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Millennium Cup | Vancouver 2013


What a long, but such exciting and lovely weekend we spent at MILLENNIUM CUP 2013 International Rhythmic Gymnastics Invitational competition our daughter participated! We so enjoyed such beautiful competition venue, outstanding performances, incredibly talented and beautiful participants and  atmosphere. Such memories!

Our daughter got silver in hoop routine and 4th place in free, ball routines and overall in her age and level! And our Romana Vasilega and Eugenia Prada (two another girls from IRG&B team) got gold in two routines and overall!! We are SO HAPPY and PROUND for our girls and academy!!

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I always was in love with rhythmic gymnastic and skating, and I think it’s really the best and most pretty sport for girls! I am so glad that my Kristin in and truly enjoy the rhythmic gymnastic, which is all about:



My apologies for such number or pictures, I just can’t resist to share ;o)

We are back. Oahu, HI

After miles of swimming, walking, driving (as well as and flying ;o) we are back full of energy, happiness and wonderful memories!!

As the third-largest island in the Hawaiian chain, Oahu has 112 miles of coastline but is only 30 miles ay its widest point and 60 miles long. Since compass directions can be confusing on the Islands, so it’s helpful to use local terms: makai (toward the sea), mauka (toward the mountains), Diamond Head (toward Diamond Head) and Ewa (away from Diamond Head).



Such fun and glitzy place. We loved the convenience of being a few minutes away from the ocean and start a day with an early morning swim. Walk able distance to attractions, shopping, dining as well as to Seattle’s Best Coffee was also gladly appreciated ;o)




Urban Waikiki:


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Third Annual Kualoa Country Fair – nor that “scheduled” activity, but it was such fun place to visit.



Kristin fell in love with horse’s “legwarmers” ;o)

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Such a different world from Waikiki and the lush Windward side. We were told that surfers around the world dream of riding the epic waves that crash here every winter.




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A living museum of rare and endangered tropical plants at the edge of downtown Honolulu, a collection of plants collected for over 150 years. In the Main Terrace, the oldest part of the garden, plants date back to 1853.

If you know me, you will not be surprised by the number of pictures below. I’m totally crazy on tropical plants, not to mention that have successfully adopted some of them here, in Seattle area. What an eye candy!!

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Some fun signs were spotted during walking…





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This is the lush, green side of the island, bordered by the striking Ko’olau Mountains and beaches with soft, white sand.

Our absolute favorite part of Oahu and a reason to rent a car for a several days ;o)



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Oahu Water Park located in Kapolei, Hawaii is one of the largest family water parks in the world, covering over 25 acres.



Secrets of Hawaii: Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach

Kailua Beach Park offers a picture perfect outdoor experience. One of the best beach on Oahu, the fine sandy beach is protect by Kailua Bay which makes for gentle waves. A perfect place for kayaking and other watersports.





Lanikai means "heavenly sea" in the Hawaiian language. And at Lanikai Beach that is exactly what you will find.

Its only about half a mile (800 m) long, but it’s one of the most scenic stretches of coastline on Oahu and has gained international fame as America’s number one beach for several years running. The only way to reach the beach is through small public access paths in this upscale neighborhood of Lanikai.

Our absolute favorite beach for relaxing on the unbelievable soft sand (which Kristin qualified as “flour”), taking a swim in such jewel-like greenish blue clear and warm water as well and enjoying the modeling (see sneak peek below ;o)


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Right before back to Seattle, we got small "training" rain and a double rainbow.



… And our tradition photo:

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If you are curious about what “out tradition photo” means, below is the explanation:

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Yeah, that’s all! Oh my, with TONS of new ideas and things I’m dying to try, I have no idea how to do what is already on my schedule first ;o)

But at least I’m back and will reply to all your emails first of all. Also I have some new designs to share with you and a little contest, stay tuned!

Alla Koval Designs



We are so ready and just can’t wait for our escape to Waikiki, Oahu this afternoon. Will be back on Sunday, October, 14th.


I’ll put on vacation mode Etsy shop, but my patterns are still available for immediately download in my Shop and some other online stores (click logos below):

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See you soon!!

Alla Koval Designs

Countdown started!


We just booked our vacation to somewhere in paradise!!

Only 13 days left… desperately trying bring myself back into a working mood – no luck so far ;o)

But if seriously, I should receive back edited Rapunzel collection just in a few and will release it immediately. And will do my best to make Dryad vest available too.

My Gymnastic Girl



What a long, but such exciting and lovely day we spent at rhythmic gymnastics Individual and Group competition our daughter participated! We enjoyed such beautiful and outstanding performances, incredibly talented and beautiful participants and atmosphere. Such memories!

Our daughter got 1st place overall in her age and level! We are really happy that Kristin enjoins gymnastic and feel so proud for our girl! Each level has different rules and number or routines to show. Kristin competed in Level 4 and had 3 routines: floor, ball and rope. She got 1st place in both ball and rope routines, 3rd place in floor routine and 1st place overall!!

Kristin’s floor routine:

Here is also Ball and Rope routines, but unfortunately about the same horrible quality (as well as the pictures). We definitely need to work on this part and probably use something different that just iPhone’s camera ;o)



Happy Sunday everyone!!

We did it! :o)

Believe you or not, but this morning my DH and I had yoga for 32th day in a row (had to miss 2 days due the class schedule). Not that only we are still alive, but feel pretty good and proud that realized one of our challenges from enough long list ;o)

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I do not think our goal is to be such flexible like this guy LOL or even to be able to do things like our daughter shows and amazes us every time. But we are planning to make hot yoga our every morning exercise at least.

And below are some pictures of Kristin an her rhythmic gymnastic class I just can’t resist to share ;o)





All girls are just amazing, isn’t! I’m so happy that Kristin is enjoining the gymnastic and we feel so proud for our girl!!

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s day to all of the men who have blessed a child’s life with unconditional love and adoration!


Our dear Dads, we LOVE you so much!! You are the Best!!
Alla and Kristin

Fall City, WA. Wallaby Ranch

We still don’t have even Spring here… but can you believe we are so ready for outdoor activities?! ;o) So we spend most our weekends for traveling and visiting some fun places. This weekend we with our friends are really enjoined Wallaby Ranch located in Fall City, WA.

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We watched video and learned new information:
– kangaroo use tail to walk – like 5th leg!
– they are pretty smart – can open door handle and water facet Eye rolling smile
– they do use hands a lot – to walk, to eat, to fight and so on, even can climb the fence in case of
– mother can close her pocket so tight that no water will go inside when she swims
– they like to rest on the back.

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Look at this little Cutie. The farm owner had it under his jacket for 10 minutes and everyone was surprised when he took it out! We all were charmed and excited to hold a baby kangaroo ;o)

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The albino kangaroo looks definitely different ;o)

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And below are Wallabies (a dwarf kangaroo) – they are so cute! It was really hard to assure Kristin that we do not looking for a new “family member” this time, even if Wallaby is just about 2 ft. tall.

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Thanks a lot to Sergey for such Amazing pictures!! So glad you guys joined us. See you soon!

Today’s forecast offers 48-58 degrees and rain at least 3 days more … well, another trip is scheduled ;o)

Port Townsend, WA

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We’ve had another little trip this weekend to visit Mt. Townsend Creamery. I did not plan to post about it… but, oh my, Port Townsend is such a nice place, NOT to mention they’ve had Annual Rhododendron Festival this day ;o)

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The place was interesting. We tested cheeses and they even told to us how to make cheese.
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…below is our “catch” – seven kinds of such yummy cheeses

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Port Townsend… Actually we were very surprised with its architecture. Small Europe in North West ;o)

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…and some pictures of Annual Rhododendron Festival

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Well, it was another amazing weekend, but now I’m hurry back to work. I’ll share with you something new just in a few, stay tuned ;o)

Happy and productive Monday to everyone!!

Maifest. Spring Festival

What a LOVELY Saturday!!

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Not to mention it was pretty warm and sunny here today (well, at least a half of the day ;o), but last minute we with our friends decided to visit the annual Maifest in Leavenworth and so glad that did it! ;o)

What a pretty place and we’ve spent such amazing time! … walking

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… enjoyed German kitchen in our favorite restaurant

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… and then – wow, even if we visited this Bavarian Village couple times before, I had no idea about this beautiful park with such great trail – so bad rain started in 10 minutes later we came to park, uhh.


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Today is Sunday and here is rainy again … well, not a bad weather to clean house, have a little shopping and enjoy hot yoga class late today ;o)

I hope you are enjoying  your weekend!

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