We love to be together during our free time and that can be very rare, especially here in London…
In my country food is something to feed your belly with and that’s all! I would skip my breakfast in trade of longer sleep, eat fast lunch on the way or eat before the bed because I would be starving… I would eat at any time, whatever and however is available at the moment not to feel hunger
When I was pregnant I read an article about how the child is attached to the mother, and how incredibly important she is for him. When they reach 3 years old then the mother’s significance starts reducing and the father’s increasing. At that time i didn’t care much about it, but now… some weeks ago I remembered it again.
It s almost 1 month now that we changed the 6 into a 7 and I am still thinking how big and powerful was the number “2016” for us.
It has been the longest Christmas that we ever had!… Last week we had family visits in Porto so our Christmas mood started there and all those decorations on the street, it looked like Christmas was coming, almost coming, almost, but still not here 😉
Travel is not a holiday!! In our family we need travel as we need fresh air…
This time we decided to go somewhere that none of us went before… and we thought about Denmark.
It was first time when we were travelling all since Markus got his own seat on the plane. And now it’s much easier to manage space… 3 seats instead of 2, it feels like a castle!
So after 1 week in Denmark we brought some new learnings to be kept for the next times:
If your toddler is potty trained and he doesn’t feel comfortable with “adult’s toilet” then you should bring your potty with you or buy a disposable one. Because I had super nice moment when we left plane and Markus wanted to go to toilet and we didn’t have potty and we didn’t know where to buy in the city that we just landed. So we were tired, with backpacks and it was end of day and we were still running back and forth for a shop where to buy potty, which we just found the day after!
2. RESPECT YOUR TODDLER’S SPEED
Do you like museums? To enjoy typical food at the restaurant? But does your child likes to see ducks in a fountain? Sleep in the middle of the day? Just respect it. The child has his own needs and he is also member of the family, so manage the time with him.
3. DENMARK IS A NICE PLACE FOR CHILDREN!
I never ever before saw playground for children to spend time while parents are shopping for clothing… a playroom in the toys shop is not so surprising but a place for children in the regular clothes shops… yes, it is quite new for me.
And in general you feel that your children is very welcome in Denmark 😉
So hopefully we will be going back to Denmark!!!
One year in London is already gone and you can check our goals in our post from May! But still we have one more “to study” and to grow more as a family in speedy London.
We had pleasant last moth of summer with lots of work for Rodrigo and holidays for Terese from her private classes. But the holidays brought some new job as well because Terese led an art club at Nansen Village. She had a big group of excited children.
The proposal was to enjoy summer and paints and give a try for a new techniques like pointillism, collage and others.
In the end of the month we presented exhibition with quite big success!
Thank you for being part of these nice sessions!
Summer went by really quickly but autumn brings even more speed and rush.
The week of the 24th of July was a very important one for us:
To celebrate we had pasta+feta – never going out of fashion – dinner and talk about our life here in London.
We had hard and really difficult moments and at times we were scared and felt unsafe as a family and as individuals. It wasn’t an easy year but we learnt a lot from it. Specially that we are stronger than we thought. And with each month it’s becoming easier to go through all the challenges, old and new.
So. If you have a child, 2 or more… if you/your partner are planing to study… if everyone says “you won’t make it, it’s London, it’s too expensive”. Then I would tell you: yes, it is definitely hard and sometimes you will want to bang the door and go away but if you really want and if you know why you are doing it, then go for it.
This year brought us more questions about our life in the future and about its incredible impact for Markus development. After 1 year we can state that we are settling down and we just need to move on. Maybe next year will be easier