Kristina's parents very generously bought us an extremely nice Emmaljunga pram and some baby clothes. The question was, though, how to get them back to the U.S. We decided to have them shipped, and made two boxes for the units. In the background is the "Boat Box" and in the foreground is the "Tank Box". We just made the weight limitation on the Tank by 220 GRAMS. They're now in the hands of the Finnish postal service, and we're tracking their progress.
Last Wednesday, Kristina and I went to the yearly tradition in Finland known as bostadsmässan. It's a sort of builder's expo that changes cities every year and allows you to walk around and look at new building techniques, furniture designs, materials, etc. This year there were over 40 houses and apartments to view. It took all day.
Here is a view of the whole expo. It's a little different than in the U.S. in that all of these homes and apartments will actually be lived in and, in fact, most of them are already spoken for:
Interesting kitchen / living room:
Boy's room with neat bookshelf idea:
Really neat table and chairs made out of raw wood:
Nice little grill:
This little girl's room had a wooden tea set that was amazing:
Last week we were very happy to visit with Kristina's cousins Mia and Hassi, who are the proud, hardworking couple that have been working on remodelling Lufolkan for the past couple of years. Take the time to check out their blog.
Here we are discussing good Lutheran theology:
The exterior of Lufolkan with newly laid paths and landscaping. Mia works for a florist in Jakobstad, so we imagine it will be beautiful:
On the left is what will be an outside sauna, with a storage shed on the right:
Here is the remodeled kitchen with a fireplace and woodburning over. There is a "modern" oven as well…they're not that hardcore.
They've started laying beautiful spruce throughout.