Thursday, July 10, 2008

second post for the day

I couldn't write everything earlier . . . I had some formatting problems once the pictures were in . . . Anyways, I took the boys to town today. Mattias had an appointment with the optician. He got his new prescription, so the glasses will be ready in about a week - they know we are leaving on holidays the 20th, so hopefully they'll be finished in time (where's a "glasses-in-an-hour" when you need one?). We also went to a few furniture stores, looking for a bed for Sofia. So far, I haven't found anything I like. Then we went to Prisma (sorta like a Superstore . .) because Sam was in need of a new cell phone. However, he didn't find anything today. On the other hand, I was able to find lots of cute clothes in the girls section. So, it wasn't a total bust. The boys found some Nerf blasters that they bought with their own money - they are outside playing with them now as I type.

Before we came home, we had to stop in Nykarleby for Mattias' soccer practice - Sam and I worked out at the gym and Joel played his DS for that 90 minutes. Mattias also had a game last night- just a practice game. They played 4 - 20 minute periods, and won 8-1. It was good for morale, because they had done rather poorly at the last tournament.

Stefan has been out on the sea most of the day with his dad putting out their 5th trap. He just came home a moment ago but headed straight to the farm to feed the animals. He's a busy guy.

No news right now on the adoption front - still waiting to hear our court date.

Well, time to call the boys in . . . .

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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.