Hello! I'm Barb - a 40-something Canadian living in the land of the Finns (that would be Finland). A lot of people would think that there's not much difference, climate-wise, between Canada and Finland , but they are so wrong. I grew up in the suburbs of Vancouver, (where winter usually means rain) and now I live at latitude 63North where we have basically 2 seasons - winter and really bad skiing weather:) I'm also a wife, a mother of 4 children, a daughter, sister, friend and teacher.

This is my other better half, and has been for the past 17 years. He keeps me grounded. He loves me unconditionally, even when I'm grumpy. He even knows what kind of flowers I like.

 This is our first-born son, 16 years old and in his first year of upper secondary. Two years ago, he was my height, and now he towers over me. He likes to hang out with friends, play x-box, and drive snowmobile, moped and tractor. He's the technologically-most-skilled of us now, so his skills are often called-upon.

This is our middle boy. At 13 years old he's weaving his way through that territory that separates childhood and young adulthood. He has a good sense of humour, a hard-work ethic and is compassionate for those less fortunate than himself. He has been an avid reader for years and knows lots of trivia.

Our youngest son is 10. He's sensitive and shy, but has a killer smile. He likes to play video games and Nintendo DS, but enjoys playing floorball as well. He, too, is becoming an enthusiastic reader. He's skinny as a stick and hardly eats, except if it's waffles, pancakes or nachos for dinner.

Our daughter is the youngest at 8 years old. She forever became part of our family on December 8, 2008 when her adoption was finalized in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is vibrant and loud. She loves with her whole being. We've nicknamed her "Sporty Spice" because when she steps on that floorball court, you know she means business.

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.