Lola


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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Wow! A lot of time has passed since I posted anything on my blog! Spwing is just so fun and I spend most of my time outside now, so I never even remember to go on the computer. Dad is helping me catch you up on what we’ve been doing. You won’t even believe how much fun stuff I doned.

Chickies

The chickens got bigger. Fluffy Pie and Blackie died. They were sick. It was pretty sad but we did get more — Blondie, Dottie Dodi, Black Su, and Rock Star. Rock Star was in a movie! We also worked a lot on the coop so they could move out of the dining room which was getting really stinky and dusty:

The first time they got to go outside for a treat.

The first time they got to go outside for a treat.

This is Polly in her ugly stage.

This is Polly in her ugly stage.

The coop. It was still too cold for them outside though.

The coop. It was still too cold for them outside though.

Garner

Garner got bigger and cuter and funnier and everything:

Nannie started taking care of me and brother one day a week so she had to practice giving him a bottle.

Nannie practiced giving him a bottle. She is watching him one day a week while she is off of work. Mima still watches us two days a week so we get to see both of our grandmas.

He always likes to take his spoon when he eats.

He always likes to take his spoon when he eats.

Sometimes he is serious.

Sometimes he is serious.

Sometimes he is sweet.

Sometimes he is sweet.

T-Ball!

I started T-Ball. It is sooooo fun and I love batting, throwing and playing catcher! My team is the Diamondbacks which is a kind of snake… yikes! We call our team “The D-Backs” because it’s really cool. So far I’ve had 4 games:

My first practice and turn at bat.

My first practice and turn at bat.

My pal Cordelia.

My pal Cordelia.

My first game!

My first game!

Even my Uncle Jherek came to my game. He was an All-Star just like my Uncle Harper!

Even my Uncle Jherek came to my game. He was an All-Star just like my Uncle Harper!

Rivers’ Birthday

I had so much fun at River’s Birthday! We played Star Wars and attacked Jherek:

Prepare to battle!

Prepare to battle!

Attack!

Attack!

Conundrum 2009

Dad’s drum students put on a recital every year called Conundrum. This was the first year I got to stay for the whole concert. I even helped the bands practice the night and morning before the big show. I loved hanging out with the bands:

Easter

My Great-Grandma Yia-Yia came from Santamento and I found sooooo many eggs! Some even had candy:

We went to Mima's for dinner.

We went to Mima's for dinner.

Karl and Leslie's puppy Scout came.

Karl and Leslie's puppy Scout came.

Haaaa-haaaa! I tooked this picture.

Haaaa-haaaa! I tooked this picture.

I wish we sawed Yia-Yia more...

I wish we sawed Yia-Yia more...

In the morning there was a disgusting Ant hatch over the bathtub when mom was in it! EW!!!!

In the morning there was a disgusting Ant hatch over the bathtub when mom was in it! EW!!!!

Victoria

We went on a super-fun vacation to Victoria with Ivy, Pop and Lola. It’s in Canada! We stayed two nights and in two different hotels:

First Lola and I tooked a ferry from Port Angeles.

First Lola and I tooked a ferry from Port Angeles.

We went to the Parliment building and the Royal B.C. Museum. I was super-scared of the Wooly Mammoth.

We went to the Parliment building and the Royal B.C. Museum. I was super-scared of the Wooly Mammoth.

We had lunch on the waterfront and then went shopping around the city in Canada.

We had lunch on the waterfront and then went shopping around the city in Canada.

The next morning, I chased Ivy around the Empress.

The next morning, I chased Ivy around the Empress.

Then we went to tea and Murchies.

Then we went to tea and Murchies.

After tea, we went to Miniature World which I loved. I really liked pushing all the buttons and making things move.

After tea, we went to Miniature World which I loved. I really liked pushing all the buttons and making things move.

Then Lola's family went home and we went to Buchart Gardens.

Then Lola's family went home and we went to Buchart Gardens.

We caught the bus in front of the Empress.

We caught the bus in front of the Empress.

Mom and I climbed down a lot of stairs into the Quarry garden.

Mom and I climbed down a lot of stairs into the Quarry garden.

I loved smelling the flowers.

I loved smelling the flowers.

But mostly I loved the big fountain!!!

But mostly I loved the big fountain!!!

I really liked the Japanese garden too.

I really liked the Japanese garden too.

Then I was sooo tired so climbed into Garner's stroller. Ha ha!

Then I was sooo tired so climbed into Garner's stroller. Ha ha!

The next morning we had breakfast, went swimming and went on a really really really long walk for, like, 10 million miles!

The next morning we had breakfast, went swimming and went on a really really really long walk for, like, 10 million miles!

Then dad and I got on a teeny-tiny ferry so we could catch the big ferry.

Then dad and I got on a teeny-tiny ferry so we could catch the big ferry.

Donut
I had a really big donut in Poulsbo:

oooooh, babay!

oooooh, babay!

Coming Soon

We’ll try to write about May before it’s over:

Onward!

Onward!

I got to do so many fun things this weekend.

On Saturday Lola came over and we had fun playing with Garner. That night we had family movie night.

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On Sunday, I got to go to an Israeli folk dance and my friend Syna was there! I got to dance with her. Usually we do High School Musical dancing, but this time it was a little different.

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On Saturday, daddy and mommy took me and my friend Lola to Bay Hay and Feed and I got to pick out chicks! I really wanted to get one that was all black. I call her “Blackie.” They are so so cute and I even get to hold them. Lola’s chick, Violet, pooped on my hand though and now I don’t really like to hold them. I just like to pet them. Dad and I worked on their coop a whole bunch on Saturday. Then on Sunday, I got to get one more, a fancy one with fluffy feet I call “Fluffy Pie” (Cutie Pie + Fluffy = Fluffy Pie). Mom is going to get one more on Friday called a Buff Orpington. I think we should name it “Buffy” or “Goldie,” but mom wants to name it “Dolly.”

The start of our flock. We're going to get 6.

The start of our flock. We're going to get 6.

The sisters (we hope).

The sisters (we hope).

Building the coop.

Building the coop.

Taking a break.

Taking a break.

Me and Blackie.

Me and Blackie.

Nannie and Fluffy Pie.

Nannie and Fluffy Pie.