Yone celebrates teenagement

22 10 2017

Yone usually has friends over at home for his birthday. Garden, pool, pancakes… But this year he wanted to go to the Lago Martiánez. These are sea water swimmingpools right on the coast of our town. Weather predictions were good: hot and calima (sahara dust in the air usually combined with high temperatures)… Perfect for a pool day.

I must admit I was dreading the idea of chaperoning 8 teenagers and Dácil all by myself. But the good thing about relatively civilized teenagers is that they are quite capable of looking after themselves without annoying other swimmers (or mum for that matter).

Then there was the food issue: 13 and 14 year olds eat a lot. It is not allowed to take food into the complex, but I completely ignored that rule. I baked brownies the day before, American pancakes in the morning and took sausages, buns, ketchup, mustard etc for hot dogs. All of this and some juice and soda into a shopping trolley, past the guy with the tickets with a big smile and no questions asked.

Everybody had a great time! Mum had a mojito and even read a few chapters. Dácil swam which is the equivalent of total bliss, and the boys enjoyed their day.

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Dácil swims

22 10 2017

We’ve taken up swimming again at the beginning of this year. With a physical therapist. On her back she is completely autonomous in the water. She signs “swimmingpool” and “Rita” her therapist. She signs it all the time… Her first sign when returning home from school is “swimmingpool”…





Yone 13!

9 10 2017

Conversation yesterday: I love you mum. I love you too Yone. Even though at times you’d wish you could stick me behind the wallpaper? Yes. Of course. In spite of that. Good thing we don’t have wallpaper… He’s officially a teenager now. Happy 13th! I always love you one more than you love me!





Traditional Family Anniversary San Marcos Ocean Dive And Italian Food

12 09 2017

15 years since we celebrated our rainy subtropical wedding with friends and family.





Dácil in San Francisco

11 08 2017

So we take Dácil on our every trip. And we rather don’t stop to think about whether this is sensible or not. We find it sensible to just include her into our plans the same way we do with Yone. Of course we take many of her special aspects into consideration. We try not to tire her too much and give her space to recover from our activities. We visited Alcatraz, went camping to Santa Cruz, and saw the famous boardwalk with its attractions and we just got back from a 4 day spartan camping trip near the coast in northern California: coast, lighthouses, sequoia redwood trees… And guess what: the princess loves oysters!





Yone in San Francisco

29 07 2017

After a 24 hour trip: 3 planes of which the middle one took us in a 12 hour flight over the Atlantic and most of the USA, we finally arrived in San Francisco. Talia greeted us with gin on the rocks and drove us to Fairfax, basecamp. Yone gets along with Felix and Gideon, his hosts, as if they had known each other their whole lives. So far we’ve been hiking at Lagunitas, investigating the San Anselmo creek, eating porkbuns at the San Francisco embarcadero, Chinese in Chinatown, spent a morning at the Exploratorium and been to a Giants baseball game… And that’s only the first 5 days…





Thank you Helen Keller

26 06 2017

… for being, first of all, an inspiring human being, a fighter, a person who believes in justice and equality… for being Anne Sullivan’s other half… 

Today is International Deafblind Day. Helen Keller was born on June 27th 1880. She was deafblind, struggled through childhood, found Anne Sullivan who believed in her, and developed tactile sign language. But she was much more than a sum of her disabilities: she was a political activist and stood up for women’s rights, she was a writer and a lecturer.
Here’s her story:

 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller