I am bursting with happiness. I’ve got words spilling out of my fingers faster than they can type. My oldest, my golden child, my beautiful first born, Soren is here! He arrived safe & sound & full of energy to explore the world early Sunday morning. It has been a whirlwind ever since.
We’ve been to 1 1/2 Faschings Umzugs (Carnival parades), we’ve shopped in countless stores (that boy is a shop-a-holic just like his Oma). We’ve gotten lost in the most beautiful, treacherous part of Austria (lesson learned: read a map. Don’t just trust your GPS). We’ve been skiing and snowboarding (I can still do both!). We learned that Dane has the “Rocketride” technique of skiing down pat, and it gives us all heart attacks, he points straight down & GOES until someone yells stop. Then he crashes. Dane would like to ski every single day please. We had dinner at our favorite Gasthaus in Garmisch (Gasthaus Fraundorfer) and completely enjoyed the warm bier, topped with whipped cream, liquors. Dinner and dessert were equally fabulous and oh so very German. If you are ever in the area… I highly recommend a visit.
We had two hospital visits, one in downtown Stuttgart for Dane’s yearly check-up with his “Giant” doctor (Dane’s Giant Doctor). While Dane is still in the high normal, his “S” curve is back in his right carotid and we are still on yearly checks. His blood flow is good, and that’s what is really important. Our second visit was late last night, turns out Lindsay (Soren’s girlfriend) broke something in her wrist. But not her bone. My German isn’t good enough to know what she broke, but she is in a beautiful blue cast. What a trooper! Barely a peep out of her (though now she has been sleeping 14+ hours).
On our last day we journeyed up to the top of the Mount Osterfeldkopf to brave the views from the Alpspix. Despite being made of strong metal beams, imbedded in hard rock, venturing out on the platform 1,000 meters above the valley is an adrenaline rush I’d rather skip. But I did it. For the view. For the photo’s. For my kids, so they learn not to fear.
Still, Dane did fear it very much. Getting him to the very end took lots of coaxing and gummy bears. And a big promise to stay crouched down, so there was zero chance of falling overboard. I love my kids.
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