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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 Β 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 πŸ˜‰ ).

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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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May bake off

Our May calendar is full of birthdays. Every weekend we celebrate with one of our friends. Girls are thrilled, they’re such party animals πŸ™‚ . And naturally birthdays mean cakes. Every week of this month I had to bake a cake, sometimes even two, but I really really loved making each and every one of them. They were quite challenging but the bigger the challenge, the bigger satisfaction πŸ˜‰ .

Ok, this one isn’t technically from May but since I’m showing off and I haven’t published it here yet, then why not. It was made for my friends little girl for her second birthday.

Nasz majowy kalendarz obfituje w urodziny. Co tydzien swietujemy z ktoryms z naszych przyjaciol. Dziewczynki sa w swoim zywiole, takie z nich imprezowiczki πŸ™‚ . Naturalnie urodziny znaczy torty. W tym miesiacu co tydzien pieke torta a nawet dwa ale kazdy z nich przyniosl mi tyle radosci. Niektore byly wyzwaniem ale im wiekszy trud, tym wieksza satysfakcja πŸ˜‰ .Β 

Ten tort nie jest technicznie rzecz biorac z maja ale skoro juz sie chwale πŸ˜€ .Byl zrobiony na drugie urodziny mojej przyjaciolki coreczki.Β 

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I have this friend, Agnieszka, who was one of the first people I met here, in Limerick. And then we both got married same October, we were pregnant with our first daughters and then with our sons at the same time. I treat her children like my niece and nephew and love those little sweeties to bits. So I was super happy to make a birthday cake for Amelka this year. She asked for fishes and she seemed pleased with the result.

Mam przyjaciolke, Agnieszke, ktora byla jedna z pierwszych osob poznanych tu, w Limerick. I obie pobralysmy sie w pazdzierniku tego samego roku, obie bylysmy w tym samym czasie w ciazy z pierwszymi coreczkami a potem synkami. Jej coreczke i synka traktuje jak siostrzencow i kocham nad zycie. Gdy wiec przyszlo mi zrobic tort z rybkami dla Amelki, bylam bardzo podekscytowana.Β 

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Colorful puppies saving people in danger? That show had to be a hit. We watch it every day and even Misike watches hypnotized. So when I got an order for this one, I couldn’t wait to get to work. But it turned out to be the most “painful” cake of the month and I’m not completely satisfied with results. I need much more practice with frozen buttercream transfers.

Kolorowe psiaki ratujace z opresji? Ta bajka musiala stac sie hitem. My ogladamy ja codziennie i nawet Misike patrzy zahipnotyzowany. Gdy wiec dostalam zamowienie na tort z psim patrolem, nie moglam sie doczekac by zabrac sie do roboty. Jednak ten tort okazal sie najbardziej “bolesnym” w tym miesiacu i nie jestem do konca zadowolona z rezultatu. Moje transfery z masy cukrowej wymagaja jeszcze wiele praktyki.

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My friend Ela, also celebrated this month and boy, did I straggle to find a perfect present for her. Apart from her children and helping people, that girl does not have other hobbies. She doesn’t drink alcohol or coffee, is not into make up and hardly ever wears jewelry. But she does love sweets. So I knew that if my present would not make her happy, a cake would. Well, I was right πŸ˜€ .

Rowniez moja przyjaciolka, Ela, swietowala w tym miesiacu i ludzie, jak ja sie nameczylam ze znalezieniem idealnego prezentu. Poza swoimi dziecmi i pomaganiem innym, ta dziewczyna nie ma innych zainteresowan. Nie pije alkoholu ani kawy, nie czyta, nie interesuje sie makijazem, i rzadko nosi bizuterie. Ale uwielbia slodycze. Wiedzialam wiec, ze jesli nie trafie z prezentem, ten tort uratuje sytuacje πŸ˜€ .Β 

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The last cake I made was for a 1 year old baby Olaf whose birthday we celebrated just yesterday. I can’t get over a fact what a good baby he is, just sitting and smiling most of the time. Happy birthday Olaf!

Ostatniego torta upieklam dla jednorocznego Olafa, ktorego urodziny swietowalismy zaledwie wczoraj. Nie moge sie nadziwic jakim dobrym szkrabem jest ten chlopczyk, tylko siedzi i sie usmiecha. Sto lat Olaf!

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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Al fresco

Al fresco, the way I like it most. And a special occasion too because it was Misi’s birthday. He’s closer to forty than thirty now. Β There were few of our favourite people, beautiful weather, lots of delicious food and great fun. Everybody tried fortune cookies, men undertook barbecuing, women sipped sangria and children ingurgitated big amounts of eclairs.

Al fresco, czyli tak, jak lubie najbardziej. A i okazja specjalna bo Misiego urodziny. Juz mu blizej czterdziestki niz trzydziestki. Bylo kilku naszych ulubionych ludzi, piekna pogoda, duzo pysznego jedzenia i swietnej zabawy. Wszyscy sprobowali ciasteczka z wrozba, mezczyzni wzieli na siebie grilowanie, kobiety chlodzily sie sangria a dzieci pochlanialy ptysie.Β 

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Luckily, “too many cooks spoil the broth” didn’t stack up.

Powiedzenie “gdzie kucharek szesc…” tym razem sie nie sprawdzilo πŸ™‚

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The biggest attraction of the day was “sly fox”. They gain years but daddies do stay young in spirit πŸ˜€ .

Ale najwiekszym hitem dnia byla zabawa baba jaga patrzy. Moze i lat przybywa ale tatusiowie jeszcze bardzo mlodzi duchem πŸ˜€

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!