Monday, April 17, 2017

Fort Myers, Florida

Last Friday we have returned from our 10-day vacation in Southwest Florida. What a treat it was!

Pictures will tell the story better than any words:)I took about 850 this time (not all here, of course), enjoy!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Power cut

This morning – just like that – all the lights in the whole town went out for almost an hour! What’s the big deal you might think – power cut. But let me tell you, when it’s -35 outside and the apartment starts to cool off in about 20 minutes – it’s a big deal! I couldn’t cook – the stove was not working, I couldn’t go online to check anything – the modem was out. Scary!
Thankfully it went back on, and life moved on in its usual pace.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Nobody said it’ll be easy

Four months in the North. Two full months of solo parenting. One day can pass by like a minute, another – like an eternity. It was a hard weekend. We both were sick, clingy and miserable. Saturday the babysitter came in, so I could get out for some groceries and a much needed break. To say the least, G wasn’t thrilled about my merely an hour absence. By the end of day Sunday, G lost it and scratched my face in the heat of a tantrum. I probably deserved it...

Grateful it’s Monday! even though it’s -29 outside.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Start

I feel that before talking about our recent change, I should at least bring you up to speed on the past two years. To say the least, they weren’t the easiest.

After my maternity leave ended in May 2015, I went back to work. Little did I know that my happy working self would merely last five months – things at work had changed while I was away and it was time to move on…

At the same time, V was starting up his new venture – a custom wood furniture shop and needed help with branding/website. G was just little over 17 months, so we decided that I’ll stay home, indefinitely.

We took him out of daycare and with that, my stay-at-home-mom days begun.
At the beginning it wasn’t bad, pardon me my straightforwardness; I was busy helping out V, it was wintertime and days were filled with social engagements and events. I barely was noticing the change. In February, we went to visit my parents in Maine, stayed with them for about a month and before you know it, it was springtime. Coming April, we went to Mexico for a short getaway. Only after our arrival, the reality of staying home kicked in.

How exactly was it for me? Well, I was pretty much driven by the sheer thought of “husband will eventually come home”, and I’ll have some me-time, some time for activities other than cooking, laundry, walks to the playground. During the days, every opportunity I had to get out of the house with G – I took. Funny, but looking back on that time now, I was the most social self☺ I’ve met some very awesome mothers in the community and always had somebody to go with for a coffee, for a stroll in the park or just hang out. That’s what actually helped me through those tough times – support of women around me.

I was also deep into new job search. I was determined to find something that will bring change…not just a change to my “stay-at-home “status but to our life in general…not sure how to describe it, but for some reason I knew that relocating would be a new start. So I applied all over Canada. Without going too much into the detail about the job search (I’m sure you’ve all been through it), I was offered a position in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

So here I am, a working mom with a job that makes me smile and a toddler who smiles back at me at the end of every work day when I pick him up.

This is our story… let’s begin.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Out of the blue, I know. But better late than ever, right? And look, it's only been two years:) I can’t wait to share the latest news of our little family. Just need to wrap my head around where to start…

Oh, this place is our new home. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. We’re loving it here so far☺

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sorry, blog, I am having way too much fun with Instagram

This was probably inevitable – new mom with not so much time on her hands but too many ambitions, switching to a much easier to maintain platform.
Well, maybe I’ll be back someday, maybe I won’t. But at this time of our life blogging seems to be a drag rather than an experience. And maintaining two social accounts – well, that’s just not an option for me at this time.
So, I hope to see you on IG, folks! Whether we like it or not – it is there, and with a right way of handling can be a fun and great way to meet like-minded people!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Baby G’s nursery

One of the coolest things of being a parent is that you get to relive/realize things from your own childhood. I always wanted to have a mural in my room as a kid. They were very popular back in Soviet Union and I remember seeing them at the doctors’ office, library or on the walls of my kindergarten. The scale, the colours, the whimsical characters - I was fascinated by them as a kid.

So when we found out we were going to be parents, I knew I wanted to paint one for my baby’s nursery: And here it is. Perhaps, not as perfect as I thought it would be, but I am happy with it. My goal was to be original with the characters. For some reason, I wanted to stay away from Disney:) And use lots of colour!

Besides the mural, there is one more detail in the room that I like a lot. The doily pendant. It's special because it was the first diy project for the baby that V and I both worked on and it's also made of doilies made by my grandma:)
The rest of the room d├ęcor is pretty low-key. No mobile, fancy toys or expensive pieces of furniture. Our “changing table” underneath the mural was an old tv stand donated to V on one of his moves that he spray painted white. The corner closet and the crib were both from Ikea.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ceiling height entry mirror

We got our mirror installed a while back, by these guys. Not a single day I regreted my decision. Great for tight spaces and has a lot of impact:

The wood that's picking through in the first image got turned into a hanger, shelve and a bench - a post to follow:)
SO need to paint the remaining walls, change carpeting on stairs and buy a new ceiling light. What do you think of this one?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Good vacation ends with photo book

During our time in Maine, I took lots of photos. Lots and lots. Everyday there was a moment I wanted to leave a trace of not only in my memory but also on the memory card of my phone and Instagram, so I could get back to them whenever I felt like it.

The problem with those was that my parents, who were the driving force behind our awesome vacation, didn’t have access to those outlets. And I wanted them to have the hard copy of the very first vacation for baby G at their place. I wanted to make the memories of it for them special and accessible without printing loads of single photos for each day/moment.

A photo book was the best solution.
It was my first time making one (I used Snapfish.com with their promotion) and I have to admit, it was a lot of fun editing images, laying them out and writing captions. Not to mention - super easy. Some photos I took straight from my Instagram with filters and effects applied, which made the task even easier.

Do you make photo books? If so, which site do you use?

Monday, August 18, 2014

First time apart

Today marks the beginning of a third week of our vacation in Maine. And it’s the second week since V went back home and we are apart.
We have a plan for him to finish some of the renos in the house. There is work that simply can’t be done with a little one in the house. So we decided it is best if we stayed behind while V finishes at least what we have started (I’m thinking about you, entryway). Once that’s done he will come back for us.
One the one hand, it was a great plan and I’m itching to see the result, on the other, being separated like this simply stinks. Even though I have my parents to help out with baby G (and boy, aren’t they great hand and kindest babysitters ever!), I still feel strange being the major caregiver. For the past three months, V and I worked out a system of shared care and responsibility for baby G and now that he’s away, I really miss it. Not that I can't handle the kid myself, but it feels strange to even give him baths without V being nearby.

Did you have to separate for a while when you had your first kid? How did you manage if you had to?