Last weekend we visited the Finnish region of Kotka-Hamina. You can find two other posts where I detailed the previous days of family trip here and here. We used most of our third day to visit Hamina, a town North-East of Kotka. Hamina is smaller than Kotka and very easy to walk around. The centre is… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: Hamina’s fortress and the beautiful parks of Kotka
The tale of our weekend visiting Kotka and Hamina continues. If you missed the first post, you can find it here. On day 2, we went on to visit the huge Maritime Centre Vellamo. The building hosts several exhibitions, some permanent and some regularly changing. We were offered a tour in English (supported languages are… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo
If you ask me, Finland is the perfect travel destination for families. I joke that you can find a changing table and an highchair also in a snow desert there. Every place is stroller friendly, any restaurant is prepared to welcome children, and there's plenty of nature for the whole family to enjoy. My husband… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: hiking in Valkmusa, watching Baltic fishes close, and enjoying Finnish cuisine.
My summer holidays are around the corner and for the first time in over 10 years I'll take four weeks off work. Wow. I feel excited and terrified at the same time. The kids' daycare closed last week and they couldn't wait to kick off their holidays. They woke up on the first day asking… Continue reading Fun family day at the waterpark of Serena Resort
We moms celebrate motherhood all year long and Mother's Day has become widely known as the relax and freedom day for mothers. Can I get an amen here, mamas? In our house, we have a well tested process: I get to sleep in, I receive a small gift and an emotional card, and I choose… Continue reading My great Mother’s Day at Superpark Espoo
I had to go on work trip near Venice, Italy, and my husband and the kids decided to come along, and take the chance to spend Easter with our families. We have spent around ten days in Mestre, really close to Venice, and during one weekend, we took off and decided to go and visit… Continue reading Venice is beautiful, but you should stay away from it
I was at work when the social worker called me to announce the Indian Court has ruled the E. was our son. I started crying in the office phone boot. I charged myself with weeks of stress for the wait and I could finally release it.
[this is the third part of our adoption story. Find part 1 here and part 2 here.] The wait to get our home-study approved seemed endless. After few weeks, we got a request of additional information and we grew even more impatient. Christmas 2015 came and went without us hearing any news. Then, right after the… Continue reading Adoption in Finland: our story, chapter III
The new rules for adopting from India allow parents to apply for the exit vista from New Delhi, where most embassies also are. This means that new adoptive families stay in the city for one or a couple of weeks while the paperwork is done. I write this short guide in the hope of taking… Continue reading New Delhi with kids
(this is the second part of our adoption story. Find part 1 here) When we finally started the adoption counselling phase in May 2014, we didn't know it would last over one and a half year. We were assigned to a young social worker. One of the first topics to come up was "Why do… Continue reading Adoption in Finland: our story, chapter II