Visit from Tante
Lianne en Om Rob, September
Tante Lianne and Om Rob visited us in
Seattle over the Labor Day weekend. They were really nice to me. They
brought me presents from Holland, talked to me in Nederlands, and
played with me.
One of the best things we did was visit the
Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle on Sunday afternoon. We walked through
the sculptures, then ate our lunch on benches along the waterfront (they
had ham sandwiches, but I had peanut butter and jelly).
Then we walked to the nearby beach, where I
put on my bathing suit so I could play in the water [right]. We walked on
the rocks, and Papa found crabs for me to pet. I found big pieces of
Tante Lianne and Om Rob had to leave on
Wednesday. I was very sad to see them go.
Starting Preschool, September
||I started preschool on September 4, 2007. I
was excited to go. Mommy had read books to me and showed me an Elmo DVD
about going to school, and I had already seen my classroom and met my
teachers in August. I felt ready.
That morning I ate Lucky Charms and drank apple juice
for breakfast. It was raining outside, so I wore my blue rain jacket. I
smiled in Mommy's car all the way there (she took photos at the
When we arrived at the Montessori, Mommy and Papa both
walked me into the classroom, where Miss Jody and Miss Christina welcomed
all the children. Mommy helped me take off my jacket and showed me how to
hang it up (I'd never used a hangar before!), and helped me take off my
shoes and put on my new school slippers [left]. Then I gave them a quick
hug and scampered off into the classroom. I found a water table to play
with first, which looked really fun!
When Mommy and Papa left, they waved to me and said
goodbye. But I was too busy to pay much attention. Preschool is fun!
Gymnastics and Dance, September
Along with starting preschool in September,
I also began two classes at Northwest
Aerials, a gymnastics class on Mondays and a dance class on
In the gymnastics class, we jump on an
elastic floor, crawl along parallel bars, walk on a low balance beam,
flip over a bar, and tumble [right].
In the dance class, we learn ballet moves,
"jazz," and tap. I like tap the best because I get to wear
my shiny new tap shoes and make lots of noise on the floor.
Pumpkin Farm, October
Cameron, Mommy, Papa, and I
visited the South 47
Farm to look at pumpkins and walk through the corn maze. The air was
sunny and crisp, but a storm had moved through the day before, pelting the
area with rain. Mommy and Papa didn't consider the likelihood that the
maze would be a river of mud, and no one had worn mud boots!
In many places we had to walk on the sides
of the path, or even through the corn. Everyone got their tennis shoes
very, very muddy. Even though I love stomping in puddles, it was even too
much mud for me! But Mommy found all ten maze clues and punched our cards
so, at the end, we got prizes of three very cute little pumpkins. I chose
a white one [right].
||Before Halloween, my preschool had a pumpkin
carving night; Cameron came and helped me draw a
goofy face and carve it.
On October 31st, the Montessori also had a Halloween party. We decorated
pumpkin cookies and made ghost necklaces, hanging bats, and pumpkin
pictures. Mommy came during class to help with the cookies. I liked
having her in the classroom; I could walk over and get hugs any time
I wanted. However, at the end of the morning, I wanted her to put on
my jacket and carry me. Since I’m supposed to do that myself in the
classroom, she said, ”No,” so then I had a tantrum.
After preschool I went to Miss Stephanie’s for the
afternoon, where Eva and I dressed up in our
costumes to play.
On Halloween night I first went to Scott’s house to
show off my pirate costume [left] and visit with
Brennan (he was a Star Wars storm trooper). Suzy
gave me some special hair clips.
Then after a 6:00 dinner of toasted cheese sandwiches and applesauce,
Mommy, Papa, and I headed out to meet Joseph in
the neighborhood. I went door to door with Jojo, who
was dressed as an astronaut. Sometimes I forgot to
say “trick-or-treat,” but I was good at saying
“thank you” and “happy Halloween!” I didn’t want to run in
the street, but I was determined to carry my own bag and
flashlight and to stop at every house possible in
the neighborhood. Jojo’s evening was cut short
when, stopping at our house to use the potty, he had an accident
and had to be carried back home without pants! Once I got back home,
I was allowed two pieces of chocolate, and then I had to go right to
Afterword: After Sofia was in bed, Amy "redistributed" the
candy, leaving Sofia with lots of lollipops and
small, fruit-flavored chewables. A bag of
chocolate/peanut butter bars and hard candy was set aside
for Cameron. Amy and Jan took most of the chocolate. Even so, Sofia’s
bag still had WAY too much sugar in it!
Big Girl Bed, November
In November, after a lot of painting in the
cold garage, Mommy and Papa took down my toddler bed and put up my new big
girl bed. It's much higher off the ground, but so far I haven't fallen out
of it at night. I also got new down comforter, and Mommy bought pretty new
bedding and pink sheets. It's fun to go to bed at night!
Mexican Cruise, November
|Papa and Mommy took me on a big adventure in
November (10th to 18th) when we flew on a plane to Long Beach, California,
and sailed for a week
along the Mexican Riviera on the Golden
The first day we had to get up really early to catch the
plane, so after the plane ride I fell asleep in the taxi on the way to the
port. Mommy put me in the stroller and pushed me all the way through
receiving, registration, security, the welcome and ship's pass photos, the
elevator ride to the 9th floor (Dolphin deck), and into our cabin before I
I had my own pull-out bed in the mini-suite, a view from
the balcony, and my own tv, too! The first day I ate Jello in the
buffet and splashed in one of the hot tubs. We met our waiters, Antonio
and Sherwin, in the Bernini room for dinner. They were nice to me
all week long, bringing me alphabet soup, French fries, chocolate milk,
and every night for dessert, chocolate ice cream.
The next two days were spent at sea. I liked exploring
the ship [left, in the Grand Atrium]. Mommy and Papa took me to
"Pelican camp" each afternoon, and I had a great
time! We made crafts, played games, had our faces painted, sang
songs, watched Sponge Bob, and even ate ice cream. I don't know what they
did while I was gone, but I didn't care; I asked them every day to please
let me go to camp.
|The next three days the shipped stopped in in Puerto
Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. In each place, Mommy and Papa
always found a beach for me to play on.
In Puerto Vallarta we did lots of walking. We had chips
and lemonade and ice cream and shopped in a market where Mommy bought me a
In Mazatlan we rode a tour bus with Carmen, our guide.
We stopped at a big cathedral, but I had to use the potty, so we saw more
of a nearby restaurant's restroom than the church. While the bus stopped
for shopping, Mommy and Papa changed me into my bathing suit and took me
to the beach. We also saw a diver jump into the sea, but my favorite part
was watching the folk dance show and the Pamplanta Flyers, who climbed to
the top of a tall pole and then flew down at the ends of long ropes.
In Cabo we walked a long way on a beach until we finally
came to a place with chairs, umbrellas, and lots of people in the water.
Mommy and Papa took turns relaxing under an umbrella with limeade and
playing with me in the sand [right, with Princess in the
Each afternoon, after we got back to the ship, I loved
putting on my swim vest and swimming in one of the pools. I made good
friends with whoever I found there.
On our last day we got off the ship in the morning and drove
to a hotel in Long Beach. After a swim in the pool and a little lunch, Mommy and
I went to the Aquarium
of the Pacific (Papa went to Starbuck's). For
two hours I looked at lots of fish, watched seals and otters play, and petted
sharks and rays. It was really fun. Then we all took a long walk through the
park/marina to the nearby lighthouse. I rolled around on the lawn while the sky
The next morning we
took a plane home again. I didn't really want to go home. I wanted to go back on
the ship again.
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