Monday, July 7, 2008

just a regular day

Today I headed back to Jakobstad to the Magistrate's again to get a few more documents apostillized. We found out Friday night that we can send everything we've got so far, even if we don't have the doctor's letters yet. In fact, the judge is waiting to read our paperwork before setting a court date (would've been nice to know that - we were waiting to mail everything until we had the doctor's stuff). Hopefully, this hasn't set us back too far.

Also, I took Mattias to the eyeglass store - his glasses broke on the weekend when he was jumping on the trampoline. Turns out his prescription is too old to just get new frames, so we have to go back on Thursday when the optician has time to see him. He picked out new frames today, though.

Sam slept in his new room last night for the first time. Today he started moving his stuff down, but I think this part might take awhile - there's less cupboard space downstairs, so he has to go through everything, deciding what he wants to take, what he wants to give to his brothers, and what is simply garbage.

Joel has had a pretty low-key day. He was quite happy to get a bunch of books from Sam, including a stack of Donald Duck comic books.

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The Holms

Denmark Road Trip

The outskirts of St. Pete

St. Petersburg

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.