As you can see by the updated photos on the main page and the Around Home photo page, we had a very busy June, highlighted by Jonna's "graduation" from Pre-K and our 10-day vacation.
Jonna's graduation was very cute. They all wore the red caps and gowns and sang songs. Then each child was called up by Nicole, the daycare center director to receive their "diploma." Afterward, there was cake and all of the kids got funky "Rayban" sunglasses.
Jonna wanted to go to Rainforest Cafe to celebrate afterward.
Of course, the next day she had to go back to school!
A few days later, we left for Denver. I hadn't been there since the All-Star Game in 1997; Richard and the girls had never been. We went to CCAI's annual reunion and carnival. What a great time we had! We were all impressed by the city.
We got to spend time with Hillary from CCAI - we went to the Indians-Rockies game on Thursday (of course the Tribe lost). Both girls loved the fountains that go off whenever the Rockies hit a home run.
At the carnival we were reunited with Cheryl and Ben Burger. It was great to see how big he's gotten and the fact he is walking and talking. When we last saw him in China, he was barely sitting up by himself. He's still tiny, but active.
The picnic/reunion was fun too. There were Chinese dancers, Lion dancers and musicians. While we were eating lunch, I said to Jonna "Look at all the pretty Chinese girls!" She turned to me and said "Where?" It's amazing how she doesn't notice any difference at all.
One of their favorite things at the picnic was playing in the fountains at the Nature museum nearby. Most of the kids came prepared in their swimsuits, but we didn't realize the fountains would be a play area. Joelle just loved it! She would stick her face, or her bottom right over the fountain spout so she could get sprayed!
We also took them to Dinosaur Ridge and Tiny Town, local attractions. On Dinosaur Ridge, we looked for fossils and found dino tracks. At Tiny Town, the girls had fun being "giants" near the little buildings. Joelle especially loved the train ride. She kept repeating "Please get off my train!" afterward, just like the engineer did at the end of the ride.
From there, we went to Cleveland to see my family. Of course, we also saw the Indians lose again, but this time we were there for the big Omar Vizquel tribute. It was awesome.
We spent lots of time with Aunt Kris, Uncle Dude, Sparty, Nino and Grandmere. We went to the West Side Market and bought fruit and I found my all time favorite treat - lamingtons or coconut bars. Yum!
The funny thing was, on our trip home, we thought the drive would be bad. Joelle had never been in the car that long (about 10.5 hours) while Jonna had made the trip several times. Surprisingly, both did terrific! Thank god for the portable DVD player and the Wiggles!
We wrapped up our busy vacation with the ARCCT annual picnic at Quassy Park. Again, the girls splashed around the fountain area. But after the long 10 days of fun, they were ready for some rest.