Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lazy Days of Summer

Some flowers from our recent trip to the Helsinki Zoo, Korkeasaari.

We go to the zoo here a lot. It's small, self-contained, so that you can see most of it in a day. It has play areas, a few beach areas for throwing stones and feeding ducks, animals, ice cream, food (ok, very expensive food) and lots of space to run about and burn energy. That last bit is important for our lot, we like to wear them out on a weekend so they'll go to bed easily and we can have the night to ourselves. 

Summer has hit full blast, everything growing like crazy. We can finally take all our coats off. Though it feels a bit odd that only 6 weeks ago we had snow still lingering. Taking off all our layers somehow feels risqué. 

Foo loves animals, so the zoo is his Mecca. He loves the tigers and the bears best, so we always go there. This time one of the tigers decided the best place to sleep was right by the viewing post. I almost couldn't drag Foo away, except with the promise of ice cream and climbing to the lookout tower. 

The little Weans have been getting into having free run of the garden. Shoes off in the grass, picking dandelions, running because they can. It's lovely to watch. Though I need to get some summer routine going, but I love the lazy afternoons.  

We've had some brilliant rain storms as well. 

And randomly, because it was bath last night and I managed to get all the knots out of the back of Bumpshie's hair. It's amazing how similar Foo and Bumpshie look when you take their hair out of the equation. 

The next morning it was a rat's nest again, of course. Enjoy your week. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Berry Blue Skies

The blue skies have been fierce lately. I actually have a bit of a tan from sitting in our garden. 

Here's Bumpshie on moving day, covering herself in sand from her very own sandpit. She also loves the swing set and I am constantly pushing her. So much for leaving them to entertain themselves for a few minutes. 

Here's a few random photos I took while waiting for Foo to finish his Occupational Therapy appointment. Spring is bursting out all over. 

He's doing really well with his sessions and comes out a totally different child: calm, aware of his body and what he wants. It's brilliant. Hopefully, he'll benefit from having an extended period of sessions over the summer before he starts nursery. 

Can't remember if I mentioned how happy I am he's gotten into this nursery. I can't wait for him to start, but we'll have to figure out how best to introduce him to it as we're going on holiday just as the nursery starts, so we'll delay him until we get back. 

We went down to the local beach, only 300 metres away. It is small and sheltered and lovely. Hopefully we'll get some swimming practice in this summer as none of the kids can swim. Of course they all ended up with wet trousers by the end of our visit. Who can resist water, sand and jumping on rocks?


Mouse spent ages redoing channels down to the sea. I remember how serious that was as a child and how you could waste hours on it until your neck was sizzling red. 

Can't remember why they're sad here. I know I was kind of gutted that the ice cream shop wasn't open yet. 


The spring term of things is ending, we're soon be into the summer one where most things finish like our gym class, a few new ones start like the leikkipuisto will start their summer lunch and activity programmes.

In August, Bumpshie and I will go to the gym class alone. We're looking forward to it. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Motherly Cuddles

For my mother, my mother-in-law, my grandmother and all the other mothers in my life whether friends or family. Enjoy your day and your families. 

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