it was such a success!

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Posted 7 April 2013 by Kristi

E’s summerhouse

After a morning workout on a beautiful Saturday (icy cold but sunny) Shenzi and I got asked if we wanted to join our friend Emil and his basenji Benji for a day at their summerhouse! So, we set off with two playful dogs and a picnic and drove out to the house.

When we arrived the first thing that happened was the Emil misjudged the size of a mound of snow and got the car stuck in it. So I quickly let the dogs into the yard so they would be out of the way before we pushed and tugged until the car was free again.

During this time Benji had found a cat, innocently sitting in the bushes on the lot… While the cat waved its paw at the curious Benji, Shenzi darted up form behind to say hello to his new cat friend. The poor cat who had stood his ground when there was only one dog, now darted off at full speed with two excited hunters tight on his tail. The cat took refuge under the guest house and sat there growling and hissing like a little basement ghost from under the house. The dogs kept close checks on him all around the building.

Eventually the cat found a way to sneak out unnoticed so that Shenzi and Benji could focus on playing with each other rather than trying to play with/chase/eat the cat. And play they did! They ran around like maniacs with hornets in their bums and had a great time.

Best buddies Benji and Shenzi playing like there's no tomorrow.

Best buddies Benji and Shenzi playing like there’s no tomorrow.

Between bursts of speed they sat on the highest point of the lot and kept close watch of the forest – enjoying the sun and their freedom off leash. Benji, who has of course been to the summerhouse several times, was his normal self while Shenzi turned wild and wouldn’t come when called. But once we headed home he was happy to follow since by then we had all been freezing for the past hour.

Benji the little poser looking handsome on the left and best buddies Benji and Shenzi take a break from running and scour the area.

Benji the little poser looking handsome on the left and best buddies Benji and Shenzi take a break from running and scour the area, on the right.

Benji and Shenzi enjoying the sun and looking beautiful.

Benji and Shenzi enjoying the sun and looking beautiful.

Thanks a lot to Emil who let us come enjoy some closeness to nature and his cozy little summerhouse! Hopefully not the last time we get to visit. More (and bigger) pictures here.

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Posted 24 March 2013 by Kristi

First skiing trip together!

We decided we needed a break so went on a last minute skiing trip to Stöten in the Swedish mountains.

Day 1

We got up early on Thursday morning (March 14th) to drive the 6 hrs up to Stöten, Sälen. Neither of us had been there before and also we haven’t been on a skiing trip together thus far (since Kristi’s gone to the alps while Christina has stayed home to work). In fact, Christina hadn’t skied downhill for 10 years!

Once we’d checked in and shopped for dinner we got our cross country skis out to catch the last rays of afternoon sun. We did about 5.5 km with a very non-cooperative Shenzi. He wanted to run and use up all his pent up energy from spending 6 hrs in a car… but the last couple kilometers he behaved better and was exhausted by the time we got home.

Christina and I (Kristi) on a sunny round of cross country skiing with Shenzi.

Christina and I (Kristi) on a sunny round of cross country skiing with Shenzi.

It felt very well deserved to cozy up in our cottage, make dinner and have a cold beer. We played cards and just enjoyed being on vacation.

Day 2

The next day started out very cold, the thermometer showed -17°C when we got up but it had been even colder during the night. Shenzi had to wear shoes for the morning walk and was not at all happy about it. The 1 m deep snow wasn’t very popular either. He was quite happy to curl up under a blanket while we left for the slopes.

Christina in her new goggles and Kristi at the top of the mountain, with a view!

Christina in her new goggles and Kristi at the top of the mountain, with a view!

An amazing day of skiing with a crystal clear blue sky and good slopes. Christina was nervous that she wouldn’t remember how to ski after so many years, but it turned out to be like riding a bike. Once you learn you don’t forget. We skied until lunch and went home to eat and take Shenzi for a walk, before heading back out to ski a couple hours in the afternoon as well.

Kristi covered up to keep warm in the icy wind on the way to the top in the skilift.

Kristi covered up to keep warm in the icy wind on the way to the top in the ski-lift.

We had planned to do a round of cross country skiing with Shenzi in the evening but our legs were really tired. Instead we took a longer walk along a snowmobile track through the forest. It was a gorgeous to walk in the evening sun, through the wilderness, and Shenzi had plenty of animal tracks to follow, bouncing through the deep snow.

Day 3

It wasn’t at all as cold but it snowed soft little flakes. It didn’t bother our skiing at all but the beautiful blue sky and sun was gone. We still had a great day of skiing after a cozy breakfast. Again, went home for lunch and took a walk along the same snowmobile track with Shenzi, who was quite happy to sleep in the cottage during the days.

Christina on the left and Kristi on the right.

Christina on the left and Kristi on the right.

We returned to the slopes again in the afternoon but didn’t ski so late since Christina’s shins were bruised and hurting. Instead we played cards and drank wine in our cozy cottage until dinner time when we went out for pizza.

Day 4

Since we had to check out of the cottage at 11 we got up early and packed and cleaned so we were ready to leave. Then put our skis on and walked to the slope in time for it to open. We were two of the first people in the slopes and basically had the two best black slopes, perfectly groomed, to ourselves. We had an hour and a half of amazing skiing before hurrying home to pack the car, get Shenzi and drive the 6 hrs back home again.

On the whole – a wonderful trip with good skiing, even though Stöten is a little limited in what it has to offer for skiing. But for a weekend it was perfect.

Lots more pictures here!

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Posted 4 March 2013 by Kristi

Getting ready to run

We’ve finally remembered to order a muzzle and vest for Shenzi and are working on getting him used to wear them without fussing. He really only had an issue with the muzzle the first time he wore it but we have yet to leave the apartment with him wearing it. He makes a really funny face, bearing all his teeth since his whiskers get stuck in the muzzle. Looks hilariously funny and is hard not to laugh at him… we haven’t managed to catch a picture of him making the funny face but here are a couple pictures of him just looking pretty!

Little poser looking adorably silly in his lure coursing outfit.

Little poser looking adorably silly in his lure coursing outfit. (Large pics here: Gallery 2013)

So now Shenzi is ready to stretch his legs and show them greyhounds how running is done on the lure coursing field! Hopefully the snow and ice will melt quickly and that we have more luck with the practice times so that we are able to join. Shenzi’s going to love running wild and free!

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Posted 17 February 2013 by Kristi

Little baby Emil

After almost two weeks of nervously checking her phone for a report of Therese’s second baby being born, he finally came! A beautiful little baby boy! Actually, he wasn’t so small – 52 cm and weighing in at 4 355 g. His name is Emil and he has a very proud big sister Siri.

Emil Lindblom, 3 days old.

Emil Lindblom, 3 days old.

Proud and happy big sister Siri on the left and little baby brother Emils adorable feet on the right.

Proud and happy big sister Siri and little baby brother Emil’s adorable feet.

Christina and I weren’t at all planning on going anywhere this weekend but it’s not every day a baby is born so there was a slight change of plans. After a workout session in the police gym we packed our bags and jumped in the car to drive to Stockholm on Friday evening. We brought our cross country skis but the weather was so depressing that we decided to just hang out indoors with Christina’s parents.

The highlight of the weekend was getting to hold the precious little 3 days old baby boy though. It’s so hard to imagine how tiny they are when they’re so young. They grow like weeds though so I’m really happy we got to see little Emil so early.

We also got to spend time with Albin who’s gotten so big! He’s almost 9 months old and a little charmer with huge blue almond shaped eyes. He’s full of action – crawling around at full speed and pulling himself up to standing on anything he can find. Happy little boy. Albin and Emil are going to have so much fun together when they get a little older!

Cute little Albin crawling on the left and Christina with all the kids - Siri, Albin and tiny Emil -  on the right.

Cute little Albin crawling, and Christina with all the kids – Siri, Albin and tiny Emil.

Happy mommy Marlene with her son Albin (8,5 months).

Happy mommy Marlene with her son Albin (8,5 months).

We just wish we lived in Stockholm so we could spend more time with the kids… it’s tough feeling like we miss out on so much of their development. But then… I also wish we lived in California so I could spend more time with my cousins’ kids Wyatt, Weston and Kate.

But most of all – congratulations to Therese and Håkan! More pictures of cute kids in the gallery!

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