20 July 2016

My summer one-of-a-kind bag

Saying I like bags is an understatement. Saying I love bags is more accurate, however I try to keep my obsessions private. I take pride for my choice in bags as I am very picky and precise . The problem is I end up craving bags way out of my league. And I am normally left unsettled. Except this spring when I had this $1000 idea.

This wonderful MaxMara bag was all over women magazines. One day, between my sighs, I came up with a plan: buy a simple white bag (I chose one from Parfois) and have someone talented paint the seagulls. Weeks away, I own my custom made dream bag that costs 50 times less than the MaxMara one. 

Thanks a lot, Antonia, for painting it! I already have another idea for the fall-winter season, just saying.

A bag a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. how I name my bags for creative reasons, my favorite bags in 2015

16 July 2016

Fratii Jderi II: the cutest dogs

When I heard there were 4 dogs running freely at Fratii Jderi I wandered how they would get along with kids. Not mine, because they have been living with a dog their entire life. Turns out they are the most adorable, kind, playful dogs I ever met. They also came and bag for food while we were eating, which they were not allowed to do, but who could blame them?! 

I don't know how happy the dogs were during play but look at these kiddos' faces:

A dog a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. Fratii Jderi part 1

13 July 2016

Summer of '16: Fratii Jderi

Last week was full of wanderous things during our stay at Fratii Jderi. It's the place to be to get recharged, the owners call it The Green Utopia. For me it was about freedom, creatures of nature we don't normally get to see around us, happy kids and grateful parents. Little adventures were everywhere around: a scorpion, a fire fly, lizards, frogs all sizes, dragonflies, beautiful flowers, camp fires and 4 lovely dogs who deserve a post of their own.

Cristian was happy to be the hero of a big frog who was scared and stuck in a larder.

There was a lot of excitement around a scorpion which was kept in captivity under a glass in the bathroom during our stay. The lizard Cristian caught after a few days of trying won him 50 ron because he had a bet with his dad. The dragonfly was surrounded by curious kids which don't normally get to see one every day. Can you spot the lizard in the second photo?

The pool had an extraordinary view which the kids didn't care much about. But they did enjoy the pool quite a lot.

Both Cristian and Tudor were thrilled about the days we spent there and were sad when we left. This is how they said good bye.

Cristian set his mind to have a place like this of his own when he grows up. Never to early to start dreaming, isn't it? And never too late to make dreams come true.

P.S. other summer adventures

1 July 2016

Nailed it - last blue before summer

I wander if it is all childhood related. My father wouldn't let me paint my nails back then. Maybe this is why I do this so often these days and enjoy taking photos even more. Who knows?!

Somehow I found it hard to get rid of my blues for nails and embrace summer tones. I finally did, this was the last shade: OPI Infinite Shine Get Ryd-Of-Thym Blues Nail Polish.Welcome summer!

A mani a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. more of my "Nailed it" guilty pleasures

25 June 2016

A rainbow of feelings

Friday evening, I come home. Door is locked with keys in.
Who is it? asks Cristian. 
Mommy, I answer
Oh my God, it's mom! shouts Tudor from the other side of the door.
I never felt so welcome in my life.

To say I love Tudor is too simple of a way to express how I feel about him. I have a rainbow of feelings for him:
  • Delighted when he insisted to stay home alone, one day, while I went to pick Cristian from school. He comforted me when I came back saying he was very well and we should do this again;
  • Relieved because he no longer throws tantrums;
  • Amused when he says funny things. Like, one time, I was encouraging Cri to eat some cheese. Tudor continued: "You should really try it. It's not a carnivorous plant. It won't eat you! ". Or each time he takes off a shirt, when the shirt covers his eyes, he always says: "Hey, who turned off the lights?";
  • Proud he is not selfish. One night I was petting his hair and asked him "Who do I love most?" He answered " Cristian and I" . In rare occasions like this I feel I am doing a good job as a mom.
  • Thrilled he says "I love you, mom!" when I least expect it;
  • Sad as he no longer asks to sleep on me. Last time, this winter he was so considerate to ask me to sleep on my stomach saying he was too big to lay on it. He fell asleep on my back instead;
  • At peace when I see he loves Cri so much. One morning A. was telling me how he teased Cristian. Tudor thought it was more dramatic and that A. did something bad to Cristian. He started crying and it took me quite a while to figure out why.
  • Happy to see he still is extremely specific when asking for attention. Like, when he asks me to kiss his toes;
  • Hopeful he will keep his playfulness. He has a favorite little game, the friendly ghost. He covers himself in his beloved blanky, comes wherever I am and tells me: "We have a ghost in the house. But it is a loving ghost" Obviously I need to kiss the lovely ghost and the game goes on;

He is a sleepyhead in the morning. He likes tomato sauce a lot. His favorite song is Enter Sandman. He knows quite a few bad words from his brother.

He always looks at the sky. When we are outside he is the first one to spot airplanes flying above us. At night, he always looks at the moon before going to bed.

I look at him with gratitude for giving me the untainted joy of motherhood. Untainted by the worries and the unknown that come with a first born. Happy 5th Birthday, Tudorica!

P.S. birthday love letter at 4 and 3

Cat sunbathing

Overwhelming heat here in Bucharest, yet there is somebody looking for the sun. Griza found the sunniest window of the house and is sunbathing early in the morning. She says hello in the picture above.

A cat a day keeps the doctor away!

21 May 2016

My favorite place in Bucharest

Bucharest celebrates the Night of the Museums today. It's already the 4th one for C and T. We started early this morning, with a visit to the National Technological Museum because it hosted a Lego exhibit. Afterwards we spent a good 4 hours in the Carol Park, that's how good we felt there. At some point we took some pictures, so part of the story goes like this.

Tudor seems to be a promising photographer. He took the next 2 photos:

We even caught the change of guards, which C watched in fascination. It was a first for him so he asked a lot of questions around it.

Right about the time I was taking this last picture and we were leaving the park , a very interesting conversation started. I didn' t catch the beginning, just this part:
        - I will never be the boss, not even when I grow up, says a very upset Tudor, cause Cristian is always patronizing him.
        - You'll never know. Mom, did you want to be a boss? Cristian asks.
        - Not really.
        - See, Tudor? Sometimes you wish for something and it doesn't happen and other times you don't and it happens.

And sometimes you wish for something and it happens. Cristian and Tudor happened for me and happiness has followed ever since.

P.S. Night of the Museums 201320142015  and the first time we visited the museum