Gathering Days 5&6

by Chrissie Wainright on August 10th, 2010
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Gathering Day 5 : Kidzone
Serenity, Henry, Jack, Patricia and I went to Kidzone, a sort of museum/play place geared towards younger children, for most of the morning on Wednesday. We had a blast! Both kids loved the train table especially. They also had a huge play structure. Serenity again preferred the twisty slide, although they did have some big mirrors that she liked. It was a little bit alarming that she didn’t even want to share the mirror with other children. She’ll learn =) They had great puzzles, including one particularly fun animal one that had the words the animals said written on the board, so I could get Serenity to read the word and then figure out which piece she needed from that! The other side of Kidzone was set up as a farm. They had lots of ride on animals, gardens to plant, a store to sell the produce, saddles, and costumes. They had a really cool ball run set up with clear pipes that I totally want to duplicate with all the ball pit balls we have. Jack thoroughly enjoyed playing with the cool magnatiles, even though he had to play by himself =)

This one was her favorite =)

This one was her favorite =)


Jack and the magnatiles =)

Jack and the magnatiles =)


Trains!

Trains!


This one is moveable, the wall is velcro!

This one is moveable, the wall is velcro!


We enjoyed the rest of the day back at the cabin playing games. Gavin wrote some words for Serenity on the white board, and was really surprised when she read the word flower. It’s not an easy one! Then in the evening we went to the beach. We got dinner, had a picnic, and played on the playground where Serenity got just a tiny bit too daring for Mama’s comfort level on the playstructures. Eventually we had three people manning the thing just to keep up with her.
Ride 'em seahorse!

Ride 'em seahorse!


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We planned to ride the trolley home but it didn't show!  We had a lot of silly fun waiting for it though =)

We planned to ride the trolley home but it didn't show! We had a lot of silly fun waiting for it though =)


Very very late that night we got Jennie from the airport! Yippee~!

Gathering Day 6: On A Boat

Joyce, Serenity, David, Eric and I got to have a great visit with Mrs. Mumma, who taught Joyce and Eric in the sixth grade. She lives in Tahoe during the summers, and owns a boat, so she treated us to a trip on the lake! Eric, David and Joyce all got to ride on a tube/boat thing that was pulled behind the boat. Steve took great delight in dumping Eric and David! Serenity had her ups and downs with the boat experience. At first she was very unhappy because I wasn’t in the boat at first, they had to pick me up off the dock. Then she basically just clung to me and seemed pretty disturbed. Then we moved to the front of the boat and I wrapped her in a towel so she stopped getting splashed. Then whenever the boat stopped, she asked “MORE!” And eventually she was lulled into a nice little nap on the boat. When I asked her later she said she liked riding the white boat =)
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Serenity wanted to eat only orange veggies sticks, no white or green. =)

Serenity wanted to eat only orange veggies sticks, no white or green. =)

Aiden, Veronica, Juan, Andrew and Marilyn arrived in the afternoon! Veronica got us this great Pigeon puzzle, and we did that several times! We went to the beach for a while, and built sand castles. Serenity loved decorating them with twigs, rocks, and shells. Then she would sit on them =) Later that evening we went to Truckee Thursday. While we were riding on the boat, the others went back to Kidzone. They had live music and a red food truck that apparently had really awesome Indian food. (They tried to be kind and told me it was a stinky smelly fish truck, but eventually told the truth.) Fortunately, they found out the truck was going to be at Truckee Thursday! So we decided to go for dinner! We had a blast wandering around downtown Truckee. This Farmer’s Market was much bigger, and had live music! All the kids enjoyed it. Serenity ate her first corn on the cob! It was so cute to see the kids chomp down on them =) Marilyn also shared her cotton candy with Serenity (pink sugar). AND, we got gelato. I listed the flavors for Serenity and she chose lemon. After she ate most of it I tried a bite. It was VERY tart! I’m surprised she ate so much of it. It was good but sour.
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I need to at least mention the book Swim Boots Swim. Jack and Patricia brought a very impressive library of books, and Serenity could not get enough of that book! I’m hoping it will make her want to practice swimming more, as right now she likes to say “I can do it myself!” as she walks along the kiddie pool kicking her legs up and declaring “I’m swimming!” Dora is becoming a real addiction. I’m thinking of looking for books and dvds in all Spanish. She’s already becoming more interested in Spanish, she knows numbers 1-6 and several colors and random words. She particularly likes “Arriba!”
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