“Their dad carried the drawers and when the house was all cleaned up, the family only saw it blank. They were sad to leave their old house, but also excited to meet their farmhouse.”
Chapter 1 – A Message from Auntie Julie.
“Wake up!” shouted Mom.
“Why in the world are you waking me up? It’s only 3 o’clock in the morning!” said Joanne.
“Because I just got a message from Auntie Julie that she said that the farmhouse was empty and we could live on their farm forever!”
“Ugh, can I just sleep five more minutes?”
“Okay, five more minutes. Starting now!”
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven
Eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve,
Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen,
Tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock…
“RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! FIVE MINUTES DONE!!!”
It was 3:05 now. The sky was dark. There were no lights. It was the middle of the night.
Joanne woke up and she peaked at the message—it was on her mom’s G-mail. She was amazed after she saw that message because Auntie Julie had discovered a new house that was in her property and was perfect for her family.
Chapter 2 – Packing Up
“What are we going to do now that we’ve received the message?” Joanne asked.
“We have to pack!!” her mom said. So they called a gigantic moving truck to carry their furniture, so the people who were in the truck loaded the furniture inside the truck. Joanne felt sort of blank in the house, and they used all their six suitcases for their own little stuff. Joanne’s older sister Catherine carried two suitcases, one for her baby sister Maria, and one for herself. Joanne had another sister named Collette—Maria was the smallest. She was one year old, and Collette was two years older: she was three. Joanne was seven years old and Catherine was ten years old!
So they started packing. They got their blankets and their stuffed animals and their bags plus their clothes. And their books were carried by the shelves. Now, after they all cleaned up, they dusted the floors to make it clean; it was plain white. There was nothing inside. Joanne felt like she was in a very white room like in Hollywood. She felt weird because she had never seen so much white before. It was very strange. Joanne felt like there was a ghost in the room. The ghost was spying on her now. Luckily it was morning, so there was still some light. The family took their butterfly curtains off and Catherine carried them to the truck with Joanne. Their dad carried the drawers and when the house was all cleaned up, the family only saw it blank. They were sad to leave their old house, but also excited to meet their farmhouse.
Chapter 3 – A Gas Problem
So the family told the truck where to go to their new house—‘the farm 28 gates.’ The farm was in Upstate New York, farther than the Bronx. It was on ‘28 gate’ street, higher than 299th st. The truck went there peacefully with some bumps, but that didn’t bother the furniture. But the family car faced a lot of problems. The dad had claustrophobia—which means that Dad couldn’t stand in small and tight places. So they went to the gas station because the car suddenly had no gas. The gas station was very small, and they could only recharge gas one car at a time, so the dad drove in and got very sweaty, scared, and nervous. So the dad closed his eyes while he was doing the gas. Then Mom suggested that she would drive the car out of the gas station, and then they would switch back to Dad, so he could be relaxed in the back seat, close his eyes and not drive blindfolded. So Dad got in the backseat, and Mom got in the front seat. When the gas was finished, they paid by the credit card, and the mom sort of drove out. Then they parked at a corner, and Mom went to the backseat. Dad started driving again.
Then Dad said, “The farm is sort of far. So if you want to sleep, you could sleep. Now we are in the beginning of the Bronx. We still have to cross the Bronx. But the Bronx is very big. So it might take a long time to cross the Bronx.”
Chapter 4 – The Music Competition
After a few songs, Dad suggested that the family have a music contest. “The contest worked like this: we will play some songs and you have to guess the song’s name. We will only play the beginning or the middle or the end. Me and mom will be the judges and see who knows the most songs. And you kids will be split into teams.”
“Yeeeeeeeeeeees!!!” Collete and Joanne yelled.
“We will win the competition,” commented Collette.
Maria and Catherine yelled, “Nooooooooooooo!!! Boooooooooo!!!”
“Okay, what are your team names?” asked Dad. Joanne said their team is Lightning Bolt of Songs. Catherine said their team will be Catherinemaria superheros!
“Yessss,” said Joanne because she knew a centillion songs.
“One last note everyone, do not say bad things about your sisters!”
Then they started the competition. ‘Their first song was like this: “We will rock you!” After the middle part, Joanne’s hand shot up.
“What Joanne? What is the song? “ asked Dad.
“The song is called we will, we will rock you!” shouted Joanne.
“Lightning Bolt of Songs wins one!!!”
“Woo hoo!!!’ said Collette and Joanne,
“Okay next song. Eenie meenie miney mo. catch a tiger by his toe. If you holler let him, if she holler let him go. She indecisive she keeps a lie…”
After the beginning, Catherine’s hand shot up.
“What is the song’s name?” asked Dad.
“It is called miney mo!”
Just then Collette’s hand shot up.
“What is the song, Collette?” asked dad.
“It is called eenie meenie!” shouted Collette.
“Okay, Lightning Bolt of Songs wins!”
“Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!” shouted Collette and Joanne.
“The competition is over now, everyone.” So then they relaxed in the car and went to sleep.
Chapter 5: We are here!!!!
After a while, they woke up.
They were woken up by dad. “Now we are on the 299th street. We have crossed the whole Bronx. Now we have to cross the 200th avenue, and then we can see the countryside.”
It was 5 o’clock in the morning and the sun hadn’t risen yet. So the family drove across the 200th avenue and saw 28 Gate Street. They drove onto the property and saw Auntie Julie!
Auntie Julie led them to the house, and then Auntie Julie told a joke. “What is black and a dog?” she asked.
Joanne guessed Blacky, one of the farm’s dogs, and Auntie Julie said, “Right!” Auntie Julie explained that there were three more dogs too. Their names were Peggy, Rosie, and Maggie. Auntie Julie showed the dogs to them.
The girls played a while with the dogs, while the parents explored the giant house that they would be moving into.
Chapter 6: Moving in!!!
Then the moving truck arrived. And then they loaded the furniture into the house and the girls helped. First, they moved one bunk into the gigantic room, then they moved another bunk to the same gigantic room, then they moved the bookshelves and the tables and the lamps. And they put some stuff on the balcony. Then on the second floor, they put the parents’ furniture in, and they put the workout stuff in another room on that floor. Back on the first floor, they put the dining table and kitchenware in the kitchen. And in the lounge, they put a lot of comfy stuff there. And in the basement, they put the recycled stuff in there. And their family car would go in there, so they drove it in. And they got the basement key and stored it in the car.
After that, the parents went to sleep and the girls played with the dogs once again. They were feeling very happy, and Auntie Julie took the four girls to explore the farm because it was morning now! And after lunch, they slept for half an hour, and then they fed the horses and the sheep. Then they played with the horses by riding them, and they had a super duper happy time!