Sunday, May 13, 2012

mother’s day 2012

This year was a little different for us . . . Sofia’s floorball team was in the midst of a tournament which began yesterday.
It started early, and we (Sofia, Stefan and I) were out the door by 7am. The team was travelling by bus (both days) to a city about 120km away. Today was their semi-final game first, which they won:
So, they were able to go to the gold-match final:
They lost this game, so they ended up with the silver medal.
They should be really proud of themselves! They are a really spunky group of girls who played really hard and did their best. Not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but their opponents are all older than them . . . the team that won gold is 3-4 years older . . . there are no all-girl teams their age to play against so all year they have played against boys, except this tournament which was versus older girls.
I have some new pictures of my kids (they let me photograph them today):
and the dogs:
Joel, putting new spikes in his track shoes:
My Mother’s Day flowers:
And the reason my kids let me take pictures of them was because they gave me a new camera for Mother’s Day.
The reason I got a new camera was really Bella’s fault:
She mistook my old one for a chew toy . . . although it still took pictures, it became really finnicky and the Mode button was jammed in a bit, so the on-screen mode menu would come on whenever it felt like it . . .
I have enjoyed my day today, feeling blessed to have such a wonderful family who have treated me very special today.
At the same time, my heart has been breaking for a friend who lost her son last week, I have started crying several times over the last couple of days when I think about what a difficult time this is for her and the family, especially today.
With that, I remind myself to cherish every day I have with these kids of mine – everything can change so quickly.

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.