These are supposed to be the lazy days of summer, right? But lately we've been so busy that time has just flown by. Our summer vacation is more than half over - only 4 weeks left. Last night, Stefan and I planned to watch a new DVD that Sam had bought (the boys have already watched it twice) after we worked on the new shower stall for awhile. At 10.30 we finally decided to call it quits - maybe we'll get it finished tonight. Needless to say, the movie was left unwatched. We also had a leak in the new bathroom downstairs, so that has taken some time to fix. Then, don't get me started on "summer" - we've had horrible weather. The temperature averages around 13 degrees Celsius. They've promised it will be warmer next week . . . we'll see.
I took the boys to Vaasa today - still looking for a bed for Sofia and a cell phone for Sam. Well, no bed, but Sam found a phone. I also found a doll cradle for Sofia to have in her room. When we got home, Sam went to work and I took Joel and Mattias to "Fiskets Dag" in Vexala (the village across the water from us). It's a yearly event at the boat harbour there. They sell fresh fish, smoked fish, fish soup, fish sandwiches . . . I think you get the picture. Stefan had been there since 7am, smoking fish. There are also booths where people sell their handicrafts and some manufacturers have examples of their products (tractors, ATVs, farm equipment, etc.) I did manage to find a cup of coffee and donut to buy. Mattias wanted some soup, but they had run out. Stefan brought home some of the fish for the boys to eat this evening - I found something else to eat and Stefan was too full from everything they fed him today!
Tomorrow we're off to Stefan's brother-in-law's 40th birthday. I hope the rain holds off because I think there'll be lots of people there and it would be nice to be outside!
Nothing new to update on the adoption. Today we wrapped birthday presents to mail to Sofia because we know we won't be able to be there with her on her 6th birthday.
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.