Saturday, 30 June 2012

"Keeping up with the Dollow's" - Beautiful Day

Exercising with Tracy Anderson still makes me laugh. Today was better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today. ;-). 
Soon I'll hopefully write that I can finally do the whole cardio dance. My swimming ring and muffin must go, as soon as possible. I never liked muffins. I always thought they are too fatty - just like mine ;-)

How do so many girls go back to their size before pregnancy in 3 to 4 months. It is not fair. Matthew is 15 months and I am still fighting with my extra kilograms. 

We have a beautiful day today. Temperature - 20 degrees. Plan for today? - Spending all day with kids and friends on the beach. When my little Matthew wakes up, we will jump into the car and head to the beach. We cannot stay at home when the sun is shining outside. 

Oliver has started asking us funny questions lately. 
I went with him to the toilet the other day and he asked me if I have a willy. I said no.
Oliver insisted I show him, but I manage to escape from the toilet without showing him what I have.  
Thank God he let it go. He was still looking at my boobies. I am sure he will ask me soon about them ;-)

Just got back from the beach. We were trying to make our boys tired but instead we are exhausted. Funny it is always like that. 
Where are they taking their energy from? 
They don't sleep enough - waking up everyday at 5.30 am. Maybe that's why we are so tired ;-) 
5.30 in the morning - too early. 


Cwiczenia z Tracy Anderson nadal mnie rozbrajaja. Dzis jest lepiej niz wczoraj a jutro bedzie lepiej niz dzisiaj. Mam nadzieje, ze wkrotce wam napisze, ze wreszcie opanowalam caly dance cardio uklad ;-). Moje kolo ratunkowe  i muffinka z brzucha musi zniknac i to jak najszybciej ;-). Ja nidy nie lubilam muffinek, zawsze uwazalam ze sa za tluste  - tak jak moja ;-)

Kurcze, jak nie ktore laski wracaja do swoich rozmiarow w 3, 4 miesiace po porodzie. To takie niesprawiedliwe. Matthew ma juz 15 miesiecy a ja jeszcze walcze z extra kilogramami. 

U nas dzisiaj jest przepiekny zimowy dzien. Temperatuta -  20 stopni. 
Plan na dzisiaj? - Zabawa z dzieciakami i ze znajomymi na plazy. Jak tylko maly Matthew sie obudzi to wskakujemy do samochodu i jedziemy na beach. Nie potrafimy wysiedziec w domu jak za oknem swieci sloneczko - szczegolnie w weekend. 
To grzech siasc przed telewizorem i nic nie robic - tak mowila i nadal mowi moja mama - zgadzam sie z nia w 100%.

Moj straszy syn coraz wiecej pyta mnie i meza o smieszne rzecze. 
Ostatnio poszlam z nim do lazienki a on sie mnie pyta czy ja mam willy? (siusiaczka) 
Odpowiadam mu ze nie, a on - to pokaz ;-) 
Uwierz mi kochanie ze ja nie mam siusiaczka. Tatus, Mattew i ty masz, mamusia siusiaczka nie ma. 
Wiec pokaz co tam masz ;-) 
Jakos udalo mi sie przetlumaczyc ze jestem kobieta ;-) 
(i tak jakos mi sie na piersi przygladal, dzieki Bogu omina ten temat, ale jestem pewna ze do cycek to on jeszcze wroci)

Wlasnie wrocilismy z plazy. Chcielismy zamiar zmeczyc chlopakow, niestety poleglismy pierwsi - tak jest zawsze. Skad moje dzieciaki maja tyle energi?
Codziennie wstaja o 5.30 rano, moze dlatego my jestesmy gorzej zmeczeni niz oni. 
5.30 to jak dla nas to za wczesnie 






Wednesday, 27 June 2012

"Keeping up with the Dollow's" - DVD

DVD

Today is my first day that I will be working out with Tracy Anderson - on DVD. I always wanted to try her method. I want her body, she is amazing. Finally, I have her DVD so no time to waste.
Will let you know how it went.

So, I finished working out on the mat and I managed to dance one cardio workout. It was hilarious. I thought I would pee myself. My legs were all over the place. I always believed I could move, but clearly I was wrong ;-)
Tracy jumps like a little ball, I like a gym ball.
She moves with class, I move like an elephant.
Next time I record myself and will show you how not to workout ;-). No, I don't want embarass myself - actually why not ;-)

Tomorrow I will try it again. I like her exercises. They are different, and not so boring. I was trying to keep up with her and was already tired and sweaty. It's mean's it works.

Tonight for dinner Thai kitchen - my favourite - my husband made it.
Garlic + ginger + chilli + veggies + Chicken breasts + sauces = delicious food.
Glass of red wine, plate full of yummy food and my favourite TV programme "Masterchef Australia".  I cannot ask for any thing more - maybe for another glass of wine when I finish the first one ;-)


DVD

Dzisiaj moj pierwszy dzien cwiczen z Tracy Anderson - na DVD. Zawsze chcialam sprobowac jej metody na wyzezbienie ciala. Ona ma nie zle ;-). Wreszcie mam DVD wiec do dziela.
Pozniej napisze jak mi poszlo.

Wlasnie zakonczylam cwiczenia na macie i dance cardio workout. Myslalam ze sie posikam ze smiechu. Moje nogi plataly mi sie przez caly czas. Zawsze myslalam ze potrafie sie w jakis sposob poruszac - Oj jak ja sie znowu pomylilam.
Tracy skacze jak pileczka, ja jak Gym ball.
Ona sie porusza z wdziekiem i klasa, ja jak slon.
Nastepnym razem to chyba nagram i wam pokaze. Chociaz nie wiem czy chce sie publicznie osmieszyc ;-) - w sumie why not ;-)
Jutro jeszcze raz sprobuje jej cwiczen. Sa naprawde fajne, inne i nie nudne. Zanim zalapalam pierwsze kroki juz bylam zmeczona i spocona - czyli to naprawde dziala ;-).


Dzis na kolacje moj maz przygotowal kuchnie tajska - moja ulubiona.
Czosnek +  imbir + chilli + warzywa + piers z kurczaka + sosy = przepyszna wyzerka ;-)

Kieliszek czerwonego winka, talerz wypelniony przepysznosciami i moj ulobiony program w TV "Masterchef's Australia" o nic wiecej nie moge poprosic - no moze o jeszcze jeden kieliszek winka - jak skoncze ten pierwszy;-)


Monday, 25 June 2012

"Keeping up with the Dollow's" - Blue Monday

Blue Monday

They say if you start Monday badly, your whole week will be the same. Hopefully this is not true. ;-)
I was supposed to have my laser hair removal today - this is my 8th session - at 10.00 a.m.
I quickly dropped off Oliver at pre-school and asked Dan if he could look after Matt for a few hours today - no problem.
I wanted to do some shopping and relax a little bit from the noise. Matthew is screaming a lot lately. Every time he wants something he screams - just to add that he always wants something ;-)

9.00am went to the car, was quite upset as the car didn't start. I went back upstairs and asked Dan to quickly fix it.
Unfortunately, I had to cancel my appointment and reschedule for tomorrow. It is not the end of the world.
Tomorrow is another day. ;-)

On Wednesday I am meeting up with Iza and on Thursday I am going to Freshwater - close to me, about 15 minutes in a car - to meet up with Justyna. I've met great people in Oz so far. Been here only for two months and I am very lucky that I am finding friends easily.
It is very important for me that my boys have contact with Polish children. So far Oliver doesn't want to speak Polish ;-)
Next year my parents are coming so it would be good school for them to listen to their mummy speaking to grandmother and grandfather in Polish ;-)

Didn't know what to prepare for lunch today. I wanted to cook something new and different.
I found my old Polish cookbook. I was trying to make yoghurt flavour dumplings.
Ingredients : Yoghurt, flour, eggs and salt - easy - I also thought so. ;-)
The dumplings were disaster, so I quickly made yoghurt pancakes;-)










Poniedzialek 


Mowia ze jak poniedzialek sie zle rozpocznie to caly tydzien bedzie sie ciagnal tak samo. 
Mam nadzieje ze to nie prawda ;-)

Dzis mialam miec wizyte - laser hair removal - to juz moja 8 sesja - na 10 rano. Szybko podrzucilam Olivera do przedszkola i dogadalam sie z Danielem, ze on spedzi pare godzin z Matthew.
Mialam zrobic zakupy i odpoczac od halasu - Matthew ostatnio przezywa jakis dziwny okres, krzyczy i piszczy jak cos chce, a chce cos ciagle ;-)
9.00 rano chce odpalic samochod - nie moge. Wbieglam na gore i podniesionym glosem mowie Danielowi zeby jak najszybciej naprawil auto.
Niestety - bylam zmuszona przelozyc wizyte i zakupy  na jutro, baterie nawalily ;-(
Dobrze ze tylko tyle ;-)

Jutro w sumie tez jest dzien. Nie ma sie co denerwowac ;-).

W srode jestem umowina z Iza na kawke a w czwartek jade z moim malym monsterem do freshwater - blisko mnie, jakies 15 minut samochodem - spotkac sie z Justyna. Ostatnio poznaje duzo fajnych dziewczyn. Jestesmy w Sydney tylko 2 miesiace a krag znajomych sie powieksza. Dla mnie najwazniejsze jest top zeby moi chclopcy przebywali z polskimi dziecmi, uczyli sie jezyka, bo jak na razie to Oliver nie chce nic mowic po Polsku.
W nastepnym roku moi rodzice maja nas odwiedz,  mam nadzieje ze zostana u nas pare miesiecy - to bedzie dobra szkola dla moich chlopakow ;-)


Nie wiedzialm co zrobic dzisiaj na obiad. Chcialam ugotowac chlopcom cos innego, cos nowego. Znalazlam moja stara polska ksiazke kucharska z przepisami na jogurtowe kluski.
Skladniki :
Jogurt, maka, jajka, sol i tyle. Proste - ja tez tak myslalam ;-)
Kluski mi sie nie trzymaly, ciagle mi sie rozplywaly w wodzie. Mialam dosyc i z klusek powstaly szybkie jogurtowe nalesniki. Dan i Matthew zjedli w 5 minut.






Saturday, 23 June 2012

Keeping up with the Dollow's" - Dwujezyczny Blog

Witam.

Od dzisiaj bede takze pisala na moim blogu w jezyku Polskim. Moja mama - Ela - bardzo chcialaby poczytac moje historie wiec zdecydowalam - no bo czemu nie - ze fajnie bedzie miec dwujezyczny Blog.

Dzisiaj dzien przebiegl nam bardzo szybko. Chlopcy jak zwykle powstawali wczesnie - za wczesnie - pobutka byla pare minut po 5.00 rano.
O 8.45 rano wyjechalismy do Randwick - tam odbywaja sie sobotnie Polskie palygrupy w Sydney . Bardzo chetnie tam jezdzimy. Lubie sluchac opowiesci o tym jak dziewczyny trafily do Sydney,  od kiedy sa w Sydney  itd.
Okolo 12.30 wrocilismy do domu, a godzine pozniej odwiedzil nas mojego meza bardzo dobry znajomy z dziecinstwa, ktory takze mieszka w Sydney.
Poniewaz od samego rana mielismy przepiekna pogode - slonce, 21 stopni i tak na marginesie dodam ze u nas w Australii jest zima - popoludniu wszyscy wybralismy sie na plaze. Dobrze jest zmeczyc dzieciaki przed snem - podobno lepiej spia ;-)

Dzisiaj w Polsce jest dzien ojca. Nie wiedzialam co kupic mojemu tacie. Wpadlam na pomysl ze kosz z Biovitalem, kawa, kwiaty i jakies slodkosci beda odpowiednim dla mojego taty prezentem. Kosz z niespodzianka ma byc dostraczony do niego dzisiaj pomiedzy 12 - 14 popoludniu. Strasznie chcialabym zobaczyc jego reakcje ;-) Niczego sie ode mnie nie spodziewa. Dzisiaj z nim juz rozmawialam i przeprosilam ze nie dostanie zadnej kartki, bo poprostu zapomnialam wyslac;-). Tylko dodam ze
moja mama jak odebrala kwiaty na dzien matki to cisnienie jej skoczylo i spedzila caly dzien w domu dochadzc do siebie ;-).

Chlopcy juz w lozkach - jaka ulga dla ucha. Skad moje dzieci maja az tak duzo energii, i skad maja takie donosne glosy?. Moj maz mowi ze to po mojej rodzinie, Chyba ma racje.  W mojej rodzinie wszyscy bardzo glosno mowia, czasami mi sie wydaje ze nawet krzycza ;-)
Chlopcy juz spia a ja czuje sie jakby ktos mi jeszcze w glowie na bebnach gral. Az sie boje jutra, dzieki Bogu mamy plany na jutro wiec nie bedziemy siedzieli w domu. Maluchy beda sie darly na dworze ;-)

xx




Tuesday, 19 June 2012

"Keeping up with the Dollow's" - Face Cream

My face cream has finished. I need to go to the shop and buy a new one. Iv'e been searching for some new creams as I have been using Clarins for a few years I am not sure if I am happy with the cream any more.

We were joking with the girls on Friday night, that our grandmothers were using old well known to creams like Nivea and they had or still have better skin than ours. My grandmother was funny, she used to use so much Nivea - I believe too much - that her skin was always shining and very oily.
Shame, I told her a few times that she shouldn't use so much cream but she always knew that she knows more than me. At the end of her days - she was 94 when she passed away - her skin was still very smooth and in good conditions - so maybe I should take her advice and buy myself nivea ;-)


I think we are very spoilt for choices on the market at the moment. The companies are bringing out new products to the shops more often. I - not sure if you as well - am so confused. The salesman tries to tell you that the all creams - that you want to buy - are good for your skin. They try to offer you discounts, small presents etc..... They are talking rubbish - what do they know about my skin? At the end of the day they are not skin doctors, they just doing what they have to do. This time I won't fall for that.
Having said that, I remember when I worked at the shop in London. It was called Jeans West. We were selling all kind of jeans, tops, jackets etc. I was told to always tell clients - most of them were women - that they always look good and thin;-).
One day some women came to our shop and asked me for advice - which jeans would suit her best. I brought her a few different cuts as I wasn't sure what to recommend for her. Anyway, I spent almost and hour with her. I was fine with that, but my boss called me and told me that she needs to buy any pair of jeans or I will be in trouble. He was always forcing us to sell as much as we could.
Anyway, I went back to my client and at the top of my voice said (I wanted him to hear me), I don't think that any of the cuts look good on you. His face was changing colour - that's how I knew he was angry.
I offered her to show her more jeans, different cuts, but she said that she was not sure if she wanted jeans no more. Shame she was quite chubby and all the jeans were either too long or to tight.  She thanked me for my help and walked away without buying anything.
I knew I was in trouble ;-). I spent the rest of a day in the basement tidying up the new stock. I was happy with that, as I didn't have to look at my bosses face - ugly face ;-).
The point of the story is that we shouldn't believe the salesman and I am pretty sure we all know 
that ;-).

Wish me luck with my choice of cream. I won't let them manipulate me this time ;-). I will choose what I think will suit me best ;-)

Just got back from the shop and guess what? I bought myself Clarins ;-). I know I wanted something new but they offered me a 20% discount and I got a small present as I also bought Eye cream and make up remover. Damn, they are bloody good. they know how to sell their product. Oh man, next time I will be tougher. YEEEEEEEEEEEEE ;-)

Saturday, 16 June 2012

"Keeping up with the Dollow's" - Goodbye Euro

Finally the weather in Sydney has improved ;-). Enough rain please!
It is Sunday and I want to take my boys outside - if we have to stay indoors, I will go mad ;-)

Yesterday was the Poland-Czech football match where a loss would mean going home - actually they don't have far to go as they are already at home ;-). Now we know we can choose another team to support. So many people were expecting a little bit more than watching the Polish footballers only 3 times on the big screen.
Anyway, that's it.
At least we have good roads, thanks to Euro 2012 ;-)

Soon it will be a year since l last saw my family in Poland ;-(. I miss them a lot but I know we won't go this year to visit them. I am so jealous when I hear that someone has just got back or is going to visit their family in Poland.
Emigration is not easy. I always knew that, but I didn't realise that it would be so damn difficult.

Each time, when I speak to my parents, I have to keep my tears inside me. When we are on video Skype, it is even harder. I miss them a lot, miss the smell of my family home. Not sure if you have something similar, but for example, every time when I peel oranges - the smell reminds me of Christmas at home - just add that I am peeling oranges everyday for my kids ;-).
Also, my father makes the best chicken soup in the world - I don't know how he does it. I have tried to copy, him but I don't even come close ;-). I always try to keep the Jozefczuk's tradition so every Sunday we have chicken soup in our house. Oh, I miss them even more.
Enough I don't want to cry. I have just done my make up ;-). No more tears.

Tonight is the night. I promise it is the last weekend mentioning "The Voice". Tomorrow is the finale. I am so excited and I don't know why. The programme is not going to change my life ;-). Just add that my favourite is Sara ;-)

Went out on Friday night. I had been invited to a Polish party. It was such a great night. I took the car so I couldn't drink at all - except one glass of punch. It was a first time driving in Sydney. Going there was alright - except I got stuck for about 50 minutes in traffic. On the way back wasn't so easy. I shouldn't have been in the car for more than 15 to 20 minutes - It was dark and I got lost. I ended up on a motorway which was going to....? God only knows where ;-)
- a few minutes later I was on Sydney Bridge - not the correct way - and later I was in the centre of Sydney. I started to get a little bit scared. By the way I had sat-nav but still managed to get lost. Anyway I managed to get back home before midnight ;-).
Next time - no car. I am taking a bus or taxi.

I haven't been well for the last few days. Bloody cold doesn't want to leave our house. First it was Oliver, then Matthew, then Dan and now me - of course at the end. My voice sounds like I have been drinking for a week ;-)

On Saturday we eventually went to the Polish playgroup in Randwick. It was really nice meeting more girls. Shame the weather wasn't great and a lot of mothers didn't pitch up. I am sure there will be more occasions to get together.

It is almost 1.00pm and my little monster must go to bed and I must go to the kitchen to prepare us lunch. P.S chicken soup has been done and has been all eaten. ;-).

On the 23rd is father's day in Poland. I am busy looking for a present for my dad. I just don't know what to get him. For my mum was easy - flowers. I wanted to surprised her. I ordered her flowers via the internet for home delivery. Apparently she almost had a heart attack. Shame I wanted to surprise her, not kill her ;-) - This was the first time that someone sent her flowers via home delivery.
I now have a whole week to think about a gift for my father.

Anyway, pots and pans are calling me to the kitchen ;-)

Monday, 11 June 2012

"Keeping up with the Dollow's" - Rainy Day

It has been raining a lot for the last 2 days in Sydney. The weather hasn't been nice ;-(,-  but on the other hand it is good to have something different than a sun ;-)))))))).

Without any choice we have been stuck at home today - with kids. ;-)

Yesterday we had guests over for lunch. I promised a Polish lunch and I kept my word. I had to make krokiety - (pancakes filled with mushrooms, served with beetroot soup) Sznycels served with potatoes, buffalo wings - my husband makes the best - salads, and many more snacks. My food was disappearing in no time. The hit was my cappuccino cake - I got a recipe from my mother ;-). Ela your recipe was and still is the best.
Every time, without any doubt, the cake is a winner ;-)



We have run out of milk - what a disaster. I need another coffee - I cannot drink coffee without milk. Had a quick look outside the window - not nice - still raining. How to convince my hubby to go downstairs and bring me a coffee from my favourite coffee shop.
Nothing works - he doesn't want to go. I don't have a choice I have to go by myself.
Put my rain coat on and went downstairs. I have changed my mind. I don't need coffee any more, I can wait. Sydney just hit a terrential rain. If I would go I would be wet from top to bottom actually from bottom to top, actually it doesn't matter I would be all wet.






My youngster just made a poo poo ;-) and guess what? We used his last nappy a few hours ago, so  if we don't want to die of the odour, we have to go downstairs. I am going to push Dan - again to go to the shop - as it's still pouring outside. I am going to pretend I have a headache - hopefully it will work.
Didn't -  he said he is not well. Not sure if I should trust him. Looking at me it is easy to simulate pain ;-).
He does look dodgy, I cannot send Oliver - he is just 4 years old ;-), so I have to go ;-(.

Just got back. Wasn't too bad. My jeans are wet, my shoes are wet, but I got nappies, milk and of course I couldn't pass by my favourite coffee shop without buying coffee;-) - delicious.

Now watching with my boys "Sammy's  adventures" - 2nd time today.
Eating left overs from yesterday - I feel so spoilt ;-).

The day has almost finished for my boys ;-)
It is almost 6.30 pm. My heart is pumping a lot, why? First of all it's masterchef's elimination and secondly my favourite programme "THE VOICE" is at 7.30 pm. Four of my favourite contestants from "The Voice" are going home tonight. Having said that, all of them are my favourite;-) I cannot make up my mind who I would love to win.
So upset I have to choose between those 2 great shows. I can watch half an hour of masterchef and then quickly switch over to another channel.
Oh my Gosh it is 20 minutes to 7.00 pm. I have to finish typing on my blog. I need to go read Oliver his book for the night. No time to waste.

Good night. ;-)








Tuesday, 5 June 2012

"Keeping up with the Dollow's" - Vacuum cleaner

I remember when I was a young girl, I called my mother a vacuum cleaner - I know, I know, it wasn't nice ;-).
She always finished my or my brother's or sister's left over food. When I didn't finished my dinner or any other food, she was like - "You cannot throw it away. A lot of people have had nothing to eat today, you must always finish your food" - or you will - we laugh.
She was absolutely right.
What is funny in my story, is that 20 years later, I am a vacuum cleaner as well. Every time my boys don't finish their food, I am there to help them. I am not surprised any more. Why do I struggle to lose those extra kilograms. Now I know why ;-). I had better stop cleaning my boys plates if I want to fit into my bikini in about 3-4 months time. I still have an option to wear my swimming costume which I wore while pregnant ;-) - oh nooooooooooooooooooooo

We had quite a lot of rain in the last 3 days in Sydney. Reminds me of England, which by the way, I miss a lot. There are a lot of programmes on TV lately showing the Queen's Jubilee. Wish to be there - in London - just for these few days. Looks like Brits have had a lot of fun. The concerts outside Buckingham Palace look more than amazing.













Watched a new advert about Oz. I can only say, that I am very happy to live in such an amazing place. Many people have tried to get in to Australia but have failed. We were fortunate to get a positive answer and got our visa after 2 years after applying.

Please watch and feel free to be jealous  ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/user/australia?v=m5__vyZMdlg







Monday, 4 June 2012

"Keeping up with the Dollow's" - "The Voice"

I have been very busy for the last few days. I am working on a project which you can hopefully see very soon. It is something that I have always wanted to do. I don't want to say any more;-).

I went shopping today and I am very happy to get my "Vegeta " - polish spices - Polish cucumbers in a jar and of course Polish sausages ;-)

Tomorrow I am going to meet up with a Polish girl who I contacted through Facebook. What would we do without Facebook? - I have only been on the FB for a year and have managed to meet and find very good contacts through it - amazing.
On Saturday I am going to a Polish playgroup with Matthew. I am so excited to meet all the Poles here.

Today I got an invitation to watch the Euro 2012 live at the Polish club on the 9th of June. I wish I could go, but the time difference between Europe and Sydney is huge which means the Poland - Greece football match is at 2am in the morning ;-(. I still have a few days to think about it - Polish club, Polish people, Polish beer - Zywiec. I haven't done something like that for ages ;-)

Our stuff eventually had arrived from South Africa. For the last 3 months I haven't had most of my clothes, my shoes etc. I was so excited when I got them. I was like a little girl - I was changing a few times a day;-)

Eventually our boys are in bed and I am patiently waiting for "The Voice".  I am so scared who is going home tonight - I am going to cry tonight. The contestants are more than amazing in Australia. I am such a big fan of the programme.

The glass of wine is on the table - waiting for "The Voice" as well - I have company ;-)