Easter

When I was small, my favorite holiday was Christmas. Since becoming an adult πŸ™‚ 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 #2Β  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 LocsolΓ³ HΓ©tfΕ‘, “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.Β 

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Blackberry #1 watering his cousin πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ They used big buckets of cold water 😦

2013 in pictures

2013 was the year of the good, the bad and the ugly….

It was hard, it was sometimes scary and ofcourse there was lots of joy πŸ™‚

Blackberry #2 finally joined the family at home and I had to learn to be the Momma of 2 boys.

January

Jan.15th was the day, that after 51 days in the NICU, we got to bring Blackberry #2 home from the clinic. This was the day that Blackberry #1 got to meet his little brother for the first time! (no kids are allowed in the NICU).

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I didn’t think we would be home by that time, since the year started out bad, really bad. After doing really well, and having all his IV-s out, nothing sticking out of him, on january 1st Blackberry #2 caught some infection and became really ill, and I went in the clinic the first day of the year to find him with an IV in his head, and his leg and arm tied together so he wouldn’t yank it out. Everything started all over again, no milk, antibiotics, IVs, monitors etc….This is exactly why they call your stay at the NICU a rollercoaster. You have good days and then you have bad days and you never know what to expect. But luckily he was strong and became well again soon and was home by the middle of the month πŸ™‚

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February

It was carnival at pre-school and Blackberry #1 was a viking!

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March

Blackberry #2 got to go for his first walk in the outside world in his stroller πŸ™‚

I was a little worried: it was 16 Celsius outside and look at all the clothes I put on him πŸ™‚

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April

It was Easter and Blackberry #1 went on an egg hunt πŸ™‚

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May

It was Mothers day at Pre-school.

Blackberry #1 was the birdie in the play πŸ™‚

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Summer (June-July-August)

Summer was hot, and fun and relaxing. We went on a couple of vacations πŸ™‚

I had my birthday in july, I turned old 😦

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October

We carved a pumpkin and Blackberry #2 learned to stand and sit πŸ™‚

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November

We celbrated the birthdays of the Blackberries πŸ™‚ (6 and 1)

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December

We went on a winter vacation (post coming soon), celebrated Christmas and rang in the new year πŸ™‚

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2014 will be exciting: Blackberry #1 will start school in the fall, and hopefully Blackberry #2 will start to walk and talk πŸ™‚

I hope we will have good health and less doctors appointments.

I hope to travel  abroad (the last time I left the country was in 2011 😦

How was your 2013?