A Walk in the Woods

The weather has been slowly getting better in our side of the world, so I took my kids out yesterday for a walk in the woods.  Why the woods?  Well, you might as well say that I am slowly becoming Czech.  The malls are not as appealing as the woods anymore.

Anyway, here are a few pictures I was able to snap.

My little boy is growing so fast, and he really enjoys his new role of being a “big” brother.  While I was busy looking for things to photograph, he took over and pushed the stroller of his baby sister.

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Tired of doing it the regular way, he is experimenting with other ways on how to move it.

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At this point, I took over for fear that he may accidentally flip the stroller with his sister inside.  Instead, I asked him to lead the way.

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He obliged and even told me:  “Don’t worry, mom.  I will protect you and Michaela.”

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The end of the trail is the entrance to the city center through this bridge.

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There was nobody during that time.  It is still winter, afterall.

But we did see a fisherman on the river.   He was fishing while Jakub was feeding the ducks and swans.

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A new set of exercise bars were also built in a little space by the river.  I think they finished it last year, but I didn’t see it because I was too lazy to walk towards this side of town when I was still pregnant with my daughter.

When the temperatures finally go up, I think I would like to use one of these bars for fitness.

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But for now, I’ll just enjoy short walks with my kids.

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Despite the cold, it was a very nice walk.  Definitely another day well spent.

How are you coping up with winter in your side of the world?

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Back from Hibernation

After a very long absence, I am now back from hibernation. Not a lot of exciting adventures lately, as we have been confined at home. I’ve had my own share of motherhood challenges, but everything is ok now. Things are slowly getting back to normal. My new “normal,” that is.

Winter is relatively mild on this side of the globe compared to what the people in the US East Coast is now experiencing. Temperatures are sub zero during night time but has been consistently positive during the day. We’ve had a little snow but it is now slowly melting.

So what’s new? Well, for one. My daughter is now 3 months old and at a stage where her schedule is more predictable. She is getting more and more curious about the world around her and somehow seems to communicate through babbling.

Here is a quick photo I snapped of both my kids.

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I am also starting to standardize our daily routine.  It is very difficult to manage a household with two very young children.  Although I am very happy that my eldest is at a stage where he is completely independent and even helps me out.  He is the  one opening doors for me when all three of us are out and about for our daily walk in our neighborhood.  I haven’t been in contact with the general public since winter set in.  It is pretty tough.

I couldn’t just go to a Starbucks shop and get a good cup of coffee these days.  Well, there is no Starbucks in this town.

Anyhow, we managed to bring Starbucks home — coffee beans straight from the Starbucks shop in Prague.

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It is the perfect pair for these shortbread cookies which we got as a gift from a friend.

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We also managed to get a taste of California through this bottle of Chardonnay from Tesco.

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There is nothing special about this wine, but it is the perfect pair for fish or pasta on these cold winter nights.  Reminiscing our life in California gives me a warm feeling inside.

If the forecast is right, it should get warmer towards the end of this month.  Once it does, we will be on travelling mode again.  I am anxiously awaiting the new adventures that lie ahead.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Winter. Again?

This past weekend, we had 2 bright sunny days which made me feel like spring is really in the air. But what greeted me this morning was this.

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Looks like winter is not going anywhere.

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After 5 months with this kind of weather, it  is starting to wear me down.  Don’t get me wrong.  It is such a pretty sight.  It’s nice when you don’t need to go anywhere, but it sucks when you have to  (which is my case).

And spring is when, again?  Oh well….

 

 

Winter Wonderland

We had a good amount of snowfall this past week.  My son had a blast!  

In school, he was riding on sleds with his classmates.

Photo courtesy of krokodylkolin.cz
Photo courtesy of krokodylkolin.cz

They also made a snowman.

Photo courtesy of krokodylkolin.cz
Photo courtesy of krokodylkolin.cz

In one of our ‘neighborhood walks,’ I went to the woods with him on a sled.  My right arm is hurting now but it was so worth the effort.

This whole winter thing is growing on me.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I wish we will get more snow tomorrow.

 

It’s All Relative

We have been having great weather these past few days. The ice has melted and the ducks and the swans are out.

We still have low temperatures (zero to 10C). Albeit, after enduring the sub zero temperatures of winter, bright and sunny days are a welcome reprieve.

It’s interesting how 6 centigrades already feels warm.  I guess that after enduring -18 centigrades this past winter, anything higher than zero is warm enough.  It’s all relative.  I have acclimatized.