Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Do you ever wonder what they are thinking?
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Looking at it very close, it's actually artistic. What do you think?
Around the corner another scribble.
Hiding from Mama.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Daddy, "Beli, go back to bed, you should be sleeping."
Beli, "Daddy, vidi medo (see my bear).
My hubby asked "what's so funny?"
I squealed" I just passed you the poop!!!!!"
Hubby was confused, "what do you mean?"
I replied, "I smelled the poop first but I wanted YOU to change her and I sent her into the living room."
Hubby, "you broke the rule!"
I replied, lost in laughter, Yes......I did!!!!!!!!
What about you, do you have a rule about changing diapers and do you ever break that rule?
After our little adventure skipping around puddles of water we went inside the museum for a dose of history. The attendant took our money, 10 kunas ($2 dollars) and a tour guide kept us company which is obligatory as the artifacts can actually be touched. The museum is divided in two parts: we began the tour learning about Croatia's military history and ended the tour with the civil maritime history.
Here is a collection of model ships through the ages, ranging from Venetian galleys to twentieth-century cruise liners. I will admit, I missed much of the explanation as Mommy had to keep an eye on Beli. ( Daddy tried helping but she only wanted MAMA). Hubby later explained about some of the most interesting points the tour guide pointed out like the world's oldest torpedo collection!
I walked away with a new appreciation for the history of ship making. And now, where are those peacocks?
Friday, February 19, 2010
Spending quality time con la familia. She is spoiled by Grandpa as she is the only granddaughter. She can get away with anything!
I miss them terribly but it does bring me happiness to know we will see them soon. Until then, pictures and memories will do.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Back to the grin on my face, I was feeling happy and content with our current lifestyle, in spite of being unemployed (but that's another post to be written later) and as I pruned some of the yellow leaves from the celery plant sitting on the kitchen counter I was inspired to take this photo.I decided to pair it up with the current book I'm reading, The Mistress of Spices by Chitra B. Divakaruni since the colors blended well together.
My mother-in-law purchased the celery root to use it in soups but it was so pretty with its stalks blooming from its bulb that instead I placed it inside a small container with water and I'm hoping it grows more roots so I can transplant it outdoors. So far it hasn't wilted. I will add that having a toddler makes it difficult but not impossible to keep plants indoors. The one large plant I do have has been tortured by Beli and sits in a corner lopsided, yet it continues to thrive.
As I was doing some research about growing celery I came across a study that said having indoor plants improves concentration and reduces stress. What do you think, do you have plants in your home, and if so, do you agree with these findings? I personally have to agree, remember my grin? I mean who smiles when they are washing dishes?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Take today for instance, we returned from her play date at Carobni Grad where she jumped and ran and after two hours I thought, "great, she will be tired and have a nice nap." Driving home she was rubbing her eyes, an indication she was sleepy.
But she had other plans. She ate lunch and I put her pajamas on and told her it was time for mee-mee (nap time) and her reply was NO!
I took her into the bedroom and began singing 1 lullaby and another one and a third one because after I started each one she would say, "No, twinkle sta...No rocka-baby....No hush-baby. OK, I tried humming. rocking her. nothing seemed to do the trick.
An hour passed by (maybe less, I don't know) finally I thought, "ok , I will let her alone and see if she will fall asleep on her own". I left the room and closed the door, a few minutes later there was silence. Ahh yes it worked! Then I hear a....giggle then another. I slowly opened the door and there she was, taking every single piece of clothing from her closet!
I thought, "I give up!"
What methods have you tried with your kids to get them to take an afternoon nap? I don't know about you, but I need my one hour of quietness to unwind and enjoy a cup of coffee so I can resume the rest of the afternoon with a cheerful smile!
Monday, February 15, 2010
I walked away with three books for 90 kunas!($18 dollars) and the owner said that when I finish reading the books I can return them for a partial store credit.
I have a feeling I will be spending many hours inside this lovely shop!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Update: After some more thinking, I thought if posting this was appropriate so I took it down, I mean who wants to read about my low points. you might say kind of personal. But this blog was initially for that purpose, to post of my daily struggles (ie: new culture, new discoveries, my ups and downs). Then I received a wonderful message from my new friend Mihaela and she offered words of encouragement that I had to be truthful with who I am.
..Just when I was trying to send you a cheer message to your last post (the meditation...), it disappeared!Even if I don't know spanish, I understood something of your feelings.In a nutshell due to this wonderful Internet, people that are alike can meet each other no mather the place where they live.Keep your cheen up!We speak different languages, we live in different places, but we, the good people, are in being!Keep going! The invisible strings of good thoughts are working!I hope that my-not-so-good-english didn't block the meaning of my message. .Mihaela
Friday, February 12, 2010
Beli has been recovering from a mild cold and she knows all too well when I say, it's time for your medicine. But today it's her baby blue doll getting the "medeezee."
Her feet were never quite this size but it does remind me of when she was an infant.