#MicroblogMonday – This and That #4

It feels like forever since I posted when I miss a week of #MicroblogMonday. Thankfully Monday comes around again each week.

This is the last week of holiday for us all. Paxlet goes back to daycare and Tadbit will start daycare. Mr Siili heads back to work and I will be heading back to work for the first time in just under a year and a half.

We’ve gone to a lot of parks the last few weeks. It keeps the kids entertained and they can be as loud as they want.

Paxlet has taken to whinging. About everything and nothing. Literally. I put his dinner in front of him and he whinges he doesn’t like it. I don’t give him food, he whinges where is his food. Please tell me this is only a phase! In the meantime, how can I keep my cool and not want to strangle my kid. I’m sort of joking.

Tadbit is very much into Monkey see, monkey do. It’s laughable and frustrating. She loves her big brother.

I colored Paxlet’s mohoawk with Peacock blue/green. He loves it.

I bleached and re-colored my hair. This time it’s half Bella Blue and half Patsy Purple. A fun change!
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I trimmed Tadbit’s bangs for the first time. *sniff*

We stayed at the in-laws for a few days. My MIL turned 70 and had a great party while we were there. I made this as her birthday card. Can you tell what it is? It’s a chanterelle mushroom!
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We stayed the night at a friend’s house in the country. Then the next day we went to Ponimaa (Pony land). There is lots of animals, some of which you can pet. Kids get a pony ride.
This year, Pinto the Falabella horse performed.
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I’ve found some clothes at a second hand store. One skirt was only 7€, brand new it would be around 40€. And most recently, one shop had their 1€ day and I found 2 skirts and 3 shirts for 5€ total! I even found a couple of cute things for Tadbit. As if that is hard to do.

Tadbit is still having issues falling asleep at night. I can handle the wiggling and playing around, usually. It’s the screaming that starts to frustrate me. I hope this passes soon.

I’ve lived in Finland for 17 years.

I turn 40 on Thursday.

Mr Siili is buying me a new, to me, laptop. It’ll be much faster than this one.

I’m having a party on Saturday. I’m not really looking forward to it. So many people have canceled for one reason or another. Bleh. I’m still going to make my Muzzy’s Cheesecake and Chewy Gooey Brownie Cake.

Life sure is…everything.

MicroblogMonday For more microposts, go visit Mel’s post at Stirrup Queens.

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I loved Moominworld!

I think the kids loved the trip too. It was a long day, but we all survived and had lots to see.

This is a picture intensive post, with a couple of stories thrown in.

Tadbit, on the bus ride there, wearing a Moomin Troll (Muumipeikko) onsie. She’s playing with a tic-tac-toe set I made.
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Paxlet wearing a Moomin shirt. Never sitting still.
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Our view as we walk across the bridge to Moominworld island. It was the most beautiful, sunny, warm day. At times almost too hot, but then we’d get in some shade and it was perfect.
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The Moomin family house. I wish I had more time and a slower pace, instead of chasing after one or both kids, to check out all the details in this house and every other place. The few I did get to see were amazing!
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Moomin Troll’s play house (next to his parents’ house). There’s a slide on the right hand side to get down.
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Moominmamma.
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Moominpappa. When Tadbit first saw Moominpappa and touched his nose, she giggled. A bit later, as he gave us his full attention, she squeaked a bit in fear.
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View from the island.
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Moomin Pappa’s ship/boat.
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Hemuli.
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Hemuli’s house. He has collections of stamps, butterflies, plants and more in there.
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Snorkmaiden.
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Snork (Snorkmaiden’s big brother).
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Resting (with a wiggly Tadbit on my lap) in a hammock that oh so love-ily matched my hair!
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View from said hammock.
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Mr Siili and Paxlet “resting” in a hammock, with Tadbit wanting to join in.
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Hattifatteners (Hattivatti).
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Snufkin and a goofy me. He walked by me and commented that my hair color matched his clothes color. I replied and said it is a great color. 🙂
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This toy ship was a common sleeping room in the Moomin family house. Just one of the many details.
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Nipsu.
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The backside of Little My (Pikku Myy). She’s always been one of my favorite characters. A bit naughty and definitely mischievous. I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of her front side.
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Stinky (Haisuli) and a police. Stinky is a troublemaker and often in jail. He causes trouble wherever he goes. Just before I took this picture, the police asked Stinky when was the last time he had taken a shower, because he stunk. The little boy leaned in to smell him! Hahaha!
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Here are some links if you want to see more pictures of the Moomin and learn a bit more about the characters.

Many characters with their names in English. And Finnish. I personally like some of the names better in Finnish, as they make more sense. Or maybe I am just used to them that way.

A list describing who is who and their personality.
This link has the Swedish names along with descriptions.

#MicroblogMonday – Moominworld

We are headed to Moominworld (Muumimaailma) on Wednesday, with a parent (mom) “club” I go to. I fell in love with the Moomins all those years ago when I first came to Finland. The creatures are cute and their stories are fun. What’s not to love? I have never been to Mooninworld, so this is going to be a fun first, with kids included!

It will be a loooong 12 hour day, including a 1,5 hour bus ride there and back. I’m excited, so is Paxlet. Tadbit has no clue what is going on. Mr Siili is stressed. And my MIL will be joining us. (It’s a good thing!) I know we will all be fine, except for maybe Mr Siili’s stress.

MicroblogMonday For more microposts, go visit Mel’s post at Stirrup Queens.

#MicroblogMonday – High School Graduation

High school graduation was this weekend in Finland. There were official parties and unofficial parties everywhere. At least that is what Mr Siili was explaining to me. I’ve not gone through a high school graduation here of my own or a close relative and my kids are still too young for many years. (Although I am sure the school years will pass by too fast.)

It got me thinking about my own high school graduation night. I remember there was an official school party. One last big hoopla with your graduating class, where those who wanted to attend were locked in the the school gym for the night and there were organized things to do.

I, instead, went to the beach with my closest friends. My mom loaned me her car for the night and we went to Lighthouse beach. We had a bonfire on the beach. We also just hung out, chatted, went swimming in the ocean and did whatever it was that we did at the beach when you’re young and free. Upon coming home, my mom told me I was home too early (midnight?) as she had loaned me the car all night.

What did you do on your high school graduation night?

MicroblogMonday For more microposts, go visit Mel’s post at Stirrup Queens.

#MicroblogMonday – Vomiting, it is over!

It felt like a long and dark path, but I think we’ve made it through all the illnesses. In the end, everyone had gotten sick, except for me. (I wasn’t having any of it! NO vomiting for me.)

In any case, we are all doing well and recovering. But at this very instant, I’m falling asleep, so this will kept nice and short. Take care, everyone!

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#MicroblogMonday – Adventure in holiday travel home

We went to my in-laws for Christmas. It was decent and uneventful. The trip home was an adventure though.

Our girl cat hasn’t been feeling her best lately and I’ve had to give her cortisone pills everyday. These pills have made her poo less than desirable in consistency. And wouldn’t you know it, she didn’t go to the bathroom before we left the grandparent’s house.

It was horrendously stinky! Gaggingly so, as per Mr Siili’s actions. Yet, I was laughing like a loon with tears streaming down my face. Because, you know, that is what I do in stressful situations. We pulled into a rest stop and started getting things sorted out and then I start gagging and laughing even more. I may have peed myself some, even though I DID go to the bathroom before we left. (You try having two kids vaginally and not have a little bit of incontinence.)

I’m not sure who was more offended: Mansi by the indignities done to her or us for the smell we had to endure. Thankfully the sun was shining and the rest of the drive home was uneventful.

MicroblogMonday For more microposts, go visit Mel’s post at Stirrup Queens.

#MicroblogMonday – “I got a lot”

Shortly after Tadbit was born, 30 weeks ago, I took Paxlet out one morning to burn some excess energy. During this outing, we looked for can and bottles that we could return to the store for coins. I thought it would be fun for Paxlet, but I never thought it would be this…successful.

We have got a bottle/can hound on our hands! He is constantly on the lookout for them, wanting us to look in every single trashcan we pass and even telling us about the “squished” ones he sees in the middle of the road or while he was walking somewhere with the daycare group. He even wants the Estonian cans, which don’t have a bottle return here. In fact, the entire family has gotten in on it. Mr Siili will pick up bottles and cans he sees on his way to/from work. And I also tuck them in the bottom of the stroller when I’m out and about during the day.

For Paxlet, it’s the little things! He loves finding the cans/bottles, putting them in the machines, pressing the green button that spits out the receipt, handing said receipt to the cashier and then getting coins. Yes, these coins go directly to him. Paxlet loves it when he gets more than one coin. For him, ,45 cents (,20 + ,20 + ,05) is more exciting than a 1€ coin.

During these roughly 30 weeks, he has returned more than 60€ worth of cans and bottles. Fifty euros of that has been put in his savings account to await some future purchase when he realizes that he has money and what it can do. But for now, he can continue to have fun putting the coins in his frog bank.

MicroblogMonday For more microposts, go visit Mel’s post at Stirrup Queens.