Tuesday, January 25, 2011

love this kid

Today, he got home an hour before me so he called his dad and decided to take his DS and go visit him at the farm (Sofia was already there because that’s where the bus dropped her off).
He jumped on his kicksled and kicked it the almost 5km to the farm. I’m impressed. I’m still hurting from my trip to the store on Saturday. Did I mention it was about –13C/8.5F?P1040272_edited-2 Why the cheesy grin, you ask? I told him to overdue the smile because the flash was making him close his eyes . . .
This evening he was doing his Finnish homework – trying to get through it without any help. But, he wanted to show me how he’s learning to do handwriting . . . he kept coming over to show me whenever he had a new combination.P1040273_edited-1

Sunday, January 23, 2011

it’s cold

Well, it’s just been the usual around here . . .  busy with work, school, activities, lighting candles because the heavy snow on the tree branches has caused the power to go out, shoveling . . .
We’ve had a few more snowfalls since the last picture post, so there’s even more of that fluffy white stuff;) the temperature has been all over the place . . . yesterday was only –1C (30F) and today has been –17C (1.5F).

Yesterday, I needed to get some milk from the store, so I decided to get a bit of exercise and take the kicksled instead of the car (the local shop is about 1km away, and I didn’t want to walk and carry milk). The only kicksled we have is the one Joel got for his 5th birthday, so it’s a little too small for me.

It wasn’t really the best idea, because it was very uncomfortable to bend over so much, but I eventually made it to the store just to find out that the power was out and I couldn’t shop, so back home I went.

At least I got some exercise and fresh air.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

snow day

As I said earlier on Facebook today, we had 40cm of snow overnight, and awoke to this:
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Max is not so sure about all this snow . . . .
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At this point, Mattias had been the only one to walk the sidewalk . . .(he’s standing beside the far lamppost)
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Sofia is about to “swim” out to catch the bus!
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That’s one of our tractors, snowed in. And, yes, it was still snowing at this point.
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My garden. Somewhere under all that snow are the Christmas lights . . .
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At school. The roof above the door gives you an idea about the total snow fall so far this year.
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Mattias and a friend in our driveway. Mattias is 5 foot 5 inches tall.
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And that, my friends, is how our yard looks after the “4cm” snowfall that was predicted;)

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.