Saturday, August 15, 2015

Keila garden cafe day 2015: lots of sweets and walking

Today we walked  all through Keila to visit as many garden cafes as we could. There were 20 opened this year but we made it to 9 of them. That is pretty good considering we had two small kids with us.

In the morning we visited 4 of them. Later, after nap time, we went and checked out 5 cafes. 

Below are some photos of our visits.

Here you can see the how much people are willing to do when they open a cafe in their back yard. I ate a peace of cake here. They had tables everywhere and lots of people sitting and chatting. 

These were with whipped cream and raspberries:

Our favorite spotted dog candy:

We got waffles and Cat Arthur candy too (those worm looking things).  

They had tables and couches brought out:

Many cafes had also crafts and artwork that they were selling: 

One cafe had a statue of Lenin like this:

One cafe was opened at a local kindergarten grounds and we sure liked it. 

One of our favorites was the library cafe. Just look how cool this is:

They had a small room where you could listen to Estonian poets read their poetry. Our girl wanted to steal the remotes and then messed up the program so when we left the DVD was not playing. We got out fast. Sorry!

We come to the library often. Here is the kids room: 

One porcelain related cafe:

More sweets! 

At one of the cafes we saw a guy working as a waiter getting the food through the window. 

This one was more like a restaurant and we could not stay for long. They had menus, waitresses, lots of tables. 

One that was interesting was related to old times, here:

They had games for kids, like this horsey:

Our daughter liked this fishing game a lot. Or water. Probably just splashing in the water. Matthew was not able to fish out any of the fish unfortunately. 

They also had musicians there playing accordion. 

So next year - come and enjoy. They even had bikes you can rent - electric bikes.
This is just a really awesome thing to bring the community together. 
We love our town!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer trip to Tõrva to visit family

It took us a long time to go and visit my family after our baby was born. It seemed like it will never happen. And the weather was cold. But the week we finally went it was nice and hot and sunny. Perfect.

Here is my grandmother´s garden from different angles:

She loves gardening so much - she spends all of her day going around, weeding, watering etc.

     A little table in a quiet corner. There is also a rock grill that one of my relatives built.

A green house full of tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers etc.

My grandma loves lilies!

She has two cats that like to sleep in her lap at the same time. Those cats really love my Mamma! 

And here is my beautiful grandmother:

My favorite plant:

My childhood lake. I spent all the days of the summer there, no matter what the weather was. The tower is really high, 10 meters or 32 feet. I have jumped off from it about 2 times. You see kids jumping off all the time like it is nothing to them. The lake is about 5 minutes away from our house, walking.

My dad! He is a really great father! We went for a walk as a family in the school park and around the lake.

We also visited my brother and his father where I grew up. Here is our daughter running away from us - this is the case basically all the time. Although now she is willing to hold my hand too when it is important. Great success!

She found a huge piece of concrete and loved climbing on it. 
It is great that she could spend so much time outside. But it also meant that the chance of getting injured or killed was 50 times higher than at home.  Now we appreciate not having stairs more than before. Or nasty big dogs. Or a pool/pond/lake right by our house. This list is very long!

Family is great! Thank you, Eldur, for being so nice and fixing our mudguard and helping us wash the car! Just a few days after we got home it was all pooped by a million seagulls that invaded Keila again like each year. But we are still so thankful! :D

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Support this wonderful girl´s dream!

Maria-Helena is one of my young women. Her dream is to study one year in Japan. If you can help and support her it would be great! She works very hard for this opportunity but her options are limited. I know that your small donation can make a difference. :)

Maria-Helena on üks mu noortest naistest. Tema unistus on õppida üks aasta Jaapanis. Kui saad teda aidata ja toetada, tähendaks see väga palju! Ta on selle võimaluse nimel väga palju tööd teinud, kuid eesmärki omal käel saavutada on raske. Ma tean, et ka väike annetus võib viia suure unistuse täitumiseni. :)

Here is the page where you can read more about this fundraiser: Maria-Helena´s fundraiser.
Siit lehelt saab lugeda rohkem korjanduse kohta: Maria-Helena korjandus.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

First Baltic Mission Girls camp

This week I was at the Baltic Mission girls camp, the very first one.
We got a local non profit organization let us use their army tents and sleeping bags. Most girls really loved sleeping in there. You could even light a fire in a little fireplace inside to warm the tent up. One of our girls is in a local  youth army group and new everything about camping, hiking an how to pack up the tents. She even stayed up at night to heat the tents. What a trooper!

We also had a hike - a pioneer hike. Every girls got a different story about a pioneer girl who crossed the plains. In different spots along the way they read parts of the story. We had nice Church members from Utah make aprons and bonnets for all of us and we wore them during the hike. Thank you so much for such a wonderful gift!

All the girls hiked to a viewing tower by the Baltic sea - here is the view:

There were old huge oak trees right by the sea. It was beautiful.
The last spot was right on the beach where girls listened a story about a pioneer who was an ancestor of a missionary who served in Estonia and who introduced the gospel to one of our leaders. Then all of the girls had to go and find a rock for themselves to use as a prayer rock. They decorated them later.

Here are our leaders. Thank you for your wonderful work!

Crafts - girls painted on wooden plates. Thank you, Merle, for cutting them out for us.

We also went swimming. Well,  a few of the girls did because it was freezing cold. The summer has so far been very cool here. But some of the girls were crazy enough to jump in.

Our service project was picking berries in the garden of a member who let us use their summer home for our camp. 

We had our mission president and his wife speak at our fireside. They were wonderful and inspirational. See how the light shines on them like they are in the Sacred Grove:

Than is all, folks. The camp was a success!