Snaps with my phone while hanging out with my two one-year-olds this summer… strolling around Helsinki.
I have to say, we have had some very nice weather this year – and we deserve it after so many rainy summers! Sunshine and warmth are not to be taken for granted in this climate.
Friday 13th was yesterday, and I had a great day – the boys entertained their dad while I went swimming in an outdoors pool – finally! I’ve been dreaming of swimming for probably a couple of years now! It was lovely. Afterwards, I had lunch at my favorite restaurant, Levant on the Bulevardi street, and chilled out in a park.
I also broke the I’m-too-lazy-to-ride-my-bike spell and what fun it was! Yesterday was quite telling, actually: give me a day to myself, and it’ll be packed with exercise. Watching the toddlers 24/7, I really don’t get enough of it. Yes, my days are very active but no, I don’t burn enough calories.
At the pool, there was a 70-year-old lady who started telling me stories from her life between laps. Her life lessons were: “Every day is a good day, or an even better day” and “Tell yourself something nice with every stroke you take in the water.”
Last night, I stayed on our balcony until midnight, watching a series online (Finnish TV channels show most programs online, too. I never use our TV to watch.)
It was amazingly warm and pleasant! I read somewhere that next week we should be having a couple of “tropical” nights, meaning the temperature won’t go under 20°C during night time. Let’s see about that… we’ve had some chilly, windy days too, so I’m not buying it quite yet.
Anyway, if Finland does go tropical, I hope our little twins won’t mind a bit of summer weather… we just need to keep them in the shade when we go out. Sunscreen isn’t recommended for under 3-year-olds because of the chemicals in it.
I’m typing this on the balcony right now. The little ones are napping, tired from playing and walking; eager baby steps where the leg rises high, one hand is free and the other hand uses the wall as support. Face lit with a proud and slightly mischievous smile.
Take pleasure in small things, like children do. I hope you enjoy your day!