Ithaca

When we got there we decided to wade in to the lake in our clothes then Desmond and Julian got there and we played. I slept in Julian’s room.

 In the morning we got to get up early and we had bagels. And then we swam in the pool. It was cold. Then we got out had lunch and the grandparents came we had dinner with the grand parents. Then we met a cat and we named her lake because we did not know her name. 

In the morning we had waffles and then discovered we had lice! So we put stuff in our hair but the next day the profecional said it did not work we also swam and fished. 

The next day we had a lice profecional come and then our friends and a babysitter came. In the morning we swam in the lake and fished and played. and in the evening we got our hair cut at transformations hair salon and our cousins left. 

In the morning we packed up and left to the next stop and Melissa and Robin came so did Parker and Christie there was also this really cool water snake

York Pennsylvania

When we got there only aunt Liz was home. Also Stan Stella and Luna their Guinea pigs Oreo their bunny and mozzle teddy and queenie their dogs. We picked up Jonathan one of our cousins and got Rita’s water ice. It was totally yummy Then Rosie another cousin came home with uncle Doug. We all played together. Later we slept in Jacob’s room because he was not here 

in the morning we went horseback riding on her horse Basil. I trotted and posted on Basil! Later we did pinball and air hockey and ping pong in their basement. And Jonathan kept on scoring on Rosie it was funny to watch. Soon later we made glass pendants After that we went to Tokyo diner at a hibachi diner. That was delicious. Then we pet Stan the Guinea pig. 

In the morning we took our glass from the kiln but it dropped and broke then we said goodbye and left York was very fun

Charlottesville Virginia

When we got there we had dinner. It was a nine hour drive and we went out catching fireflies but they were not out. So we went to catch frogs with their kids Louden and Elliot (Ellie) we caught 6 frogs and let go 2. Also we gave them some worms and  we found also crickets. Then we made forts and went to bed. 

In the morning they went to camp and we stayed home. And did nothing really. Later we went peach picking and then to a vineyard there we played. Then they went to a swim meet and we met them there. And  yes picture number 3 that was chocolate bacon. Also we went to university of Virginia and did you know that Thomas Jefferson created it? If so please tell in the comments😄

Arkansas

Arkansas was interesting.we went to some good restaurants like a pizza place. We went out to get concretes and mine froze and my spoon got stuck in it. And to the crystal bridges museum to see some beautiful art by Americans from the past to the present. One of my favorites was a rainbow one made out of string. I also liked one made out of candy and you could take a piece and I dug around for an original. And wegot to see old blue our old car at Clem my dad’s friend’s awesome workshop and his 2 adorable German shepards Gus and fritz. Also we stayed with Jack another family friend. He is a major collector and has an awesome backyard

(8 and 5) And a HALF!

They say the years go fast. These half-years sneak up at the blink of an eye! And so, to try my darnedest to remember them exactly as they are today, I decided to have them give it to me in their own words:

Clementine, 5 and a half:

Is it me or have we lost her chubby round little face for good at this point?
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Her best skill is reading, her favorite thing on earth is the dog (“EDeeeeee”), she loves learning about nature (she gave a more detailed description to me – animals and plants), and her favorite animal is a platypus (she told me snake and wolf and “all the animals” was too much to write). Her best friend is her big sis, her favorite books are the ones she makes herself, she loves pizza and hates meat. People being mean make her sad. She’s excited about going to Hawaii (over Christmas) and wants a passport (so she can go to Australia to meet real platypus) before she turns 6.

Clem 5.5

Annabelle, 8 and a half:

So much going on behind those pretty blue eyes:P1440070

Hers is a little easier to read.

She is best at reading and math and loves Pokemon and her stuffed animals (though as of this week after one tough teary night I’ve FINALLY gotten her to put the majority of her 100+ stuffies in a drawer by her bed instead of smothering her IN bed). She loves all animals including chinchillas and “everything else.” I think she added Clem as a BFF along with Charlotte, Roisin and Mina once she saw her sister’s sheet (incidentally all three of these girls are her NEW besties since she moved up to 3rd grade this spring). Her favorite books are from the Erin Hunter animal fantasy series (Warriers, Seekers, etc.). Her favorite foods are pizza, cheeseburgers and the vietnamese-ish chicken & rice soup from Elizabeth Street Cafe. She does NOT like zombies or vampires. Lagging computers and occasionally her online math game (Dreambox) make her sad. She is excited about turning 9, but before then plans on redoing her room, writing a book, practicing drawings and finishing illustrating wings (no idea what that is but I think Colleen is her new camp friend).

AbCD 8.5

While I’m sure 6 and 9 will be here before we know it, I’m pretty excited about all that will happen before then. We’ll be visiting about 10 different states, we’ll finally have BOTH kids at the same wonderful school, and YES, we’ll even spend Christmas in Hawaii to celebrate my 40th birthday. Unfortunately we will not be going to Australia like Clem would like, but I still think we’ll get passports before then, just in case the election doesn’t pan out like we hope it will. Not to mention, once they are BOTH in Spanish Immersion school, we expect them to lead us through Mexico! Let the adventures continue….