2013 in pictures

Maia and Robin a year ago. I cannot believe how much they've grown!

Maia and Robin a year ago. I cannot believe how much they’ve grown!

This was the year Maia decided to take a break from ballet for a year. Her training in modern jazz is still going strong and she has just won an award from her teacher for showing promise and commitment, which she certainly has.

This was the year Maia decided to take a year’s break from ballet. Her training in modern jazz is still going strong and she has just won an award from her teacher for showing promise and commitment, which she certainly has.

We celebrated Maia's 8th birthday on the Italian Alps, a place we look forward to going back to.

We celebrated Maia’s 8th birthday on the Italian Alps, a place we look forward to going back to.

I no longer fear travelling with the kids, which makes holidays a lot more enjoyable for all of us.

I no longer fear travelling with the kids, which makes holidays a lot more enjoyable for all of us.

2013 was the year my daughters (especially Robin) fell in love with babyccino. Not a week goes by without a trip to our favourite cafe'.

2013 was the year my daughters (especially Robin) fell in love with babyccino. Not a week goes by without a trip to our favourite cafe’.

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This little girl finally started talking and is (partially) potty trained. She's also very eager to go to school (playschool) in the new year, but I'll have to write a separate post about all that.

This little girl finally started talking and is (semi) potty trained. She’s also very eager to go to school (playschool) in the new year, but I’ll have to write a separate post about all that.

2013 was a big year for Maia. The most important event was her first Holy Communion and the months leading up to it.

2013 was a big year for Maia. The most important event was her first Holy Communion and the months leading up to it.

The big day.

The big day.

We celebrated our little one turning two with a very low-key affair at home.

We celebrated our little one turning two with a very low-key affair at home.

We survived a hot and very long summer, which saw Maia perfecting her swimming/diving skills and a severe deterioration in the condition of my hip.

We survived a hot and very long summer, which saw Maia perfecting her swimming/diving skills and a severe deterioration in the condition of my hip.

2013 will also be remembered as the year Maia spent upside down. Handstands and cartwheels ALL THE TIME.

2013 will also be remembered as the year Maia spent upside down. Handstands and cartwheels ALL THE TIME.

Definitely one of the most memorable things that happened in 2013 was the launching of a book drive that saw hundreds of books sent to our tiny island from all over the globe. All thanks to the generosity of Nuria, Anna Kelso and the hundreds of book lovers who wanted to help.

Definitely one of the most memorable things that happened in 2013 was the launching of a book drive that saw hundreds of books sent to our tiny island from all over the globe. All thanks to the generosity of Nuria, Anna Kelso and the hundreds of book lovers who wanted to help.

Our second (and my favourite) holiday this year was in Norway. A cabin surrounded by forest and lakes, children playing amongst the trees and the sounds of nature. It was perfect.
Our second (and my favourite) holiday this year was in Norway. A cabin surrounded by forest and lakes, children playing amongst the trees and the sounds of nature. It was perfect.

A new superhero was born this year. Her name is Super Bendy and she is currently busy saving the world, one cartwheel at a time. She'll be back in 2014 with new adventures!

A new superhero was born this year. Her name is Super Bendy and she is currently busy saving the world, one cartwheel at a time. She’ll be back in 2014 with new adventures!

October brought with it the beginning of a new, tougher school year. It hasn't always been plain sailing, but having a strict but gentle teacher is helping our girl flourish.

October brought with it the beginning of a new, tougher school year. It hasn’t always been plain sailing, but having a strict but gentle teacher is helping our girl flourish.

Another first for Maia was singing in an opera. She was part of the children's choir in this year's Otello. It was also the first time we shared a stage, a first of many performances I hope.

Another first for Maia was singing in an opera. She was part of the children’s choir in this year’s Otello. It was also the first time we shared a stage, a first of many performances I hope.

Speaking of music, I started going to regular choir practices again, after more than two years of absence.

Speaking of music, I started going to regular choir practices again, after more than two years of absence. Few things make me happier than singing Palestrina.

Our third and final trip for the year was a couple of weeks ago in Tuscany. We spent a week walking through medieval villages, making new friends and drinking gallons of coffee. Not a bad way to end the year!
Our third and final trip for the year was a couple of weeks ago in Tuscany. We spent a week walking through medieval villages, making new friends and drinking gallons of coffee. Not a bad way to end the year!

 

 

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