Last Tuesday I arrived safe and sound in Norway, and happily, so did my luggage! My friends have been urging me to let them know about everything… from how the travel went to how absolutely darling my granddaughter is. But it has been a whirlwind here. There has been little time for either email or blogging.
I had totally forgotten just how busy three adults can get taking care of one 9 week-old baby.
Emma Margarita is a sweet, blue-eyed, rosy-cheeked little baby girl with very, very healthy lungs! She loves to bump along in the buggy and to be jiggled up and down by all the adults in her life. She adores being sung to but she does NOT like lying still. As well, she is a night owl. But who cares? What else do we all have to do but wait on her hand and foot?
When Emma does close her eyes for a bit of a nap, Jeanette and Carlos run around doing laundry, shopping and all the other chores that also need attention. I cook and wash dishes.
The Mexican spices and sundries that I carried in my THREE suitcases: mole. salsa verde, charritos, chetos, achiote, naranja agria and the tequila have been a big hit. Carlos and Jeanette were also thrilled with the all the gifts for Baby Emma. They asked me to thank everyone who sent the wee dresses, booties, sleepers and bunny slippers. They will send out personal messages as soon as they come up for air.
As would be expected, on my first night in Norway (after a 28 hour trip) I slept like a log in my cozy loft bedroom and the next day, and with me well-rested, we boarded the train to Oslo.
We visited Vigelandsparken, one of Norway’s most famous attractions with more than 1 million visitors every year. The unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) It has more than 200 sculptures of human figures in bronze, granite and cast iron. The park is open all year round, and is a popular recreation area.
But other than that first day’s excursion to Oslo, we have not been out of the town of Moss, where Carlos, Jeanette and Emma live. We have enjoyed visits with Jeanette’s parents, walks through the park and around the lake. We have been to the clinic to have Emma weighed. We venture down into the town center and go shopping every day for something or another that she needs…
Tomorrow Emma Margarita will be baptized at the church in nearby Frederikstad, the place where she was born a short time ago, and where her mummy and daddy were married in August of 2011.
These all-too-short days with my tiny granddaughter may not sound as exciting as my reports about exotic destinations, famous locales and illustrious luminaries, but you know what? I am having the time of my life!
I hope you enjoy the slide show of Vigelandsparken. Ha en fin dag!