I feel a bit "sadish" about saying farewell to our 2nd summer here in Finland. We might still have some warm days, but when school starts, things go back to normal, and hitting the beach won't be as easy. I'm thankful that we took the opportunities to go to the beach as often as we could thou!! We have enjoyed the lakes, saunas, nature, berrypicking, park and harbor visits, and many visits to the "Hiekkalinna" = "Sandcastle". This is an annual tradition that this city is becoming known for. They rebuild the sandsculptures each year, each time showing a different theme. This year it's "Circus" (I feel at home there). There are lots of things to do there; sandsculptures to look at, a huge sandbox for the little ones to play in, a mini town to play in, free rides and little snack and ice-cream booths to go to for refreshments. This year they also had the obstacle course that our 3 oldest went on. Well you have to move forward by your own strength and balance and courage, and they really liked it!! Big Guy went too, and it was funny to see him balancing his way across the obstacles right after our 3rd daughter who's about half his size!!
I'm becoming a big fan of our town. It's a family friendly place, and there are many things to do, for free, in an uncrowded, safe environment. Here are some pictures from this summer that show you some of the fun we have had!
Here's Big Guy balancing his way across the 1st part of the course.
Our oldest is slipping on the barrels!
#4 on one of the free rides!!
Part of the little play town, the little kids have so much fun playing in all these houses. There's coloring stuff, play kitchen toys, and in one there are a bunch of those balls that kids love to roll around in.
Making their way across!! Many meters above ground.
I don't know how they dare...
Big Guy getting a good work out! He said he was beat after finishing the course!!
At our friends cottage where we had saunas and jumped in the lake!! Our kids LOVE this activity!
Sauna, lake, sauna, lake....
At our beautiful harbor downtown.
At the downtown beach. Across the lake is the harbor and sandcastle park.
The greatest part of this beach is the super nice playground that's situated right on it!!
Big Guy and #3 on the obstacle course!! A bit of a size difference!