Sunday, June 28, 2015

Insta-moments

     This month went by crazy fast... I barely got a chance to catch a breath. But we have been enjoying the cooler weather, meeting all of our family and friends, traveling around...  We took advantage and tried to walk as much as possible. Admired all the greenery. Got baby's first bathing suit. Had a lot of ice cream. Spend some good time with our friends. Went to the wedding in a gorgeous location.  Visited Berlin. Went to the zoo. AC/DC concert... Just awesome time so far!

















Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Memories



     This corner of the street, this unfinished house, the painted plum trees, the same bench as ever... All the memories from long ago... Part of my childhood, some of the happiest days, some confusing, always ending with smiles and giggles and plans for new, greater adventures...

     These are the first things that came to mind when I saw this picture. It was taken in Sebis, a small town not far from Arad. The hometown of my father and his side of the family, where I have spent many summer vacations, playing with my cousins, running up and down the hill, breathing fresh pine-scented air, enjoying seasonal activities and making happy games out of everything.

      We used to walk across the hill to go check on the horses, go by carriage to help out in the field, go mushroom picking in the forest, flower picking, berry picking, hazelnut picking, linden picking or whatever else was in season-picking. We used to go bicycling, swimming at the river, play in the mud, play tricks with cards, cheat on team games, make up stories, listen to music recorded on tape, have dance parties and make the corridors our private catwalk shows, watch cool movies on German television (Hello Van Damme), eat freshly baked bread, ice cream cones or sunflower seeds up until midnight, go to the town disco, meeting friends.

     We used to be outside a lot, no matter the weather,  went ice-skating on the frozen river in winter,  snow sledding, relishing the beautiful scenery, went Christmas caroling and ate all the candies off the Christmas tree.

      Some of the things I remember are not even complete in my head, just feelings and snaps of things I am not even sure really happened sometimes or if I only dreamed... The joy and freedom, lack of pressure of any kind, only childhood. A lot of small experiences that helped me know the world around me and different people. Learning to ride a bike, first crushes, holding hands, cold feet touching under the blanket, stealing my aunts cake, before it was time to eat it, lots of sunshine.

      I wish I could have found a way to keep all of these things on record, but unfortunately I wasn't the most disciplined about keeping journals of any kind and photography was quite a rare occurrence in that time, reserved mainly for birthdays, special guest visits or the important holidays.

      And then I wish I could offer some of these experiences to my own daughter. I desperately want her to grow knowing how to be a child, allowing herself to fool around and not feel any pressure from this crazy paced society we live in... No matter how her life will unfold, I will definitely make sure to be there and record it all in some way. Like this blog. That is what it is actually. It doesn't have to be popular or reach thousands of views per month. As long as it keeps some of our memories and some of the images that go along with them. That is what it's for.
     

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Baby's first celebration

     Believe it or not, I am not done with our Europe pictures from April. We are actually getting ready to fly back tomorrow, but I still have some pictures to share from before. Bad mommy blogger...  :D

     It's been really hard for me to keep up, not necessarily from lack of time, but more like lack of inspiration and the right mood.

     When we were back home, I planned a little 'meet baby Nalia' gathering with some of my old friends. I had a lot of help from my kind friend Lidia, who did a great job organizing and helping me with all the decorations, flowers, cake, etc. It was the first party ever for our Nalia, so I wanted to do something cute for her. I got stuck on a sheep theme, yellow and white colors, that I found on Pinterest and went with it all the way. Everything turned out better than I imagined. I was so happy to meet all of my friends, although it felt a little weird here and there, this new mix of friends with kids vs. friends without. I found it interesting to try to keep the conversation appropriate for both sides.  (let's be honest, when you're a parent it's incredibly hard to steer clear of the poopy talk  :D ).

      Baby Nalia wasn't very impressed with the whole arrangement and preferred to stay cosy in grandma's arms...

      We also had a looooot of pictures taken by Blanche&Bogdan Photography, but Nalia was not much into that either...  Still I think she looks adorable!





















Monday, June 1, 2015

This month...


 I will:
  • print out and sort Photos for our albums
  • buy a cool pair of jeans 
  • Bon Jovi concert tickets
  • work out
  • go to a spa
  • travel to Munich
  • take more pictures
  • make more videos
  • meet friends and family
  • try new cafes and restaurants in Munich
  • go for a picnic/BBQ
  • use the Ergo with baby
  • enjoy the wedding in June
  • find a dress to wear at the wedding in July
  • eat ice-cream  :)
  • post regularly on the blog
  • keep taking baby's picture each week
  • visit Berlin
  • go to AC/DC concert
  • travel to Arad
  • go to the market
  • walk everywhere 
  • go to the cinema
  • plan for future vacations
  • enjoy the wonderful summer weather

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