Thursday, December 25, 2008
I hope that all of you had a good Christmas and Santa was good to you. And I hope that none of you forgot the real meaning of Christmas--the birth of Jesus.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I hope it snows tomorrow, which it probably won't because it doesn't snow in San Diego. But, I wish it did.
Have all of you gotten trees already? We have a really nice one and we have about
50 presents under it. That's too much. I think I should give some of them away--just kidding. A lot of them I bought for my grandparents, my mom and my uncle. My Uncle after he comes back from work he stays with us on Christmas eve. Then in the morning of Christmas, my uncle and I both open our stockings in bed. And then I get my grandparents stockings and bring them over to them.
I always have a lot of fun on Christmas and on Christmas eve.
On Christmas evening we go to the Christmas Eve service at church and listen to the story about Jesus, the one who started Christmas. As you see, the word Christ is in Christmas because Jesus is the Christ and he was supposedly born tomorrow over 2000 years ago. Sometimes people forget that.
Also on Christmas eve, at night, before I go to bed, I get to open one present. The rest I have to save til morning.
Have a Merry Christmas.
Ho Ho Ho
This is our sausage Santa. He's always been one of our favorite decorations and as you can see, he's already for Christmas dinner.
Monday, December 15, 2008
WE GOT THE INAUGURATION TICKETS. Woo00000000000-hoo.
I really wanted to get them to see the ceremony when Barack Obama is sworn-in as President of the United States. We got a call from our congressman who said, "YOU HAVE 3 TICKETS TO THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY." I hope it snows but gramma doesn't.
Several weeks ago I did the shoe boxes again like I did last year. This time there in plastic boxes and not in shoe boxes. I did that so the kids who receive them could reuse them for other things.
Samaritans Purse takes the shoe boxes all over globally to the kids that they want to give them to. Samaritans Purse gives them to poor areas of the world so that they can actual have something and they learn about Jesus.
In the shoe boxes were toys, school supplies, dental supplies, and accessories. I bought them with my own money that I saved during the year to buy them. I spent $63 on them.
Here's some pictures of me bringing and giving the shoe boxes to the place that takes them. It was the same place as last year.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We just had a big project due last week. It's called the Above and Beyond project. Mine was on Leonardo da Vinci. I did a model of one of his boats. Here's a picture of my project.
I also did a poster board with his inventions and paintings. And I did an example of the way Leonardo always wrote backwards with backwards writing. I also had to do an oral report and Mrs. Johnson said I did a really good job. Here's a picture of me doing my report.
Ooh ahh ooh, gotta go. Bye.
Next time, it's "It's Starting to Look A Lot Like Christmas--American Version"
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
After fifth section, I will only have one more test to go till I'm black belt.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Can you pray that it will get to him. If it gets to him, I'm hoping that he'll invite me to the White House and that I'll get to meet him and the new puppy that he's going to get for his girls. (I love dogs!)
I pray for Barack Obama every day that he'll be safe.
You can click on the pictures to make them bigger and easier to read.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I'm So Happy
Monday, October 27, 2008
Barack and I are similar in many ways.
We both have one black parent and one white parent.
And we have both been raised by our white grandparents.
Like me, he never saw his Dad when he was young.
This is another amazing thing: Barack's daughter is ten years old born on July 4, 1998. Her birthday is one day before mine which is July 5, 1998. Isn't that amazing?
This whole thing makes me feel really exited. I'm writing a letter to him saying that we are similar. Hopefully, it will get to him. I will pray for that. I really hope that if he gets the letter he'll invite me to the White House on his private jet.
He is my new role model and hero.
If you're insane, vote for McCain
Stop the drama, vote for Obama
Sunday, October 12, 2008
First, I went to baseball practice on Saturday morning. Then I came home and put up my halloween decorations. Here's a slide show of all of them.
Then I had my friend Sammy over and we made videos of our bionicles doing extreme stunts. Here's one of them. We make our own bionicles. We usually don't follow the instructions. We used most of them for stunts. My favorite one is when one of them went down the hill on a skate board. I liked that one because at the end it looked like something mysterious flipped the skateboard over. But, I really flipped it over.
Today I went to church. I really like church. Today we learned about how God is all powerful. Like when I asked God to help me on my social studies test last week and I think I did pretty good but I'll find out tomorrow. At first I was scared to take the test but now I'm feeling pretty good about myself.
After church I had a baseball game. We lost. But I got a good hit and scored a run except when I slid to second, third and home I made my butt sore. My favorite positions are pitcher and catcher.
Finally, I got to play. Ah, Ah--the homework's taking me away. Ah...Ah... Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
The first week of school was really fun because my teacher is fun and she makes learning fun. This year I have Mrs. Johnson. We all did a lot of laughing about the planet Uranus because it sounded like your anus. Mrs. Johnson was laughing, too. And then we read that Uranus is very cold and windy and may be poisonous to humans and its a gasseous planet. That is so funny! Get it?
Also the first week, on the last day, wasn't so good. Someone teased me about me liking someone and I got mad. I got unmad because my 3 friends, Jordan, Sammy and Dorothy, got a purple puppet and came over to me and said "I'm Mister Purple" and then I started laughing and got addicted to that puppet. Then I was all better. The rest of the day was very fun.
This week I also went to my first baseball practice for Fall Ball. It was a lot of fun. My coach is one of my best friend's dad. I also went to karate 3 times and my friend Ryan Willweber came over to swim and I had an Italian lesson. I had a really fast week and busy, too.
Today I went to Soak City with my Uncle Jeff--the best uncle in all the world. Soak City is a water park. I had a lot of fun going on water slides. There's also a pool that waves come when you hear an alarm. The waves hit you and when you're on a tube they can knock you over.
I'll tell you what happened to me. My uncle pushed me into the wave and when it hit me I went flyyyyyyying off my tube. I almost landed on a guy. Good thing I didn't.
Gotta be going now, Bye
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I'm not sure who my teacher is going to be this year but it is probably going to be Mrs. Johnson. If you're not good in her class, she says she's going to hang you from the fan and spin you on high. I was in her class for math last year but she doesn't really hang people from the fan, she just says so. She wanted to hang someone but she couldn't or she wouldn't be a teacher anymore. This is my last year in elementary. Next year I'm going to middle school.
Since I've been home from Italy, I've played with my friends, been baptized and had a sleep over party. I didn't get any sleep that night because I was watching TV. I was the only one awake in the house and nobody else heard the TV. Then in the morning, Tyler woke up because Kurt was snoring and so Tyler woke Kurt up.
I also had another kid over the next morning to go swimming. His name is Ryan. The four of us had a lot of fun.
I can't wait till school starts.
Well, gotta be going now. See you later, bye.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I have a big day coming up when we get home. It’s my baptism. My friend Uncle Benny is going to baptize me at the beach or should I say in the bay. And also it’s going to a picnic/barbecue.
The last thing we did in
Oops—it’s now 4 days later. I’ve been sick and so I couldn’t finish this. Sorry for the wait, folks. I had the stomach flu and slept 20 hours out of 24 for three days. And today I’m better.
Today’s the party for the Benatti’s and I can’t wait for tomorrow because I have my baptism. Baptism means showing everybody that you love God and that He’s your Savior.
This is my Uncle Benny. He’s a missionary. This was taken several years ago when I was little.
Well, see you later folks.
Monday, August 11, 2008
When she was my tutor she was really good. She made it fun to learn and made it less scary to move to Italy.
She gave me a cool constellation thing that shows and tells the names of the constellation. I don't have batteries yet so I don't know what it does. I am really interested in scientific stuff like that.
That day Valentina came to meet her. Valentina came because they were both my tutors and both really good ones. Both made learning fun.
We all went to the piazza together. For her it was interesting. But it's not as pretty because it's a parking lot now. I really appreciated that she came. Thank you, Lara
Gotta go. Bye
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Camilla, Camilla, Camilla
I don’t want to leave Camilla because she’s my sister. And she’s really fun to play with. She’s fun to play with because she doesn’t like a lot of girl things. She doesn’t even like Barbie. She likes to play with stuffed animals, go outside and play and go swimming, like any normal girl.
We built a little house outside and we play in there a lot. We built it out of wine barrels, wood pallets, tarps and thick wooden sticks on top. We watched my DVD in there and then we went back in the house. Then it rained and I remembered I left my DVD player out there. When I went to get it, I got shocked. Good thing I didn’t get hit by lightening!
I also like her because we talk a lot and never stop. When I stay at their house, every night Alessandro has to come in and tell us to go to sleep and stop talking. He says “shhh. Sono le dieci. Dormiti.” That means: shh. It’s . Go to sleep.
I also like her because we never fight or argue or anything. And, she’s pretty.
The Scenes, The Scenes, The Scenes
I also don’t want to leave
And from our house that we built we could see a big view but now we can’t because there’s a bunch of wooden sticks in the front but we can still get to it.
The vines are really pretty. One of the most beautiful places was Campastrello. It was pretty because there were vines and a big pretty sky and there were really tall mountains with green on them.
The Whole Landini Family
I am going to miss my whole Landini family plus Sara. They are all nice and fun. Alessandro makes mozzarella in carroza which is fantastico. He also makes hamburgers fantastico. He’s fun because he plays with me. Same with Nicoletta.
Signora Franca is a really good cook. I always like her food. She is really nice to me, too.
Sara’s not a Landini but she’s still really nice. She really likes chocolate especially chocolate chip cookies. My grandma makes her the cookies. They are the best chocolate chip cookies other than the ones Barbara gave me.
Finally, I Will Just Miss Everything About
I really don’t want to leave but I’m coming back next year for 4 weeks. That’s the good thing.
Gotta Go, Bye
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The duomo was pretty boring but huge. And we went on the roof of it and it was really, really, really high. I thought I might fall. The roof was really fancy but not colorful. It was white with a lot of carvings and gargoyles.
The next day we went to see the Last Supper. And it was really cool considering I like Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings and stuff. It was cool because the walls looked like they were going back like an actual house. It’s a painting of when Jesus had his last supper with his disciples until he was crucified.
The best part was Sylvia. I thought she was going to be serious adult like person but she wasn’t serious at all. She was fun and made me laugh by doing tongue twisters but in Italian and really funny things like in a picture sticking her tongue out. Here’s her picture doing that.
She also brought me two books. One of them was the first book she ever read. I’m looking forward to reading it. It’s in Italian, of course because she is Italian but speaks English. She’s lady Mark Twain—or should I say Alice Twain. She uses that name sometimes. Thank you Sylvia for the books.
This is Caro and Me. See My Cone Nose?
I’m not going to be writing for a while because my grandparents are not going to be here. I’m staying with Camilla. My grandparents are going to
Gotta go, Bye.
Monday, July 14, 2008
The lake was really pretty. There was a big fountain shooting water up high. I wish I were on top of it so that I could fly. Then I was so hungry that we went to Burger King and I had a crispy chicken burger and chunky fries except my grandparents ate most of the fries.
When we went back to the car, we drove to a really cool chocolate factory but it was a holiday so they weren’t working. We went in the museum that they had and saw some chocolate things that looked good. You know how burglars break in and steal precious things? This time they are going to break in and eat precious things.
We saw a video on making the chocolate. I’m eating some of the chocolate right now. It’s white chocolate and it’s good. Then we went into the store and bought some chocolate—a big package with a bunch of chocolate bars and a separate bar for my Uncle Jeff and Tommy chocolate bears for my friend Tommy.They gave a way a lot of nice samples. It was all good except the dark chocolate.
There was a red and white cow out in front of the museum. And here it is.
On the way back it was pouring rain harder than cats and dogs—just like the title. Good thing my papa was a good driver. I was so scared but I didn’t panic. There was thunder and lightening and dark grey clouds. It also hailed a lot. We were in the mountains and so it was especially dangerous.
So we got home and then later when I was going to bed, I looked outside and there was a huge flash of lightening. It went kachow! And it went all night.
Gotta go, bye.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I wanted to have either Camilla or Tommaso come with me but they couldn’t. So at first I said “then I’m not going.” But we went and I ended up having fun with my grandparents instead. It was a good family fun day.
The first ride we went on was called Ikarus. My grandpa went on it with me but my gramma was a scaredy cat. It was a really cool ride that spun around and went up in the air. Here’s a movie when Papa and I were on it.
One of my favorite rides was 793. First it lifted you up in the air and then dropped you about 130 miles per hour. I felt like I was going to die. Gramma didn’t go on that one either.
My most favorite was the Magic House. It is so strange I can’t even describe it. I don’t know if we were moving or the walls. My gramma went on that one. She fell off but me and my grandpa didn’t. Just kidding because if she fell off she’d get squashed by the ride.
The second one was Fuga da Atlantide. We got really wet on that one.
But my favorite of all of them, of all of the rides, was Tunga—just kidding. That was the worst one cuz we were going one kilometer per hour and all it was was mechanical machines that made noise while we were on the boat. I used to think that It’s a Small World at
My actual favorite was Mammut which means mammoth. I liked that because it was a ride where you went up, down, around and sideways but no upside down. I felt like I was going to fly out back. The trouble with that one was that the line was super long.
The other things I liked weren’t rides at all. We saw several shows. One was a Gormiti one. Another was Hollywood Dreams. At the beginning there was a teenager singing Hollywood Dreams that’s still going through my mind. We also saw a really cool ice skating show. One guy could actually do a back flip on the ice and not fall down.
The best show was Tornedo di Camelot. The announcer of it was a donkey. Here he is.
In the show at the beginning there were two knights—red and yellow. We were on the yellow side and so we were cheering for him and he won. Then he had to fight the evil skull champion and he won again. He pretended to cut the bad guy’s head off—snap!
This was me shooting. I had a very high score. It was really fun. Bye, Bye
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Kate was 8 when I met her. Her birthday is July 2 which is three days before mine. Mine is July 5 which was yesterday and I didn’t enjoy it because I had a horrible ear ache. Read my blog entry My Horrible Birthday.
Kate had a birthday party with cake at 8:30 pm. It was fun. Then Camilla came and gave Kate two little bouncy balls. I gave her some presents in the morning. This is a picture of Kate and I at the party.
I really liked Kate but she drove me batty because she always said—I’m a power ranger, pokemon, yu-gi-oh, gormiti, dragon slayer and at the same time I’m a unicorn. She said it in a very high voice.
I hope I see her again.
After dinner I had to go to the hospital’s emergency room which in Italian is called “pronto soccorso.” There was really nice doctor who looked in my ear and said that I had an infection from swimming too much. He said we needed to go to a farmicia in Lonato that was open 24 hours a day. If we didn’t have a GPS it would have taken forever to get the hospital and to the farmicia. Lonato was several kilometers away—about 10. We had to get ear drops and pain pills; they start working right away.
But the good part of the day was I got a card from my Uncle Jeff with €13 inside and I got a phone call from my Uncle Dan and Aunt Glennis wishing me a happy birthday. They called all the way from Auburn, California.
When we got home from the hospital and the farmicia, my grandma put my ear drops in and then I went to sleep. By the time I got to sleep, it was after eleven o’clock.
Gotta go, bye……P.S. Fred says ‘hi.”
Friday, July 04, 2008
And recently she got a new dog and she named it Diana. She's so small and cute but she just had to get flea bites the day I came.
Before we went to eat, Valentina took me to Snoopy's to get seven gormiti. Those are little alien type action figure things. I don't know what they are actually. Since we bought all the packs that were in the box, I got to take the box home.
After Snoopy we went to a book store in the piazza and I got a Geronimo Stilton book and a stuffed animal for my birthday presents. Valentina's really good to me. She was my Italian tutor when I lived here in Italy. Nobody can replace her.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
We also saw a horse as you can see on the slide show--A Touch of the Wild West. He had a lot of some kind of fly that sucks blood from animals and people. It looks more like a bee than a fly.
When we got to a certain point of the park we saw monkeys, ostriches and cashmere goats.
On the way back, there was one of those weird flies in the back with me. I got so freaked out. My grandpa stopped the car and I ran out and screamed so Fred squashed him.
Well, gotta go play with Camilla. Bye.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Here's a movie of the mortal combat.
During the second combat which was with swords, when one guy did a somersault to dodge a slice, he made a tourist fall down. Everybody laughed.
Sir Casey at practice.
KZ in TOSCANA (or KC in So. Cal.)
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