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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Greetings from Estonia!

This is part of our group minus four members---John, Matthew, Christina, and Olga.(Thanks to Elizabeth for the pic!)

Please click here to see some other pics...we actually saw these!!      I wish I could post it here, but I don't think that's allowed:).    If you don't know where Estonia is located, like our two bank tellers didn't and me too before living overseas, you can learn more information!!
Here's some history---in a nutshell...from the above link:
Estonia, the smallest of the Baltic States, was ruled for many centuries by Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian factions. Historically, it has been attacked, sacked, razed and pillaged on numerous occasions

When the former Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, it gained its long-awaited independence. Subsequently, the somewhat new country of Estonia is now forging modern relationships with the west, including the (EU).

The local economy still revolves around varied agricultural industries. Recently, however, tourism has increased, as it's become a popular cruise ship destination because of the medieval architecture and the history of its charming capital city of Tallinn.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Group of Random photos!

Miscellaneous pics----Mark swinging on his gym!
Our picture rope---we love our Christmas cards!!
Katie put together these clips where we all had our names on them and we could leave positive notes on our family member's clips.

Friday, March 12, 2010

December--Finland trip

This was our trip to Finland from December.  The kids really enjoyed it, except for Matthew--he did not like the extreme cold.  On the way back, we put the seat down to a bed so the kids could sleep--I know---we aren't in Kansas anymore!

We stayed at a friend's "Sauna" house in Finland---she lit special ice candles on the porch.  We went to a church that was hewn from rock, road sleds, lived simply--light fires, cooked on a wooden stove--John rocked!  The house was kept warm by a fireplace and a small amount of heat from heaters.  It was an experience!  The floor that we slept on was up those stairs--and yes, if you think they look steep, they felt even steeper!  Our friend showed us how to come down and go up ---yes, there was a particular way to do it so you didn't fall.  Let's just say, it wasn't very lady-like!  I felt like a cowboy, every time I had to go up!

This border trip was the worst---we were in line for 7 hours on our way into Finland and 5 on our way was crazy!  John was super patient!!