Sunny postcards

IMG_20170724_163433

While booking tickets for this summer’s holidays in Poland and Hungary, I was thinking of all those barbecues, garden parties, joyful meetings with friends and family, splashes in my parents’ swimming pool and generally slow, lazy moments that were awaiting us. As it happens, most of those plans shattered  when just before we got there we learned that my mom was about to have a very serious surgery. We didn’t get to spend much time together and the time we had was often fearful and difficult but we still collected lots of happy memories. And I’m just happy that everything went well and we can make up for that time.

IMG_20170719_193235IMG_20170714_114712IMG_20170714_114719IMG_20170718_133442

We even managed to attend a weeding. It was wonderful; beautiful couple, magnificent palace, delicious food, funny moments. We’ll remember it for a long time.

IMG_20170722_195918IMG_20170722_200002IMG_20170722_200838IMG_20170722_200251IMG_20170722_201720IMG_20170722_201913

Hungary would be unbearable without air conditioning and ice-cream as the temperatures reached even 41°C. Luckily, we spent most days in water, only taking breaks to have langos or meet with some of our favorite people.

IMG_20170727_182200IMG_20170727_184058IMG_20170727_184133IMG_20170728_123505IMG_20170728_123710IMG_20170728_123727IMG_20170728_141917IMG_20170728_140330IMG_20170728_142044IMG_20170728_142100IMG_20170731_140918

Advertisements

Summer reflections

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

We’ve been back for few days now and even though it’s dark and pouring outside, good moods don’t leave us. Because there’s no place like home.

It’s always wonderful to visit my homeland, family and friends, but my home is here. Upon visiting Poland, I always face the same question from different people: if I wouldn’t like to move back to Poland. Well, believe it or not, I wouldn’t. I know to some, it sounds like heresy but this is the way I feel. It doesn’t make me less Polish. I was still raised on same books, cartoons, movies, jokes and food as any other Polish my age and so it is very easy for me to bond with other Polish here or anywhere. But I left Poland twelve years ago and all the most wonderful things in my life happened here and happen every day.

il_340x270-870705364_gn5o

I was so excited about the vision of spending full 6 weeks in my parents house, that I hadn’t thought how much I would miss Misi and our life together. That separation wasn’t easy on girls either. Anabel cried nearly every day and she told me : “No child should ever be away from her daddy for so long”. I don’t think we will ever do it again. But having said that, I’m glad we actually did it. Coming back to all I have, made me fall in love with it all over again. Not things, they’re just things. But my husband, my abilities and possibilities, things we do together, we grow or create, we go through.

It’s good to be home but enriched by those beautiful memories. Here my children don’t have granny and grandpa on daily basis, they don’t run wild in big gardens, meadows and fields, they don’t ride on wheelbarrows, spend weekends with cousins, explore garages, stables and barns, hang from trees, eat berries straight from bushes or plums straight from trees, don’t wake up to cock’s crowing, hardly ever see stars. Those are our Polish holidays treasures 😉 .

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SDC15084.JPG

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

 

The damage is done

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

Our visit to Poland was filled with visits of friends and family, but besides that, it was a rather calm time for us. Perhaps “calm” is not a right word to use to describe our holiday, or to describe anything related with Misike in that matter. He made sure we were never bored 🙂  . My family is going to remember that visit for a long time.

During those 6 weeks in my family house, he managed to break a glass coffee table, a hoover pipe, a mop, six plates and few glasses, some utensils, my cousin’s car emblem, my nephew’s and his own toys. He kept unplugging tv, modem and other devices on daily basis, he turned on a blander with an open cap with smoothie inside causing unbelievable mess and learned to open front door by standing on stool or toys. We where busy, indeed 😉 .

Luckily, in the mean time, he made everyone love him with his smiles and cuteness.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
Oh so graceful 🙂

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
The only toys he was interested in, were a lawnmower and a hoover

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
Grandpa had to build a “fence” to keep him in the garden, away from the garage 

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

Wroclaw Zoo

Our time in Poland is slowly coming to an end. We have spent here full 6 weeks. Weeks full of noise, meetings and even little trips. On one of those trips girls were taken to Wroclaw Zoo by my parents. We have been to Wroclaw Zoo few times already but we hadn’t seen the famous africarium. And since Misike is simply to small and to energetic for zoos yet, he stayed at home with me.

My parents tell me, the Zoo belonged to Rosie on that day. Everyone inside could here her screams of excitement. And the one animal she absolutely wanted to see, was an anteater 🙂 .

Though, when I asked girls afterwards, which animal they liked the most, they both answered :” cow!” . Apparently, they spent the most time at farm animals section with cows and goats. It’s so strange to me that my children need to go to a zoo to see a cow while I remember watching my grandma milk our cow on daily basis when I was their age.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

Hungary 2016

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

As I had mentioned before, we went on holidays, we took a break from normality and due to limited access to internet I also took a break from blogging. But even though we still have some lazy time ahead of us, Hungarian adventure is past us. Even though we had visited Balaton many times before,  this holidays was filled with many new experiences. First horse ride, first bob ride, first visit to the circus, and for Misike first foreign trip, first flight and first bath in a lake. Luckily, he feels in water like a fish 🙂 .

I was excited to go but also a bit anxious that with three little children in a new place, it would be more of work than rest because I still would have to keep my eyes on them, clean and wash every day. So I rebelled in the kitchen and announced that during holidays I wouldn’t cook. We ate delicious Hungarian langos all the time.

Jak wspominalam, zrobilismy sobie urlop, przerwe od normalnosci a ze wzgledu na ograniczony dostep od internetu, przerwe takze od blogowania. Ale, choc jeszcze troszke byczenia sie przed nami, to jednak wegierska przygoda juz za nami. Choc nad Balatonem bylismy juz wielokrotnie, byl to czas wielu pierwszych razy. Pierwsza przejazdzka konna, pierwszy zjazd bobem, pierwsza wizyta w cyrku, a dla Misike, pierwszy zagraniczny wyjazd, pierwszy lot samolotem i kapiel w jeziorze. Na szescie okazalo sie, ze czuje sie w wodzie jak przyslowiowa ryba 🙂 . 

Cieszylam sie na ten wyjazd ale obawialam tez, ze z trojka dzieci na obcym gruncie, to bedzie dla mnie glownie praca bo nadal trzeba miec oczy dokola glowy, sprzatac i prac codzien. Zbuntowalam sie wiec w kuchni i zapowiedzialam, ze podczas wakacji nie gotuje. Zajadalismy wiec wegierskie langosze naokraglo 🙂 .

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
Anabel on Kocus

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
Rosie on Mini

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

 

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

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 :-).

Halloween and movies

Mimo, ze jesien to moja ulubiona pora roku, ostatnimi dniami niewiele mnie cieszy i potrzebuje koniecznie wiele piekna wokol siebie i pozytywnych, energicznych , inspirujacych ludzi. Pakujemy sie juz do Polski i tam mam nadzieje wszystko to, co mi teraz potrzeba, znalezc.

Kilka dni temu dziewczyny swietowaly w przedszkolu halloween. I mialam okazje po raz pierwszy uzyc farb do malowania twarzy. Anabel bowiem od tygodni mowila, ze chce byc jaguarem (wplywy bajki “Dalej Diego dalej”) i przyznam szczerze, ze bylam dumna z tego jej wyboru bo od czarownic, wrozek i ksiezniczek w Halloween sie zawsze roi a jaguara spotkac to juz trudniej 😉 Tylko, ze Anabel miala cala jasna wizje tego jak jej kostium ma wygladac. Mialy byc uszy i ogon, cetki na calym ciele i koniecznie pomalowana na jaguarowo twarz. I choc z makijazem mam juz kilkuletnie doswiadczenie, to jednak takie kocie barwy byly dla mnie nowoscia. Klientce sie jednak efekt podobal i juz zamowila tygrysa na kolejna okazje 😉

Image

Zmierzch zapada u nas juz bardzo wczesnie, wieczory wiec wydaja sie takie dlugie. Dziewczynki chodza spac czasem nawet wczesniej niz zwykle a my raczymy sie goraca czekolada badz winem i urzadzamy sobie czesto wieczory filmowe. Dwa filmy wywarly ostatnio na mnie niemale wrazenie. “Ksiega Ester” oraz “Ksiega Rut”. Choc technicznie, filmy te nie wydaja sie zbyt ambitne, sale nie zdaja sie zbyt krolewskie, calosc odbywa sie na niewielkich przestrzeniach, to jednak w tych filmach chodzi o przeslanie a nie o estetyke. Piekne biblijne historie o madrych, wiernych, odwaznych kobietach inspiruja i trafiaja do wrazliwych serc. Swietne na zblizajacy sie czas adwentowy.

Dwa kolejne filmy sa duzo lepiej nakrecone. Nie pobudzaja one do refleksji, nie wnosza nic nowego, nie inspiruja zyciowych zmian a jednak dostarczaja dobrej rozrywki. Pierwszy to “Iluzja”, ktory opowiada o grupie magikow, ktorzy na oczach licznej widowni oraz mediow obrabowuja bank a nastepnie obsypuja pieniedzmi widownie. Film trzyma w napieciu i domyslach do konca. Serdecznie zachecam.

Drugi film natomiast, to “Populaire” Regis Roinsarda. Film absolutnie nieprawdopodobny i przewidywalny , mocno nastawiony na kobieca widownie a jednak urzekajacy.

Milego ogladania!