Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

If you are expecting to see some sightseeing photos from our Mini Break in Lithuania, you are looking at the wrong post. ūüôā This time, we only stayed there for the few days and, as you might know, the¬†main reason for the whole trip was my Grandma’s birthday. Therefore, 95% of our time there we spent with my family and the other 5% with friends.

Let’s talk photos today. A picture below was taken on our very first day of our Lithuanian break, soon after we arrived to my Grandma’s house. ¬†Edward’s face says it all – it’s been a long day. Our flight was at around 6.30am, therefore we were all up since 2.30am.

This terrace of my Grandmother¬†holds so many memories. My sisters and I used to always play there as kids. However, the windows were not always there. it used to be as a huge balcony before. I remember¬†us, kids, sitting there, on the edge of the balcony with our legs hanging out. The thought of it terrifies me now! It’s on the second floor, I can’t even think of what could have happened if we slipped or something!

Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

Next photo below is from one of our many lunches out. I really miss the food from Lithuania (not necessarily¬†Lithuanian food, but made by Lithuanians). For example, pizzas are somewhat¬†different there and I love them so much! Edward enjoys it a lot too. I am very glad he does. ūüôā

Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

Below- Edward and Daniella¬†at the main shopping centre named Akropolis in Kaunas city. We always go there when we are visiting Lithuania. There is everything in one place – lots of clothes and shoe¬†stores, cinema, restaurants and cafes, bowling, ice ring, food store, pharmacy¬†and loads more. It’s kind of Lithuanian Westfield, ha ha. ūüôā
Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

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Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas

‘Lithuanian Break’ story will be posted in¬†2 separate posts, as¬†there is so much to share about. Welcome to the part 1 – Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel in Kaunas. There will be a video added at part¬†2, so stay tuned! ūüôā

Our mini Lithuanian break was lovely, just as we hoped! It went so fast, though, that it feels like it was never here. Oh well, 4 days only, we knew that was gonna go as a blink of an eye.

Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas

Packing was the most unpleasant part of it.¬† It took me nearly the whole day to pack mine, Harry’s and Daniella’s stuff! I was so happy when it was finally over!

So at¬†3.30am¬†on Wednesday, Edward, Harry, Daniella, I + my cousin with his family were all off to ¬†Liverpool airport to catch our 7am flight to Vilnius. Luka, unfortunately, couldn’t go, as she had school to go to. But she actually wasn’t too sad, she had already been to Lithuania and also Tenerife this year, so this girl is travelling more often than all of us do!

Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas

There is one thing you probably didn’t know about me- I have a pretty big fear of flying. I am normally shaking with the smallest of turbulence. Even the thought of it makes me nervous! But this time, I took some calming drops with me, that Edward used to get his emotions in place before his driving exam, more than a year ago. I took a few drops¬†more¬†than they advise on the bottle and it really did help!

Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas

The whole journey went really well. Harry slept for almost half of the flight (it takes 2.5 hours to get to Lithuania) and Daniella was playing with her paper dollies- dressing them in their sticker dresses or getting crazy (and making a lot of noise on the airplane) with her daddy.

Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas

We landed in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius at around 11am (2 hours’ time difference) and then took a huge 2 deck train to Kaunas, second biggest city in Lithuania (which is actually not at all big), where we had Magnus hotel booked for our stay. Continue reading Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas

5 Tips to Keep Kids Busy While Getting Things Done

Tips to Keep Kids Busy While Getting Things Done

To keep kids busy while getting things done theoretically would be ideal, but it is often hard or not at all always possible.

The moment, when your toddler walks with you into the toilet and after asking to close the door, she calmly closes it, leaving herself inside… Makes you forget why you in the toilet in the first place. ūüôā

Being a mum itself is a 24/7 job. It is never-ending routine. Man will never understand this. 

Waking up – sometimes even earlier, than you would normally wake up for your daytime job, changing nappies, making breakfast. Cleaning up, doing laundry, making lunch. Putting kids to beds for the afternoon nap and tidying up again. Then you MIGHT have a little break while kids are asleep, but this is NOT always the case, as you will probably use that time for paying bills, making important calls or writing a blog, as I do!

Kids then wake up, so you change their nappies again (you have probably done that for about 5 times anyway before they went to sleep), making a little snack for them, then get on with preparing dinner, while fulfilling your babies demands: want a cartoon, want a yogurt, want to wear this dress (which is actually a sleeping dress) and not another one, don’t want to do my hair, etc…

Finally, it’s dinner time, which is just as eventful. I normally end up feeding Harry with one hand, Daniella with another (she soon gets bored of feeding herself and asks MUMMY to do it), while my own food is getting cold in front of me. Edward does try to help, but our princess often refuses to get fed by anyone else than mummy…

Reminder for myself: ask Santa for the third hand over next Christmas!

Where did I finish then. Ok, so after the dinner I am lucky enough to clean up he kitchen, always with help from my wonderful Edward- I honestly don’t know how would I cope without him. After dinner, it’s Eastenders time (ha ha). This had become a family religion. ūüėÄ I would normally watch it while editing my blog post or catching up with¬†other undone stuff online. And soon it’s time to get kids ready for bed (I am not even mentioning nappy changing in between no more). Once kids are ‘happily ever after’, I will finally in silence (sight) catch up with my leftover online work and at about 11pm – 12am I am off to bed.

However, it’s not the end even then. I don’t know if I can¬†call my sleep ‘SLEEP’. It is somewhat a ‘standby mode’. In case Daniella¬†calls from another room to fix her duvet or that she had a bad dream, in case Harry wakes up for nursing or dog starts throwing it’s bowl across the floor, as she has run out of the water. And then in no time the morning comes, and all starts all over again… I am not gonna go into the horror stories when children are ill or teething… Man will never understand this anyway… Continue reading 5 Tips to Keep Kids Busy While Getting Things Done

Valentine’s Day

valentine's day

As I have mentioned in my previous post, we didn’t plan anything extraordinary for this Valentine’s Day. I even ordered Edward not to buy me any flowers – I feel it’s such a rip-off- prices are doubled or tripled on everything to do with the celebration. And, honestly,¬†I don’t think, that my man MUST buy me flowers, just because it is Valentine’s Day! I will appreciate them much more on any other day¬†when he gets them because he feels like it and not because everyone does it.

And now I feel good, cos I don’t fall into that ‘because everyone does’ category (at least not on this occasion)! Happy with myself. ūüôā

St Valentine’s Day itself, I, however, have nothing against about. I actually love it. I think the idea is really nice. It is important to celebrate love. So we did kind of celebrate, but in a very much our own – non-commercial way.

On Valentine’s day morning, Edward was the first one to wake up¬†and we were all soon greeted by Valentine’s day kisses from him! I know, he is still so romantic and lovely! ūüôā We then went to make breakfast together. We had decided to have paninis (some people have it for lunch, but we do like filling breakfast). When our¬†paninis were done, we attempted to make some romantic hearts on it by using mayonnaise and ketchup. Believe me, it’s harder than it looks! It didn’t come out perfect, but the thought was there and that’s what counts! (All worst hearts are Edward’s by the way haha :D)

valentine's day romantic breakfast

We called our kids downstairs and all had lovely breakfast. We then tidied up the house and Edward went to clean a car while children and I were getting ready to go out. And NOP, we didn’t go to the posh restaurant, not even the cinema. We took our babies to the soft play! Yeh, soft play. And, honestly, I don’t think they would have been any happier if we took them to the restaurant! They were literally thrilled to go to soft play for some fun! Continue reading Valentine’s Day

Planning Valentine’s Day with Kids

Maybe I shouldn’t say ‘planning Valentine’s day’, as this year we don’t really plan. Not Valentine’s day at least. Don’t worry, I didn’t give up on my relationship with Edward, no no no, not at all, but I just came to realize, that Valentine’s Day is so over materialized. There is not much romance left in it no more. Everything you do on Valentine’s Day is so overpriced. ¬†You overpay and you hardly get any quality, comfort, not even a romantic atmosphere for it.Planning Valentine's Day with Kids

Last year’s Valentine’s day is a good example. I was pregnant with Harry. We bought cinema tickets for 50 Shades of Gray movie and booked our local Italian restaurant for romantic dinner after. The restaurant seemed to have lovely Valentine’s Day menu, I already knew what I was gonna get – scallops for the starter, seafood pasta for main. I wasn’t that fussed about the desert. It was scallops that made my mind up to go to exactly that restaurant. It was proper craving for seafood time!

The movie was ok, considering, that it was a while, since we last been to the cinema. Therefore, we quite enjoyed it. However, booking the restaurant was a mistake. It was crowded, more tables set up than usual to obviously make more business on such a busy day. I remember, we had to wait for about 40 minutes for someone to take our order. And to my huge disappointment,¬†they had run out of the scallops! Continue reading Planning Valentine’s Day with Kids