Children's Museum, March
March Papa left for a week to help take care of Oma in the Netherlands.
She was really sick, although she's okay now. So while Papa was gone,
Mommy and I did lots of fun things together.
day we went to the KidsQuest
Children’s Museum in Factoria Square Mall. I climbed
around in the full-size Kenworth Truck cab and sat in the driver's seat to
steer it, change the gears, and push all the buttons. Then I fueled it up
at the gas station. We also played some silly instruments—I
liked pounding the pots-and-pans drums the best—and
we put together a standing dinosaur puzzle that was as tall as I.
the best part was the water play. Mommy put a blue smock on me [left], and
I experimented with hoses and pipes and buttons to make water turn wheels,
move levers, and pour containers. I also floated plastic balls down the
river, filled buckets and squirted streams to make music, and painted
water on rocks. I had so much fun that despite the smock, I was wet all
down my right side when Mommy took it off! But I didn't care; what's
a little wet when you're having a blast?
Tigger-Tiger and Other Costumes, March
While Papa was gone, Mommy also took me to another of my favorite places, the Woodland
Park Zoo. When we were done looking at all the
animals, we stopped at the gift shop, and Mommy bought me a tiger costume.
I like costumes; at daycare, one of my favorite activities is to wear a
costume of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh. I say, "I want to be a Tigger-tiger."
I loved the tiger costume Mommy bought so much that I had to put it on right there and wear it at
the zoo [right]. And that night, when we drove to the airport to
pick up Papa from his trip, I surprised him by wearing my new tiger costume.
He was so glad to see me!
Park Play, March
||Now that spring has arrived, Mommy and Papa
have been taking me to lots of parks to play and eat picnic lunches.
Some of my favorites places are Wilmot
Gateway Park in Woodinville because it has a giant sand box, McAuliffe
Park in Kirkland [left] because it has lots of ladders and slides, North
Rose Hill Woodlands Park in Kirkland because it has a castle and a
Park in Bellevue because it has so many ladders and bridges and
climbing things, and Juanita
Beach Park in Kirkland because I love to play at the beach.
Easter Egg Hunt, March
March 31st, Cascade Ridge hosted an Easter egg hunt for all the kids in
the neighborhood. Just like last year, it was cold and rainy, but I didn't
mind too much. Mommy and Grandma Joanie were already there when I arrived
from Oranjeschool with Papa. All the kids brought baskets, and we were
told that we could each collect six eggs. When Miss Lynette said
"Go," I hurried to find my eggs. Lots of bigger kids rushed past
me, so Papa helped me [right]. As soon as I saw the first bright plastic
egg in a bush, I knew there had to be chocolate inside—and
I was right!
party was fun: I had my face painted like a pink bunny, raced with an
egg in a spoon (Mommy helped me because I didn't really know what a race
was), made bubbles with a giant bubble wand, planted flower seeds in a small
pot, decorated a bag with spring flowers, and ate Mommy’s pink and
yellow bunny cookies.
8th was Easter. When I woke up, I found an Easter basket outside my door
left by the Easter Bunny. In it were a solid chocolate bunny, jellybeans,
gummy bunnies, a board book version of The Velveteen Rabbit, a
Dutch bunny board book, a rubber ball, pastel Play-Doh, and a miniature
container of bubbles.
I could wake Cameron up (he always sleeps late), so I took his basket in
to him. He was glad to see chocolate, too. Then we all went downstairs, and
right away I saw bright plastic eggs. So Cameron and I searched for all
the eggs the Easter Bunny had hidden while we were asleep. There were 40
altogether, and nside each one was more chocolate!
He also left a soft, yellow bunny on
my eating chair. Later I put a pair of my plastic underpants on it and pretended to feed it.
breakfast Mommy dressed me in my Easter outfit: a
pink dress, pink anklets, white patent leather shoes, gloves, a woven hat,
and a shiny white purse [left]. It was very special. After Grandma Joanie arrived,
we had an Easter lunch of salmon, rice with mushrooms, green salad, French bread, and carrot cake.
The only things I liked were the mandarin oranges in the salad, the bread,
and the cake.
left, we drove Cameron to his dad’s house. It was sunny outside, and I ran around the yard and had a good time—until
I peed in my pants and got my pink dress wet. Luckily, Mommy put another
dress on me to go to Grandpa's house for dinner. But by the time we got to
Grandpa's, I wasn't feeling very well, and after a while I threw up on
Papa's shirt. Mommy and Papa couldn't decide whether I had a virus or I'd
eaten too much chocolate.... Nah. No one can have too much chocolate!
Pedaling a Tricycle, April
Mommy and Papa gave me a tricycle for my second
birthday, in 2006. But for a long time my legs were too short to reach the
pedals. Papa even attached pieces of wood to make the pedals thicker, but
I still couldn't reach them. Later, even when I could reach the
pedals, I had a hard time making them move around, and I didn't understand
how to steer. Finally, on April 6, 2007, I figured out how to make my
tricycle go [right]! I was very excited and proud of myself.
||On May 6th, Papa, Mommy, and I drove to
Magnolia Park, in Seattle, to celebrate Koninginnedag. The Holland
America Club sponsored a big party for children and families.
When we got there, they put a game card around
my neck, and said that if I played three different games (because I'm
three years old) and collected a sticker for each, then I would earn a
prize. There was a big inflated castle to jump in, paper
crowns to decorate, and popcorn and cotton candy [left] to eat—my
To fill my game card, I raced in a potato sack with Papa, played
sjoelen. and fished for plastic eggs with a net on a pole in a kiddie
pool. For my prize, I chose a black and white plush cow with long arms
to hug me.
Now he sleeps with me in my bed.
May 11th was Mommy’s birthday.
For breakfast she took me to Krispy
Kreme in Issaquah. First, we watched the doughnut machines through a big
window as they cut holes in the dough, dipped the doughnuts in hot oil,
flipped them onto a conveyor belt, and sprayed them with icing. Then a
woman used long tongs to take them off the conveyor and put them on trays.
Those trays went into the display case, from which Mommy and I chose six
different doughnuts to sample.
Then I ate my
very first doughnuts! I devised a special doughnut eating
technique: First I poked them [right]. Then I licked the
icing. Then I nibbled them in concentric bites around the hole,
leaving just a little bit of dough in the middle. They were delicious. My
conclusion: birthday doughnuts are a very good thing.
I'm a Big Girl Now! May
||I first used the potty right after my third
birthday in late January, but it's taken me a while to get the hang of it.
Sometimes I'm sure poor Papa has wanted to tear his hair out (but he
hasn't because he doesn't have enough hair to sacrifice).
Mommy and Papa tried lots of techniques to encourage me.
Mommy bought pretty underwear that she promised I can wear when I use the
potty consistently. They tried to bribe me with jelly beans and gummy
letters. They even gave me new books to read while I sat [left]. But what
finally helped me turn the corner were the "poo-poo presents"—small
wrapped packages that I can open if I choose to "take care of my
body" and use the potty by myself. The first day they put a present
out I was upset because I just wanted to open it, but the second day I
earned the present by pooping on the potty all by myself. And I've
been doing that (almost) ever since!
Mommy promises that if I keep doing such a good job, I
can wear those pretty underwear very soon!
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