How are things really going here in Helsinki?
It's not always smiles and snowy days! But I try to look at the bright side!
We're all a bit tired of getting dressed in multiple layers to go outside...
...but once we are dressed and outside, we all really enjoy ourselves!
It's nice having less "stuff" in our apartment. But having less stuff means the kids have less to entertain themselves and we have had to relax our 30 minutes of screen time per day rule. (Even if we go outside, since they get home at noon and 1 p.m., that's a lot of unstructured afternoon time!)
We all really miss our friends and family (and Izzy our dog!) at home....
But being able to Skype with people has made us feel a little closer to home. (This is a picture of Joey Skyping with his history class in Chicago.)
I'm still having a bit of difficulty finding the right ingredients to make the meals I know how to make at home...
but sometimes I can find just what the kids love!
Walking everywhere is good exercise and a great way to see the city, but boy do I miss the freedom that having a car allows. I'm sure this sounds crazy, but I really miss wandering the aisles at Target!
The good news is that while Lily, Sam and I generally still walk home from school every day (Rob takes the kids to school), Joey is now an independent young man and decides whether or not he will walk or take the bus home by himself everyday.
Moving across an ocean with three kids is an adventure...YES! However, it can not be compared to moving to another country when you are in your 20s and single!
When I was 22, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. I lived in a small town there for 3 years. My life was transformed (for the better) by my experiences in Costa Rica which is why I've always been open to living abroad again.
I've spent the last 4 weeks expecting my adjustment here to be similar to my adjustment to life in Costa Rica. I've learned, the hard way, that there is NOTHING similar about the two experiences!
Oh, the days are getting longer and I'm already nostalgic for the long nights! (To see the sunrise and sunset schedule, see the times on the sidebar of my blog.) It is getting light at about 8:00 a.m. and not getting dark until 5:00 p.m. I miss the mornings when Sam would wake up and ask, "is it 8 in the morning, or 8 at night?" and shuffle right back to bed!