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Maija's Trip to Texas

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S: Maija's Trip to Texas

BC: The End

1: Josh | Cheyenne | Alexis | Mya | Tisha

3: Smores with the Leo's | volleyball

4: Riding lessons with Tammy

11: Huffman/ Dayton Horse Auction

13: Maija Presents a Finland Presentation to the Lions Club and Board of Directors

14: Leo's outing Museum of Natural Science | Walt Whitman

15: Jade, Forrest, Queneece, Daisy, Maija, LaShaune, John

16: Gary & Maija

17: Astros Ballgame at Minute Maid Park Astros won 2-1

19: Maija & Christine

21: Lunch at the RainForest in the Galleria Mall

22: Toxic waste Candy faces

23: The Galleria Mall

30: Ice Skating at the Galleria

34: Amazing Fun on the Fourth | Maija's Car

35: Maija & Matthew

37: Fun day at the Houston Zoo

42: Happy Early Birthday

44: San Antonio TX.

50: River Walk in San Antonio Tx.

54: Exploring San Antonio

56: Fiesta Texas

59: Superman roller coaster

60: Moody Gardens

62: RainForest

70: Bodies Exposed Exhibit

71: Real Bodies

77: The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

78: Carriage ride on the Strand

80: schlitterbahn

81: Relaxing on the Lazy River

83: Splash | Help I'm Stuck

87: Best Catch of the Day! | Fishing w Grandma Ginny

88: Fun in the Kitchen

89: onion rings & fried green tomatoes

90: Pimp G | Tiger | Jordan Family

91: Coco

92: Lake Houston

94: Kemah Candy Store

96: Kemah

107: Roller coasters!

112: Texas Lions Camp

148: A little note

149: from new Friends

150: "Hi Maija! It was really funny to be your roommate in Amarillo, and I wish we could know better each other because, you know, a week is such a little time! But actually Europe is not that big and I’m sure we're gonna meet each other or in Italy or in Finland or (who knows?) in an holiday in some other interesting part of the world! I now really miss you guys and am so sad that we all live so far away from each other! I’m sure that this experience was awesome for you as it has been for me! See you soon (for real!) your bug killer " Sara Agliardi

151: "Hey girl! I did not sign your t-shirt, hope that I can remedy now... I am missing our strange group of Finns, Italians, Brazilian and (how can i forget?) French, but I think this could be seen as the beginning of a friendship, and i hope Texas was just the first of our meetings next time it's my turn to give you a bad! a hug from your grandma Ginny Ginevra Fisogni

152: Hi Maija! I just want to say that it was great to meet you and even more great is that we can continue our friendship easily because we live so nearby here in Finland! I will never forget our time together in USA and I'm looking forward to make some new memories here in Finland with you! Soitellaa Henna Kristiina Kari

153: Maija! I don't have enough words to say how much you mean to me. I know we only stayed together for one week, but I feel like I know you since forever! Spend this last week in the camp with you was amazing, and have you as a roommate was the best thing EVER! Thank you for everything, for spending this time with me, for understanding me and mi weirdness and for never leave me alone. I can't wait for go to Finland to see you and spend a little time with you. You're just like a sister to me, and I miss you a looot!!! Thanks again, and I'll never forget you! Min rakastan sinua Jocéli Bisonhim Lima

154: Maija I hope you had a great time here in America. I enjoyed your company very much and wish your stay could have been longer. Thank you for visiting. I hope to see you again sometime! Sincerely, ~Jade

155: Hei girl, How are you doing?? I bet you are in school working away. I'm sorry I never got to say heipea to you. But Chris and Gary sure kept you away from me ha. They kept you soo busy I never got to see you much. Others said the same thing, they never got to meet you. They sure would had liked to meet you. I tell everybody you are one sweet, precious girl. Your parents can be very proud of you. We need more teen agers in America just like you. Have a great year at school. Love you, grandma Ginny PS Do you have anybody from your country in the Olympics? I'm enjoying watching it, we are doing great but can't beat China ha Keydis for coming ha. I bet that is not spelled right, I bet I spelled it like it sounds to me??

157: Maija, There are no pictures of the three most memorable moments of time spent together. No evidence exists of this very special time and that’s okay. No camera or picture could have ever captured what is now etched into my heart anyway. The night we spend reviewing page by page a Finnish cookbook, time discussing the ingredients, measurements and the laughter we shared, the simple innocence of the moment; this could have never been captured on film. Or the night we watch an old Disney classic, “Song of the South” and Maija met Uncle Remus, Br’er Fox, Br’er Rabbit and Tar Baby for the first time. We discussed the artistic merits, the music and how some view the movie as racist. But we simply watch a wonderful movie, enjoy a few snacks and had a wonderful time together. And finally the day we made crepes together, mixing the batter, adding a litter extra sugar, little extra milk to thin the batter. Maija watching me trying to flip each crepe (the pan was way too small for crepes) but we did it girl, we made crepes and oh, they were so good. I knew you were getting a little home sick, so I wanted to do something to remind you of home. I bet you help your mom do this some times. The time may have been brief but the memories will be with us for a lifetime. I am hopeful Christine and I will have to opportunity to visit Maija and her family some day and that she will visit us again as well. Time is not on our side, as she will soon be going off to college, family challenges, new friends and new interest will soon take center stage. Maija, you are an amazing and wonderful young woman, this did not happen by chance. You have been surrounded by a very loving family that has guided you into the person you are. Never take that lightly, as this is your strength and from which you will draw from often. And never forget your new extended family in Texas as we miss you and love you more than you will ever know. Stay in touch with us when you can and know you are always in our heart. . Big, big hug Gary

159: Dear Maija, The 3 weeks you were here with us went by too fast. You left such a special place in my heart you was the daughter we never had. We had such a wonderful time with you. We kept you very busy and had lots of fun. We tried showing you as much as we could in the short three weeks you were with us. Our home is open to you anytime you want to visit us. Thank you for coming and seeing us I look forward to staying in touch with you. I went shopping and was thinking about how we were looking for clothes together I sure needed your help!! I smile every time I listen to Maroon5 and we be jamming in the car but like Gary we had our special moments. You are special and have become a part of this family just because you are thousands of miles you are very close to our hearts!! I hope we stay in touch I know your life is going to get super busy and you will be going to college ect. Just remember your 2nd set of parents as you called us. We love you as if you were are daughter. And Mya ask about you and Cheyenne when they spent the night and Mya said she missed you really bad!! The Leos have also asked about you and wanted to know if you would be coming back. That would be nice!! I am off to go work registration at high/middle school to promote the Leo Club and get new members. Queneece just texted and asked me to get donuts! We love you very much. I have worked with youth for over 20 years as a youth director and booster club and all while Gary coach baseball and have never had a kid touch our lives like you did. You are such a wonderful young lady thank you for choosing Texas. I'm going to put roaches at my table tomorrow at school before other students come in and LaShaune with her loud voice you will probably hear in Finland!! We love you and lots of hugs. With love and hugs, (our song rocks!!) Love ya, Christine

160: Love Mya Jordan

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