Tonight was so much fun! I went to see American Ballet Theatre perform Swan Lake. It was so beautiful! Violet and I actually saw Swan Lake a little over two years ago, when we were in Ukraine. It was fun to see it again, with a different company. The theatre was so beautiful; we were at the Met! Isn't the chandelier pretty? It reminded me of Sputnik.
I love ballet so much. Do you have a favorite type of performance?
It has rained almost every day this month. Every morning I wake up and want to go outside to play, but it's just muggy and drizzly. I'm running out of indoor games to play. I have folded so many origami cranes, played lots of Scrabble, and even made my bed.
I've been pretty busy lately! I played with my friend Susanna on Thursday, then on Sunday I went to the Met and played with a really cute 70s doll. Today I met up with Anna Lee, one of Violet's friends! Anna Lee and I got along really well. We went to Veselka, one of my favorite restaurants. Anna Lee had a lime rickey and I tried an egg cream for the first time. Yum!
After Veselka, we went to Roosevelt Park. You might think the park's named for the presidents Teddy and Franklin, but it's actually Sara Delano Roosevelt Park! She was Franklin's mother. We played on the playground; we had a race on the slide to see who could reach the bottom first, but we got there at the same time!
I tried to take this picture of Anna Lee on the Bowery, because the Empire State Building is in the background. Can you see it? I think I need a better camera that can focus on Anna Lee and the building at the same time!
At the end of the afternoon, Anna Lee walked me to the subway. It was a lot of fun to meet Anna Lee! We both loved talking about our favorite National Parks. I'm thinking of asking Anna Lee if she wants to visit one of the National Historic Parks right here in New York.
What's your favorite park? What do you like to do there?
Yesterday I had an adventure in Rhode Island with my new friend Susanna. We took a walking tour of historic Providence; there were so many pretty, old houses. I went to the bathroom at the Providence Athenaeum, which is a special library. We also went to the Roger Williams National Memorial.
Guess what we did there? That's right! The Junior Ranger program. I was a little sad that Violet wasn't there to do it too, but I will make sure to take her there someday. We learned about Roger Williams, who was the co-founder of Rhode Island. He believed in Liberty of Conscience, which means the freedom to believe what you want to believe. Roger Williams also believed in the separation of church and state & paying American Indians for their land.
Here we are with the park ranger who gave us our badges. He was surprised to see us! It was a fun day, even though it would not stop raining. I also enjoyed riding the train to and from New York. I left the house at 5:45am and didn't get home until 1am the next day! Whoa!
What's your favorite thing to do when you visit a friend?
I was just thinking today that I can't believe it's already been two years since Violet and I went on our amazing trip to Ukraine together. We had such an amazing time. If you haven't seen it already, please check out our photo album of our trip. I was looking at it today and realized that the pictures were all out of order, so I spent a few hours putting everything right again. It would be really fun to get a few new comments!
I'm really hoping that Violet and I will have the chance to go to Ukraine again within the next year. Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
This afternoon, my friend Lia and I went outside to play with our Ugly Dolls on a giant tree. I love how big the roots are- they're perfect for climbing and pretending that Ice Bat and Poe are in caves. We pretended that Ice Bat and Poe were two babies who lost their mother and had to search for her in a jungle.
One of the best parts of summer is the Mr. Softee truck! Lia and I could hear the truck coming when it was all the way down the street. I had a regular cone with chocolate sprinkles. It was Lia's first time in my neighborhood; in her neighborhood they have the Good Humor man.
What's your favorite thing to get from an ice cream truck?
Tonight I went exploring in the dark! In only a few more weeks, I will get to go to the Grand Canyon. We'll probably camp there, so I wanted to make sure I was ready to scurry through the dark to the bathroom cabin! I played in the bushes downstairs by the front of our building; it's not safe to go into the park at night in the city. You never know who could be lurking there.
Actually, Violet's mama will probably walk with us to the bathrooms, but it's good to be prepared just in case.
It's been muggy and grey outside for the last several days. I had wanted to go skating in the park, but it kept looking like it might rain. Of course, since I decided to stay in, it didn't rain after all! Zuly is sleeping over tonight. We dug out my British Scrabble game that I bought when Violet and I had a layover in Gatwick Airport two summers ago. It looks really different from American Scrabble, doesn't it? I wonder if the letter distribution is different.
I have a new friend! Her name is Zuleikha, but she likes to be called Zuly. She's half Iranian and half French, but luckily she speaks English just as well as she does Farsi and French. She came over tonight and we played Big Brain Academy, one of my favorite games on the Wii.
I think Zuly looks a lot like Marisol. Isn't it funny how two girls can have totally different backgrounds, but still look so much alike?
Do you like my new kitties? I love Playmobil. Do you know who else loves Playmobil? My best friend, Violet!! I just found out that I get to go on vacation with Violet and her parents to the Grand Canyon! I am thrilled, because I thought I was going to be stuck in hot, stinky New York City all summer long. I hope we get to see donkeys!
P.S. Thanks for all the comments on my last entry! I will try to update more, but the comments really help me remember to do it!
Hey guys! Guess what? I got a brand new American Girl doll! I went to Manhattan today and I visited American Girl Place. The new historical character is Rebecca Rubin- and she lives in New York City too, just like me! I even got to meet the author of her books & she signed mine for me!