On Saturday, my friend Zoya Yumiko came to the beach with me and my family. The sun was shining and the gulls were crying; it was a beautiful day. Zoya and I wandered around looking for sea glass, but we didn't find any.
Zoya lives in my building and we're good friends. She is a little shy, so I think she was relieved when Violet decided to stay home with my mom and read. Zoya is really fun. After we gave up on finding sea glass, we pretended we were explorers who had discovered a secret island which no one had ever visited.
It was a wonderful afternoon at the beach. We stayed until the sun began to set and then we headed home to our neighborhood. I'm glad Zoya came along!
This week, Coral and I had the good fortune of making a new friend! Kanani was visiting from Canada. Since we were online friends, our parents said we could all meet up to hang out! Coral's au pair chaperoned us and went to Central Park! In this photo, you can see Coral and Kanani at the Central Park Zoo. It's a really small zoo, but we had fun seeing the red pandas (they were really active)and the snow leopard. The polar bear was looking really sad, so we didn't stay by him for very long.
Down by the sea lion pool there were lots of daffodils, so we played in them! Aren't they beautiful? Can you tell Kanani and Coral apart? Coral has brown eyes and Kanani has hazel eyes. Plus, Kanani has very, very long hair!
Here we are by The Pond at the southern end of Central Park. We climbed on the little bridge for a photo. There were lots of tourists doing the same thing. It was fun for me and Coral to pretend we were just visiting. Sometimes, when a friend visits from out of town, we can see our city through their eyes.
We decided to walk along the paths until we came to Columbus Circle. We found daffodils mixed in with beautiful bluey-purple flowers. Do you know what they are called?
After a lot of walking (poor Coral was in heels, even!), we made to the fountain at Lincoln Center. Kanani mentioned that it was a lot calmer there than the bustle of Midtown. Coral nodded and told her that she and I love to come and sit on the fountain before ballet class and watch the people go by. We are so lucky to live in New York City and even luckier to get to share it with a friend like Kanani!
One of the great things about being homeschooled is that you have the time to do all sorts of things during the week. This afternoon, my parents took me and Violet on a trail ride on the bridle path in the park. Violet and I are not very experienced riders, but the workers at the stables chose two gentle horses for us so we were fine. We walked all through the park, looking up at the tall city buildings surrounding the oasis of grass and trees.
We rounded a corner in the path and saw a girl standing with her horse. "Hi!" she called. "I'm Cobie! Want to ride together?"
We carefully got off our horses and walked over to talk to the new girl. Her name is Jacoba Saige and she's an experienced rider. She invited me and Violet to finish off the rest of the trail back to the stables with her.
The three of us rode together with my moms not far behind. We had a great time in the park riding horses! Plus, it was awesome getting to meet Cobie. It turns out she only lives a few blocks from me! I hope we'll get to see more of her soon.
This afternoon Violet and I went to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay is one of my favorite places to go with my family. Unfortunately, we haven't been since the fall. This fall, there was a hurricane and there was damage at Jamaica Bay. There was a breach in the barrier between the saltwater bay and the freshwater pond. Usually, we hike around the pond, but because of the breach, you can no longer do that.
Luckily, the birds didn't seem to know the difference! We saw swans, Canada geese, an osprey, and an egret or heron (not sure which!). Here's Violet looking at a goose swimming in the West Pond. Violet was pleased to be back at Jamaica Bay, but she was sad about the pond breach. When the pond was breached, the freshwater fish died. Isn't that sad? The ranger reminded us that it was nature's way, but we were still sad for all the fish.
Here's Violet on the path back to pond. There were lots of things washed up in the little forest area along the path where we have walked so many times before. The benches and signs were mostly washed away. My family was very lucky that the hurricane did not cause much damage to our neighborhood. Many families in our part of the country were not so lucky. Violet and I kept those families in our thoughts today.
Here I am with Violet at the Visitor Center. I'm glad we got to talk to the rangers about the park. They are planning to fill in the breach. I thought they might build a bridge, but filling the breach would be less expensive than building a safe bridge.
Have you ever been on a hike? What did you see?
In this entry I'm wearing: purple tee by Royal Doll Boutique, shorts, socks, vest, and boots by American Girl.
This week is spring break from ballet class, so I took the afternoon off to try out my new easel and paints!
First I painted Shama, my favorite red panda. She lives at the National Zoo in a big enclosure full of branches to climb. Here she is, sleeping on a branch. Doesn't she look cute?
Then I painted a portrait of Ice Bat. He's one of my favorite characters. See the little color blending chart on the lower left of the easel? My friend Aurora taught me to make one of those so I would know how my colors would turn out.
Have you ever painted a picture? What kind of paints did you use?
Today Violet and I decided to make the puzzle I got for New Year!
This is the puzzle we decided to do- it's Cheburashka and Crocodile Gena, from the Russian cartoons.
First, I carefully dumped out the pieces onto the table and made sure none of them fell on the floor.
Then Violet and I carefully separated the edge pieces from the rest. We started with the edges and then worked inward. I think this is a good puzzle strategy, but I'm not an expert! The pieces are really tiny, don't you think?
Here's Violet the with the puzzle when we were almost finished. It took us so long that it got dark outside!
We did it! Hurrah! Have you ever built a puzzle? What was the picture?
In this entry I'm wearing: shirt from Royal Doll Boutique (hand embroidered by my Mama) and jeans from American Girl Place.
Hi! It's me, Inky! Tonight I'm learning about a Japanese holiday called Hina Matsuri, or Girls' Day, with my friends Zoya Yumiko and Violet. Hina Matsuri is celebrated by Japanese families on March 3.
This is my friend Zoya Yumiko. She's half Japanese and used to live in Japan, so she knows all about Hina Matsuri.
On Hina Matsuri, families set up little scenes with dolls called hina ningyo. The dolls represent the traditional court of the Heian period.
Zoya is still collecting, so her set isn't complete. See the little emperor and empress? They're kitties!
Violet is here too! Zoya brought over really pretty, special cards for me and Violet.Violet was especially thrilled because she has actually been to Japan! She and Zoya chattered away about all their favorite things about the country.
See the card? It has the hina ningyo figures on it. Awesome!
Thanks for celebrating Hina Matsuri with us!
Does your family celebrate any special spring holidays?
In this entry: I'm wearing jeans from American Girl and a shirt from etsy. Zoya and Violet are wearing outfits from American Girl.
I was just nominated for Best Writing (best blog) on the American Girl Playthings messageboard. Thank you to the Playthings community for the honor! If you are a member there and you'd like to vote for me, please visit this thread on AG Playthings messageboard!
I am up against another awesome blog, that of my friend Sabine, Sandrine, and Aurélie. Make sure you go check out their blog too!
Thanks so much!
In my family, we open our holiday presents on New Year's Eve. I waited patiently all week after seeing most of my friends open their gifts on Christmas- finally, it was my turn! I sat beneath the tree in my bedroom to open my gifts.
First came this awesome Calico Critters motorcycle and side car! It came with two little raccoons who are ready to ride off into the sunset together.
Next came a present that rattled when I shook it. What could be inside?
Why Legos, of course! The gift was a little house for a little lego turtle! How cool!
Next came a gift from my parents. They usually give pretty good gifts! What do you think it was?
An mp3 player and headphones! Thanks Mom and Mama!
Then came a present from Ded Moroz, who is like a Russian Santa. I loved the paper with the grey kitty on it, just like my Chaika!
It was a puzzle with Cheburashka and Crocodile Gena, my favorite cartoon characters! Awesome!
Then it was time for presents from my dear friends. First was this little package from my friend Susie in New Hampshire. She is so sweet and kind, I knew already that her gift would be perfect!
It was! Susie sent a DVD of the Doll Nutcracker! How cool!
Finally it was time for the last present- from my dear friend Sophie and her twin sister, Juliette. Whatever could it be?
A Playmobil figure! Thank you! His green outfit makes him a perfect park ranger! Thank you so much!
Of course I had to set up my Lego set right away. Isn't it cute? I love the little turtle!
Happy New Year 2013 everyone! Thank you to my friends and family for your wonderful gifts!