December

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This year is ending really nicely for us. For the first time in years Misi had few days off for Christmas and is about to have few more for the New Year so we get to spend lots of time together as a family. For the first time in 8 years we will go to a New Years Eve party ( big thank you to my brother, Damian, who will mind our kids for us :-* ) and I’m beyond excited about that.

We also had wonderful Christmas. Preparations went smoothly and I could really enjoy every minute of Christmas celebrations. We listened to Christmas carols, played Christmas charades, exchanged gifts, Rosie lighted all the candles and Anabel read Gospel to us.

On the second day of Christmas girls and I watched “Ballerina” in the cinema. We all cried holding hands. I recommend it to all girls.

For the coming year I wish you all peace of hearts, slowing down and noticing all blessings and miracles in your lives, courage to dream big and boldness to follow your dreams. But most of all I wish you good, loving people around you .

Happy New 2017 Year!

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Christmas

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No snowflakes, snowman, first star, 12 meals on the table but also no rush, stress, exhaustion. Our Christmas was different from previous, it was better. We spent them alone, just the 4 and half of us ๐Ÿ™‚ . We prepared meals together, played lots and lots of board games, watched Christmas cartoons via projector, made last Christmas decorations. It was slow, very peaceful and joyful. I hope yours was too.

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Jesse tree – Drzewo Jessego

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Apart from advent calendar, this is also our new tradition, which, I hope, will persevere. Girls find our advent calendar very exciting and it makes waiting for Santa and presents much easier. But Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birthday and advent is a time of waiting for baby Jesus and so to truly comprehend that miracle we need to prepare. I think Jesse tree ย is a wonderful idea, especially for little children, who don’t get much yet from advent dawn mass.

Jesse tree isn’t well known in Poland. I have never seen it there; we didn’t make it neither at home or school. But since ~I live in Ireland, I have met many people of different religions and I came to conclusion that knowledge of Bible among Catholics is significantly poorer than among other Christians. And with all those colourful Disney cartoons, Bible stories may not seem as interesting to kids so it’s important to try to make it more varied.

Jesse tree is a genealogical tree of Jesus, showing His ancestors from Adam and Eve ย to Joseph and Mary. Jesse tree consist in everyday reading of one of Jesus’ ancestors and hanging his symbol on the tree.

This year I only made the tree while I used ready symbols found on healthy-family.org . Every day one of girls sticks the symbol on the tree and then we read Bible together. I love it how much interest the girls show in read stories. And all that experience deepens my faith too, because I have to ย answer so many questions about each story.

Obok kalendarza adwentowego, to kolejna nowa adwentowa tradycja w naszej rodzinie, ktora, mam nadzieje, sie utrwali. Nasz kalendarzyk adwentowy bardzo ekscytuje i ulatwia czekanie na Mikolaja oraz swiateczne prezenty. Jednak Swieta sa celebracja narodzin Jezusa a adwent oczekiwaniem na owo Boze Dzieciatko. I aby moc przezyc te cudowne narodziny jak najglebiej, nalezy sie wyciszyc i przygotowac. Mysle, ze drzewo Jessego jest wspanialym pomyslem przede wszystkim dla malych dzieci, ktore ze mszy i rorat niewiele jeszcze rozumieja.

Drzewo Jessego nie jest w Polsce rozpowszechniona tradycja. Ja nigdy sie z nim nie spotkalam, nie robilismy go ani w szkole ani w domu. Od kilku lat jednak spotykam sie z ludzmi najrozniejszych wyznan i z przykroscia stwierdzam, ze u katolikow, znajomosc Pisma sw jest bardzo uboga w porownaniu z innymi chrzescijanami. A przy natloku kolorowych bajek z wieloma barwnymi postaciami, historie biblijne moga nie wydac sie dzieciom az takie interesujace, dlatego warto edukacje biblijna urozmaicac.

Drzewo Jessego to drzewo genealogiczne Jezusa, ukazujace Jego przodkow, od Adama i Ewy po Jozefa i Maryje. Tradycja ta polega na codziennym czytaniu fragmentu Pisma Sw o jednym z przodkow oraz naklejaniu badz wieszaniu na galeziach naszego drzewa Jessego symboli owych przodkow.

W tym roku narysowalam jedynie drzewo a poniewaz dziewczynki sa nadal dosc male, skorzystalam z gotowych symboliย znalezionych na stronceย healthy-family.org, zamiast tworzenia wlasnych. Codzien ktoras z dziewczynek przykleja symbol a nastepnie omawiamy razem fragment z Biblii. Poniewaz moje Pismo Sw nie jest dla dziewczyn zbyt zrozumiale a dzieciece Biblie, ktore posiadamy, przedstawiaja owe historie w zbyt uproszczony sposob, nasza rutyna polega na tym, ze czytamy moje Pismo Sw ale kazdy fragment tlumacze dziewczynkom tak, by byl dla nich jak najbardziej zrozumialy. Uwielbiam to, ile zainteresowania przejawiaja i ile pytan zadaja. Zwlaszcza do Anabel slowa Pisma zdaja sie na prawde trafiac. Ku mojemu zaskoczeniu, zauwazylam, ze i ja na tym korzystam bo musze odpowiadac na wiele pytan dzieci odnosnie codziennych fragmentow, ktore sklaniaja mnie do glebszych refleksji.

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Diet, books and rice :-)

Yay!!! It’s fourth day of my diet and a scale is showing nearly 2kg less. I love you, Dukan! ๐Ÿ™‚
I don’t take hunger and lack of sweets to well so for last few days I’ve been rather grumpy and mean to my husband (lack of chocolate means lack ofย  endorphins ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Well, effects are worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰ . I haven’t had much energy to play with girls so most of the time they heard from me “Do what you weant!”, and they did. Noteto myself- use roasted rice only outside (or in other people’s houses ๐Ÿ˜€ ).
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Yay!!! Czwarty dzien diety a waga juz niemal 2 kg mniej pokazuje. Kocham Dukana!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚
Nie najlepiej znosze glod i brak slodyczy wiec przez ostatnie dni chodzilam raczej naburmuszona(brak czekolady=brak endorfiny ๐Ÿ™‚ ) i troszke mezowi zycie uprzykrzalam. Ale trudno, zniesie to dla efektow ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Energii na szalenstwa z dziewczynami tez nie bylo za wiele iย  najczesciej slyszaly ode mnie “A robcie co chcecie!”, i robily. Notka do siebie samej: ryz prazony uzywac jedynie na zewnatrz (ewentualnie w gosciach ๐Ÿ˜€ ).
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Even though Christmas is long gone, Santa hasn’t stopped spoiling and surprising us ๐Ÿ™‚ . We keep receiving packages from him. Last ones contained mostly of polish books which made me very happy because we lack those and my girls listen to those most willingly.
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Chociaz swieta juz za nami, Mikolaj wciaz przesyla jakies paczki ๐Ÿ™‚ . Ostatnie zawieraly glownie ksiazki kuย  mojej uciesze, poniewaz polskich mamy niedobor a dziewczynki najchetniej wlasnie ich sluchaja.ย 
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The most popular book among girls is “Poems” (about animals) by Brzechwa, which I have to read for girls over and over to sleep. Each time, though, they make Anabel laugh. I know them all by heart now.
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Najwiekszym powodzeniem wsrod obu dziewczynek ciesza sie wiersze Brzechwy o zwierzatkach, ktore musze czytac do snu kilka razy. Za kazdym razem wywoluja fale smiechu u Anabel. Znam je juz tak dobrze, ze moglabym je recytowac na pamiec.ย 
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Dziekujemy Mikolaju ๐Ÿ˜‰
Thank you very much Santa Claus ๐Ÿ˜‰

Christmas time

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Christmas was spent on most wonderfull time with family and friends, on all days spent on games, playing with children, singing christmas carols, reading books and eating incredible amounts of homemade sweets, so on everything we like best ๐Ÿ˜‰ And this is the way it should be, I suppose.

Swieta minely na cudownym czasie z rodzina i przyjaciolmi, na calych dniach spedzonych na zabawie, spiewaniu koled, czytaniu ksiazek i objadaniu sie niewyobrazalnymi wprost ilosciami domowych slodkosci, a wiec na wszystkim, co nam sprawia przyjemnosc ๐Ÿ˜‰ I tak chyba powinno byc.

The climax of our Christmas Eve dinner was, according to my girls, Santa’s visit. It seems though, as if he brought as much joy to adults as he did to little ones, which showed in a whole photographic session with Santa that was taken that day ๐Ÿ™‚

Punktem kulminacyjnym naszej Wigilii, w oczach dziewczynek, byly odwiedziny Mikolaja. Zdaje sie, ze doroslym przyniosl nie mniej uciechy niz maluchom poniewaz spotkanie zaowocowalo cala seria zdjec Mikolaja ze wszystkimi obecnymi ๐Ÿ™‚

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Even though two Christmas days are over, we don’t let christmas spirit abandon us as we have candles lit nearly all day, we sing Christmas carols every evening and we play with our presents- mostly educational toys. Sweet moment, last at least till New Year’s sparkles ๐Ÿ˜€

Choc dwa dni swiateczne juz za nami, swiatecznemu nastrojowi nie pozwalamy nas opuscic dzieki niemal nieustannie zapalonym swiecom, wieczornym koledowaniom oraz zabawa prezentami- glownie zabawkami edukacyjnymi.ย  Chwilo trwaj, przynajmniej do noworocznych babelkow ๐Ÿ˜€ .

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Advent, santa and kid’s talk

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With christmas coming soooo soon, I feel a bit crafty nowadays so I’m using this energy to produce something pretty, while it lasts ๐Ÿ™‚ . With Anabel’s help and cheering I made this christmas wreath. Anabel kept saying how “cuteifull” (cute+ beautifull I suppose) it looked ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Continuing advent bible study with GMG we light candles everyday, much to girls delight and play and sing christmas songs. I love this time of the year.

Swieta juz tuz tuz, co napawa mnie raczej tworczo ostatnio wiec wykorzystuje te energie na swiateczne dekoracje, poki trwa ๐Ÿ™‚ . Z pomoca i dopingiem Anabel zrobilam ostatnio ten wianek. Anabel caly czas powtarzala jak “cuteifull” (polaczenie slow “beautifull”= piekny i “cute”=ladny, milutki) wyglada ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Kontynuujac adwentowe studium biblijne z GMG zapalamy codzien swiece adwentowe, ku uciesze dziewczynek i gramy oraz spiewamy piosenki bozonarodzeniowe. Kocham ten czas.ย 

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Last Thursday Santa came. An evening earlier, Misi and Anabel polished their shoes and put letters to Santa into them, so that Santa would know what we want to get for Christmas. The look in Anabel’s eyes when she found a present on top of her shoes following morning was just priceless. That day we also visited Santa in polish shop. Anabel sat on his lap and both girls got another presents from him. Anabel run with hers around shop stopping people in excitement and showing them what she got from Santa ๐Ÿ˜€ But the funniest moment was when she noticed a plastic reindeer next to christmas tree. She stroked him saying “Hello goat!” ๐Ÿ˜€ .

W ostatni czwartek odwiedzil nas Mikolaj. We wczesniejszy wieczor, Misi i Anabel wyczyscili buty i wlozyli do nich listy do swietego Mikolaja by wiedzial, co chcemy znalezc pod choinka. Widok podekscytowanych oczu Anabel nastepnego poranka byl bezcenny. Tego dnia spotkalismy tez Mikolaja w polskim sklepie. Anabel siedziala mu na kolanach i obie z Rosie dostaly od niego paczki. Anabel biegala potem ze swoja po calym sklepie zatrzymujac klientow i pokazujac im co dostala ๐Ÿ˜€ . Najsmieszniejszym jednak momentem bylo to, gdy obok choinki dostrzegla sztucznego renifera i glaszczac go mowila “Hello goat!” (“Witaj kozo!”) ๐Ÿ˜€ .

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Christmas time

 

Christmas came and went and now it is time to start getting back to normality. We had absolutely lovely time these last few days.ย  We spent Christmas Eve at home, just the four of us but next two days we got to visit our friends and it was wonderful. I am especially happy that this year I had an opportunity to sing some christmas carols (and not just on my own as usual) so big thanks to Gosia, Marek and Aga for that!

Swieta nedeszly i odeszly i teraz czas juz wracac do normalnosci. To byl piekny czas. Wigilie spedzilismy tylko we czworke ale w dni swiateczne odwiedzalismy przyjaciol i bawilismy sie swietnie. Ciesze sie zwlaszcza, ze w tym roku dane mi bylo pokoledowac ( i nie tylko samej do choinki, jak zwykle), za co szczegolne dzieki dla Gosi, Marka i Agi!

Rosie was as good and smily as always. It was her first Christmas and she did not know what was going on but Santa did remember about her. Even Anabel surprised us with her amazingly good behaviour on a mass and in our friends’. Christmas is truly time of miracles ๐Ÿ˜€

Rosie byla usmiechnieta i dobra jak zwykle. To byly jej pierwsze Swieta i niewiele z nich rozumiala, ale Swiety Mikolaj bynajmniej o niej nie zapomnial. Nawet Anabel zaskoczyla nas niezwykle dobrym zachowaniem na mszy i podczas wizyty u przyjaciol. Swieta to prawdziwie czas cudow ๐Ÿ˜€

Due to work (and lack of organization) I did not do half of christmas decorations and crafts I planned to do. So next year I’m starting getting ready in October ๐Ÿ˜‰

Z powodu pracy (i braku organizacji) nie udalo mi sie zrealizowac nawet polowy swiatecznych planow z mojej listy wiec postanowienie na przyszly rok- zaczac juz w pazdzierniku ๐Ÿ˜‰

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