On this day I posted a video from Monday evening. Sofia had been battling a cold and her voice was cracking us up! It was still raspy, but getting better. As I may have mentioned before, she talks non-stop, so getting her to rest her voice was very difficult!
In the video, Sofia understands me, even though I'm speaking English. But, she mostly answers in Swedish. How cool is that? I usually speak English to her now, unless it's more conceptual (then I have to speak Swedish).
btw, the SW called last Friday (to get our employment addresses) and, according to her, everything was fine with the visit:-) They were especially impressed with Sofia's language development. The only thing they caution us about is starting school in the fall . . . Sofia has just finished the somewhat equivalent of kindergarten and is set to start Grade 1 in the fall (here, students don't start school until the year they turn 7). The SWs are of the opinion that institutionalized kids need to be kids as long as possible, that play is very important for them to learn how to do. We are torn with this because Sofia is REALLY looking forward to Grade 1. She wants to do what Joel has been doing this year in Grade 1. She talks about it a lot. If we hold her back, she will be really unhappy.
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.