Life on the Farm: Slovenia Travel

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I love this view from our balcony at Mali Raj. We stayed at a tourist farm in the far northeast corner of Slovenia in a tiny village, right next to the Hungarian border. The view from the balcony was amazing. Three of our four mornings here I was able to do a twenty minute yoga routine in this spot. It was a travel miracle and very therapeutic for me. Screen time helped!DSC09417

The owner was so friendly and took a real liking to Thibault. The place was picturesque and relaxing. There was not a lot of tourism in this area, so it was the perfect place for us to unwind without distractions.

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The kids absolutely loved it. Cats everywhere, alpacas & goats, plus two ponds—one of which we would go to and look for frogs. I loved watching them be so happy interacting with the animals.

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One day we visited a local open air museum of an old village just across the border in Hungary. It was surprisingly a great day out. They had this amazing indoor playhouse with an old medieval play kitchen, climbing area with a flying dragon, and old fashioned games. Jaap and I were pleasantly surprised. Plus a yummy lunch outdoors.

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Breakfast at the farm

One day we drove into Ptuj for a day out, but it was very hot and there was not much for us to do in the city. We did get to see a Slovenian wedding with some traditional music come down the main square. That was a treat. An afternoon swim back at the farm was the perfect ending.

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My favorite day in this region was our trip to Terme 3000. I don’t even have any pictures from the day because it was spent completely with our family enjoying the water and warm weather. Water slides, a water play area for small kids, various thermal baths, and a natural spring bath. Everyone absolutely loved it. Jaap was completely nuts and went down this extremely steep and fast water slide. His retelling of the story was great and I think Flora was very impressed with her father.

The thermal park was a great place for us to unwind. I thought it was the perfect combination of family and adult fun. I wish I had a recording of Thibault’s face when he slipped into the natural thermal bath with us. It was so warm and he loved it.

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Schnapps, onion & lard on bread

Some of our evenings were spent at this Hungarian fish restaurant right across the border. My favorite was starting this Saturday night dinner with some schnapps! We skipped the onion bread. Thank God Jaap speaks German and I have a few words enough to read a menu. 🙂

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I have nothing but warm and fuzzy feelings for our farm stay at Mali Raj. It was exactly what I was hoping for. Some peace, relaxation, and good quality family time without distractions.

Self-Care Weekend

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A simple writing on the wall became an anthem for an incredible weekend full of self-care. I’m full of gratitude for two nights (child-free) with my friends in the Belgian Ardennes. As much as I love my two little humans, I also LOVE being without them sometimes.

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This is our 2nd annual Mama-Girls-Weekend-Getaway in the Ardennes and I’m considering this an official tradition. It was a weekend full of late dinners, lazy mornings, uninterrupted conversations, long walks in the woods, snow (!), relaxing in the sauna, and best of all—- not having to take care of others. How refreshing! We probably consumed too much alcohol, but again—nobody to take care of! These lazy mornings were the best. Just being able to lie in bed and not have to get up to take care of anybody. I had time to read, watch Netflix, and meditate.

And sometimes there were these moments of silence. Nobody felt the need to chat or share something. Just sit there in silence. The whole weekend was just pure joy from start to finish.

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I feel so grateful that Jaap is willing, able, and completely confident in taking care of the kids while I’m away. But mostly, I’m grateful for the friendships I have with these women. God only knows what my mental state would be without their support. Amen for good friends.