Today is fathers day in Finland! A day to appreciate all the wonderful men and fathers figures in our lives both present and passed.

This week we have also been a little bit extra happy as the children’s grandfather has been here; playing with them, listening to them, discussing their paintings, telling them bedtime stories in Finnish and Swedish. 

This morning we went to the Savoya hotel in Trieste where he has been staying for a happy fathersday coffee, goodbye and “björnkram”.

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Accepting that fall is here. We have picked out hats and gloves. The trees are now lit by colors of fire, the kids kick the knee deep layers of fallen leaves as we walk through the parks; they twist and twirl as they slowly land again on the soft bed preparing for the arrival of winter. Sweet, warming yet melancholic.

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We woke up to heavy thunderstorms rolling over the skies. The children woke up nonno and nonna who offered season fruits for breakfast, as a nice healthy alternative to “latte e biscotti”.

We have been living like kings and queens these days in Livorno among friends and relatives, the parts we miss the most being in Trieste. The children have played with other children and gone to sleep with a smile on their lips and stories to tell.

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Today is a day off in Italy, and I guess in many other parts of the world as well. We arrived late yesterday evening in Livorno, at the parents in law.

We are meeting up with relatives and loved once. We really miss our social network in Trieste, the kids need more grownups around them than only us.

They were so happy to see the grandparents last night. Today we are lucky with the weather

We also found some animals to admire!

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It was humid and autumn like in Croatia today. Almost English weather, heavy featherlike smoky clouds kissing the hills. Perfect weather for Sauna and some comforting heath, we found a cute little SPA just below the rocks of Motovun.

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Today we properly opened the truffelseason in Motovun in Croatia, with truffel flavoured Olive Oil tasting, truffels omelett and creamy truffel soup; It was like eating a piece of heaven. Even the kids went all in on the truffel oil and creamy truffel soup!

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Our current apartment was just listed on the market. Due to being here only for a few months prior to moving in to our dreamhome, we did not have time to really style the apartment for the listing, however it looks quite nice and fresh also naturally.
Before moving here, I was convinced that 55 m2 would never be enough for 4 persons. However having lived on 55m2 for abit over a month now, I actually start to like it. It is a challenge to downsize clothes, toys and all the extras, however we still seem to have everything we need. In the weekends we head outside! Actually if we would continue living here, it would be a very nice challenge to see how we could properly try to optimize all the cubic meters. The roofhight is an impressive 3 meters, and the living room very spacious. So building an extra space on the height would be rather interesting. Maybe a loft bed (pictures. Pinterest, Google, Hemnet.se) for us in the living room, and making the actual bedroom into the childrens bedroom, this way getting one "extra" room.
What is not mentioned in the announcement is that there is a small balcony and garden belonging to the appartment as well. For these once I have some very cozy ideas aswell.

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So finally the first birthday party of a friend in kindergarden arrived. The kids have been excited for weeks! Especially the older one who is quite homesick and would go back to Finland with friends, kindergarden, house, grandparents, toys and everything he holds so dear, on next available flight. Birthday parties represent a lot, it means that you have a social network and that you belong! He is a very brave child but even that has veen challenged somewhat lately. So arriving at the playground where the party was held and seeing friends he knew made his eyes sparkle as he turned back and said ”my friends are here” and ran off with the small peergroup.

Was difficult to catch a picture today without other persons faces in them.

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Making an adventure out of leftover lasagna in Tupperware and som dry bread for the birds! Love when life is simple!

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What to do on a warm autumn day with hazy skies? Well Pirano is always a good option. We just got full insurance on the new car, so now we are allowed to go outside the boarders of Italy, so we took the opportunity to head over to Pirano. A real gem on the Slovenian coast with a fantastic marketaquare where children from all around this area seem to gather on saturday mornings to play and run.

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