Adventures in Maine

Today I am writing about Maine. I went with my brother Anthony, my mom, and my Nonnie. It was cool! Here are the some of the fun things we did.

We went on a 2-hour boat ride. That was fun! A lot of the time on the boat, it was leaning to one side. It was a schooner, or a giant sailboat. I made a new friend on the boat ride. Her name is Kylie and she’s from Connecticut. We even saw some porpoises swimming near the boat. I was hoping we would see seals, but we didn’t.

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My mom and I went to two art museums. We stayed in Rockland, Maine, and that’s where the art museums are. The first art museum is the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art. We were there for the grand opening but we did not get to see the ribbon-cutting. I still liked the museum. I took pictures with Mommy’s camera of just about everything. The other art museum, Farnsworth, I didn’t really like. Mommy really enjoyed it, though, and even went back the next day by herself.

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New Center for Maine Contemporary Art

The food we ate in Maine was AMAZING!  We ate twice at a really good restaurant called Claws. It’s a lobster shack off the main road in Rockland. I really liked that they gave us fake lobsters with numbers on them to remember our order number. I also liked when my mom pretended the plastic lobster was a phone! She picked it up and was asking, “Hello? Where’s our food??” It was so funny! After she did it, I did the same thing and this is what I said, “Hello? Hello? Where’s our food? Oh wait, I think it’s for Mommy. No, I think it’s for Anthony!” We had a lot of fun at Claws and I really loved the lobster mac & cheese!

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One of my favorite things we did in Maine was watch the sunrise from the rooftop of our awesome hotel, 250 Main. Mommy woke me up super early so we could go up to the roof and watch the sunrise together. It wasn’t even 5:00am and it was so cold, but the sunrise over the water was SO beautiful!

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I did NOT want to leave Maine. But we had to. It took us two hours to fly there. We actually flew to Boston, and from Boston, we drove to Maine. It took us three hours to drive from Boston to Maine. It was super fun! If you go to Maine, HAVE FUN!

Disclosure: Because Mommy is a really cool travel blogger, she was invited to Rockland, Maine, to stay at 250 Main Hotel and to check out the art museums. She took us with her because – again, she’s really cool. I literally loved Maine and I don’t know what all this means, but Mommy said it’s a law that I have to put here that we received two complimentary nights at the hotel (Mommy paid for the third), and we received complimentary admission to Farnsworth Art Museum. Oh, and all words and opinions belong to me. The photos belong to Mommy.

Fun with my family in Fort Myers Beach

My family and I spent last Thanksgiving in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. We drove all the way down there from Chicago. Guess what? It took us two whole days to get there! I went with my Grandma, Grandpa, my brother Anthony, my dad, and Nonnie. And my mom but she wasn’t in the car with us. She took a plane.  While we were in Florida, it was my Nonnie’s birthday!

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We rented a house for a week. In the house, me and my Nonnie shared a room. My brother slept in the closet! The house was really nice. There was a pool in the backyard! We were also close to the beach. Almost every day, we walked to the beach. Me, my dad, and my brother built a sand castle. My brother destroyed it before we were finished. But we redid it. Once we were done then, my brother knocked it down. The sunsets we saw at the beach were very pretty. We also went swimming in the ocean. Once we got back from the beach when we went swimming in the ocean, I took off my cover-up and went into the pool! We swam a lot while we were in Florida.It was really fun!

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For my Nonnie’s birthday, I had a little notebook. I really wanted to get her something so I gave her the notebook.The same day as Nonnie’s birthday was also Thanksgiving. We had turkey, of course. My mom asked me, “If you had one thing to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?” My answer was “broccoli”; it’s my favorite!

My mom took a plane home. I didn’t want her to go because I wouldn’t see her for two days! But she took a plane back and forth because she had to work.

I want to go to Florida again. It was super fun! Hopefully we will go back again this year for Thanksgiving. Maybe we’ll even go to Disney World!

Visit to Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial

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I’m a Junior Ranger! And I have an Abraham Lincoln hat!

On the way back from French Lick, Indiana, we stopped by Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial. It’s also in Indiana. I had my camera and took lots and lots of pictures there. I also took a picture of Abraham Lincoln’s mother’s grave site. Nancy Hanks Lincoln died because the cow ate a poisonous plant and she drank the cow’s milk and she died. Back then they called it milk sickness. A few months later, Abraham Lincoln still missed his mother. But then one day, Abraham Lincoln’s father came home with a new wife, Sarah Bush Johnston. She had the same name as Abraham Lincoln’s little sister – Sarah! There I learned a lot of things. I learned enough to become a junior ranger! Abraham Lincoln’s real mother’s grave was on the top of a hill. After we saw that, we walked down a trail to the farm and we went into the cabin. And also, I got to climb up a ladder in the cabin to see what was up in the loft. That was really fun! The cabin was made to look like the one Abraham Lincoln lived in when he was a boy. It wasn’t the real cabin he lived in, but we saw the foundation of the real cabin. That was pretty cool. And we saw where the fireplace was. The cabin was pretty small. Also on the farm, we saw the woodworking shop and I got to press down the pedal on the lathe. Here is something really funny. When my mommy visited the farm without me, they were making syrup. They set it out of the cabin and a mouse got in it! Mommy told me about that. I also got to see how they cured meat back in Abraham Lincoln’s time.

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Abraham Lincoln’s mother’s grave. I took this by myself!

I love Abraham Lincoln so much and it was a lot of fun to see where he lived as a boy. Next, I hope Mommy takes me to Washington, DC, to see the Lincoln Memorial!

Here are some more pictures from there that my mommy took.

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Working the pedal on the lathe

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Inside of the cabin

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Outside of the cabin

The Scottish festival in Alma, Michigan was fun!

Caber toss | Alma Highland Games & Festival

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We went to Alma, Michigan, on Memorial Day weekend. When we got there, we went to the Scottish festival (Alma Highland Festival & Games). They were playing bagpipes and drums. This is what my mommy really loved: the caber toss! It’s when you take a pole and you take the bottom and then you go back a little, then run forward, and then throw it, and try to make it straight at 12 o’clock. Also, we had lunch at the festival and I tried a corn dog. I loved it! It’s not a Scottish food but it was still good. Mommy, Daddy, and Anthony tried Scottish meat pies and they really liked them. But I didn’t like the Scottish food. Guess what? I got a kilt! I wanted to get a kilt after we watched the girls doing Highland dancing. They were wearing kilts and I decided I wanted one. It took us a little while to find one that fit me but Mommy found me a purple one. Even after we had lunch, I tried to do Highland dancing for my Mommy and Daddy and Anthony, and now I want to take Highland dancing lessons!

I really liked the trip to Alma, Michigan. And so did Mommy and Daddy, too. We stayed in a hotel in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. And also we went in the pool and Mommy and Daddy taught me how to swim! It was a very fun weekend and I hope we can go to another Scottish festival soon!

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I got a kilt!

All about Abraham Lincoln and Springfield

I love Abraham Lincoln so much. We went to Springfield, Illinois just for me to learn about him. He was the 16th president. I even got two books about him for Christmas. I think they are very cool. He was a very important president because he was honest and he freed all the slaves.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Lincoln tomb | Springfield, ILI was excited to go to Springfield so we could go to the museum that is only about Abraham Lincoln. We saw his cabin, but it was only a statue. We could go inside and we saw a loft and there was an arm hanging down from it. We heard someone snoring and we also found a bed. There was also a campfire. Everything in Springfield was very, very cool. Then we saw the White House and there were lots of dresses, but we did not see Abraham Lincoln in there. We saw the kitchen and everything that was in the White House. Then we went on to the theater where he went and saw a play. Abraham Lincoln was sitting on the balcony. One of the actors, named John Wilkes Booth, sneaked up on him and shot and killed him. That was very sad. Everybody else loved Abraham Lincoln but the people who had slaves did not agree with him. John Wilkes Booth did not like Abraham Lincoln because he freed all the slaves.

Another placed we visited in Springfield was the house where Abraham Lincoln actually lived in real life. We went on a tour there with a National Parks Ranger. We saw the whole house and it was super cool. We also went to the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln is buried. There is a statue there of his face and we rubbed his nose for good luck. It’s made of copper, just like the penny. So many people rubbed his nose that the color wore off and it looks gold.

I loved everything we saw in Springfield. I wish we could go back and see some more.

Wilderness Resort is really fun!

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Klondike Kavern

Wilderness Resort, America’s largest waterpark resort, located in Wisconsin Dells, was very fun and I went down really big slides. But the first times I went down the slides, I was really scared, but then it was really fun. And I just wanted to do it 100 more times – it was so fun! I liked it so much. The blue and orange slides, I could only do it twice. But the purple one, I could go down a lot!

The first times on the lazy river, we went together on the one with two seats. It was me, my mommy, and my baby brother Anthony went on there once. The other times, we went on it separately. But one time, I fell off the raft as soon as I got on. I went underwater and did a flip! It was really funny and I got water up my nose.

There’s a ropes course inside and it was just as fun as the water slides. I got measured but I was too small to go on the ropes course by myself. So Mommy went with me. I was scared on the first one. I took one step onto it and then I was frozen! But the rest of the times, it was super fun. Alex, one of the workers there, helped me and held my hand so I wouldn’t be afraid. He was so helpful.

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Mommy & I on the ropes course

Mommy and I rode on the go-karts, too. It was so fun! I’m too young to go by myself so Mommy had to go with me. She did the driving and we went really fast. It was very cool.

I want to go back because it was so fun. And, maybe if we go back, I will be big enough to go on the ropes course by myself – and even on the go-karts. And, guess what? I’m sure you can’t guess so I’ll tell you: At Wisconsin Dells, it was snowing! There was snow on the ground everywhere. I just wanted to build a snowman but we were leaving that morning. Hopefully we can go back in the winter because maybe there will be enough snow to make a snowman, or even snowballs, and Mommy and I can have a snowball fight! I think it would be really fun.

Mommy said she has to say something important here: We were guests of Wilderness Resort for this weekend trip. All words, opinions, and enthusiasm are Lucia’s.

Wisconsin family vacation

Fishing Wolf River Winneconne WisconsinMy family and I went to Wisconsin last week. We went to the place where we go fishing every year and then we went to Wisconsin Dells. The place where we go fishing is called Winneconne.

In the morning in Winneconne, WoWo Poopie* and everyone in my family – but not every single person – was on a boat. I was fishing. I had a bite, then I left it there for a little while. Then, when I reeled it up, I had a fish! So, I got to touch it but I was afraid. I was eating my favorite honey mustard pretzels. Still, I needed to touch the fish before throwing it back (that’s what WoWo Poopie told me). But I was feeling really mad because we were supposed to go swimming, and we didn’t go for a while. But when we did go swimming, it was in two feet of water. There were two boats that were the same. We went boat-to-boat. Then we went swimming and tubing.

We left Winneconne and went to another place, Wisconsin Dells. We were at a campground but we did not sleep in a tent because there was a cabin! You know the best part? No, I’m sure you don’t. I slept in a loft! I called the loft “Olaf” and pretended it was my clubhouse. I needed to duck because the ceiling was so small. I even hit my head two times. There’s a pool there and a splash pad! The second time Mommy took me to the pool, she taught me how to swim under water. I did not need my life jacket!

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I had a lot of fun on this trip. I want to go to Winneconne and Wisconsin Dells again. If the cabin is taken at the campground, we can just bring our pop-up camper. I hope we can do that real soon!

* Editor’s (Mom’s) Note: WoWo Poopie is my brother, Lucia’s Uncle Frankie.

A skeleton and a parade at Prague’s Astronomical Clock

Astronomical ClockThe Astronomical Clock is in Prague, which is in the Czech Republic. The Astronomical Clock always has a little parade every hour. If it’s twelve o’clock, the skeleton rings the bell twelve times. We always counted. And it always has a little parade and it shows all the Apostles. We went to the next one but the skeleton didn’t ring it six times. We were wondering why it didn’t ring six times when it was six o’clock. I tried to figure it out. I thought that the skeleton was just broken. When the skeleton rings the bell, it’s like we were walking in a real parade. There were a lot of other people there to see it. I’m sure the other people were wondering why the skeleton didn’t work when it was six o’clock. There aren’t any numbers on the Astronomical Clock. It doesn’t tell what time it is; it tells what month it is and what time it is in space. My daddy, my mommy, and I went up to the top of the tower, even though my daddy is afraid of heights. You can see the whole city from up there! The people looked like little tiny ants. But we went up a few stairs and then we saw an elevator. We didn’t know it was there but we took the elevator to the top of the tower. While we were up there, we heard it ring. I still don’t know what happened with that skeleton.

Prague from the top of Old Town Hall Tower

Prague from the top of Old Town Hall Tower

Riding the Ferris wheel at Prater in Vienna

RiesenradI was worried that I was not too big but I was. So, I could go on the Ferris wheel. We also went on a train ride. It was all in Vienna and it was in an amusement park. We took the subway there and I looked at my map. Then we walked the rest of the way. The Ferris wheel was the first thing we did. It was big and round with little train houses on it. Some even had dining so you could eat lunch, dinner, or breakfast – or a snack. My mommy and daddy were in the train house with me on the Ferris wheel. I was really, really happy. I had a big smile on my face because I was so happy to go on the Ferris wheel. I’m still talking about it! I felt super duper happy as it went around. I am never afraid of heights so I wasn’t scared at all. The city looked really good up there. I could see everything but I didn’t really look out the windows.

Later that night we went for gelato. It was really good. We walked and ate gelato and we also sat down and ate gelato. First, I got chocolate gelato and then I got vanilla and Nutella. I was very happy to have gelato!

Seeing Ghostly was the best part of Vienna but this day was my favorite, too. I really loved every single thing we did on our trip.

My day at Schönbrunn Palace

We went to a palace today that belonged to Empress Elizabeth. It has a children’s museum with a ghost that lives there. His name is Poldi but I call him Ghostly. He is in every room. I needed to find a bunny so I could get a prize and I did. It was in a drawer. A boy helped me find it. It was teamwork; we found it together. The bunny was reading a book. It was really cool. Then I marked where it was and I got paper that has Ghostly on it. I won that for a prize.

imageI dressed up like a queen and it was really fun. I wore a dress and also rode a horse but it was not real. I saw the toys that belonged to the kids that lived in the palace. There were building blocks, dolls, a little desk, a playhouse, and a duck on a string that quacks – but there was no duckling that goes with it.

After that, we went through a maze and I found the climbing bars. I tried to climb up the climbing bars but I couldn’t climb up. At the playground, I met a new friend and she didn’t speak English. But we could still play together and be friends. We played in the sand and made a sand pile. I hope we can do that again here if we come back. I like making friends that live all over the world.

I wanted to go to the Ferris wheel today but we went to the palace instead. Tomorrow, though, we are going to go to the Ferris wheel so I can see if I’m big enough to go on it. If not, I can go on different rides that I’m big enough and old enough to go on, like the carousel. I will let you know how it goes.