Oceanografic and Museum of science in Valencia

entrance

Even if you’ re not into science, opera music or animals, the city of arts and science in Valencia is worth seeing for its breathtaking architecture.  We managed to visit only two of its buildings . Oceanarium is the biggest oceanarium in Europe and it was built in the shape of water lily.

While land animals of bioparc made no impression on Misike, water animals in oceanarium absolutely enraptured him. We spent hours watching all sorts of fishes and ocean creatures and he just didn’t have enough. The culmination of the trip was dolphin show. Magic!

fishCapture

It was the last stop on our “to visit” list though, that i was looking forward to the most. Prince Felipe’s museum of science is another architectural masterpiece, that resembles the skeleton of a whale. I was dying to see it but I worried my little ones would find it boring. Fortunately, I was wrong. There were many exhibition rooms, each dedicated to something different. We started with the vehicles build with legos. There were chariots, carriages, planes, balloons, ships and cars.

lego

Each of us had their own favorite exhibition. Anabel, dinosaur lover, was enraptured by life size dinosaur skeletons. I loved the interactive exhibits about human body and genetics on the third floor the most. Misi was mostly interested in giant balloon and plane hanging from the museum ceiling. But we all were absolutely amazed by “Mars” exhibition. There was a scale that showed you your weight on different planets (I wish I could live on Uranus :-D), holograms of martians and quiz machine.

But of course, we spent most time watching chicks hatching from their eggs.

IMG_20180925_160052IMG_20180927_132405SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_20180927_162009IMG_20180927_162057IMG_20180927_162103SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_20180927_142834IMG_20180927_143039

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_20180927_171157IMG_20180927_171140IMG_20180927_172513

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Quilty beach

IMG_20180604_144243

We, Polish immigrants, tend to complain and joke about Irish weather. I know people for whom the weather was one of the main reasons they returned to Poland. But this year there’s really nothing we can complain about. First we had some snow in March and now it’s been summer full on for two weeks straight. Being realistic though, we take every opportunity to take advantage of this weather as it may not last that much longer 🙂 .

Yesterday we tried out a beach in Quilty and we loved it. The biggest advantage of it is that you can park your car directly on the beach so you don’t need to carry countless amounts of bags, towels, blankets, balls and buckets to the beach all the way from the car park. Fantastic beach for families.

IMG_20180604_144127IMG_20180604_144427IMG_20180604_144254IMG_20180604_144650IMG_20180604_144410IMG_20180604_144658

Just our luck/ Pech

IMG_20180203_132152

Sometimes it just happens so that something we considered bad luck turns out to be a blessing. That was the case this time. Between Anabel’s first Holy Communion and foreign holidays, we didn’t plan to go to Poland at all this year. Yet, suddenly, it turned out that Misi had to go to Poland for health reasons (nothing serious, just a tooth) and since tickets were in a very good price, we all went.

Girls missed grandparents so very much and after new year fight with sicknesses I felt worn out and didn’t even make any new year resolutions nor plans, and Misi had period at work. So we all needed a change of air.

Our biggest plan was to go sleighing because our three year old hasn’t seen snow ever, our girls saw it two or three times and we haven’t seen it for a long time ourselves. We loved playing in snow so much that we had to repeat it. It was wonderful and amazing what a healing power the whiteness  of snow has for fried nerves . Even with frozen toes, wet butts and red chicks we couldn’t stop smiling.

Czasem tak w zyciu bywa, ze z jakiegos pecha czy nieszczescia wyplywa pozniej wiele dobrego. Tak bylo w tym przypadku. Pomiedzy Pierwsza Komunia Swieta Anabel a zagranicznym urlopem, nie planowalismy lotu do Polski na ten rok. Jednak tak sie stalo, ze jak na zlosc Misi ze wzgledow zdrowotnych musial poleciec do Polski a ze bilety byly w przystepnej cenie, polecielismy cala piatka.

Dziewczynki bardzo tesknily za dziadkami a ja po walce z chorobskami od poczatku roku, bylam zmeczona i wypalona do tego stopnia, ze nawet sensownych postanowien czy planow na ten rok nie zrobilam, a Misi przechodzil trudny okres w pracy. Taka odskocznia bardzo nam sie wiec przydala.

Postanowilismy sobie przede wszystkim, ze pojedziemy za sniegiem bo nasz trzylatek nie widzial go jeszcze nigdy, dziewczynki ze trzy razy a nawet my sami juz bardzo dawno. Sniegowe szalenstwa spodobaly nam sie do tego stopnia, ze musielismy je powtorzyc. Bylo cudownie. Niesamowite, jak uzdrawiajaca moc na schorowane nerwy ma biel sniegu. Nawet z  przemarznietymi palcami, mokrymi tylkami i czerwonymi policzkami, nie moglismy przestac sie usmiechac.

us

IMG_20180203_134710IMG_20180203_133646IMG_20180203_133636IMG_20180203_134639IMG_20180203_133759IMG_20180203_135734IMG_20180203_132124IMG_20180203_135915IMG_20180203_140122IMG_20180203_141612_1CSIMG_20180210_144326IMG_20180210_145219IMG_20180210_144738IMG_20180210_144705

 

December

IMG_20171201_170748

I always await Advent and Christmas with great excitement. It’s my absolutely most favorite time of year.

Zawsze z wielka ekscytacja oczekuje adwentu i okresu swiatecznego. To moj absolutnie ulubiony czas w roku.

IMG_20180104_152101

This time I had a vision of how much time I would spend studying Bible and praying, how many new delicious recipes I’d try  and how I’d decorate our house. However, in reality, it was a very exhausting month because, apart from usual duties, every day we had some family activities from advent calendar , we read Bible with Jesse tree decorations, we baked gingerbread cookies and houses few times with girls’ friends and an elf on the shelf came to spend  Advent with us, who did lots of mischief.

Tym razem mialam wizje tego jak wiele czasu bede spedzac na studiowaniu Biblii i wszelakich praktykach modlitewnych, ile nowych wspanialosci upichce i jak udekoruje dom. W rzeczywistosci jednak byl to bardzo wyczerpujacy miesiac, poniewaz oprocz zwyklych obowiazkow, codzien mielismy jakies rodzinne zadania z kalendarza adwentowego, czytanie Pisma swietego z dekorowaniem drzewa Jessego, kilkakrotnie wypiekalysmy pierniczki i chatki z piernika z kolezankami dziewczynek i odwiedzil nas elf z bieguna polnocnego, ktory bardzo psocil wokol domu.

cardsgingerbreadchain

Advent calendar and Jesse tree have been our traditions for years now. This year, though, for the first time, just for fun, while Anabel still believes in Santa, we had an elf on the shelf. Luckily, internet is full of inspirations for elf. I must admit, that evening preparations of elf’s mischief gave Misi and me lots of joy and brought lots of laughter. We called our elf Snowflake. Girls favorite elf’s activities included rope gliding, stealing money from piggy banks, wrapping their backpacks with wrapping paper and decorating toilet with Christmas lights. We all laughed the most when Snowflake took Rosie’s tooth from underneath her pillow and left a letter that she saved the tooth from some naughty fairy who tried to steal it 😀 .

Kalendarz adwentowy i drzewo Jessego sa juz nasza kilkuletnia tradycja. W tym roku, dla zabawy, dopoki Anabel jeszcze wierzy w Swietego Mikolaja, ugoscilismy elfa. Na szczescie internet pelen jest zbawnych pomyslow na psoty elfa, z ktorych chetnie korzystalismy. Musze przyznac, ze wieczorne przygotowania owych psot przynosily mi i Misiemu niesamowicie wiele radosci i smiechu. Nazwalismy naszego elfa, a wlasciwie elfetke 😀 Snowflake( Platek Sniegu). Do najulubienszych przez dziewczynki psot nalezaly: zjezdzanie elfa po linie, kradniecie monet ze skarbonek w masce, opakowanie plecakow w papier prezentowy, owiniecie toalety swiatecznymi swiatelkami. Najwiecej smiechu bylo jednak, gdy Snowflake zabrala w nocy Rosie zeba spod poduszki i zostawila list, ze przepedzila wrozke zebuszke, ktora probowala ukrasc zab :-D. 

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

For the first time we went to Santa experience and we were very impressed with it. I had expected it to be a short visit, something like Santa’s grotto but it turned out to be so much better. All experience consisted of visiting few rooms. So we got to pet Santa’s reindeer in a stable, ride on Santa’s sleigh, see how elfs sort letters from children in a mail room and of course, we met with Santa who gave us some toy presents. Anabel pointed out to elfs that there shouldn’t be any penguins there as they live in the South not North pole.  Poor elfs had to come up with some quick excuse for penguin’s presence 😀 .

                Po raz pierwszy pojechalismy na santa experience i bylismy pod wielkim wrazeniem. Myslalam, ze bedzie to krotka wizyta, cos w stylu grotto Mikolaja a tymczasem bylo na prawde super. Cale doswiadczenie skladalo sie z kilku pokoi, kazdy stylizowany na inne pomieszczenie Mikolaja. Poglaskalismy renifery w stajniach, przejechalismy sie saniami Mikolaja, zobaczylismy jak elfy sortuja listy od dzieci i oczywiscie spotkalismy sie z samym Swietym mikolajem, ktory podarowal nam zabawkowe prezenty. Anabel zwrocila uwage jednemu z elfow, ze wsrod zwierzat nie powinno byc pingwinow bo te zamieszkuja biegun poludniowy a nie polnocny. Biedne elfy musialy sie jej tlumaczyc skad sie wzial tam pingwin. 

santa experienceIMG_20171201_171042IMG_20171201_171107

Eventually, just before Christmas, me and Misike got sick so we had to cancel Christmas meetings with friends. From time perspective I think that it was a blessing because I was forced to slow down and  take care of myself. In the end I spent Christmas just like I always wanted to, with books and family games.

                     Ostatecznie na same swieta ja i Misike sie rozchorowalismy wiec bylismy zmuszeni odwolac swiateczne spotkania z przyjaciolmi. Z perspektywy czasu, mysle jednak, ze ta choroba byla blogoslawienstwem bo bylam zmuszona zwolnic tempa i zadbac o siebie. Ostatecznie spedzilam czas tak jak zawsze chcialam, wsrod ksiazek i gier rodzinnych.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_20180101_000953

 

June

June is crazy this year. It started with rain, as usual. Kids had time of their life playing with gigantic paddles and I let them jump until their gummy boots were full of water and we had  to squeeze water from socks and trousers before entering home.

All short sleeves and sandals were packed already waiting impatiently for July and our holidays in Poland and Hungary where they definitely will be of some use. But the weather played a trick on us and we had few amazing days when temperature reached 29°C. We even got burned, which is nearly impossible in Ireland 😀 .

On days like those, Ireland is perfect place to live being surrounded with seas and the ocean because beach is never far away 😉 .

Czerwiec w tym roku szalony. Rozpoczal sie jak zwykle deszczowo. Dzieciaki zwariowaly bo mega kaluze i pozwalalam im skakac, ze az przed wejsciem do domu musielismy wode z kaloszy wylewac i skarpety wykrecac. Pralka pelna. 

Wszystkie krotkie rekawki i sandaly spakowalam juz do walizek bo zaraz lipiec i wakacje w Polsce i na Wegrzech wiec tam sie chociaz przydadza. A tu pogoda splatala nam milego psikusa i przez kilka dni temperatura dochodzila do 29°C.  Spalilismy sie nawet, o co w Irlandii nie latwo 😀 . 

W takie dni jak te, Irlandia jest swietnym miejscem do mieszkania bo otaczaja ja morza i ocean wiec plaza jest zawsze gdzies w poblizu 😀 .

IMG_20170607_173053IMG_20170607_173108IMG_20170607_173131IMG_20170607_173239

IMG_20170618_144649IMG_20170618_150547IMG_20170618_150536IMG_20170618_150513IMG_20170618_150145IMG_20170618_150133IMG_20170618_145707IMG_20170618_145636

Give it a go

IMG_20160617_161111338

Today was a very exciting day for both girls. It was the last day of school for Anabel since we’re leaving for Hungary on Monday. She signed a card and gave presents to her teachers. She was both excited and upset. She got so attached to her teachers that realization that she won’t meet with them in September (since she will have a new teacher) made her cry. Only my promise that we will send them postcards from Hungary and Poland calmed her down.

Rosalie, on the other hand, is starting school from September and today she met with her new teacher and the class. I had to leave her there for 40 min and I was a little worried since she can be a bit shy and she is such a loner. But when I went to collect her, she didn’t want to leave. She’ll do just fine.

And since we got all Anabel’s work from past school year, I thought I’d share the best bits. They had a notebook called “Give it a go” in which they got to write their own stories every week. They could make up whatever story they wanted, just to practice writing. Most stories were about ponies and princesses but few were different.I had never seen that notebook before and when I opened it in a car while waiting for Rosie, it made me cry from laughter. Seriously, I had to fix my make-up before leaving the car. You have to read this.

Once upon a time there was a woman. She had too many kids, she did not know what to do.  So she gave them soup with nothing and gave them a kiss and sent them to bed.

Here is another one, with reference to Poland 🙂 . It’s a good thing we will spend summer in Poland because it looks like Anabel has a very grim vision of our homeland.

Once upon a time there was a girl. Her name was Emma. She lived in a poor house and she lived in Poland. She worked very hard but they got little money. Emma said why don’t I get a new job? and then they got lots of money. the End

Teacher commented that she was happy for Emma 🙂 .

And the last one is from the “weekly news” notebook . It’s not that funny but it’s, well, honest.

On Friday the 3rd of June we went to the church.The class and Claire and Ms X were there. We sat and genuflected when we found a seat. It was boring.

For last two weeks I have been packing and repacking us. Either I pack extra things because they seem absolutely essential, either I unpack them because I packed too much again. I am ready for all kinds of weather, from heat- wave to snow storm, because you never know :-),  and all kinds of occasions, from weddings to funerals. And there’s an even more intensive weekend ahead of me of checking everything and most likely repacking again. Packing took Misi, though, less then 30 seconds: 2 t-shirts, 2 shorts and some underwear. Yet again, the differences in functioning of men and women hit me. Because there’s 3 hours of travel by car, then another 3 hours on the plane and again 2 hours or so in a car, thinking of girls, Misi is packing tablets, laptop and game console, while I  am printing games, tests, crosswords and coloring pages from printoteka.pl and superkid.pl. Gender differences are truly fascinating. 😉

Dzisiejszy dzien byl niezwykle ekscytujacy dla obydwu dziewczynek. Byl to ostatni dzien szkoly dla Anabel poniewaz w poniedzialek wylatujemy na Wegry. Wypelnila kartke i podarowala prezenty nauczycielkom. Byla zarowno podekscytowana jak i smutna. Tak bardzo przywiazala sie do swoich nauczycielek, ze na mysl o tym, ze nie beda jej uczyc we wrzesniu (bedzie miala nowa nauczycielke), rozplakiwala sie. Jedynie moje zapewnienia, ze wyslemy im mase pocztowek z Wegier i Polski, ja uspokajaly.

Rosalie natomiast we wrzesniu zaczyna szkole i dzis miala spotkanie z nowa klasa i nauczycielka. Musialam ja zostawic sama z dziecmi i nauczycielka w klasie i troszke sie tego obawialam poniewaz Rosie bywa niesmiala i jest raczej samotnikiem. Kiedy jednak przyszlam ja odebrac, bawila sie w najlepsze i nie chciala wyjsc. Wiem, ze sobie poradzi.

A skoro dzis otrzymalismy wszystkie prace i notatki Anabel z calego roku, pomyslalm, ze podziele sie najlepszymi fragmentami. Jeden z notatnikow byl przeznaczony do kreatywnego pisania. Co tydzien dzieci pisaly krotkie, zmyslone przez siebie opowiadania. Chodzilo o praktyke pisania. Wiekszosc opowiadan bylo o ksiezniczkach i konikach pony ale kilka bylo innych. Nigdy wczesniej nie widzialam tego notatnika a gdy otworzylam go w samochodzie czekajac przed szkola na Rosie, poplakalam sie ze smiechu. Serio, musialam poprawiac makijaz przed wyjsciem z samochodu.

Dawno, dawno temu byla sobie kobieta. Miala za duzo dzieci i nie wiedziala co robic. Wiec dala im zupe z niczym i pocalowala i wyslala do lozek.

A tu kolejne, z odniesieniem do Polski. Dobrze, ze spedzimy lato w Polsce bo wyglada na to, ze Anabel ma bardzo ponura wizje naszej ojczyzny 😀 . 

Dawno, dawno temu byla sobie dziewczynka. Miala na imie Emma. Mieszkala w biednym domu w Polsce. Pracowala bardzo ciezko ale mieli malo pieniedzy. Emma powiedziala dlaczego nie znajde nowej pracy? I potem mieli duzo pieniedzy. Koniec

Nauczycielka skomentowala, ze cieszy sie szczesciem Emmy :-). 

Ostatnia notatka pochodzi z notatnika “Wiadomosci tygodnia”. Nie jest az tak zabawna, ale, coz, szczera.

W piatek 3-go czerwca poszlismy do kosciola. Byla tam  cala klasa, Claire i pani X. Po znalezieniu siedzenia, siedzielismy i kleczelismy. Bylo nudno.

Ja od dwoch tygodni, nas pakuje i przepakowuje. To dopakowuje rzeczy bo wydaja mi sie niezbedne, to wypakowuje, bo jak zwykle za duzo nabralam. Jestem przygotowana na wszystkie typy pogody, od upalow po sniezyce, bo kto wie 🙂 oraz na rozne okazje, od slubow po pogrzeby . A przede mna jeszcze intensywniejszy weekend ostatecznego sprawdzania i zapewne kolejnej serii przepakowywania. Misiemu natomiast pakowanie siebie zajelo niecale 30 sekund: 2 t-shirty, 2 pary szortow, troche bielizny. Po raz kolejny uderzyly mnie roznice w funkcjonowaniu mezczyzn i kobiet. Poniewaz czeka nas 3 godziny jazdy samochodem, potem kolejne 3 godziny lotu samolotem i znowu jakies 2 godziny w samochodzie, Misi z mysla o dziewczynkach pakuje tablety, laptopa i konsole do gier podczas gdy ja drukuje zadanka, cwiczenia, krzyzowki, duble i kolorowanki z printoteka.pl  i superkid.pl . Roznice plciowe sa fascynujace :-).

Too hot to blog

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

We’re counting days to our Hungarian-Polish holidays this year. Even though we have few more weeks to go, I feel one leg there already 🙂 . I can’t focus on our daily routine, I don’t feel like cooking or cleaning, I even started packing. Girls are not themselves either. Anabel is jealous Rosie doesn’t have to go to school anymore, Rosie asks every day if today is the day we’re going to Hungary. Luckily, it’s much easier to wait when the weather is so merciful to us.

We took kids to Funderland for the first time ever. After the first ride on a jungle river, they didn’t want to go on anything even slightly above the ground. Even one of the workers couldn’t stop laughing at them when after sitting in a caterpillar mini roller coaster wagon and realizing that tracks went up and down they unstrapped themselves and run away with panic in their eyes. The best part to me was candy cotton. I know it’s practically cloud of sugar  but I can’t control myself :-).

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

After two years of living in this house, we have only recently discovered this beautiful place just behind our estate. It’s so quiet, rural and green. And you can see an old Celtic cemetery just meters away.

 

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

But the moments I like the most are those spent in the backyard.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA