Hi there

Here is a little introduction to myself and this blog. 🙂

I started this blog in January when I had too much time. I had been on sickness leave from work for a month and being on third trimester on my twin pregnancy there was not much to do. Or actually there would have been plenty to do but I was ordered to stay in bed so I couldn’t. And to be honest with my huge belly I could hardly get my socks on let alone do something more active.

I thought this would be a perfect way to spend my days. This was something I could do while resting. But after about a week from my first post the twins decided to arrive. After that I’ve had my hands full but I decided to continue blogging anyway.

At first I thought that this blog would be more about my children. Twins and the big brother. What they are doing, wearing and eating. But quite soon I realized that I don’t want to share too much of them. I don’t want to share pictures of their faces for example. So it’s becoming a blog where I share my thoughts and perspective on parenting and life in general. Of course my children will be a big part of it since I’m currently a stay-at-home mom. I also want to share our everyday life. I hope it’s interesting to you but I also want to document this baby year for myself. Because of my heavy fatigue I don’t think that I’ll remember much of it later.

I have different goals I wish to achieve with this blog. Since I’m a true list person I made a list of them:

  • Improve my writing skills. When I was a child I wrote a lot. I kept a journal regularly and had pen pals. I loved writing. But at latest in university I had so many assignments to write I didn’t want use my spare time writing so I stopped. And after uni I didn’t get back to it. But here we go.
  • Improve my English. It’s hard to maintain or improve your language skills if you don’t use the language. That’s one of the reasons for writing in English.
  • Be part of an international blogging community. That’s another reason why I write in English. I love to learn about different cultures and habits. But I also find it interesting how people around the world are the same. Their houses or clothing or whatever can be different but if you ask them for example to tell about their families they do it in an exact same way. It’s kinda intriguing.
  • Document this baby year. I told you why up there.
  • Maybe even find some new friends.

Couple of words about me..

As you know I’m a mother for twin babies and a three years old boy. We live in Helsinki suburbs. We also have a cat called Moona. I work in a publishing company with legal information matters but will stay at home with the kids for at least a year now.

I don’t know what else to tell you about me so maybe some random facts?

  • I’m left handed
  • Before buying this house I had always lived in apartments.
  • I have studied latin for four years.
  • I have traveled quite much but never been to Asia.
  • I’ve had a phobia of needles.
  • I would like to learn French.

Would you like to tell me something about yourself? I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Mannamaria

 

Share your world

This week I heard about this challenge from Cee’s photography. It sounded like a lots of fun so I decided to take part.

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

I always use pen. I haven’t used pencil after graduating from the uni. But to be honest most often I use colorful stabilos and black finepens. 🙂

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

Singer! As a child I sang in a choir. I loved it but I was not very good. In a certain age I had to stop going there since they didn’t accept poor singing anymore. 😀

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating?

I’m horrible at debating. When debating you have to think fast and I’m not good at that. But in a debate that seems very black and white I’m good at pointing the other colors.

What are you a “natural” at doing?

Organizing and arranging. And being with kids.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I’m grateful that we finally found a way to ease the baby’s stomach problems, that we got some rest, met lovely new people and found strength to do some fun holiday activities with the older boy.

I’m looking forward to having better weather, organizing a birthday party for the boy and having a nice party.

Thank you for this nice challenge!

Mannamaria

Playful bus

Does it sound like a translation error? It’s not actually.

So, I changed the name of the blog. I never liked the first name but couldn’t make up a better one. I decided to start the blog anyway and change the name later when I’d figure out one that I’d be happy with. I’m not sure if it was a good idea but here we are.

What is the Playful Bus? What does it mean? It was actually a prize that my son got when he finally let me cut his hair. He was very nervous about it and it took forever and ever for me trying to persuade him. Finally, he was courageous enough to let me do it and I gave him this bus. It’s not very fancy I have to admit but it’s very dear to him.

He started calling it the playful bus when he got it. I’m not sure what it means but I think it’s adorable. Maybe the bus likes to play with him? He likes to play with it? Or the bus is just being happy and playful? I’m not sure but I like it. To me, playful bus sounds very happy, joyful and childish. In a way, that’s also how I’m hoping that my blog will sound like.

Let me present the playful bus to you:

Incomplete

Even though I have planned this blog for months and months I haven’t really done much concrete things to build it up. I have gotten stuck in thinking about the name of the blog and the banner and how am I going to edit my photos and do I have enough topics to talk about. And am I good enough?

Now I finally decided to publish this blog even though I haven’t solved most of the mentioned issues. I hope that this blog will evolve with me during the following months. I can sometimes be a little pedantic but now I’m learning to let go and accept my incompleteness with this blog.

And now when I think about incompleteness… actually it is not only this blog where I’m trying to learn to accept that feature. I try to learn to accept incompleteness in life in general. Perfection is stressful, impossible and quite frankly – boring. So let’s keep the word incomplete and embrace it. It kind of has mercy in it. Getting better but not perfect. I like that.

Love,

Mannamaria

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