With the exception of evening meals, we didn’t undertake any activities as a family unit this past weekend. On Saturday, since Thomas was a little under the weather with a sore throat and a mild fever, he and Isaac stayed home with me, while Lucy, David, and our friend, Dan, did some sightseeing (it was Dan’s last day in Stockholm). The boys stayed in their pajamas all day long and they got along famously. It was quite a relaxing and harmonious time. We blew bubbles on the balcony:
Built with Duplos and Legos:
Played the Scooby Doo Spökhus game:
And used our imaginations. Here is Isaac, who was claiming to be a creature with a cat’s tail, a hamster’s head, and rainbow fur. He insisted that I take a picture of his lovely rainbow fur.
We had comfort food for lunch–warm grilled cheese sandwiches and apple slices. It seemed like the boys really benefitted from a low-key weekend day.
Meanwhile, Lucy, David, and Dan had lunch in Slussen and then took the ferry over to the Vasa Museet. We’d been there before, but only briefly (see the blog entry from April 23rd, “Museum Overload?”). Every Swede that Dan met during his week here suggested that he see the Vasa, so off they went.
After spending a couple of hours at the museum, the three explorers headed outside for some glace (ice cream) from one of the plentiful kiosks.
David came home from the day’s adventures quite tired, as Lucy required a lot of carrying. She was very patient, though, and did well in the museum. She’s quite adventurous, really, and didn’t hesitate when David asked who wanted to accompany him and Dan for the day. Isaac, on the other hand, tends to be more of a homebody and didn’t want to leave the house even to play out on the playground.
On Sunday we split up again, with David transporting Thomas to a friend’s birthday party at a local bowling alley and with me taking Lucy and Isaac back to the Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet (Natural History Museum). We went there on one of our first weekends in Stockholm (see our blog entry from March 22nd) and we had been hoping to return. I knew it would be a good place for the little ones, as much of the museum includes hands-on exhibits. We took the number 40 bus over to the museum, had lunch in the cafe, and then headed straight for the kids’ favorite section–the human body, specifically the head with the nose through which they can shove out their hands and yell “boogies!” at the top of their lungs.
After checking out various other body parts, we headed over to the native animals area and found an interactive fish that we’d somehow missed the last time we were there. You take wooden blocks with drawings of fish, crabs, seaweed, etc., and put them in the fish’s mouth to see what it likes to eat. The fish either says, “yum, yum, yum” or “nej (no, which is pronounced like nay). Lucy and Isaac were fascinated.
Finally, after a snack in the cafeteria that involved carrot cake (Isaac), a muffin filled with jelly (Lucy), and a cup of tea (me), we headed out behind the building so the kids could run around and burn off some energy.
Meanwhile, Thomas and David had a hot dog lunch from one of Thomas’ favorite kiosks (the one near his school that “has the inside part”). Then they headed off to the bowling alley.
I’m waiting for David to email me the photos from their afternoon, so I’ll update this section of the blog this evening. I’m going to go ahead and publish it now, though, so you’ll just have to check back later. 🙂