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 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


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

Saturday, January 2, 2016


Wow, I went an entire year without blogging?? Hard to believe and yet 2015 seemed to just fly by. Highlights of the year included going to Hawaii, welcoming my niece Miina into the family, a gloriously long summer, starting a Bible study called BSF, Joonas' ball hockey team taking provincial gold and so much more that I have forgotten...
Since the past year was such a busy one, it comes as no surprise that my booklist is shorter than usual, but here it is:

The Nightingale (**this was my favourite read)
My One Word
Lizzy and Jane
The God Who Sees You
Dear Mr. Knightley
Reflections of Yesterday
Between Sisters
Last One Home
The Inn at Rose Harbor
Love Letters
For The Love
Silver Linings
Out of the Spin Cycle
Seeing Through The Fog