Monday, March 24, 2014

Life is good...:)

Yes, March came and brought the health, good luck and happiness back to my family!:)

March 8th was International Women’s Day and my hubby and children made it super special for me!:) They had so many lovely surprises - handmade cards from the children /Minnie had even written me a poem, wow:)/, a care package /a book about healthy food and some cosmetics/ from the children and hubby, and, last, but not least - a beautiful black suit /jacket, skirt and trousers/ by my favourite local designer from hubby...:) Hubby also bought a cross trainer that weekend, so I have less excuses for keeping fit now...:) 

On March 10th I had two more occasions to celebrate - Minnie's plaster was taken off /finally:)/ and I found out that Vanyo had received 48 points /out of 50/ at a competition, called 'I communicate with Europe' which he had in English...:)

Looks like my son is really good at English for his age, as on March 19th I also found out he had received 96% at a mock YLE Cambridge Starters exam, organized by Europe Schools /a private school which offers language and computer courses/…:) Needless to say, we’re all very proud of his great result!:) Europe Schools were very impressed by Vanyo and even offered to let him skip a level if we decide to sign him up at their courses…:) But hubby and I think Vanyo is OK with his English studies at school /4 lessons a week/ so we decided against signing him up at Europe Schools for extra lessons.:)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Chestita Baba Marta! :)


Well, dear friends, as most of you know, Bulgarians celebrate Baba Marta on March 1st...:) Baba Marta is an imaginary character who gives 'marthenitza's to the children and this way shows that the spring has come...:) 'Marthenitza's are made of white and red threads and by giving them to each other we wish health, happiness and good luck...:) We wear the 'marthenitza's until we see the first stork /symbol of spring here/, then we take them off and tie them on a fruit tree for fertility...:) On March 1st we greet one another with 'Chestita Baba Marta' /it can be translated as 'Happy Granny March'/... It's one of the most beautiful Bulgarian traditions...:) So - chestita Baba Marta, dear friends!:)

Now let me get back to February for a while... It definitely was a bad month for our family and I'm so happy that it's over!:) Just as we all got healthy again, we got a call from my brother-in-law on February 18th that Minnie had stepped on the side of her right foot and had broken some muscle fibres on her ankle…:( She had her foot immobilized and put in plaster, which should be taken off on March 10th...:( Needless to say, we’re all worried about her… And she couldn't participate any more at the Ancient Greek comedy where she plays one of the two main *male* characters /this performance was part of the exhibition, held at the Bulgarian Science Academy, called ‘Greece – Ancient and Modern Times’/. Such a pity, as she really enjoyed playing at that comedy and it was quite a success…:(

We saw three more movies by the end of February - '21 Jump Street' /funny and entertaining... And Channing Tatum is always a pleasure to watch...:)/, 'Reasonable Doubt' /nothing special:(/ and 'The Young Victoria' /great movie - beautiful, heart-warming and touching!:) I loved it! :)/. So at least it was a good month for movie watching!:)

The first weekend of March was a long one /three days/ because Monday, March 3rd, is Bulgaria's national holiday /Liberation Day/.:) We relaxed at home and, of course, saw some movies - 'In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale' /nothing special:(/, 'TILT' /a great Bulgarian movie about love... and about the choices we need to make in our lives...:)/ and 'Valentine's Day' /I just *loved* this movie - it is sweet, touching, funny, full of great stories and the actors are brilliant!:) Two thumbs up!:)/.

During the long weekend we saw all the episodes of 'Life'... Such a pity there are only two seasons...:( We really fell in love with the story and the characters...:)