S: Sophia and Ben's Summer 2011
FC: Sophia and Ben's Summer 2011
1: Every summer we spend time at a cottage on Lake Mashpee, Cape Cod. We go with our cousins, Andrew and Allison, our parents and our grandmother, Beppe.
2: This year we also went to Western New York for Tom's 96th birthday. While we were there we visited a lot of interesting places in the area and we went to Tom's birthday party.
3: We stayed with the Hills in Youngstown. We loved the dogs. | It was great to swim in the pool and play in the basement at their house!
4: We visited Lewiston, the Niagara Gorge, the Buffalo waterfront and Fort Niagara. | We ate at some favorite places: DiCamillo's and Bocce Pizza!
5: We spent a great day in Niagara Falls where we did the Cave of the Winds walk. Oma and Opa joined us. We liked it so much we went a second time!
6: Then we went to visit Tom and Maria. We brought pizza from Bocce Pizza and had a picnic at Canterbury Woods.
7: Tom had a big 96th birthday celebration | We all enjoyed the party!
8: Next we went to Mashpee and the cottage.
9: There's always a lot to do on Lake Mashpee. we had fun on the water on floaties and on kayaks. Fishing with a net was great because we always caught baby catfish. Ice cream was a special treat.
10: Uncle Gerry took us to the ocean on his boat. We found razor clams. Then we caught a lot of big crabs in his lobster pots. Too bad we didn't get any lobsters that day!
11: One day when we had dinner it started to hail outside. That really surprised us. Ellen had dinner with us that night.
12: After a while, our cousins, Allison and Andrew joined us. We had a lot of fun being together!
13: We spent a lot of time in the dock and going in the small motor boat. There was always a lot to do .
14: Kayaking was easy with our new wave kayaks. We all learned to paddle really well. | However, Andrew preferred to have Sophia paddle him around the lake!
15: We all had a chance to sail in the Sunfish sailboat with Daddy.
16: We went beachcombing at two different beaches and found lots of interesting creatures!
17: Look at the great stuff we found! | We kept them for a while, then let them go back into the ocean.
18: On the way home from the beach we stopped and had ice cream together.
19: One day we had a treasure hunt! We followed clues to find the hidden treasure.
20: Once, on a rainy day, we went to a mall. We ate pizza and then we went to a jumpy house place!
21: In the evenings we sometimes stayed inside and watched movies, read Jip and Janneke or used the computer and iPhone.
22: One day we had a talent show and a fashion show. Allie was the model. Sophia was the director. Ben did his splits. Another day we made a zoo with our stuffed animals. We invited Ellen over to see our show and our zoo.
23: The dock was our favorite place to play every day. We made some pulleys with buckets. We went fishing and also fed the ducks.
24: This summer we used the motor boat to pull a small surfboard. Everyone had a chance to ride behind the boat on the board. It was lots of fun!
25: We fished with nets as well as with fishing poles. | We caught lots of baby catfish. We put them in a bucket and then we let them go again.
26: Sometimes we went to the beach across the lake. We played with buckets and made tunnels and castles. We also caught some baby fish there.
27: We had a great summer with family and friends! We will always remember the summer of 2011!