May Day and Birthday

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Happy May Day everyone!!! Oh, I hope you are all having a great time πŸ™‚ We’re enjoying today enormously: the weather is wonderful, everyone’s in a good mood, there are throngs of people everywhere and everyone’s celebrating. We spent the first half of the day walking in the central spot of all Helsinki’s celebrations – Kaivopuisto, and enjoying the atmosphere. And I thought it would be great to share it with all of you. So, while the rest of my family is sleeping off the effects of lots of fresh air, lots of walking and lots of impressions, I’m bringing you a few May Day photos.

First: it’s unbelievable how many people participate in the celebrations. In Kaivopuisto, which is considered to be the central spot for the May Day gathering, there are throngs of people. But what’s most interesting – everyone’s content with it: people are weaving around one another and the many baby buggies, those that are having picnics sit close beside each other with no problems – someone’s barbecuing, someone’s just drinking, other eat cakes, listen to music etc. It’s a great sight!

Of course, there are lots of stands with colorful and fun treats for big and small – and all kids (and most adults πŸ™‚ ) carry around helium balloons. Our little one got the soother-candies that he happily crunched on the way home, and our daughter chose a huge heart-shaped lollipop (and was overjoyed to find out the word written on it in sugar is “Love” πŸ˜€ ).

All in all, it was a perfect morning!

… And a nice continuation of the last weekend, when we celebrated our daughters birthday πŸ™‚ She’s already 5! (I really can’t believe it… I’m so young! how can I have a five-year-old daughter?! πŸ˜€ )

Our home is a rental flat so there’s nothing very fancy in it: all walls are off-white, all cupboards in the kitchen – as well, the floors are grey and the only colour is our dark furniture and orange-and-brown sofas in the living room, and red IKEA accents on the kids’ furniture (we’ve been living here for 9 months already, but I still can’t figure out how I would like to decorate… oh well, I still hope to assemble the perfect decor accents little by little). So to somehow bring more colour and create a festive atmosphere, I decided to decorate for the birthday with colourful crepe paper. It was very basic and very simple, but perfect for our small family celebration. Here’s what came out πŸ™‚

The beribboned “lamp shade” is still up on our lamp. It seemed great for the May Day as well, – but to be completely sincere: I just can’t bring myself to take it off πŸ˜€ It’s so much more fun to be in the kitchen now! Let’s see how long I can pretend we have something to celebrate πŸ˜€ (well, there’s my birthday coming up in less than three weeks… Would that be a good enough reason? πŸ˜€ )

So that’s about all the celebrations recently. How have you been celebrating May Day?

 

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