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2018 or bye bye dear London

Hmmm our big 2017 is finished. And we are entering 2018 that doesn’t look less challenging :)
Goals of “17 :
  • Challenge “MMus in London” – accomplished.
  • New member of family “baby Vincent” joined our family!
  • Decision about next living place done.
Preparing to pack
Preparing to pack
Ready to move
Ready to move
“18 brings to us:
  • Challenge “MA In Arnhem”.
  • Keep learning about our boys and family as we did until now! To be honest we are so proud of our work as family even if sometimes it was not easy !!!

Happy New Year!

Let’s meet in the Netherlands!!

3 mountains: children, travels, work

We love to be together during our free time and that can be very rare, especially here in London

So, how to have brilliant vacations with a pregnant lady and toddler, when you have only 2 or 3 days to do everything you dreamt to do during the year :)
Here are 3 GOLDEN tips for anyone who wants to have perfect holidays in just 2 days:
1. Accommodation – try to find a place to stay not so far from the centre and the places that you are planing to visit. This is very important for when you have extra bags (wet clothes, nap time stuff, food or that VERY important toy that your toddler left and you just must go back and pick it) then you can easily go and come back. For example if you spent all morning in the beach and you see that your toddler is tired and needs to have a break, you just go back to your accommodation and come back in the afternoon without spending much time on travels.
2. Priorities!!! What is more important: to stay at home and let your toddler rest so he is calm at dinner time or to see all old town??  When you have only 2 or 3 days you need to be ready not to see all places that you normally would. We are three in our family (ok, one more coming soon but still calm on his/her choices :) ) so we picked 3 places, one for each of us, to make everyone happy. Beach, contemporary gallery and grotto of shells: and it was completely enough for us to fill all three days because besides all these, Markus needed to have naps and we needed to have time for dinners and etc. So, be realistic and do not push all family to see all touristic things in a new city !!!!
3. Relax!!! Even if things don’t go as you want or the weather is terrible, do remember that you are all together and it’s your long-awaited HOLIDAYS so please just enjoy the family time because that’s what’s most important !!!
That is it!
If you do that I am pretty sure you will have best vacations in the year!


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 is true!!!
On January Markus turned 3 years old and guess what? Last weeks I noticed how he is creating a distance between me and him. It’s not bad! It feels so natural for him to go and look for other experiences instead of time with the mother. And I love to see how the father’s role is increasing and the friendships he is creating with his mates from school.
So, the mother’s monarchy is finishing and I’m so happy that I could spend time with him and respect his natural progressions like when he was ready to said no for breastfeeding, and to find a school on the right time.
And now I think its time to start to think about myself and my development as an artist or to start thinking about increasing the number of members of our family!!!
I am so exited to write this post because I know that now a new chapter is starting for me and for Markus as an individual!

2017! 2017…

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.

Each time when I write about new years I go to read my posts from the previous year.
Were we challenged enough during last year? YES
Did we work it out as best as we could? YES
Would I change anything? No!
It was a hard year but I think we learned good lessons from it as couple and family. And we had beautiful moments and projects.
Now, we are facing a challenge that has been in our heads for some time. What comes next? Where are we going after the course? Do we stay in London?
So it seems that the number 7 will bring us new life, new experiences. Let’s see where we will meet number 8!
Until then we would like to share some moments from 2016!


Christmas!!! merry Christmas!!

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 😉

Anyway we would love to share some ginger cookies and christmas
tree lights with you all!
And also our typical Christmas postcard/video that you can see here!

Boas Festas! Gerų švenčių!



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 spring is coming to an end and we are making our reflection for this period of the year.

finishing his year at the school: starting to have new look of his place and role at the course.

becoming stronger as a father and a husband and being a good inspiration for his wife.

in general, you should see Rodrigo!! you wouldn´t recognise him! he become much more responsible, reliable and attentive person.

learnt that to be mother is a job and hard one. She was studying how to draw more than 6 years, but unfortunately she received no manual on how to be responsible for other person

understood that, if she wants to be good mother and inspire her husband, she needs to express herself as person.

has been a source of energy and strength for Rodrigo.
is super multi tasking, learning everything at any time!

So, lets reflect about our life more than once (not only in New Year´s Eve) to grow our relationships with ourselves and as family.


Recipe for a romantic family Easter.

You will need:

  • 1 Husband or something similar,
  • Kid or kids (depends if you like more bitter or more acid taste),
  • Place to stay.

For decoration:
Food, drinks, light, time… basically things that you have around you.

Wake up and enjoy your romantic family easter.


Last week was messy and busy as we like!

We started the week with a project “colorful clouds” that I found in one little project. It contains only stuff that you normally have at home (unless your dad has a stylish beard as ours and doesn’t use shaving foam). Results are unexpected and beautiful!!!


We tried “Penny Spinners”. It s super fast and fun small project and you can learn how to make it here.

penny spinner is ready
penny spinner is ready

Lately Markus is insisting to have my glasses so I thought to make ones for him from a eggs box???. And even though he enjoyed the process of making them ,,,but not to wear….


The project of the week was a garage for small cars!  It super simple:
Collect and glue toilet paper rolls! As much you need or as much you do have cars 😉 and create your own garage shape and form! Markus spend at least 25min in silence playing with it: taking out and putting back in his cars.

cars have a place now!
cars have a place now!

And what is yours project of the week??


I WILL GET THERE OR gardening basics

One day I will find the place where I will want to have my own home (including R+M) and I will have garden full of vegetables and herbs.

So I need to practice for that ;)…

I learned some tricks from my father because he loves flowers and everything else that has leaves. But my skills in gardening are totally low!

Last summer I tried to grow some strawberries… you know those pots “easy to plant” and etc. That you just need to add water and wait because rest it s already done…but not for me. I was waiting and waiting… calling to my father for consultation but no success!

Ok. After some months I got one or two poor blossoms… but no strawberries. Maybe they was missing bees to pollinate and fertilize them?? 😉

But this year I was ready to try again! Specially because I wanted Markus to learn how to behave in front of a fragile plant (on those days he basically was just stepping all blossoms that he could find and I wanted to show him that he needs to take care of smaller beings than him and not hurt them).

So… I planted some herbs like basil, rucola and rosemary.

I was super happy when I saw them growing and growing super fast and it looked that I was going to have my success!

2 weeks after, my beautiful garden turned into a dry desert… too much water? To hot?… I have no idea.

Anyway we learned two things:

1. Markus learned to plant and take care of plants.

2. I had more experience with gardening and now I am ready for third round! !! I will get there!