Easter Bunny, March
One Friday before Easter, I put on my
special yellow Easter dress, with a white knit shrug, white gloves, white
patent leather shoes, and a matching white purse. Then Mommy and I drove
to Bellevue Square so I could meet the Easter Bunny.
The Bunny didn't talk; he just sat there
and waved. I knew there was a person inside. When I sat in his lap
[right], the photographer said I had on the prettiest Easter dress she'd
seen that day. Lots of ladies in the mall stopped to look and give me
compliments, too. Then Mommy and I walked to Harry & David to buy a
frosted Easter cookie to eat for a treat. It was a special Mommy & me
This year Mommy, Papa, and I
spent Easter in the Netherlands. We arrived on Saturday, March 22nd, and
Easter was on the 23rd. When we woke up on Sunday, there was snow on the
ground! It turned out to be the coldest Easter in Holland in 40
Even though I was
away from home, the Easter Bunny still found me. He left me a special bag
filled with small toys, a few candies, an Easter purse, and a soft bunny
[left]. I liked the chocolates the best, and the bunny slept with me the
rest of the trip.
Later that morning
we went to Hotel
Zuiderduin in Westkapelle on the beach to have Easter brunch with Oma and all the
family. I had pannekoek and fruit, and later I got a sundae from the
dessert buffet. It was really fun to be with all my aunts, uncles, and
cousins. I remembered them all right away.
This spring I spent three
weeks in the Netherlands! Mommy stayed with us for a week before flying
back home again, while Papa and I stayed another two weeks with Oma. The
first week we did lots of fun things.
On Friday, March 21st, Mommy,
Papa, and I flew 14 hours to Amsterdam, then drove another 2 1/2 hours to
Vlissingen (I slept in the car). By the time we arrived, it was already
Our second day in
Vlissingen was Easter (see above). It snowed the Monday after Easter, too,
and we all bundled up in the warmest clothes we had (Mommy hadn't packed
for snow in late March) and walked through the snow from Oma's house to
Tante Monique's house in the morning, where everyone had slept in late
because the Monday after Easter is always a holiday in the Netherlands. My
cousins Jasper, Menno, and Maaike took me out in the snow to play.
doing lots of shopping and visiting, Mommy, Papa, and I spent the next
three days at Het
Vennenbos, a family resort near Eindhoven. In our bungalow, I got to
sleep on the top of a bunk bed in my own room. I spent two mornings at
"Puk and Pelle Camp," where I made art projects, sang songs, and
had snacks. And I spent lots of time in the swimming complex, where I
could float with Papa in the wave pool, slide down water slides, and play
with my Nijntje ball in the kiddie pool [left].
we were there, we went one evening to visit Tante Lianne's family, and one
afternoon to visit my cousin Jolien in Boxtel. We walked to her graphics
school and ate pizza in her student loft. Papa's cousin Carien and her
family also visited our bungalow one evening.
night we stayed near Schiphol, and Mommy left on Friday morning. She cried
a lot. I was sad to see her go, but not upset. I was also excited to stay
in the Netherlands, and they'd explained that I would be going home with
Papa soon. I also saw Mommy and talked to her every evening with Skype on
The next two weeks were filled with lots
For five mornings I attended preschool at Franciscusschool
in Vlissingen. Papa took me there on the back of a bicycle! I was
apprehensive the first morning, but after that I had lots of fun. Juffrouw
Trudy was very nice. On my last day, Papa and I brought appel kanos
to share with the class and a book gift certificate and flowers for the
teacher. Juffrouw Trudy made me a special crown, and the class gave
me a goodbye party. I went around the circle and said "Tot ziens!" to each new friend
We also went with Oma and
Tante Monique's family back to Het Vennenbos for a weekend.
It was great fun to play in the pools with my cousins. They had lots more
energy than Mommy and Papa! Om Marinus and Tante Tos also visited us there.
in Vlissingen, the sun came out, and on several afternoons Papa took me to
the beach. Even with the sun the air was still cool, but I had a great
time in the sand.
By the time we left
for home on April 11th, I was ready to go. It was an 18-hour plane ride
(!), but I behaved myself. And when I finally saw Mommy waiting for us at
SeaTac airport, I ran into her arms and wouldn't let her go. It felt
really good to be home and all together again.
|I love snow. And I was especially
fortunate because this year Kirkland had the latest snowfall ever on record: I
woke up to snow outside on Sunday, April 20th!
We ate breakfast very quickly, and then Papa and I put
on our snow clothes and went out to play. The snow began to melt right
away, but not before Papa helped me make a snowbaby [left].
If it were up to me, I'd have it snow all year long!
Koninginnedag is on Mommy and Papa's
anniversary. That was a Wednesday, and they went out to dinner while I
played with Brennan at Scott's house. But on May 3rd, after Saturday
morning Oranjeschool, there was a Koninginnedag party for
all the students. It was very fun.
After we decorated special crowns, we played games
outside (in the rain) [right]. I also liked eating the special Dutch
treats, like sweet rolls with frosting.
Roller Skating, May
|As part of Mommy's "weekend of
celebration" (May 11th was not only Mother's Day but also her
birthday), we all went roller skating at Skate
King in Bellevue. It was my first time on roller skates!
When I got to the counter, I told the skate man, "I need four-year-old skates."
He assured me he had them. In fact, he had special skates on which one
wheel had been tightened so that they wouldn't roll too quickly.
all my bicycle pads on, and Mommy and Papa each holding an arm, I stepped out onto the rink. I was
cautious, but not scared. Pretty soon, I was walking around the rink all
by myself! I even tried doing the Hokey Pokey!
skating, I also liked the music, the lights and mirror ball, playing at
the air hockey table, and eating the popcorn. I want to go back and do it
On Saturday, May 17th, the temperature
reached 90 degrees—the
earliest day of the year on record in Seattle. On Sunday, when it
"cooled down" to the mid-70s, Mommy took me to Juanita Beach
Park to play.
I had a great time building castles,
digging moats, and filling canals with water. I pretended to be a
mole in a hole in the sand [right]. (That made me a bit dirty.)
When I saw Mommy's warm weather toes, I
asked her to make mine the same. So that morning she painted my toe nails
pink, and I wore them proudly to the beach [below].
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