Monday, September 4, 2017

Summer 2017







We have had a fabulous summer and I am really sorry to see it come to an end. We decided to stay in BC for various reasons this summer and it was great to explore our own province. We went to Hope a couple of times which was great. But we also wanted to do something new, so I looked and looked at online rentals in different parts of BC. I finally ended up renting a cabin on the water in Powell River. Pentti was a little reluctant and required some convincing, but that was nothing new, ha. We took two ferries to get to Powell River and arrived at our cabin on a Sunday afternoon. The cabin was newly renovated and very spacious. The location on the water was perfect for the kids. Along the northern end of the beach there were lots of big rocks and boulders to climb and the boys loved exploring. I really try to let them wander off and explore because I think it's invaluable, but it's pretty hard to do in the big city. In Powell River they were able to do a lot of unsupervised roaming.
I have to say that I fell in love with Powell River. We ate at some really good restaurants and saw some spectacular sunsets and really enjoyed our time there. A couple from our church happened to be camping at Willingdon Beach, so we met up with them a few times, playing mini golf, eating ice cream etc. When our 4 nights were up, we weren't ready to head home so we took a ferry and drove to Madeira Park. I had found a luxury trailer online to rent and it happened to be available for the next 2 nights. Wow. I had no idea that a trailer could be so cool. It was located near the water as well and kayaks were provided with the rental. I was a little terrified having never kayaked, but I did it anyway. It was great to be in the ocean and my difficulty in getting out of the kayak provided great comic relief for the whole family. The boys really enjoyed kayaking and again, were able to explore on their own. A family of deer lived nearby and we were able to see them multiple times eating from the bushes. We also went on a hike that opened up a spectacular view from the mountaintop. All in all, it was such a great end to our summer!
But, alas, school starts on Tuesday. In some ways getting back to a routine will be nice, but there will be big changes as I am moving schools, Emmi is starting kindergarten and Matias is starting high school. Stay tuned.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Book list

Here's the list of books I read in 2016. I feel like there are some missing because I wasn't so diligent in keeping track this year. My favourite was probably The Lake House by Kate Morton. I've read all her books and she continues to be one of my favourite authors.

Bread and Wine
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
The Lake House
Beach House Memories
The Butterfly's Daughter
Swimming Lessons
Sweet Tomorrows
Barefoot
Sensible Shoes
Two Steps Forward
The Forgetful Bride
419 (still in progress)

I sure don't read as much as I used to. Maybe 2017 will be the year that I get back to reading more than one book a month.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

What we're playing


Christmas means lots of time with the kids. This year, we have spent quite a lot of time in the snow, but we have also played a lot of games. Our four favourites for sure have been Boggle, poker, bop it and chess. I FINALLY learned to play chess since Matias had the patience to teach me (future teacher in the making?).

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Matias turns 11!



This cool guy recently turned 11. Matias is so good-natured and smart. He helps a lot with Emmi and is generally fairly willing to help, especially when it comes to cooking dinner.
For his party this year, he wanted to invite a few friends to go swimming and then to our house to watch the Star Wars movie. It was the easiest party ever, mostly because his group of friends from school are a really good group of boys. Yes, they are "normal" boys who are silly and gross and loud. But they are also sweet and thoughtful and polite. I hope that they remain that way forever.
In the evening, when everyone had gone home, Matias asked if he would sleep on our floor on a mattress as part of his birthday celebrations. Aw; I nearly cried. He's so tall and grown up and yet, he's clearly still our little boy.

Friday, January 22, 2016

small changes

I've been doing Peter Walsh's January decluttering again. Sort of. I'm just not that into it this year. But, in the process of trying to get rid of stuff, I have been looking around at spaces that aren't working or need a little change. One such area was my in my kitchen. I used to have a big print on this wall, but it was looking tired and I wasn't that keen on it anymore. So, I decided to get a little cupboard and change the look of the space. The cupboard is actually a shoe cupboard from Ikea, but since it's brand new, who says I have to use it for shoes? It's nice and narrow and works perfectly for storing some of my random kitchen stuff. Overall, it's a pretty small change, but it makes me happy every time I go into the kitchen :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Poker!

Our family's latest favourite leisure activity is playing poker. Emmi goes to bed early, so after that, Pentti, the boys and I play a few hands. Over the holidays, we played A LOT of poker. It's great fun and good for the three out of four of us who hate losing, lol. Ironically, Pentti, who taught all of us to play, is usually out first.

Matias' writing

Have you ever imagined playing in 7 inches of snow for 3 full days, well that's what I did during our winter break with my grandparents and my siblings and my parents.
There was about 7 inches of snow which is about 17 and 1/2 centimeters. I made a snow fort and let it freeze over the night because at night it drops below 0 Celsius. Instead of building we decided to play football in the snow and shoveled snow off the road. We had lots of snowball fights and we roasted marshmallows over smoldering embers of wood. I tried to build a snow man but it was too cold to mold the snow and too little and too much snow in spots to roll the snow. Playing in the snow is so much fun!!!!!
*unedited writing piece Matias did for school