Hello from Seattle! It’s Lucia’s first visit to cutiefiles homeland and we’re having a great time at Grandma’s house. There is no place better than Seattle in August. We sit on the deck in the evening as the sun sets and the air is delicious.
Elena spent two weeks learning some American customs at SportBall camp – a genius franchise that takes the best of drills for sports like Hockey, Volleyball, Soccer, Football, and Golf and combines them with story telling.
Golf: Did you get the little rabbit in the hole? (Putting) Did you make the ball fly like a bird? (Drive)
Volleyball: Something about Spike the dinosaur.
Jumping jacks: Put your hands out like a rocket, then in like a star.
Then there was one about flying donuts where they caught hoola hoops soaring through the air.
Twenty years later I am back at Hiawatha playing field.
It was genius. Everyday she gave Coach Sebastian a high five and then ran back and forth for three hours. They discussed the Seattle Seahawks and Richard Sherman. She came home and showed me how to “pop a squat”, then she asked me to “give a clap.” Go team America.
Lucia’s favorite sporting activity is to lie on the floor and kick, then she pulls her blankie over her head and kicks really fast and pants, then she pulls the blankie off. It’s quite a lot of cardio. She’s also just about sitting on her own.
As for me I’ve been happy to hit the yoga gym a few times where I have seen more tattoos in one class than I see in a year in Bonn. And then of course there’s pushing the stroller up the big hill with one hand while pulling Elena up it with the other.
While we’ve adapted quickly to America there are still a few shocks. We went dress shopping for me for the wedding and had to stop by Victoria Secret. Elena gasped when she walked through the door, “its a pink store!” While I was in the dressing room, she jumped on a pink couch shouting “I love pink!”
I gotta say, I really like the grocery store selection, being able to understand when people tell me I have a cute baby, random conversations with anyone I want. Today I asked the daddy at the beach to help me get a giant spider out of Lucia’s stroller. That was dramatic.
Astrid, so friendly!
Times are good but they are flying. The day goes by in a blur, so its good to try to write things down. My mom called this time the lost decade. I can see why. I can hardly remember what happened this morning. Elena has enough energy to push you past your limit, but at night she sleeps in a Hello Kitty sleeping bag next to a bear wearing a dress also sleeping in a sleeping bag. Who can stay mad?
Can’t beat the blur.
But I’m writing this as I am about to leave Seattle after four fun weeks. We kicked it off with my cousin Ben’s wedding, and then partied a week later at Diana’s bachelorette. Lucia and I flew down and had a girls weekend in Sonoma. Fabulous.
What happens in Sonoma, stays in Sonoma.
Between the party weekends, I hit the coffee shops in the morning while Elena was at camp and did some work. Now we are going to meet Papa in San Francisco and wait for Diana and Rafi’s big wedding day next week. Believe me, he has been missed!
XX OO Grandma.