Todd at 2 years, 4.5 months – January 8, 2017

DEC 21, 2016 – JAN 20, 2017


  • “ouch” [when Eric trimmed his hair for the 1st time, even though it didn’t hurt (1/13)]
  • “gym, jump, slide”
  • “out!” (he says when he wants out of his crib)
  • “want” (this is new; he used to say “need”)
  • “make coffee” (he heard the sound of the espresso machine)
  • “fresh powder pants” (I asked him what I should wear in the snow)
  • “football” (he saw someone wearing a Seahawks hat)
  • “big, heavy dump truck”
  • “dada wash dishes,” “dada toot,” “dada drive, Todd ride, mama ride” (in the car)
  • “watch Todd” (he likes watching pictures on my laptop)
  • “ball hit face, booboo bear”
  • “no way how” (no way, no how)


  • “please, dada, put Elf show on”
  • “more cut tree guy” (meaning Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation)
  • “white chewie show” (means Frozen)
  • “afraid” (of “white chewie,” which is the snowy monster in Frozen)
  • “watch Oompa show right now!” (he says “right now” a lot)
  • “new Luke” (his name for the YouTube video of dance-mix Darth Vader song, linked below)


  • he tries to count his fingers while trying to put each one up
  • he loves his new “gold bug” book (Richard Scarry)
  • uses descriptors when asking for something i.e. “yellow cup”

Richard Scarry’s Cars & Trucks & Things That Go – January 1, 2017


  • we spend Christmas with my family in Bend, OR (12/21-12/26)
  • on the way there, we took the scenic route & Todd barfed from car sickness (12/21)
  • dinners at my parents’ house (12/23-12/25)
  • swimming at Juniper (12/23)
  • dining out on the way home (El Mirador, Yakima) (12/26); video of him saying “no way, no way, no way!!” and laughing
Apres-ski fries - December 22, 2016

Apres-ski fries – December 22, 2016

Cousins - December 24, 2016

Cousins – December 24, 2016

December 24, 2016

December 24, 2016

Todd's 3rd Christmas morning - December 25, 2016

Todd’s 3rd Christmas morning – December 25, 2016


  • skiing at Mt Bachelor, Carrousel chair (12/21 & 12/22)
  • 1st chair lift ride!! (12/22)
Mt Bachelor - December 22, 2016

Mt Bachelor – December 22, 2016

1st day riding a chairlift! - December 22, 2016

1st day riding a chairlift! – December 22, 2016

Eric & Todd at Mt Bachelor - December 22, 2016

Eric & Todd at Mt Bachelor – December 22, 2016


  • skiing at Loup Loup Ski Bowl (Okanogan, WA) (12/28)
  • 2 chairlift rides
  • he was excited to see “Chewie guy” (someone with a coat that was all faux furry looking)


  • skiing at Stevens Pass (12/30)

Stevens Pass – December 30, 2016


  • skiing at MR (1/8, 1/15, 1/16, 1/19)
  • 1st time riding a double chairlift (1/8)
  • we took him on Liberator quad chair but Eric had to carry him most of the way down to Midway (1/8)
  • he did Ch 1, Liberator, and Ch 1 (1/15)
  • 5 runs on chair 1 (1/16)
  • Eric took Todd skiing when I was working; they did 5 runs on chair 1)

Mission Ridge – January 15, 2017

Mission Ridge – January 15, 2017


  • 1st time using his bike with ski attachments (12/27)
  • snow play after I got off work (1/9)

Ski bike – December 27, 2016

December 27, 2016

Washington Elementary – December 27, 2016

January 18, 2017


  • Apple Valley Gymnastics (1/2, 1/7, 1/14)
  • he can walk along a balance beam then jump off the end

He loves his swing! – January 9, 2017


  • (goppa = his non-dairy milk blend)
  • he asks for specific “goppas” because his sippy cups have different stickers on them (i.e., Chewie goppa, Leia goppa, Falcon goppa, Luke goppa)
  • he said “watermelon” (sounds like “wadoomelon”) when I asked him what we should shop for at the store
  • he calls frozen blueberries “blue candy”
  • dining out: Fonda Oaxaquena (1/20)

Dining out at Fonda Oaxaquena – January 20, 2017


  • no change from prior months
  • he starts naps between 1 PM & 2 PM, then sleeps in his crib up to 3 hours
Napping in the car - December 26, 2016

Napping in the car – December 26, 2016


  • he woke up in the night 4x & fell back asleep pretty quickly
    • woke up ~3:15 AM saying “Boone house” and “out,” then in the morning he said “wake up” (12/22)
    • woke up ~3:30 AM asking for “goppa water”
    • woke up ~4:15 AM asking for “pillow blanket”
    • brief cry at 11 PM but went right back to sleep without my attention (1/9)
    • woke up at ~4:15 AM (had a goppa)
  • bedtime is usually ~9 PM & wake up time is usually ~6 AM = 9 hours of night time sleep (status quo)
  • “nap time” (he said it before bed when he was ready to sleep at night)
  • he doesn’t always turn on his aquarium soother at night
  • giggling before he went to sleep (1/6)
  • I whisper “I love you” before bed, and he whispers “aye yeah”
  • I lie down next to his crib for ~10 minutes, then I leave after he falls asleep

January 19, 2017


  • we consider him basically potty trained for poo-poo: he walks into the bathroom, puts the toilet lid up and starts to put his potty ring on the seat when he has to go
  • he does lots of stand up pee-pees in the baby potty (when we ask him to go)
  • I caught him before he was going to pee on my bed, then he peed in his baby potty

Walla Walla Point Park – January 9, 2017

"Pink Pie"

“Pink Pie”

My 2.5 year old took a very recent liking to eating muffins, except for some reason he calls muffins “pie”. Today he asked for a “pink pie.” Lucky for us, we had strawberry jam in our fridge, and I always have the other muffin ingredients on hand. I whipped these up lickety-split! There’s no added sugar because the jam is already sweetened (plus they contain banana). This recipe makes 10 toddler-sized muffins (meaning I didn’t fill them very full). Enjoy!

Strawberry Jam Muffins

Dry Ingredients:

1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/3 C oat flour
1/3 C corn flour
1/3 C quinoa flour (ground quinoa)
1/2 t salt
1 t baking powder

Wet Ingredients:

1/2 C organic strawberry jam (or try another flavor!)
1 mashed ripe banana
2 T liquid oil (avocado, olive, canola)
1/4 C soy milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350-370 degrees (this depends on your oven…I used to bake all my muffins at 350 degrees but then I moved to a new home and I have to set it to 370 degrees.)
  2. Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl.
  3. Mash banana on a plate and mash in other wet ingredients.
  4. Add wet blend to the dry ingredients.
  5. Portion in muffin liners or a greased muffin pan (I’m a fan of the silicone muffin liners!)
  6. Bake for 23 minutes (check at about 20 minutes).
  7. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
  8. Enjoy the “pie”!
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