holiday


Arriving at the Johnson Farm with minutes to spare before the pie contest entry deadline.

I started this post way back in September 2009, right when things were starting to get a little bit crazy…

Yesterday was one of our favorite events of the year, the Harvest Fair on Bainbridge Island, put on by Trust for Working Landscapes at the old Johnson Farm. The fair is special because it is rather small (but growing), is all related to farming and nature, the vendors are local, and the whole thing has a very hand-made touch to it. The wildest ride there is a little riding lawn mower with a trailer. Kids line up to peel an apple. After the big Puyallup Fair, where the don’t “nickle-and-dime” you but “ten-and-twenty” you, it’s refreshing to go somewhere where most activites are free and those that aren’t are only 50 cents.

Calder on the big slide

Every year we look forward to meeting up with old friends and it seems like we know at least half of the people there. Now with Calder in Kindergarten, he’s introducing us to even more of our neighbors. Annual highlights are taking a portrait of Calder and Lola under an apple tree by the pond. It’ll get some love in Photoshop and then added to the collection. We also look forward to hanging out with John Flodin for a good part of the day. The Johnson Farm used to be his family’s and it’s great being there with him and hearing funny stories, seeing old photos and meeting his family. We usually see Rivers and the Logue gang, but this year we only saw Eric.

The annual Calder/Lola shoot

This year we had the honor of visiting with our friends (and my boss) Beth and her daughter Kate. Kate is a little charmer and they came all the way from Seattle for the day and kept us company. It was fun to show them around and give them a glimpse into our non-work lives, although I admit, it must have been hard for them because we had to keep stopping to talk to people and I’m not always the best at remembering to introduce strangers.

Calder and Kate chumming it up.

Kate on the big slide.

Catching air

The highlight of the day was Sara’s win in the pie contest for her Green Tomato pie or the “Recession Special” as she called it. Sadly, I never got to try it, but it was beautiful — perfectly golden crust with chartreuse pie filling spilling out the top. Not only did it look great, but it must have tasted delicious too because Sara was awarded a blue ribbon for her work. She’s already scheming for next year…

Isn't it beautiful?

The judging.

Sara accepting her award.

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I got to have 2 birthday parties this year. The first party was at Nannie and Pappy’s and it was a pizza party! Nannie, Pappy, Mima, Nana, Harper, Jherek, Karl and Leslie all came and they all got me really really really nice presents. Also Apple, Woody and Karl and Leslie’s new puppy Scout were all there. Scout is so cute, but he slept a lot. I had so much fun and I was a good boy all night! Thanks Nannie for the nice party!

I just love Speed Racer

I just love Speed Racer

MMMMMM. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate with whipped cream...

MMMMMM. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate with whipped cream...

Leslie and all the dogs. My favorite is the funny dancing toy dog.

Leslie and all the dogs. My favorite is the funny dancing toy dog.

Dancing to my new High School Musical CD

Dancing to my new High School Musical CD

Opening presents.

Opening presents.

Oh my goodness!!!! Look at all the presents!!!

Oh my goodness!!!! Look at all the presents!!!

The Candy Cane Twins

The Candy Cane Boys

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Pappy opening the farting pen I got him.

Pappy opening the farting pen I got him.

OOOOH! Speed Racer Legos!

OOOOH! Speed Racer Legos!

Me and Uncle Jherek racing Speed Racer slot cars.

Me and Uncle Jherek racing Speed Racer slot cars.

Uncle Todd, me, aunt Leslie and cousin Woody racing cars together

Uncle Todd, me, aunt Leslie and cousin Woody racing cars together

It’s the mama here… popping in to wish all of our readers (all 3 or 4 of you… “hi mom”) the warmest of holiday seasons. We have had a wonderful couple of weeks full of snow play, baby cuddling and toe nibbling, Hot Wheel races, Christmas crafting, book reading, cookie baking, Swedish food eating, and family togetherness. We are feeling happy and blessed and wish the same for you.

Calder will update the blog when he gets a chance, but right now he can’t be pulled away from his Speed Racer slot car set, Transformer helmet, volcano making kit, and whoopie cushion. For now I will leave you with a link to Uncle Karl’s photos from Christmas night at Pappy and Nannie’s house.

http://flickr.com/photos/karlbischoff/?saved=1

We wish you all peace and prosperity in the new year!

This has been a really wild week.

Last Sunday it snowed and it was so so so fun. When I waked up I had breakfast and then went to the school across the street to go sledding. There was just enough snow! When I was there I saw my friends Lola, Pop and Ivy and we sledded together for 2 hours. Then we all went to my house and had hot cocoa and played with the baby. Then all day we baked different kinds of Christmas cookies. MMMMMM. Yummeh in my tummeh!

Ivy pushing me, Lola and Pop on the toboggan

Ivy pushing me, Lola and Pop on the toboggan

Everyone comed over at our house for hot cocoa. Mmmmmm.

Everyone comed over at our house for hot cocoa. Mmmmmm.

First I make Garner laugh a lot.

First I make Garner laugh a lot...

Then he just sleeps.

Then he just sleeps.

Then the snow never goed away but more came on Thursday and more on Friday. Dad stayed home on Friday and we had Daddy-Dodi Snowfest 2008. We went sledding in the morning. Tried to make a snowman but had a snowball fight instead. Then we walked all the way down our hill to the treehouse cafe for steamed milk with vanilla, whipped cream and chocolate sauce! Then we walked to Walt’s market for milk, bread, ice cream, medicine, and Doritos for a special treat. Then we tied a string to our sled and pulled our groceries all the way up the hill to our house. The walk took over 2 hours! But at least I got vanilla milk and doritos and worked on my muscles.

Heading out on a snow adventure.

Heading out on a snow adventure.

A huge icicle. (Don't worry Mima, I'm not right under it -- it's an optital illusion)

A huge icicle. (Don't worry Mima, I'm not right under it -- it's an optital illusion)

Grocery shopping in the snow is hard work!

Grocery shopping in the snow is hard work!

Tomorrow we’re going to my aunt Leslie and uncle Karl’s for an early Christmas which I am so so so excited about. But there is supposed to be another big storm coming with more snow so we’re not going to stay long. Maybe I’ll get to have another snow day!!!!

Hi Ken! My dad, mom, brother and I hope you’re doing well. Say “hi” to Peter Pan for me!!!!!

Here’s a video of me sledding with Lola, Pop and Ivy and carrying our groceries up the steep steep hill:

Sunday was really radital!!!

First I had two warm milks, then dad maked buttermilk pancakes. MMMMM!

Then we got in the car and goed to the ferry and to Seattle Center to a craft fair for mama called Urban Craft Uprising. Then we went to Winterfest and I rode the carousel.

me and my trusy steed.

me and my trusy steed.

When we were done at Seattle Center we went to have pizza and did some Christmas shopping.

Then came the really really cool thing… we got to see the REAL DAN ZANES!!!! Dad got us tickets to Dan Zanes’ Holiday House Party!!!!! I had been asking my mom a few days earlier if Dan Zanes was a real person and if we could see him someday. Then the next day, dad called from work with tickets!

Waiting for the concert to start

Waiting for the concert to start

Me and my friend Kate

Me and my friend Kate

The concert was so good! Dan wore a bright pink suit and played lots of instruments. He has so many friends! And they’re all so beautiful and talented! They played the best music too. Music from all different cultures and parts of the world and they all shared each other’s traditions and were so happy to be together. We were happy to be there with them and I got to dance, dance, dance!

the party is just getting started.

the party is just getting started.

that's me down by the speakers

that's me down by the speakers with kate

oh my heavens, they are great!

oh my heavens, they are great!

Then, came the mostest coolestest part of all…

I GOT TO MEET DAN ZANES (and he said he liked my cool coat!)!!!

I GOT TO MEET DAN ZANES (and he said he liked my cool coat!)!!!

Thanks for the great day, Dan!!!

Saturday was a pretty good day. First I woke up and had 2 warm milks. You see, I always like to have 2 warm milks when I first wake up. They are sooo yummy in my tummy.

Then I showed dad the new gate to our vegetable garden which is made out of old tractors and was made by an artist named Dick Strom who my dad is making a website for.

Our new gate to the vegetable garden

Our new gate to the vegetable garden

Then my daddy had to teach drums for a while. When he was all done we GOT TO GET OUR CHRISTMAS TREE! We looked around for a little while until we found the perfect tree. Then daddy let me cut it down… all by myself. It was so SO big and I said “timber!” when it fell down.

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cutting the tree

cutting the tree

TIMBER!!!

TIMBER!!!

After we go the tree we went to the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour where I got to go see Mima and give her a hug. My Mima makes really beautiful jewelry. Sometimes, when I go at her house, Mima lets me go into her studio and use her special tools like hammers and stuff.

Mima hugging her favorite grandkids

Mima hugging her favorite grandkids

Mima used a hammer to make this

Mima used a hammer to make this

Then, NEXT… we went to Nanny and Pappy’s to get our Christmas ornaments out of their attic. We stayed and had yummy cheese pizza and strawberry yogurt.

After that we went home and put on holiday music, tried eggnog (YECH!), and decorated our tree. I had lots of fun putting ornaments on the tree but I liked to put all of them in the same place. Then, when it was all done, I got to put the star on top of the tree with dad’s help, just like Little Critter.

Mom and me decorating the tree

Mom and me decorating the tree

Garner really likes the lights on the tree

Garner really likes the lights on the tree

Tada! Merry Christmas from a small island nation!

Tada! Merry Christmas from a small island nation!

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