Life is one never- ending party

I’m one of those people who avoid crowds at all cost. Not for me rock concerts, football matches or Next sales. But then this is not the first time when having kids pushed me beyond my limits. And so I spent the weekend at the event in toy shop queuing for ages just to get girls’ faces painted. The choice was all theirs but it sure shows their character. Anabel (animal lover) chose cheetah while Rosie( who likes to be different) went for spiderman.

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September and October are filled with birthdays and anniversaries. Just last week we went to three birthday parties. And birthdays mean cakes (and that was the best part for me- baking and decorating).

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Also, we celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary and my husband got me a ring. Ok, we both chose it but it was all his idea. I was never much into jewellery especially since I am stay at home mom and don’t really have where to wear it to, but it sure is nice, after all those years together, Β to still get something totally impractical and simply pretty.

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It was also this month that Anabel realized that it is long past her birthday and her ears are still Β not pierced even though I had promised she would be wearing earings on her birthday. I simply forgot because I had made that promise so long ago. But now I had to keep my word and so both Anabel and Rosie got their ears pierced at last. Originally Anabel said that she would get three holes in one ear just like me but after getting through that “horrible pain” she decided she would NEVER have more than two holes all together πŸ˜€ . Β But pain forgotten, both girls proudly expose their pink gems in their ears to all who want to see πŸ˜‰ .

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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.Β 

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.Β 

To byl cudowny dzien!

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Mihaly Piotr

He arrived. He’s been with us for square two weeks. He didn’t turn our world upside down. Instead, he completed it, added more colours to it. We called him Mihaly Piotr. After Misi, his dad and my dad. We knew we would call him that even before he was just a bean in my belly.

Przyszedl. Jest z nami od rownych dwoch tygodni. Nie wywrocil nam swiata do gory nogami. Raczej dopelnil go, dodal barw. Nazwalismy go Mihaly Piotr. Po Misim, jego tacie i moim tacie. Wiedzielismy, ze tak go nazwiemy juz lata temu, gdy jeszcze nie byl nawet fasolka we mnie.

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The birth was the longest and hardest of all but now it seems like such a distant experience. Now we just enjoy each other and are getting to know each other. Misike (read: Mishike; because that’s how we usualy call him) seems to have some traits of Anabel’s and some of Rosie’s. He accepts dowdy at times but he also sucks his thumb, just like Rosie. He eats every three hours, day or night but he sleeps most of the time between feeds. Β He absolutely hates baths, nappy changing and dressing up (typical boy πŸ˜‰ ).

Porod byl najdluzszy i najtrudniejszy z moich porodow ale teraz wydaje sie takim odleglym przezyciem. Teraz tylko cieszymy sie soba i uczymy siebie nawzajem. Misike (czytaj:Miszike; bo tak go zwykle nazywamy), zdaje sie miec cechy zarowno Anabel jak i Rosie z wieku niemowlecego. Wprawdzie przyjmuje smoczka czasami ale takze ssie kciuka (jak Rosie). Je co trzy godziny, zarowno w dzien jak i w nocy ale przesypia wiekszosc czasu pomiedzy karmieniami. Nienawidzi kapieli, przewijania, przebierania (typowy chlopak πŸ˜‰ ) .

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Girls fell in love with him at the first sight. Even Rosie admitted that “when he was still in my belly she thought he would be yucky but he’s actually so cute” πŸ˜€ .

Dziewczynki zakochaly sie w nim od pierwszego wejrzenia. Nawet Rosie wyznala kilka dni po porodzie, ze ” gdy byl w moim brzuszku myslala, ze bedzie wstretnyΒ ale jest slodki” πŸ˜€ .

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First time we took a baby out, was to Anabel’s declamatory competition at school. And she gave us the best surprise- first place and a golden medal. I thought I would burst with pride, especially that they had to recite an Irish poem and neither Misi nor I speak Irish so we could not have helped her to prepare. She achieved it all by herself.

Pierwszym wyjsciem, na jakie zabralismy malenstwo, byl konkurs recytatorski Anabel. I dostalismy od niej najlepszy prezent, pierwsze miejsce i zloty medal. Myslalam, ze pekne z dumy, zwlaszcza, ze byl to konkurs wiersza irlandzkiego wiec cala zasluga jest jej bo ani ja ani Misi nie mowimy po irlandzku i nawet gdybysmy chcieli, nie bylibysmy w stanie pomoc jej sie przygotowac.

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During pregnancy, we experience great kindness from many people. We got whole bulks of clothes, toys and baby accessories. I could not believe that people, whom I hardly knew contacted me, wrote to me, that they had bags of clothes for baby boy that they would like to give us. One day my friend showed up with her husband at our door and started bringing in baby cot and a baby unit. And how not to believe in people and their good hearts?

W zwiazku z ciaza i porodem, doswiadczylismy wielkiej zyczliwosci ludzi. Otrzymalismy cale masy ciuszkow, zabawek i akcesorii. Nie mogalam sie nadziwic, ze ludzie, ktorych ledwo znalam sami sie do mnie zwracali, pisali, ze chcieliby nam podarowac torbe ciuszkow. Jednego dnia kolezanka pojawila sie pod naszymi drzwiami ze swoim mezem i po prostu zaczeli wnosic lozeczko i przewijak z polkami. I jak tu nie wierzyc w ludzi?

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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.Β 

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We even found some fairy’s hat πŸ˜‰

Znalezlismy nawet kapelusik wrozki πŸ˜‰

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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? πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ™‚ ).

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

Tego tygodnia takze wypadly urodziny Rosie. Nasz lobuziak ma juz 3! lata. Jak? Kiedy? πŸ˜€ Β 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 πŸ™‚ ) .

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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 πŸ™‚ .

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 Β 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 πŸ™‚ .

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 πŸ˜‰ .

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 πŸ™‚ .

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30!

And there it is- third decade of my life finally over. When I look at myself from 10-15 years ago, I totally don’t recognize myself. Lost, gauche, even a little gushing, living in the world of poetry, books and music. And now, more self-aware and self- confident, definitely less analitical, more down to earth.

No i stalo sie, trzecia dekada mojego zycia za mna. Gdy patrze na siebie sprzed 10-15 lat, to sie zupelnie nie poznaje. Zagubiona, nieokrzesana, troche nawet egzaltowana, zyjacaΒ  w swiecie poezji, ksiazek i muzyki.Β  A teraz, bardziej swiadoma i pewna siebie, na pewno mniej analityczna, mocniej stapajaca po ziemi.Β 

I have always waited for this time (after 30). Women this age always seemed to me as most interesting, knowing themselves, knowing what they want, simply interesting. Forth decade- what will you bring me? πŸ˜‰

Zawsze czekalam na ten czas (po 30-tce). Kobiety w tym wieku wydawaly mi sie najbardziej interesujace, znajace siebie, wiedzace, czego chca, po prostu ciekawe. Czwarta dziesiatko- coz mi przyniesiesz? πŸ˜‰

I celebrated my birthday with week delay but it was worth waiting. It was just the way I like- in a small group of close friends, with lots of laughter and sweets πŸ™‚

Urodziny swietowalam tydzien po czasie ale tak jak lubie. W malym gronie bliskich ludzi, wsrod smiechu i slodkosci πŸ™‚

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Rosie was seriously preparing for the party; here her first encounter with mommy’s lipstick πŸ˜‰

Rosie przygotowywala sie do imprezy rzetelnie, tu pierwsze spotkanie z mamusina szminka πŸ˜‰

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Well, you have to start with something πŸ™‚

Od czegos trzeba zaczac πŸ™‚

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SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAMy husband presented me with the most original gift:

Maz obdarowal mnie najbardziej oryginalnym prezentem:

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Perhaps without him I’d never make my mind.

Moze bez niego nigdy bym sie ostatecznie nie zdecydowala.

First day of creche and birthday

While other kids are starting schools, our little Rosie spent her first day in creche yesterday. She was brave and cute and stole her carers’ hearts already. She didn’t cry at all when Misi left her there. She asked her carer for coins. I had to explain later on that Anabel always puts some coins in her jacket pocket when getting ready for preschool so Rosie probably thinks it essential to have coins in creche πŸ˜€ .Β  She is already known there for her amazing appetite. She ate DOUBLE! portion of toast and yoghurt and had no problem eating all her lunch two hours later.Β  She cried when I collected her because she wanted to take Barney soft toy home with her. She kept saying: “Barney as well, Barney as well” πŸ™‚ .

And here she is, my little Indiana on her first day of creche:

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We celebrated that day in american style, with “Shrek” and a bowl of popcorn πŸ˜‰

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Last weekend Anabel turned four. Unfortunately, I had to work all day but we had a little private celebration in the evening. Misi surprised me with this little cake and Anabel was super excited telling us to hide and shout “Surprise!” and to sing her “Happy birthday” song. She even patiently ate all slice of her cake before demanding her present πŸ˜€ .

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We’re planning a bigger birthday celebration but rigth now we have crazy busy schedules with no days off together so it will have to wait till next week. I don’t think she’ll mind celebrating it twice,Β  anyway πŸ˜‰

And here is a cake I made really fast yesterday to bring with us to preschool today. I was looking for some castle cake ideas for a while and decided to use Louise’s idea. It’s quite simple and I love a fact that everything is edible.

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I had a chance to use my new flour sifter I treated myself to as a prize for making that wedding cake πŸ˜‰ I love it’s retro look.

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Have a great day!

Getting older is a piece of cake

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Despite of years passing by, some things stay the same πŸ˜€

Pomimo uplywu lat, pewne rzeczy sie nie zmieniaja πŸ˜€

Last weekend I celebrated my birthday. And that’s how I have only one year left with number two in front πŸ™‚ Well, they say women are most intresting after 30. Something to look forward to. Maybe I’ll know at last who I want to be when I grow up πŸ™‚ I see 30th birthday as 18th. I remember waiting for it with excitement as ifΒ  some gate to a magic world was supposed to open for me. What will next few years bring to me?

W ostatni weekend swietowalam swoje urodziny. I tak oto pozostal mi ostatni rok z dwojka z przodu πŸ™‚ Coz, ponoc kobiety sa najciekawsze wlasnie po trzydziestce. Moze wreszcie bede wiedziec kim chce zostac gdy dorosne πŸ™‚ O trzydziestce mysle troszke jak o osiemnastce. Czekalam na nia z niecierpliwoscia, jakby mialy sie dla mnie wraz z jej nadejsciem otworzyc wrota do jakiegos magicznego swiata. Co tez przyniosa mi kolejne lata?

Despite of being on Dukan diet, I decided to get wild and instead of my usual dukan’s cheesecake, which I make at least once a week.

Pomimo Dukana, postanowilam zaszalec i zamiast zwyczajowego sernika dukanowskiego, ktorego serwuje sobie przynajmniej raz w tygodniu,

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I baked a hazelnut praline cake with american frosting and I even had a little piece. My body, as a birthday gift I suppose, ignored those extra calories and is still loosing weight πŸ˜‰

upieklam torta z pralinka z orzechow laskowych oraz amerykanskim frostingiem i nawet skusilam sie na maly kawalek. Moje cialo w prezencie urodzinowym nic sobie nie zrobilo z kilku ekstra kalorii i nadal go ubywa πŸ˜‰

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Girls surprised me with two birthday cards. Daddy gave them a hand with pictures and writing but Anabel cut them out and sticked to cards. When I came back from work, she run to me shouting “Happy birthday mommy!”.

Dziewczynki zaskoczyly mnie laurkami. Wprawdzie tatus pomogl rysowac i pisac ale Anabel wycinala i przyklejala. Jak tylko wrocilam z pracy przybiegla do mnie krzyczac “Happy birthday mommy!”

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The card with a cow is from my workmates who call me “Miss perfect”. I just like when work is done properly πŸ˜›

Kartka z krowa jest od znajomych z pracy, ktorzy przezywaja mnie “Miss perfect”. Po prostu lubie, gdy wszystko jest zrobione dobrze πŸ˜›

My husband surprised me with a watch. A day earlier we had been browsing through a catalogue with Anabel and I had found that watch. So Anabel decided that that one was for me and she chose one with a pink plate for herself (for only €70). She’s got a great taste, I must admit. So when a day later Misi came back from work and pulled out of his backpack a box with my watch, Anabel jumped to his backpack looking for the watch she ha chosen. She cried all evening when she realized it wasn’t there and we just couldn’t stop laughing. Poor baby πŸ™‚

Moj maz zaskoczyl mnie zegarkiem. Dzien wczesniej przegladalysmy z Anbel katalog, w ktorym spodobal mi sie wlasnie ten zegarek. Anabel zdecydowala, ze ten jest dla mnie a dla niej jeden z rozowa tarcza, za jedyne €70. Ma niezly gust dziewczyna.Β  Gdy wiec dzien pozniej Misi po powrocie z pracy wyciagnal z plecaka pudeleczko z zegarkiem dla mnie, Anabel dorwala sie do plecaka w poszukiwaniu upatrzonego przez nia zegarka z rozowa tarcza. Nie obylo sie bez wielu krokodylich lez, podczas gdy Misi i ja nie moglismy powstrzymac sie od smiechu. Biedna malenka πŸ™‚

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From my friends I got a candle holder and a voucher to a restaurant for me and Misi. I can’t wait for this date, we go out together so seldom.

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A big surprise awaited me today when I opened the door to a postman this morning. My cousin sent me a book (my favourite present) and a charm bracelet with girls names on a silver heart. For a while now I’ve been looking for some bracelet I could wear on daily basis but I would never find a more beautifull one. I wrote about this book some time ago but I will gladly read it again. I need right now trips to warmer, nicer places πŸ™‚

Wielkim zaskoczeniem byla paczuszka z Polski, ktora otrzymalam dzis rano. Moja kuzynka wyslala mi niespodzianke z ksiazka (moj ulubiony prezent) orazΒ  branzoletka z wygraderowanymi imonami dziewczynek na niej. Od jakiegos juz czasu rozgladam sie za branzoletke ale piekniejszej bymΒ  z pewnoscia nie znalazla. O ksiazce pisalam juz wczesniej, ale z wielka checia przeczytam ponownie. Potrzeba mi teraz bardzo podrozy do cieplejszych, piekniejszych miejsc πŸ™‚

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I spoiled myself a bit as well and I bought a book by Rachel Allen. A recipe for the cake above comes from this book.I love to browse through it and plan which cake I’ll bake next. Looks like Anbel got the love for baking and books from me because when she sees me with this book, she sits next to me and chooses her birthday cake.

Ja takze troszke sie rozpieszczam z okazji urodzin i kupilam ksiazke z przepisami na ciasta Rachel Allen. To z niej wlasnie pochodzi przepis na powyzszy tort. Uwielbiam ja przegladac i planowac, ktore ciasto upieke nastepne. Anabel chyba udziela sie moja milosc do pieczenia i ksiazek kucharskich, bo siada przy mnie, pyta o kazde ciasto i wybiera torta na swoje urodziny.

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Together with Misi, we bought a present for both os us- a casserole. I’m happy as a child and I keep looking for some inspirational websites with casserole recipes. Any suggestions?

Wspolnie z Misim kupilismy takze prezent dla nas obojga- casserole. Ciesze sie z tego jak dziecko i przegladam stronki w poszukiwaniu inspiracji kulinarnych na casserole. Jakies sugestie?

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