Thursday, January 19, 2012

Vanyo's name day...:)

Vanyo's name day was on January 7th /Saturday/. Vlado and I had picked the children up from Karlovo the previous evening, so the four of us celebrated it together...:) We visited my parents for lunch as my dad had a name day too and we spent a very nice time there - enjoying delicious food, good drinks and a funny conversation...:) 

Needless to say, Vanyo got some nice gifts for his name day - a Lego City set from his sister, his dad and me and some money from my parents and my mother-in-law...:) He was soooo happy!!!:)))

The Monday that followed Vanyo's name day /January 9th/ was the first school day after the Christmas holidays, so my son brought two boxes of chocolates as a treat for his classmates and teachers...:) He was very proud that his name day was celebrated that long...;)

Other than the celebration of Vanyo's name day, that weekend was quite uneventful... I guess the only other thing worth mentioning is that we saw 'Real Steel' /wonderful movie - interesting, touching, exciting... And it also has Jugh Jackman in it... What else could a girl like me need in a movie?!:P/. 

Last weekend we saw another nice movie - 'Johnny English Reborn' /quite funny, I liked it a lot:)/.

Yesterday was a very busy and stressful day - I had to get up too early /5.45 a.m./ in order to catch a bus to Botevgrad /a town in the mountains, 60 kilometers away from Sofia/ as I had a case there...:( To top it off, it had started snowing that morning, but luckily I didn't have any unpleasant road adventures!!!:) The views of the snowy mountains were fantastic!!!:))) And the best thing about the trip was that I made it to finish reading the fourth book of the Vulgar Novels series of the Bulgarian author Hristo Kaltchev - 'Liquidate the General'. I have read it in 1998, but it was nice to re-read it after a few years /this time as an e-book on my phone/...:)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Our Christmas holidays...:)

December 23rd /Friday/ was the last day before our Christmas holidays... Vanyo had a Christmas party at school that day, so he brought some cookies as a treat for his classmates and teachers...:) All the children got a very nice Franklin Christmas package at the party, so Vanyo was super happy...:)

I worked only until noon that day and just as I was about to leave the office, my boss called me and gave me a Christmas bonus...:) I was so shocked as I didn't expect that at all!!!:))) Needless to say, this surprise added quite a lot to my Christmas mood!!!;)

We arrived at Plovdiv in the afternoon and we were more than ready for the beginning of our Christmas holidays...:) We spent Christmas Eve in Karlovo with my inlaws and we had a very traditional celebration...:) This year Vanyo was the lucky one - he got the coin in his piece of 'pitka'!!!:)

While we were having dinner, Santa Claus had put the presents under the Christmas tree!!!:) The children got spoilt as always!!!:) 

Minnie got a tiger puzzle /500 pieces/ and a dog folder from my parents, a 'She is cool' toilet water from my sister, a FOX sweater from my in-laws, lots of cosmetics and stationery, two books in English /'The Hound of the Baskervilles' by Arthur Conan Doyle and 'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins/, and a helicopter toy /she had chosen it herself/ from her dad and me...:)

Vanyo got a Rescue Centre toy from my parents and my sister, a helicopter toy from my in-laws, some Lego toys and a tiny skateboard /Tech Deck/ from Minnie /she receives a scholarship this school year, so she wanted to buy some Christmas gifts too;)/, a TMNT helicopter toy /helicopters were obviously the hit for our children this Christmas;)/ and two books /fairy tales from different corners of the world, part of a series he is collecting/ from his dad and me...:)

The adults got some nice little gifts too, mainly cosmetics, so everyone was happy...;)

We got back to Plovdiv the following day /December 25/, but before going home we went to visit my parents for a while... We had a short, but very nice time together...:)

The rest of our holidays were spent quietly at home... We watched TV, read, and most of all - relaxed and enjoyed our time together to the fullest!!!:)

I also met some friends and had such a wonderful time catching up with them!!!:))) I've missed them all so much!!!:)))

We made it to see only one movie during our Christmas holidays - 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'. It turned out to be very nice, much better than I expected!!!:)

We celebrated New Year's Eve at home and we had so much fun...:) We had yummy food, good drinks, we danced and laughed a lot!!!:)))

January 2nd /Monday/ was the last day off for Vlado and me... We went to visit my parents once again and then drove to Karlovo... Minnie and Vanyo are still on holidays /until January 9th, lucky them;)/, so hubby and I left them with my in-laws and continued to Sofia... We were a bit sad to leave the kids but it's just for four days and then we'll be together again...;) They love spending their holidays in Karlovo, so they'll be fine...;) Plus, hubby and I need some time as a couple every once in a while too...;)

Yesterday was my first day at work and I was feeling quite stressed out, but I hope that I'll be back in track in no time, fingers crossed...;)