September with Gabe

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In September, Gabe was coming to the white house lots. We had all kinds of different adventures, and as usual we walked, biked, or bussed to all of them! One day we went to Sheridan Park, where we ran races and climbed this climbing wall. We imagined it was a mountain, and the friends took turns pretending to be mountain goats with silly goat voices and curled fingers for horns.

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Another day we got to visit the Art Ashram all together. Our friends Kai and Aiden came too! We focused on the color orange with leaf etching and got a chance to draw pumpkins and paint together. Orange is the perfect color to study in the fall.

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A week later, we had a special expedition to Snake Lake Nature Center, which has a beautiful natural playscape where we can slide down a hollow log, use a periscope in a tree house, or use and old fashioned pump for sand and water play. We also walked the half mile loop through the woods. This picture is from when we stopped to check out the turtle vista.

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Of course, every day we also played at the white house and did big kid jobs. Edie and Gabe can: go potty by themselves, clean up dishes, wipe down the table, pour milk or water from a small pitcher, take care of the playroom, and get shoes and jackets on. They also help feed the chickens!

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When the friends were finally worn out, they liked to relax by reading books to each other, or snuggling up to read with Adele. They turned pages and asked great questions about the stories and pictures we read. Some of our favorites are Hungry Caterpillar, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and Pat the Bunny. But did you know Pat the Bunny is about Gabe and Edie? Do not try to read it about Paul and Judy. That will not fly.

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Thanks for playing with us, Gabe! Have fun with your new nanny and please come visit again!

Baby Bears and Princesses

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On the first day that Gabe came to play with us at the white house, we decided to take a bike ride to the park. Edie and Adele both really like Wright park in the Stadium District of Tacoma, because it has a duck pond, a great climbing area, lots of parkish natural spaces, and even a conservatory with tropical plants. But it was Monday, so the conservatory was closed. Anyway, we all went out to the bike and got ready to go. In this picture, we were feeling silly with all the safety straps. Right after that, we put our helmets on, because of course we never ride bikes without helmets.

One of the great things about Wright Park is that lots of other kids like it too! We were trying out the swings when we first got there, watching the spray ground fountains, and wishing we had brought our swimsuit. Then a bunch of other kids stormed onto the play structure! We raced over to see what they were up to. Turns out there was a princess with her pet baby bear and her pet cat, and also some flexible performers who tried a bunch of roles. Gabe got a great chance to play along as a dragon, and he and the baby bear explored some problem solving techniques for play land. Edie joined the play as an Edie, which is a fantastical creature that mostly watches princesses to figure out how to do that princessy stuff.

When we all got a little worn out, we headed around the duck pond for some nature and chasing. On the way there, we luckily discovered a squirrel to chase, who led us on a crazy adventure through the horseshoe pits. Finally, we arrived at the pond and shared some snacks. We only shared our snacks with each other. Not the ducks. Because of course the sign says not to.

On the whole it was a great adventure for making new friends, practicing important play skills, checking out our community, and getting used to our routine and rules for working together.

A great book we always like reading after Wright Park is “Make Way for Ducklings,” by Robert McCloskey, which deals with a family of ducks who live in a park pond that is startlingly similar to our own park pond. Except Wright Park needs one of these swan boats:

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Visiting Friends

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This baby needs toys. I will share my spinning rainbow toy with him. This baby is a boy.

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Nickel gets a sunflower for me and for Betty and for my friend Abigail. After the library we can go to the farmers market. We can go downtown.

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There is the black kitty. He is my neighbor. Don’t catch him because he’s scared. Just smell my hand.

Make sure to check out the Huckleberry School page on Facebook … some changes are coming and more of Edie’s pictures and commentary will be available there, while this blog takes a slightly different direction.

Dressing Up

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Here’s Betty, and Abigail, and Nickel, and where’s me?

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Where’s my leotard go? I want to try it. See my leotard, I couldn’t find it? I want to wear it right now. Help me, it’s kinda tricky. Now pull it up.  Nope, I better turn it around. The bow, it is in the front.
It’s for ballet. I do remember, now I’m a big girl so I can wear it like my mommy.

Manette Playfield

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I have been grumpy for two days so Mama says we have to go to the park. I would rather go swim and I tell her so. In spite of that I don’t put up much fight getting my jacket and shoes.

My stroller is handy when I am grumpy and don’t want to walk. As we get close though, I feel a little better and I think this might be fun.

It is. I climb up the stairs, run across the bridge, and slam down the slide. Watch me climb! I am the best at climbing and I try out the round ladder. I can do it mostly, if Mama stands close. Other kids come and run and yell and go up and down. I watch them and choose somewhere else to play. The baby goes down the big slide with her sister. I need one of those big sister things. I should have brought Iris.

Inside the tunnel, I stick out my lips for kissing. It is a funny game. Sometimes I let Mama kiss me but sometimes I hide. Then she hides too. Mama? Mama! Boo!

I balance on the edge and explore by myself. I make Mama hold my hand. I feel much better.

As I side note I ate some sushi today. By far the best part is the pickled ginger. It is pink.

Monorail

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Then we went on this train in the sky between the tall buildings. We were pretty hungry so we got some chips at a mexican restaurant in the top of a tall building. We sat outside where we could see firetrucks and busses, and right about when I got sick of chips the beans came. I love beans. They are the best food. Mama wouldn’t share her fancy milk but Iris shared her chicken.

We finished dinner and went to some stores with the escalator. I played with cool instruments like a Peruvia shaker. I have an Aunt and Uncle in Peru, you know. They gave me my Llama and I’m going to go see them.

Then we ran ten blocks. Mimee was pushing me in the stroller. We were so fast we even caught a ferry! I walked on the top deck and came up and down lots of stairs. It was still dark when we got home.