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>Last weekend’s trip to NYC with the girls was nothing short of a blast. The photos from the trip speak for themselves.
Check out the slideshow below and make sure to crank up the volume.
(Sidenote: All photos were taken with Viola’s Canon Powershot G12.)
>Preparations for Christmas Eve supper (Wigilia) are underway at the Szymanska household. There are twelve traditional Polish dishes to be made by Friday and four sets of hands diligently working together. First on the list are uszka, (meaning “little ears” in Polish) small dumplings filled with mushrooms and served with red borscht.
The company of my sisters and mom as we sit around the table preparing the food makes this one of my favorite times during the holidays.
>I wish blogging was more time efficient. There are quite a few steps that goes into each blog post: take photos, download photos to computer, edit photos, upload photos to file sharing website, link photos to blog, enter text and finally publish post. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. I just wish there was a way to skip some of those steps.
And this brings me to my new blog: TwinA from Posterous.com allows me to post right from my phone directly to the blog with a push of ONE button. How convenient is that?! Well, so convenient that I’m more likely to blog whatever, whenever. Although, TwinA blog is not a replacement of TwiinGallery blog by any means, it’s still a fun way to get my blogging fix.
So, check it out!
>Taking my new wheels for a late afternoon drive. Photos taken somewhere in the Rocky Hill Meadows …
>Couple of days ago I went for an eye exam to a mall optician. I was a few minutes early for my 5 o’clock appointment but was informed the doctor was running 20 minutes late. So I took a seat in an empty waiting room and pulled out my iPhone. My phone is a good time-killer so I usually don’t mind waiting. I opened the iBooks app to an ebook I had recently purchased and began to read.
I didn’t even finish reading the first page, when a little girl came into the waiting room. I looked at her as she sat a few chairs over and smiled at me. I smiled back and kept on reading my ebook.
But I felt her eyes starring in my direction so I glanced at her again. This time she said, “Hi.”
“Hello,” I replied and the little girl immediately jumped two seats next to me.
“Can I play with your phone?” she asked politely.
Before I had a chance to answer ‘yes,’ she took the phone from my hand, exited my ebook and started to flip through my iPhone apps.
“Do you have any games?,” she asked continuing to search my phone.
“No, I don’t. Sorry.”
I saw how disappointed she was and thought of jumping into the App Store (on the phone) and downloading her some kind of a free game.
But then her eyes lit up when she spotted the camera app. She clicked on it and started to snap random photos. Of the floor, walls, me …
I was amazed at how easily she maneuvered through my phone. And I doubt she had one like that or one at all for that matter. I mean she was very young.
“What’s your name?” I asked.
“How old are you?,” I continued.
“I’m four but I’ll be five on my birthday.”
I smiled at her response.
“And when is your birthday?”
She gave me an answer in her childish voice that I didn’t understand but pretended like I did.
Then her mom came over and apologized for Jessica.
“I’m sorry. She’s like that with everybody’s phone.”
“It’s OK. I don’t mind,” I said.
Then the mom left to look at the eye glasses and Jessica continued to play with my phone.
“What’s your dog’s name?” she asked assuming I have a dog.
“Misiu. He’s a little dog.”
“Where’s your mom?” she continued questioning.
“She’s at home.”
“Where’s your dad?”
I paused for a while … Actually thinking about where he was at this very moment.
“My dad … He’s sleeping,” I said in a shaky voice.
I felt my eyes fill up with tears. She didn’t seem to notice as she was too busy now flipping through the photo gallery on my phone.
Just then the doctor peeked into the waiting room and called me in.
“Well, I have to go now,” I said, taking my phone back.
Walking to the exam room I glanced at my phone to turn it off and I paused in shock. Out of over 1,000 photos (and videos) on my phone, she happened to click on the one of my dad. It was one I took of him last September; a quick shot (of him smiling) for the phone contacts.
My tears now began to run down my cheeks.
>Twins Days is the largest annual gathering of twins in the world. It takes place in a town of Twinsburg, Ohio and it’s open to all multiples; twins, triplets, quads, identical and fraternal, young and old. Twins Days, Inc. was founded in 1976 and it’s mission is to provide a vehicle for celebrating the uniqueness of twins and other multiples.
Twins Days packs an array of exciting activities for the two-day festival. There’s a Double Take parade, golf tournament, twins contests, twins talent show, twins research, 5K race, wiener roast, raffle, twins group photo, fireworks display and much more. And when the sun goes down, adult twins get together for karaoke and dancing, followed by an after party, and an after-after party.
We, meaning Viola and I have known about such festival for few years and always wanted to attend. Luckily, this year we were finally able to go. We have enjoyed our time in Twinsburg and the festival so much that we plan on making this event an annual destination in the years to come!