Blog breaks, birthdays, travels, celebrations!

The one thing I dislike about taking blog breaks is that it takes me a few posts to reconnect and get back into the “blogging mind-set”.  If I take a blog break, I don’t know where to start, what to say, and I forget to take blog worthy photos. I have a feeling like I have nothing to say, which is, of course, impossible, since when my blog breaks happen is probably when I have the most going on.  But just like with anything the best thing to do is to get right back into it and do it!

  So here are a few things that have been going on:

I celebrated my 34th birthday, twice 😉 

We celebrated Kiki’s first birthday and it was amazing…probably the second most important day after her birth!

Since Kiki loves Mini’s bowtique music/cartoon, the theme of her birthday was “Kiki’s Bow-tique” – pink explosion for sure! We had a Minnie cake – a decadent vanilla cake with divine fondant, cake pops, cake balls, mini cupcakes and much more. 

“Attacking” Minnie’s eyes – and having a sugar overload 😉

Opening and enjoying all the gifts – can you tell she is loving it! Just like her mommy!

And somewhere in between all the birthday celebrations, I flew to NYC for a work thing and met Gail Simmons! Needless to say, I am a big fan! I downloaded her book and can’t wait to read it.

A few days after her big first birthday we boarded the plane and embarked on the transatlantic flight. Flight # 1 – 9.5 hours, running through the airport, flight #2 – 2 hours and we finally landed in Croatia! Kiki did amazing – probably better than chef and I did. I will dedicate a whole post about flying with a baby, because it certainly is an experience! Happy to say ours went really well.

Using her uncle as her high chair, and loving it!

Jet-lagged baby!

Playing with grandma! 

My niece riding a donkey through a mall – I can’t believe she is already 5 years old! 

Zagreb, my home-town, never looked better – it makes me miss home even more. So much history, beauty and elegance.

I never could have imagined this image – me with my two bestest friends and OUR children. Wow, I can’t believe we have kids!!!

My niece performing in her recital!

Enjoying Saturday morning at the main square.

We went on a day trip with my parents and visited castles outside of Zagreb and ended a day at a local restaurant called “Ribic“.


We had an amazing lunch – great home made food and the biggest steak I have ever seen! I assure you it was divine!

 And to my surprise, the restaurant carried Zonin Prosecco, the european label! Have you noticed the company of all the sparklings sitting next to Prosecco? I felt so much pride! 

Some more playing at grandma’s!

Enjoying one of many coffees in a local coffee shop. It truly feels like vacation!

Walking the touristy routes and remembering the good old days and my stomping grounds. My Gosh, did I take all of that for granted….

My parents threw an amazing party two night before we left – it was a night of dancing and delicious food. My parents are amazing hosts – always plenty of yummy food, good drinks, great company – certainly something for me to learn from them…. 

Yes, you are seeing that right – food photos only…but what else would you expect of me, right?

Fruiti di mare

French Salad

 Prosciutto with honeydew and olives  

and many great desserts (but I can’t seem to find any photos of them – but I assure you they were diving – chocolate…baklava…strawberry short cake, etc.

Needless to say, it has been a month full of wonderful and memorable moments. So much to celebrate and cherish! And I am ready to get back the reality and every day stuff, but before I get to it, I still have some more exciting things on my plate – a work related trip to Italy (that includes winery visits;), Aspen Food & Wine Classic and last, but sweetest on my list, celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary! The chef asked no gifts this year, as he is taking me away for a weekend…I absolutely can not wait – YEAY!!!!!

Q: How has your month been? 

One Comment

  • Kat
    May 30, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Happy birthdays all around!!!!


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