Monday, December 28, 2009

Our first Christmas at home:)


Yes, it was our first Christmas at home and it felt extra special because of that!!!:) But before I start writing about it, I should write a few lines about the days before...;)

So...:) When I wrote my previous entry, I was about to take Vanyo to the ENT specialist... Luckily the check up went fine and the doctor said that Vanyo is OK and he won't need any operation after all...:) You can imagine what a relief it was for us!!!:)

After two weeks at home Vanyo had started missing his little friends at the Kindergarten, so he was very, very happy when he could see them again on December 21st /Monday/. His first day at the Kindergarten also happened to be their Christmas party so Vanyo was overly excited!!!:) My little son was extremely happy that Santa had given him exactly what he wanted - a mini TMNT figure with a motorcycle!!!:) You should have seen the joy in his eyes when he showed me the present!!!:) This memory makes me smile even now when I'm typing this!!!:) 

Minnie's Christmas party was on December 23rd /Wednesday/. It took place in a dance club called 'Remix' /just like last year/ and my daughter told me that she had danced almost non-stop during the party!!!:) She reminds me so much of myself at that age, amazing!!!:P 

This party marked the beginning of Minnie's Christmas holidays...:) She should be back to school on January 4th /the Christmas holidays will be shorter this year as the kids had one extra week off in November because of the flu and now they need to catch up...:(/. She will be quite busy during the holidays, though, as she still needs to go to the Maths course... 

December 24th /Thursday/ was an official holiday, but unfortunately hubby was on duty so had to work...:( Luckily he came home in time for dinner...:) In Bulgaria the dinner on Christmas Eve is the most important part of the Christmas celebrations...:) It's full of symbols and rituals...:) The dishes on the table should be either 7, 9, or 12 /these are considered sacred numbers/. People are fasting until Christmas, so the dishes should be vegetarian... My family, however, is not very religious, so we had meat that evening too... 

One of the most important dishes on Christmas Eve is 'sarmi'. 'Sarmi' are made of rice, minced meat and spices, covered with sauerkraut leaves into little packages. On Christmas Eve, however, they should be made without minced meat because of the fasting /we followed that rule/... 'Sarmi' symbolize the baby Jesus in his diapers... 

Another essential item on the table on Christmas Eve is the 'pitka' /homemade round bread/ with a coin inside. Everyone gets a piece of the 'pitka' and whoever finds the coin into his/her piece is believed to be the luckiest in the family during the New Year...:) Just as last year, Minnie found the coin into her piece again!!!:) She is lucky indeed!!!:) The 'pitka' on Christmas Eve should be decorated in a special way - there should be drawn a cross in the centre of it /symbolizing Christianity/ and a circle around the edges of the 'pitka' /symbolizing a wall, protecting the family from evil/.:) 

There should be also fruits, nuts, honey and wine on the table too /symbols of health and abundance/. Needless to say we had all these on our table...:) Plus Russian salad /made of potatoes, ham, gherkins and mayonnaise/ and roasted pork steaks...:) 

Before eating we said a prayer and then we burnt some incense over the table and in every room of our home to drive the evil spirits away...:) 

The following morning the kids woke up and found their presents under the Christmas tree!!!:) They were so excited - especially Vanyo!!!:) He got TMNT mask, ninja weapons and a Gormiti egg /from my parents/ and a Lego Police set /from Vlado, Minnie and me/. Minnie got some Garnier cosmetics /from my parents/ and grey jeans with a black leather belt /from Vlado, Vanyo and me/. There were some little presents from my parents for Vlado /a STR8 deo spray/ and me /a black long-sleeved top/ as well..:) Vlado and I didn't exchange any presents but a few days before Christmas we had bought a new digital camera /Sony Cyber-shot:)/ so we had agreed that would be our common Christmas present!!!:) 

After we had a cup of coffee and some breakfast we headed for Karlovo to visit my mother-in-law...:) There were some presents for the kids there too - a G-Force toy set for Vanyo and a McMillan set for Minnie /an English dictionary and two calendars:)/. We had delicious Christmas lunch and after that went home...:)

The last two days of the Christmas weekend we spent at home just relaxing, watching TV, reading books...:) I absolutley enjoyed our quiet family time...:)


Today I'm back to work but I don't mind it at all as I'll be working for only three days and then we'll have another long /4 days/ weekend!!!:) And I have the New Year and my name day /January 1st/ celebrations to look forward to!!!:)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Minnie's 13th Birthday:)














Minnie celebrated her 13th Birthday on December 11th...:) I still can't believe that my little baby has grown up so fast and is now a teenager...:) Yes, time does fly indeed!!!:P


Anyway, her birthday was on Friday this year, so she was at school until noon. Of course, she had brought two huge boxes of chocolates as a treat for her classmates and teachers...:) As soon as Minnie finished school, the celebrations started!!!:) My parents had invited us for lunch, so we enjoyed delicious food /barbeque and home-made cake/.:) 

At 5 p.m. started the real party for Minnie's birthday!!!:) It took place at the Excalibur Castle /a great entertainment centre with carting, bowling, billiards and other fun games plus a bar and a room for smaller kids - it's Minnie's third time celebrating a birthday there:)/!!!:) My daughter had invited 9 kids from her class /her best friends/, but only 8 of them /two boys and six girls/ were able to come... First the kids played bowling, then they had a snack /pizza, French fries, chocolate eggs, cake and some drinks/ and afterwards they played some more games...:) All the kids had a wonderful time there!!!:) Vlado and I enjoyed a few drinks and a chat during the party, so we had a nice time too /we were sitting at a separate table as we didn't want to bother the teens:)/.  

When the party finished /at about 8 p.m./ we went to my parents' home to pick up Vanyo /they took care of him during the party/. Then the four of us went to the mall where we had dinner at KFC!!!:) 

Minnie continued celebrating the following day as well - my MIL visited us for lunch and once again we enjoyed delicious food /including a cake/ and a nice chat!!!:) 

Needless to say, Minnie got some lovely presents for her birthday!!!:) She got books, cosmetics, clothing items and souvenirs from her classmates, 'sleeves' /a clothing item which is very fashionable at the moment, she is wearing it on the picture/ from my parents, a black dress from my sister and her family, a golden ring with a purple stone from my mother-in-law, and a light blue top, some underwear and a hairbrush /she had chosen them herself/ from her father, brother and me...:) Minnie loved all the presents she got!!!:)

Unfortunately not everything which has happened here lately has been as nice as Minnie's birthday...:( In the evening of December 4th Vanyo got ill - he had high temperature and no other symptoms...:( His GP said it was a virus and would go away without any antibiotics... And indeed Vanyo was starting to feel much better in a couple of days... Until in the morning of December 9th /Wednesday/ when he complained of ear pain and his temperature got even higher than before... The specialist we went to said that Vanyo had to be operated right away... You can imagine what a shock it had been for us...:( Luckily my hubby decided to consult another specialist and he advised us to try to heal Vanyo's ears with antibiotics first and go for an operation only if the treatment is unsuccessful... In a couple of days my son felt much better, so I hope he won't need any operation after all ... We're going to the second specialist tomorrow, so fingers crossed for my son!!!:)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

November movie update...and some other news:)


Well, I didn't see a lot of movies in November... Here they are: ‘Surrogates’ /I love such futuristic action movies, so I enjoyed this one a lot :)/, ‘April Showers’ /this movie was totally different from everything I've seen lately... Such a sad and touching story.../, ‘Inglourious Basterds’ /I've never been a huge Tarantino fan actually, but this movie was definitely good!!!:) And Brad Pitt was simply brilliant in it!!!:)/, ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ /one of the best movies I’ve seen this year, it deeply touched my heart and made me realize how blessed I am to have healthy children… and the actors did a great job:)/, and ‘Sense and Sensibility’ /it's a shame that I didn't get the chance to see the movie until now... I love Jane Austen so it's no wonder that I enjoyed the story so much!!!:) But the acting was brilliant as well!!!:) Definitely a movie I would like to see more than once!!!:)/.

What else has happened in my life since I last wrote here..?! Let me see...:) Oh, yes, the previous week was full of positive emotions!!!:) On the Wednesday /November 25th/ I finally got a decent sum of money from the National Bureau of Law Assistance... So by the end of that week I had bought some stuff for my office - one of those so-called director chairs /very comfortable, made of black leather/ and a new desktop computer. As a result my working environment has greatly improved!!!:)

Needless to say, when I found out about the extra income, I had to celebrate together with my family!!!:) We went to have dinner at the mall and enjoyed ourselves there a lot!!!:)

That weekend /November 28th-29th/ hubby was at a seminar in Tzigov chark /a resort in the Rhodope Mountains/ so I stayed at home with the kids... But we weren't bored at all!!!:) We ordered Chinese food /we often do that when Vlado is not at home because he doesn't like it/, watched TV, read books, visited my parents for a BBQ lunch on Saturday, did some shopping /Christmas gifts for my nieces:)/ so our days were quite busy...:)

On the Saturday Minnie started attending extra Math classes. The classes are each Saturday from 9 a.m. till 12 a.m. at a private school called 'Argus Plus'. The aim of these classes is to prepare the children for the High School entering exams. Minnie is in a group of 6 kids and she told me she enjoyed these classes a lot!!!:) I'm very happy about it and I hope the classes will really help her to prepare well for the exams /which are very difficult/!!! Fingers crossed for my girl!!!:)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Minnie's name day:)













Minnie's name day was on November 11th /Wednesday/. The Orthodox church celebrates Saint Mina then.:) We had delicious lunch with my parents /roasted chicken wings and potatoes - Minnie's favourite/ and for dinner we had a small chocolate cake.:)


Of course, Minnie got some presents - a turtleneck sweater /from my parents/, some money /from my mother-in-law/ and a new pyjamas with the elephant Horton /a cartoon character she likes a lot:)/ from Vanyo, Vlado and me...:) She was pleasantly surprised that some of her school mates phoned to greet her for her name day even though they were all off school that week /because of the flu/...:) So it was a very nice day for my daughter!!!:)

Minnie's name day was probably the only good thing for me last week... I got a very unpleasant infection of my left eye which continued for the whole week...:( The eye doctor even wanted to get me hospitalized ...:( Luckily by the end of the week the eye drops finally did their trick and the eye was healed...:) It was such a relief and the timing was perfect - I was fine during the weekend!!!:)

The weekend was a typical quiet and peaceful one, spent at home...:) Only on the Saturday we went to visit a couple of clients who live in a viallge close to Plovdiv. They had invited us to celebrate their new house /which they had built with the money I had won for them in court/.:) We had a wonderful time there enjoying delicious lunch and an interesting chat...:) And the kids loved to play with the cat and the other animals of my clients!!!:) So it was a very nice day for all of us!!!:)

As for the previous weekend, on the Saturday /November 7th/ we went to Starnitza again and we took Vlado's realtives along...:) We showed them the house and discussed with them the renovations we're planning to make...:)

Today finally we're all back to the routine in my family - Minnie is back to school /the 'flu holidays' are over/, Vanyo - to the Kindergarten /he was sooo happy to meet his little friends there again/, Vlado and I - to work /I didn't go to the office on Thursday and Friday of the previous week because of the eye infection:(/. Hopefully all the illnesses are behind us already!!!:)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

First snow...

Yes, we had our first snow yesterday, which is quite unusual for this time of the year... Luckily it melted away almost immediately and even though it's raining today, the weather is much milder, which is definitely nice...:)

What else has happened since I last wrote here...?! Minnie had had a wonderful time at the school trip at Pamporovo /October 19th - 20th/ indeed, and I'm very happy for her because she really deserves it after all the hard work she's been doing at school...:)

The weekend that followed /October 24th - 25th/ was a very nice and relaxing one which we spent at home... Vlado finally put up the blue chandelier in the kids' bedroom and the lamp at the corridor and needless to say these areas look so much better now...:) I hope we'll buy a chandelier for the adults' bedroom soon too as I'm sick of looking at the ugly bulb hanging from the ceiling...:P

Last weekend /October 31st - November 1st/ we were in Karlovo, but I wasn't too bored as on the Saturday we went to visit Vlado's relatives in a village close to Karlovo. We wanted to ask them if they would be interested in helping us with the renovations of the house in Starnitza and luckily they were...:) So next time we go to Starnitza we are taking them along to show them the house and discuss with them our renovation plans...:)

I have some bad news too...:( Yesterday the nurse at Vanyo's Kindergarten called to tell me he had high temperature and I should take him home... I was busy at work, so my parents picked him up and took him to his doctor... Luckily it turned out he was not having flu /as I feared/ but 'just' angina... The doctor had explained that my poor son should be fine by the end of the week and indeed he's feeling much better today and the high temperature is gone...:) Fingers crossed for him!!!:)

During the past few weeks I've only seen one movie - 'The Ugly Truth' /one of the best romantic comedies I've seen recently...:) Fantastic Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl:)/. But I've become a fan of the new TV show 'Flash Forward' which is very interesting and exciting...:) It reminds me of 'LOST' in a way /and not only because some of its actors are also playing there/...:) But of course LOST /and Sawyer:)/ is still my number one!!!:)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Good news:)

I finally finished reading 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'...:) I loved the movie but the book is so much better...:) I'm still very excited that there is a Bulgarian character in the book /Victor Krum/ and every time I read 'Bulgaria' or 'Bulgarian' I just couldn't help smiling...:) I’ve decided to take a little break from the adventures of the young wizard and instead of starting the next Harry Potter book I’m planning to read ‘Angels and Demons’ by Dan Brown next…:) We own a luxurious illustrated edition since last summer, so I guess it’s time to lay my hands on it…;) 
 
What else has happened since I've last written here?! I remember I wrote that I was sick during the last week of September but luckily during the first October weekend /October 3rd-4th/ I could stay at home with my lovely family and relax so when I went to work on the Monday I felt as good as new!!!:) And in spite of the terrible weather we're having this month, I've been healthy ever since /as well as everyone else in my family, knock on wood:)/.  
 
On October 8th-9th /Thursday and Friday/ hubby went to a seminar to Tzigov chark /a famous resort in the Rhodope mountains/. When he got back, he told me he had had a wonderful time there learning new things and socializing with his colleagues...:)  
 
That weekend /October 10th-11th/ we had to go to Karlovo... It was about time as we hadn't visited my inlaws since the beginning of September. The highlight of that weekend was when my hubby and I went to a cafe at the town square on the Saturday evening - see how bored I was!!!:P But I survived somehow!!!:)  
 
Last Monday /October 12th/ was a very important day!!!:) I moved to another office!!!:) It's in the same building /and even floor/ where my old office was, but it's much bigger and more comfortable!!!:) And /what is most important/ I moved away from the lawyer I shared my previous office with /who was a very negative person/...:) The lady I'm in the same office with now seems so much nicer...:) Hopefully she'll stay that way in the future too!!!:)  
 
Last weekend was a very nice one...:) On the Saturday we went to Starnitza to see the first renovations of the house. It wasn't anything major /just some work on the roof, filling in holes on the facade, removing the stone stairs from the second floor entrance, etc/, but it was good to get it all started from somewhere...:) We paid to the workers and ordered new windows and a new front door /which should be ready by spring when we're planning to continue with the renovations/...  
 
On Sunday hubby was on duty so he spent the entire day running from one police office to another... The weather was horrible /freezing and rainy/ so the kids and me just stayed at home reading, watching TV, etc...:)  
 
I managed to see two movies during the weekend - 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' /in spite of the great acting the movie was too slow and even boring most of the time...:( Maybe only the last 20 minutes or so were really worth it.../ and 'G.I.Joe: Rise of Cobra' /very entertaining, great visual effects and lots of action... Plus a charming Channing Tatum...:)/.

Today Minnie left for a 2-day trip to Pamporovo /a famous ski-resort in the Rhodope Mountains/ with her classmates...:) I hope she'll have lots of fun there!!!:)

Friday, October 2, 2009

September movie update...:)



Sooooo... the movies I've seen in September are: ‘Dance Flick’ /a very silly parody of dance movies…:(/, ‘2012: Doomsday’ /not as interesting as I expected…:(/, ‘Mr Brooks’ /a bit strange and cruel, yet interesting movie/, ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ /an OK comedy/, ‘The Covenant’ /a teen mystic thriller with great-looking young actors:)/, ‘Cold Mountain’ /the only thing I regret about the movie is that it took me so long to finally see it… A very good movie, both interesting and touching… And Renee Zellweger is simply brilliant in it:)/, ‘Year One’ /a very silly movie:(/, ‘Race to Witch Mountain’ /an OK movie for the whole family/, ‘Watchmen’ /a total disappointment:(/, and ‘The Proposal’ /a bit predictable romantic comedy, still fun to watch:)/

After the long weekend /September 19th - 22nd/ it was Minnie's turn to get sick...:((( On September 23rd /Wednesday/ she called me from school and said she had 39C...:((( Her doctor diagnosed her with angina, so she didn't go to school until the end of last week... Luckily the medicines helped quite quickly and on September 28th /Monday/ she was fine again /and therefore - back to school/.

This week, however, I was the one to get sick... I have painful tonsils and I feel feverish...:((( I could have taken sick leave, but I had three important cases this week that I just couldn't miss or postpone... The worst of it all was that two of the cases were in other towns - Kazanluck /about 2 hours drive from Plovdiv/ and Lovetch /about 3-4 hours drive/... The cases were very difficult but all I worried about was to do my best not to faint into the court...:P Luckily I made it OK and I hope I'll get better during the weekend... Perhaps the main reason for my illness is the stress I've been put to lately, so hopefully the two days of rest will make me feel as good as new...;)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A seminar in Sozopol


Last weekend I went to a seminar in Sozopol /a little picturesque town on the Black Sea coast/... We stayed at Laguna Beach Resort which is new and very comfortable...:) But what is most important - it is situated right on the beach /as is seen on the picture/...:)

I arrived with a bunch of colleagues at the evening of September 18th /Friday/ - right on time for dinner...:) After we finished eating, we went to the Piano bar where we had a few drinks /vodka and orange juice/ and danced... Until 2 a.m....:P


Still, we had no problem getting up at 7.30 the following morning for breakfast... And our lectures started at 9.00 a.m. They were about the new Family Code which we'll use since October 1st... We had a break for lunch /during which I made a short stroll at the beach but it was too windy, so I didn't stay for a long time/ and then our lectures continued... The afternoon lectures were not that interesting as they were about the Law of Obligations and Contracts which hasn't changed at all since I've been at the University, so there wasn't anything new to learn...:( But I survived somehow until 6.30 p.m. when the lectures for the day were finally over...:P


The lady I was in the same apartment with /who is by the way the one whom we had visited in Starnitza and whom I find 'guilty' for our decision to buy a house there too:P/ and I decided to rest a bit before dinner... We were planning to have lots of fun at the Piano Bar and to dance even more than the previous night...:P Unfortunately things didn't turn out the way we had planned them... After the official dinner there was some live music at the restaurant and the Piano Bar wasn't working... We could have danced at the restaurant, no problem, but the musicians were simply terrible...:((( So we just remained at our table, drinking white wine and enjoying a chat and that was it... We went to our apartment at about 1.30 a.m. which was a lot earlier than we had intended... Oh, well, we'll have more fun at the next seminar!!!:P


We had some more lectures the following morning /Law of Obligations and Contracts again, yuk...:(/ then we received our certificates, had lunch and after a last glass of white wine we left the hotel... I got home at about 5.30 p.m. and even though I had a good time at the seminar, I was sooo happy to be with my lovely family again!!!:)


What else has happened since I last wrote here...?! Well, Minnie's first day at school /Tuesday, September 15th/ was just as nice as she expected and she was very happy to meet her friends again after a long summer vacation!!!:)


Unfortunately after two days at the Kindergarten Vanyo got sick at the night of September 15th - he had a high temperature /about 38C/ and no other symptoms...:((( It continued until the day when I had to leave for the seminar... I was on the edge of giving the seminar up but Vlado insisted that I should go because I had already payed for it... He told me I shouldn't worry as he would take a good care of our son... I knew that all but still I couldn't leave knowing that my child is sick... Luckily when Vanyo had his afternoon nap at the day I was supposed to leave, he started sweating which meant that the virus was finally leaving him...:) And indeed, when he got up, he was fine..:) So I left for the seminar but I phoned home regularly to see how my son is doing...


The day after Vanyo got sick /September 16th, Wednesday/ Vlado and I had to go to the Rhodopes again /we had to pick up our property deed from the Notary in Smolyan and after that we had to fill up a tax declaration about the house and handle it at the Banite County/... So we left Vanyo at my parents' home and they took care of him while we were away... That day was a real nightmare...:((( We had to travel a lot plus we were worried about Vanyo and we called my parents every half an hour...:((( It was such a relief to find out when we finally got home that in spite of the high temperature Vanyo had been fine and had enjoyed the stay at his grandparents...:) Vlado and I were too exhausted /we had almost no sleep the previous night trying to get Vanyo's temperature down with medicines and wet towels/ so we just grabbed some food for dinner from the mall /McDonald's for Vanyo and KFC for the rest of us/...


On September 17th /Thursday/ we were invited as every year for a kurban at our friends Dobri and Vanya /it's Dobri's birthday actually/. We enjoyed delicious food, good drinks and an interesting chat as always!!!:)


This weekend is a long one as today is an official holiday - Independence Day. The government decided to give the Monday /September 21st/ off as well and we'll work on the Saturday /September 26th/ instead... So after getting back from the seminar I still had two more days to enjoy with my lovely family...:)

Monday, September 14, 2009

We did it...:)

Yes!!!:) We signed the final contract about the house at the Notary's Office and it's officially ours now /plus half of the yard - we're planning to turn it into a separate piece of land in the future/...:) We did it last week /September 10th, Thursday/. The Notary's Office is in Smolyan which is a very beautiful town in the mountains, famous for its clear lakes. So after we finished our work with the Notary /who is by the way a very nice lady we've studied together with at the University:)/, we took the kids to an open-air restaurant at the beach of one of these lakes!!!:) The food and the view were both fantastic!!!:)

The following day /Friday, September 11th/ was my dad's birthday, so we were invited at my parents' home for lunch...:) We had delicious food as always, but what I enjoyed most was the coffee we had at their table on the terrace...:) They live on the 6th floor, so the view of the city is simply incredible...:) Plus, we had wonderful weather that day - sunny and warm, but definitely not hot - perfect!!!:)

The weekend that followed was pretty calm and uneventful - we just stayed at home, read some books, watched TV but most of all just relaxed...:) Quite the opposite of the previous weekend during which we went to Starnitza again...:) Our friends had invited us to their house on the Friday night /September 4th/ after work and we had so much fun again!!!:) We made yummy BBQ, had some drinks and even danced a bit!!!:) No, we weren't drunk, we just had a good time!!!:) We got home on the Saturday afternoon.

Today is Vanyo's first day at the Kindergarten after his summer holidays... I was a bit worried about it, but everything turned out to be just fine - he was very proud to give flowers to his teachers and very happy to see his little friends again!!!:) Hopefully he'll enjoy his time at the Kindergarten as always!!!:) And tomorrow is Minnie's first day at school, so she'll re-unite with her friends as well!!!:)


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My summer holidays:)

It's my first day at work today and there are so many things I have to do... But I wouldn't miss the chance to write a short update of my life here as well...;) 

The month of August has been pretty uneventful… At first I was thinking of taking three weeks off but in the end I found myself working a few hours every week…:P Which was not that bad as we didn’t go anywhere this summer and we needed the money /because of our house in the mountains project/…:)

I didn’t celebrate my 34th birthday /on August 12th, Wednesday/ much either… Of course I was spoilt by all the attention I got from my family and friends – all these phone calls, SMS, cards, e-cards, e-mails and even gifts I received…:D Feeling that people love me and care about me is what actually makes my birthday special, not the big celebrations!!!:D Minnie and Vlado even baked me a cake which soooo sweet of them!!!:D And the cake was simply delicious!!!:D

We spent the last August weekend /August 29th– 30th/ in Karlovo. This is the time when the fair takes place so we just couldn’t miss it!!!:P We arrived in Karlovo in the Friday evening and headed straight to the fair.:D Minnie and Vanyo went to their favourite attractions and afterwards we had some barbecue dinner at the tables there – yummy!!!:D We visited the fair on the Saturday too and on the Sunday went home.:)

The last day of August /yesterday/ we went to the Rhodope Mountains area as we had to prepare some more documents for the house purchase. We spent the whole day on the road combining the work we had to do with some hiking, wild raspberry picking /yum:)/ and sightseeing…:D On our way back we had dinner at our favourite place there – the Blue Inn.:D

I’ve seen quite a lot movies in August: ‘Hannah Montana' /a cute movie for the whole family:)/, ‘Fast and Furious 4’ /a wonderful movie - full of action and excitement!!!:) Two thumbs up!!!:)/, ’12 Rounds’ /this movie was supposed to be an exciting action, but I didn’t find it interesting at all…:(/, ‘Daredevil’ /wonderful movie - interesting, breath-taking... and gorgeous Ben Affleck:)/, ‘Legally Blonde 2 – Red, White & Blonde’ /maybe not as good as the first Legally Blonde movie, but still cute and funny:)/, ‘Legally Blondes’ /a very silly sequence:(/, ‘Bedtime Stories’ /an OK comedy movie for the whole family:)/, ‘Elektra’ /interesting and exciting, great battle scenes:)/, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ /one of the best movies I've seen so far this year - great and touching story, wonderful acting...:) Definitely a movie I would love to see more than once!!!;)/, ‘Honey’ /a cute movie with great dancing:)/, ‘Night at the Museum 2 – Battle of the Smithsonian’ /a nice and funny movie for the whole family:)/, ‘The Good Shepherd’ /I’ve never been into spy stories/movies, but this one was definitely very interesting and the actors were fantastic:)/, ‘Fighting’ / the story was good, but the movie was a kind of slow most of the time... Still, it was worth watching it because of the sooo charming Channing Tatum...:)/, ‘Bring It On: Fight to the Finish’ /another cute cheerleader movie:)/, ‘Pitch Black’ /in spite of some really disgusting scenes it’s always a pleasure seeing Vin Diesel:)/ and ‘Duplicity’ /I was a bit disappointed with this movie, it just wasn’t as interesting as I expected… A good ending, though…:)/.

The picture above shows a view of Starnitza /the village in which we're buying the house/. Isn't is so wild and beautiful?!:)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Honest List





I was tagged/awarded by my dear friend Claus.:) It's a shame that only now I find the time to do it... Yes, I've been a very lazy blogger lately, I readily admit...
 
Anyway, I have to list 10 honest things about me. Sooooo, did you know that:

1. I’m left-handed, but I write with my right hand... When I started school, my teacher told my parents that I should learn to write with my right hand... So I did... I can still write with my left hand as well, but my handwriting with it is not that refined...;)

2. When I was a child, I wanted to be a boy... Sometimes I still think that my life would be much easier if I was a male...:P

3. I have a driver’s license since 1994, but I'm scared to drive... It's silly, I know... Last night I even had a nightmare, in which I was all alone, driving a car... Needless to say, I was greatly relieved when I woke up and realized it was just a dream...:P

4. My mother was adopted by my grandparents, but I've always felt them closer than my other grandparents /my dad's parents/ whom I'm blood related to... My granny Donka /my mother's adopter/ has actually been my closest person in the world... She literally raised my sister and me and we loved her so much that spontaneously started calling her 'Mama Doni'...;) She passed away in 1998, but I'm convinced that she's not completely gone...

5. My dad has a very special skill - he knows how to heal dislocated or strained body parts by manual therapy... He does it without causing any pain whatsoever... He's very popular and the newspapers have written about him a number of times... My dad says it's a gift from God, so he doesn't charge the people he helps... It must be running in the family as his grandmother /whom he was named after/ had been a healer too... I wonder if my son /as he's named after my dad/ would inherit this power too...;)

6. I've always wanted to have two children - a boy and a girl... But actually I've wanted to have first a boy and then - a girl... Well, it happened the other way round...:)

7. Vlado and I met at the University of Plovdiv in 1993.. I had a boyfriend at that time for almost 5 years and everybody expected us to get married... However, I realized that guy just wasn't the right one for me... And when I met Vlado, I fell so deeply in love with him that I broke up with my boyfriend... Apparently Vlado was deeply in love with me too as he offered me to get married only two months after we met... At that time I thought he was joking... But he wasn't... so we got married in the summer of 1995...;)

8.After we got married, I was desperate to become a mum... Which was a bit silly maybe, as I was still too young... It was a real tragedy for me that I couldn't get pregnant in the first few months after the marriage... Anyway, I gave birth to Minnie while both Vlado and I were still at the University...:) And I'm proud that I never gave up an exam - in spite of having a baby!!!:) I finished my studies on time and with excellent grades!!!:)

9. Before becoming pregnant with Vanyo, I've had a miscarriage...:((( Doctors said I shouldn't get pregnant for a few months after the miscarriage... But on my birthday Vlado and I were a bit careless, so I got pregnant with Vanyo... Hubby jokes that my son has been my birthday present!!!:)

10. I guess now all of you will know much more about me than you've ever wanted to... Maybe that's another honest thing about me - sometimes I'm too honest and share too much...:P

Five people are supposed to play along. I know some of my friends have already done this, so I would tag Go West, creawitch, BellaMio, Quirky Celt and Cottage Crafts! No pressure though. If you don't wish to list your unknown facts - if you still have any - don't even sweat it. Just grab the award.

Monday, August 3, 2009

July movie update...and some other news:)



The movies I've seen in July are: ‘Transformers’ /great special effects, but nothing more…/, ‘State of Play’ /even though it was hard to believe that Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck had been friends from college as Crowe was looking 20 years older than Affleck, the movie was quite good - intelligent, keeping the attention most of the time, combining action and drama in the best possible proportions…:)/, ‘The Riot of L.’ /a Bulgarian movie about the destiny of a young man who was captured while trying to escape from Bulgaria at the time when our country was a part of the East Bloc – the movie was nothing special, but it was interesting to see as new Bulgarian movies are so rare…;)/, ‘Obsessed’ /I was pleasantly surprised that Beyonce is not only an incredible singer, but an OK actress as well...:) Even though the movie was quite predictable, I watched it till the end without feeling bored...;)/,‘Princess Protection Program’ /a cute movie for the whole family/, ’17 Again’ /an OK romantic comedy/, ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ /one of the best Harry Potter movies, definitely much better than the previous one!!!:D A movie I would love to see more than once:)/, ‘The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’ /an OK romantic comedy/, ‘Miss March’ /a very silly comedy…:(/ and ‘Labor Pains’ /another silly comedy about a fake pregnancy:(/.
 
On July 26th /Sunday/ Minnie went to a summer camp with her schoolmates and her school teacher. They stayed at a hotel in Primorsko /a lovely little town on the Black Sea coast/ for a week.:) She got home on August 2nd /Sunday/ and told me she has had a wonderful time there!!!:)
 
While Minnie was at the camp, I took Vanyo with me to the office. We stayed there in the mornings /luckily I wasn’t too busy that particular week;)/, and at lunch we used to go home /as he needed his afternoon nap/.:) Both my son and I enjoyed spending these days together a lot!!!:D 

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Our 14th wedding anniversary:)



Both Vlado and I had to work on the day of our wedding anniversary /which was yesterday, July 22nd/, but as soon as we got home, we picked the kids up and went to the ‘Rowing Base’. It’s in the neighbourhood here we used to live before moving to our own flat. The ‘Rowing Base’ is how the locals refer to a huge area where the rowing canal /for canoe and kayak trainings/, the Plovdiv stadium, some swimming pools, a lot of tennis and football fields and alleys for bikes, rollers and jogging are situated. There are also a small zoo and a lot of caf├ęs and restaurants, so this is the favourite place for people in Plovdiv who want to do some sports or just to relax!!!:) Vlado and the kids decided to go there as they wanted to play some football!!!:) When we arrived at one of the football fields, Minnie asked me ‘Mum, if you’re not playing, what you are going to be? A judge?’ And before I can figure my answer out, Vanyo replied ‘A cheerleader!!!’. We had such a good laugh!!!:D

After the game we went to the mall for a KFC /and McDonald’s for Vanyo:)/ dinner and when we got home we had some ice-cream and Milka heart-shaped chocolates for dessert!!!:) So it was a lovely wedding anniversary even thought we didn’t go to any fancy restaurant!!!;)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Our newest project:)


After the visit at our friends' house in the village of Starnitza in the Rhodope Mountains /about which I already wrote here in the begining of May/, Vlado and I decided to buy a house in the same village too...;) So we're going to buy the one on the picture here... It's a stone house, built in a typical Rhodopean style about 50 years ago... And no one has been living there for about 40 years... So it will need a lot of renovations... But it's strongly built and quite big - consists of two floors about 85 square meters each /each floor is bigger than our flat and has four big rooms/, plus a basement and a /very small/ attic... The yard on which the house is built is quite big too - almost 2000 square meters /but we're buying only half of it, because we just don't need so much space...at least for now;)/. So generally it's quite a good deal even though I'm pretty sure that the next few years will be dedicated to renovating the house!!!;) And most probably we'll give up having any holidays away from home this summer... Oh, well...

Last month we signed a preliminary contract with the owners and as soon as we get the loan from the bank /yes, we're getting another loan to add up to the two ones we've already taken for the flat:P/ we'll sign the final deal...:) Anyway, Vlado and I drove to Starnitza last Saturday, got the keys for the house and had a good look at it, planning the way we wanted the rooms and thinking about the most urgent renovations that have to be done... After that we went to have dinner at our favourite place in the Rhodope Mountains /the Blue Inn/ and then drove home... It was quite an exciting day for both of us!!!;)

Tomorrow after work Vlado and I are going to pick the kids up from Karlovo...:) Originally they had to stay with my mother-in-law a bit longer but we really missed them a lot, so decided to take them home earlier...;) Besides, on Wednesday Vlado and I are going to celebrate our 14th Wedding Anniversary, and we would like to share this special day with our lovely kids!!!;)

Monday, July 13, 2009

A cute video:)

As I'm still reading 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' and am somehow in a Harry Potter mood, I remembered this cute video and decided to share it with my friends here.:) It consists of scenes from the Harry Potter movies and the song is 'I want you' by one of the most talented Bulgarian musicians - Grafa...:) Enjoy!!!:)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A weekend in Karlovo:)


We spent the first July weekend /July 4th – 5th/ in Karlovo with the kids.:) As soon as Vlado and I finished work on the Friday, we left for Karlovo…:) We were really impatient to meet the kids as we have missed them so much!!!:) They welcomed us with so much joy, there were so many hugs and kisses…:) Minnie and Vanyo were so impatient to share with us everything they’ve done during their stay in Karlovo…:) Obviously they’ve had a wonderful time – they’ve been to a few hikes at the mountains /Karlovo is situated at the foot of the Stara Planina mountains/, and to the pool in Banya /a lovely little town close to Karlovo, famous for its healthy mineral water/.:) And Minnie had learned to bake!!!:) She had baked such a delicious cake – all by herself!!!:) And the cream on the top of the cake was so smooth and evenly made – it didn’t look like a hand-made cake at all!!!:) I’m so proud of my daughter /and grateful she is not as clumsy as me:P/!!! She seems to be really interested in cooking /unlike me/ and I’m so happy about it!!!:D 
 
The weekend with the kids was so relaxing and special, I absolutely enjoyed it!!!:) It was sad to say ‘good-bye’ to them on the Sunday afternoon…:( But it’s really much better for them to stay in Karlovo while we’re working… Besides, it’s so nice to have Vlado’s attention all to myself for a while!!!;)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

June Movie Review




Soooo, the movies I've seen last month are: 'Confessions of a Shopaholic’ /the whole shopping mania thing is totally strange for me, which was maybe the reason why I couldn't enjoy the movie the way I should...:P/, ’27 Dresses’ /a sweet romantic comedy, which wasn't bad at all... The ending made me a bit teary actually...:)/, ‘The Bucket List’ /one of the best movies I've seen lately - great acting, touching story, dark humour... Definitely a movie worth seeing!!!:)/, ‘The Secret of Moonacre’ /a nice fantasy movie for the whole family:)/, ‘Baby on Board’ /the story was generally OK, but the jokes were flat and silly:(/, ‘Angels and Demons’ /interesting and exciting... I liked it even more than 'The Da Vinci Code':)/, ‘Fired Up’ /an OK teen comedy about guy cheerleaders:P/, ‘Terminator Salvation’ /a total disappointment... the movie has nothing in common with the previous Terminator movies - it's boring and silly...:(/, ‘Semi-Pro’ /except of the bear fight scene which was kind of funny, the movie was silly and boring...:(/, ‘Flirting with Forty’ /an OK romantic movie, showing the love story of a 40 year old lady and a 27 year old man.../ and ‘I Am Legend’ /in spite of some really cruel and disgusting scenes the movie was interesting and kept my attention all the time…/

Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer holidays:)




Yes, both my kids are on summer holidays already!!!:)

Minnie's last day at school was June 12th /Friday/. All the students from the 6th and 7th grades at her school had a party that day and my daughter told me she had had a wonderful time there!!!:)

On June 15th /Monday/ the official ceremony for the end of the school year took place.:) Minnie got an award diploma as once again she got 'excellent' 6 /the best mark in Bulgaria/ for all of her 6th grade subjects - Bulgarian Language and Literature, Mathematics, English, History and Civilization, Geography and Economy, Man and Nature, Computer Technologies, Labour Education, Music, Art, Sports, CCS /Compulsory Chosen Subject/ Bulgarian, CCS English, CCS Mathematics, CCS Man and Nature, FCS /Freely Chosen Subject/ English and FCS Mathematics...:) Needless to say, we're all extremely proud of her for doing so well again!!!:)

Minnie is on summer holidays from June 15th until September 15th...:) I hope she'll be able to relax to the fullest during these three months because the next school year will be very important - it's the last year in Middle School and at the end of it she'll have to pass some very difficult exams to be accepted at High School... But I'm sure that if she keeps her attitude towards education, she'll be accepted without a problem wherever she decides to apply!!!:)

Vanyo's last day at the Kindergarten was June 18th /Thursday/. The following day I had a criminal case at the Supreme Court of Cassation in our capital Sofia. Vlado had taken that week off so he offered to drive me there which was definitely sweet of him!!!:) We decided to take the kids as well and it turned out to be a great idea!!!:)

We left our home pretty early /at about 6 a.m./ and as soon as we arrived at Sofia /it was about 8 a.m./ went to have breakfast at McDonald's.:) Then Vlado and the kids went sightseeing and I went to the court... When the case was over, we all gathered again and had an early lunch at KFC.:) Then we grabbed some doughnuts at Dunkin' Donuts /4 boxes, 6 pieces each:P/ which we enjoyed during the weekend /yummy:P/. Our final destination was the Zoo, where the kids enjoyed themselves to the fullest!!!:) We got home at about 5 p.m. and I was almost passing out of exhaustion, but I couldn't deny that it was a lovely day for the whole family!!!:)  

We spent last weekend in Karlovo and on Sunday only Vlado and I got home... Minnie and Vanyo will stay with my mother-in-law for about a month and I hope they'll have a good time there!!!:) Hubby and I will miss them a lot, but it will be nice to spend some time just the two of us as a couple...:)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bulgaria



Well, I've decided to use my blog to tell the world more about my almost unknown little country - Bulgaria, about its beautiful nature, glorious history, and unique culture...:) This is the first entry of the Bulgarian topic, in which I'm sharing a sightseeing map and some info I've borrowed /and slightly edited/ from Wikipedia...::)


Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria is a country located in Southeastern Europe which borders five other countries: Romania to the north (mostly along the River Danube), Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia to the west, and Greece and Turkey to the south. The Black Sea in south-eastern defines the extent of the country to the east. 

Bulgaria includes parts of the Roman provinces of Moesia, Thrace and Macedonia. Old European culture within the territory of present-day golden artifacts by the fifth millennium BC. 

The first Bulgarian kingdoms on European soil date back to the early Middle Ages (7th century). All Bulgarian political entities that subsequently emerged preserved the traditions (in ethnic name, language and alphabet) of the First Bulgarian Empire (632/681 – 1018), which at times covered most of the Balkans and spread its alphabet, literature and culture among the Slavic and other peoples of Eastern Europe. Centuries later, with the decline of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396/1422), Bulgarian kingdoms came under Ottoman rule for nearly five centuries. The Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 led to the re-establishment of a Bulgarian state as a constitutional monarchy in 1878, with the Treaty of San Stefano which marked the beginning of the Third Bulgarian State. In 1908, with social strife brewing at the core of the Ottoman Empire, the Alexander Malinov government and Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria formally proclaimed the full sovereignty of the Bulgarian state at the ancient capital of Veliko Turnovo. After World War II, in 1945 Bulgaria became a communist state and part of the Eastern Bloc. Todor Zhivkov dominated Bulgaria politically for 33 years (from 1956 to 1989). In 1990, after the Revolutions of 1989, the Communist Party gave up its monopoly on power and Bulgaria transitioned to democracy and free-market capitalism.

Currently Bulgaria functions as a parliamentary democracy under a unitary constitutional republic. A member of the European Union since 2007 and of NATO since 2004, it has a high Human Development Index of 0.834, ranking 56th in the world in 2006, and being listed by Freedom House as "free", scoring 1 (highest) for political rights and 2 for civil liberties.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Bela sum, bela



This is one of my most favourite songs from the Rhodope Mountains - 'Bela, sum, bela, yunache' /can be translated as 'I'm white, white, young hero'; 'white' is equal to 'beautiful, honest' in Bulgarian folklore/. It's a love song... The bagpipes accompaniment and the views from the Rhodopes are magnificent!!!:)

The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices



A Bulgarian folk song performed by the famous Mystery of Bulgarian Voices formation... plus some breath-taking views of the Rhodope Mountains... Enjoy!!!:)
 

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Latest news in a rainy June morning...:)




Vanyo went through the chicken pox just fine...:) He stopped scratching himself after I explained him that if he did, he would get scars and girls wouldn't find him handsome any more...:P And my young Casanova decided that his good appearance is worth it suffering the itching...;) Thanks to this successful strategy he doesn't have any scars, yeah!!!:)

My son got back to the Kindergarten on May 25th /Monday/ and he was so happy about it!!!:) It was obvious that he had missed his little friends there a lot!!!:)

Last Sunday /May 31st/ hubby went to Sofia for a 4-day seminar... He'll get back tomorrow and we're all so much looking forward to welcoming him home!!!:)

June 1st /Monday/ was International Children's Day, so I treated my lovely kids dinner at McDonald's, which turned out to be a really wonderful surprise for them!!!:)

The movies I've seen in the second half of May are: ‘New in Town’ /an OK movie, but I wish it didn't seem so familiar...:(/, ‘Gran Torino’ /one of the best movies I've seen so far this year - great, touching story, wonderful acting:)/, ‘Jumper’ /interesting story, great effects, but the ending was a bit dull.../ and 'Pink Panther 2’ /an OK comedy, some moments were funny, others – boring…/.

The 5th season of my most favourite show 'LOST' also ended in the second half of May... The season finale was breath-taking and exciting as always...:) I just can't wait until 2010 when the 6th /and last/ season will start!!!:P

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Vanyo's 5th Birthday:)


The first May weekend was quite a long one – we had 6 days off!!!:) It’s because we had two official holidays – May 1st /Labour Day/ and May 6th /Bulgarian Army Day/. The only working days in between were May 4th and 5th which the government decided to give off as well /and we should work two Saturdays instead – May 16th and May 30th/.;)

On the first day of the long weekend /May 1st, Friday/ we visited my mother-in-law in Karlovo. Luckily we stayed only for a few hours…;) In the afternoon we got home and started packing… A married couple we both know from work and whom we’re friends with /the woman is a lawyer and the man is an investigator in the police/ had invited us to visit them in their house in the Rhodope Mountains… So as soon as we woke up on the Saturday, we drove to the village of Starnitza /about 90 km away from Plovdiv/. These friends have a son who is the same age as Vanyo, so the kids played together very well.:) As for us, adults, we had a wonderful time as well – we spent almost all the time chatting – either at the table with delicious meals and drinks, or during our walks around the village /which turned out to be absolutely picturesque:)/… We spent the night there /and stayed up until 1 or 2 a.m.:)/ and after having our coffee and breakfast on the Sunday morning we drove home…:)

The following two days were quiet ones… We spent them mostly at home, relaxing…:) And May 6th /Wednesday/ was Vanyo’s 5th Birthday!!!:) We had a special lunch at home with my parents and my mother-in-law.:) My son is born on Saint George’s Day /who is considered to protect shepherds and herds/. According to the tradition we must have a meal of roasted lamb or goat that day /as a kind of sacrifice/. So we had delicious roasted goat for lunch.:) We also had yummy ‘drob-sarma’ /made of rice, mushrooms and selected inwards of the goat, all roasted together – sounds a bit disgusting maybe, but tastes really good:)/, spring salad /lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes and green onions, seasoned with some salt, vinegar and olive oil – very refreshing:)/ and, of course, a wonderful birthday cake /with three types of cream – yum:)/.

Besides the special meals we also enjoyed an improvised show programme, put up by Vanyo – he sang a lot of songs and recited a lot of long poems he had learned in the Kindergarten…:) So sweet and amusing!!!:) Hubby has made a few videos that I’d love to upload to my blog – hopefully I can make the time for it!!!:)

Needless to say, my son got some presents as well – a word game from my mother-in-law /as he is learning the alphabet at the moment:)/, two books and a Lightning McQueen toy from my sister and her family, a clothes set and a remote control Lightning McQueen toy from my parents and an Airport set from Vlado, Minnie and me…:) He loved all the presents and was definitely overjoyed!!!:)

Vanyo had another birthday party the following day /Thursday, May 7th/ - this time with his friends at the Kindergarten.;) He had a huge Spiderman cake and has had lots of fun with the kids there!!!:) He also got a little present – a Winnie the Poor tea cup and an eating pad /to put his dishes on while eating/…:)

That day I had another visit at the surgeon’s and he said the swelling under my left eyebrow was almost gone, so I might not be operated after all… Fingers crossed!!!;)

The weekend after Vanyo’s birthday was a very nice and relaxing one which we spent at home…:) Unfortunately, we noticed a rash on Vanyo’s body and yeasterday we took him to his GP.:( And he was diagnosed with chicken pox /varicella/…:( So far it goes rather smoothly /he doesn’t have any fever, high temperature or other complications/, so let’s hope he’ll keep it up that way!!!

The movies I’ve seen so far this month are: ‘Knowing’ /it was interesting most of the time, even though it could have been much better... Nicolas Cage was great as always;)/, ‘Crank’ /one of the best actions I've seen recently - weird, breath-taking, dark humour...:) Two thumbs up!!!:)/, ‘Two Lovers’ /I was a bit disappointed with this movie - it was too slow and somehow couldn't touch my heart.../, ‘The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon’ /a poor imitation of the Indiana Jones' movies...:( I'm quite disappointed for wasting my time watching it...:(/