First Birthday

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How time flies! It feels like only yesterday when our little chaps came along and changed our world forever. They were these helpless little mice who didn’t know us and we didn’t know them. We would stand in front of their hospital bed (they couldn’t fit into a baby crib so they were put into a big hospital bed together), hold hands and stare at them going “Hang on a minute, what just happened?” Suddenly we were a family.

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And then 365 days of feeds and nappy changes and baths and buggy walks and all of sudden they are these funny little guys with distinctive personalities and life has divided into two eras: Before and After the Boys Were There.

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It was a hot sunny day in London when they were born and it was a hot, sunny day in Finland this year (the only hot day this year?).

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Dadda had come from London to see us and we (parents) had a glass of bubbly to celebrate the fact that we had, well survived the first year.

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True to form we didn’t want to make a too big fuss over the birthday, poor chaps didn’t even get a present from us and they only had one guest, their “big sister”/ cousin A.

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I did make a cake which was a big hit.

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Boys got to taste whipped cream and the rest of us had some champagne and cake.

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After cake we tried out my uncle’s boat. A. did not like the boat at all at first, but a quick change of parent later, he got some courage to carry on.

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So Happy Birthday my darling boys of July, let this post be your present from mummy to you!

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Summery Strawberry Cake

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This week we celebrated our boys’ first birthday! Everybody loved the cake and it’s super easy to make, so I thought I would share the recipe here.

Cake base

  • 125 g butter
  • 1 dl sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1,5 dl flour
  • 2 ts baking powder
  • 1 dl milk

Whip butter and sugar, add egg yolks, flour and baking powder (mixed together) and milk. Place on an oven tray and bake in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees) for 10 minutes.

Meringue 

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1,5 dl sugar
  • 1 ts vanilla sugar

Whisk egg whites and add the sugar. Take out the cake base from the oven and pour the meringue on top of the base and put it back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.

On top and between

  • 2dl whipped cream
  • Strawberries
  • A couple of mint leaves

Assemble the cake with layers of base topped with whipped cream and strawberries. Done!

 

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An Evening Walk

Suddenly spring arrived.

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And the boys got their first pair of shoes. Practicality won over cuteness, the only type of shoe we could get on their chubby little feet was a sandal. And as it was still a little bit cold, they had to be worn with socks. Perhaps not appropriate for little British gentlemen but you gotta start somewhere.

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As you need shoes to venture out to the park for the first time. So we packed our buckets and spades and off we went!

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J was fearless and got right in. The sand was interesting to touch and tasted delicious.

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But A had to build up some courage on mum’s lap first, but as he saw that brother tried and was ok with it he decided to give it a go.

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Afterwards we went for a little evening walk in our neighborhood. I’ve lived here for years but this was the first year to really enjoy the beauty of the spring with blooming trees everywhere. It’s a little crazy but I didn’t really it notice it before. It doesn’t last long and when you are working you only get to enjoy the blooming spring beside the motorway and no, it’s not quite the same.

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“I’d say I had spring fever” 

For the Love of Chairs

When we got married nearly four years ago, we got two wedding presents. To clarify we had asked our guests not to bring presents as we got married in Finland and some of our guests had to travel 17,000 kilometers to come  to our wedding. Yes, that’s a lot.

But still we got two presents. Firstly our very own little summer house or “Love Shack” at our summer house. Dad had converted an old boathouse into a bedroom for us in total surprise. It is the cutest little bedroom and we have enjoyed countless summer nights in our little house sleeping like babies, sometimes listening to the rain drumming on the roof, sometimes enjoying a midnight swim as the house practically sits on the lake.

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Next summer will be the first one that we return to it as a family of four and I think it will not be big enough to add two cots but we will have to see. Perhaps we will have to lend it to the next couple getting married, my brother and his fiancee while we attend to baby duties in the main house.

And the second present was these beauties. Four Eames DSW chairs for our home in London. I have loved these chairs for as long as I can remember and when we got married I thought that we should get something that will last a lifetime and something for our home together and so the Eames chairs moved in.

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These chairs are called “blog chairs” in the Finnish social media because they are so popular and almost all Nordic bloggers have them in their house. Some people claim that you should be more original and that having these chairs and other “blog products” makes your home soulless and boring.

Personally I don’t agree. Yes, you can see these chairs in almost every edition of the Elle Decoration and yes, many bloggers have them in their homes but to me that is what great design does. These chairs were designed in 1950 for MOMA’s Low Cost Future design competition (so a kind of Ikeas of their day) and so they shaped the industry and became iconic. And to me they are the most beautiful chair ever made. And what’s even better is that they are extremely comfortable to sit on and great for family with kids as you can wipe away any dirt that lands on them.

But ultimately why I love mine and don’t care if you can see them everywhere is what happens around them…our little family cooking, eating…coming together with friends and loved ones…How could it ever be soulless or boring?

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This was a particularly special evening, it was when something else moved in. ❤ ❤

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