Friday, July 4, 2014

We are back








It's been more than two weeks since we came back from our trip to Bulgaria.Finally I settled down: got adjusted to the time zone, organized the house a little bit, got used to my regular routine and now I feel I can post some pictures from our trip.We had a lot of wonderful moments with my family and friends during this trip and some not so happy experiences but they were mainly connected with the process of travelling itself.
My daughter rediscovered the country again as she did not remember much from her previous two trips.She was too young at that time.She loved the food prepared mainly from scratch, the beautiful nature especially the country side and the sea.She was ecstatic when she saw the Black Sea for the first time and did not want to leave the city of Bourgas because she wanted to spent more time at the beach.Needless to say that she was so happy to see and spend time with her grandma and her uncle,my friends who she remembered very well from her previous visits and to play with their children.
The worst moment of our trip was at the beginning when we missed our connection to Munich.There was a storm over Chicago and they shut the airport down.We had to land in the city of Molina,IL and although we had 6 hour layover we missed our next flight.As a result we had to spent about 20 hours at the airport in Chicago There were hundreds of people like us who missed their flights.We were offered cot beds, pillows and  blankets in a rest area at Terminal 3.It looked like a refugee camp.I am mentioning this not because I want to concentrate on the negative events but because it was kind of unique experience although not very pleasant.We tried to make the best of the rest of our time at the O'Hara airport.We explored it,we did some sketching and people watching,pictures taking and ate at a Chinese restaurant.In the pictures:
1.The coolest airplane.2.This is how Terminal 3 looked like that night.3.Finally in Sofia.4.The view from our hotel room.5.On the bus on our way to Stara Zagora. Lions Bridge.6.In the country.7.Double rainbow over Grandma's village.8.The Island of Saint Anastasia.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Fun ride - 2.










The tiny town of Stockholm in Wisconsin.We like to come here at least once a year.My husband likes their wonderful nursery with rare flowers and plants.I like the vintage atmosphere and their Art Festival in the summer.My daughter likes everything.The park by the river,the hamburger place,the gift shops.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fun ride along the Mississippi River










Last weekend the weather was too good for a person to stay home.Warm,sunny,bright,gorgeous!We had the urge to do something different so we decided on a trip along the Mississippi River.My daughter invited a friend to join us.We crossed the river in Winona and rode along the Wisconsin side enjoying the view and the pretty little towns at the water front.This ride was so refreshing and uplifting, a good medicine against the six month long cabin fiver.In my next post I am going to show more pictures from this ride.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spring.Postcards from our garden.









There is some relieve and joy and happiness that spring is finally here.It is still cooler than it is supposed to be at this time of the year but the flowers are blooming,the birds are chirping and the sunshine shows up once in a while.Our Guinea pigs had their first play date outside.It was fun to watch them hopping and running around the pen.As you can see we have a new Guinea pig.His name is Pip/My daughter got him as a present from a friend.He is very cute and likes to be petted.What he does not like is to be picked up.He gets very nervous when he is in the air and starts squealing just like a pig.I am going to post more pictures of Pip in the next posts for sure.All the pictures in this post but the second one were taken by my daughter.She is getting really good at that!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Illustration Friday:Voyage

Thinking about our voyage to Europe.There are still so many things to be done.We are never ready,are we?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Spring is finally here!!!












This year spring was very very very late.It is the beginning of May and the trees are still bare.Small green-reddish buds have just started to show up.Almost the whole month of April was cold,cloudy,rainy and depressing.But let's hope the bad weather is over with and the Spring is here for good.
Yesterday was one of those days full of sunshine,fluffy white clouds,blue skies,hope and joy.It was on the windy side but it did not stop us from enjoying it.My daughter,a friend of hers and I went on a hike to the bluff.We had a picnic in the park at the top.The kids had a lot of fun jumping and climbing,tree hugging and nature watching,playing in the puddles and taking pictures.