Sunday, 31 July 2011

Mom and Dad's second visit to Finland

So I have fallen behind with blogging as I didn't want to blog when my parents were here to inform anyone local that the house was empty for a long time, you just never know who or what would happen these days!

The 4th July was dad's birthday and I was so excited that they were coming I forgot to post it!! But he was more excited about visiting here on the 6th so it's not so bad, I called home anyway so it's not like I forgot!

Anyway, I will keep this brief most of their holiday was spent between Jyväskylä and going down to see Eero's family, it's always great as everyone wants to see them as much as possible. But somewhat heartbreaking when they didn't want to go but of course they have to! Dad is still going on about loving being here and mom too, weird to hear it from the people addicted to sunny climates!

Mom had a really bad fall while she was here, in the sauna. She fell out from the top to the bottom and banged her head and her neck everywhere possible. She didn't want to go to hospital even though she had concussion and felt sick for 2 days. I felt guilty for days knowing her back was bad and her leg gave out but I learnt the hard way she stays on the kids seat next time. Made it more gruesome was 2 days later her neck clicked back into place. Not a good event even when I'm a trained first aider... alas I don't want this repeated.

But all in all, the trip was sunny and warm. Mom even went in Jouko's speed boat (We didn't think she would as she hates boats and water) but overcome her fear and she enjoyed it.

Dad also got to go fishing with Jouko and they caught our lunch. They went to all 3 summer cottages and more than once! We also went on a cruise to Nokia with Jouko and Kati, really lovely night even though it looks cloudy on the photos!

Mom also went swimming on Päijänne the longest lake, and she enjoyed that. She can't swim far with her back and leg but it's shallow and I stayed near her incase she needed me. Eero swam over the other side of the lake a few times, around 750m each way and he brought me a flower back from the other side, hidden in his trunks. Mom thought this super romantic and told me at least a million times. Eero, more than happy to please brought me another flower in his trunks when we went to Valkeakoski.

Mom and dad left 25th July. We made jam too which mom wanted to throw away but I kept on with it and it was bloody lovely! mom has taken 2 jars of it back with her. I don't think summer could of been any more awesome if we had tried and won the lottery!

I was worried with dad putting weight on so took him for a walk everyday and he lost 4kg while he was here, unfortunately for me all the baking I did I put 4kg on! and with wanting to spend as much time with mom and dad as possible I didn't do my daily exercising.... alas my lazy ass is moving again now! but I do feel like if I went to the beach people would rush at me with buckets trying to push the whale back in the water!

Eero booked the whole time of work with mom and dad, I didn't ask him either just did it off his own back. Then he told mom we are going back just before christmas, I'm glad as I didn't get to see one of my cats before I left as it was ill in the vets.

Mom found the pet shop by us and went in there often looking at the tortoises and rabbits.... not like they need any more pets after 4 tortoises and 3 cats. But by God, I miss having a pet something to talk to and pet. It is one of the few things I hate about being here, having nothing to have as a pet because when I go back to the UK no one would look after it. One day, I will have a rabbit and a pony.

Mom and dad loved the balcony, I think they lived on it 8am until midday when it's sunny there, most days. We also saw some almighty thunderstorms, 2 of the worst I have seen here yet in Finland!!

Eero on evening cruise to Nokia

Mom and Dad on the cruise

Mom on Jouko's boat

Dad and Jouko back from fishing poor quality from phone

Kirsti, mom and dad at Pori, Jazz

Petäjävesi, world heritage church

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