Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Prague Zoo crossed of the to-do-list

Not far before Team Nikolovski is moving from Prague. Me and Mila is squeezing the last out of these days with great friends. On our to do list before leaving Prague was of course to visit the zoo. Together with Miki and Lisa we had a great visit this morning. Autumn grey but not so cold day. We managed to time lunch during a shower of rain.  Mila was mostly impressed by a muddy water puddle she found next to the elephants but gorillas was pretty fun also. I was super impressed by pappa gorilla, such a big animal. Also I liked the polar bear who was having a great swimming show for us. Prague zoo is cute, tidy and well organized. I can highly recommend a visit here. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bedtime mood graph with a 22 month

To get little M to sleep has lately been a struggle ( read nightmare) and I am going insane!! I am not proud of my lack of mood control and I know she is not not sleeping by purpose, but MY GOD she drives me crazy. I mean which human being would keep calm during endless bedtime? Or is it just me ?
First tired happy to go to bed then it starts waving arms and legs, need of water (ever 5 minutes) and after a while she says "namnamna" hungry (even though she has already had big porridge and sandwich just before bed) Please let this phase pass asap or else I will go totally insane !!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Feels like coming home!

Good Monday morning!!
I moved my blog to my webpage on wordpress and I have really tried to feel at home there, but I just can't get use to that environment so I am back here at Blogger. I hope my inspiration and more frequent updates will return now when I am back "home". 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Swedes abroad on Sweden

On a Facebook page for Swedes living abroad I found the greatest inspiration to a collection of illustrations about Sweden. 198 comments (gold mine) about how we Swedes living abroad see Sweden and Swedishness. My creative jumped up and did a high five with itself (?!) and out came 6 illustrations about my favorite observations from Sweden that I recognize and that I have been thinking to myself that maybe it is just me.. But obviously it is not just me, sooo many more  also see this weird things even though we love Sweden ( for a week or two)
If you are Swede living in Sweden you can jump down to the last one because you will most probably not agree or understand the other once ( no offense) If you do read them anyways and think to yourself that I am not fair and don't have the right picture, that is ok and also typical Swedish.

Jag fann fantastisk inspiration på Facebook i ett forum för Svenskar bosatta utomlands. En tråd full av observationer ( 198 kommentarer!!!) som vi utlandssvenskar gjort när vi varit hemma i Sverige på semester. Den höga igenkänningsfaktorn fick mig att skratta och min kreativitet att hoppa högt. Det finns fler som ser vad jag har sett tänkte jag medan jag tecknade några ut av mina favorit svenska konstigheter. Är du svensk boende i Sverige känner du förmodligen inte alls igen bilden av Sverige mer än möjligtvis den första och sista bilden. Det är ok att du tycker att jag har helt fel bild, det är helt normal del av din svenskhet..

Jag spar Allsång på Skansen, Systembolaget, ny vecka ny diet & bubbelvatten i miljoner konsgjorda smaker till senare tillfälle. Förhoppningsvis kommer några av illustrationerna att publiceras senare i år i ett samarbete med en svensk/internationell projekt.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Coming home with new words

Mila turned 1 year & a half while we were in Sweden. I can't believe how fast this year and a half has past. It is amazing to see this little girl grow and see all her new skills and funny ideas. During our stay in Sweden her linguistic skills burst out in bloom and all the blabla start to make more and more sense and formed more cute little words . This is a mammas proud memory post about her new words.
Mila is already a big Pippi Longstocking fan and she is saying Pippi in the cutest way and wants to listen to Pippi song all the time. Ko (cow), kaka ( cookie) & boll ( ball) is also new words frequently used .

But maybe her most important and useful word is mormor (grandmother) which is making her grandmother extra super proud. She wakes up asking for mamma, pappa & now mormor.

And aunty Sofie she calls Bee

Monday, June 30, 2014

Midsummer summary

Team Nikolovski is back from a great week in Sweden. Midsummer time is amazing with the light nights and it is easy to loose track of times ( read remember to put Mila in bed and to feed her in decent time..)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Playcorner for small girl

I have taken great pride in organizing Mila's own corner. Millions of books, cuddle toys & plastic things. On the wall she has mamma's illustrations and mammamade pocket organizer as well as cute french dresses. I have also bought nice wooden boxes that I am having fun painting and decorating.
It is cute that she has her own little space and she likes to play here although most of the time she transfer toys from her corner to the living room or actually spreads them out in the whole apartment.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Heading off to celebrate Midsummer 2014

Team Nikolovski is packing. 
We are heading to Sweden tomorrow to celebrate Swedish midsummer
We will head to Lundsätter to stay with my dad and to breath some quit forest air. 
Midsummer eve ( always third Friday in June) we are heading to my mothers summer place where preparations for midsummer started half a year ago. 
We are a pretty big gang and we have already received roles, responsibilities and a detailed schedule for the day.

This is a summary of how our day will look like!
Collect flowers for the maypole, make the maypole, Eat herring lunch & strawberry cake and sing snaps songs and drink snaps. Dance around the maypole, Midsummer Olympics with 6 different competitions, BBQ, Campfire, sauna and swim in freezing lake & at midnight hotdogs. After this we will sleep very very well I am sure!!

If you want to know more about Swedish midsummer here is a fun video for dummies!!  

Swedish Midsummer for Dummies 

 And why we celebrate Midsummer, well I guess it is because it is the longest day and the sun don't even set up north of Sweden. Where we are it will set just to rise up again. After midsummer we are heading towards darker times again, but lets not think of that now!

Happy Midsummer// Glad Midsommar!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sweet summer sweat

Summer heat came to Prague last weekend and has stayed
But I mean heat heat as in 35 - 40 degrees Celsius
It is HOT outside and it is HOT inside

I am dreaming about a cool pool

And a big cool cocktail

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Relaxing Yoga

Today I finally made a comeback in the yoga studio
A great class on Tuesday mornings for mothers and their walking kids
Great studio and best teacher 
Nice to stretch and to relax

Or actually forget the relaxing part
Sweet cute Mila is having fun but also needs assistance from her mamma
Running around collecting all candles in the room
In need of a snack (bribed to keep happy..)

Asking every two minutes "what is that?"( in swe "ä dä?")

Heartbroken when she wants the same toy as the other kids until her mamma finds a replacement fun activity. And ever so often needs to come up to mamma for a cuddle especially if yoga teacher come too close or touch her mamma.

If you live in Prague and looking for great yoga teacher, check out Wellness Yoga

Monday, June 2, 2014

My inspiration, Spot


He is not only inspiration to my illustrations he is also the cutest and wildest pensioner I know.
Nantwich Lad aka Spot came from England to Sweden as a birthday present for my sister 16 December 2004, 10 years ago!! It was a cold and snowy winter that year and he was acting as if he had never seen or experienced cold, snow and ice before. I lived in England at the time and I was helping Family Smith to ride their young horses. They had this very furry pony that was not doing a great lot. He was old already back then and had had an injury to one of his front tendon "Why don't you send Spot to you sister?" Cheryl asked me one day. I thought why to send that hairy old thing with bad legs all the way to Sweden. As I got to hear his history I realized that this pony is just not any old pony he is a very special pony with a extra big heart. 

According to his passport Spot is born 1981 and I have heard that he was bought on Beston cattle market as a young pony by a well-known horse dealer. He had a great show jumping carrier with England's most famous show-jumping family, Whittaker. John Whittaker´s (you know him with Milton and a whole bunch of medals from Olympic and World championships) two kids Robert & Louise was competing him back in the day up to the highest pony level. I heard the anecdote from Olympia stadium in London as Spot was coming to the fences you could only see his ears before he was flying over the fences.
Spot moved to Sweden to my sister 10 years ago. He was dressed out to a reindeer and she got a big surprise when she came to the stable that day and the best birthday present ever. It was love at first sight and he has through the years built her confidence and together they were collecting prizes on many competitions. He is 33 years old today and still going strong, read he is as wild as ever. He lives pensioner life on a nice farm together with two small Shetland ponies and when ever we take him for a walk or a jog he is just as fresh and crazy as he was 10 years ago. I am also happy that Mila has the chance to get the first riding experiences on this old fellow.

Spot 33 years enjoying the spring sun

Mila, Spot & ponnymormor

Spot & Sofie having fun and winning back in the day

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

First of May

First of May is a very important date. It is not only a day of demonstrations and welcoming that finally the spring is here but it is also my friends Titti´s birthday. Heaven forbid if I or anyone else would forget this day!! The good thing is that she starts to remind people in her surrounding well in advance that her special day is approaching to make sure not to be forgotten. We have known each other for 22 years this year ( My God who old we are ?!) which means that I have remembered her big day for some years now.

When we were younger her mother used to bake a great cake based on almonds called Måntårta (moon cake) a good reason not to be too hang over from Valborg celebration the day before so I could maximize my share of the cake, it is by far my favorite cake.

This year I decided to make this illustration for her. It is basically saying that I wish that we were closer to each other so we could celebrate here with presents, balloons & cake. And maybe have a coir signing only for her and that I would join the demonstrations to make first of May only her day.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May a month full of traveling

May has for Team Nikolovski been full of traveling. We celebrated 1 of May and that we have lived in Prague for 2 years with great friends and the day after we began our traveling. Me and Mila took a plane to Stockholm to spend a week with my family before continuing down to Skopje. Loren jumped in the car down to Macedonia to first work in Greece a week and then to have a week off all together in Skopje.

Many new experiences in Sweden. We spent a few days at my mamma Mi & Göran´s country house, Lugnet. Mila got a closer introduction to our old pony Spot and his girls. First time on a horse, big deal for me and proud mormor Mi (that´s why several horsey pictures...) Mila was more focused looking for the closest swing-set so she could escape the wild retired pony who wanted to run off with her. Corn on a cob was a success dinner. Warm bath in the hot tub was also a success but even more fun was to climb mormor´s very steep stairs ( and there is three of them) back in Stockholm and see how scared she can make her mamma. We checked out Aunty Sofie`s apartment in Örebro and she introduced Mila to a classical and loved Swedish dish, Taco ( I know original Mexican but in a very Swedish way and nowadays more Swedish then Swedish meatballs) We spend time with my dad in Lundsätter the place I wrote about in the previous post. And last but not least Mila got to cuddle Levis our big and very friendly cat. We managed to do a lot and we had a great time and are looking forward to come back in Midsummer.


From Stockholm me, Mila and morfar Stefan ( my dad) headed south to search for pappa Loren and warmer weather. Mila had asked for pappa even in her sleep so from the moment Loren picked us up at the airport in Skopje she would not let go of his neck. She was holding on to him like a little monkey and if anyone including me ( poor mamma not longer in center of the attention) she would say in a firm way PAPPA and hold on to him even harder. In Skopje Mila got introduced to her granddad, uncle and many other relatives and God grandparents. She had a pretty traumatic experience getting christening (being dipped in to cold water by a strange man in dress would make me scream also..)  but after a great lunch with the whole Macedonian family collected. The Balkan food is great and after eating burek or french toast for breakfast every day I feel like I am rolling.

We showed my dad around Skopje and up in the cable-car to see Skopje from above, great view and such a beautiful city with the mountains surrounding it. I think my dad enjoyed the new experience of Skopje and it was very nice that he came with us. I went to the hairdresser that I visit every time I am in Skopje and got him to get my hair under some kind of control again. We organized a great dinner for friends outside the city in a very cute restaurant with traditional food ( and food for an army). Mila and I got uncle Riste, farfar & Elli to come with us to the zoo on the warmest day so most animals was hiding in the shade, but to get an pink rabbit balloon was a wow experience for a balloon crazy girl. We had a very good stay in Skopje and are hoping to come back in the autumn to make aijvar.

From Skopje me and Mila flew back to Stockholm and spent a nice and sunny day with mormor Mi in Stockholm before heading back to Prague the following day. Great trip indeed and we were super ready to come home to Prague again. Now we are settling back in to our life and routines here and are happy to catch up with all our friends.