In early April, over my spring break, we
drove in the RV to Cannon Beach, Oregon. We stayed at the Cannon
Beach RV Resort, which had an indoor, heated swimming pool; for two
days I played a lot of Marco Polo there with other kids The weather
forecast had been for cold and clouds, but the sky was perfectly clear
when we woke up the first morning. It was chilly in the wind on the beach
[left], but walking around town was warm enough that Mommy even bought me
an ice cream cone! I liked Cannon Beach, and I'd like to go back when it's
We also spent two days
visiting Dave and Jeanne in Portland. They're always really nice to me,
and we spent Saturday driving through the Willamette Valley countryside
and checking out pioneer days at a horse-drawn plowing contest. But my
favorite part of the trip was visiting with Jeanne's chickens: waking them
up, holding them, feeding them, checking for eggs, and putting them to
bed. I want to have a chicken coop at home!
Science Fair, April
I participated in my first science fair at school. Mommy
and Papa helped me choose a project: "The Naked Egg." For that,
I stored an egg in a jar of vinegar for 36 hours and watched what
happened. (Mom took photos every 12 hours.) What did happen is that the
vinegar dissolved the outer eggshell (releasing carbon dioxide bubbles,
calcium acetate, and water during the process) but left the inner membrane
intact. When we took it out of the vinegar and dried it off, we could see
the yolk inside by shining a light behind it. That was pretty neat!
Papa helped me organize the display board, but I did all
the typing myself. Then Mom helped me format the text with Word and print
it out. We glued all the pieces on together.
We put up the display in the gymnasium with a naked egg
and a light to look through it [right]. About 100 other kids did science
projects, too. During the school day all the kids walked through the gym
and looked at the projects. Then that night the parents came to look at
them all. Everyone who participated got a certificate and a ribbon. I had
a lot of fun!
egg hunt, April
The Sunday before Easter, our
neighborhood had its annual "Spring Hop."
always contributes to that. She baked cookies and helped hide all the eggs
in the grass, the bushes, the trees, and the rock wall (most were pretty
easy to find). Nineteen kids from our neighborhood came out, and when Miss
Lynette said, "Go!" we all ran like cheetahs after springbok to
fill our bags and baskets with our quota of eleven.
the dash and grab, we had a relay race with eggs, spoons, jump ropes, and
tricycles. We also played tag and hide and seek and ate baked treats.
that fun made me really excited for Easter to arrive!
Last Easter I was in Holland, away from Mommy and
Cameron. This Easter I was back home again, and even Cameron was home from
I went to bed the night before willingly because Mommy
reminded me that the Easter Bunny ("E.B.") would not visit unless I was asleep. But
I was so excited that I woke up at midnight, sure that I'd heard E.B.
walking around downstairs, and again at 3:00 in the
morning! I finally got up at 7:30, but Mommy and Papa wouldn't let
me go downstairs until 8:00, when they agreed to finally get out of
The Easter Bunny did come, and he left eggs
hidden around the house and baskets for me and Cameron at the kitchen
table. My current theory about E.B. is that he's not a real rabbit. That's
because a real rabbit doesn't have hands or fingers to make chocolate or
carry baskets. Instead, I'm pretty sure that E.B. is a person in a bunny
My basket had lots of neat stuff in it [right]: Pokemon
cards, colored bubbles, Easter socks, a Bananagram game, pencils, a paper
pad, two books on bugs, sparkly tatoos, and fuzzy chick that cheeps
when you hold it in your hand. It contained candy, too, of course: a large
solid chocolate bunny, chocolate-covered Peeps, yogurt-dipped pretzels,
and four Cadbury cream eggs. Yum!
After Cameron got up (he always sleeps in these
days!), we hunted for the colorful plastic eggs that E.B. hid all around
the house. We each found 52, and all of them had a candy inside!
Grandpa came for brunch about 11:00, and we had a good
meal and a nice visit. After he left, the day was quiet (unfortunately,
rainy and cold outside), but I had a great time mostly playing with all
those empty plastic eggs.
|The day after Mom's 50th birthday, we flew to Disneyland.
I was so excited!
The first afternoon we spent at the Castaway Cove water
park at the Howard Johnson hotel where we stayed. While Mom and Papa
relaxed in recliners with books, I played for three hours in the sun (what
a change from Seattle!!) and water with lots of other kids and had a
We spent two days at Disneyland, separated by one day at
California Adventure. In Disneyland, I rode all the rides that were open
(Splash Mountain and Star Wars were closed), big and small. Some of my
favorites were It's a Small World (Mom says she can only do that once
because of the music), Space Mountain, the Matterhorn, and Thunder
Mountain Railroad. I also loved the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster, even
though Papa beat my score the second time. We saw the Captain EO Tribute,
but I didn't know who Michael Jackson was, and we rode Pirates of the
Caribbean twice, but Mom had to point out Captain Jack Sparrow. I really
liked sailing on the two ships: the Mark Twain paddle wheeler and the
pirate ship Columbia. I also liked the adventure boat safari, but I didn't
like the Indiana Jones ride (the idol scared me and it was too jerky).
ToonTown was really fun; I liked touring the characters' houses and the
Roger Rabbit ride. In New Orleans Square I ate a Mickey-shaped beignet and
danced on stage with a Dixieland band. I also met Winnie the Pooh and
Eeyore. We ended our first night by watching the
Disneyland fireworks from the hot tub of the Howard Johnson hotel.
|Mommy and Papa had never been to California
Adventure, either. We had a great day there. We went on several of the
rides at Paradise Pier, but the best, of course, was the California Screamin'
rollercoaster. I think it was Papa's favorite in the park; he and I rode at the very
front!. We went Grizzly River Rafting, getting wet early in the day.
And I climbed my way through the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail over ropes,
rocks, and walls. I liked the Muppet Show, although I'd never seen Muppets
before, meeting the Cars Lightning McQueen and 'Mater, and walking through
the magical Bug's Land, where all the surroundings make you feel small as
a bug. Our very first ride was Mommy's favorite: Soarin' over California.
My favorite was one of our last: the Hollywood Tower of Terror! I loved
the big drop!!
On the night of our California Adventure night, we met
Mom's friends Elisabeth and Evan for dinner. They drove all the way down
from San Jose to help her celebrate her birthday. Our last evening, after
cramming in every final ride we could, we walked back to California
Adventure to watch the Colors of the World
display. It was a long wait and a bit cold, but all the lights, movies,
water, and even fire were really amazing.
Although we'd had three very long days and our feet were tired, the whole weekend
was a blast. I can't wait to go back again!!!
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