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39 of 52a.
“A portraits of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Babygirl, you have grown up so quickly. I cannot believe staying home with you for three years is almost over. It’s time for mama to go to school and it’s time for you to go to the local daycare as well. Starting next week we won’t be together 24/7 anymore. I’m going to miss you a lot! Anyway, this morning we went for a bike riding. It’s the first time that we went bike riding the three of us. It was fun! We should do it often. xo, mama.

39 of 52c.

39 of 52b.


Everything Is Possible

If you are following me on Instagram and Twitter you would know that our life will about to change in the following days. Last monday I received a letter from the employment office saying that they had scheduled me for the finnish language course this fall. The course will start on October 1. Both husband and I were surprised because at first we were told that the course will start on January or February next year. To be completely honest we are not prepared about this. To be given less than two weeks to prepare was hard. We haven’t found daycare for Rianna yet. And we are not even sure if we can find any as all daycare centers were already fully booked. We’ve tried to find few months ago. I wrote the administration via email and told her about my thoughts and concern. She told me “everything is possible”. She was right there’s always a solution and there’s always possible ways.

So my husband started calling anyone he knew and asked about daycare. The city recommended one. The one we already checked a few months ago. But they were also fully booked, but eventually agreed to add Rianna to their list. We were happy but then realized the distance how far it is from our home and the cost. Something we just cannot do. So we tried another one again… And the city daycare accepted us, thankfully! The costs is half and the distance from the house is short. It’s along the way and easier for me to pick her up from school.

And that was it. We checked the daycare earlier today and found it the best place for our child. Rianna loves the place. She sat down and played right after we got there. And when we’re about to leave she cried and doesn’t want to leave. We found the best daycare for her. We only bring Rianna there when her dad has work. About 10 times a month. Hubby works every other week, so when he’s not working he’s home and watch Rianna.

As to regards about my course, it’s a Finnish Language Course (Suomen Kieli). All foreigners are required to take this course to learn the language. I have been waiting for this chance and now it’s finally here. The school is located at Porvoo, neighboring city. Quite far but it’s fine. I will go there by bus everyday as I don’t drive. This is going to be hard at first but I know I will get used to it somehow. I am so positive about this and praying that everything will be fine.

I am a little bit nervous. You know going back to school after ten years. I finished my degree in 2004, and imagine I’m back to school ten years later in different country and different time and purpose. Imagine that? Well, this is just the beginning as I am hoping to take another course after this and hopefully find a nice job someday. Finally working for our future.

“This is going to be Rianna’s new playground. I know she’ll be fine here. And I know she will enjoy along with other kids. She’s going to have fun while learning.

“Everything Is Possible”…. If you’ll just find a way!

I think I’m ready for school. I think our family is ready for a little change. A change for the better.

Eats / Banana Pancakes Recipe


Banana pancakes is so easy to make and it is delicious too. I love making pancakes during afternoon to serve as a snack. We don’t eat pancakes at breakfast like everyone does. We eat pancakes at dinner time. We normally make Finnish pancakes which is quite different to the pancakes that I normally cooked. However, it still delicious, very thin and soft. I love trying out different kinds or flavors of pancakes. Today however, I am going to share banana pancakes recipe. I tried adding bananas to pancakes so that my little girl can eat it too. She is so picky and doesn’t like bananas. But she eat banana pancakes so it’s like a win win for me!

Check below for the banana pancakes recipe.


Banana Pancakes Recipe


2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 bananas (1 mashed, other one sliced)
2 eggs
2 tablespoon butter (melted)
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Maple syrup

Cooking Procedure:

  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In another bowl, mash one banana with a fork until almost smooth. Whisk in the eggs, then add the milk and vanilla. Whisk until well blended.
  • Pour the banana mixture and the melted butter into the flour mixture. Fold the batter gently with a rubber spatula until just blended.
  • Put one tablespoon of vegetable oil onto the pan, and wait few minutes until it gets hot.
  • Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto the pan and cook until the pancake is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancake and cook until the bottom is golden brown. Using the spatula, transfer the pancake to a serving plate.
  • Add more oil into the pan using a brush, and repeat with the cooking procedure until it’s done.
  • Serve the pancakes while still hot with maple syrup, sliced bananas and any fruits if desired.