Thursday, April 2, 2009

hello, april!

When we first moved here, back in July 2005 {btw, I'll be scrapbooking those airport photos today:( }, the local newspaper came and interviewed us for a story. Unfortunately, I can't find the paper right now - in spite of my generally high standards of organization, I can't figure out where I put the darn thing almost 4 years ago!

Anyways, as the reporter said, it's not so common for people to move into the small villages (the population here is ~300), referring to other Finns, let alone from other countries! Of course, the big question was why . . . We had several reasons for making this move, but among them was the need to slow down. After both of us working full time, having the boys in daycare, and spending much time sitting in traffic, we were looking for a slower-paced lifestyle.

At first, that's how it seemed here, but may I present to you "March 2009" . . .
As you can see, there are only 3 days in the whole month with nothing scheduled. I drove 830km during the week of the 15th - the 22nd!

I have had to colour-code the calendar to keep track of who's doing what and when (although blue was used incorrectly this month).

Man, I hope April's not so busy . . .


Purplestamper said...

I get it. Although I don't think I've had to drive quite that far in one week, things are busy. I like to say my life is FULL. Quiet day today, I have Jayde home with a cold. She drew the cutest picture of Sophia walking Pepsi. Can't wait to send it off to you. Happy April :-)

pärla said...

I have followed your blog for a while and like it very much! :)

tammy said...

wow...300 people. that is small. was it a hard transition for you.

i understand the busy schedule thing. i think with 4 kiddos we just can't get away from it.

Kim said...

Wow - you are one busy woman and under 300 people!!! I hope your April is quiet too!

Craig and Phyllis said...

My, I think I need you to come to my home and help me get organized, also!! That calendar was amazing! I would love to hear more about how you came to live there. I had been wondering what drew you there. Do they have any jobs for my husband?! : )

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