Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Back to work!

Kids back to school, me back to work - Hurray! Aliens have been flying off the production line, ready to go to the Astronomy shop in Helsinki, Alnilam. We have had fun naming them all, names beginning with J - easy in Finland! So may I introduce Johannes, Julia, Jaakko, Joonas and Jussi to name a few!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Lowest of lows!

We saw this the other day - I picked my jaw back of the floor to see A bouncing happily on the sofa - not so low then!
Another test revealed the more pleasing number of 5.1 - breathe again.
Another big hurdle came and went today,uneventfully I am happy to say - his first day in First grade - that great milestone we all pass. His blood sugars were perfect dare I say and now he is crashed out watching TV on the sofa(having done his homework!) Bring on day 2!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Things we do for love

Like standing in the supermarket with my all important piece of paper,
studying barcodes on small packets of Lego!
Oh yes, mad as it may sound but it has saved us time, money and the frustration of getting 5 the same. I am talking about Lego minifigures - we love them!  Great pocket money buys and good(dare I say it) bribes!

Here is one of our many mutants - a zombie headed, ninja hatted wrestler on one ski, singing karaoke!

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Calm before the storm

Sunday afternoon. 30 degrees C, kids running around the garden, adults chatting and enjoying the sunshine. We had a small party to celebrate my 49 3/4 birthday! December is not a good time to have a birthday in Finland - grey, dark. cold and I am usually working at one of the Christmas fairs.
We had a great afternoon and a big thank you to all my dear friends and famiy for their gifts and good wishes.

A few hours later just as we were sitting down at the end of the day all hell broke loose. My Mum took this photo of the storm front.

Within minutes the sky went black, the wind roared, lightening flashed and the heavens opened. My Dad and Olli just managed to rescue the tent whilst I ran and grabbed umbrellas, chairs and anything else that threatened to fly away.  It was spectacular to say the least!
Here is a link to a video on You tube that someone took on a beach near Helsinki and yes it did happen that quickly -