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A week ago we celebrated Rosie’s birthday. She invited more than half of her class so our house shook in foundations 🙂 but there was was so much laughter and fun. I prepared few colors of icing and lots of different sprinkles. The mess was unbelievable but kids loved decorating their own cupcakes and they disappeared in no time.

Pinata and candy floss are already a must have on our parties and they were a big hit. Rosie was glowing from excitement and joy. It was a lovely day.

I love watching Rosie grow and change. She is so sweet and girly but she also has a big temper for such a small body. When I ask her who she wants to be when she grows up, she says she doesn’t want to grow up 🙂 . She loves reading and being crafty.

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Anabel’s pokemon party

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Eight years ago I was looking at those swollen, closed eyes in the incubator as if they were the eighth wonder of the world, totally unaware how incomplete my life had been without them. How many smiles, happy memories, hugs, silliness and games awaited me. I remember that I really wanted her to be a girl. When I called my dad with news after ultrasound, he said “Of course it’s a girl. I never even consider other options. ” 🙂 .

That little person has just turned eight and I am grateful I could share those years with her. She is a friendly, open and a very sensitive girl, who cries with me on cartoons and movies. In many ways she resembles my brother because she is crazy about pokemons, anime and computer games, but she also loves books and animals. When she grows up she wants to be a teacher, dancer and writer. Yes, all three at the same time 😉 .

It was Anabel’s birthday party yesterday. It was a pokemon party of course, to which she invite all girls from her class. It was two hours of a happy craziness with faces sticky from candy floss and covered with tattoos, with pinata, fortune cookies, popcorn on carpets and beds and games with prizes. I think it is safe to say that it was a success since I got a big grateful hug from a birthday girl at the end of the day.

8 lat temu patrzylam na te napuchniete, przymkniete  oczka w inkubatorze jak na osmy cud swiata zupelnie nieswiadoma jeszcze, jak niepelne moje zycie bylo bez nich. Ile usmiechow, radosnych wspomnien, przytulen, glupawek i zabaw mnie czekalo. Pamietam, ze bardzo chcialam, zeby byla dziewczynka. Gdy po badaniu zadzwonilam do mojego taty z newsem odpowiedzial “Oczywiscie, ze dziewczynka. Nawet ne bralem innej opcji pod uwage” 🙂 .

Ta malenka osobka wlasnie konczy osiem lat, ktorych mialam wielkie szczescie byc czescia. Wyrasta na towarzyska, otwarta i bardzo wrazliwa na innych dziewczynke, ktora placze ze mna na bajkach i filmach. Pod wieloma wzgledami przypomina mi mojego brata, poniewaz uwielbia pokemony, anime i gry komputerowe, ale takze kocha ksiazki i zwierzeta. W przyszlosci chce byc nauczycielka, tancerka i pisarka. Tak, wszystkimi naraz 😉 .

Wczoraj Anabel miala urodzinowe party, koniecznie pokemonowe, na ktore zaprosila wszystkie dziewczynki z klasy a najchetniej zaprosilaby i chlopcow. To byly dwie godziny wesolego szalenstwa z buziami klejacymi od waty cukrowej, pokrytymi tatuazami, z piniata,  ciasteczkami z wrozba, popcornem na lozkach i dywanach oraz zabawami z nagrodami. Wnioskuje, ze zakonczyly sie sukcesem poniewaz na koniec dostalam od solenizantki wdziecznego calusa pokrytego komplementami i podziekowaniami. 

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Sweet time

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I proclaim birthday season officially open!

Last few weekends were rather intensive for us. I always await Saturdays with visions of sweet laziness in pjs till midday but usually we have to jump out of them much earlier to be on time for some party. I’m not complaining, we love to celebrate those special days of our friends and we usually have great time. Girls could go to parties five times a week if only they could, my little party animals. With very active and not as obedient two-year-old, however, they’re more work than pleasure to me at this time.

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Oh yes, our boy turned 2 two weeks ago. We had to postpone our celebration due to tummy bug but when we were finally  better, we had all our closest friends over and had a real blast. Misike didn’t understand what all the fuss was about but he sure loved all the attention ( and presents 😉 ).

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The best part for me was cakes. I made few birthday cakes and I had so much fun making them. Somebody asked me why I do it to myself. I am so busy being a mom of three and then I agree to make cakes that are hard work and time consuming. But the truth is that when you are a busy mom you need something creative, something yours. You need to do something, to make time to do something that calms you down, that makes you happy. Cakes are that to me so I son’t do it to myself, I do it for myself.

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In Anabel and Rosie’s school, it is customary for girls to invite all the other girls from the class to their birthday, while boys invite all the other boys. Most parents organize such parties in playcentres or rented large halls with bouncy obstacle courses. One of the parents was bold enough to organize it at her home but had a magician and a camera man hired for the event. I must admit that spending hundreds of euros for a child’s birthday party every year is unthinkable to me. However, I want my children to have unforgettable time and beautiful memories.

And so Misi and I decided to make girls’ birthday parties at home this year,  but to make it extra special, we learned new skills that would entertain girls’ guests. If somebody told me ten years ago, that some day I would bake cakes, make balloon animals, fill up pinatas and paint kids’ faces, I’d think them mad. Yet, here I am 🙂 .

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Misi supplied himself with a magic kit and practiced hard to give a show of magic tricks. All those screams of surprise and awe were the best prize for his efforts.

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Irish parents thought us crazy and advised on supplying ourselves with big amounts of panadol and wine, as if having thirteen 6 and 7 years olds at home was such a difficult thing. The truth is, we enjoyed it as much as they did. They all loved it and threatened their parents afterwards that they, too, wanted to have their next parties at home, to their parents’ horror  😀 .

Summarizing my girls turning 5 and 7, I love to watch who their becoming. They are great fun, grateful, funny and so kindhearted. I’m proud to call myself their mom.

“There’s something you must always remember. 

You are braver than you believe,

stronger than you seem,

and smarter than you think.

But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…

We’ll always be with you.”                                -Winnie the Pooh

Don’t ever change, you cheeky monkeys 😀 !

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4th and 6th Birthday

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Girls’ birthday. In one and half hour our guests will be here. And there are still sausages to be grilled, skewers and two salads to be made. Everything left for the last moment, again. I’m angry because he promised to do this and that but he’s been cleaning one bathroom for half an hour. And who will mop floors? And there’s still gazebo to be put together, though the weather has been spoiling us with beautiful sun so we could actually risk it. Shoot! In this sun you can see how badly my windows need to be cleaned. But there’s no time. There’s also no time to decorate walls with frames and prints of cutie marks that I even printed already because today is supposed to be filled with beloved ponies. Oh, and I still need to put some make- up on and straighten my hair.

But before I let anger and powerlessness seize me, I stop and remind myself my childhood birthday. I don’t know if the house was dirty or clean, if there were enough sweets and food, what my mom’s hair looked like, if everything worked out, if I was wearing my favorite dress or not. But I do remember people, common celebrating, birthday cakes and candles, smiles, games and some presents. Even of my 18th birthday I remember only presence of all important to me people, toasts, my happiness when nearly everyone gave me books for presents and my poems, printed and covered by Pati.

And what will my girls remember from today? Maybe shower of presents because our guests got totally carried away this year, maybe a cake made of our common ideas and cupcakes with ponies, maybe playing grandmother’s footsteps and Simon says, maybe how all girls kept sliding in play high heel slippers like drunk princesses. But they will definitely remember smiles, sun, colors, people and happiness, because we remember emotions most.

For Anabel the best present was spending a night at Lili’s . First night away from parents. And she didn’t even hug me goodbye, that’s how excited she was. And Rosie, disappointed that she had to stay with us, said she would dream of Anabel and slept hugging Pinkie Pie.

And I will remember most that sweet little “thank you, mummy, for my birthday”, which completely softened memories of nervous preparations and tiredness.

It was a beautiful day!

Urodziny dziewczynek. Za poltora godziny przyjezdzaja goscie. Trzeba jeszcze zgrillowac kielbaski, zrobic szaszlyki i dwie salatki. Znowu wszystko na ostatnia chwile. Mam nerwa bo On obiecal, ze zrobi to, to i to a tu pol godziny lazienke myje. I kto zmopuje podlogi? A jeszcze gazebo czeka na montaz chociaz pogoda nas dzis rozpieszcza pieknym sloncem i w sumie moznaby zaryzykowac. Kurcze, w tym sloncu widac jak bardzo moje okna domagaja sie mycia. Ale juz nie zdaze. Wiem juz , ze nie zdaze tez udekorowac scian ramkami i cutie markami, ktore juz nawet wydrukowalam bo dzisiejszy dzien jest caly wypelniony ukochanymi konikami pony. A i jakis makijaz wypadaloby nalozyc, wlosy wyprostowac.

Ale zanim nerw bezsilnosci na dobre mna zawladnie, zatrzymuje sie i przypominam sobie swoje urodziny z dziecinstwa. Nie wiem czy bylo brudno czy czysto, czy wystarczylo slodkosci, jak wygladaly wlosy mojej mamy, czy wszystko sie udalo, czy mialam na sobie ulubiona sukienke czy nie. Ale pamietam ludzi, wspolne celebracje, torty i swieczki, usmiechy, zabawy, co poniektore prezenty. Nawet z osiemnastki pamietam tylko obecnosc najblizszych mi wowczas osob, toasty, moje szczescie gdy niemal wszyscy podarowali mi ksiazki i moje wiersze wydrukowane i oprawione od Pati. 

A co moje dziewczynki zapamietaja z dzisiejszego dnia? Moze deszcz prezentow, bo w tym roku nasi goscie zupelnie dali sie poniesc, moze torta zlozonego ze wspolnych pomyslow i babeczki z konikami pony, moze zabawy w baba Jaga patrzy i Simon says, moze to jak wszystkie dziewczynki slizgaly sie i co rusz upadaly w zabawkowych pantofelkach na obcasie, niczym pijane ksiezniczki. Na pewno usmiechy, slonce, kolory, ludzi i radosc, bo to emocje zapamietujemy najtrwalej.

Dla Anabel najwiekszym prezentem bylo spedzenie nocy u Lili. Pierwsza noc poza domem bez rodzicow. Nawet mnie nie przytulila na odchodne taka byla podekscytowana. A Rosie, choc zawiedziona, ze musi zostac z nami, stwierdzila, ze bedzie snic o Anabel i zasnela przytulona do Pinkie Pie.

Ja zapamietam najbardziej to male slodkie “dziekuje za urodziny, mamus”, ktore rozmyly pamiec o nerwowych przygotowaniach i zmeczenie. 

To byl cudowny dzien!

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Stop the time

I love when time slows down or stops. When you wake up whenever you want filled with that light feeling that you don’t have to do anything today and that tomorrow you won’t have to do anything either. Those rare moments happen only on holidays and they filled most of my September and the beginning of October. Three long weeks in Poland! Family, friends, sun, garden, parties and trips.

Uwielbiam gdy czas spowalnia lub staje w miejscu. Gdy budzisz sie z lekkim uczuciem wiedzac, ze dzis nic nie musisz i ze jutro tez nic nie bedziesz musiec. Te rzadkie momenty zdarzaja sie jedynie w czasie urlopu i w tym roku wypelnily wiekszosc mojego wrzesnia oraz poczatek pazdziernika. Trzy dlugie tygodnie w Polsce! Rodzina, przyjaciele, slonce, ogrod, imprezy i wycieczki.

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First week, when Misi was with us, we spent mostly on trips, just the four of us. Wroclaw Zoo was the main attraction, though Rosalie let us know at the entrance that she did not want to see any tigers or crocodiles because she was scared of them.

Pierwszy tydzien, gdy Misi byl z nami, spedzilismy glownie na wycieczkach tylko we czworo. Wroclawskie zoo bylo glowna atrakcja, choc juz na wstepie Rosalie zakomunikowala nam, ze tygrysow i krokodyli nie chce widziec bo ja przerazaja. 

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We even found some fairy’s hat 😉

Znalezlismy nawet kapelusik wrozki 😉

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A visit to Cukier Lukier Manufaktura was equally exciting, where few nice and talented women make lollipops an sweets in all sorts of flavours, some quite unusual, like cheesecake, eucalyptus or cactus. Girls were absolutely fascinated with all process of sweets making and so we left the place with a whole bag full of sweets which still smile at us from our cookie jar.

Rownie ekscytujaca byla wizyta w Manufakturze Cukier Lukier, gdzie kilka uroczych, pelnych pasji dziewczyn tworzy lizaki i slodycze o czasem bardzo ciekawych smakach, jak sernika, eukaliptusa czy kaktusa. Dziewczynki byly zafascynowane calym procesem powstawania slodkosci i opuscilismy miejsce z cala torba slodyczy, ktore jeszcze do tej pory usmiechaja sie do nas ze sloika na ciasteczka.

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The second week of our stay coincided wonderfully with my mom’s holidays ;-), which I used meretriciously to the limits by going to the theatre, cinema, restaurants, shopping and having wonderfully relaxing time in Iceini massage salon, which I trully recommend.

That week was also Rosie’s birthday. Our little monster is 3 ! How? When? 😀 When I wished her happy birthday that morning, she smiled but then looked at me seriously and asked : “Where are Elsa nad Ana?” ( I had hoped she would forget about that wish but I clearly underestimated the power of child’s memory 🙂 ).

Drugi tydzien pobytu zbiegl sie  cudownie z urlopem mojej mamy 😉 , z czego korzystalam bezwstydnie zaliczajac teatr, kino, restauracje, zakupy oraz relaks w salonie masazu Iceini, ktory serdecznie polecam. 

Tego tygodnia takze wypadly urodziny Rosie. Nasz lobuziak ma juz 3! lata. Jak? Kiedy? 😀  Kiedy zyczylam jej wszystkiego najlepszego z samego rana, usmiechnela sie lecz za chwile spowazniala i zapytala: “A gdzie Elsa i Ana?” (mialam nadzieje, ze do urodzin zapomni o tym lalkowym zyczeniu ale jednak niezwykla jest potega pamieci maluchow 🙂 ) .

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Last days of holidays where lazy days at home and in the garden with ocasional escapades to the swimming pool and playground. I always think about my parents’ garden with a huge sentiment and I would eagerly steal it and take with me. Big yard, garden, orchard, wood and fields. The most beautiful place for reading and writing books 🙂 .

My brotjer surprised us with a swing bought especially for our girls’ arrival, which turned out to be a hit. Even Rosie, who generally is scared of being swung, was overjoyed by just sitting in it.

Ostatnie dni to powolne dni w domu i ogrodzie, z okazjonalnymi wypadami na basen i plac zabaw. O ogrodzie rodzicow zawsze mysle  z wielkim sentymentem i najchetniej skradlabym go i zabrala ze soba. Wielkie podworko, ogrodek, sad, lasek i pola. Najpiekniejsze miejsce do czytania i pisania ksiazek 🙂 .

Moj brat zaskoczyl nas hustawka kupiona specjalnie na przyjazd dziewczynek, ktora okazala sie wielkim hitem. Nawet Rosie, ktora generalnie bardzo boi sie hustnia, byla przeszczesliwa mogac na niej po prostu posiedziec.

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Ale powroty tez potrafia byc mile, zwlaszcza gdy czeka na Ciebie ukochany, 30 roz, bizuteryjny prezent i obiad z dwoch dan 😉 .

But going back home can be nice too, especially when there’s your beloved, 30 red roses, jewellery present and a two-meal dinner awaiting you 🙂 .

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“Best birthday ever :-) “

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I have never been much of a party animal. Loud music, late nights, crowds, alcohol or worse, are just not my kind of fun.

 

But since we’ve had girls, definition of “party” has totally changed to me. Balloons, banners, excited gasps, laughter, toys everywhere, noise of party blowouts, colourful sweets, good food, crumbs all over the floor, fun paper cups, cute conversations, face paint, busy children, relaxed parents. I saw it all yesterday when we celebrated Anabel’s 5th birthday.  And  along with my girls, I loved every minute of it. House full of people and children is something I want to have more often.

 

Anabel has been waiting for this day and counting down to it for weeks. And the closer to the big day the more often I heard “I’m so excited, mommy. Are you excited?” or “Happy birthday to me”. 

And when saying goodbyes to her guests, she would tell them “thank you for coming to my party” and “I love all my presents”, perfect little hostess 🙂 . 

 

And at the end of the day she hugged me and said that it was the best birthday ever. My heart melted 🙂 . 

Nigdy nie przepadalam za imprezami. Halasliwa muzyka, pozna noc, tlumy, alkohol albo cos gorszego, po prostu nie zgadzaja sie ze mna.

Ale odkad mamy dziewczynki, impreza ma dla mnie zupelnie nowe znaczenie. Balony, banery, pelne podekscytowania wzdychanie, smiech, porozrzucane zabawki, halas trabek, kolorowe lakocie, dobre jedzenie, okruchy na podlodze, smieszne papierowe kubeczki, zabawne rozmowy, farbki do twarzy, zajete dzieci, zrelaksowani rodzice. Wszystko to zobaczylam wczoraj, gdy obchodzilismy 5-te urodziny Anabel i chlonelam kazda minute tej pozytywnej atmosfery. Mam nadzieje zapelniac dom ludzmi, tymi wiekszymi i mniejszymi, znacznie czesciej.

Anabel czekala na ten dzien od tygodni i liczyla dni do wielkiego wydarzenia. A im blizej daty, tym czesciej slyszalam z jej udt “Jestem taka podekscytowana, mamus. A ty?” .

A zegnajac sie juz z ostatnimi goscmi mowila “Dziekuje, ze przyszliscie na moje urodziny” oraz ” “Kocham wszystkie moje prezenty”, idealna mala hostessa.

A na koniec dnia, przytulila sie do mnie i powiedziala, ze to byly najlepsze urodziny na swiecie. Dla takich momentow warto zyc.

 

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