Some news about our family

So happy to finally be able to share the fact that our family is growing and that as of March next year, Luca will be a big brother.

Having one child is a blessing, having two is a dream. I always knew I wanted two kids, maybe because I come from a family with two kids, but it has always seemed like the family I always pictured for myself. I cannot tell you how happy I am that we are pregnant and that this dream will come true. I think of the people who struggle with infertility and how difficult it must be to have to face so many challenges to become a parent. I do see pregnancy as something unique same as giving birth and I do consider myself beyond lucky to be able to experience it.

Having said this it does not mean that I do not find myself thinking of how much more challenging our lives will be after baby number 2 arrives. I know we will manage, but I am pretty sure we will struggle at least in the beginning. We live far away from our families and we rely mostly on each other. Also from my experience with Luca, newborns are not the easiest all the time and if I think of the lack of sleep then I can start picturing some not so nice moments for us…Here is to hoping that having a bit more experience this time around, will make things easier.

All in all, we are looking forward to life as a family of four since we know we are living the best years of our lives.

Happy to hear any advice from your experience with more than one kid. Please do share, as it takes a village to raise a family…

xox,

Andreea

 

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Family Celebration

The bride and groom

This past weekend my brother got married. They choose to do the civil ceremony before the actual wedding that will happen next year. Very smart if you ask me since you get to have two parties especially if you have them spread a few months apart. It was a celebration for our family and everything turned out perfect. The bride and her helpers did a wonderful job decorating a football field and turning it into the perfect venue for a wedding. The theme was traditional/rustic and from the food and the decor to the clothing of the guests all blended very well together to create the most authentic wedding party I attended.

Traian was the official photographer of the event and September 9th was also his Birthday. One more reason to celebrated and to make this day extra special. So happy to get to share some of the pictures here.

Luca and my Dad

Me and Mum, that is wearing the traditional Romanian costume

Luca slept during the ceremony in his pram.

Luca being smooched by my cousin 🙂

My Dad and My Brother. The shirt my brother is wearing has been in our family for generations.

My beautiful parents

 

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Our holiday in Madeira

We had an absolute blast in Madeira for our one week stay. Same as last year, we took a parents holidays, while Luca stayed with my parents in Romania. It works out very well for our family since Luca gets to bond more with his grandparents and we get to enjoy some much needed time alone.

Madeira is just breathtaking, with the ocean on one side and the green hills on the other. It is not your typical beach holiday since there is less sand and more rocks. For us this was not an issue, we do love laying on the beach, no doubt about it, but we prefer to sightsee, to walk around and to stay by the pool for a day or two. The infinity pool was not too big, but it offered the perfect view of the ocean.

The hotel was really nice. It was probably one of the best choices in hotels we did in a while. Thanks to Travelettes for recommending it, it was the best!

To move around the island, we rented a car via the hotel. The roads are mostly hills so you need a car with something of an engine to be able to get by without having a nervous breakdown.

We had the best meals at the following restaurants that were recommended by a local.

Santo Antonio, for the best meat

Polo Norte for the best fish

La Planka, stunning view and very good food

Snack Bar A Pipa, Porto da Cruz, ate the best fish here as well

We did a hike one of the days to Vereda dos Balcoes and since it was morning and in the woods, it was a bit chilli so I put on all the summer clothes I had with me and ended up looking like a crazy person. We met the sweetest old lady that was knitting hats and I got one for Luca.

The natural pools that are built with water from the ocean are a great experience. Spent a few hours there enjoying the sun and the water.

Cabo Girao had the most spectacular view

xox,

Andreea

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Boy, Oh Boy!

While we are in Madeira enjoying a well deserved holiday, Luca is with his grandparents enjoying the countryside. We miss him like crazy, ask for updates every chance we get and can’t wait to be back to our boy. I leave some pics here from one of our Zurich days. I will come back with an extended post on Madeira once we are back. This island stole our heart and it deserves a full travel post. Until then follow along on Insta stories.

 

I am wearing: PNK casual top, Zara jeans, Shoes from My dream shoes

 

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Home sweet home

We recently moved house, as some of you might know. Like any move it was a pain, but then you start to settle in and you notice how happy you are with your new space. Having been through several moves in the last ten years, it takes about 3 months for us to start feeling like we are home. And this usually is linked with adding the finishes touches and putting all small bits and pieces together. It can be curtains, carpets or simply pictures on the walls. We have a few paintings that we received as gifts that I like to display since they remind me of the occasion when we received them (of course, I also like them) and then there are the family photos. Luca has quite a few in his room and the rest are in the living room and in other areas of the house. It just puts a smile on my face when I see a picture of Luca as a baby, or a picture from our wedding day.

I thought you would also like to see a few of the findings that decorate our new home or that are on my wish list.

A fun and very smart way to display the pictures from your phone: Aura Frames came up with this brilliant digital frame that looks so cool and that takes the pictures from your phone and displays them. I find this amazing and I am considering purchasing it especially since most of our pictures are taken using the mobile device. Check it out!

From Maison du monde, we got the lamp and the buffet that you see in the pictures below.

I love Monoqi, for all stuff design.

Calm the Ham, for the coolest posters. Traian got this one and it looks perfect in our office.

 

And some fav items from the web:

 

 

 

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Long weekends that leave you wanting more…

May and June are the 2 months filled with bank holidays aka days off in Switzerland. What does this mean for working people with kids? 1. That if they are lucky they can catch a few extra hours of sleep, here and there. 2. That they get to run after their kids and at the end of the long weekend they feel more tired than if they had to work. And 3. That no matter of point 1 and 2, they get to have extra family time, that will usually translate into goods memories. I managed all 3 things above (win win) and here is a list of my favourite activities to do in a long weekend:

  1. Have a long breakfast with the family.
  2. Go to the gym and enjoy a long work out. Normally I try to finish in 45 min since I am always in a hurry.
  3. Get together with our friends either for a BBQ or just hang out and catch up.
  4. Stay up late reading or watching something on Netflix. I just finished reading: First come love , by Emily Giffin.
  5. Take a day trip as a family, or if the weather is not that nice, just go for a quick bite to eat in the city or a coffee and cake at our fav coffee shop.

 

Wearing: Adrian Oianu T-shirt Dress, Kate Spade bag, Celine Sunnies, Zara espadrilles, &Other Stories hat

 

 

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Weekends like this!

Summer, guys, it is just magnificent. We got a first taste this weekend and I jut can’t believe how much we waited for it. I am grateful for living in this beautiful corner of the world, but I cannot stop wishing for more days of sun. If only we would live in an endless summer (daydreaming much?).

We decided to spend this past Sunday up in the mountains, in Bannalpsee. We were there before, when Luca was 8 months old I believe. You can see some old pics here.

We took the cable car to go up the mountain and spend 4 hours taking a hike and having lunch. See some more pics below.

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I am wearing an old top that was handed to me by one of my colleagues that cleaned her closet before leaving Switzerland. It still had the tag on, but she must have gotten it last season from Abercrombrie & Fitch (20% sale today). Since it is off the shoulder, it still looks great this summer when anything that uncovers the shoulders is a win win. Here are a few similar tops from Asos UK.

 

 

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Some updates on Luca

We have been enjoying some well deserved sun lately in Switzerland and life all of a sudden seems so much more nicer. Luca is now 2 and a half (fun fact, I just discovered today that I am not 32 as I said to my trainer at the gym…shocker I am older :)). No, but seriously do people still count the years once you are 30?! No, right?

Anyways…back to Luca, he is no longer a wobbly baby, but a proper boy and especially since he is talking all the time, it hit me how grownup he is. He observes our every move, will copy it and will repeat all the things we say. This age is definitely my favourite but then again I say that about any phase he is in :)) We managed to get him off the pacifier this past week. It all came natural, no drama, he just accepted that the thing went missing. It helped that he had chewed a lot of it and it was no longer a pacifier, but something with holes in it. So when we told him at bed time that we lost it at the lake, he just went with it. He asked a few times again the following evenings, we gave the same response and he was all at peace with that.

Another major event was the fact that I managed to cut his hair. In case you did not know, Luca refused to let anyone cut his hair in the past 9 months. Over Xmas we cut his hair when he was asleep. So the other day I managed to convince him to let me cut it. I did good considering I have no clue about cutting hair, and that Luca was moving his head and I was mainly allowed to do it from the back. At least now I have hope that he will let a proper hairdresser cut it.

Over Easter he discovered chocolate eggs. We managed to keep him away from sweets for the bigger part of the first 2 years of his life. Now I am still limiting the sugar, but since we are in the land of chocolate, he tried it and loved it. He is a big fan of ice-cream, but only vanilla, or Weiss (White) as he calls it.

The pictures below are from the past 2 months: the Easter egg hunt in the forest, the walks in the city and the visit to the transport museum in Luzern. I hope you enjoy them.

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Xox, Andreea

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Back in the game!

Life is too short not to document it.

So here I am documenting our life of 3 again.

Travel: We spent 2 days in Milan and it was like a breath of fresh air because we escaped the routine of Monday. Luca is such a big boy now and he certainly wants us to know that. He is challenging everything, any limit, any statement that we run by him. How do they call this age? The terrible two’s? It is certainly terrible but equally beautiful and funny.

Music: And on a side note, I am still very much obsessed with La La Land and I am constantly listening to the soundtrack. Plus I am rediscovering Jazzzzz.

Book: Big little Lies because I started watching the series and I was dying to see what happened next.

Fashion: New colours of sneakers from Adidas. Love them.

Lifestyle: Moving in less than 3 weeks to the city with big hopes that it will be the last move for the next 5 years (we moved every 3 year in the last 10 years). Also stopped using the Facebook app on my phone. It has significantly reduced my time on the phone during the day. It makes such a difference, and I don’t miss it at all. I still get all my news and I still have Instagram, so I am still connected via social media.

And some photos from Milan.

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Winter is coming!

Just because the outside temperature is freezing it doesn’t mean you have to wrap yourself in a huge, fluffy blanket and sleep in front of the fireplace. What? It doesn’t? Sounds good though. 😛

Unfortunately, we have to run errands, do groceries, go to work and the cold weather is no excuse for not looking our best. Mix and match stylish pieces with cozy clothes and you’ll have some extraordinary winter outfits.

My perfect Sunday attire: an oversized cardigan over a turtle neck dress and a pair of knee high boots. I am crazy about my grey patched cardigan and I have been wearing it obsessively in the last weeks. I love how it brings any outfit to life.

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I am wearing:

Romwe Cardigan

Musette Boots

Asos Dress

Givenchy Bag

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