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