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Adios Retiro

Posted in Life in Madrid with tags on February 9, 2012 by grandersons

Abby insisted that we make one last trip to one of our favorite spots in Madrid – Parque del Retiro.  We were excited that our friends, the Chopras, and their sweet puppy, Salchicha (yes, that’s ‘sausage’ in Spanish) could join us for some pre-international-flight puppy play!




Granderson Pumpkin Party in Madrid

Posted in Life in Madrid, Special Occassions with tags , on January 2, 2012 by grandersons

Every year in October, Kyle and I invite our friends to join us for all things pumpkin – pumpkin penne pasta, pumpkin whoopie pies, pumpkin carving, etc.  Last year we had just moved to Madrid and didn’t pull together a Granderson Pumpkin Party, but this October we decided it was time to bring the pumpkin party to Spain and we invited all our friends to join us.  Thanks to Nadia and Lalit for hosting at their house!

Sharing the News of Our Little Huevo

Posted in Life in Madrid, Special Occassions with tags , on January 2, 2012 by grandersons

After discovering that we were pregnant in August, we were thrilled to share the news with our family and friends.  We decided to snap this photo in Retiro Park of us with our new “made in Spain” addition!

Real Madrid and Athletico

Posted in Life in Madrid with tags , , on January 2, 2012 by grandersons

Madrid is home to two “football” – or as we would say, “soccer” – teams.  Real Madrid and Athletico.

Our good friend, Cesar, grew up in Madrid and has been an Athletico fan since he was a little boy.  Kyle initially followed his lead when we moved to Madrid and vowed his loyalty to Athletico as well, but soon came to a crossroads as he cheered on Real Madrid too – something Cesar certainly did not approve of.

Kyle made it to a few games – 3 Real Madrid and 1 Athletico – but I only made it to one in honor of our friend, Kevin Chu’s, birthday.

Rachel and Kevin enjoyed the view in Bernabeu Stadium.

Real Madrid pulled through with a win and we celebrated at Tony Roma’s (one of Kevin’s favorites :-)) afterwards.  Happy birthday Kevin!

Huevo on Board

Posted in Life in Madrid, Special Occassions with tags , on December 18, 2011 by grandersons

Just after arriving home from our camping trip, we received the biggest news of our lives…

We had always known we wanted to have kids and thought it would be wonderful if we could go home to Seattle with a little one on the way, but we also knew that these aren’t the sort of things you have complete control over.  However, as we set off for our camping trip in August, the possibility became more real that we just might have made a little Granderson and would have to wait a whole 2 weeks to find out!  A run where for the first time in my life I was wishing I had worn two sports bras and a breathless hike left me to wonder if it was all in my head or if my body really was trying to tell me something.

On August 11th our hunch became a reality with the appearance of two simple pink lines – we were going to have a baby!  We could hardly contain our excitement and quickly shared the news with our immediate families but decided to keep things a little quieter until we were confident everything was going as planned.

We will never forget that surreal day – knowing that our lives had just been changed forever – and continue to be in awe of the reality that we created a new life together… unbelievable.  And here I am at the start of this adventure…things are about to change!

Ah, and “Aunt Erin” quickly dubbed the baby “Huevo” in honor of all the eggs I’ve been eating since living in Spain and the fact that the baby was still more of a ‘huevo’ growing away at that point.  Our little Huevo!

Happy Birthday Lalit!

Posted in Life in Madrid, Special Occassions with tags , on November 13, 2011 by grandersons

We celebrated our wonderful friend Lalit’s big 3-0 in July with  a weekend of festivities – what could be better to kick off your 30’s than an outdoor movie, a big brunch, and an afternoon in el Retiro!  We hope you had an absolutely fantastic birthday Lalit!!!

The Open Air theater was AMAZING with rows and rows of beach style chairs to enjoy the show.  We got their early enough to grab dinner and score some free fleece blankets to keep us cozy during the movie.  Fun!

The guys enjoyed lounging on the Chopra’s gorgeous patio before we all dove into Kyle’s delicious breakfast sandwiches and my tasty apple cinnamon cake.  I think Lalit was pleased with his birthday brunch!

And the day was topped off by a gorgeous afternoon in the park, complete with cake, friends and champagne!  I think Abby particularly appreciated Lalit’s choice of birthday celebration spots.

Wishing you a feliz cumpleanos from the Granderson’s, Lalit!!!

Survival of Term 3

Posted in Life in Madrid with tags , on November 13, 2011 by grandersons

Kyle wrapped up his third term at the end of July and couldn’t have been happier!  This was a particularly celebratory day for Kyle and his section – “N4” – since it was the last term they would have all of their classes together and everyone was preparing for a month of vacation before starting classes again in September.  Congratulations N4!