We Are Five

We are five years old.

Five years ago I became Mrs. Farrugia and Anthony became my husband. We’ve been through so much these past five years that it seems more time has passed.

We’ve endured lots, but we’ve made it through.

So here’s to many more to come.

We're older and poorer lol...but happier :)

We’re older and poorer lol…but happier 🙂

And this little munchkin is four. She turned four two days ago, and I’m still mourning the baby she no longer is. It’s a joy watching her grow up, but I miss the years already gone by. She is a little joy, a trouble-maker, a non-stop talker and a protective sister. She made me a mother and the happiest person alive.

Kikkina, we love you 🙂

My Queen

My Queen

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A Hard One

What did you do this weekend?

We had our friends’ wedding, and to say we had a blast is an understatement. My blast lasted far longer than the night of the wedding. We stayed up for much longer than what is our norm nowadays and we drank that bit more than usual. I blame the newlyweds’ Tattinger which must have sealed my fate. I was still feeling the exhausting aftermath of it all up until yesterday. Luckily enough I woke up this morning feeling fresher and better than I have in what seems like weeks (although it’s been only two days!)

It got me thinking that perhaps I am no longer able to sustain a long night out, drinking more wine than usual and dancing and sweating away like the younger version of myself did.

It’s sometimes hard linking your mental age to your actual one.

Have a great week ahead dear friends!

xxx Jos

We (erm, I) was much better at holding a drink back then...

We (erm, I) was much better at holding a drink back then…

Snap, snap, here are our holidays!

We rediscovered our beautiful island!

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We had my beautiful sister-in-law’s wedding!

My beauty xxx

My beauty xxx

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Us ❤

Making a new friend :)

Making a new friend 🙂

With the lovely couple!

With the lovely couple!

Cesca had a great time enjoying the mild weather and the attention from everyone of course…

Annnnd what?

Annnnd what?

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Snuggling up to Hailey, Santa's gift :)

Snuggling up to Hailey, Santa’s gift 🙂

An intellectual moment

An intellectual moment

Admiring Nanna's Christmas tree

Admiring Nanna’s Christmas tree

Playing with  my toys!

Playing with my toys!

I spotted some funny mistakes…

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And we visiting some snowy areas, we ate, we drank, we laughed, we met up with friends, I cut six inches from my hair, and did a hundred other things! It was a good holiday 🙂

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And doing what she does best :)

And doing what she does best 🙂

Do forgive me!

Do forgive me, dear friends!

We’ve been on The Rock for over a week and I still have to find the time to sit down and write a post in peace and quiet without an appointment to rush to or someone to meet.

So far our stay has been rather exciting. The main reason for that was my sister-in-law’s wedding which was so much fun! Little C was the flowergirl, and although she was that bit loud during mass (there was no real hope for her to be quiet when she discovered that her voice echoed in the church) it was fun! We spent two nights on the larger island since the wedding was held there, and we played the part of tourists in Sliema to perfection. The wedding team was perfect – we had the great Kris shooting our pictures and the talented Justin and Lara making us all beautiful! I loved getting my makeup done and having it remain the same more than 16 hours after applied! My feet ended up numb, but seeing C being carried around on her father’s and grandfather’s shoulder, waving and dancing around made it worthwhile. She was a joy, a beautiful angel all dressed in white, who ended up shoeless, running around in white tights and making her dress as brown and dirty as possible. She has some great shots (thanks to a very patient Kris) and I can’t wait to see them!

As for the bride, she was the most beautiful bride I have ever seen. She can wear a brown sack and still be gorgeous, and on her day she was perfect. Her dress was the most exquisite thing ever and it fit her like a glove.

All in all we are all doing great. Up till today the weather has been anything but the cold December weather we have become used to. I haven’t gone out around in a cardigan alone in what seems like ages! No scarf or coat – bliss!

So please forgive me dear friends. I promise to be more regular here and do better next time.

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With her straight hair-do!

I wrote this post on my phone so please excuse the lack of margin alignment, spelling mistakes and omission of proper wedding pictures. I will make up for it!

Do forgive me!

Do forgive me, dear friends!

We’ve been on The Rock for over a week and I still have to find the time to sit down and write a post in peace and quiet without an appointment to rush to or someone to meet.

So far our stay has been rather exciting. The main reason for that was my sister-in-law’s wedding which was so much fun! Little C was the flowergirl, and although she was that bit loud during mass (there was no real hope for her to be quiet when she discovered that her voice echoed in the church) it was fun! We spent two nights on the larger island since the wedding was held there, and we played the part of tourists in Sliema to perfection. The wedding team was perfect – we had the great Kris shooting our pictures and the talented Justin and Lara making us all beautiful! I loved getting my makeup done and having it remain the same more than 16 hours after applied! My feet ended up numb, but seeing C being carried around on her father’s and grandfather’s shoulder, waving and dancing around made it worthwhile. She was a joy, a beautiful angel all dressed in white, who ended up shoeless, running around in white tights and making her dress as brown and dirty as possible. She has some great shots (thanks to a very patient Kris) and I can’t wait to see them!

As for the bride, she was the most beautiful bride I have ever seen. She can wear a brown sack and still be gorgeous, and on her day she was perfect. Her dress was the most exquisite thing ever and it fit her like a glove.

All in all we are all doing great. Up till today the weather has been anything but the cold December weather we have become used to. I haven’t gone out around in a cardigan alone in what seems like ages! No scarf or coat – bliss!

So please forgive me dear friends. I promise to be more regular here and do better next time.

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With her straight hair-do!

I wrote this post on my phone so please excuse the lack of margin alignment, spelling mistakes and omission of proper wedding pictures. I will make up for it!

A wedding, some fights and lots of shopping!

I have been here in England for two weeks now, and in some ways it seems as if I have been here for much longer than that. I have considerably improved on the cooking front (A’s words not mine!), cleaning is not half as bad as I thought it would be and M&S food store has become my favourite shop lately – and the one I frequent the most! The only thing that I can not get used to, and which I must have mentioned before today, is the weather. It’s Malta’s October weather here in England. As much as I hate the extreme heat and unbearable humidity, I do long for an hour just sweating away on a sandy beach getting a much-needed tan (believe me, MUCH-needed). So that’s why I am very thankful that we’re off to Malta next weekend 🙂

I had my first English wedding this weekend, and I was very curious to see how it was going to be. The only slight experience I had with them up until Saturday, was by watching Four Weddings, and believe me, that did not exactly make me jump with joy at actually attending one. However I was pleasantly surprised. We were invited for the evening drinks and the buffet, and since it was A’s practice manager who tied the knot, his co-workers were all there. We all stayed at the same hotel and left for the reception at 8 which was held at a lovely golf club which had spectacular views. Once we arrived, we had a couple of drinks, A’s nurses had a couple more than we did, and then the DJ started throwing out the corniest songs ever which I absolutely loved!! I had not danced to Tina Turner’s Simply the Best in ages, if I ever did, and we had a laugh singing into our ‘microphones’…hand-shaped microphones, that is (‘we’ does not include A!) The nurses became quite drunk at a certain point and one of them informed us all that she had ‘pulled a Paul’. Of course with her accent, I had to ask her three times what she was actually saying. Later on during the night she informed me of her progress vis-a-vis Paul, but her response was too graphic for me to write here without being booted out of word.press. Let’s just say that she got to know him very well during the course of the night.

After the wedding we drove back to the hotel where another wedding was being held. We had a couple of drinks in the lobby and witnessed a fight between two guys and a girl, and it ended up with the police coming over, arresting both men (with a young girl calling ‘daddy, daddy?!’ while they were taking her father away). We then woke up with shouts and insults being hurled in the room above ours (‘you insensitive lizard’ being my favourite). We did not exactly miss the hotel. So we left for Bluewater and landed at John Lewis where we house-shopped. Truth be told, I have never taken a real interest in home decorations since I never had a house of my own. But this flat is our chance to experience all that, and I could have easily stayed for hours at John Lewis going through the bath towels, linen and the chinaware. Every house section was divided into different colour schemes and patterns and the designs were so delicate and intricate. I loved the rugs, the vases, the laundry baskets – everything! We spent Sunday evening unpacking our purchases and finding them a place in our place.

All in all it was a lovely Sunday 🙂

Phew we’re back!

The last month of my life was one big, crazy hiatus which thankfully went well and ended up in smiles and yes, even some tears. The wedding was everything we wanted. While the week leading up to The Day was full of last-minutes hiccups which seemed like mountains of troubles, Saturday was calm and quite serene. I tried to sleep in as late as I could, but obviously couldn’t so by 8 I was having coffee with mum. My two closest aunts came over to our house and spent the day with us, first having cupful after cupful of coffee, and then helping us put everything in place and setting things up for the afternoon. At one in the afternoon, the hairdresser and make-up artist arrived, and they started working on us all. I had a small bridal party (a maid of honour, one bridesmaid and a flower girl), so we were in good time. We were giggling, laughing, panicking a bit at times (when I remembered that I had forgotten to try on the flower girls’s shoes – thank God they fit!), and suddenly too aware that time was closing in so fast!

I love this picture a friend took of me!

I had a late mass – it started at 6.30pm, so at 5pm the cameramen arrived and from then onwards the night just flew by!  We opted for my village’s smaller church, since the parish one is too big and cold for me. And it was the best choice we could make, because it was fully packed, and the whole effect was one of coziness and warmth. Joseph Chetcuti dazzled us all with his violin, whilst Mons. Victor Grech reduced everyone to tears (including himself!) with his beautiful words during the sermon.

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The reception was held on hotel grounds, and we were lucky to have a cool breeze all throughout the evening. We ate, chatted, took loads of photos, danced, mingled and overall had the best time of my life! I followed the advice I had read somewhere – to stop for a couple of minutes, look around you, and be happy that it all turned out exactly as you wanted. Seeing people enjoying themselves was gratifying in itself, and for us to have actually ‘lived’ the evening was the cherry on the cake.

We left for New Zealand the Monday after. We stopped for 2 nights in Dubai where we met up with an old school friend of mine, who actually lives there, and her husband and herself picked us up at our hotel and gave us a tour of Dubai themselves. I don’t think we could have done it otherwise, since the heat there is unbearable. We arrived at midnight and the temperature was 45 Celcius! Imagine having a heater blowing on full blast – it truly is suffocating!

After 13 hours from Dubai, we arrived in Melbourne, where the plane stopped for re-fuelling, and a further 3 hours took us to Auckland, NZ. The hours on board the plane are long ones, but the plane in itself is a luxurious one, and with over 200 movies, countless albums, games and TV shows, the hours were soon filled in. We had the extra bottle of wine to help us sleep, which thankfully it did, and the hours passed by more quickly than I had feared they would.

In NZ we rented a car, and we had an automatic one – and both of us had never driven one, so that was a new, and scary experience for us. A trusted me with driving on the first day, and at one moment I pressed on the brake thinking it was the clutch, and we went from 120km/hr to nil in 3 seconds!! I was boycotted from driving for the rest of the day, but I then had to help A, so after some other minor mishaps, I got used to the car, and off we went.

We spent nights in Auckland, Tairua, Rotorua and Napier and then drove back north to Auckland where we left for Malta again. The experience was a beautiful one. The scenery is amazing and jaw-dropping and it’s nature’s best show-case in my opinion. It took a while getting used to the 14-hour time difference (we once slept from 6 in the afternoon to 8 the following morning!), but it was worth everything and much more!

Now I’m back on the Rock. A left yesterday, and I follow him in three weeks’ time.

And I can’t wait 🙂