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I can't believe that I will have to can start packing our bags later this week and I will get to see my family and friends in Finland NEXT WEEK! I have usually been counting days until we leave for a trip, but this time around, I feel like it really did snuck up on me! I think my son has kept me so busy that I have totally lost track of time! How is it April already?! The weather here in Edmonton sure is nothing like these pictures...

I moved to Canada in May 2013 and I have been back home six times. Some people wonder how I/we can afford to fly that often? My answer is: We have always budgeted for it. Stephen has made it priority number one for me to go. At times I have said I don't need to go, and he has already been blooking the next flight for me. And that makes me feel SO loved! He knows how hard it is to live so far from family (6754km to be exact).

Some of you might also be wondering why am I going again, since I was there just three months ago. Firstly, we found super cheap flights, secondly we want to max out the travelling with our son while he still doesn't cost, thirdly why wouldn't I?!

Flying with our son hasn't been as difficult as I thought it could have been. He has been really good at sleeping on the plane, especially during the six hour fight from Edmonton to Iceland. I am lucky, that it's also an overnight flight both ways and I've often been able to get an extra seat for him! This will be my third time around travelling with him and second time doing it solo. I know some people avoid flying (solo) with their child and I get it. It is not only stressful but tiring! But for our family, it's part of our lives, so we might as well get used to it!

Arriving and departing Finland is always filled with so many emotions. I know it will take me a little while to adjust to the Finnish culture again. It always feels surreal for a little bit. Foreign and familiar at the same time.

Though I LOVE going back home to Finland for a visit, it's also very stressful. Even more stressful with a child. Not to mention when you add jet lag to the mix... The first time I travelled with my son, he got over jet lag in 3-4 days. At Christmas, he didn't get over jet lag until we were leaving! So you never know how things will go. Last time he would go to sleep for maybe 3h, wake up at 11pm and party until 3am and then sleep until 9-10am. This momma was exhausted!

Seeing everyone in Finland is wonderful, but it's just not easy to try and balance family, friends, your child's routines, rest, and just downtime to explore the city etc. It's not that I don't want to see everyone and everything... just two-three weeks is not enough time!

My trip might end up being super planned (or then not) but in the end, I know I will enjoy every minute of it, and all the jet lag will be worth it! 

How do you find travelling? Have you ever lived abroad and gone home for a visit? Does this sound familiar to you?

P.S Make sure you follow me on  Instagram to see what I am up to on my trip!






When In Finland

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

I can't believe that I will have to can start packing our bags later this week and I will get to see my family and friends in Finland NEXT WEEK! I have usually been counting days until we leave for a trip, but this time around, I feel like it really did snuck up on me! I think my son has kept me so busy that I have totally lost track of time! How is it April already?! The weather here in Edmonton sure is nothing like these pictures...

I moved to Canada in May 2013 and I have been back home six times. Some people wonder how I/we can afford to fly that often? My answer is: We have always budgeted for it. Stephen has made it priority number one for me to go. At times I have said I don't need to go, and he has already been blooking the next flight for me. And that makes me feel SO loved! He knows how hard it is to live so far from family (6754km to be exact).

Some of you might also be wondering why am I going again, since I was there just three months ago. Firstly, we found super cheap flights, secondly we want to max out the travelling with our son while he still doesn't cost, thirdly why wouldn't I?!

Flying with our son hasn't been as difficult as I thought it could have been. He has been really good at sleeping on the plane, especially during the six hour fight from Edmonton to Iceland. I am lucky, that it's also an overnight flight both ways and I've often been able to get an extra seat for him! This will be my third time around travelling with him and second time doing it solo. I know some people avoid flying (solo) with their child and I get it. It is not only stressful but tiring! But for our family, it's part of our lives, so we might as well get used to it!

Arriving and departing Finland is always filled with so many emotions. I know it will take me a little while to adjust to the Finnish culture again. It always feels surreal for a little bit. Foreign and familiar at the same time.

Though I LOVE going back home to Finland for a visit, it's also very stressful. Even more stressful with a child. Not to mention when you add jet lag to the mix... The first time I travelled with my son, he got over jet lag in 3-4 days. At Christmas, he didn't get over jet lag until we were leaving! So you never know how things will go. Last time he would go to sleep for maybe 3h, wake up at 11pm and party until 3am and then sleep until 9-10am. This momma was exhausted!

Seeing everyone in Finland is wonderful, but it's just not easy to try and balance family, friends, your child's routines, rest, and just downtime to explore the city etc. It's not that I don't want to see everyone and everything... just two-three weeks is not enough time!

My trip might end up being super planned (or then not) but in the end, I know I will enjoy every minute of it, and all the jet lag will be worth it! 

How do you find travelling? Have you ever lived abroad and gone home for a visit? Does this sound familiar to you?

P.S Make sure you follow me on  Instagram to see what I am up to on my trip!






My good friend Petra asked me to share 5 x 3 good things about my life! On days when it looks like spring is nowhere to be seen (what is this -20 C weather?!), it's easy to find the bad and the ugly, so let's for once focus on the GOOD! So here we go...


Three good things about me
  • I get along with people. No matter what your background is I will treat you nice. Respect you. Give you a smile. I am friends with a lot different type of people.
  • I am a good listener. I like to listen to people's trials and triumphs and I am truly interested in their life!
  • I like to encourage others. Whether it's a text, card, gift or words.

Three good things about my day
  • Looking at my son play, reading to him and just watching him discover new things. I am amazed. Every day he learns something new!
  • I got to sleep until 8am! My son has always been waking up super early (5-5.30am) so I am liking this new sleep pattern! 
  • The sun is out and puts my creative mind to work. Impossible feels possible again! 
Three good things about my life
  • Family Near and far <3 We are now a family of three but it is such a blessing to have two other families in out life as well! One in Finland (mine) and another one here in Canada (my husband's). 
  • Friends I am blessed to have friends back in Finland that I still keep in touch with as well as new ones here in Edmonton! I need people around me!
  • Faith I don't know where I would be without Him.

Three good things this year
  • I have been able to visit Finland once this year and will get to go there again next week! 
  • I have been able to stay at home with our son and see him learn and grow. Best full-time job ever!
  • I have been willing to work on myself in areas I have struggled.

Three good things about my blog
  • Standing out as a different type of blog. I created this blog to share life here in Canada.  And how it is to live far from my second home Finland.
  • Being real. Saying things as they are and not sugarcoat them.
  • I am here to inspire others!
Please tell me three good things about yourself! I want to celebrate you!

Pictures taken by my lovely mother last summer when I was in Finland! As you can see, I am trying to bring the summer faster with these photos ;)







5 x 3 Daily Dose Of Goodness

Sunday, April 1, 2018

My good friend Petra asked me to share 5 x 3 good things about my life! On days when it looks like spring is nowhere to be seen (what is this -20 C weather?!), it's easy to find the bad and the ugly, so let's for once focus on the GOOD! So here we go...


Three good things about me
  • I get along with people. No matter what your background is I will treat you nice. Respect you. Give you a smile. I am friends with a lot different type of people.
  • I am a good listener. I like to listen to people's trials and triumphs and I am truly interested in their life!
  • I like to encourage others. Whether it's a text, card, gift or words.

Three good things about my day
  • Looking at my son play, reading to him and just watching him discover new things. I am amazed. Every day he learns something new!
  • I got to sleep until 8am! My son has always been waking up super early (5-5.30am) so I am liking this new sleep pattern! 
  • The sun is out and puts my creative mind to work. Impossible feels possible again! 
Three good things about my life
  • Family Near and far <3 We are now a family of three but it is such a blessing to have two other families in out life as well! One in Finland (mine) and another one here in Canada (my husband's). 
  • Friends I am blessed to have friends back in Finland that I still keep in touch with as well as new ones here in Edmonton! I need people around me!
  • Faith I don't know where I would be without Him.

Three good things this year
  • I have been able to visit Finland once this year and will get to go there again next week! 
  • I have been able to stay at home with our son and see him learn and grow. Best full-time job ever!
  • I have been willing to work on myself in areas I have struggled.

Three good things about my blog
  • Standing out as a different type of blog. I created this blog to share life here in Canada.  And how it is to live far from my second home Finland.
  • Being real. Saying things as they are and not sugarcoat them.
  • I am here to inspire others!
Please tell me three good things about yourself! I want to celebrate you!

Pictures taken by my lovely mother last summer when I was in Finland! As you can see, I am trying to bring the summer faster with these photos ;)







This post has been long time coming! In my 'Tour of Alberta Vol.1' I promised pictures of snowy mountain tops and I am here to deliver that promise! So sit back, grab a cuppa and come along as we explore the Rockies!
Back in December our friend came from Finland to visit us and we of course took her to the mountains! We stayed in Calgary for one night and the morning we headed to the Rockies. Going to the Rockies is like going to a Summer cabin in Finland. It doesn't matter what life situation you are in. There is just this peace that surrounds you when you get there. As if the mountains would say 'It will be ok'. Might sounds weird.. but it's true! I know a lot of Albertans wouldn't agree at least if we talk about Banff in the same sentence. That is because the town of Banff is so touristy and busy that it isn't like you are there just by yourself with the mountains. It might look like that, but we are just clever when taking the pictures and cropping the tourists ;) But I still think that if someone comes to see me and I have the choice of showing them Banff or Jasper, I would pick the first one. And that's exactly what we did in December!
I love how you can see the mountains far away and you just can't help but start taking photos! That's what I did when Stephen first took me there. That's what I still do! And that's what my friend did. It's hard to understand that you will actually see these huge 'rocks' wayyyyy closer. But they just are so intriguing and amazing and what's that word...majestic that as soon as you see them, you want to capture their beauty.

Town of Banff is in the National Park, so you can't actually just buy property and live there, unless you work there. Not that we would, because we are not millionaires (newsflash) but it would be cool! The town of Canmore that is the town before Banff in the other had has grown a lot int he past decades and become the next 'Banff'. It is more affordable and you can buy property there, but again, not cheap.

We ended up checking in our hotel and heading for lunch as soon as we got to Banff. After lunch we decided to go and see the Bow Falls and walked up to see the Hotel Fairmont. Because we sure weren't staying there ;) Funny story: I had thought that it wold be nice to get some hot chocolate from their cafe and little did we know when we got to the top they were giving out hot chocolate and you could roast marshmallows. We also saw Santa and got a picture with him! I know this all was meant for the hotel guests buuuuuuuuut. We just might have gone with the flow ;) We ended up touring around the hotel and warming up since it was pretty cold outside before heading back to our hotel.

The next day we had a busy day. Since we had a 11 month old with us we had woken up early so we were ready to hit the road before the sunrise. We drove to Lake Louise and enjoyed seeing the sunrise and the sun shining over the mountains just as we got to the lake. If you have ever seen a photo of a lake that looks perfect and blue it has most likely been Lake Louise or Moraine Lake. Unfortunately we weren't able to go to Moraine Lake since the roads are closed at winter.

People were on the ice walking and taking pictures and some people even skating! We did everything else except for the skating part. It was a great time to come because the lighting was perfect and we could still find parking! There is a beautiful hotel (Fairmont once again :D) just next to the lake so we ended up going there and having our second breakfast. 
After getting some food we continued to Silverton Falls. Or we tried. The trail was so icy that we didn't dare to go since my friend's foot still wasn't 100% and I had our son on my back. Oh and we were pretty sure we saw cougar prints which didn't want us to go any further either! Instead we went ended up going to Johnston Canyon! 
Johnston canyon is literally a canyon and there is board walk that hugs the mountain. If you don't like heights, it can be scary, but worth it ;) At the end of the walk the prize is a waterfall! Again, I do want to point out that you are not alone! You literally wait for your turn to go inside this cave to get a closer look at the waterfall, take your picture and give your spot to someone else! In the summer it's just pure crazyness with all the tourists!

Monday was our last day in town, so we decided to take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain! I had never done it in winter, but it was so worth it! (Though it was freezing once again!) Sun was out and we had a beautiful blue clear sky! There is a boardwalk you can walk from a mountain top to another. And at the end of the walk there is a little hut that was the weather station back in the day! The views  from the top are incredible!

It was great to be able to show these amazing spots to our friend. As Albertans, we often take the Rockies for granted, but for a lot of people it's a once in a lifetime experience! It was an awesome trip and felt like the cherry on top of the cake- kinda trip. My friend loved it!


Have you ever been to the mountains? If so, where? If not, where would you like to go?

Psssst! I only decided to write this post in English since it became longer than I had anticipated and was worried that I would never be able to translate it before another 4 weeks has gone past. SO, my question for you is (for you Finns): Do you mind reading in English? Writing each blog post in two languages takes a lot of time so I am really considering to narrowing it to just one.. And since I also have quite a few readers from Canada and elsewhere, English seems like the right language to choose. Please let me know your thoughts :)



TOUR OF ALBERTA VOL.2

Saturday, March 24, 2018

This post has been long time coming! In my 'Tour of Alberta Vol.1' I promised pictures of snowy mountain tops and I am here to deliver that promise! So sit back, grab a cuppa and come along as we explore the Rockies!
Back in December our friend came from Finland to visit us and we of course took her to the mountains! We stayed in Calgary for one night and the morning we headed to the Rockies. Going to the Rockies is like going to a Summer cabin in Finland. It doesn't matter what life situation you are in. There is just this peace that surrounds you when you get there. As if the mountains would say 'It will be ok'. Might sounds weird.. but it's true! I know a lot of Albertans wouldn't agree at least if we talk about Banff in the same sentence. That is because the town of Banff is so touristy and busy that it isn't like you are there just by yourself with the mountains. It might look like that, but we are just clever when taking the pictures and cropping the tourists ;) But I still think that if someone comes to see me and I have the choice of showing them Banff or Jasper, I would pick the first one. And that's exactly what we did in December!
I love how you can see the mountains far away and you just can't help but start taking photos! That's what I did when Stephen first took me there. That's what I still do! And that's what my friend did. It's hard to understand that you will actually see these huge 'rocks' wayyyyy closer. But they just are so intriguing and amazing and what's that word...majestic that as soon as you see them, you want to capture their beauty.

Town of Banff is in the National Park, so you can't actually just buy property and live there, unless you work there. Not that we would, because we are not millionaires (newsflash) but it would be cool! The town of Canmore that is the town before Banff in the other had has grown a lot int he past decades and become the next 'Banff'. It is more affordable and you can buy property there, but again, not cheap.

We ended up checking in our hotel and heading for lunch as soon as we got to Banff. After lunch we decided to go and see the Bow Falls and walked up to see the Hotel Fairmont. Because we sure weren't staying there ;) Funny story: I had thought that it wold be nice to get some hot chocolate from their cafe and little did we know when we got to the top they were giving out hot chocolate and you could roast marshmallows. We also saw Santa and got a picture with him! I know this all was meant for the hotel guests buuuuuuuuut. We just might have gone with the flow ;) We ended up touring around the hotel and warming up since it was pretty cold outside before heading back to our hotel.

The next day we had a busy day. Since we had a 11 month old with us we had woken up early so we were ready to hit the road before the sunrise. We drove to Lake Louise and enjoyed seeing the sunrise and the sun shining over the mountains just as we got to the lake. If you have ever seen a photo of a lake that looks perfect and blue it has most likely been Lake Louise or Moraine Lake. Unfortunately we weren't able to go to Moraine Lake since the roads are closed at winter.

People were on the ice walking and taking pictures and some people even skating! We did everything else except for the skating part. It was a great time to come because the lighting was perfect and we could still find parking! There is a beautiful hotel (Fairmont once again :D) just next to the lake so we ended up going there and having our second breakfast. 
After getting some food we continued to Silverton Falls. Or we tried. The trail was so icy that we didn't dare to go since my friend's foot still wasn't 100% and I had our son on my back. Oh and we were pretty sure we saw cougar prints which didn't want us to go any further either! Instead we went ended up going to Johnston Canyon! 
Johnston canyon is literally a canyon and there is board walk that hugs the mountain. If you don't like heights, it can be scary, but worth it ;) At the end of the walk the prize is a waterfall! Again, I do want to point out that you are not alone! You literally wait for your turn to go inside this cave to get a closer look at the waterfall, take your picture and give your spot to someone else! In the summer it's just pure crazyness with all the tourists!

Monday was our last day in town, so we decided to take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain! I had never done it in winter, but it was so worth it! (Though it was freezing once again!) Sun was out and we had a beautiful blue clear sky! There is a boardwalk you can walk from a mountain top to another. And at the end of the walk there is a little hut that was the weather station back in the day! The views  from the top are incredible!

It was great to be able to show these amazing spots to our friend. As Albertans, we often take the Rockies for granted, but for a lot of people it's a once in a lifetime experience! It was an awesome trip and felt like the cherry on top of the cake- kinda trip. My friend loved it!


Have you ever been to the mountains? If so, where? If not, where would you like to go?

Psssst! I only decided to write this post in English since it became longer than I had anticipated and was worried that I would never be able to translate it before another 4 weeks has gone past. SO, my question for you is (for you Finns): Do you mind reading in English? Writing each blog post in two languages takes a lot of time so I am really considering to narrowing it to just one.. And since I also have quite a few readers from Canada and elsewhere, English seems like the right language to choose. Please let me know your thoughts :)




Disclaimer: Kaikki postauksen ajatukset ja mielipiteet ovat omiani eikä niitä kannata ottaa liian vakavasti ;)


 1. Ihmiset puhuvat vaikka eivät sinua tuntisi. Kassajonossa, hississä, kaupassa... You name it!

2. Kun Suomi-ikävä iskee menen Ikeaan. Pohjaratkaisu on jopa sama kuin Suomessa! Kyllä, tiedän että en ole ruotsalainen, mutta rakastan irtokarkkeja ja näkkileipää. Ja lihapullia! Ei unohdeta Ikean maailman kuuluisia lihapullia!

3. Astiankuivauskaappia on tullut ikävä moneen otteeseen. Ja sitä pidettä siellä vessassa! Jätän tämän tähän..

4. Saat takana olevan auton tööttäämään, jos et käänny punaisella oikealle. Täällä se siis on laillista.

5. Tänne muuttaessa sanoin Stephenille, että minähän en täällä sitten autoa aja. No, toisin kävi. Julkinen liikenne kun on vähän eri luokkaa mitä Suomessa.

6. Hampurilaisia. Hampurilaisia.  En ole eläessäni syönyt näin monta hampurilaista! 

7. Kantri- musiikki on se juttu. Ei minun suosikki, mutta monen kanadalaisen! Iskelmää en sen sijaan ole täällä kuullut..

8. Kaupassa ei tarvitse punnita HeVi osaston tuotteita. Ne punnitaan kassalla. Hedelmät ja vihannekset ilmoitetaan kaupassa joko kiloissa (kg) tai punnissa (lb). Riippuen siis ihan tuotteesta. Olen siis suosiolla luovuttanut, että alkaisin niitä kaikki kääntämään kilohintaan. Myös ulkolämpötila mitataan celsiusasteissa ja uunin lämpötila taas farenheiteissa.

9. Ihmiset rakastavat Take Out- kahveja. Ja termareita! Mulla on tuolla keittiön kaapissa myös muutama.. 

10. Jono Tim Hortonsin drive-thrussa saattaa olla kilometrin pitkä, mutta sisällä ei jonota ketään.

11. Bussit pysähtyvät joka pysäkillä, joten niitä ei tarvitse pysäytellä. Mutta toisin kuin Suomessa, täällä ei rattaiden kanssa pääse matkustamaan ilmaiseksi..

12. Jokaisen unelma täällä on ostaa talo. Ja se iso Ford F150! Mä en ole eläissäni Suomessa edes nähnyt tollasta pick up truckkia!

13.  Vanhemmat ihmiset ovat usein palvelualoilla. Ja tarkoitan tällä jo eläkkeelle päässeitä!

14. Kanadalaiset rakastavat heidän huppareita ja kollareita. 

15. Autoja ei täällä laiteta tolpan nokkaan. Ne jätetään ulos jäätymään tai laitetaan parkkihalliin. Ja pidetään sormet ristissä ja toivotaan että auto käynnistyy aamulla kun asteita on se -25°C

16. Jos käyt Wendy's pikaruokaravintolassa ja tilaat keskikokoisen limun, saat n.1l juotavaa.

17. Jos kauppaan mennessä sinulla ei ole omia kauppakasseja mukana, niin kannat ostokset kotiin miljoonassa eri kauppakassissa ja luultavasti pohjat tippuvat jo ennen kun kerkiät kotiovelle

18. Jos et ole koskaan syönyt maapähkinävoita tulet sitä täällä syömään. Ja usein.

19. Jääkiekko on iso juttu. Ja omaa joukkuetta kannatetaan henkeen ja vereen! Let's Go Oilers!

20. Parkki kiekkoja ei ole. Kun parkkeeraat auton 'parkkikiekko' paikalle, lappuliisat merkkaavat renkaasi liidulla ja 
jos liitu on autoissa vielä heidän tullessa takaisin, saat sakot.

21. Sinun ei tarvitse käydä kolmen vuoden tutkintoa ollaksesi kokki tai tarjoilija. You just do it!

22. Kanadalaiset eivät kerro totuutta ensimmäisellä kerralla.
Onko sinulla nälkä? Ei
Onko sinulla nälkä? Ei 
Onko sinulla nälkä? Voisin minä jotain ottaa

23. Sinulta tullaan kaikkialla kysymään 'How are you?' (Mitä kuuluu), mutta todellisuudessa ketään ei kiinnosta. Se on vain tervehdys muiden joukossa. Aivan kuten meidän suomalaisten 'Hei!'

24. Täällä Edmontonissa -25°C on tavallinen ulkolämpötila talvella. Kesällä täällä taas on todella kuuma eli helposti +25°C tai sen yläpuolella.

25. Öljyteollisuus työllistää monia kanadalaisia. Ihmiset tulevat töiden perässä ympäri maata Albertan, Fort McMurrayyn takoamaan rahaa; Kaksi viikkoa töitä, viikko vapaata. 

26. Ruokakermaa ei löydy kaupasta. 

27. Täällä on pihalla tasan kaksi roskista; sekajäte sekä kierrätys (lasi, pahvi, muovi, metalli...)

28. Täällä käytetään edelleen sekkejä! Ensimmäiset vuokranmaksut tein sekkien muodossa.

29. Luottohistoria täällä on kaikki kaikessa. Jos sinulla ei ole luottohistoriaa et saa edes puhelinliittymää avattua. 

30. Me suomalaiset olemme selvästi suorapuheisempia. Me sanomme asiat suoraan ilman kaunistelematta. 


Oletko sinä koskaan asunut ulkomailla ja huomannut samankaltaisia asioita? 





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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not to be taken too seriously ;)


1. People will talk to you. Everywhere. In the elevator, at the grocery store, you name it!

2. ‎When I am feeling homesick I will drive to Ikea. The store layout is even the same as in Finland! Yes, I know I am not from Sweden but I love my candy and crispy bread. And meatballs. Let's not forget about the world fanous Ikea meatballs!

3. ‎I miss the Finnish invention 'astiankuivauskaappi' = dish drying rack above your sink. And the bide shower in the washroom. I will leave it at that..

4. ‎You will be honked it you don't turn right on red. Here it's legal. In Finland it's not.

5. You can try and be stubborn (just like me) and tell yourself and everyone else you won't need a car because you are from Europe and we have a great public transit system.. but most likely you just will NEED a car.

6. Burgers. Burgers. Burgers. Never eaten so many in my life. 

7. Country music is the thing. Not for me but for many Canadians! In Finland the music would be 'iskelmä'.

8. Grocery stores will have products marked in either kg OR lb. So I have given up on figuring out what is cheap and what is not.  Also we use Celcius to measure outdoor temperature and Fahrenheit for oven temperature.

9. People love their take- out coffee. And tumblers! I have quite a few myself..

10. Line up at Tim Hortons drive-thru can be a kilometre long but inside it will be empty.

11. Busses stop at every stop. No need to wave! In Finland you need to put your hand down to let them know you want to get on. And also moms/dads with strollers travel for free!

12. Buying a house is on everyone's to do list. So is a truck. Preferably a Ford F150.

13. Older people work at customer service jobs and I love it! We don't really see that a lot in Finland..

14. Canadians love their sweatpants and hoodies! 

15. We don't plug cars in in the Winter. You either have a garage or let you car freeze. And cross your fingers it will start in the morning when it's -25°C.

16. If you decide to order a medium coke at Wendy's, you get about 1 litre of pop.

17. If you don't have your own reusable bags when doing groceries, you will come home with a million tiny plastic bags that will most likely fall apart before you get home.

18. If you haven't had peanut butter you will have it here. Often.

19. Ice Hockey is serious business and you better cheer for the right team or... Let's Go Oilers!

20. Parked cars' tires are marked with chalk and if the parking officer comes back and sees there is chalk on your tires you get a fine. In Finland we use a parking disc.

21. You don't need a three year schooling to become a server or cook. You just do it!

22. Canadians won't say the truth unless you ask them three times. 
Are you hungry? No.
Are you hungry? No, I am fine
Are you hungry? Sure I could eat something

23. Everyone will ask you 'How are you?' but really no one cares how you are actually doing. It's just another way of saying 'Hi!'

24. Here in Edmonton, Winters are freezing and Summers are hot. And by cold I mean -30 Celsius and by hot +25  Celsius and up

25. The oil industry creates a lot of jobs. People come across the country to Alberta to work at the Oil Sands and make some good money. Those jobs are usually two weeks on, one weeks off. 

26. You can not find cooking cream from the store. In Finland you have it in all different flavours.

27. We have only two garbage bins outside; one for regular waste and one for recyling (plastic, cardboard, glass, ) In Finland we have regular waste, cardboard, glass, paper, plastic, bottles, bio waste...

28. Canadians still use checks. I paid my first rent with checks .

29. You need to have a good credit history to even open up a cell phone plan. 

30. We Finns are definitely more straight. We say what we think without trying to make it sound nice!


Did something surprise you? Have you ever lived abroad and come across similar things?


30 Things I've learned while living in Canada

Friday, March 16, 2018


Disclaimer: Kaikki postauksen ajatukset ja mielipiteet ovat omiani eikä niitä kannata ottaa liian vakavasti ;)


 1. Ihmiset puhuvat vaikka eivät sinua tuntisi. Kassajonossa, hississä, kaupassa... You name it!

2. Kun Suomi-ikävä iskee menen Ikeaan. Pohjaratkaisu on jopa sama kuin Suomessa! Kyllä, tiedän että en ole ruotsalainen, mutta rakastan irtokarkkeja ja näkkileipää. Ja lihapullia! Ei unohdeta Ikean maailman kuuluisia lihapullia!

3. Astiankuivauskaappia on tullut ikävä moneen otteeseen. Ja sitä pidettä siellä vessassa! Jätän tämän tähän..

4. Saat takana olevan auton tööttäämään, jos et käänny punaisella oikealle. Täällä se siis on laillista.

5. Tänne muuttaessa sanoin Stephenille, että minähän en täällä sitten autoa aja. No, toisin kävi. Julkinen liikenne kun on vähän eri luokkaa mitä Suomessa.

6. Hampurilaisia. Hampurilaisia.  En ole eläessäni syönyt näin monta hampurilaista! 

7. Kantri- musiikki on se juttu. Ei minun suosikki, mutta monen kanadalaisen! Iskelmää en sen sijaan ole täällä kuullut..

8. Kaupassa ei tarvitse punnita HeVi osaston tuotteita. Ne punnitaan kassalla. Hedelmät ja vihannekset ilmoitetaan kaupassa joko kiloissa (kg) tai punnissa (lb). Riippuen siis ihan tuotteesta. Olen siis suosiolla luovuttanut, että alkaisin niitä kaikki kääntämään kilohintaan. Myös ulkolämpötila mitataan celsiusasteissa ja uunin lämpötila taas farenheiteissa.

9. Ihmiset rakastavat Take Out- kahveja. Ja termareita! Mulla on tuolla keittiön kaapissa myös muutama.. 

10. Jono Tim Hortonsin drive-thrussa saattaa olla kilometrin pitkä, mutta sisällä ei jonota ketään.

11. Bussit pysähtyvät joka pysäkillä, joten niitä ei tarvitse pysäytellä. Mutta toisin kuin Suomessa, täällä ei rattaiden kanssa pääse matkustamaan ilmaiseksi..

12. Jokaisen unelma täällä on ostaa talo. Ja se iso Ford F150! Mä en ole eläissäni Suomessa edes nähnyt tollasta pick up truckkia!

13.  Vanhemmat ihmiset ovat usein palvelualoilla. Ja tarkoitan tällä jo eläkkeelle päässeitä!

14. Kanadalaiset rakastavat heidän huppareita ja kollareita. 

15. Autoja ei täällä laiteta tolpan nokkaan. Ne jätetään ulos jäätymään tai laitetaan parkkihalliin. Ja pidetään sormet ristissä ja toivotaan että auto käynnistyy aamulla kun asteita on se -25°C

16. Jos käyt Wendy's pikaruokaravintolassa ja tilaat keskikokoisen limun, saat n.1l juotavaa.

17. Jos kauppaan mennessä sinulla ei ole omia kauppakasseja mukana, niin kannat ostokset kotiin miljoonassa eri kauppakassissa ja luultavasti pohjat tippuvat jo ennen kun kerkiät kotiovelle

18. Jos et ole koskaan syönyt maapähkinävoita tulet sitä täällä syömään. Ja usein.

19. Jääkiekko on iso juttu. Ja omaa joukkuetta kannatetaan henkeen ja vereen! Let's Go Oilers!

20. Parkki kiekkoja ei ole. Kun parkkeeraat auton 'parkkikiekko' paikalle, lappuliisat merkkaavat renkaasi liidulla ja 
jos liitu on autoissa vielä heidän tullessa takaisin, saat sakot.

21. Sinun ei tarvitse käydä kolmen vuoden tutkintoa ollaksesi kokki tai tarjoilija. You just do it!

22. Kanadalaiset eivät kerro totuutta ensimmäisellä kerralla.
Onko sinulla nälkä? Ei
Onko sinulla nälkä? Ei 
Onko sinulla nälkä? Voisin minä jotain ottaa

23. Sinulta tullaan kaikkialla kysymään 'How are you?' (Mitä kuuluu), mutta todellisuudessa ketään ei kiinnosta. Se on vain tervehdys muiden joukossa. Aivan kuten meidän suomalaisten 'Hei!'

24. Täällä Edmontonissa -25°C on tavallinen ulkolämpötila talvella. Kesällä täällä taas on todella kuuma eli helposti +25°C tai sen yläpuolella.

25. Öljyteollisuus työllistää monia kanadalaisia. Ihmiset tulevat töiden perässä ympäri maata Albertan, Fort McMurrayyn takoamaan rahaa; Kaksi viikkoa töitä, viikko vapaata. 

26. Ruokakermaa ei löydy kaupasta. 

27. Täällä on pihalla tasan kaksi roskista; sekajäte sekä kierrätys (lasi, pahvi, muovi, metalli...)

28. Täällä käytetään edelleen sekkejä! Ensimmäiset vuokranmaksut tein sekkien muodossa.

29. Luottohistoria täällä on kaikki kaikessa. Jos sinulla ei ole luottohistoriaa et saa edes puhelinliittymää avattua. 

30. Me suomalaiset olemme selvästi suorapuheisempia. Me sanomme asiat suoraan ilman kaunistelematta. 


Oletko sinä koskaan asunut ulkomailla ja huomannut samankaltaisia asioita? 





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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not to be taken too seriously ;)


1. People will talk to you. Everywhere. In the elevator, at the grocery store, you name it!

2. ‎When I am feeling homesick I will drive to Ikea. The store layout is even the same as in Finland! Yes, I know I am not from Sweden but I love my candy and crispy bread. And meatballs. Let's not forget about the world fanous Ikea meatballs!

3. ‎I miss the Finnish invention 'astiankuivauskaappi' = dish drying rack above your sink. And the bide shower in the washroom. I will leave it at that..

4. ‎You will be honked it you don't turn right on red. Here it's legal. In Finland it's not.

5. You can try and be stubborn (just like me) and tell yourself and everyone else you won't need a car because you are from Europe and we have a great public transit system.. but most likely you just will NEED a car.

6. Burgers. Burgers. Burgers. Never eaten so many in my life. 

7. Country music is the thing. Not for me but for many Canadians! In Finland the music would be 'iskelmä'.

8. Grocery stores will have products marked in either kg OR lb. So I have given up on figuring out what is cheap and what is not.  Also we use Celcius to measure outdoor temperature and Fahrenheit for oven temperature.

9. People love their take- out coffee. And tumblers! I have quite a few myself..

10. Line up at Tim Hortons drive-thru can be a kilometre long but inside it will be empty.

11. Busses stop at every stop. No need to wave! In Finland you need to put your hand down to let them know you want to get on. And also moms/dads with strollers travel for free!

12. Buying a house is on everyone's to do list. So is a truck. Preferably a Ford F150.

13. Older people work at customer service jobs and I love it! We don't really see that a lot in Finland..

14. Canadians love their sweatpants and hoodies! 

15. We don't plug cars in in the Winter. You either have a garage or let you car freeze. And cross your fingers it will start in the morning when it's -25°C.

16. If you decide to order a medium coke at Wendy's, you get about 1 litre of pop.

17. If you don't have your own reusable bags when doing groceries, you will come home with a million tiny plastic bags that will most likely fall apart before you get home.

18. If you haven't had peanut butter you will have it here. Often.

19. Ice Hockey is serious business and you better cheer for the right team or... Let's Go Oilers!

20. Parked cars' tires are marked with chalk and if the parking officer comes back and sees there is chalk on your tires you get a fine. In Finland we use a parking disc.

21. You don't need a three year schooling to become a server or cook. You just do it!

22. Canadians won't say the truth unless you ask them three times. 
Are you hungry? No.
Are you hungry? No, I am fine
Are you hungry? Sure I could eat something

23. Everyone will ask you 'How are you?' but really no one cares how you are actually doing. It's just another way of saying 'Hi!'

24. Here in Edmonton, Winters are freezing and Summers are hot. And by cold I mean -30 Celsius and by hot +25  Celsius and up

25. The oil industry creates a lot of jobs. People come across the country to Alberta to work at the Oil Sands and make some good money. Those jobs are usually two weeks on, one weeks off. 

26. You can not find cooking cream from the store. In Finland you have it in all different flavours.

27. We have only two garbage bins outside; one for regular waste and one for recyling (plastic, cardboard, glass, ) In Finland we have regular waste, cardboard, glass, paper, plastic, bottles, bio waste...

28. Canadians still use checks. I paid my first rent with checks .

29. You need to have a good credit history to even open up a cell phone plan. 

30. We Finns are definitely more straight. We say what we think without trying to make it sound nice!


Did something surprise you? Have you ever lived abroad and come across similar things?


Joulukuun alussa ystävämme tuli Suomesta meitä moikkaamaan! Odotin innolla että pääsen näyttämään hänelle meidän elämää täällä.  Hauskaahan tässä on se, että hänen kauttaan minä taas tutustuin Stepheniin vuonna 2011! Mutta se tarina on vähän pidempi, joten täytyy jättää kerrottavaksi toiseen kertaan.. 

Ystävällämme oli juuri ennen Kanadaan tuloa mennyt nivelsiteet poikki, joten me otimme iisisti ja jätettiin kävelyä vähän vähemmälle. Oli ihana vaan olla yhdessä, jutella ja nauraa. Katsottiin vanhoja 10 vuoden takaisia kuvia ja videoita ja naurettiin vedet silmissä! Parhaita hetkiä oli hitaat aamut ruisleivän ja teen parissa  Emme niinkään käyneet läpi kaikkia turistikohteita (paitsi West Edmonton Mallissa tuli käytyä muutamaan kertaan..) vaan tärkeintä oli vaan viettää aikaa yhdessä. Juhlistettiin myös Suomen 100-vuotista itsenäisyyttä ja kutsuttiin Edmontonissa asuva suomalainen ystäväni myös brunsseilemaan!

Halusimme ehdottomasti viedä ystävämme Kalliovuorille, joten olimme varanneet hotellin vuorilta yhdeksi viikonlopuksi. Tarkoitus oli lähteä lauantaina ajamaan vuorille, mutta saimme ex-tempore idean lähteä Calgaryyn jo perjantaina, sillä Stephen pääsi lähtemään aikaisemmin töistä. Näin matka vuorille lauantaina olisi vain tunnin mittainen neljän tunnin sijaan. Tai no, näihin aikoihin ei ole laskettu pysähdyksiä joita vauvan kanssa tarvitsee tehdä ;) Pakkasimme auton, kävimme hakemassa ihanat Doughnut Party -donitsit mukaan ja suuntasimme kohti etelää! Ajomatkaa Calgaryyn ilman pysähdyksiä on noin 3 h. Matka meni sujuvasti ja taisimme pysähtyä vain kerran!


Calgary on selvästi Edmontonia isompi ja siellä on enemmän ison kaupungin tuntua! Lieneekö siitä, että monilla öljy-yhtiöillä on toimistot Calgaryssä ja nämä 'toimistot' ovat pilvenpiirtäjiä..  Menimme illalla lyhyelle kävelylle missiona löytää meille ruokaa, mutta päätimme lopulta viedä vauvan nukkumaan hotellille ja tilata sushia Uber Eatsin kautta. Siinä se ilta sitten meni parasiiteista puhuen :D Vanha työkaverini asuu nykyään kihlattunsa kanssa Calgaryssä, joten hän tuli meitä hotellille myös moikkaamaan! 

Seuraavana aamuna päätimme lähteä heti aamupalan jälkeen Calgary Toweriin. Halusimme ehdottomasti viedä ystävämme sinne sillä näkymät sieltä ovat huikeat! Kyseisestä tornista on Kanadan Amazing Racessa pitänyt vaijerin varassa tulla alas. Minä olisin jättänyt tehtävän tekemättä... Jo pelkkä lasinen lattia yhdessä kohtaa tornia tuo tarpeeksi jännitystä päivään!

Calgary Towerin jälkeen menimme takaisin hotellille ja  pakkasimme tavaramme autoon ja lähdimme Banffia kohti! Seuraavassa postauksessa on luvassa paljon kuvia vuorista!

Mikä on sinun go-to roadtrip kohde? Onko autolla matkustaminen sinun juttusi? 




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At the beginning of December our dear friend came to visit us! It was so good to finally have one of my friends visit me after living in Canada for 4.5 years.  Funny thing is she is the one who introduced me to Stephen in 2011... But that's a story of its own so I will have to share it another time! 

Couple weeks before the trip my friend had sprained her ankle so we tried to take it easy and not walk too much. It was just so nice to spend some good quality time together and laugh. We were going through pictures and videos from 10 years ago and we just couldn't keep it together! I enjoyed  the slow mornings eating delicious Finnish rye bread and drinking (cups of) tea. We didn't focus on seeing all the touristy spots, we just really wanted to spend time together. We also celebrated Finland's 100-years of independence by eating a Finnish style brunch and watching the independence day celebrations from my laptop. My one and only Finnish friend who lives here in Edmonton also joined us!

As soon as we heard our friend was coming to visit us in Canada we knew we had to take her to the mountains. We had booked us a hotel in Banff for two nights from Sat-Mon. Since Stephen was able to leave work after lunch, we decided to head to Calgary Friday afternoon! This way we would only have to drive one hour the next day, instead of four. Of course these times don't include the time you spend stopping with a baby ;) We packed our car, went to grab doughnuts from Doughnut Party and headed South! The drive to Calgary from Edmonton takes about 3h without stopping and I think we  ended up stopping only once the way!


Calgary is definitely a bigger city than Edmonton and it really has that 'big city vibe'! Many oil companies have their offices (read skyscrapers) downtown Calgary so the skyline is very dense! After checking in our hotel and lugging in all out baggage (it probably looked like we were staying for an entire month..) we headed downtown for an evening walk and the mission was to find food. After some searching we decided it was best to take baby back to the hotel and get him to sleep and order Uber Eats. We decided to go with Sushi this time since our friend had never tried it before! Rest of the evening we talked about parasites :D My old co-worker lives in Calgary with her fiancee so she also popped by to say hi!

The next morning we headed to the Calgary Tower as soon as we had eaten breakfast. We went right at 9 am when it opened and we cold have not chosen a better time! The sun was rising and there was maybe only four other people there at that time. The view from the top was incredible. You can even see the mountains from there!  Our little one ended up napping the entire time we were up so he missed the views ;) If you have ever watched Amazing Race Canada you might have seen the episode where the teams had to rappel down the Calgary Tower. I would have not done that. It's enough to stand on that peace of glass as the floor..

After the tower, we headed back to the hotel to pack our car and we were ready to hit the road and drive to Banff! Stay tuned! Next post will be full of snowy mountaintops!

Do you enjoy roadtrips? What's your go-to place?



Tour of Alberta

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Joulukuun alussa ystävämme tuli Suomesta meitä moikkaamaan! Odotin innolla että pääsen näyttämään hänelle meidän elämää täällä.  Hauskaahan tässä on se, että hänen kauttaan minä taas tutustuin Stepheniin vuonna 2011! Mutta se tarina on vähän pidempi, joten täytyy jättää kerrottavaksi toiseen kertaan.. 

Ystävällämme oli juuri ennen Kanadaan tuloa mennyt nivelsiteet poikki, joten me otimme iisisti ja jätettiin kävelyä vähän vähemmälle. Oli ihana vaan olla yhdessä, jutella ja nauraa. Katsottiin vanhoja 10 vuoden takaisia kuvia ja videoita ja naurettiin vedet silmissä! Parhaita hetkiä oli hitaat aamut ruisleivän ja teen parissa  Emme niinkään käyneet läpi kaikkia turistikohteita (paitsi West Edmonton Mallissa tuli käytyä muutamaan kertaan..) vaan tärkeintä oli vaan viettää aikaa yhdessä. Juhlistettiin myös Suomen 100-vuotista itsenäisyyttä ja kutsuttiin Edmontonissa asuva suomalainen ystäväni myös brunsseilemaan!

Halusimme ehdottomasti viedä ystävämme Kalliovuorille, joten olimme varanneet hotellin vuorilta yhdeksi viikonlopuksi. Tarkoitus oli lähteä lauantaina ajamaan vuorille, mutta saimme ex-tempore idean lähteä Calgaryyn jo perjantaina, sillä Stephen pääsi lähtemään aikaisemmin töistä. Näin matka vuorille lauantaina olisi vain tunnin mittainen neljän tunnin sijaan. Tai no, näihin aikoihin ei ole laskettu pysähdyksiä joita vauvan kanssa tarvitsee tehdä ;) Pakkasimme auton, kävimme hakemassa ihanat Doughnut Party -donitsit mukaan ja suuntasimme kohti etelää! Ajomatkaa Calgaryyn ilman pysähdyksiä on noin 3 h. Matka meni sujuvasti ja taisimme pysähtyä vain kerran!


Calgary on selvästi Edmontonia isompi ja siellä on enemmän ison kaupungin tuntua! Lieneekö siitä, että monilla öljy-yhtiöillä on toimistot Calgaryssä ja nämä 'toimistot' ovat pilvenpiirtäjiä..  Menimme illalla lyhyelle kävelylle missiona löytää meille ruokaa, mutta päätimme lopulta viedä vauvan nukkumaan hotellille ja tilata sushia Uber Eatsin kautta. Siinä se ilta sitten meni parasiiteista puhuen :D Vanha työkaverini asuu nykyään kihlattunsa kanssa Calgaryssä, joten hän tuli meitä hotellille myös moikkaamaan! 

Seuraavana aamuna päätimme lähteä heti aamupalan jälkeen Calgary Toweriin. Halusimme ehdottomasti viedä ystävämme sinne sillä näkymät sieltä ovat huikeat! Kyseisestä tornista on Kanadan Amazing Racessa pitänyt vaijerin varassa tulla alas. Minä olisin jättänyt tehtävän tekemättä... Jo pelkkä lasinen lattia yhdessä kohtaa tornia tuo tarpeeksi jännitystä päivään!

Calgary Towerin jälkeen menimme takaisin hotellille ja  pakkasimme tavaramme autoon ja lähdimme Banffia kohti! Seuraavassa postauksessa on luvassa paljon kuvia vuorista!

Mikä on sinun go-to roadtrip kohde? Onko autolla matkustaminen sinun juttusi? 




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At the beginning of December our dear friend came to visit us! It was so good to finally have one of my friends visit me after living in Canada for 4.5 years.  Funny thing is she is the one who introduced me to Stephen in 2011... But that's a story of its own so I will have to share it another time! 

Couple weeks before the trip my friend had sprained her ankle so we tried to take it easy and not walk too much. It was just so nice to spend some good quality time together and laugh. We were going through pictures and videos from 10 years ago and we just couldn't keep it together! I enjoyed  the slow mornings eating delicious Finnish rye bread and drinking (cups of) tea. We didn't focus on seeing all the touristy spots, we just really wanted to spend time together. We also celebrated Finland's 100-years of independence by eating a Finnish style brunch and watching the independence day celebrations from my laptop. My one and only Finnish friend who lives here in Edmonton also joined us!

As soon as we heard our friend was coming to visit us in Canada we knew we had to take her to the mountains. We had booked us a hotel in Banff for two nights from Sat-Mon. Since Stephen was able to leave work after lunch, we decided to head to Calgary Friday afternoon! This way we would only have to drive one hour the next day, instead of four. Of course these times don't include the time you spend stopping with a baby ;) We packed our car, went to grab doughnuts from Doughnut Party and headed South! The drive to Calgary from Edmonton takes about 3h without stopping and I think we  ended up stopping only once the way!


Calgary is definitely a bigger city than Edmonton and it really has that 'big city vibe'! Many oil companies have their offices (read skyscrapers) downtown Calgary so the skyline is very dense! After checking in our hotel and lugging in all out baggage (it probably looked like we were staying for an entire month..) we headed downtown for an evening walk and the mission was to find food. After some searching we decided it was best to take baby back to the hotel and get him to sleep and order Uber Eats. We decided to go with Sushi this time since our friend had never tried it before! Rest of the evening we talked about parasites :D My old co-worker lives in Calgary with her fiancee so she also popped by to say hi!

The next morning we headed to the Calgary Tower as soon as we had eaten breakfast. We went right at 9 am when it opened and we cold have not chosen a better time! The sun was rising and there was maybe only four other people there at that time. The view from the top was incredible. You can even see the mountains from there!  Our little one ended up napping the entire time we were up so he missed the views ;) If you have ever watched Amazing Race Canada you might have seen the episode where the teams had to rappel down the Calgary Tower. I would have not done that. It's enough to stand on that peace of glass as the floor..

After the tower, we headed back to the hotel to pack our car and we were ready to hit the road and drive to Banff! Stay tuned! Next post will be full of snowy mountaintops!

Do you enjoy roadtrips? What's your go-to place?




Lauantaina nukuimme kaikki klo 8 asti mikä on meidän perheessä jo suuri ennätys! Meidän poika kun on aamuvirkku ja herää yleensä klo 5-6 välillä. Yö oli aika huono, joten siksi poikakin varmaan nukkui pidempään. Stephen auttoi yöllä niin, että minä sain puolestani myös nukkua. Ihmettelin aamulla, että enkö muka herännyt useammin, kunnes aamulla miehen kanssa keskusteltuani tajusin, että minähän olin nukahtanut ennen kuin mieheni tuli takaisin nukkumaan. Oli kuulemma ollut tunnin hereillä koittaen saada pojan nukkumaan..

Aamupalan syötyämme päätettiin lähteä picnicille ja luistelemaan! Käytiin siis pojan päikkäreiden jälkeen ostamassa puita läheiseltä bensa-asemalta, haettiin kaupasta meille makkaraa, peruna salaattia sekä brownies herkkuja ja suunnattiin puistoon! Me leiriydyimme ihan luistinradan viereen, joten käytiin samalla vähän luistelemassa kun odotettiin että tuli oli valmis meidän makkaroille.


Miten ruoka maistuukin aina niin paljon paremmalta ulkoilmassa? Ehkä se on se, että sen eteen näkee niin paljon vaivaa (pakkaa kotona kaikki tavarat mukaan, käy kaupassa, tekee tulen..) että lopulta on jo ihan huutava nälkä kun vihdoin pääsee syömään!

Meidän ajatuksena oli jatkaa  luistelua syönnin jälkeen, mutta meidän pojan päiväunet läheni niin, että luovuttiin  ideasta ja pakattiin auto ja mentiin pienelle ajelulle! Menimme siis katsomaan vähän mitä läheisillä työmailla tapahtuu! Jos siis et vielä tiennyt, niin olen naimisissa rakennusinsinööri kanssa :D On ollut huvittavaa huomata miten paljon nykyään tiedän uusista keskustaan nousevista  rakennuksista ja metron laajennus projektista. Ja miten niiden ohi mentäessä otan niistä miehelleni kuvia jos hän ei ole mukana.  Mielestäni on aivan ihanaa seurata vierestä ja huomata, miten oikealla alalla mieheni on! Haluaisin itsekin löytää alan josta olisin noin innoissani!

Sunnuntaina menimme heti aamusta (klo 9!) kirkkoon ja sieltä suoraan ystäviemme luokse brunssille! Poika nukahtaa aina autoon meno tai tulomatkalla kirkolle, mutta tänään hän taisteli sitä vastaan ja nukahti vasta kun oli ollut jo varmaan 7h valveilla. Kotiin tultua sain pojan vielä nukkumaan tunnin verran ja nukuimme samalla itse päiväunet. Olimme valvoneet edellisenä yönä liian pitkään joten olimme valmiit ummistamaan silmämme edes hetkeksi. Päiväunilta herättyämme saimme aikaiseksi siivota kämpän ja laittaa pyykkiä. Palkkioksi mies haki  meille Nando's ravintolasta ruokaa! Sitten olikin jo iltarutiinien ja pojan nukkumaanmenoaika.

Huomenna (maanantaina) meillä on vuorossa taas uimakoulu aamupäivästä ja sen jälkeen pitäisi mennä kaupungille hoitamaan muutamia asioita. Minulla meni kaksista eri talvikengistä vetoketju rikki, joten pitäisi viedä ne suutarille ja nähdä mitä taikoja niille voisi tehdä!


Millainen viikonloppu sinulla oli? Pääsitkö nauttimaan ulkoilmasta? Ihanaa alkanutta viikkoa! :)




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On Saturday  we slept until 8 am which is unheard of in our household. Our baby usually wakes up between 5-6am. He has always been an early bird. The night was bad and he was up a lot which is probably why he felt like sleeping longer. Stephen helped me at night so that I could get some sleep myself. In the morning I thought I had woken up more times until I realized I had fallen asleep before Stephen came back to sleep. He told me he had been up for an hour trying to get our son to sleep..

After breakfast we decided to head out to the park to skate and have a picnic. We decided to head out as soon as our son had woken up from his first nap. We went to the nearby gas station to buy some firewood and continued to the grocery store to grab some sausages, potato salad and Two Bite brownies! The fire pit was just by the skating rink so we were able to skate as we were waiting the fire to be perfect for our sausages.

How is it that food tastes always better when you are outside? I guess it's the fact that you take your time at home making sure you have everything you need for the picnic, then you need to do groceries, make the the fire, prepare the food...so by the time you get to finally eat you are starving!

Our idea was to continue skating after we had our lunch but our son was getting really tired so we thought it was best to just jump in the car and go for drive. We did a quick tour to see how the construction was going in different parts of the city. And yes, if you didn't know I am married to an engineer... It's funny to think how much I know about the city construction and LRT expansion plans. And that I tend to take photos for my husband if I am ever near a construction site. I really admire how he loves what he does. I wish one day, I will find myself a job that I love that much...

On Sunday we headed to church to the morning service (9 am!) and were invited to go for brunch at our friends farm. Our son usually ends up napping when we are driving to or from church. But today he was really fighting it and didn't end up napping until it was 1pm! He woke up as soon as we parked in the parkade but luckily fell asleep for another hour when I put him down in his crib. We had stayed awake way too long the previous night so we were ready for a nap ourselves. After getting some sleep we decided to clean our place since it was getting to the point that you couldn't see the floor anymore. We had also received a gift card to Nando's for Christmas from Stephen's parents so we decided to get take out as a prize! After that it was time for the night time routine and put our baby to bed!

Tomorrow (Monday) I am headed to the pool with my son for his swimming lessons and after I should head downtown to run some errands! I should take two pairs of winter boots to a shoe maker for some new zippers! They are really in need of some TLC...

Hope you weekend was nice and that you were able to get some fresh air! Wishing you a great week!





Weekend Vibes

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Lauantaina nukuimme kaikki klo 8 asti mikä on meidän perheessä jo suuri ennätys! Meidän poika kun on aamuvirkku ja herää yleensä klo 5-6 välillä. Yö oli aika huono, joten siksi poikakin varmaan nukkui pidempään. Stephen auttoi yöllä niin, että minä sain puolestani myös nukkua. Ihmettelin aamulla, että enkö muka herännyt useammin, kunnes aamulla miehen kanssa keskusteltuani tajusin, että minähän olin nukahtanut ennen kuin mieheni tuli takaisin nukkumaan. Oli kuulemma ollut tunnin hereillä koittaen saada pojan nukkumaan..

Aamupalan syötyämme päätettiin lähteä picnicille ja luistelemaan! Käytiin siis pojan päikkäreiden jälkeen ostamassa puita läheiseltä bensa-asemalta, haettiin kaupasta meille makkaraa, peruna salaattia sekä brownies herkkuja ja suunnattiin puistoon! Me leiriydyimme ihan luistinradan viereen, joten käytiin samalla vähän luistelemassa kun odotettiin että tuli oli valmis meidän makkaroille.


Miten ruoka maistuukin aina niin paljon paremmalta ulkoilmassa? Ehkä se on se, että sen eteen näkee niin paljon vaivaa (pakkaa kotona kaikki tavarat mukaan, käy kaupassa, tekee tulen..) että lopulta on jo ihan huutava nälkä kun vihdoin pääsee syömään!

Meidän ajatuksena oli jatkaa  luistelua syönnin jälkeen, mutta meidän pojan päiväunet läheni niin, että luovuttiin  ideasta ja pakattiin auto ja mentiin pienelle ajelulle! Menimme siis katsomaan vähän mitä läheisillä työmailla tapahtuu! Jos siis et vielä tiennyt, niin olen naimisissa rakennusinsinööri kanssa :D On ollut huvittavaa huomata miten paljon nykyään tiedän uusista keskustaan nousevista  rakennuksista ja metron laajennus projektista. Ja miten niiden ohi mentäessä otan niistä miehelleni kuvia jos hän ei ole mukana.  Mielestäni on aivan ihanaa seurata vierestä ja huomata, miten oikealla alalla mieheni on! Haluaisin itsekin löytää alan josta olisin noin innoissani!

Sunnuntaina menimme heti aamusta (klo 9!) kirkkoon ja sieltä suoraan ystäviemme luokse brunssille! Poika nukahtaa aina autoon meno tai tulomatkalla kirkolle, mutta tänään hän taisteli sitä vastaan ja nukahti vasta kun oli ollut jo varmaan 7h valveilla. Kotiin tultua sain pojan vielä nukkumaan tunnin verran ja nukuimme samalla itse päiväunet. Olimme valvoneet edellisenä yönä liian pitkään joten olimme valmiit ummistamaan silmämme edes hetkeksi. Päiväunilta herättyämme saimme aikaiseksi siivota kämpän ja laittaa pyykkiä. Palkkioksi mies haki  meille Nando's ravintolasta ruokaa! Sitten olikin jo iltarutiinien ja pojan nukkumaanmenoaika.

Huomenna (maanantaina) meillä on vuorossa taas uimakoulu aamupäivästä ja sen jälkeen pitäisi mennä kaupungille hoitamaan muutamia asioita. Minulla meni kaksista eri talvikengistä vetoketju rikki, joten pitäisi viedä ne suutarille ja nähdä mitä taikoja niille voisi tehdä!


Millainen viikonloppu sinulla oli? Pääsitkö nauttimaan ulkoilmasta? Ihanaa alkanutta viikkoa! :)




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On Saturday  we slept until 8 am which is unheard of in our household. Our baby usually wakes up between 5-6am. He has always been an early bird. The night was bad and he was up a lot which is probably why he felt like sleeping longer. Stephen helped me at night so that I could get some sleep myself. In the morning I thought I had woken up more times until I realized I had fallen asleep before Stephen came back to sleep. He told me he had been up for an hour trying to get our son to sleep..

After breakfast we decided to head out to the park to skate and have a picnic. We decided to head out as soon as our son had woken up from his first nap. We went to the nearby gas station to buy some firewood and continued to the grocery store to grab some sausages, potato salad and Two Bite brownies! The fire pit was just by the skating rink so we were able to skate as we were waiting the fire to be perfect for our sausages.

How is it that food tastes always better when you are outside? I guess it's the fact that you take your time at home making sure you have everything you need for the picnic, then you need to do groceries, make the the fire, prepare the food...so by the time you get to finally eat you are starving!

Our idea was to continue skating after we had our lunch but our son was getting really tired so we thought it was best to just jump in the car and go for drive. We did a quick tour to see how the construction was going in different parts of the city. And yes, if you didn't know I am married to an engineer... It's funny to think how much I know about the city construction and LRT expansion plans. And that I tend to take photos for my husband if I am ever near a construction site. I really admire how he loves what he does. I wish one day, I will find myself a job that I love that much...

On Sunday we headed to church to the morning service (9 am!) and were invited to go for brunch at our friends farm. Our son usually ends up napping when we are driving to or from church. But today he was really fighting it and didn't end up napping until it was 1pm! He woke up as soon as we parked in the parkade but luckily fell asleep for another hour when I put him down in his crib. We had stayed awake way too long the previous night so we were ready for a nap ourselves. After getting some sleep we decided to clean our place since it was getting to the point that you couldn't see the floor anymore. We had also received a gift card to Nando's for Christmas from Stephen's parents so we decided to get take out as a prize! After that it was time for the night time routine and put our baby to bed!

Tomorrow (Monday) I am headed to the pool with my son for his swimming lessons and after I should head downtown to run some errands! I should take two pairs of winter boots to a shoe maker for some new zippers! They are really in need of some TLC...

Hope you weekend was nice and that you were able to get some fresh air! Wishing you a great week!






Istun sohvallani päiväpeittoon käpertyneenä auringon paistaessa olohuoneen lattialle. Tiskikone humisee taustalla ja poikamme on päiväunilla. Olen aloittanut tämän postauksen tekemisen jo kolme kertaa. Ensimmäisestä kerrasta on varmaan jo kolme viikkoa. Joka kerta poikani päättää ottaa lyhyemmät päiväunet ja kirjoittaminen jää siihen. 


Blogissa on ollut hyvin hiljaista joulukuun ja tammikuun aikana. En kuitenkaan ole teitä lukijoita unohtanut! Jos olet yhtään seurannut Instagram- tiliäni niin olet ehkä huomannut, että meidän perheellä oli aikamoista menoa ja meininkiä koko joulukuu, joten blogin ja sosiaalisen median päivittely jäi vähemmälle. Hyvä ystävämme tuli kylään Suomesta, Stephen oli työmatkalla Torontossa, kävimme Calgaryssä sekä Kalliovuorilla ja matkustimme Suomeen jouluksi. Koska menemistä ei ollut vielä tarpeeksi (huomaa sarkasmi) menimme vielä reissun lopuksi Tukholmaan uudeksi vuodeksi! Menoa siis riitti ja reissun lopuksi olimme valmiit tulemaan kotiin, vaikka lapsen kanssa reissusta palautuminen on aina vähän haasteellisempaa. Onneksi poikamme pääsi todella hyvin rytmiin takaisin ja jet lag tänne Kanadaan ei ollut ollenkaan niin paha mitä Suomeen mennessä. Viime viikolla saimme nukkua jopa kokonaisia öitä mitä ei ole tapahtunut aikoihin, mutta tällä viikolla nukkuminen on taas ollut todella katkonaista. Olen siis ottanut päivän kerrallaan, juonut monta kupillista teetä sekä pitänyt kalenterin aika tyhjänä.


Ennen kun vallan unohdan HYVÄÄ UUTTA VUOTTA 2018! En ole koskaan ollut mikään lupausten tekijä. Ehkä siksi, että pitäisi tehdä juttuja vaan sen takia että loppuvuodesta voi näyttää muille, että lupaus toteutui. Tai jos jostain syystä lupausta ei ole pystynyt pitämään, pitää piiskata itseään kahta kauheammin ja pitää itseään huonona ihmisenä. Sain kuitenkin idean, että voisimme laittaa ylös muutamia tavoitteita, joihin halutaan panostaa parisuhteessa, yksilöinä sekä perheenä. Me ei olla niitä saatu vielä kirjattua paperille asti mutta tehdään se varmasti nyt tammikuun aikana. Tavoite on mielestäni paljon armollisempi termi kuin lupaus


Halusin aloittaa vuoden keksimällä minulle ja pojalle jotain viikoittaista tekemistä. Hän rakastaa uintia aivan kuten minkäkin, joten aloitimme uimakoulun kaksi viikkoa sitten. Se on ollut hauskaa meille molemmille; hän tapaa muita vauvoja, minä taas saan aikuisten seuraa. Olen ajatellut käydä myös säännöllisemmin kirjastossa vauvoille/lapsille suunnatuissa ohjelmissa niin saadaan jotain rytmiä päiviin!

 Ai niin! En siis enää ole äitiyslomalla! Olen stay-at-home mom! Suomessahan äitiysloma on sen 9kk jonka jälkeen voi halutessaan jäädä hoitovapaalle. Olen ymmärtänyt että työnantajan tulee pitää työpaikkaa varattuna kolme vuotta. Täällä Albertassa äitiysloma on 12kk ja tämän jälkeen olet omillasi jos et mene takaisin töihin. Äitiyslomani loppui samana päivänä kun saavuimme Suomeen mutta olimme tehneet päätöksen että jään poikamme kanssa kotiin. Pojalla on tammikuun lopulla jo ensimmäinen syntymäpäivä ja on älytöntä ajatella, että näin nopeasti se vuosi meni!


Miten sinun vuotesi on lähtenyt käyntiin? Teetkö sinä uuden vuoden lupauksia?


P.S Palaan vielä kertomaan kaikista joulukuun tapahtumista erikseen, mutta halusin tulla vaan sanomaan että hengissä ollaan ja en ole teitä unohtanut :)

(Edit: Tämän postauksen tekemiseen meni kokonainen päivä :D)

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Sitting here on our sofa while the dishwasher is on and our sweet baby boy is napping. This must be the third time I am trying to write this post. Our baby always ends up napping shorter when I am trying to get stuff done. It's so weird how they just know that momma needs some time so they decide to wake up. The first time must have been about three weeks ago but I promise I won't make you guys wait for another three weeks.


Since December it has been very quiet over here at Sisu & S'more. But don't worry! I haven't forgotten about you! If you have at all been following me on Instagram you might have noticed that it was quite the busy December for us. Our friend from Finland came to visit us, Stephen travelled to Toronto for a work conference, we visited Calgary and the Rockies, AND we travelled to Finland for Christmas. As if there hadn't been enough of excitement we also went to Stockholm, Sweden for the New Years! So after all the visiting and travelling we were ready to come back home and get back into our daily routine. Though recovering from a trip takes a little longer when you have a little one in the house. Luckily jet lag wasn't nearly as bad as going to Finland. Last week our son even slept through the night a couple times (unheard of) but this week again has been totally different.  I have been making sure I am not filling up my schedule too much, I am drinking my tea in the mornings and just taking it day by day.


Before I forget; HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018! I know it's a little late but hey, better now than never! I am not the person who does New Year’s resolutions. I guess it's the fact that you need to accomplish a thing just because it was a resolution or if for some reason things don't work out you are going to hate yourself for it. But I did come up with an idea for our family to think of couple of goals: for us as a family, individually and as a couple. We haven't had the chance to write them down yet but I promise we will before January is done! I like the idea of goals more than resolutions.
 

I wanted make sure me and my son have something we can do together weekly so I signed him for some swimming lessons! They book up so quick and I was the last one to get a spot! We have both loved it; he gets to meet other babies and I get some adult company! So, it's a win-win situation in every way! I will also try and make a point of going to the library to some free baby/children’s classes they offer.


Oh yes! I am not on maternity leave anymore. Instead you can call me a stay-at-home -mama! In Finland maternity leave is 9 month after which you can still stay home () and get some support. Which means an employer has to keep your spot for THREE years. Here in Alberta maternity leave is 12 months and after that...you are own your own. He is turning ONE in less than two weeks and it scares me.. where an earth did this year go?! 


How has your year been so far? Do you make New Year’s resolutions?


P.S I will be back with more pictures and stories from our busy December but I just wanted to come and say hi and that you have not been forgotten!



(Edit: It took me the entire day to get this post out:D)


BREAKING THE SILENCE

Friday, January 19, 2018


Istun sohvallani päiväpeittoon käpertyneenä auringon paistaessa olohuoneen lattialle. Tiskikone humisee taustalla ja poikamme on päiväunilla. Olen aloittanut tämän postauksen tekemisen jo kolme kertaa. Ensimmäisestä kerrasta on varmaan jo kolme viikkoa. Joka kerta poikani päättää ottaa lyhyemmät päiväunet ja kirjoittaminen jää siihen. 


Blogissa on ollut hyvin hiljaista joulukuun ja tammikuun aikana. En kuitenkaan ole teitä lukijoita unohtanut! Jos olet yhtään seurannut Instagram- tiliäni niin olet ehkä huomannut, että meidän perheellä oli aikamoista menoa ja meininkiä koko joulukuu, joten blogin ja sosiaalisen median päivittely jäi vähemmälle. Hyvä ystävämme tuli kylään Suomesta, Stephen oli työmatkalla Torontossa, kävimme Calgaryssä sekä Kalliovuorilla ja matkustimme Suomeen jouluksi. Koska menemistä ei ollut vielä tarpeeksi (huomaa sarkasmi) menimme vielä reissun lopuksi Tukholmaan uudeksi vuodeksi! Menoa siis riitti ja reissun lopuksi olimme valmiit tulemaan kotiin, vaikka lapsen kanssa reissusta palautuminen on aina vähän haasteellisempaa. Onneksi poikamme pääsi todella hyvin rytmiin takaisin ja jet lag tänne Kanadaan ei ollut ollenkaan niin paha mitä Suomeen mennessä. Viime viikolla saimme nukkua jopa kokonaisia öitä mitä ei ole tapahtunut aikoihin, mutta tällä viikolla nukkuminen on taas ollut todella katkonaista. Olen siis ottanut päivän kerrallaan, juonut monta kupillista teetä sekä pitänyt kalenterin aika tyhjänä.


Ennen kun vallan unohdan HYVÄÄ UUTTA VUOTTA 2018! En ole koskaan ollut mikään lupausten tekijä. Ehkä siksi, että pitäisi tehdä juttuja vaan sen takia että loppuvuodesta voi näyttää muille, että lupaus toteutui. Tai jos jostain syystä lupausta ei ole pystynyt pitämään, pitää piiskata itseään kahta kauheammin ja pitää itseään huonona ihmisenä. Sain kuitenkin idean, että voisimme laittaa ylös muutamia tavoitteita, joihin halutaan panostaa parisuhteessa, yksilöinä sekä perheenä. Me ei olla niitä saatu vielä kirjattua paperille asti mutta tehdään se varmasti nyt tammikuun aikana. Tavoite on mielestäni paljon armollisempi termi kuin lupaus


Halusin aloittaa vuoden keksimällä minulle ja pojalle jotain viikoittaista tekemistä. Hän rakastaa uintia aivan kuten minkäkin, joten aloitimme uimakoulun kaksi viikkoa sitten. Se on ollut hauskaa meille molemmille; hän tapaa muita vauvoja, minä taas saan aikuisten seuraa. Olen ajatellut käydä myös säännöllisemmin kirjastossa vauvoille/lapsille suunnatuissa ohjelmissa niin saadaan jotain rytmiä päiviin!

 Ai niin! En siis enää ole äitiyslomalla! Olen stay-at-home mom! Suomessahan äitiysloma on sen 9kk jonka jälkeen voi halutessaan jäädä hoitovapaalle. Olen ymmärtänyt että työnantajan tulee pitää työpaikkaa varattuna kolme vuotta. Täällä Albertassa äitiysloma on 12kk ja tämän jälkeen olet omillasi jos et mene takaisin töihin. Äitiyslomani loppui samana päivänä kun saavuimme Suomeen mutta olimme tehneet päätöksen että jään poikamme kanssa kotiin. Pojalla on tammikuun lopulla jo ensimmäinen syntymäpäivä ja on älytöntä ajatella, että näin nopeasti se vuosi meni!


Miten sinun vuotesi on lähtenyt käyntiin? Teetkö sinä uuden vuoden lupauksia?


P.S Palaan vielä kertomaan kaikista joulukuun tapahtumista erikseen, mutta halusin tulla vaan sanomaan että hengissä ollaan ja en ole teitä unohtanut :)

(Edit: Tämän postauksen tekemiseen meni kokonainen päivä :D)

➕   ➕   ➕

Sitting here on our sofa while the dishwasher is on and our sweet baby boy is napping. This must be the third time I am trying to write this post. Our baby always ends up napping shorter when I am trying to get stuff done. It's so weird how they just know that momma needs some time so they decide to wake up. The first time must have been about three weeks ago but I promise I won't make you guys wait for another three weeks.


Since December it has been very quiet over here at Sisu & S'more. But don't worry! I haven't forgotten about you! If you have at all been following me on Instagram you might have noticed that it was quite the busy December for us. Our friend from Finland came to visit us, Stephen travelled to Toronto for a work conference, we visited Calgary and the Rockies, AND we travelled to Finland for Christmas. As if there hadn't been enough of excitement we also went to Stockholm, Sweden for the New Years! So after all the visiting and travelling we were ready to come back home and get back into our daily routine. Though recovering from a trip takes a little longer when you have a little one in the house. Luckily jet lag wasn't nearly as bad as going to Finland. Last week our son even slept through the night a couple times (unheard of) but this week again has been totally different.  I have been making sure I am not filling up my schedule too much, I am drinking my tea in the mornings and just taking it day by day.


Before I forget; HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018! I know it's a little late but hey, better now than never! I am not the person who does New Year’s resolutions. I guess it's the fact that you need to accomplish a thing just because it was a resolution or if for some reason things don't work out you are going to hate yourself for it. But I did come up with an idea for our family to think of couple of goals: for us as a family, individually and as a couple. We haven't had the chance to write them down yet but I promise we will before January is done! I like the idea of goals more than resolutions.
 

I wanted make sure me and my son have something we can do together weekly so I signed him for some swimming lessons! They book up so quick and I was the last one to get a spot! We have both loved it; he gets to meet other babies and I get some adult company! So, it's a win-win situation in every way! I will also try and make a point of going to the library to some free baby/children’s classes they offer.


Oh yes! I am not on maternity leave anymore. Instead you can call me a stay-at-home -mama! In Finland maternity leave is 9 month after which you can still stay home () and get some support. Which means an employer has to keep your spot for THREE years. Here in Alberta maternity leave is 12 months and after that...you are own your own. He is turning ONE in less than two weeks and it scares me.. where an earth did this year go?! 


How has your year been so far? Do you make New Year’s resolutions?


P.S I will be back with more pictures and stories from our busy December but I just wanted to come and say hi and that you have not been forgotten!



(Edit: It took me the entire day to get this post out:D)


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