TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF A WINDY SEASON

Tuesday, September 9

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This video was made for a number of reasons and visiting the chocolate shop was or wasn't the most important of them (I still haven't decided). This is where all my sweet dreams come true. There is plenty of magic about this town, the lack of good weather didn't need to constrain our creativity so here it is, a lot of fun in less then three minutes. Enjoy each French verse too. xx 

Music: Zaz On Ira

ARE WE SCHOOL READY, MAMA? HELPING CHILDREN STARTING SCHOOL

Sunday, September 7

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Wasn't it a great summer? How was it for you, friends? I still haven't posted a ton of photos from our holiday yet there are new ideas awaiting, deadlines approaching and school starts up for us here in over a week. As we've been counting objects and learning the alphabet, I'll leave you with a list of school essentials. Our one and only version. x    

Artist. Every artist is most pleased when given generous amounts of supplies they can work on with the skills they posses and the excitement it will produce. Not to mention a great piece of art as a result. Using scissors independently, gluing, holding a pencil... those are the skills we’ve worked on since the last diaper change.
Ballerina. We’re not giving up on those pink tutus anytime soon! In fact I have been checking lots of ballet schools in our area to compare their achievements, confirm availability and as long as there is a picture of happiness on Nadia’s face before heading to class, we sure gonna stick to swishing and pirouetting. And I’ll look forward to sharing it.
Curious plate. Between getting to know each other and trying to focus on what teachers say there will be time of a great consternation what the plates represent. Trying to find a comfortable way of encouraging this little girl to taste new things at snack times I’ll stick to what our kitchen offers with variations according to seasons and Nadia's suggestions.
Dress me pink. Not a chance at this time but we may smuggle a little hair pin or an ear stud undetectably some mornings. Technically Nadia is able to dress and undress herself but making sure it doesn’t give her unnecessary headache while doing it on her own, Velcro straps and easy to open and close snaps are a heaven sent helping children with their first steps into independence.
Energetic. It is understatement. I’ve been noticing all the special things about Nadia and the amount of energy that gets distributed (not that all evenly) throughout the day. There are new and old fascinations taking over, she insists on constant motion. More wheels, louder squealing, yes we'll continue moving forward. 

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First day. Before and after the big day I am sure to steal as many kisses from this girl as I can. She’ll know where to find her favourite toy and a drink, who her teachers are. We’ll even try to look out for her kindergarten friend, Edward to go through the school gate together with lunch boxes in their fists.   
Games. It’s still all fun and games at this stage and believe me I’m dealing with an expert in this matter. Such a great surprise, these days we like to frisk on the sofa, tickle each other and giggle with delight. I thought those days of carefree frolicking are far beyond us and only associated with a milk and powder smelling baby. But I will always be up for our playtimes and look forward to them daily!
Holiday. As it came and went, it will come back and go again. Half terms, holidays, weekends and evenings promise plenty to be excited about.  
Ideas. They're more like our playtimes except even more awesome. And I'm content to watch whatever Nadia likes to come up with. 
Just your name. Writing, recognizing it has Nadia pretty excited. I bet finding it all over her school uniform will get her more than happy. What wonderful moments those little nametags will share with her. 
Kindergarten friends. They know you better than any review that gets sent to a big school. They may have strong opinions and nicer toys but they are your first friends and you want to have them (or some of them) in your life. I understand.
Lessons. Those in English and in patience. In sitting still and running erratically. Lessons of self-sufficiency and when to ask for help. Mastering basic skills of blowing own nose and drying hands using less than half a paper towel dispenser.
Mornings. Not a good idea to interrupt a child savouring the last moments of her sleep. Gently rubbing her back or planting a soft kiss on her forehead does the trick and here she is running straight into the kitchen. Practicing our morning routine is more like accomplishing a little with a great amount of fun. It is crucial though to know what needs to be done and who does what in certain time. We opt for a lot of joy out of a tad stressful situation.

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Night owls. Our days are mostly full of whatever we want to do that time and sometimes, you know those days tend to be very long as we're quite laid back about going to bed times. This muffin definitely belongs to an owl family. Wish us luck as we attempt to create an evening routine. Key word: attempt.  
Old toys. We try to rotate Nadia’s toys pretty regularly, some of them have been hidden from sight for nearly a lifetime, sure this time more space will be dedicated to exercise books and sharp ended pencils. Fancy dresses will give way to school uniform but there will always be bunch of favourite plush limbs allowed. And that’s just how it should be, you know.
Pretty please. And a thank you and good bye. Being able to talk to adults and ask questions on events happens slowly for this lady. She is an observant child, a one that will wait her turn and get what she’s given. It makes me worry and it makes me appreciate my child with her unique personality. The years that have gone by were preparation for this moment, any moment that she will dig from the chest of skills and experiences without me noticing. I am hopeful and I am proud.    
Roast chicken. Or any other healthy and nutritious meal will make me feel useful again. It’s not a  secret that Damian’s cooking is our everything. Yet with more time on my hands I’m eager to show off my cooking skills, not to say that I have it all figured out but if ingredients cooperate we’re on the right path.
Stories. I have a feeling princesses are very essential in a little girl's life. So are superheros. It's rather cool living with them under one roof. 
Television. There is a lot that goes on between eating and playing and scrapping elbows. We watch cartoons and children’s movies, we laugh at those surreal concepts. Though with all those box office hits, there has been a lot of cuddling. That is good.
U and me. Joining in with activities, taking turns and sharing with peers, those are very good combinations. 
Wild numbers. No educational journey is complete without knowing your age, your best friend's age or the amount of jelly beans you can eat before breakfast. The same goes with recognizing your name, writing it in as many variations as possible and telling everyone about it in more detail they’re ready for.
Years. Of hair brushed neatly, walking hand in hand to the school gate, greeting her again and burying my face in sweet unkempt hair. 
Zzz.

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LUSTING OVER THE LAST OF THE SEASON. DAILY.

Monday, September 1

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ESPRIT, Boden, Next and H&M of course
When I convince myself there is actually a need for new fabrics in my life, I double up the fun and shop for us girls together. As Nadia's basics need regular updating we only splurge on a few pieces that are an outfit's game changer and crowns definitely belong among those components. I on the other hand opted for a lot of beloved suede (not pictured but super excited to get them unpacked and loved) however now and again I like to shake things up and try new styles (hello denim shirt!), put new brands on my radar (oh hi, Lands' End), think differently about things I already posses. At least that is my plan for now. So going with as many cooler tones as we possibly can we're hanging on to the last summer vibes in ripped jeans, crispy white embroidered shirts and a lot of cat motifs. May the sales gods be with you. xx  

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FIVE OFF THE TOP OF MY EVER EXPANDING SHELF

Wednesday, August 27

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Wearing Rimmel Rouge a Levres Rossetto in Diva Red

As you probably know by now I have this thing for eye enhancers, directly speaking: mascaras, eyeliners, cheap or fancy eye shadows. But lipstick? A Cinderella of my beauty bag, neglected, pushed and shoved. But sometimes my glamorous side takes over and comes out in frivolous amounts of glossy. Or matte. This summer I've splurged on five different shades not steering away too much from a girly pink because if you're just starting up, don't back off of what works. Sooo the devil red... suddenly my features came alive! I loved it, especially when paired with denim jeans, nice pair of heels and a high ponytail. Am I getting too carried away?  

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Wearing Body Shop Colour Crush Shine in Fuchsia Flirt (No 15)
One of the favourites - however subtle that may look it feels way more sumptuous in person and adds an extra spot of warmth to my skin. With a lot more blusher on my cheeks I'd feel 25 again! 

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Wearing MAC Lustre in Syrup
Not too sure at first about this one, I nervously agreed to have it applied at the store - darker than natural colour of my lips immediately put them more in focus. A little more defined but still not shouting crazily like hot fuchsia or fiery red.

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Wearing Body Shop Colour Crush Shine in Poppy the Question (No 12)
A lot more shiny than the devil red one above kind of warms up my face making it look more lively and flirty. Not skipping the hot blusher which takes my makeup from being OK to much more appealing.  

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Wearing Primark P.S. Love...
Clearly nobody guessed but the juiciest, overwhelmingly exciting of all was my cheapish Primark find. It gets a lot of use, I have a habit of reapplying its soft texture alarmingly often. It stays on even when wiped off. It's about time to stock on it or wait for something better.


So far Nadia's seemed unconcerned with any of it. xx

THINGS SWIRLING AROUND IN MY HEAD

Monday, August 25

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I recall exclaiming many truths since becoming an expat, one being a longtime saying that my heart has been happily divided. Not broken to pieces or replaced by new fragments but existing peacefully in two different spheres containing important portions of my life. Like enjoying morning piece of toast topped with the sweetest organically made jam sitting next to a lemon tea unthinkable in British milky tea loving households. Or laughing hysterically at occasions teeming with situations where telling if it is banter meaning no harm or a serious conversation not particularly funny to fellow foreigner onlookers is hard to distinguish (I once posted an old photo of me sporting long locks on Facebook saying I missed my long hair and got a response from my English friend advising me that I could get wigs on the NHS if I wanted. Yes, we still speak to each other). I secretly love it - it's the best reminder I'm doing all right in both places, still finding myself excited, bundled with thousand feelings popping up on a daily basis. 

But this time it was different. The more we soaked in every minute of every day with uncontrolled bursts of laughter from our curious child, the closer we were to the idea of moving back to where we used to belong. One of the absolute best things about this trip was having everybody at arm's reach, a phone call away, streetcar ride ahead giving Nadia enough attention to fill the entire city. Not only that has turned my eye towards the streets we used to roam unemployed but happy - there are copious amounts of new buildings growing, near and far districts get much needed makeover from people living in their quarters, tenement houses shout with comparable in prices offers. Or is it just my vivid imagination playing tricks on me, making me believe that we're able to start over and be successful on a well-known soil? I didn't expect that it would be this hard. To feel homesick with every cell of my body. Seeing all the photos taken on our recent holiday doesn't help to ease my crazy emotions, this topic will definitely spark some serious conversations or will simply fade away amongst everyday chores and duties. Time will tell.              

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►►► We spent a lot of time traveling. I could get used to it. Also can you see how pink I am? Me and the summer sun were always aiming for different looks.
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