Nanny and Pappy


Wow, July seems like ancient history at this point, but let’s see if I can remember anything…

I’m sure it must have started with something fun… like the 4th of July. As always, we went down to the Pancake Breakfast in Winslow and then to the street fair and parade, followed by a small gathering at our house for a barbeque and fireworks.

A patriotic angel.

Pappy's float for the Island Music Center featuring one of Korum's drum students.

Later in the month we were visited by my best friend from growing up in California, Gudrun. It had been many, many, many years since we had been in touch, but thanks to Facebook we reconnected and got to see her for 4 whole days! We went to ZinZanni, toured the island, had a Seattle/Pike Place/Aquarium adventure and she was even in town for my birthday.

Unfortunately, this photo is the ONLY one I was able to capture of Gudrun's visit...

Calder became a chicken whisperer and at the end of the month we got our first egg!

Calder also became an unofficial staff member at Teatro ZinZanni for a week when he attended Camp ZinZanni. He spent so much time there that he got his face on the staff wall and marched with us in the Seafair Torchlight Parade.


Apparently, we spent some time at Seabeck too…

We finally put Garner to task.

And our garden grew…

I guess it was a pretty good month, now that I think about it…

What a wild summer! I think we set a new world-record for craziness. It all went by in a blur, and getting online long enough to write more than a sentence or two just seemed too overwhelming. So now it’s time to play catch-up.

We tried to get out as much as possible this summer. That meant plenty of trips to one of our favorite picnic spots, Port Gamble. We found a “secret” playground and enjoyed many ice cream cones as well as the peaceful town and it became one of Sara and the kids’ favorite places to go when dad was at work.

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Nanny and Pappy’s boat, S/V Gumbo Ya-Ya had to go to the yard in Ballard for some routine maintenance, so Calder got to help take the boat through the Locks. It was really fascinating to see how the water rises up and down and see all of the different kinds of boats. There was even one boat that pumps potties which is pretty funny for a five-year-old.

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The Rotary Auction is a sacred holiday in the Bischoff household. This year we managed to not go too far overboard. Here’s Calder with one of his scores…

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In June we went through another round of getting Garner to try to sleep on his own. After about and hour of crying, he finally fell asleep in this pose…

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Dad marched with his work in the Pride Parade this year. It was a wild day for sure! Calder waved dad along on the sidewalk and was excited to see Batman and Robin. He was just confused about why they were on roller skates and in only underwear….

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And that was June!

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 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.

Mmmmmm. My Pappy took me to the Fire Fighters Pancake Breakfast on Saturday. It was delississ!