Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Noir Tuesday

Yesterday was Tuesday a day where we may or may not do our school work. A day where we rush to the bus to get to the train station and a day where we go to bible study. I like Tuesday, but the fact that Wednesday then feels like a Monday all over again. Does that make sense? 
Honestly,  I only decided to go to Bible study 10 minutes before we actually had to leave. You see,  after weeks of beautiful warm and sunny weather it rained all day yesterday. My little one decided that finishing his school was not worth it that day, but playing was.  I actually didn’t mind the rain at all but it did create a ‘stay at home’ mood hence the playing form this one little boy.  All I wanted to do was work on knitting a sweater for a client, drink tea and watch Netflix, he couldn't be blamed.  At that point I knew it was wrong to stay home and I needed fellowship with my church family. A shift in our day, a break from my usual lonely place where my only companion during the day is an 8 year old who fights school like it's his job.
Getting outdoors wasn't as bad as it felt when we were indoors. The rain had made the air fresh and we were on time for all of our required transportation. The transportation on the other hand wasn't on time at all. I am also grateful to say that after living here for almost two years I now understand the language enough to where someone can communicate to me and I get what they are saying with understanding. For instance when we picked out our train seats the lady conductor told us that this train car is not heated, but the one ahead is heated. I at first thought she said this was a smoking car due to my Russian influence, but then understood exactly what she meant. It was so helpful because yes, the train car we picked was cold indeed. 
Seeing my husband waiting for us is always the highlight of our trips into Bratislava. In ways, I will miss this part when we move to Raca (a neighborhood in Bratislava). I also managed to make him dinner before we left the house because I knew he didn't have much of a lunch do to my lack of cooking skills on Monday. 
 It was also a good day to play around with the black and white concept. The day was gloomy and the b&w vibe just fit perfectly into the gray day. Photography will forever be my first love in communicating my day, my creativity and emotions. When I was little, I wanted to be a photographer when I grew up. I also wanted to be a singer, model, designer, writer and dancer. It's the memories that I cherish and can go back to again and again. 

The camera I used to photograph this blog post is my Fujifilm x100. It's a compact digital camera with a fixed 23mm lens. I take this camera everywhere I go if I don't want to carry my big camera around.

Monday, May 14, 2018

A New Routine, A New Me

On my last post I mentioned a new morning routine. Yes, after years and year of NOT having a breakfast I started eating it regularly and am roughly on week three. Breakfast has always been a challenge for me as I am intolerant to dairy and eggs. That's the staple breakfast for most people. Normally my routine would be to wake up and get my cup of coffee with coconut milk. That cup would be loaded with caffeine and would be pretty big. It would keep my hunger away till noon and if I was really working on something sometimes till 2pm when I would finally have my lunch. Yup, I did that for years.

One day, on the phone, my mom suggested I start drinking warm water in the mornings before anything else as it has helped her in many ways. I would normally dismiss the advice, but decided to be a different person and give it a shot. When advice is given and it doesn't hurt you in any way, why not give it your best shot for three weeks. That's what I did. It's been roughly three weeks of warm water in the mornings, a large plate full of veggies for breakfast and coffee around 11am or 12pm. 

So how's the new routine going? I can't really say. I am eating breakfast daily now which is a huge change. I didn't start feeling much of a different till yesterday really. Actually, I have felt very yucky for those three weeks. It's been a hard road and most likely I've been detoxing in many ways which is why its been rough. I also upped my water intake by 80% which also helps all the toxins to exit my body. 

In a month's time our whole family will be on a parasite cleanse for three weeks with a one week break and then three weeks again. We have a dog and he eats yucky things. He'll be on it too. We are all doing this because our outdoor dog (at the moment) will be an indoor dog. Anyone with animals near them NEED to do a parasite cleanse twice a year, the dog much more frequent. There have been some major changes going on here as both my husband and I started exercising regularly. I've always been a health nut, but now I am doing the things it takes to be healthy and not just taking the supplement I am interested in. 

I'm also praying that these changes in my own body will help me to get pregnant and be ready for it when the time comes, but until then it's cleaning up with body I've been blessed with.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

To Be Home

There us nothing that compares to the feeling of coming home after a long vacation and road trip back home from said vacation. It's been almost a week since we've gotten back and I am still getting trying to adjust back to how things were. When I first walked into the house at 1am, everything felt for foreign to me. The house felt so big compared to the tiny air bnb we spent our week at. It took some time to adjust and I found myself staring at my living room wall after I put Tin to bed. It felt so good to be home, what a relief at that car ride, and out of the car because no one should road trip past 11pm.

As hard as we tried before leaving for our trip to keep our house clean for we come back, it really wasn't. After a rough nights sleep I spent the morning vacuuming and cleaning the kitchen like a madman. It will be mopping floors and laundry type of day before the grandparents come for the kid who get to spend the night at his grandparents so that he can go to his cousins birthday party in the morning while Hubby and I go to church. It really makes the vacation over and now just only a memory. The thing I am enjoy the most at the moment are the sounds of Augustin playing as he has been a little homesick on our vacation. He has missed his toys! It made me a little happy to hear he had missed our home as I strive to make our home a safe place for my family where they can be themselves.

So to be home after a vacation is glorious, but it always takes a few days (maybe a week) to get back into the swing of things. Hubby starts his new job on Monday so he won't have the 'time' to get back into things like I do. Luckily, his work schedule will be easy this week because he's learning a whole new assignment. Him working so far from home makes me look forward to our more into the city where our friends, church and work are. Speaking of work, I am excited to get my photography business off the ground. I've had a few clients already and a slow stream of people are starting to reach out to me for sessions.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Down By The Sea

My husband and I have been married for almost 10 years (in November it will be 10 years actually). Within those 10 years we have never taken a proper family vacation. We took some amazing conference trips that I mixed a getaway into and we have taken a few nights here and there to go somewhere special, but we have never taken what people would call a real vacation, a place that is usually warm and relaxing. Oh and yes, we would go to Slovakia for a month, but visiting family isn't a vacation, it's visiting family. With all of this said we finally took our first family vacation. 
This whole vacation thing was unplanned and unexpected, but I'm glad we decided to do it last minute. You see, my husband got a new job and there was a last minute schedule change due to Easter leaving him with a week of no work. After some prayer we decided to spend that week in Croatia, a place I would have never visited if we didn't move to Europe. I like to call Croatia a cross between Italy and Greece. 
We decided to drive there as it's not that far and it's a pleasant enough drive. The drive itself takes about 10 hours to where we were going. The road took us through a bit of Hungary and then through Croatia itself. Augustin did a good job in the car like he usually does, but he did have access to a kindle throughout the trip. For the kindle we timed one hour to screen time and one hour off which we usually listened to a story. On the way back the whole trip was a little tougher, we took more stops and it was overall slow going. We didn't get home until 1am while on the way there we were at our airbnb by 11:30pm. 
The whole trip was pretty amazing, windy, rainy and somewhat cold (for me). When we got there the wind blew almost everyday and there were many days of rain with a few sunny days that we took full advantage of. Augustin LOVED playing at the beach and never seemed to have enough time by the water. We made sure to give him a beach day, but because of the cold and cold water he had his rain boots on the whole time. I think we were the only ones playing in the water though. 
One of the sunnier days we took a hike up the mountain that's behind the town we stayed in. The hike was high, beautiful and I am so glad we did it! We found the abandoned and in ruins village that used to be Podgora. It was abandoned after a set of earthquakes destroyed the houses which sent people to seek shelter closer to the beach. The houses were small, unique and beautiful in their ruin. I wanted to take some of the pieces that could be salvaged, but alas, they were not mine to take (like windows). I could explore these kind of villages for days and not get bored. 
Most days I cooked at the place we were staying and luckily I was inspire enough to make some really yummy and healthy dishes. The days I didn't cook we found some nice local food and for the most part it was delicious. We enjoyed the locally grown oranges, olive oil and lemons the most. I wish I could get a truck load of those items straight to my home. We also found the best Croatian cheese and I ate as much as I could of it. 
My favorite town was, of course, Dubrovnik. It was a town like I have never seem before. The streets climbed flights of stairs on either side. The houses were tiny, but the street and their lights with laundry everywhere were amazing. I guess Game of Thrones was filmed there a bit as with Star Wars and the town in really milking that part. The whole old town is surrounded by a wall and it feels like you have stepped into a different place. I will leave out these pictures ( most of them ) as they deserves a blog post of their own. Also Augustin may have joined in with some local boys to play some games. He's so social and always ready to join the fun.
Enough with my words and onto the pictures from the trip!

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