One to Grow On

June 17, 2010

Ten Years in Barcelona?

Filed under: children, food, Food Allergies, Spain — midway2go @ 5:50 am

I found a Will Shortz book of crossword puzzles at our last hotel, and I´m feeling the effects…   Today is mine and Brandon´s tenth anniversary!  And Rory and Nora and I are in Barcelona!  Is that a good clue, or what?  

We´re in an internet cafe off the Ramblas, the street in Europe where you are most likely to have something stolen right off  you.  This is my own opinion, based on years of antecdotes and thumbing through guidebooks.  I´m typing with my backpack in my lap, so we´ll make this quick and save photos for later.  We surprised ourselves by catching the bus this morning from the campground 10 miles north of town.  Rory and Nora said we wouldn´t be up in time…  We´ve turned into nightowls here in Spain.  We strolled through the market and had a fabulous breakfast at a stall in the back.  I had fried eggs with fried potatoes, Nora had  slice of Tortilla de Patatas with some zucchini, and Rory had filet mignon with potatos.  He´d been looking thin again since his last growth spurt, and I think the refried beens and lentils for days on end weren´t satisfying our growing Jethro.   I can see how having  a teenage boy could get expensive. 

We´re off to visit yet another aquarium, although I think we just saw most of the ocean for sale on ice in the market.  We´ll stroll around, stop for coffee, look at the living statues, but all the time I´ll be thinking of ten years ago, a roomful of family and friends, and Brandon.   Happy Anniversary!



  1. Happy belated anniversary! While in Spain, eat something delicious for me too!

    Comment by Shelly — June 17, 2010 @ 6:51 am

  2. Who could have imagined 10 years ago what life would bring to Chrislyn and Brandon. The blessings are too many to count but I know the best blessings are Rory and Nora. What a wide array of food consumption, just for breakfast! I can see Chrislyn sparkling in the beautiful white silk gown and still gliding through the crowd to make sure everyone was comfortable and enjoying the evening. Brandon stood so tall in his dress blues with a smile so clearly into his heart. I was sure his face would freeze in that smile. Chrislyn you have made Brandon so happy over these 10 years. Thank you so much for bringing Rory and Nora into our world and into your world of adventure. Thank you for bringing Brandon’s dreams to life. Happy year of your 10th Anniversary. Love, Grandma Barbara

    Comment by Barbara — June 17, 2010 @ 8:20 am

  3. Happy anniversary, Chrislyn. Thinking of you. Jill

    Comment by Jill — June 17, 2010 @ 8:34 am

  4. As I sit here sobbing over Barbara’s beautiful rendition of ten years ago, I am at a loss for words. Needless to say, we are so thankful for the ‘fruit’ of your union—-handsome Rory and beautiful Nora! But we are also truly grateful that ten years later, Brandon and Chrislyn are still smiling and still loving each other, despite the separations. We thank God for His Hand on their lives and for His protection over them. We say to you both, “Happy 10th Anniversary.” You are big in our hearts today. Nana Joan

    Comment by Joan King--Nana — June 17, 2010 @ 11:41 am

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