Project 52, Week #17

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Big Milestones this month! Blackberry #1 finally learned to ride his bike without the training wheels! Hurray!

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Blackberry #2 on a walk, with his cousin pushing his stroller ๐Ÿ™‚

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Easter

When I was small, my favorite holiday was Christmas. Since becoming an adult ๐Ÿ™‚ my favorite holiday has been easter. I love spring, and how Nature blooms and the weather gets warmer.

Some of our Easter decorations:

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Every year my MOM makes ham, that is covered in dough:

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This year my niece was/is visiting from the US, so we had 3 kids fro the egg hunt:

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Blackberry #2ย  found his first egg:

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Blackberry #1 with his easter loot:

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In Hungary, the day following Easter is called Locsolรณ Hรฉtfล‘, “Watering Monday“. Men usually visit families with girls and women. Water, perfume is sprinkled on the women and girls of the house by the visiting men, who are given in exchange an Easter egg.ย 

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Blackberry #1 watering his cousin ๐Ÿ™‚ The men always say a lovely poem first. They usually water on the hair, but you can always ask to get watered on your wrist, because imagine how stinky one’s hair will be by the end of the day, after being watered by all those different perfumes:)

And this is what “watering” used to look like in the olden days ๐Ÿ™‚ They used big buckets of cold water ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Circus

A couple of days ago the Circus Eรถtvรถs came to town. This circus’s history goes back to 1894 when the czech Winiczky circus dynastyย  came to Hungary and a nobleman Eรถtvรถs Ferencz, a baron, fell in love with the equestrianne Johanna. They got married and he joined their circus. They had a Son: Nandor who established the Eotvos circus in 1920. He had 12 children who have carried on the circus. BB#1 was really excited so we went to see the show. They had all the good stuff: clowns, acrobats, trained animals (parrots, horses, dogs looking like wolves and elephants), trapeze acts, jugglers. We got cotton candy for a snack ๐Ÿ™‚

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BB#1 waiting for the show to start.

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And this topless italian God was my favorite part of the show ๐Ÿ™‚ He flew around the tent like Superman ๐Ÿ™‚

All photos (except first one) are taken from the Facebook page of Cirkusz Eotvos.

Have you ever been to the Circus?

Moments of Nostalgia-Violin

I decided to take part in the Moments of Nostalgia Writing Challenge. Lana created this challenge, you can visit her blog here:

http://sweetlittlesomethingsnet.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/moments-of-nostalgia/.

I started to play the violin when I was 8 years old. Here in Hungary you have to complete 2 years of “Music school” (where you learn the basics of music) before you can start to learn an instrument, so I started music school when I was 6. I loved the violin, I think it is a beautiful instrument. We moved to the USA when I was 10 and there I had Orchestra class everyday, 5 days a week. I would also practice 30-60 minutes every day at home after school. Playing the violin taught me the love of music, it also taught me diligence and how to be part of a team. I loved Orchestra, I loved being part of a team and the harmony the sounds from the different instruments made.I always played first violin. We played classical music (Bach was my all time favorite) and also some modern tunes (Like the Star Wars Theme Song) when we had recitals. When I was 13 we moved back to Hungary. There was no orchestra here, I could only take private lessons at the “Violin school”, which was boring and the teacher was stict. So after I finished 8th grade I gave up the violin ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

But the 6 years while it was part of my life always brings back really nice memories ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope at least one of my boys will some day learn an instrument, even if it is not the violin ๐Ÿ™‚

Kukolina also took part in the challenge you can read her post here: http://kukolina.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/pregnancy-versus-eyebrow-shaping/

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An old photo taken at a recital. I am the one with the blonde hair and blue eyes, I was 10 or 11 here.