Monday, June 17, 2013

a bit of news around here

May is always busy.
The second weekend I went to Esbo with Joel and Sofia for a music festival (put on every 3 years for the Swedish-speaking elementary schools in Finland).
The 3rd weekend was the annual relay race in Helsinki that the three of us went to again:
Sofia running 400 metres.
Joel counting out his running mark.
But then June has also proved busy this year. Sam graduated from upper level secondary!
Receiving his diploma from the principal.
Receiving his cap from one of the teachers.
At the celebration tea-party (before the guests arrived).
It is traditional for graduates to receive roses from family and friends.
One of his official portraits.
Another portrait.
And now, within a number of hours, we are headed to the airport to spend the summer “back home”.


Sonya and the boys . . . said...

I absolutely love your blog! I've been following you (From Salt Lake City, UT USA) since you brought home Sophia. I miss it when you go private, but I understand your reasoning... I just get so excited to catch up when you come back!

kate said...

He looks SO grown-up and handsome!

I hope you have a peaceful flight--and a great time back in this hemisphere.

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.