2010. november 30., kedd

Soffi sings Cifra Palota:-)

Finally, I could catch her singing, she always stops otherwise, as soon as she sees the camera...

2010. november 29., hétfő

Soffi's birthday at Starfish

On Sunday they celebrated Soffi's birthday at the nursery. The staff decorated the classroom, I brought mini cupcakes, carrots, cucumbers and some juice (forgot the candles) and then they had a mini birthday party for her! They do it for all the kids, as long as the parents want to.
They hang up a Happy Birthday Soffi sign, so sweet people!The kids enjoyed the mini cupcakes, the nursery staff told me that nobody had their lunch later on. Ups, I hope that the other parents don't hate me for that:-).

2010. november 28., vasárnap

SOFFI's 2nd birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The day has arrived, Soffi has turned two last Friday! Unbelievable, it seems like she was just born, and she is a real lady, who loves clothes, shoes and dolls:-).

We arranged a party for her in our garden, as the weather is just lovely now for being outside. We've invited 23 children and their parents. As we've been to a couple of parties here now, we've learnt that a birthday party has a starting and an ending time as well, so don't need to be worried about having 20 kids running around your house late in the evening. It was strange for us at first, but now I just think, it's very practical.

Soffi woke up 5:30 am on her birthday, which is very nice, compared to she was up at 3:30 am on the day we held the Gulyás party:-). So we had a lovely time in the morning opening her presents, trying everything on, playing with everything, then a nice breakfast and then we were ready to go on with the preparations to the party.

Helping daddy with hanging up the decorations:

Home made Hungarian flags:-)
The party scene before the party's started:
I made the balloons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The guests started to arrive at 3 pm, and the big present opening begun:
My attempt to a party game...
We had mini pizzas, sussage rolls, fruit and vegetables, chips and Peter's done a little barbecue:
The birthday cake! (Not home made:-))
Ready to sing the song:Happy birthday to you! (Or in Soffi's version: "happy to you")She was all shy, missed over the half of her party, because she was either hanging on me or Peter, she started first playing on her own after we cut the cake. I think she was just overwhelmed by all these people:-).
At 5 pm it's already dark here, but we had guests who arrived just when we were finishing the party...
With Phillippa, one of Soffi's favourite neighbours:-)
The morning after: all party presents had to be open properly:

Lucky's 4th birthday

The day before Soffi's birthday, we went to a warm up birthday party at one of our neighbours. This was a Toy Story themed party, Soffi was supposed to be Barbie, with her Lady GaGa wig:-). Everybody was amazed how she kept it on the intire time, but she just loves that wig:-).
With Giorgina, one of our neighbour girls, they all love Soffi:
Inside the cartboard spaceship:

At the treasurehunt:-), the treasure was candy hidden in the bushes all around the park:

Playing in the park:

Drawing is still the favourite:

Goa, India - November 2010

In the 2nd Eid vacation we went to India for a week. This was not one of those backpacker trips, which we all know from Europe, only a nice and relaxing one in a resort in Goa, but you shouldn't expect different with a 2 years old child.

I would probably exaggerate by saying we've had the time of our lives there, but all in all we had a good time. We were not quite happy with our hotel, had to change the room on the second day, the food wasn't too good either, and it was rather dirty, which is very true for whole India. We were constantly worried about the mosquitos and them being a possible source of the malaria. We were always unsure about the hygiene of the food we ate, the cutlery we ate it with, etc.

So, instead of it being a nice and relaxing vacation, it turned out to be quite a stressful one, unfortunatelly. I'm sure we would have had a whole other experience if we didn't have Soffi with us, but we did.

India is beautifully green, it almost hurt our eyes (Especially going there from Qatar), fantasticly rich nature, and it goes for the plants and all the different creatures we've seen (most of them freaked me out). It was an experience for sure, we are happy that we've seen it, but we'll certainly not go back:-).

The beach was lovely, that was the part, which Soffi enjoyed atmost. But again, Peter and I couldn't enjoy just as much, since there was always somebody, I mean in every minute, that somebody just wanted us to buy something from them, pretty annoying after a while, and they just don't accept no for an answer. There were women with their babies in their arms, children bagging for money , just heartbreaking for us to see. India is very poor, and we knew that in advance, but when you see it firsthand, that's different; and they say Goa is the richest part of India, I don't even want to start thinking about, how poor the rest of it must be then.

Soffi was the biggest hit for all the locals, they were looking at her, like they've never seen a white baby before, and they prabably haven't! We've been taken pictures of as a family by some starnger Indian family, visiting Goa. They have never seen European people before. We've had the nicest and smartest Indian man as our guide on or three trips, and he told us, to stop letting them taking our pictures, otherwise we'll never get anywhere:-), and so we did...

Soffi unfortunatelly -against all our precautions- brought home some kind of stomack bug, and have been very sick for 3 days, had to take antibiotics, but now she is almost all recovered...

With time I'm sure we'll only remember the good parts of this holiday, and the pictures will help us doing so:-)...
Here are the rest of the pictures:

Gulyás party

Before we went to India, we had a Gulyás party in our garden, and we invited half of our compound with their kids:-). The party turned out great, Soffi has enjoyed having the kids over, she has really acted like a true hostess, had to show everything she's got:-). Then she went to sleep at about 8 pm and slept though all the noice we've made:-). Most of the other kids stayed with their parents till about 11 pm!!! They've really enjoyed being there...
The Gulyás soup turned out fantastic, everybody was amazed about Peter's cooking.

2010. november 2., kedd

Halloween 2010

We had the compound Halloween party last Saturday. The people who lived here longer say they always celebrate it in the cpound with games for the kids, dressing up, decorating and of course trick or treating.

So we went on with the idea, altough we've never celebrated Halloween in the American way, we had to do it now, and I was even an important member of the party committee:-).

As we don't own a single Halloween decoration, and as you cannot buy anything Halloweeny here, I had to make my own decorations:-)

This is already the preparations for my squidgi game, a mixture of jelly, cooked spaghetti and grapes, to imitate brain, worms and eyes, yak:-)... and of course some small candies to dig after...

Our decorations:
...while decorating the party area:
... and this is Soffi, ready for the party in her pink princesse dress, she was quite scary with that wig:-). She loved dressing up... I thought at first she wasn't gonna wear a costume, but I could hardly take it of of her after the party. The day after they had Halloween in the nursery, and she wore that dress the whole day:-), even in the sandpit...
... and the party begins... Soffi was horrified of the scary costumes at first.
The apple bobbin game:
Soffi didn't bother picking the apple with her mouth, just picked one with her hand:-)
With our pumpkin:
The scary dance game:
The contestants of the Pumpkin competition:-), we didn't win... but as you can see, some of the pumpkins were rather creative:
This is my squidgy game:-), some of the kids didn't want to touch it at all, Soffi did go for a dig...
The wrap the mummy game:
The wet sponge throwing game, the kids had to aim after one the dads:-)
The games were over, then the kids had a snack, and afterwards the trick or treating started...
... and here I hand over the prize for the winning pumpkin:-)