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Swim Videos
Todd at 3 years, 9 months old
May 29, 2018

This evening, Todd did a great job trying to swim with his arms reciprocally, rather than doing the dog paddle. [The day before, I’d shown him how to do the freestyle stroke.] This was also the first time kicking with kick board a full length of the pool. Our pool opened this year on May 23rd.

#1 – Todd swims from me to the steps with ‘big arms’ & then back out to me.

#2 – Todd swims out to me with ‘big arms’ & kicks with kick board back to the steps.

#3 – Todd starts off on kick board, falls off, rights himself & swims with a few ‘big arms’ to me. Then he swims to the steps with ‘big arms’ & says hi to Grandma.

#4 – Todd swims out to me & back to the steps with ‘big arms’ & says hi to Grandma.

#5 – Todd swims toward kick board first, changes course to me, then back to steps (appears more tired but still trying to do ‘big arms’).

#6 – Todd does a big jump into the pool, floats/treads water & makes his way to me, then back to the steps.

#7 – Todd kicks with kick board, says hi to a dog (on the other side of the fence), falls off the board, appears to flip upside down under the water (feet kicking at surface), then rights himself to get over to me.

#8 – Todd kicks with kick board a full length of the pool, goes to the steps, climbs out, jumps in the shallow end, and treads water/floats casually before reaching out to me.

#9 – Todd swims with ‘big arms’ to the steps, says hi to Grammie & says “I’m in the pool.”

#10 – Todd tries to push off the wall. He ends up on his back, head down & arched back (under water). Then he rights himself. [Before this video was taken, he’d done one really good push off facing forward.]


Crescent Bar, WA

Crescent Bar, WA
June 2, 2018

On this day, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Crescent Bar, celebrating the completion of several recreational improvement projects. We heard about it from our local newspaper, and we expected more of a crowd than we found.

As a family, we were focused on the child-centered events, so we didn’t watch the actual ribbon-cutting. Eric did attend a short lecture by one of his favorite geologists, Nick Zentner. The area has a rich geological history. Check out the website: .

Meanwhile, Todd and I hung out at the beach. Todd enjoyed some wading and found another child willing to share his water shooter (i.e., squirt gun).

Todd wading at Crescent Bar

Next, we located the “Jolly Trolley,” which reminded us of the trolley in the show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The driver took us on a short loop. The ride was free on this day!

Todd & Elisa on scooters

Elisa & Todd on the trolley

The Crescent Bar Jolley Trolley – June 2, 2018

Looking out the window

Family picture – June 2, 2018

Finally, we headed for the pontoon boat. Todd tripped on the dock and bloodied his knee a little. Aboard the vessel, he wasn’t thrilled about having to wear a life jacket (hence, no smile in the first picture). Nonetheless, the (free) ride was a real treat!! The boat captain took us on a complete loop around Crescent Bar island.

Todd & Eric on the pontoon boat

Eric on the pontoon boat – June 2, 2018

Almost finished with the loop around Crescent Bar island

Others on the boat & views behind – June 2, 2018

The boat cruised right where we played last year with my sister and Todd’s cousins. See post, “Todd the Two Year Old (Month 11) (Part 1)” for the pictures from Crescent Bar in July 2017.

At about 3:30 p.m., we headed for home, but first made one more stop: Wine tasting at White Heron Cellars. We love this special place in the world! See post, “Evening at White Heron Cellars (Quincy, WA)” (from August 2017).

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