Last Day of School, June
Friday, June 19th, was my last day of
Montessori. We only had a half-day, and then Mommy picked me up with a big
bag of clothes, shoes, and artwork. We ate lunch at McDonald's and then
went to Tracy's so I could get my hair cut. After she cut my hair, she
styled it with a special iron (it was really hot) to make my hair curly. I
felt very pretty [right]! Unfortunately, the curls didn't last very long;
my hair was nearly straight again by the time I went to bed.
year I'm going to be in kindergarten. I'm excited about that; I keep
asking Mommy and Papa how many more days until kindergarten starts!
Father's Day, June
|On Father's Day, Mommy made a big breakfast
for both Papa and Grandpa. He came over and we had eggs (yuck), bacon (my
favorite), and fruit. While the grownups talked about big people stuff at
the dining table, I put together several puzzles—all by myself!
I'm getting very good at them.
A while after breakfast, Mommy began to feel sick and
had to lay down. So Papa and I had the afternoon to ourselves. Papa took
me to Bellevue Square, and I found some friends in the play area there. We
also went to Starbucks for a treat, and walked across the street to the
park. I played on the equipment (I'm getting really good at monkey bars)
and made some more friends. We seven saw ducklings in the pond!
I'm sorry that Mommy didn't feel well, but I did have
fun spending my afternoon with Papa. I guess that was a good thing to do
on Father's Day!
Strawberry Festival, June
Just like last year, we went to the Strawberry Festival in
Bellevue. It was lots of
We bought tickets so that I could go on
lots of rides—slippery slides, inflatable jumping rooms, and more. My
favorite ride was the giant slide I had to carry a bag up to slide down
on. Mommy went down the slide with me the first time, but the second time
I climbed up and slid back down all by myself. I wasn't afraid at
Mommy and Papa also bought me a flower
balloon sculpture and cotton candy, my favorite. For lunch I had
Vietnamese chicken on a stick.
At 3:00 there was a clown show, Zero and
Somebuddy. Early in the show they asked for volunteers to come up and tell
a joke. I raised my hand right away, and they asked me to join them. So I
walked right up and stood in front of everybody [right]. I wasn't nervous
at all. And I told this joke: "Why did the monkey cross the road? To
get to the trees on the other side!" Isn't that funny? Everyone
Mommy and Papa said we had to go. I didn't want to. I was having too much
Fourth of July
|The Fourth of July was a really long
First, we picked up Brennan, Cameron's brother, and went
to downtown Bothell to watch the parade. All dressed up like the Statue of
Liberty [left], I was ready with my pavement mat, my candy bag, my
sunscreen, and my bottled water. First we watched the kiddie parade of
decorated bicycles, scooters, and pets. Then the big parade started. I
didn't like the noise when the Redcoats and Revolutionaries fired their
guns at each other and the SeaFair Pirates set off their cannon. But I
liked all the other things that walked and rolled by—especially when
they threw candy!
After the parade, we had a light lunch at home, then we
went to Mr. Scott's house for a barbeque and celebration. I played
croquet, bocce ball, and badminton with the big kids, but also spent some
quiet time inside drawing. I made myself a sign that said, "Please do
not disturb" so that I could color in peace. For dinner I ate a hot
dog and, my favorite fruit, watermelon.
We didn't leave Cameron's dad's house until about 7:00,
and from there we drove right to the house of a neighborhood friend who
was also having a big party. We ate a little bit, I played with some other
kids, and we listened to music.
I didn't get home until about 8:30—and my usual
bedtime is 7:30. I'd had a long, busy day, so I fell right to sleep and
didn't wake up till morning.
Hey, I missed all the fireworks!
For my birthday in January, Mommy and Papa
bought me a ladybug house to raise ladybird beetles. I was very excited
and wanted to get them right away, but we couldn't because of the cold
weather and upcoming vacations. Finally, after we got home from Holland,
Mommy ordered the ladybug larvae. When they arrived, we poured the teeny
live larvae (they looked like little black specks) into the ladybug house.
The mailing tube also came with powdery food, and we gave them a couple
droplets of water every other day.
watched the larvae grow for a couple weeks. Every morning, as soon as I
got out of bed, I ran downstairs to climb up on a stool and have a look at
them on the counter. Some nights I even asked to have them sleep in my
room! Finally, they attached themselves to the clear plastic wall as pupae
to change into beetles. When they emerged, they were light pink and slowly
turned darker red over a couple days. We fed them waterlogged raisins, but
we also learned that they can be cannibals: some of them actually ate one
of the pupae that hatched too late!
a few days, the remaining five ladybugs didn't do much except walk and
eat. When they finally began to fly around the container, we knew it was
time to set them free. So Mommy, Papa, and I went next door to Mr. Tom's
vegetable garden, where they would have a good home, opened the top, and
let them go [right]. Soon after they discovered they could get out, they
crawled, then flew, away. I was sad to see them disappear, but I knew they
were better off in nature. Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home!
|In July and August I took swimming lessons at
Northwest Aerials twice a week. My instructor was Miss Angela. When I
started I couldn't make it across the short side of the pool without
stopping, but by the time I finished (because of traveling to the
Netherlands), I could do the breast stroke across the width of the pool
without stopping, and I could even swim the length of the pool, too!
Besides my lessons, I did lots of other swimming. Papa
took me to the Kirkland pool a couple times, I went swimming at Northwest
Aerials on hot Fridays, and my friend Reiden had a birthday party at the
Kingsgate community pool. My definition of Paradise would be to spend
every sunny summer day in a swimming pool!
In July, Mommy, Papa, and I spent a long
weekend at Potholes Reservoir (a 28,000-acre, man-made lake near Moses
in Eastern Washington contained by
O’Sullivan Dam, the longest earth-filled dam in the United States). We stayed at MarDon
"Resort" in the Chateau op Wielen, and because
Cameron wasn't able to be with us (he had to work all weekend at Target),
I got to sleep in the top bunk!
It was very hot—over 90 degrees! But I
stayed cool by eating Popsicles and playing in the water all weekend long.
Mommy brought floats to play on, and Papa brought a boat to row in. He
even towed me on my floating turtle! But the best part was playing with my
beach toys in the mud. I love the muddy-muck [right]!
The rest of the summer I kept very busy. When I wasn't in daycare with Miss
Stephanie (playing make-believe, making crafts, singing songs, digging in
the garden, reading books), Mommy and Papa took me to lots of other fun
places: the Pacific Science Center (I loved the Grossology exhibit),
Woodland Park Zoo, Pump It Up!, Juanita Beach Park, the Kirkland pool, and
farmers' markets. I also had lots of play time with my friends Ella,
Joseph, Max, and Merel. Summer is the best!
Holland and Spain, August
On August 19th, Papa and
I flew to the Netherlands. Mommy took us to the airport, and she was sad
to see us go, but I was excited to travel again to Vlissingen. We flew to
Amsterdam (I watched in-flight movies, mostly). We missed our connecting flight to Cologne,
but the nice airplane people put us on a different flight to Düsseldorf, Germany.
There, Tante Lianne picked us up and drove us to her house in Venlo.
We stayed with the Janses for a day, then flew from
Niederrhein (Weeze) on RyanAir to Alicante to visit Opa and Tante Margaret in
Albir, Spain. There, I spent
lots of time in their backyard pool—it was very hot there, so that was the best! We also
swam in the salty Mediterranean, went to a Dutch (!) pancake restaurant,
and bought a flamenco dancer's dress [left].
After three days with Opa, we returned to the
Netherlands and traveled to Vlissingen by train (a double-decker) to stay with Oma. We visited with family, took walks,
went on bike rides, and
went shopping. Papa also took me twice to the Bambini
play area and the Sportpunt
Zeeland, a big swimming complex with lots of fun slides, in Goes. We
also drove to Den Haag for a day to visit with Oom Marinus and a friend of
Papa's from his student days. Another day we drove to
a big amusement park in Belgium. The car trip was long, but the park had lots of fun rides.
and it was a great day!
To get back home, Oom Rob drove us to Breda with Oma.
From there we took a train (I got to sit in the top!) to Venlo, from which my cousin Christel drove
us to the airport in Cologne, Germany. We stayed the night in a hotel, and our plane
left at 7:00 in the morning. Whew! That was a lot of traveling!
I had a great time visiting with all
my Dutch relatives. But even though I saw Mommy on Skype almost every day while
we were apart, when I got off the airplane in Seattle and saw Mommy again,
I was really, really glad to be back home.
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