Wednesday, July 2, 2008

a no-errand kinda day . . .

Yesterday was really busy so it was nice not to have to be anywhere or do anything specific today.

First thing yesterday morning we had to have the boys in Jakobstad for their doctor's appointment. Everything went well. We took the x-rays to him. It seems the blood will be sent to Tampere for analysis, so it may be a couple weeks before he can write our letters (besides, he's going on holidays for the next 2 weeks, and then we'll be away for 1).

After we left the clinic, we dropped off some paperwork at KELA/FPA so that we can receive child benefits, adoption support and then parental leave when she finally arrives. Then we went to the Magistrate's office to order some documents (one from the house registry and I'm not sure what the other was . . .). They'll be ready for pick-up when we go back to get some more things apostillized. We went to the hardware store and finally decided on a border for Sofia's room, so we were also able to pick out paint colours to match. McDonald's for lunch. Groceries at LiDL. Finally home mid-afternoon.
Then I decided to start getting ready for our summer guests by baking a whole bunch of stuff so the freezer's stocked. Stefan thought I was crazy to do it all at once, but I figure it's easier to only have to do the clean up one time!

We ended the evening by installing the new blind in Sam's new room and clearing out the painting stuff so the floor can be laid when it arrives.

Sooo, today was so nice to just take it easy. I did 7 loads of laundry and organized the rec room a bit after the boys cleaned it up. We put up one of the beds in there for our guests who will be here soon.

Mattias decided that he wanted to bake something special for the deGraaf's that we will take with us when we go pick them up in Copenhagen. He decided on shortbread, but he had to bike to the store first to buy butter and some more icing sugar.
Well, that was our day . . . really this was more about yesterday . . . right now I'm home alone while Sam is at work, Stefan is at the farm and Joel and Mattias are over at Marit's house (she just arrived yesterday from Stockholm).

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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.