22 November 2014

Are you still young?

What were the things that you really enjoyed doing when you were in your 20s? If you are still in your 20s, I am happy for you, keep on having fun!

Even back when I was a little girl I enjoyed dancing , reading, listening to good music, writing. Oh yes, I started with a little notebook that was my personal journal and continued through my teenage years. But as I entered adulthood and started raising a family, I was not at the center of my life anymore. There was no time for dancing, I was too careful at the sounds my little ones were doing to listen to music and I lost myself on the way. And I missed me and I still do sometimes. I knew it was wrong so little by little, I made time for writing, started dancing with my boys while listening to good music and once in a blue moon I went out to dance like a crazy woman.

There were 2 blue moons these past weeks and I had so much fun dancing at midnight, the time when I am normally sound asleep taken down by all the things I put energy into during the day. It was around midnight, that I realized, if I can still go out and dance the night away, and be so happy with it, I am still young. Sometimes I find the time to read and write too. Turns out, deep inside I am still me...

A joy a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. parenthood preview and 11 simple things to enjoy every day

4 November 2014

The little sir

I must have told you already the kind of conversations going on at dinner time. Actually there isn't just one kind, but all kinds. One day, Cristian was already at the table when Tudor joined after having washed his hands:

C: You're so cool, Tud * ! Mom, did you do that? Cristian was referring to Tudor's wet spiky hair

M: No, he did it all by himself.
C: Tudor, if you teach me I'll accept you in my band.
M: Do you have a band?
C:  Yes, a secret band.
M: What kind of band? Dancing, singing?
C: A band of cool guys who know how to make cool stuff with their hair.
T: OK, I'll teach you.

Minutes later, after drinking his milk, Tudor realises he has a milk moustache and says laughing:
T: I look like a little sir !**

A joke a day keeps the doctor away!

RO: * Ce misto esti, Tud , ** Arat ca un domnulet

P.S. when Cristian had a cool haircut and other funny stuff my boys say
P.S. just in case you're wandering, the picture shows Cristian trying to prove to Tudor that he is bigger, at breakfast one day.

2 November 2014

If I could wear anything today - Balenciaga dress

Today is Presidential Election day in Romania and I can only imagine the stir outside. Yet, since the boys are with their grandparents on vacation it's all so quiet inside. I have the luxury to read through my pile of old magazines and dream about what I will be wearing this fall. To top this, I can also hear my thoughts. It's amazing how comforting silence can be sometimes, when you most need it.

P.S. when the boys are out of town and more of day dreaming

On repeat: Röyksopp and Robyn “Monument”

Years ago, every now and then our cable provider changed the frequency of the TV channels. So I would use the searching mode of the remote control to find the new frequencies and save the TV channels, These days I feel somewhat the same. I am trying to find my frequency again and comfort myself back in sweet routine or even better break the existing routine.

Röyksopp and Robyn “Monument” is the perfect music for my searching mode, for inside carving. The song was inspired by a sculpture from artist Juliana Cerqueira Leite, which gave Robyn a "physical experience of what it's like to define yourself or stand for something or figure out who you are."

Do you know who you are and where are you going to? Just like the song says, in the end, the only thing that matters is being able to say :" I did it all with love".

A song a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. more songs for your listening pleasure

26 October 2014

Let it snow!

As opposed to our normal grayish "behind the blocks" scenery, this morning our window overlooked a beautiful powdery white setting. The kids were crazy happy as I was too. They really couldn't wait to go out, ever since they woke up this morning. And since it was too early for us to enjoy the snow outside, we brought some inside, before breakfast. Cristian did some experiments with snow and water and a little bit later we were out in the snow.

A weekend ago, who knew snow was just around the corner?!

A snow fun a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. Snow at 1800m and how to have indoors fun with kids how little they were when it snowed for the first time last year.

Autumn or winter '14?

The first snow came one month earlier this year. I don't know about you, but in our family this calls for a celebration. And what better way to have fun with snow than making the first 2014 snowman. I hope many will follow.

P.S. the first snow of  '13 and how we had fun then.

A snowman a day keeps the doctor away!

23 October 2014

My bucket list

When you're not thinking about saving the world or any other grand gestures, what are the silly little things you dream about doing in this lifetime?

Here is my current list:
  • a place to read by the window and a nice view to go with it. I temporarily had one at Arsenal Park overlooking the woods and I enjoyed it a lot (the picture above was taken there). This is something I've been dreaming about for a long time now;
  • a hot air balloon short trip;
  • see the fireworks on New Year's Eve in Sidney, or wherever the biggest fireworks show is;
  • a high quality bag (to be read designer's bag, but I didn't want it to sound as snobbish as it is);
  • a tandem sky gliding adventure ( I already had the tandem parachute experience and it was some of the best 5 minutes of my life). 
A dream a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. the nicest compliment from Cristian and 5 tips to feel better every day

20 October 2014

If I could wear anything today - makeup

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There's a time when you get out of the bed and leave home without even combing your hair. It's that time when effortlessly chic really is effortlessly. Going on 35, I feel I need a little bit of makeup in my life. The look above is really great and I would certainly wear it to a party. Now I need to figure out what to wear everyday to look effortlessly pretty. It's a work in progress but at least I started it with a blush and switched from gloss to lipstick...

So you, makeup savvy girls, do you have any advice for me?

P.S. a nice hair do and a spectacular skirt

18 October 2014

Amidst the trees in Herastrau Park

Fortunately, I didn't let a few rain drops intimidate me this morning so we spent a lovely day in Herastrau Park today. While Tudor adorned himself with a lot of stickers before we left home, nature was all dressed up with its spectacular fall costume. The boys picked acorns and chestnuts, chased squirrels, climbed the trees, ate and played some more...

It was the best autumn day of this year so far, still we have plenty more weekends to enjoy. And that we will certainly do.

A park a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. the best place for people watching and another perfect day at Carol Park

10 October 2014

It's OK - to have a crappy day

Today, at 9 p.m. I was so full of guilt I could explode. Of course I should spare you the details but "it's my blog and I cry if I want to". In no particular order here are some of the things I was feeling guilty about:
  • not anticipating some technical problems at work;
  • the fact that I was still working when I should have put the kids to bed;
  • my boys not listening when I told them to start their bedtime routine;
  • my weight, or my lack of ambition when it comes to loosing weight;
  • the tantrums Tudor keeps throwing, because I know he just tries to tell me something, and it's not good;
  • not getting enough sleep;
  • being on the run all day;
  • not getting enough time to read lots of bedtime stories to my kids;

At first I gave up, put myself to bed for one minute, telling kids they are on their own and they should just manage. Little by little things were getting better:
  • kids said sorry;
  • my hubby hugged me and helped with the kids;
  • I hold both Tudor and Cristian in my arms when reading the stories;
  • I put them to sleep while running my fingers through their hair. Tudor told me I should never stop.
  • I received a nice thank you note, work related.
  • I took the time to write a little (this post).
Days like these 2 things may help:

1. A checklist to see how lucky you are
  • Are you dying, to your knowledge, in the near future? This article is so touching and definitely worth reading.
  • Is your close family fairly healthy?
  • Do you live on the streets?
  • Do you have food to put on the table?
If your answers are: no, yes, no, yes, you should feel lucky.

2. Reaching out for love. Get ( free ) hugs, caress somebody to sleep, or whatever form of giving and receiving love you prefer.

I do realize this post is not "pink". Life can feel less "pink" sometime, even when you have more than you ever wished for. Tomorrow is another day, and chances are it will get better.

Forgive yourself ! I almost did it, too :)

A forgiveness a day keeps the psychiatrist away! :)

P.S. 12 things I need to be happy and It's about the gap