Sunday, August 26, 2012

end of summer

It’s official . . . the children have been back to school for 2 weeks already, and last night was “Villa Avslutning” – the night when this region celebrates the end of cottage season with fireworks.
Some highlights of the past 2 weeks (and, I noticed once the pics were up the blog, I need to make my watermark more transparent):
Some paragliders spent an evening flying above our neighbourhood.
Last weekend was beautiful so we went to the cottage for the day . . . Mattias was trying to avoid having his photo taken.
Gone! Joel was also out “boating”.
Sofia and her cousins were swimming off her aunt’s boat.

Then we were back at the cottage yesterday for villa avslutning. It wasn’t as warm as last weekend, but the kids still went in the water after dinner.
Sofia, Joel and 2 cousins.
The view.
A beautiful sunset to end the summer.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

heard today

I’m ten . . . and I’m happy.

Maybe, just maybe, we’ve reached a new phase in our lives.

Monday, August 6, 2012


It’s a very good age to be.
It’s all your fingers. Or all your toes.
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Good Morning Princess! (She was feigning the sleepy part – she’d already been awake waiting for us!)
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Presents in bed!
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8 is too early for this big brother!
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Opening presents from friends.
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I got this idea from the internet. I chopped the fruit while Miss S and J put the pieces on sticks.
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The theme . . . she loves it!
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I made the banners from a free download on the internet.
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A friend made the cakes (one for the friend party and one for the family party).
Apparently she has a few boyfriendsWinking smile.
The rain finally let up so they could spend the last half hour playing outside . . . croquet . . .
. . . badminton . . .
. . .  and bocce.
Stefan’s family came over in the evening for a second party . . . the food table was a little different for that . . . the odd Dr.Suess-looking-forest thing in the right hand corner was my first ever attempt at Cake Pops. It was an epic fail. It was supposed to be a bunch of angry birds and pigs, but the pops fell apart when I tried to dip them in the coloured chocolate. However, I didn’t want to waste all that time and money, so I just painted the pops with random colours and stuck them randomly on the “stage”. It was weird.
Singing and blowing out the candles – take 2 . . . still some boyfriends.
More badminton, this time with a couple of cousins.
At the end of a long, exciting daySmile.

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.