Fourth of July
July 4th was a sunny day, and I spent time
outside playing croquet with Cameron [right] and working hard to move
heavy stuff around the yard [above]. That evening Joseph and his parents came for dinner on our deck, and Joseph and I played together. But I
didn't stay up late; I went to bed at my normal 9:00 time and slept
soundly through all the neighborhood fireworks.
At the Park
||This summer I spent a lot of time at parks.
My favorites are the "Train Park" at the North Kirkland
Community Center, Juanita Beach Park, and Blythe Park in Bothell.
I ate picnic lunches and dinners [left], and I played
with balls and the playground equipment. I like the swings, but my
favorite toy is the slide. Sometimes I need help to climb the steps to the
top, but I can sit down and slide down all by myself [right].
Then, I like to try to climb back up again—the
slide, not the steps!
Eighteen Months, July
This month was the first time that I learned both a
Dutch word and an English word for the same concept: outside/buiten.
That's because I love being outside. Now I can kick a ball, climb a slide,
pour sand or water into cups, splash in my pool, and chase bubbles.
I like to climb. Mommy and Papa aren't so thrilled about
it, especially when I try to climb the kitchen chairs to get onto the
table. But I'm not afraid of being up high. In fact, I'm not afraid of
much of anything.
I discovered cherries. Mommy takes the pits out for me,
and they're lekker. My favorite meal is pancakes and bacon. I also
love pizza, toast, and waffles—I'm
a real carbo girl.
I learned many more words this month. I learned
the words for zebra, giraffe ("de-fass"), butterfly, koala,
mouse/muis, and bear/beer. I can say shake, kick, sit,
window, bubble, truck, moon, train/trein, boat/boot, and
coffee/koffie. I learned the Dutch words kop, ananas,
hoed, and lamp. I call a telephone an "allo," and
when I hurt I say "ow." My word for milk is "mup." I
learned the signs for please, cold, all gone, no touch, and I love you. I
also say please and thank you, occasionally without even being told.
I also learned the names for some people, including my
friend Jo-Jo, Grandma ("Rama"), and Cameron ("Nama").
Best of all, I can say my own name! I call myself "So-fi-SAH!"
Trip to the Okanogan, August
From August 7th to 13th, I camped with Papa, Mommy, and Cameron in the Chateau op Wielen.
The actual traveling was my least favorite part, but
Mommy or Cameron sat next to me and read to me or entertained me with
toys. We stopped for a picnic lunch, and we strolled the boardwalks of
Winthrop The first night we spent at
the Klipchuck campsite in the Okanogan
National Forest just outside Winthrop.
The next day we arrived at our destination, the Oro
Beach Resort on Lake
Osoyoos in Eastern Washington, along the Washington/Canadian
I liked the resort. The weather was warm and sunny, the
RV was parked just a few hundred feet from the water, the beach was sandy,
and the water was warm. The first time I saw it, I wanted to walk right
When we played at the beach, I had my own "personal
watercraft" to float in [below]. Cameron floated on his inner tube
and played bumper boats with me, and Papa pushed me around in the water.
Papa also brought a rubber three-man boat to row in, but Mommy was really
nervous when I was in it.
||On the beach, I dug with my shovel and filled
my sand pail [see below]. I liked to throw rocks into the water and watch
Cameron skip them over the top.
For breakfast we had pancakes and waffles (those are my
favorites). For lunches and dinners I ate toast, cheese, grapes, and
various baby foods. I don't know what the others ate, but it didn't look
very good to me.
I still had to take my two naps a day. I didn't like
thinking that I was missing anything, so I protested a lot. But all that
sun and fresh air made me tired, so I suppose I needed a rest. At night,
while I fell asleep in my playpen (Papa took the table down and put my bed
in its place), Cameron would crawl into his space above the driver's seat,
and Mommy and Papa would retreat into their bedroom, and everyone would be
super quiet. They couldn't sit outside and stay up late because
there wasn't any fire pit or light to read.
On the way home we stopped for picnic lunches and short
walks. We stayed at the Tumwater campground in the Wenatchee
National Forest near Leavenworth, where I played in the ice-cold
river the last morning.
And then we were home again. I was very glad return to
my own bed. Snuggling into my crib again felt good!
I visited the zoo a lot this summer, thanks to Mommy and
Papa's annual zoo pass. One time I went with Papa, Cameron, and Joseph
with his mom and grandmother (Mommy was at work). That
day we saw bears and otters, elk, zebras, giraffes,
hippos, and even a kookaburra. (They laugh, "Ha-ha-haaa.")
favorite that day was a special place called Willawong
Station. It was filled with
birds from Australia, mostly budgerigars [right], but also cockatiels and
parrots. The zoo gave us sticks with bird food on them, and the hungry
birds landed on Papa and Cameron. That didn't scare me a bit; I liked
seeing them up close.
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