“Lane 5 – Frankie Fortune”

Meet Frankie Fortune, age 9 swimming against other boys in the 9-10 age division. He serious. He does not want me (his Oma) to take his pictune.

Frankie competed Saturday in a Swim Meet with another local swim team. Freestyle and breaststroke are his favorites, but in the IM relay he does them all.

Swimmers take your mark. GO.”

He goes and sails through the water.

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Meet Adelle

This is Adelle. She looks at her watch and says, “I can’t talk now Oma, I’ve got to get ready for swim practice its almost 10:30.” There you have it. Adelle is a serious backstroker and free style swimmer. She can nearly swim the length of the pool without taking a breath. She’s amazing.

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I arrived in Sacramento yesterday. PJ is the oldest. We attended his miner league baseball banquet last night. This was a fun night at the pool with the team and their families. The championship game and official awards were behind them, tonight was about how the coaches viewed the person.

They shared about PJs character, his humble spirit, his great attitude and willingness to take on any role they ask him to do, but they had to slip in their appreciation for how he could hit that ball and all his home runs and grand slams this season!

I just got here and already I’m feeling so many feelings, so many moments.

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Lisbon – Atlanta

Arrived at Lisbon’s airport to be greeted by cheerleaders, cameras, special hosts and degintaries from Delta Airlines. We were boarding a new direct flight connecting Lisbon to Atlanta. Hurrah!

Let’s not forget we were served 🍾 champagne and cake 🎉🍰🎉. We were welcomed as honored guests. Smile!

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Lisbon-Last Day and it’s Raining

Our first rainy day, our last day, who cares. Our hearts are full, but I’m feeling the good-bye around the corner and I’m trying to keep my chin up. Laura still has places she wants us to see, here we go, we are right behind her.

This pic is outside our kitchen window. Yikes!

A favorite spot of mine at Principe Real Park, centuries-old trees provide shelter under this natural + man-made trellis.

A closer look at these young beauties! It’s raining but who really cares.

Look at the foot of the street. Trolleys lift people up and down on this slope. Closed today won’t you know it.

Now to the Parque Edwardo IIV memorial gardens finding more beauty in the area and in our hearts.

On to dinner with Laura’s friends and now our friends where we have the sweetest kindred spirit one with another.

Sharing stories (I’m not sure all the Portuguese and we understood each other), all the laughs we did understand. The gifts we received….

…the love and friendship…

…and the singing, dancing and more laughing. Thanks new friends, thanks loving daughters who have traveled life with me. I love the journey and you. Now here’s the street farewell dance one from Jamie and one from Laura. Let the laugher and dancing continue.

Oh the joy you bring to me! Thank you.

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Lisbon-Sintra-Palacio da Pena

Another favorite day, a train to Sintra, cab up so far then walked the rest to the highest peak of the Serra de Sintra. We made it to the spectacular palace of Pena. Here are a few pics. Put on your shades. The combination of the sky and the medley of colors and arcitectectural styles are breathtaking. This palace was built in the 19th century. Sunglasses please.

Where’s Moma? Not climbing more stairs. Can you find her!

Standing in line, one gets bored, someone takes a pic of my baby curls in the back. We tour the palace and now we are heading back down.

Another stop to a castle that starts with a M and a Botantical Gardens in honor of the Duchess of Cornell. Beautiful.

Coffee at this point is not helping me. I just know it is wonderful, but the next day is our last. I feeling sad to leave but my heart is so full of joy for having this time with my girls. I am a happy Moma to be with Jamie as we get to have time with Laura in Portugal.

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Lisbon – One of the favorite days!

This was one of my favorite days. It’s Tuesday and we leave on Friday. We were packing it in. Today may take two posts. Let’s see where it goes. Are you with me?

On Saturday and Tuesday mornings in Alfama there is this huge Flea Market. This picture is just a glimpse of one vendor. Laura speaks Portuguese, we let her close the € deal. We are moving on, we are taking the train to Belem.

Belem is famous for Pasteis de Belem, a large bakery shop (seats 400 people) which features the claimed BEST pastel de nata.

We had lunch too, after eating like first things first, Jamie headed to the National Coach Museum, a carriage museum which is one symbol for the Age of Discovery. Laura and I went to the Centro Cultural de Belem who was featuring the artist M.C. Escher.

Met up with Jamie, she and Laura went to tour the Jeronimios Monastery, I went to a park to tour a bench. Get it?

Train trip home, tonight we will attend a production at the beautiful Carlo Archaeological Museum in Lisbon. It is the ruins of the Carmo which made a unique and spectular backdrop literally under the stars.

What a day with my daughters. What a life time memory for us. Love.

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Lisbon – Oceanario de Lisboa

We will take the train to see Lisbon’s aquarium. This was on Jamie’s wish list. We will see this area of Lisbon. It’s beautiful too.Let’s go.

Next pic is Laura photo-bombing her sister.

The rest are pictures in the aquarium. So turn on some mood music of the ocean water reaching the shore and enjoy.

OK now turn OFF the mood music. This picture has its own sound. Jamie’s the photographer, Laura’s the entertainer. Who could ask for more?

Funny, huh? Fun too.

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Lisbon – It’s a Sunday

We are up early this morning. Jamie always makes coffee, Laura is here to pick us up and she has a plan.

Museums are free the first Sunday of the month we head to the Nacional Pantheon across the street. A quick tour then up a million steps (just kidding about the million part) to the top.

Beautiful, huh? We are going to walk along the waterfront and end up at an Apple Store. Laura’s on a mission. Lots of people are out. Laura is in the lead, Jamie’s next, I’m last.

There were some major inclines on this walk, no pictures just trust me. Then we’ll head back, Laura needs to set up her table for her last day at the Market. Jamie and I will take an Uber to the Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Love the tiles, love the history of the tiles. Guess what? We are taking an Urber back to meet Laura.

It was a great day. Jamie and Laura will go out with friends for dinner. I’m going to my room. Another big day tomorrow!! 💟

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Lisbon of course

I’m the one following Jamie and Laura. I’m always in the rear but surprisingly I do it. It is amazing. I stop at the bottom to look up….

then stop at the top to look down. I’m pretty sure that day Laura wanted to show Jamie some views so you have to go up for that. There is always a view!!

On the walk we will stop by to see Laura’s studio. This is the outside, the front door and sometimes they work out here if they need to. Very creative people work here. Laura found these women last year and they found Laura. That’s how the story began. Sometimes things just happen like that. It’s an amazing story that’s still evolving.

I’m going to end with this picture below. Isn’t this a lovely plant and flower sculpture? I think this day we stopped at a tile studio too. Let’s just say Jamie and I walked away with a bag each.

You know how when you go on a trip there is so much you want to remember? So much. I’m hanging on tight as I journal my memories. Thanks for joining me.

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