Todd at ~3 years old – August 17, 2017

JUL 21, 2017 – AUG 20, 2017


  • Todd said:
    • “oh, wow” or just “wow”
    • “I seek Walla Walla park” (he still says it all the time)
    • “same time” (he asks to do 2 activities at the same time)
    • “I know…” (he tells us different things that he knows)
    • “so much fun”
    • “I’m making dada happy” (when cleaning up his Duplo Legos)
    • “are you trying to get pay?” (when I’m working on the computer)
    • “I’m too little”
    • “I can’t wait”
    • “like President Trump” (his hair, when we comb it)
    • “I’m watching this show right now” (when Eric asked him a question about something else)
    • “oh…this is scary” (when he’s doing something he’s unsure about)
    • “mama keep me safe”
    • “sorry” (he says it on his own quite a bit)
    • “I want pillow blanket” (he wants us to get it for him instead of getting it himself)
    • “here we are!” (in the car, when he get home)
    • “not go in water” (he repeats safety instructions)
    • “white chewie coming”
    • “I do one thing. I be right back”
  • he knows some of the letters & numbers (in addition to “T is for Todd”)
  • he knows certain letter associations that I taught him
    • “‘I’ looks like 1”
    • ‘A’ looks like “steep mountain”
    • he brings over the ‘K’ and says ‘hulk’ (because Eric spelled it using magnet letters)


  • my sister & her kids went back home to Oregon after visiting for several days (7/21)
  • this is only a portion of Todd’s mask collection…

July 21, 2017


  • he likes watching the same video clips on “mama pee ter” (how he says computer) repeatedly (i.e, the “Lego one” & “Todd all messy”)
    • he asked a question to himself then answered it: “What you do today? I watch this movie” (refers to a movie on the computer)
  • watching The Incredible Hulk episodes (Season 1) & pretending to be Hulk
  • watching movies & TV shows: The Fox and the Hound, Secret Life of Pets, Zootopia, Monsters, Inc., Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
  • watching Batman & wearing his Batman costume
  • he likes to build “really big condo houses” & throw the pieces when he’s done
  • play fighting with or without masks on; with or without lightsabers
  • throwing balls (he tries to hit the ceiling) & playing T-Ball
  • getting chased in the house
  • playing with toys: Batman, Darth Vader, Hulk, and Hulkbuster (looks like Iron Man)
  • playing with Play-doh

A really big condo house – July 27, 2017

  • He says:
    • “I don’t want watch that show, just _____”
    • “I want turn this show off”
    • “maybe Hulk come back” (he says repeatedly while watching The Incredible Hulk)
    • “I’m hulk” or “I be hulk” or “I want be hulk”
    • “I need more!” (when he wants us to rewind certain scenes so he can watch again)
    • “I’m afraid” (he runs to me during certain movie scenes…although he doesn’t want to stop watching)
    • “he’s running” (he poses his Batman & Darth Vader figures)
    • “I love racing with those guys” (while watching F-1 car racing on TV)
    • “I love fox and bunny” (about Zootopia)
    • “That big stacker” (stacking Duplos high)
    • “I want make mess”
    • “I doing this” (he shows me how he holds his bat between his knees)

New Batman suit – July 31, 2017

He wanted to go out as Batman – August 4, 2017


  • like last month, we enjoyed evenings here again (7/21, 7/24)
  • we like to get take-out from Taco Del Mar to bring to the beach

Lincoln Rock SP – July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017


  • 1st time riding in his own seat on the mini train (7/22)

Eric thought it was funny that they both didn’t smile when I asked them to wave – July 22, 2017

Todd has his own seat – July 22, 2017


  • we went there for a second time this summer (7/27)
  • we didn’t take any sliding pics, we just had fun!
  • like last month, he did #1 and #2 little slides on his own & the big slides (#1 & #4) with Eric; he swam in circles in the lazy river, and watched the bucket fill up and tip over; he liked playing on the seesaw & going down the frog slide in the kiddie area

Snack break at Slidewaters – July 27, 2017


  • we hiked on the Tumwater Pipeline Trail, which goes over the Wenatchee River via Penstock Bridge (7/30)
  • the trail is also known as Old Pipeline Trail or Penstock Trail
  • Todd walked in one direction, then rode on Eric’s shoulders on the way back

Tumwater Pipeline Trail -July 30, 2017

July 30, 2017

July 30, 2017

Penstock Bridge – July 30, 2017

Wenatchee River from Penstock Bridge – July 30, 2017


  • my uncle Jeff stayed overnight on his way to Anacortes for an art show he was in
  • Todd loves all of his family!
  • Check out my uncle’s work at Jeff Leedy: Art That Makes You Laugh

Todd with my uncle Jeff – August 2, 2017


  • Todd rode his bike while we walked the loop (8/6)
  • we met another parent & her 4-year old so they did the loop, too

Todd & Eric at Squilchuck State Park – August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017

Todd & Elisa – August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017


  • we have season’s passes, so we walked around here twice this month, looking for the gnomes & fairies (8/8, 8/17)

Ohme Gardens – August 8, 2017

Elisa & Todd at Ohme Gardens – August 17, 2017


  • we went to visit Eric’s family at the beach (8/10 – 8/15)
  • see the post this month: Todd’s First Trip to Ocean Shores, WA
  • Todd played in the sand & ocean, rode in the wagon, rode his Globber scooter & bike, explored a house under construction, went to playground, played with Grammie’s dollhouse & new Legos, and spent time with everyone (Grammie, Granddad, Jeff, Darren & Sandie)
  • before our trip he said, “I sleep, I wake up, I go beach, I scoop sand and run” (getting excited for our visit to beach)

Todd with his Tonka truck – August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

Ocean Shores – August 11, 2017

Running out of the waves – August 11, 2017


  • my last post was about going here for an evening wine & music event: Evening at White Heron Cellars (Quincy, WA) (8/19)
  • Todd danced, squirted things with a water spray bottle, hiked up the trail above the amphitheater, played in the dirt, sat on farm equipment, visited chickens and fed the resident dog some treats

White Heron Cellars – August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017


  • swimming in evenings (7/25, 7/28, 7/29, 8/1, 8/7, 8/17, 8/18, 8/20)
  • Todd likes to see his friend Miley at the pool
  • he ‘floats’ with head out of water with body in vertical position
  • he can swim (without using arm strokes) about a width distance of condo pool, taking 1 breath midway there
  • he swims a distance with head down, lifts head up for breath and swims further with head down
  • I float with a noodle while he swims so he can grab me at any time
  • he started wearing a swim mask (8/17)
  • he likes Eric to throw him high into the air; he says, “I want do another high one and skeem” (scream)
  • he liked standing on then sitting on a kick board (8/20)

August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017



  • open gym at Apple Valley Gymnastics (7/31, 8/7)
  • Walla Walla Point Park (8/4, 8/5); we found a shady section near the trail for throwing rocks into the river
  • he loves all shopping trips (Fred Meyer, Costco)

Shopping for new boots at Stans Merry Mart – July 26, 2017


  • he eats very few things but drinks gallons of “goppa”
  • Dining out: Taco Del Mar (7/21), Saddlerock Pub & Brewery (7/22, 8/5), Munchen Haus (7/30), Lemolo (8/4)

Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery – July 22, 2017

July 22, 2017

July 22, 2017


  • he loves songs by Mark Knopfler; he says, “I remember this song”
  • he says “Why Aye song”; he sings along to Why Aye Man & other songs on The Ragpicker’s Dream
  • we moved his carseat to forward-facing & to the opposite side of the car, in preparation for preschool (8/16)

Forward facing – 8/16/17


  • status quo…still a solid napper!
  • he said “I love you, too” (after I told him I loved him before nap)

July 30, 2017

Carseat nap – August 15, 2017


  • sadly…it’s now the norm that he wakes up during night (eek!!)
  • the number of times that he didn’t wake up this month: 4
  • sometimes he likes having a “cozy tent” over his crib
  • Favorite “Thomas the Train” books: Stuck in Mud Not So Fast, Bash and Dash
  • he likes to put Thomas stickers on his goppa
  • there were a couple mornings that his sheets were wet because he’s been drinking a lot of goppa before bed (i.e., >2 bottles), so we limited him to 2 bottles at bedtime (or I changed his diaper when he woke up in the night)
  • he typically wants me to “stay” but he tells me “not hold hand” when he falls asleep
  • he says:
    • “hi” (through crib rails, after I turn out the light)
    • “don’t grab me!” (he pretended his stuffed animal cat was grabbing him)
    • “hi, mama, good morning”
    • “I get bigger” (he said right when he woke up)
    • “I be quiet” (when I told him he needed to be quiet or I’d leave his room)
    • “I want mama get some more Goppa for me drink, darn it” (he said first thing when he woke up)
    • “very sad” [he was upset one night & said it was because of “As eye and Ee new” (he missed them)]

July 30, 2017


  • he says, “I do pee pee” & runs to the bathroom on his own; all we have to do is check on him
  • he prefers Eric to sit with him for poo-poos, with his “poo-poo book”
  • he asks to have his “diaper off” and get “fresh diaper” (night time)
  • “oo, nice underwear” & “oo, nice tushie” (he says it to us since we joke to him, “nice butt”)
  • he says:
    • “I flush it downtown” or “I just flush it way downtown” (about flushing toilet)
    • “sorry” (after he tells me he went pee in his diaper)

July 22, 2017