End of School Picnic, June
On June 13th, my Montessori hosted an
all-school 25th anniversary party. It was a potluck picnic at
Cottage Lake Park, and the theme was students from around the world. There
were music bands from different cultures, balloons, special activity
booths with crafts to make representing different countries, a
"passport" to stamp, face painting, and lots and lots
of good food [left]!
To represent the Netherlands, Papa and I
made a batch of boterkoek the
night before. It was a hit because we brought home an empty container!
Father's Day, June
Father’s Day was sunny and warm this
year, so we went to Waverly Beach Park in Kirkland to celebrate. We
brought a picnic basket with food for an early dinner, but mostly I liked
playing on the beach in the sand and on all the playground equipment. Papa
joined me on the beach, but he also took a nap on the grass. I think Mommy
and I gave him a nice day.
Miss Stephanie had a picnic at Anderson Park in Redmond for all her
daycare “kiddos” and their families.
had hamburgers and hot dogs with salads, fruit, and desserts that everyone
brought. Miss Stephanie hired a professional photographer to take our
pictures, so we did lots of posing, too [left], but mostly I liked playing
with all my friends. The park had a big sand pit for digging, we tried
hitting balls from a baseball T (I was pretty good!), we played lots of
tag and running games, and we drew on the sidewalks with chalk the
photographer gave us.
the Montessori closed during the summer, I went to Miss Stephanie's three
days a week for the full day. I had a great time playing. These
are my Carefully Kept daycare friends (from left): Nicholas, Teddy, Shea,
me, Ava, Zoe, Madison, and Tom.
This summer we didn’t have any big travel
plans, so Mommy decided to try and do something special each weekend. The
first weekend after school ended we went to the Strawberry Festival in
Bellevue. It was lots of
I had my face painted [right], and we
bought little tickets so that I could go on lots of rides—pedal cars,
slippery slides, inflatable jumping rooms, and more. Mommy and Papa also
allowed me to eat ice cream and
cotton candy, and they shared a big bowl of strawberry shortcake.
If this is summer, then I’m in!
The morning of July Fourth
Mommy, Papa, Cameron, his friend Emily, his brother Brennan, and I set up
chairs along Main Street in Bothell to watch the parades [left]. First we
watched the kiddie parade, with lots of children riding their decorated
bikes, dogs in costumes, babies pulled in wagons, and candy flying
everywhere. (This year Mommy brought bags for Brennan and me so we could
easily collect the candy.)
we watched the regular parade, starting with the Redcoats and Rebels
marching by, then stopping occasionally to “shoot” at each other.
There were also music bands, classic cars, clowns, gymnastic teams, army
vehicles, and a big pirate ship with a canon. This year it didn’t scare
me like it did last year.
After the parade we went to Mr. Scott’s
(Cameron’s dad’s) house for a party. There was an inflatable bounce
room in his front yard, and I spent a lot of time flying around in it with
the other kids. There was lots of food, too, and games to play in the
Early in the evening Cameron, Brennan, and
some of the others lit off daylight fireworks: snakes, fountains,
whistling Petes, and smoke bombs. I
covered my ears [right], but just like the parade pirates, they didn’t
scare me like they did last year.
I just wish I were old enough to stay up
for the nighttime display!
In July my friend Elora had a
birthday party, and it was special because they hired a pony for all the
kids to ride. His name was Peppermint.
I’d never been on a pony before, but I wasn’t afraid.
Peppermint's trainer said that I was a very good rider.
was very gentle. When he was done carrying all of
us, I helped brush him, and I fed him lots of carrots from a flat hand.
Vacation to Columbia
one real vacation this summer was in the Chateau op Wielen to the
Columbia Gorge in Oregon. The first night we spent with the Williamsons in
Portland. This visit Jeanne gave us a tour all around her beautiful garden
and let us pick raspberries, marionberries, strawberries, and blueberries
to take with us. For the next two nights we had fresh berries on ice cream
next two nights we stayed at Deschutes River State Park, near The Dalles. It was sunny
and warm, and I spent parts of each day on a little beach on the river,
playing in the mud [right]. We also visited the Columbia
Gorge Discovery Center and Museum. I made crafts, put on
costumes of settlers and British Redcoats, stood under a full-size
mammoth, and dug for small artifacts in a sand pit. Another day we took a
short drive across the Columbia River Bridge to Washington to see the
Native American pictographs and
petroglyphs at Horsethief
Lake State Park. They
looked like pictures I could draw!
next two nights we spent farther west at a KOA in Cascade Locks.
We visited the Marine Park and I played in the playground while Mommy and
Cameron rode a sternwheeler on the river. I had the most fun in the
resort's swimming pool; Mommy had brought lots of pool toys. From Cascade
Locks we also went to the Bonneville Lock and Dam visitor center. We saw fish swimming
up the fish ladder. Inside, the dam was really, really, really big!
very best part of the trip was eating marshmallows and s'mores at the
campfire. One night I spied Mommy, Papa, and Cameron through the window
when they thought I was asleep inside. They had to let me come out and try
some toasted marshmallows [left]. I'd never had them before; they were yummy!
last night we stayed in Washington
at the Silver Lake Motel and Resort. In the morning I fed bread crumbs to
the ducks Then we rented a pontoon
boat and Cameron steered us around the lake.
I took swimming lessons all summer long at
Northwest Aerials. When I started
in June, I had two floaties attached to my back. Pretty quickly, my
teacher reduced that to one, and soon I was swimming without any!
By the end of the summer, I was able to swim the length of the pool
(with a few stops).
I’m pretty proud of myself.
And I love the water!
and More Zoos
I like animals and bugs a
lot, so this was a great summer: The Summer of Zoos.
In June, Mommy
took me to Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle; some of my favorite places there
are the butterfly house and the reptile house. I like snakes! Another day
we went to Kelsey Creek Farm in Bellevue, where we saw a giant muddy pig,
horses, cows, sheep, and lots of chickens.
in the summer Mommy also took me to the Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah. There I saw lots of reindeer up close, and I got to feed
llamas out of my hand.
the whole family went to Northwest Trek for the day. We walked around to
see big cats, wolves, and bears, as well as smaller animals like beavers,
otters, skunks, and badgers. Then we took an hour-long tram ride [left]
and saw lots of deer, elk, bison, and mountain goats. It was a really fun day.
on Labor Day, the last day of
summer, Mommy, Papa, and I went to Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. Some of
my favorite animals there were the beluga whales (they performed skills
and jumped out of the water), sharks, and river otters. I got to touch
different sea animals in the tide pool encounter (some people were afraid,
but not me!), and when we saw the warm water fish being fed, I raised my
hand and asked the zookeeper, “What makes a puffer fish puff?” Mommy
said that was a really good question.
don't think there are any more zoos left here to see!
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