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Broadway Market










Last weekend we were over at Broadway Market. Well, it did not have the market but it was still filled with people who were loving the colors, good food and a bit of a stroll.



Christmas Magic

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After returning back from a long journey and a fabulous sunny holidays we were not sure we had any energy or motivation left for celebrating Christmas. But some series of magic happened:  these xmas jammies were delivered to the post office on the day we got back – I had no hopes that they would come on time and since we were not going to be at home we would miss it and they would reschedule it after Christmas- And you know what? Royal Mail was working on the Christmas Eve.  I was just going to cry. I ran to the post office next morning, on a Sunday!

Well, we still were not sure, and totally not organized till 3 pm on Christmas Eve. I was lying in bed dozing off when Onur came in and said “Let’s go shopping and get that Lobster” -I suggested couple of weeks ago that we can make a tradition of cooking a lobster on Christmas.- We managed to run to the tesco before it closed -20 minutes to- and also managed to complete our shopping despite a  toddler meltdown -wrong type of ice cream-

I don’t know how I turned out to be like this.  My parents were so not the types that celebrated traditional holidays, not even the birthdays because they believed these things only encouraged consumerism. I was similar till couple of years ago – we did not have a wedding because I really hated the weddings back then- Something had changed in me couple of years ago. I started to see the magic in traditions, get togethers and celebrations. These memories are so wonderful you would not want to miss them. I was really sad at first because I missed out on these all these years. But then it was fine, because I could enjoy them now so much.

This is our third Christmas  we are celebrating the second two with Lina. Last year I could make her wear anything I wanted. LOL. But oh my sweet almost two year old… She just would not wear the matching jammies. She liked the one with the cat on we got her previously but that got a bit wet and that was the end of it.  She asked that we take it off would not wear anything else, hence the family pictures. We had amazing fun taking the photos and celebrating the Christmas. And I felt so thankful to have this family of ours.

I hope you all had a wonderful and a magical Christmas! Wishing you an amazing and a happy new year!

49/52 “the 52 project” in 2017 – Snow in London

DSC_4557Blurry picture but I love  how it captures their similar and typical wittical expressions


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Snowy day in London and Lina just did not feel like walking on snow :)



DSC_4505Eating lavender cake at Gail’s Bakery. Your favorite..

Now it’s one month to go for the year 2. Your love is vibrant, contagious. You are open to negotiations and sometimes can be sooo reasonable I confuse you with a grown up.  You still love counting and now got into the letters and whenever you see something written on a bus or reading reader books, you start to sing the ABC song in English. You have a make up language which I adore adore adore. I once used the word  Arigato (thank you in Japan) just for fun, head bow namaste hands and everything and you replied back saying giaatoo, and kedi (cat) and did bow–Aaaaww– Because of course you knew. There is this Japanese character in Timothy Goes to School- your favorite one of the two cartoons before the bed- and they once or twice said it there. And you keep impressing me everyday in several ways. At the end of the day I think I would not wish for any other life than this, no matter the chaos, craziness, the exhaustion episodes.  And I could never imagine how much fun life could be with an almost two year old. Love you to the moon and back my little fairy.