Saturday, December 1, 2018

This month...



* successfully travel to Romania with both girls ;)
* learn how to play
* read
* dye my hair
* write all the blog posts I wanted to, but never did
* show gratefulness 
* plan festive dinner with friends
* go to the cinema
* eat better
* start going to the gym
* have a photoshoot
* organize iPhone photos
* print pictures
* take more pictures and videos
* work on being  a better parent
* use essential oils
* spend quality time with my mom
* show Nalia more Romanian traditions
* get a Christmas tree
* decorate for Christmas
* wrap Christmas gifts
* bake with Nalia
* donate 
* listen to Christmas music / teach Nalia a Christmas carol 
* plan Nalia's birthday party
* go to Christmas events
* Watch a Christmas movie
* walk outside in the fresh air
* pray for snow
* build a snowman
* try a new restaurant
* play board games
* be more patient
* be more kind
* be more positive
* plan for the new year

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Family fall bucketlist


     Making list is always at the top of my list... (see what I did there?). And before you ask, yes i am one of those people that like to write stuff down just so they have something to check off...

      Since having kids, but especially since Nalia is old enough to truly grasp the magic of every season, I've wanted to create more memories together and teach her as much as possible through play. I've been struggling to connect with her in various activities. Lately the only place we see eye to eye is sharing crayons and a colouring book... Or in the kitchen, in the few minutes she wants to 'help out' before she decides she's bored and leaves me hanging with a few extra messes to clean up. I  wish to make things as much fun as possible for her and sometimes I'm afraid I am not doing a very good job at that...  Especially now that my hands are full with our little one and Nalia's entire world is upside down, I want to be able to give her more quality in our time spent together.

     Enter the Fall Bucket List!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Taking stock 13




      I haven't done one of these in about a million years, but i'm happy to be posting on my blog anyway, so this is where it's at!  :)

      I can't really say what made me lose interest in my online space, but it certainly made me feel somewhat guilty that I couldn't keep up. It may be the fact that, as many other people, I too have turned to Instagram more and more. It made it impossible to follow all the accounts I enjoy following over there, posting for my own account and make extra time to return my attention to the blog.

      It may also be the fact that I am a bit frustrated with the 'looks' of my page. It remained only half done and I can't say I'm excited to be here as it is.  Or the plain fact that I simply do not have time to pull out my big girl camera and document our everyday enough to provide me with material to post.

     One thing that I kinda left out of sight is the fact that in this over-cosmetised world of social media, I do keep this space for myself. That should be all the motivation I need to keep posting. It should remain a timeline of our everyday lives together that I can look back upon, regardless of how  'perfect'  everything looks. It should continue to be about my memories and the thoughts I feel like letting out into the Universe...

    But let's go back to the stock... here's how I've been feeling lately:


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Our maternity photoshoot


     Back in June, we had an awesome maternity photoshoot with a very talented photographer from my hometown of Arad. We have previously done a studio session with Bianca Unc and were thrilled that despite her busy schedule, we managed to make it happen. After brainstorming locations and worrying about the rainy weather, we decided, what better or more meaningful place to have it in than near our home and in my mother's garden. Said and done and I could not have been happier with the outcome. We had prepared some cupcake props by the very talented Moni and my friend and extraordinary do-it-all Bianca Morariu provided us with beautiful helium balloons and it brought everything together so nicely!

     Getting Nalia in the photo-shoot mood wasn't short of challenging, but Bianca captured the best of us as a soon to be family of 4...

Friday, November 2, 2018

This month...


I will:

* write more
* eat better / meal plan
* plan a photoshoot in Romania
* organize iPhone photos
* read
* stay positive
* be a better parent
* keep Nalia healthy
* get Romanian birth certificate for baby
* go outside more
* try out kids spaces in Munich
* plan  our vacation for next year
* spend wisely
* find a better family routine
* do more homeschooling activities
* apply for state kindergarten
* use essential oils 
* take more pictures and videos
* host a 'Friendsgving' dinner
* waste less (food, plastic,etc.)
* plan Christmas gifts
* plan a Christmas dinner with friends in Romania
* go to the dentist
* prepare application for Hebammen Berufsschule 
* get a projector
* offer more support to my husband
* use our time more efficiently


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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

This month


I will:

* sort out this blog
* write about my experiences
* make a fall bucket list and start checking it off 
* have a newborn photoshoot
* put up prints on the walls
* meal plan 
* go to Oktoberfest 
* listen to music
* continue teaching Nalia
* play more
* start moving
* plan our vacation in 2019
* make apple pie
* play board games
* take a walk at the Isar 
* collect 'treasures' with Nalia 
* massive Instagram feed clean-up
* clear iPhone photos
* make more family videos
* dye my own hair
* keep Nalia healthy
* eat better
* take more pictures
* read
* watch documentaries
* paint something
* get a back massage (or 3!)
* get Romanian birth certificate for Leah Sara



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Saturday, September 1, 2018

This month...

I will:

* HAVE A BABY!
* book a newborn photoshoot
* post on blog
* take more pictures
* finish up house
* put up prints
* buy flowers
* make a fall bucket list
* fix iPhone screen
* organize pantry items
* listen to more music
* ballet classes for Nalia
* read
* massive instagram feed clean-up
* make Nalia comfortable at Kindergarten drop-off
* recover after birth 
* attend social media events
* get a haircut
* haircut for Nalia
* meal plan
* homeschool activities
* get stroller from Abu Dhabi
* try new places in Munich
* learn more about house plants
* buy new lipstick
* buy a new coat
* repot plants
* go to Oktoberfest
* meet the girls 
* dentist appointment
* dentist appointment for Nalia
* buy a dirndl for Nalia


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

This month...


I will:

* go to the zoo
* take vitamins
* buy stroller and car seat for baby
* have a date night
* do something nice for Maruan's birthday
* get him a meaningful gift
* take more pictures
* post on blog
* install art prints on our wall
* bake with Nalia
* order kitchen drawers
* meal plan
* start kindergarten
* read
* eliminate impulse buys
* waste less ( water, food, plastic, supplies)
* rest more
* have a picnic by the Isar
* meet someone new
* prepare for birth
* have a girl's date
* eat better / cook more at home
* do and document homeschool activities
* create better content
* finish up organising the apartment

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

This month...




I will:

* drive back to Munich
* learn to take care of plants
* register Nalia in Kindergarten
* take vitamins
* go to the zoo
* find ballet class for Nalia
* do and document homeschool activities
* buy a crib and stroller for baby
* finish organising our home
* have a picnic
* finish reading 2 books
* install art and prints on our walls
* print out photos for our albums
* post on the blog + refresh blog look
* go to a Flohmarkt
* bake a cake
* order kitchen drawers
* grow something with Nalia
* try new recipes together
* prepare for Kindergarten
* visit a farm
* go to a lake
* lern to declutter
* use / keep a planner
* be more accountable for the food we buy
* waste less (water, food, plastic, supplies)
* meal plan
* try to eliminate impulse buys
* have a girl's night


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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Bachelorette weekend


     Oh...these beautiful girls of mine... I never get enough of time spent with them! They are the best! Conversations are always flowing, they always have smart, insightful things to say and we laugh...man, do we laugh so hard! :D

Friday, June 8, 2018

Life in the countryside

   
     I have previously spoken about the joys of visiting the countryside in Bayern and here's another one of those joyful occasions. It has been a while since we managed to visit our relatives. With our move and travels and fixing up our new place, plus getting re-aquainted with the beautiful city of Munich, we just could not find the opportunity to go. Until we did.

Fears



     Some time back, after a conversation with my friends about our fears and each of them admitting to be afraid of heights, deep water, airplanes, spiders or crowded spaces... I thought... hmmm... This isn't anything I fear. I think I have a very healthy stance when it comes to fearing my own death as in... I never ever think about it, I have no control over it once or ever, hence, I have no fear of things which may cause it...

      But here's something I do fear.

Friday, June 1, 2018

This month



I will:

* finish organising our closet
* donate clothes
* listen to new music
* go to the pool
* find an Airbnb for our trip to Köln 
* sell our extra Beyonce tickets
* travel to Romania
* find a kindergarten for Nalia
* get car maintenance
* take more pictures
* make regular posts on the blog
* clean up / organise photos on the phone
* eat healthy
* take vitamins
* find new age-appropriate activities for Nalia
* use film camera
* take things slow
* attend a beautiful wedding in Romania
* get a professional make-up
* eat ice cream
* stay positive
* go to the cinema
* spend time outside
* visit friends
* get a  mani/pedi
* go to the seaside
* have a photoshoot

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

This month...



I will:

* return my attention to this blog
* refresh the look of the blog
* make regular posts to keep up with our everyday life
* add finishing touches to our new apartment 
* find german language classes for Nalia
* have a picnic
* take more pictures
* clean-up / organise phone
* sell our extra Beyonce concert tickets 
* visit the kids art centre
* check out cafe bambini 
* meal plan
* keep our finances in check
* plan a photoshoot
* plan for our trip to Romania
* take Nalia to a kids show
* complete an Instagram challenge
* host a girls night dinner
* spend as much time outside as possible
* learn something new
* read
* pick some lilac
* discover the surroundings of Munich 

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

This month...



I will:
* read 
* gather montessori ideas and supplies
* have regular daily activities with Nalia
* install light fixtures
* organize our clothes
* paint the blue wall
* organize bathroom
* change desk for a smaller one
* clear out all boxes from Abu Dhabi
* go to the zoo
* take more pictures
* post on blog
* print our pictures
* install prints on walls
* meal plan
* try to reduce plastic waste
* have brunch at our place with friends
* travel to Abu Dhabi 
* meet our friends
* go to the beach
* go shopping
* visit the Louvre
* spend time in the sun
* visit our favourite spots in Abu Dhabi


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Winter photo shoot

     Before winter ends all together I would like to share some of the pictures we took back in January  around Nalia's birthday. She turned 3 and we haven't had proper pictures taken pretty much since she was a newborn, so we went for it. I was really happy that one of the best photographers in my hometown had time to squeeze us in for a one hour session. I couldn't believe how much Nalia enjoyed it too and was so patient and natural all the way to the end. I was happy with the result and so excited to have some new pictures for our family album!



Saturday, March 3, 2018

This month...


I will:
* move in to our apartment (finally!)
* watch our budget for home 
* buy a couch
* paint the wall
* install our light fixtures
* paint the main door
* find a kindergarten for Nalia
* play more
* have my mom visit 
* eat well
* take vitamins
* buy more plants
* read
* take more baths
* grab the camera and take more pictures
* post on blog
* decorate for Easter
* get a new wallet
* be more organised and focused
* buy flowers
* go to the cinema




Monday, January 1, 2018

This month...


 I will:

* have our pictures taken
* work out
* visit Oradea
* visit train station
* have dinner in a nice restaurant
* buy a new coat/jacket
* celebrate Nalia's birthday
* make a plan for the new year
* stay hydrated 
* eat smarter
* take vitamins
* watch a documentary
* take better pictures
* travel back to Munich
* search and find a home
* search and find a kindergarten
* start homeschooling activities 
* read parenting books (!)
* find a good gym in Munich
* stay organised
* deal with relocation bureaucracy
* re-launch my blog
* make a proper blog-posting schedule
* find deals for house furniture and appliances
* listen to new music
* meet our friends
* make short trips around Munich
* find a good beauty salon 
* play more

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2018


      Oh my... It sure has been a while since I sat down to write a thought or two on this blog. I feel a bit guilty for not keeping up with it the past year, but in the same time I am giving myself some understanding. I got bored. I was not in the mood. I stopped using my camera. I had no time. I wasn't in the right state of mind. I was insecure. 

     I had no intention of stopping altogether, but the thought did cross my mind once or twice...  Or maybe not stop, but try something new. A fresh start. Then I kept going back and forth and ended up staying in the same spot. Still a bit unsure how this will go, but one thing is certain. I want to continue documenting our journey one way or another. Maybe I'll just spruce up the space and continue. Maybe I'll give it a new face and a new direction. I wish I could take it more seriously and be more straightforward in my posts. I definitely feel I can share ideas and some of the things I know. I can be interesting!

    At the moment I am sitting in my mother's den after a day of snoozing and mostly just switching horizontal positions... oh and we are still on a 'eating for fun' kind of state so that is still going on. I will probably hate myself at the next gym session. 

     The first day of 2018. It never ceases to feel like a fresh start no matter what the grinches of the world are saying. The 1st of January is never 'any other day'. It feels like you owe it to yourself to contemplate and reprogram. To set those new goals to chase for an entire 365 days. I am doing quite well with our tradition of writing down our goals and scratching them off at the end of each year. For me it's important to keep the goals specific, even if that means writing down smaller tasks. still, the sense of accomplishment when we manage to tick them off makes me feel 100%, so why not??! 

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