Ahh. . .welcome home. It feels like forever since I’ve been back in my native Poland. Since we planned this trip last year, I haven’t been home since my brothers wedding 2 years ago. My hometown - Sokolow Podlaski, is about 2 hours from Warsaw. Each day brought a reunion of old friends and family. We celebrated National Children’s Day (June 1) by taking Leo & Mila to a toy store and letting them pick a gift and having dinner at a local restaurant with my parents, brother and his wife & kids. The next day we went to my nieces dance recital performance at school and then we threw a barbecue party for family and friends. I was able to spend time with two of my closest childhood friends - Ola and Marta, and we had really nice evening together. The 5 days in Sokolow were very busy and chaotic. I probably needed a month to catch up with everyone. My mom served us delicious food each day and it was very nice to be taken care of. My younger brother Kuba, his wife and baby also stayed there for the weekend. It was a mad house but we would not want it any other way. I am very thankful and grateful for having such a wonderful family. Leo and Mila were playing with their cousins every single day, and they were so happy. My parents have 8 grandchildren and Leo is the only boy. I did not sleep much during those 5 days, but that did not matter. What mattered most is the fact we were together with my family and friends, and we enjoyed each others company and created new memories.
We are only spending 2 weeks in Poland. Tomorrow we are leaving for Bialystok, then we have my niece’s Communion in Wojnowo (whom I’m Godmother to), and Mila’s Baptism back in Sokolow. It’s going to be a crazy week as these 2 celebrations are significant events in the Polish Catholic church. It has been amazing first few days here. I’ve really enjoyed watching Leo and Mila play with all their cousins like they’ve known each other forever. For Mila, it is the first time meeting everyone, but the kids include her in everything. I’m always impressed at how quickly kids can adapt to pretty much any situation and just enjoy the moment. I think sometimes we adults can take a lesson from our kids, and show more compassion, inclusion, and understanding towards each other.
A shorter blog post for now since I’ve really been busy with family and friends so until next time, Adios!