Beginning of Summer…

Here we are, Oregon Summer 2015! I arrived just a little over 24 hours ago from New York and it feels like I never left. I must say that I have had a hard time adjusting the first week….I always want to make a plan and have a hard time not having a “busy schedule”. That said, after a week in Eugene, I get the hang of doing nothing and get to be way more mellow and relaxed (all of it disappears the moment that I land in NYC). Totally jet-lagged, exhausted, and tired, here is a quick look at some photos of my first 24 hours in Eugene.

 

A walk to a flat area (we live in a steep hill in every direction) where Tata (my father) could teach Cruzzie how to ride a bike.

A walk to a flat area (we live in a steep hill in every direction) where Tata (my father) was able to teach Cruzzie how to ride a bike. (and yes, That’s Life!)

The bike path! Day 1 of Manhattan child in the country, and he is SOOO close to riding a bike solo without training wheels! Tomorrow is the day! (and yes, we are late bloomers us city folk -- why bike when you have public transportation, scooters, and ubers?)

The bike path! Day 1 of Manhattan child in the country, and he is SOOO close to riding a bike solo without training wheels! Tomorrow is the day! (and yes, we are late bloomers us city folk — why bike when you have public transportation, scooters, and ubers?). Toosh — great facial expression.

Amazon playground. I think my family has photos of me and my brother playing on the same fire truck from 30 years ago....

Amazon playground. I think my family has photos of me and my brother playing on the same fire truck from 30 years ago….

Tandem bike ride with carrier to the library for some kids books (and tie breaker: Eugene weirdos vs. NYC....)

Tandem bike ride with carrier to the library for some kids books (and tie breaker: Eugene weirdos vs. NYC….)

Day 1 of United States Track Championships. Super fun watching the women and men 400 m and 100 m!

Day 1 of United States Track and Field Championships. Super fun watching the women and men 400 m and 100 m!

AHHHHHH Eugene, how I love you!

AHHHHHH Eugene, how I love you!

 

Not pictured; my first run back with the Eugene Track Club, the delicious and healthy food cooked by my beloved mother (imagine a fava bean faro salad, chard / spinach / kale salad, and other healthy green variations), me getting mad at my parents for not paying enough attention to me (classic that I revert to being my 16 year old self), scorching 90+ degree weather, me in my pajamas at 630 pm, and very happy kids to be with their grandparents for the summer! I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I hope to adjust to west coast time and mentality STAT.

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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7 Comments

  1. That’s wonderful that your children get to spend the summer out of the city and experience a different kind of living! Have a great time!

  2. Can you please adopt me? I need to implement this lifestyle as well – stat.

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