Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Camping in mind

We are off camping in the Yorkshire dales with Olly and Becky in couple of days time. So we bought Henrik a sleeping bag to keep him warm in the English spring weather. He was very pleased with the sleeping bag, trying the zips and even putting the bunny to sleep in it. Hopefully it will be a success when we are camping and he'll sleep happily.

Henrik also had his first haircut on Sunday by Andrea at church, he looks very smart with the new haircut. You can see it slightly better in the bottom photo.

I've been enjoying my sewing machine David got me for my birthday. I made Henrik an apron and mended a pair of David's cycling trousers. It is really nice to have a sewing machine that works like dream and is all mine rather than borrowed :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The great outdoors

Henrik has discovered that he likes being outside. In the morning, pretty much the first thing he does when we come downstairs is to bring his shoes or wellies to me or stand by the back door with them! Last weekend he spent pretty much all of the weekend building mudpiles in the garden and pushing his little cart back and forth.

He is also starting to get very fascinated by the toilet. Yesterday morning I rescued his cuddly bunny from being drowned in the toilet. Thankfully he hasn't learnt to flush it yet...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hungry caterpillar

It's the google logo today. I like it :) Especially as the hungry caterpillar has been Henrik's reading favourite for a while.

Monday, March 16, 2009

My assistant

Jean was poorly last week so I was working from home couple of days. Henrik was very keen to help me and quite a few of my papers now have little scribbles over them where he got hold of the pen whilst I wasn't looking. He is getting very fast at climbing on the chairs! Hopefully it's not too long and I can get him to do my writing for me :)

We had a lovely weekend with Martin and Victoria in Yorkshire. On Saturday morning I was helping Victoria to dig up some molehills for her vegetable pots whilst David was helping elsewhere. Henrik was not too sure about the uneven ground on the molehill field and thought it was safer to look at them whilst on his tummy. 

On Sunday we went to church and Henrik was adored pretty much by the whole congregation, we thankfully had just about enough raisins to keep him quiet for the duration of the service. He was slightly disappointed at communion time when he wasn't given anything to eat when everyone else was...

My chocolate fast for the lent is going well but I did have a piece of chocolate cake on Saturday to celebrate my birthday, apart from that it is coming up to three weeks with no chocolate or biscuits and I'm surprised how easy it has been.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sunday walk

On Sunday before lunch we went for a quick wander in Holywell Dene with Hanna and Juho. Henrik is in a backcarrier for most of the walk but we usually let him walk for a  little bit of the way. The problem is that he more often than not wants to go to exactly the opposite direction to everyone else!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Hanna and Juho (my sister and her hubbie) came for a long weekend this last weekend or for an extra long weekend really as it was from Wednesday to Friday. We had a lovely time with them. I was off uni all the time whilst they were here which was nice. It was really nice just to be able to spend some quality time with them as when we go to Finland it usually feels like bit of a whirlwind visit as there are so many people to see in such a short time.

One day Henrik and I went to Newcastle with them and we walked down to the Quayside, saw all the bridges, had a quick nose around a Yoko Ono exhibition that was on the Baltic after which they spent the afternoon shopping. Another day we went to Alnmouth and Alnwick, walked on the beach, had pub lunch and saw some pretty country side. The weather was lovely for pretty much all of the visit, blue sky, hardly any clouds and sun, what more could you ask. It was nice and crisp in the mornings but by midday the sun was actually quite warm - if you were sheltered from the wind!

On Saturday we went searching for Hadrian's wall. When we first moved up here, David and I tried to go for a walk by the wall, but only ended up walking alongside slightly raised bit of earth that was covered by grass and that you had to imagine to be the wall - mainly because our book of the Hadrian's wall walks told us that it was in fact piece of the 2000 year old wall rather than some old farmers stone wall that had disintegrated and disappeared into the landscape. 

So I was determined to see a proper piece of the wall...and finally after about 40 minutes of driving we saw it. It was definitely the wall - it even had a sign by it telling us that it was. Hanna was more interested in taking some pics of the sheep that shared the field with the ancient piece of architecture than the wall itself!

Updates on Henrik, yesterday he learnt to climb on the kitchen chairs. Today he conquered the table!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Showing off

Continuation to the photos below. Here is the actual moment when he got the cat's head on the toy, the fact that he forgot to put couple of the rings before the head didn't seem to slow him down. He is very good with this kind of toys, the funny thing is most of them have age recommendation of 18 months but his been able to stack them since he was about 11 months. Pure genius I would say...but I am extremely biased :)


Here are some serious concentration photos of Henrik playing with his toys. He sometimes gets very very serious and concentrates hard, this was one of the occasions, first playing with his car and then trying to get a wooden ring on a pole, very serious business!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Babble babble

Henrik's vocabulary has increased from wuh-wuh, o-ou, hiya and byebye over the last week or so. He has three new words: juice, tyhjä and no-no-no.

When he starts to get hungry he comes to the kitchen and starts pointing to anything edible or drinkable in his sight and says juice over and over again.

And when he has finished eating or drinking, or when David or I have finished eating or drinking something he he says tyhjä (empty in finnish) and throws his arms up in the air in wonder where did it all go.

No-no-no is his new favourite and he seems to like the sound of it so he is sometimes saying no-no-no just for hte fun of it. Other times like nappy change he applies it very effectively. His no is also sounding very northern at the moment with no u-sound in the end of the word!