Mussel Picking at Twanoh

A Day in the Life

This morning we put on our warm clothes and drove the truck out to the beach to get clams. Da brings his shovel and bucket, and I got to help with my own little bucket. My job is picking mussels, cleaning them off, and putting them in my bucket. I can get 40! We walk slow and watch the beach for the biggest mussels and I pull, pull, pull to get them off the rocks. My bucket is filling up. I sit down on the sand pile Da made digging, so I can see better when he pulls fat little clams out of the hole. I feel so happy.

I am pretty hungry, so we pick a little fucus plant off the rocks and suck the jelly out of the pockets. I chew up the whole leaf and ask for more. We talk about picking the sea beans on the way back to the truck, but we forget. Da brings the truck over to us so I don’t have to carry my bucket so far, and I change into my warm clothes. We drink hot tea and eat more wrack as we drive all the way home. We feast tonight!

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Da’s Shop

A Day in the Life

I am in Tacoma today so we visited Da at work. My Da is a carpenter and he works at a window company. We got there and put our stuff in the truck, and I said Hi Da! He put me on his shoulders and we went into the shop. I met his work friends and saw the windows, and we went upstairs and saw the pretty greenhouses they build there too. When we had to go I was a little sad, but happy to ride in the truck with Mama. We sang the Zoo song.

My tooth is trying to grow. I already have seven… Isn’t that enough?

First Time at Seattle Aquarium

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I was at the Aquarium because Nana is here. All us girls rode the boat to Seattle. The walk was nice and we saw fountains and birds, but the inside was the best. I love fish. We saw fish from our area and also beautiful bright tropical fish. When I saw the octopus I talked octopus language to him with my hands. I was getting tired and tried to take a nap on the ground. We went out to the birds and I saw puffins swimming and sitting. I never saw birds and fish playing together before. Oh the jellyfish were beautiful! Fish fish fish. Also seals are wonderful, and otters.

After the Aquarium I was just chewing on my octopus toy and we went shopping at Pike Place. It was really busy with so many people, so I didn’t get to walk by myself. I would get squished. So I rode up on everyone’s shoulders.

Mama didn’t come back on the boat because she went to girl time. I got the whole evening with Da. He works far away so I don’t always get to see him. I love you Da! I miss you very much!

Train Playground

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We put Iris and Auntie on an airplane and then we came to a store. The store was kind of boring so I wiggled to entertain myself. Then we found this awesome climbing toy to get on! Some big boys were playing on it really crazy, so I just watched for a while. Then I held my Mama’s hand and climbed up a slide. I went down and up and down and up.

Then I was ready to go night night. When I woke up I was at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. I’m going to sleep here tonight! Mama and Da get in the truck and drive away. I wave, bye bye, I love you!

Laugh when I Laugh

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Da tried to take me to bed but I ran away to Poppy so then we escaped outside and played Phydeaux. Poppy has a bouncy yellow ball and Phydeaux runs the fastest to get it. We can fake him out if we pretend we throw the ball one way. Then he gets frantic. I think he might like his ball even more than I like my milk. It’s really funny because he jumps side to side. Poppy laughs when I laugh, so my giggles are like a good joke.

We come inside and I kiss Mimee. I avoid my parents. Once the sun starts going down, they are both nothing but trouble.

I’m going to send you a picture from my zoo trip with Iris yesterday. Sometimes I get so busy I just forget. I forget to go to the potty too… Today I remembered the potty mostly though.

I have some new words, notably: juice, no, eye, and Get! That last one is for Phydeaux. It works better when Mama does it. I say everyone’s name at my house.

I take lots of remedies lately. My nose has boogers a lot, but I drink the little cup by myself.

Catching You Up for Three Days

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Hi. I didn’t write for a few days. Here’s what happened: I went to the zoo with just my Mama, and saw fish and sea creatures mostly, and I climbed the aquarium stairs a lot. Sunday, I went with Da and Mama to see Anty Elizabeth and baby William. Da took me to the botanical gardens at the university. The next day Grandma took me to Poulsbo. We went to the shoe store and the Loft and now I like salmon burgers.

Today Iris is here and we are doing school. We did Barnyard Dance (Barnyard Dance! (Boynton on Board)) for our meeting. I like holding hands and spinning but some parts are still confusing. However I could dance all day to Pearl Django. We painted on my canvas with my tempera paints, and we are going on a walk next. Iris has big plans for me…

Happy Father’s Day at Shine

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Now Da and Poppy and I, and Phydeaux, and all those girls, are walking the beach at Shine. We found seabeans, which are super delicious. Iris says yuck, but I say More More More Please! We see killdeer, and shells, and there are lots of driftwood forts. Mimee finds special sticks and I climb on pile of sticks, poking the sand and watching everyone. I’ve got my good giggles out. I’m watching the waves and the foam. There is eelgrass here and it shows; tiny baby crab shells are scattered through the beach crumbs. We are going to eat salmonberries on the way back too. The First Nations called June time the Salmonberry Moon because they are thre best food! Foraging is fun at Shine because at my house all I can forage is old food I already didn’t want.

Now I’m riding the backpack on my Da. We are having a Fathers Day snuggle.

Rocking Horse

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I got back to my old house! Da got us at the airport and when we got home I saw Mimee and my uncle Matt. It the morning Poppy came in to see me and I showed everybody all my new stuff. We ate some breakfast.

Did you know I have all these cool toys at my house? I have books and animals and Phydeaux and a rocking horse. Mimee put me on my horse and I rocked him all by myself. Then I dismounted like a cowboy and told her more please! She put me back over and over so I could practice my expert horsemanship.