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Festibond 2016 Date with Dad: Hayley

On Friday the thirteenth I had my Festibond date with dad. We would normally have them before Festbond, but this year we decided to have them shortly after so we would have more time. For it, we together decided to go to dinner at Zapoteca (a mexican restaurant in Portland), then to take a painting class at Muse Paintbar. I had never done that kind of thing before, despite having a similar one close to us called Painting With A Twist, so I was very excited to try it out.

My dad and I have eaten at Zapoteca before on a previous Festibond date, so I knew I liked it. I always love spending time with him and I really enjoyed having this time to talk to him. He ordered a tequila flight, a margarita, and a steak. I ordered a cherry limeade and soup. My dad also requested bacon guacamole because we’d had it the first time we went there and it was phenomenal, but it wasn’t on the menu any of the other times he went. They ended up making it just for us due to it not being too busy at the moment. It came on a plate with chips in a short circular shape, as opposed to being in a bowl, and like the first time, tasted delicious. When the soup arrived, it had a bowl with the chicken, tortilla strips, etc dry and the waitress poured in the liquid part in from a small pitcher, which I found very cool. It was very hot, but also very good. My dad also gave me a few bites of his steak, which also tasted great. I didn’t eat very much, being a tiny human, and we left to walk to Muse Paintbar.

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Festibond 2016 – Hayley

Festibond this year was great, as usual. It’s sad to have Mom missing from the tradition, but we enjoyed each others company and the wonderful activities. We began the morning on Festibond with everyone pretty much getting up and begin to get ready for the day. There was also some working on the letters to each other. Once everyone was up and ready (in our matching clothes) we headed to Miss Portland Diner for breakfast. It was a short wait for a booth in the old part of it.

Breakfast at Miss Portland Diner

The food was good, and the discussions were great. It’s always very nice to spend time like this as a family. We next returned home, where, in a manner reflected across the last few Festibonds, we completed our letters. I was the last to finish mine, and as I so/after I completed them, we set up the snacks. The things to be done were mostly the assembly of the food and cutting up fruit and vegetables/quickly making the dips for both. The previous day had been when we did a lot of the preparing, such as shopping and baking. There was fudge (made by Skye), triple chocolate chip cookies (made by me), caramel popcorn (made by Jenna, fruit and a cream cheese fruit dip, veggies and a ranch dip, crackers, cheese, meat, chips and guacamole (made by Dad), and Martinelli’s.

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Moving

For nine years we lived in an apartment on the third story of a brick building in Maine. Before that we lived in a house in Kansas, but we moved shortly after I turned four, so I have no memories from it. This September we began to look for a new home. Our apartment was familiar to me after living there so long, but I was thrilled by the notion of moving, for not only a change, but because the apartment had many little cons. Things like doorknobs being loose and falling off, or doors not closing right.

Before this move I knew nothing about the process of moving, so was a bit disappointed that we wouldn’t be officially moving for at least over a month. There was also the problem of where the house would be. I defiantly wanted to stay in Saco, and I didn’t want to move too far away from The main area. There was also the problem of how many bedrooms it would have. At our apartment we each were able to have our own room, which was great, but it was unlikely we would find a good four-bedroom house that we liked at our price range. I agreed to share a room with my oldest sister, Skye, if needed, because I knew it would be worth it to be able to move to a nice place, and she would be leaving for college in about a year anyway. When it did come time to start viewing houses, though, I felt beyond excited and optimistic. The first house we viewed still had some furniture and everything in it, but as we walked through it, I gradually grew less and less excited. It seemed to be a bit of a fixer-upper and felt old. There was a huge garage (full of clutter) and a basement, but there were also windows on bedroom doors that had been painted over and many little things that would also need replacing. I didn’t like it, but I did do my best to stay positive. The next house we viewed was better, but it felt cramped in places and I did not like the kitchen at all. There had been a garage separate from the house, but the previous owner had connected them with a room. It also had a very large open basement. Both of the houses had been close to the high school and my best friends house, which I liked, but the houses were not as I had hoped. Again, I felt a bit discouraged.

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Festibond 2013 – Hayley

For Festibond this year we went to breakfast, went to a hotel, played games, read letters to each other, and swam in the hotel pool. I went with Mom in her car to the hotel and we laughed and talked while Mom made silly noises.

When we got to the hotel, we left Mom’s car and went in Dad’s car together to Sea Dog Brewery for breakfast. We took some pictures and talked. I got the two french toasts with strawberries which wasn’t very good. I found a hair in it and it tasted almost battery in the middle. Jenna ordered three french toasts with bacon and just two french toasts came with no bacon. So the restaurant wasn’t very good but I still was enjoying the time with my family.

My sisters and I at the restaurant.
My sisters and I at the restaurant.
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Festibond 2013 Hayley’s date with Mom

For my date with Mom we made a beautiful gingerbread house and went to see Anchorman 2. I had so much fun spending time with Mom, baking, and seeing a funny movie.

We made the gingerbread the day before so it could harden; we had just barely enough dough. The first thing we did on our date was lay out and unwrap the candy and melt jolly ranchers to make windows. I put a different kind of candy in each muffin tin, while Mom put some jolly ranchers on a cooking sheet and put it in the oven. After a while Mom took out the cooking sheet and the jolly ranchers had melted flat then dried for a while out of the oven. Once they were dry and solid, mom cut them to size and took them off the pan. We melted gummy bears in the microwave so we could use it as glue, and we fixed the broken parts of the house as well as put the windows behind the window cut-outs, which looked awesome.

The candy is organized and ready to put on our house.
The candy is organized and ready to put on our house.
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Festibond 2013 Hayley’s date with Dad

For my 2013 Festibond date with Dad we went ice skating at The Family Skate Center and to dinner at Zapoteca. I had so much fun and I love my Dad so much!

We first went to L.L. Bean to get me some gloves because I needed some, and we would be near L.L. Bean anyway. Straight for L.L. Bean we went to The Family Skate Center. We rented our skates and I first tried a size one which was too small, then a size three which was also too small, and finally a size four that I fit fine. When we first got on the ice I was very wobbly, but I got used to it because it was almost like roller skating. We talked a lot while we skated, which I enjoyed a lot. I saw a banner that said, “Girls Falmouth Hockey” with the girls’ smaller banners listing awards and things like that and a banner that said, “Falmouth hockey” with the boys smaller banners listing awards and things like that which we thought was unfair. My dad held my hand firmly to prevent me from falling, and that stopped me from falling many times. My feet hurt but I continued skating because I was having so much fun with my amazing dad. After a while they started hurting more, so we got off the ice, and I took my skates off. My ankle bone was all red but felt better when the skates were off.

Ice skating with Dad
Ice skating with Dad
Skating buddies
Skating buddies

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Festibond 2012 – My Date With Dad

On Tuesday afternoon I went on a Festibond date with my dad. Festibond is a holiday my family celebrates every year in December. We spend a lot of time together, write each other loving letters, play games, give hugs, and my sisters and I each individually have a date with my mom and a date with my dad.

Me and Dad: pre-date photo
Me and Dad: pre-date photo

When we were driving to the restaurant, we had many conversations that ranged from the raindrops on the front window to school to talking about how you get from one conversation to another. When dad was driving, he went past the restaurant and when he noticed he did so, he went back and parked.

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Festibond 2012 – My Date With Mom

On Saturday afternoon I went on a Festibond date with my mom. Festibond is a holiday my family celebrates every year in December. We spend a lot of time together, write each other loving letters, play games, give hugs, and my sisters and I each individually have a date with my mom and a date with my dad.

I found a big chunk of cake in my shake.
I found a big chunk of cake in my shake.
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Girl Scout Camp 2012

I went to Girl Scout Camp on the first full week of August. The drive was very long because Girl Scout Camp is far from where we live.

When we got there, we left my stuff in the car and went in and Mom and Dad signed me in. Then, we went to the Trading Post. At the Trading Post, I got a hat, t-shirt, and a backpack. Then, we went in the next part of the building and a counselor gave me a head check.

Then, we got my stuff from the car and walked up the steep and tiring hill to Ledges where I would be staying. When we finally got there, the head counselor, Velveteen, greeted us. Each tent was named after a pizza topping. She told me to go to my tent called Crispy Veggie and to get my swimsuit on for my swim test.

After that, my family and I went into my tent. After they knew I was settled in, they left. Once, I was in my swimsuit with sunblock and mosquito repellent, I walked to everyone else was waiting. We left in a buddy line to go to our swim test. We had to walk all the way back down Killer Hill to the waterfront. By then, we heard thunder which was a sign that it was going to rain. We had to walk all the way back to Ledges and it started to pour as soon as we got in our tent. Continue reading Girl Scout Camp 2012

Festibond 2011 – My Date with Mommy

Yesterday I went on a date with my mom for Festibond. It was really fun. For our date we baked cookies and went to the children’s museum.

First when we got to the children’s museum, we went downstairs to the theater where I put on a puppet show for my mom. At first I was all quiet but after a while I became very playful and mommy jumped in and started putting on the play with me.

I put on a puppet show for Mom.
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