Connor and Rowan Tell Their Stories Tales of growing up in Sitka, Alaska

September 2, 2007

Totem Park

Filed under: Nature,Playing — Dad @ 6:28 pm

Connor and Rowan at the Beach

To this point I have limited my contribution to photos and transcription, but I decided today that maybe it would be good to record some of my own observations and thoughts to go along with theirs.

Yesterday I took them to Totem Park. Lately they have been wanting to go down to the end of the park every day. We’ve made it many days, but sometimes other things come up. Connor likes to take pictures of the birds, and Rowan likes to play in the tidepools. Yesterday, the tide was up, so there was not a whole lot of either. Still, Connor was optimistic about finding some in the grass above the beach.

Connor wandered down the beach to look for birds while Rowan stayed with me. We discussed where the tidepools were and at one point she said, “Oh! Now I get it!” She went on to explain how the tide came up because the water in the tidepools had run through the sand and they needed to be filled up again. Her sense of causation is not necessarily the same as I am used to, but I find it interesting. Speaking of the ‘necessarily’, the other day, she was talking to me about something in a book (it may have been Calvin and Hobbes, she seems to like reading those, but has lots of questions about what is happening and why). She pointed to something on a page and said something along the lines of, “This is not necessarily what I want to see.” I was a little surprised to hear her use that word, but then I guess I use it quite a bit, so maybe I shouldn’t be.

After a while, Rowan wandered on down the beach and some shorebirds showed up by me. I spent a fair amount of time watching and photographing the shorebirds. When I got up and went down to where the Connor and Rowan were, I discovered Rowan climbing around on a stump at the edge of the water with no boots or socks, and wet pants up past her knees. As best I can piece together, she was putting her feet in the water from the stump (large roots spread out into the water) and got over her boots. At that point, she just took them and her socks off and proceded to splash about. Connor had stayed dry so far, but was proud to show me a dead fish he had carried up from the water ‘all by himself.’ He then picked it up to show me. I suggested it might be a good idea for him to rinse his hands in the water instead of wiping them on his clothes. Rowan was having so much fun, Connor decided to get in on the action, but he removed his boots and socks first.

They splashed about in the water, laughing at waves, alternately pushing or dodging a dead fish floating by in the shallows, and generally having a good time for at least an hour. The retreating tide diminshed the excitement and finally they decided it was time to go home. With a little help from dad, boots (and socks, for Connor) were boot back on and we headed down the beach for home.

Many times when we are on our way back from the park, one or both of the kids will run and race along the trail trying to stay ahead. It was funny to watch them try that with soaked pants. Rowan was wearing a pair of pants with cotton fabric that were quite clingy. At first she had a hard time running in them, I think because of how they felt sticking to her legs. Eventually she got the hang of it, however. Connor’s pants were not full length, but they are still a little large for him. Even though they only got wet a little past his knees, the denim material was heavy enough pull them down off his waist. To keep them from falling down, Connor reached around to hold up the back of them with one hand. As if it was not difficult enough to run this way, he had a good sized walking stick that he was carrying home, so that made running even more awkward.

August 21, 2007

I like my dolphin

Filed under: Playing — Rowan @ 9:08 pm

I lost my dolphin, but I miss it, but i lost it in my room somewhere, but maybe the day after tomorrow, maybe tomorrow we can find my dolphin and look for it. So maybe I will be happy when I find it. And that’s why I wanted to find it with my mom. So that’s why I have to find it with my mom tomorrow.

I liked it but, I missed it. But Connor’s orca is a putting together orca, so I wanted to find my dolphin but I couldn’t because it was lost. I wanted to take my dolphin apart and put it back together, but I couldn’t find it. So I want to find it with my mom later.

July 24, 2007

day at the park

Filed under: Playing,Travel — Connor @ 1:38 pm

There was something pretty nifty – the excavator toy who digs in the sand. We had fun there. I learned how to push the merry-go-round fast with other kids.



July 18, 2007

Playing Outside

Filed under: Playing — Rowan @ 8:23 pm

We played hide and seek. He hide in places, and I hided behind the ferns. And Connor and Darwin found me. We played some more and then we played riding bikes. Then we played road runners riding bikes. And we played some more and we won. Then we tried again and we won again. We won a trophy because Diego’s friend the road runner ran a race and won. It was on Nana’s tv. And the friend road runner got teached by Diego and won. He got a trophy.

July 17, 2007

Sunday Morning Rocks

Filed under: Playing — Connor @ 8:22 am

I have found some tool rocks. All of them are pretty nifty, because the hook one helps me climb trees and rocks, and the saw one helps me saw down little trees who are getting old but haven’t fallen down yet and it’s also for little trees that have already falled down and it’s also for bushes to get them out the way. The saw one is pretty nifty. The touch one we can touch stuff and hammer stuff. That is really cool nifty. The screwdriver helps me screw and touch stuff too, but mostly for screwing stuff for getting down deep. The hook one is also for pulling up roots. I will have those wherever I go, even when I go down to Idaho. Grams and Grandpa will get to see them if I don’t forget them. Uncle Jonathan can see them in Seattle. Great Grandma Goff will be able to see them. Uncle Andy will be able to see them.

July 16, 2007

Today’s Story

Filed under: Playing — Connor @ 11:49 pm

I found a lot of berries in the backyard today. Before we went inside I picked berries behind our house. Then we went inside and we played in our room. Dad said clean up our room, but we still played. Then dad said clean up our room, so we did because dad said. Then we came into dad’s office to do the weblog. I told dad about our big adventure which was fun. I did my story, then Rowan did her story, then I did my story, which I’m doing right now, then we’re going to get ready for bed, then we’re going to go to sleep.

Berry picking

Filed under: Playing — Rowan @ 11:44 pm

We picked berries when mom was starting to leaving. We she leaved, we picked some more berries. My dad ate the berries. The nwe picked some more berries that we still can eat, because it tastes still good for us. Then we started back home, because Connor said, “We need to get out of here,” that’s what he said. Then I started to pick more berries, then I went home because Connor said, “We need to get out of here before we get runned over by a car.” We were picking berries across from the house past Darwin’s house, by Bob’s house. We started on our way home because we wanted to, so we did.

And so, we cleaned up our room because dad said so. Then we started on the slide on my bed with my sheet who makes a slide because it’s kind of fun. So, and then, we cleaned up our room, because dad said so, and then we did. So I still have my butterfly because it was out in the living room because I still had it, and that’s all.

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