Dress-Up at the Zoo, June
While Papa was racing his car in Portland,
Mommy took me to the zoo. (We went a lot this summer to take advantage of
our annual pass before it expired at the end of July.)
To mark the occasion, I decided to
put on some special clothes. Over my Capri pants outfit I wore my green
hula skirt, a matching headband, and pink fairy wings. I was a hula fairy
[right]! I received lots of comments and compliments as we walked
around the zoo.
I like to pretend. Other favorite
costumes are my kitty-cat costume (from Halloween last year), a fairy
princess dress, and my Little Mermaid jewelry (from Jolien at
Father's Day this year was very rainy. I
didn't mind, though. When Papa and I went for a walk, I put on my
"cherry boots," tucked in my dress under my jacket, and then
found lots of puddles to dance and splash in [left].
Stomping in puddles is one of my very favorite
a clear, 80-degree day, Mommy, Papa, Cameron, Brennan,
and I went to the Bothell Fourth of July parade.
We found a spot on the sidewalk to put down our blanket and watched
for two hours. I liked watching the people waving in the cars and fire
engines, but even better was getting all the candy pieces they threw at
us. I wasn't scared when the pirate ship rolled by, not even by the
growling pirates threatening us at sword-point and the exploding canon.
But when the Mustang club drove by revving their engines, I clambered into
Papa's lap and closed my eyes and ears till they were gone.
After the parade, we drove Cameron and Brennan
to Scott Richards’ house, and we all stayed for their holiday party.
While Cameron and others lit small fireworks and played bocce ball and
croquet, I put on my bathing suit and splashed in the wading pool most of
in the afternoon, I went home for a short “quiet time,” and then we went to Jojo's
house for a barbecue. Before dinner, everyone played badminton in the
back. JoJo was really good at hitting the birdies, whereas I preferred to
use the racquet like a croquet mallet.
At 7:00, Mommy, Papa, and I headed back to the
Richards’ house to watch some early neighborhood fireworks. However, we
didn’t stay long. Unlike last year, as soon as the small fireworks
started whistling and popping, I backed away and covered my ears [right].
after that long day, I fell asleep
quickly and slept soundly through the annual neighborhood commotion.
In July, Mommy, Papa, and I took a fun
vacation to California. We stayed at the Ramada
Inn Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, and I was in the swimming pool by
4:00 after our plane flight the first day. Even though we did some very
fun things over the next four days, the hotel pool was probably my
favorite activity. I didn't have my swimming jacket, but I put on floaties
and a life ring, and those were enough to keep me up
The hotel was great: the pool was perfect,
the buffet breakfast was tasty, and the staff treated me really nicely,
but the ordinary
room with two double beds posed one challenge: I can't go to sleep with
others in the room. So Mommy and Papa had to shut themselves away with the
tub and toilet, put the portable DVD player on the toilet seat, and sit on
the tile floor watching movies until I fell asleep. I don't think they enjoyed that very much!
spent the first whole day at Gilroy
Gardens in Gilroy, "The Garlic Capital of the World." I
went on some of my very first theme park rides, including whirling
strawberries, spinning artichokes, and twirling garlic cloves with Mommy
or Papa, as well as a tot-sized fire engine, a race car, and a grinning
goldfish all by myself. Papa and
I put on bright orange life jackets and paddled in a giant mallard around
the park lake. For a
break, we found a picnic table at the Splash Garden, where I climbed the
treetop "sprayground;" Papa had to climb up to retrieve me
because I was too afraid to come down the slide. As a family, we rode on
the miniature railroad, the hot air balloon ride, and way up high on the
Panoramic Wheel. After
a hot fudge sundae with three spoons, Papa and I rode together in a 1920s
roadster. Then it was time for the 40-minute drive home.
I fell asleep in the car.
day we went to the Santa
Cruz beach and boardwalk. I was so excited to be there that I danced
on the beach [left]. I dug a big sand hole, raced the waves, chased the
seagulls, and studied the 1/2-inch sand bugs and the small crab that Papa
and I found.
After about an hour on the
beach, we went to the Boardwalk, where we spent the rest of the afternoon.
I sat in a miniature airplane, helicopter, dragon, Humvee, and speedboat
to go round and round by myself. I also drove in a miniature NASCAR race
car with Papa and rode in a kind of wild teacup with Mommy. I experienced
in my first roller coaster with Papa; I didn’t like it. Mommy took so
many photos that eventually, as I sat in a roadster waiting for the ride
to start, I commanded, “Mommy, don’t take a picture!” I liked the
rides, but maybe even more I liked the snacks: a lime/cherry shaved ice in
a special cup with a long straw/spoon and my favorite, cotton candy.
On our third day we drove to San Jose to
visit Elisabeth and Evan. They took us to a nearby park for a picnic
lunch. There were some big inflatable bounce houses because three
different kids were having birthday parties in the park; the face painter
for one of them, dressed as Snow White for a princess party, painted a
rose on my arm with green sparkles in the stem. An ice cream vendor pushed
his cart through the park, and Mommy bought me a Power Puff Girls ice
cream bar (with bubble gum eyes—I promptly swallowed the first one).
last full day, Patty
and Roger met us at the hotel, and then we all drove in their car to Big
Basin Redwoods Park. We drove up into the mountains, and the road was
so curvy that even Mommy felt a little carsick. We walked on a dusty
.6-mile trail; I had fun kicking up the dust all along the trail, although
Mommy didn't like walking behind me. There were lots and lots of
giant trees. I felt like a tiny bug beside them, and I liked exploring
inside the hollow ones [right]. Later that day, the Lugtons took us to the
Sonoma Chicken Coop in San Jose, and we ate in a sunny courtyard. I
didn’t eat much dinner, but everyone’s desserts were really
last morning there was
time for one more hour of pool play with Papa while Mommy finished
packing. I liked the plane ride; I watched a DVD and ate snacks and drank
apple juice. I was glad to be home that night in my own bed, though. I
think Mommy and Papa were also glad to not have to sit on the bathroom
floor and watch movies on the toilet!
Northern Idaho, August
In August our family took a
vacation in the Chateau op Wielen to northern Idaho. The first
night we stopped at Coulee
City in eastern Washington and camped at the
Coulee City Community Park on Banks Lake. It was still very hot when we
got there, so I put my bathing suit right on and played
in the water at the sandy lakefront.
next day we continued east and arrived at Farragut
Idaho, in the mid-afternoon. Papa and I "rested" while Mommy and
to the park's WWII museum.
third day we spent entirely at the park. The morning
was too cold for swimming, so we took a long, easy hike, by which time the sun
had emerged. After lunch we attempted a swim in the lake. It was a bit
windy, which meant I chilled quickly, but I had fun digging a big hole in
the lakeside mud [left]. Back at our campsite, I got exercise by running
behind Cameron as he rode his bike around the camping area.
like the cozy RV, but even though Papa made me my own special bed each
night in the table space, I didn't sleep well. Every night I woke up at
least once, which woke everyone else up. Maybe I just don't like to sleep
away from home.
|The next two days and nights we spent at Silverwood
Theme Park, just south of Farragut. We got to
the park as it opened and went straight to our first ride, the
Thunder Canyon whitewater river ride. I didn't like getting my pants all
wet, so Mommy appeased me afterward with cotton candy.
rides were the bumper boats (Papa took me in them twice) with squirt guns
[right], the antique cars, and the kiddie copters. I also liked the 1915
steam train ride. The train stopped for a old-West hold-up along the way,
and I gave the nice robber [an actor] a quarter for his sack. I also
really liked the magic show and ice skating show, especially because we
got to eat popcorn while we watched.
Beach water park was really fun. The first afternoon Cameron and I surfed
in the wave pool. The second afternoon was cooler, but I still played in
the splash park while Mommy and Cameron braved a huge water slide.
The last night
I was allowed to stay at the park until it closed at 10:00. It was so fun to
play in the dark, eat late-night ice cream, and see the rides all lit up!
drive home was an adventure because one
of the RV's four back tires disintegrated on I-90 just east of Spokane. We
limped slowly to a nearby off-ramp and a Les Schwab store, which replaced
the tire. It was a 2 ½-hour detour, but our hero, Papa, got us all home
South 47 Farm, August
|One Saturday in August, the whole family went
to the "melon festival" at the nearby
I found my way through the bean-pole maze, and we walked
to the apple orchard to look at the bee hives up close. (I like bees and
We looked in vain for ripe blackberries to pick, but
with Papa's help I did pull some carrots out of the ground [left]. I was
very proud of myself.
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