The Daily Discoveries of Gustavo Valentine

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

berry pickin good times

We went to nearby Sauvie Island to pick some of the most delicious and sweetest strawberries you ever did taste. We went with good ole Owen and my newest friend (another one!) whose name is Humphrey. I got a feeling you'll be seeing and hearing a lot about good ole Humphrey.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Return to Oaks Park

Back behind the wheel. Feels good.

I went on a bunch of my little rides and then dad convinced me to go on this, the Spider. BAD IDEA. At first it was fun, the little spider hand spins back and forth and bit and you go up high, while everyone is loading on. Then it starts. It starts going fast, and then it spins, and then it spins you so fast that gravity pulls your body and head back to where you are practically paralyzed. I was smiling, then laughing, then screaming, and then I just started making this low errr noise that sounded like a vacuum dying. My parents kept telling me it was okay and that it was almost over but I could not talk to them I could only make the noise. I was never so happy as when it stopped. Once I got off the ride I started telling everybody that I loved it.

This is the go carts, the view from the ferris wheel which I also went on and also felt a bit scared on but only a little.

We got ice-cream, my dad and I did my favorite thing the shooting gallery game, and my new favorite thing the squirt the balloon game where my dad won me a scoobie doo, and we also played skeeball where I used my skeeball tickets to buy Nerds. Pretty much the best way you can spend a Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

With a little help from my

Stu Baby. Stuart is out of school for the summer so we spend every possible minute together now. We trade off houses and yards and we run back and forth for the entire day.

We argue some but we always work it out. We don't get sick of each other.

He's my best friend I think.

I have lots of other friends too, as you know, like Luca here. He's a year younger than me so sometimes I feel kind of older and superior. Sometimes I act like I'm the boss too much maybe.

Stuart's 5 now and we are a good fit. I realize it takes a lot of time and work to find friends who are the right fit for you. Advice: when you find them, hold on!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Graduation Day

On the last day of school we had an ice-cream social with homemade ice-cream, and also really good ice-cream, at my school.

Best part is that I am going to summer school and so is my buddy Owen. In the fall, I'm going to the big guys school so these are our last school times together, Owen and me.

Julian's going to kindergarten, Luca's going to Japanese Emersion School (whatever!), and I'm going to pre-K at the public. But until fall, we have sum-sum-summatime...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Best Dad Award goes to...

I love my Dad!! You guys just don't even know how much. He takes care of me every day, we spend so much time together that he is actually like a mom, a mom-dad. Thank you, dad, for doing this. You are making this part of my life very special. I am a healthy, confident, smart and fun guy because of all your father work. I wont' forget it!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Come Bike With Me!

So, I remembered to show you my bike and here it is: A BMX Mongoose, super super cool, and I love it. The freedom I feel with the wind going through my hair, the power of my own's so uplifting! We three are all on a major bike jam around here. It makes us all feel really great.

Monday, June 15, 2009

tour stop

Corey. My mom's old roommate and bandmate. Never met him, except when I was newly born. He was in town this week when I was out of town. Mom stayed here when Dad and I went to Bainbridge and she had a vacation in our house. She said it was amazing, but I find that hard to believe. We took the car so she was forced to do everything on her bike and now she thinks she's like Miss Bike. Speaking of bikes, I forgot to show you guys my new bike again and how I can ride it. Next time!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Portland Summer Games

The sun is shining, the breeze is cooling and we are having a time. Pancakes in the backyard, kiddie pools, squirt gun fights...this is going to happen for months and months and I am so very glad about this. Open invitation to all our LA homies that may be sweating in the sweltering smoggy sun--it is clear and clean up here!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

new friends, new places

This is my latest friend Owen. He's the boy of one of mom's girlfriends from high school that she found here in Portland through the power of facebooking.

And this is me riding a bike! I got a bike, with training wheels. More to come on this amazing turn in my life...

Reed College in the southwest of PDX.

The Rhododendron Garden where we fed all the different types of birds.

Wood duck.

Geese. These guys will bite your piggies if you're not careful. I'm not kidding!

Goslings. Tight families.

Another great day with new people in a new part of this town that we have only begun to explore. Great summer coming!!!

Thursday, June 04, 2009


My beloved fish Topper has gone to fish heaven. A couple days ago he couldn't seem to find his little food pellets and we thought he had gone blind. Then things took a turn for the worst when he suddenly died last night. Poor kid.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Takin' what they're givin'

cuz they're workin' for a livin'!

Nicky and Justin doing the attic ceiling, board by board. Murder on the back but it's going to look great up day. This is where I can live out my twilight years.