4 months

It’s got so dusty in here. We haven’t been here since October. And how am I supposed to make up for 4 months of our lives?

It has been mainly quiet time for us, filled up with new year dreams and plans. We’ll have few new challenges but also long summer holidays in Poland.

I have recently turned 35 and girls decorated a birthday cake for me all by themselves. You can’t give a better gift to a confectioner.

Alez tu sie zakurzylo. Nie bylo nas tu od pazdziernika. I jak tu nadrobic 4 miesiace z zycia? 

To byl dla nas dosc spokojny czas przepelniony noworocznymi marzeniami i planami.  Szykuja sie dla nas nowe wyzwania ale i dlugie wakacje w Polsce. 

Niedawno skonczylam 35 lat i dziewczynki udekorowaly dla mnie calkowicie samodzielnie tort. Nie mozna wyobrazic sobie lepszego prezentu dla cukiernika.

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The biggest surprise and success of that time has been Rosie’s silver medal in Feile Luimnigh competition.

Najwieksza niespodzianka i sukcesem tego roku byl srebrny medal Rosie w konkursie recytatorskim Feile Luimnigh.

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And even three teeth she has lost recently haven’t stopped her from winning.

I nawet trzy brakujace zeby, ktore wypadly jeden po drugim jej nie powstrzymaly.

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As parents, we have made a decision of postponing Misike’s start of school until next year. We both feel that Irish custom of sending 4 year-olds to school is premature and we want to give Misike another year before he spends next dozen or so years in school.

Podjelismy decyzje o przesunieciu poczatka edukacji szkolnej Misike na nastepny rok. Oboje czujemy, ze irlandzki zwyczaj posylania czterolatkow do szkoly jest przedwczesny i chcemy podarowac Misike jeszcze ten jeden rok zanim wpadnie w system szkolny na kolejne nascie lat. 

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A very nice surprise happened to me when I won a book called “15 minute parenthood” by Joanna Fortune on Spirit radio over a week ago. I never win anything (maybe partially because I hardly ever take part in competitions) and yet I was so lucky this time. It made me so happy not only because it’s a book (is there a  better gift?) but also it’s a book on a subject I am keenly interested in.

Mnie spotkala przemila niespodzianka gdy w radiu Spirit Radio wygralam ksiazke “15-to minutowe rodzicielstwo” Joanny Fortune. Nigdy nic nie wygrywam (moze czesciowo dlatego, ze prawie nigdy nie biore udzialu w konkursach) a tu taki fart. Cieszy mnie ta wygrana tak bardzo dlatego, ze to ksiazka (czy moze byc lepszy prezent?) a po drugie dlatego, ze temat rodzicielstwa zywo mnie interesuje.

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The biggest change in our family life was establishing a new family tradition of  monthly   parent-daughter dates.  Every month Misi and I take one of our girls on a date and the next month we switch :-). We set the place and activity with our date partner. We have already been to cinema, Chinese restaurant and the swimming pool and in March Anabel is taking me to roller jam  so I am intensively practicing my limited skills of a beginner roller skater :-).

Najwieksza zmiana w naszym rodzinnym zyciu bylo wprowadzenie nowej tradycji randek. Co miesiac Misi i ja zabieramy ktoras z dziewczynek na randke z rodzicem. W kolejnym miesiacu wymieniamy sie corkami :-D. Miejsce i aktywnosc ustalamy z nasza randkowa partnerka.  I tak bylo juz kino, chinska restauracja, basen a w przyszlym miesiacu Anabel zabiera mnie na rolki do Roller Jamu wiec cwicze intensywnie moje ograniczone zdolnosci poczatkujacego lyzworolka 🙂 . 

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To byl slodki czas.

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Camp, detox and exam

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July, except for few trips to the beach, swimming pool and aquapark, we spent at home. But in many ways it was a revolutionary month full of changes and successes.

Lipiec, poza kilkoma wypadami na plaze, basen i do aquaparku, spedzilismy w domu. Ale pod wieloma wzgledami byl to rewolucyjny miesiac pelen zmian i sukcesow.

 

For a week girls attended swim camp. We hear so much about drowning hazard, especially during summer months, I wanted girls to get enough swimming skills to be able to save themselves. It was great fun for them  too. On the last day they marched in full of pride, holding certs in their hands

Przez tydzien dziewczynki braly udzial w polkoloni plywackiej. Zwlaszcza w miesiacach letnich slyszy sie tak wiele o utonieciach, chce wiec by nabyly przynajmniej na tyle umiejetnosci plywackich by moc choc siebie uratowac.  Byly bardzo dumne z siebie gdy ostatniego dnia wrocily do domu z certyfikatami.

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For me July was a true revolution. After I read in June a book called “Alkaline detox” by a polish author Beata Sokolowska, I decided I had to try it. I expected it to be hard but as it turned out, veggies and fruit are not only healthy but also very tasty.  An author describes a variety of detox, from total fasting, through vegetable and fruit diet to millet-veg detox so that everybody, even full time workers can incorporate detox into their lifestyles. The book is full of recipes and accounts of people who have gone through detox along with a list of benefits it has on our bodies. I, personally, lost 3kg, strengthened my naturally very weak nails, got even toned, beaming complexion andf got rid of most of my stomach problems. After the detox I decided not to go back to meat and so I became a vegetarian. I recommend alkaline detox to everybody. It is life changing.

Dla mnie lipiec to prawdziwa rewolucja. Jeszcze w czerwcu przeczytalam ksiazke “Alkaliczny detoks” Beaty Sokolowskiej i postanowilam, ze to jest super sprawa i absolutnie musze sprobowac. Spodziewalam sie, ze bedzie ciezko ale okazalo sie, ze dieta warzywno-owocowa jest nie tylko zdrowa ale takze bardzo smaczna. Autorka podaje kilka rodzajow detoksu, od glodowek, przez diete sokowa, przez diete warzywno- owocowa po detoks jaglano- warzywny, tak, by nawet zapracowani byli w stanie go przeprowadzic. W ksiazce znajdziecie wiele przepisow oraz relacji osob, ktore juz detoks przeprowadzily z wszystkimi korzysciami, ktore detoks im przyniosl. Ja osobiscie, oprocz 3 kg mniej, wzmocnilam panokcie, uzyskalam rozpromieniona skore, pozbylam sie w duzym stopniu dolegliwosci brzusznych. Po skonczonym detoksie stwierdzilam, ze nie wroce juz do miesa i tak przeszlam na wegetarianizm. Polecam detoks serdecznie!

 

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In July also, I passed an exam for  a confectioner. Small course, small exam, small success but a big joy :-D.

W lipcu zdalam takze egzamin na cukiernika.  Maly kurs, maly egzamin, maly sukces ale cieszy :-D. 

 

Since I recommended a book already, I have to write about a movie, a series actually. “Money heist”, Spanish production series about a genius plan to print and steal 2,4 mld euro  from Royal Mint of Spain. You will find  everything here: action, suspense, love and lots of twists of action. This series will surprise you in every episode. The BEST series of this year! Seriously.

Skoro juz tak polecam wam ksiazki, musze napisac o filmie, serialu wlasciwie. “Dom z papieru”, hiszpanskiej produkcji serial o genialnym planie napadu na Krolewska mennice hiszpanska w celu produkcji i kradziezy 2,4 mld euro. Znajdziecie tu wszystko: akcje, napiecie, watki milosne, mnostwo zwrotow akcji. Ten serial bedzie was zaskakiwal w kazdym odcinku. Najlepszy serial tego roku! Serio.

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All saints / Wszyscy swieci

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Anabel is going to experience her first Holy Communion next year so we dedicate this school year to intensive christian education. From the 1st day of November (All Saints’ day), I have been putting little note cards into Anabel’s lunchbox with pictures of various saints and  their short bios. I fell in love with those beautiful kids- friendly saints cards from sadlier website, which you can download absolutely free and I created cards with short saints bios to go with them. You can download those also absolutely free straight from my dropbox. They are compatible with sadlier cards and you can stick them on the back of those and put into kids lunchboxes, as we do it, or just cut them out and play a game of matching saints to their bios. It’s a wonderful resource for teaching kids about inspiring saints lives.

W przyszlym roku Anabel doswiadczy pierwszej komunii swietej, dlatego ten rok szkolny poswiecamy na intensywna edukacje katolicka. Od dnia Wszystkich Swietych wkladam Anabel do pojemnika na drugie sniadanie obrazki ze swietymi oraz ich krociutkie biografie. Zakochalam sie w tych pieknych obrazkach dla dzieci ze stronki Sadlier, ktore mozna sciagac zupelnie za darmo i opracowalam do nich krotkie bio (niestety narazie jedynie po angielsku), ktore mozna wydrukowac i przykleic na odwrocie kart z Sadlier , jak my to robimy, by przyblizyc dzieciom inspirujace zywoty swietych.

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Bios

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Apart from those, I have been using some ready made cards with bios created by Katie from looktohimandberadiant. They provide few more modern saints with their photos.

Since we have only discovered joy of Bingo game recently, I have been on a lookout for printable bingo cards and was thrilled to learn that there are even saints bingo available.

Cold and rainy November calls for a lot of indoor time and we spend our evenings watching saints stories. Just recently, we discovered Christian kids Tv which offers growing amount of videos about saints in English. Graphically, videos are very simple but my girls really enjoy them.

Also, I strongly recommend EWTN kids. With more than 25 videos about all the most popular saints, it’s equally enjoyable for kids and adults.

There are also videos from jesuswonder.org about one of my favourites, St Therese for Lisieux.

Bingo odkrylismy dopiero niedawno i od tamtej pory wciaz szukam nowych kart do wydruku. O ile kart bingo ze swietymi po angielsku jest pod dostatkiem, o tyle po polsku nadal jeszcze niewiele. Dlatego na dropboxie mozecie sciagnac bingo po polsku zupelnie za darmo. Zapraszam i milej zabawy!

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Zimny i deszczowy listopad nie zaprasza do zabaw na zewnatrz wiec nasze popoludnia spedzamy ogladajac animowane zywoty swietych.

Na szczescie w necie mozna znalezc wiele video o swietych. My ogladamy wartosciowe filmy gdzie mozecie zobaczyc historie sw Rozy, Klary, Faustyny, Jozefa i wielu innych. Warto tez zajrzec na Bogtube gdzie ogladniemy bajke o sw Janie Pawle II, sw Tomaszu czy sw Walentym. Grudzien juz tuz , tuz a z nim swiety Mikolaj, wiec warto obejrzec jego prawdziwa historie. No i oczywiscie historia swietego Patryka, patrona Irlandii.

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School ready

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School year has officially started and we have gained one more student in our household- Rosie has started Junior Infants. I was just as excited and emotional as her upon leaving her in her classroom. But she loved it and called it “a day of surprises”.

When we were still in Poland, Misi prepared girls room for a new school year. By replacing their beds with a bunk bed, we gained space for their new desk.

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For weekends we have encyclopedias and activity books. Don’t look at me like that ;-). I am not some over ambitious dragon mom who wants to make geniuses out of her kids by taking their free time and making them memorize encyclopedias and learn even on their days off. However, they are eager to learn and often ask if we can do some books so I keep them for those occasions.

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After our visit to Poland I also promised myself and girls that I will make time to teach them Polish. Books are my weakness and I decided I wouldn’t buy a new book for myself until I read all I have, so I bought lots for girls 😀 .

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And in my parents attic I found that book for first class that used to be mine. We will definitely go through it.

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I still  love the idea of lunch box notes. It’s a way to connect with your kids when their at school and to surprise them. I have a big collection of them on pinterest and I print some every month. And now, when Anabel is a fluent reader, every day I put a new joke into her lunch box to make her smile.

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You know how kids love to wake up first thing in the morning on summer days but as soon as school starts it is nearly impossible to get them out of bed on time? And then, when you manage to drag them out of bed, they take ages to eat breakfast, get their uniforms dirty while brushing teeth, can’t find their ties or shoes. Yes, school day mornings can be hard. That’s why it’s so important to be as organised as possible. I tend to plan girls lunches way ahead so they always get some sandwich, fruit, yogurt and snack. But recently I started to also plan their breakfasts. Girls really love american pancakes or waffles but what puts me of making them in the morning, is that you have to measure up and sieve dry ingredients. So even if I tell myself the evening before that I’ll make them for breakfast, we end up with toasts or cereal. And so I keep dry ingredients all measured up and ready for when I’m too lazy, which is nearly every morning ;-).

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One thousand gifts

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There are books which we read for pure pleasure and relax, to run away from  reality and travel to another worlds. We read it, put it away and go on another paper journey. There are, however, books that shake us up, destroy our world view and build foundation of a new one. Books, which we can’t shake off and to which we come back again and again.

Few months ago I came across a book by Ann Voskamp called “One thousand gifts”. On christian blogs and sites I read so much good about it that I knew I had to have it. I read it and absorbed her words about thanksgiving, about catching blessings of everyday life, about joy despite all.

Sa ksiazki, ktore czytamy dla czystej przyjemnosci czytania i wypoczynku, dla ucieczki od rzeczywistosci i podrozy w inny swiat. Przeczytamy, odstawiamy i ruszamy w nastepna papierowa podroz. Ale sa ksiazki, ktore nami wstrzasna, zburza nasz swiatopoglad i zbuduja fundamenty nowego. Ksiazki, z ktorych nie mozemy sie  otrzasnac i do ktorych wciaz wracamy.

Kilka miesiecy temu natrafilam na ksiazke Ann Voskamp “Tysiac darow”. Na blogach i stronkach chrzescijanskich przeczytalam tak wiele pochlebnych recenzji, ze musialam ja miec. Czytalam i chlonelam jej slowa o dziekczynieniu, o wylapywaniu blogoslawienstw kazdego dnia, o radosci mimo wszystko.

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Inspired by the book, I created my own Gift Diary, in which I write every day few pearls- moments that bring a smile to my face, things and events I am especially grateful for. Sometimes they are great things  like health, marital love, peace in our family, but usually they are those little every day gestures, views, smells, meetings, words.

Such a Diary is a list of things that make us happy. It is a wonderful way to practice happiness, to appreciate everything that is given to us on everyday basis. After few days we realize how full of goodness and little miracles our live is. But what’s most important, we notice how many of those things are gifts, God’s blessings, acts of love, created and given to us solely for our joy and pleasure. He is like the best lover, always looking to surprise and wow us.

Zainspirowana ta ksiazka, zalozylam wlasny “Dziekczynnik”, w ktorym codzien staram sie zapisac kilka perelek- chwil, ktore codzien przywoluja usmiech na mojej twarzy, rzeczy i zdarzen, za ktore jestem szczegolnie wdzieczna. Czasem sa to wielkie sprawy, jak zdrowie, milosc malzenska, pokoj w rodzinie, ale najczesciej malutkie codzienne gesty, widoki, zapachy, spotkania, slowa.

Taki dziekczynnik to lista rzeczy, ktore nas uszczesliwiaja. To cudowny sposob na cwiczenie sie w szczesciu, na docenianie wszystkiego, co jest nam dane i czym codzien jestesmy na nowo obdarowywani. Po kilku dniach zaczynamy sobie uswiadamiac, ile w naszym zyciu dobra, ile malych cudow. Ale, co najwazniejsze, zauwazamy, ile z tego to dary, boskie blogoslawienstwa, akty milosci, stworzone i dane nam wylacznie dla naszej radosci. Bog jest jak najlepszy kochanek, zawsze probujacy nas zaskoczyc i zadziwic. 

A gdy nadciagna czarne chmury, wystarczy siegnac po Dziekczynnik by wszystko wydalo sie znowu piekne i dobre.

Serdecznie polecam ksiazke i zabawe w wychwytywanie szczesliwych chwil.

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Pitschi, the kitten with dreams

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Last weekend we went to the theatre with our Hungarian friends. It was the first visit to the theatre for girls so they had so many questions and were very excited. Anabel was especially thrilled about the play because it was all about a little kitten, called Pitschi and cats are her favourite animals. Pitschi was a little cat who didn’t want to be a cat and thought all other farm animals were far more interesting. So he tried to be a goat, a chicken, a duck. Those attempts brought onto him lots of adventures but also trouble. The play was based on the story written by Hans Fischer, Swiss illustrator and writer.

Girls watched the play absolutely enchanted and laughed heart-fully. When an actress asked four children to come on stage and they all raised their hands, Anabel decided that the girl pointed at her so she quickly passed through a row full of people and ended up on stage in a role of a bunny. I love how brave and adventurous she is.

We were lucky to buy the last book they had about Pitschi and it’s become our favourite.

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Last week

  1. The biggest news of last week is that Misike got his first tooth. And I’m embarrassed to say  that I probably wouldn’t even notice until now if it wasn’t for Anabel. Misike is at the stage when he puts everything into his mouth and so the tooth was discovered when he bit Anabel’s finger 🙂 .
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2. I found the perfect gluten- free bread recipe. Seriously, it’s so good I ate the first loaf within one day ( trying to loose weight 😉 ) with butter only.

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3. Here’s something I never thought I would own. But, hey, it’s 21st century and €3 was a very tempting price so you’ll see a lot of selfies here from now on 🙂 . But really, I find selfie-stick very practical because now we can easily make family photos wherever we are.

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4. A wedding cake I made last week

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5. On starcamp Anabel attended in July, she learned words and choreography to “Tomorrow”. Last week we finally watched “Annie” together and it was so good.

6. Dr Seuss is our newest favourite. Some stories make my tongue twist but they’re so funny and different. We love them.