like the Sinterklaas holiday. On Saturday morning I went to the
Oranjeschool, and we made special hats to wear and colored pictures to
give to Sinterklaas. Then we all went to the gymnasium to wait for
Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet to arrive. There was a procession and
lots of singing. After Sinterklaas sat down in his special chair, every
class made a presentation, and I represented the playgroup by standing up
ginds komt de Stoomboot"
into a microphone in front of the whole school. That was fun! I gave
kisses to Piet and Sinterklaas [left].
that afternoon, Mommy, Papa and I went to the Holland-America Club
Sinterklaas festival on Lake Washington. Before Sint arrived a nice lady
painted a big, red heart on my cheek. I liked looking at it in the mirror.
I also liked playing the games, but I didn’t want to make any more
pictures or hats. While everyone waited outside on the shore, Sinterklaas
and Piet arrived by boat, and it was very exciting. Everyone crowded
around the Zwarte Piets to get candy. Then all the children went inside
and sat on the floor in front of Sint’s big chair, but it was very
crowded and hard to squeeze in. I know the words and tunes to lots of the
Sinterklaas songs, but it was uncomfortable with so many people, so I
didn’t sing. Afterwards, Sinterklaas let me take a photo with him
December 5th Mommy made a dinner of waffles with fruit and
whipped cream. After dinner was done, Sinterklaas knocked at the door. I
knew immediately who it was and ran to the door. He and Piet left a bag on
the doorstep! I liked opening the gifts and candy, but I got upset when
everyone wouldn’t let me open theirs too, so then I got a time-out. We
all received poems, and Mommy, Papa, Cameron, and Jolien read them out
loud. It was a very gezellig
like December because we spend lots of time getting ready for Christmas.
Some of my favorite things were shopping for the Christmas tree,
decorating the Christmas tree, decorating the house, reading Christmas
books, listening to Christmas music, and making special food. Jolien
decorated a beautiful gingerbread house, and Mommy rolled and cut sugar
cookies to decorate [right]. They didn’t let me do much decorating
because I kept trying to lick the frosting and eat the candy.
weekend in December Papa, Mommy, Jolien, and I went to Portland to visit
David and Jeanne. The drive wasn’t bad because Mommy brought DVDs to
watch on a portable player. I didn’t nap, though. On the way there, we
stopped at Janzten Beach Mall, and I got to ride the carousel in the mall
twice and sit on Santa’s lap. I sang “Rudolph” for him, and he liked
it very much and gave me a candy cane.
was allowed to run around the Williamson's printing company while they
gave us a tour, and they took us shopping one morning, but the best part
of the weekend was a 40-minute trip on the Holiday Express, out of Oaks
Park Station, pulled by a big steam engine. Inside, the train was
decorated for Christmas, and Santa came through and gave me another candy
cane. "We're going to the North Pole!" I said. I liked standing
outside at the coupling just behind the engine. I watched the ground pass
by [left] and the steam fill the air, felt the rocking of the wheels, and
listened to the train's piercing whistle.
One evening I dressed up in my special party dress and
shoes, and Mommy and Papa took me for an official visit to Santa at
Nordstrom’s in Bellevue Square. The line was pretty short, and I was
having a good time singing “Rudolph” and shouting,
“Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!” to everyone while we waited.
The boy in front of me was afraid of Santa, but they
were trying to get him to sit on Santa’s lap so they could take a photo.
The next thing I knew, Santa stood up and waved goodbye. I was so excited
to talk to Santa and had been waiting so patiently that I couldn’t
believe that Santa was leaving!
In shocked dismay, I began crying. Mommy tried to explain (that Santa was
going to sneak behind the chair for a photo with the boy), but I was
already too upset. Then Santa waved at me from behind a rack of clothing
and Papa carried me over. Santa kindly explained that it was okay, that he
wasn’t leaving and I would be with him next, so I stopped crying and got
back into line.
Once the little boy was gone and Santa started to settle
into his chair, I ran to him as fast as I could. Santa said,
“Sofia, I love you. I wouldn’t leave you. You’re my angel,
and I’m going to bring you lots of toys.” Then I felt a little shy and
couldn’t talk, but Santa hugged me [right] and gave me two candy canes, one for each hand. When we left, Santa called out,
“Goodbye Sofia! I love you!” I love you, too, Santa.
|On Sunday, December 24th, the
family drove to downtown Seattle to see the Christmas sights. Mommy,
Jolien and I rode the Christmas carousel. I sat on a beautiful purple
horse [left] and waved at Cameron and Papa as we circled. This year I was
good and didn’t scream, like last year, when it was time to get off.
It began to rain, but we walked to City Centre to see
the fancy gingerbread houses. There were gingerbread tree stumps full of
animals, gingerbread skyscrapers, a gingerbread Pike Place Market, and
even a gingerbread city in a snow globe.
I’ve never seen so much candy in one place!!
we walked to Westlake Center and Mommy, Cameron, Jolien, and I rode the
Monorail to the Seattle Center. (Papa stayed behind so we wouldn’t have
to pay for a round trip; he brought the car later.) We went to the Center
House and watched the model trains go round and around the winter village.
Then we got hot chocolate and went outside to watch the Center fountain.
It was raining and cold, but I loved the fountain because it was exploding
with noisy canon bursts of water that reached so high they seemed to touch
the sky. What a fun day!
For Christmas Eve we went to Grandpa’s house. I went
upstairs and watched DVDs with Cameron and the other kids, Jennifer and
Erika Feutz. They played with me, and I liked them very much. There was
too much excitement to be hungry, so while everyone else ate dinner, I
played with a box of toys near the Christmas tree. I did eat Christmas
cookies for dessert, though!
Next, Jenny and Erika sang some Christmas songs and
played the piano. While they were singing, I joined in dancing. All the
Finally it was time for gifts. Papa helped me open a doll from the Buckinghams [right], a
magnetic book from the Feutz family, and a dress from Bonnie. I liked
opening presents, and I watched and helped everyone else, too. Mommy
told me I was cooperating because I didn’t fuss about putting on my
pajamas before the car ride home. I was too excited to actually sleep in
the car, though. And I only closed my eyes in bed when Mommy reminded me
that Santa wouldn’t come until I fell asleep.
|On Christmas Day, Mommy and Cameron woke me
at 8:00. I ran around upstairs until Cameron reminded me that Santa had
left presents downstairs. From the top of the stairs, I spied my first
gift in the foyer, a trampoline just my size. I scrambled down the
stairs and began jumping immediately [left]. “We’ll take it to Miss
Julie (my teacher at Wiggle Worms)!” I said.
Then we all went to the family room and unpacked our
stockings. I got some candy, soaps and bath sponges, miniature trucks, and
a bracelet. I also opened my other Santa presents under the tree, a Little
People preschool set and a Groovy Girls doll named O’Ryan.
|Then Grandma Joanie arrived, and the next
couple hours were filled with flying paper and ribbon, although we took
turns to open our gifts. At about 10:00 I threw a tantrum, so Mommy took
me upstairs for some quiet-time reading, and I calmed down. Back
downstairs again, I opened the rest of my gifts and helped everyone else
open theirs. I especially liked the fire truck from Grandma, the miniature
Disney princess dolls from Cameron (changing their clothes is especially
fun), the doctor kit from Joseph, and the Ariel jewelry from Jolien
[right]. I put it all on and paraded like a queen.
At noon, we all sat down in the dining room for brunch.
I liked Grandma’s French toast but not much else. Then Grandma, Mommy, and I drove Cameron to Mr. Scott’s
house. He and Suzy gave me presents, too! Once back home again, I settled
down for a nap. We had a small dinner because we were all full from brunch
and Christmas goodies, and I ended my day playing with a new bath
xylophone and flutes in the bathtub and reading “A Lucky Dog” sent for
Christmas by Aunt Patty. Isn’t Christmas wonderful?
December 27th, Papa and Jolien took me ice skating at the
Seattle Center’s Winterfest skating rink. I was eager to try the skates,
but I didn’t like the crowds of kids and the noise. Sometimes Papa
helped me [left], and sometimes I used a special metal frame to hold me
up. Given that it was my very first time on ice skates, I think I did
New Year's Eve
New Year’s Eve we went to Joseph’s house. The Tucker family, with
three boys, was also invited, and all the noise and testosterone were a
bit overwhelming. Do you know that boys just yell…for no reason? Still,
I wouldn’t let them get the best of me. Dinner was much less interesting
than all the toys and commotion; I liked watching the boys wrestle with
Jolien. I also liked wearing Joseph’s elf hat [right].
usual bedtime is 8:00, but we stayed up till 9:00 to watch midnight in New
York on the TV while we made even more noise with squawkers, clankers, and
clappers. I was very tired, but Papa had to carry me out to the car
screaming because I didn’t want to leave.
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