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Todd’s 1st Visit to Ocean Shores – August 10, 2017


This post is all about Todd’s first trip to Ocean Shores, WA. We visited Eric’s parents, his brother Jeff, brother Darren, and our sister-in-law, Sandie. Here’s a day-by-day summary!


On our way to Ocean Shores, we stopped at the gas station in North Bend where they filmed scenes from the movie, The Vanishing. We love that movie!

Filming location for The Vanishing

Filming location for The Vanishing

Next, we had lunch at King Solomon’s Reef, a restaurant in Olympia that has vegan options. Eric and I had the Buffalo Tempeh sandwich, and I ordered a piece of vegan blueberry pie. As expected, Todd didn’t want more than a nibble from our food.

Buffalo tempeh sandwich

Blueberry pie (vegan)

After arriving at Eric’s parents house, Todd was excited about getting his first set of ‘big boy Legos’ from Grammie (Eric’s mom). After playing and getting settled, we headed to the beach. At first, Todd played in the sand with his Tonka truck, but then he was drawn to the water. He loved putting his feet in the waves (holding my hand), then running away from them. He doesn’t mind cold water a bit. He kept saying he wanted to do it again!

Ocean Shores – August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017


Todd went to the beach via wagon! The beach is walking distance from the house.

Wagon ride – August 11, 2017

Eric & Todd – August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017


August 11, 2017

Elisa & Todd – August 11, 2017

To give Todd some darkness (in a pretty bright room) for his afternoon naps, I made him a ‘cozy tent,’ which he loved. He was so tired (from not having a nap the day before) that he slept until 6 PM.

Todd’s “cozy tent” – August 11, 2017

Coaxing him to wake up by removing the tent at 6 PM – August 11, 2017


In Grammie’s house, Todd liked removing every piece of furniture from the dollhouse. He wanted to take the pieces downstairs, so we tried to redirect him as much as possible!

Playing with Grammie’s dollhouse – August 12, 2017

Outside, we cruised up and down the street on wheels: Todd on Globber scooter, me on Razor scooter, and Eric on skateboard.

Todd on Globber scooter – August 12, 2017

At North Bay park, Todd did what he likes doing the best (at playgrounds)…swinging! The whole crew (except Sandie) was there to watch him: Grammie, Granddad, Jeff, and Darren. Todd he wanted his uncle Jeff to sit next to him in the car.

North Beach Park – August 12, 2017

After his nap, we had dinner at Las Maracas with Granddad and Grammie.

Granddad & Grammie at Las Maracas – August 12, 2017


Grammie’s wagon – August 13, 2017

We had a really good time at the beach at Damon Point, and Jeff came with us. We got our feet wet in the waves, scooped sand, and flew a kite.

Damon Point – August 13, 2017

See the kite? – August 13, 2017

Sandy boy – August 13, 2017

After the beach, we went to Viet Hoa for lunch with Grammie, Granddad, and Jeff. Todd, the puddle jumper, found a major puddle!

While Todd napped, first Eric walked down to the beach, then I walked there.

After Todd woke up from his nap, we went outside together, and Todd loved walking inside a house under construction.


We went back to Damon Point beach for a second time. We built a sand castle with a moat.

Jeff & Eric – August 14, 2017

Todd at Damon Point – August 14, 2017

Todd & Eric – August 14, 2017

Grammie showed up, too!

Grammie & Todd – August 14, 2017

Grammie & Todd – August 14, 2017

Jeff, Grammie & Todd – August 14, 2017

After playing at the beach, we drove to Pacific Beach for pizza. At Frontager’s Pizza, you can watch them make your pizza, and see it in the big oven. They have vegan cheese (Daiya)! The toppings were fresh and flavorful: heirloom tomatoes, fresh (not canned) pineapple, leek, and basil leaves. As usual, Todd ate only the crust.

Frontager’s Pizza – August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

Outside, Todd was drawn to the construction site…

Construction equipment at Seabrook – August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

Sleepy boy – August 14, 2017

After Todd took a carseat nap during the drive from Pacific Beach to Ocean Shores, we went over to Darren and Sandie’s house for a visit. Since Sandie is a musician, Todd played the drums…

August 14, 2017

Darren and Sandie have 2 dogs, Chuck and Stella. They are really nice, but fast-moving and big for a 2 year old! At first, Stella really scared Todd when she excitedly came over to lick him. After I “kept him safe,” and the dogs spent some time outside, Todd warmed back up to the dogs and teased them by running to the sliding door. Then, he got a kick out of Stella coming over for licks. It ended up being fun and funny for him.

August 14, 2017

Funny picture of Stella! – August 14, 2017


We had to go home on Tuesday, although all three of us wanted to stay longer! It was a pretty special time for everyone. Todd gave and received a lot of love! On the way home, we stopped for lunch at Thuy Pho in Tacoma for some vegetarian pho, then Todd napped in the car.

Todd & Granddad – August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

Playing with his big boy Legos…

Todd & Jeff – August 15, 2017

Car nap – August 15, 2017

Todd at 2 years, 10 1/2 months old – July 1, 2017

JUN 21, 2017 – JUL 20, 2017

This is PART 2 of this month’s post because we did so many different activities!


  • he emphasizes certain words:
    • really hot
    • let’s see here
  • he says:
    • “I want to say hi that kid”
    • “hi, I’m Todd”
    • “you okay?” (to me when I coughed)
    • “mostly use Globber”
    • “just a little dot. I don’t wipe off” (when we put sunscreen on him)
    • “this shirt, I love this shirt” (while wearing his Champion tank top)
    • “double time” or “double time it”
    • “I’m not baby anymore”
    • “keep talking” (we don’t know if it means we’re supposed to keep talking or stop talking!)
    • “remember…”
    • “I want open it, see what’s in it” (when we get boxes delivered)
    • “I’m sorry” (for peeing on fan…throwing ball in plants…etc)
    • “I try put mama upside down”
    • “I check one thing. I be right back”


  • Favorite activities:
    • he loves putting on his masks (he calls them “mask es”)
    • playing lightsabers with Eric
    • playing with his Batman & Darth Vader figures
    • building “condo houses” with me, out of Duplo Legos (then busting them down)
    • watching favorite shows & movies all cozy in his mini tent
    • playing games on our phones (i.e. Lego City) & looking at pictures & videos
    • looking at his Ultimate Bugo-pedia & Ultimate Dino-pedia books & repeatedly asking “what that?”
  • he says:
    • “I need goppa and pillow blanket and other pillow blanket”
    • “I doing good” or “I did it!” (when playing games on phone)
    • “I need help” (when he gets ‘stuck’ while playing Lego City)
    • “power dark side” (while lifting his arm & fist up like in Star Wars)
    • “I like Doc Ock” (book character)
    • “Batman! Robin! Catwoman! Joker! Penguin! Riddler!” (while watching opening scene of Batman movie)
    • “duda duda duda duda…duda duda duda duda…Batman!” (to the tune of the Batman song)
    • “duda duda duda duda…duda duda duda duda…Vader!”
    • “I need fix it better” (when he needs his masks adjusted)
    • “accident” (he said about tearing pages out of a book)
    • “Tri en cerentops” (how he says Triceratops)
    • “Hi, today I go swimming'” (he spoke directly into his popcorn bowl)
    • “get out” (he told Eli when he tried to get into Todd’s tent)

Todd’s cozy tent – July 11, 2017


  • he does a 2-handed grip/swing & really connects bat to ball
  • he also likes to do ‘chops’ instead of swings


  • swim (6/27, 6/28, 7/2, 7/7, 7/9, 7/10, 7/13, 7/14)
  • he initiated a back float from his tummy (6/28)
  • he does big jumps into the pool
  • he wore goggles…just one day (7/7)
  • practicing back float with very light assist (7/13)
  • assisted backward flip at surface (7/14)
  • he said:
    • “mostly be kids in pool”

July 2, 2017

July 2, 2017

July 2, 2017

July 13, 2017

Todd lets me help him on his back – July 13, 2017


  • we’re regulars riding the mini train (7/4)

We’re regulars on this mini train! – July 4, 2017


  • 1st preschool experience for “dinosaur camp” (Mon 7/10 – Th 7/13, from 8:30-11:30 AM)
  • Eric & I went mountain biking together (7/11, 7/13)

1st day of preschool camp – July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017


  • exploring the gardens (6/28, 6/30, 7/7)
  • he likes to throw pennies in the ponds

Ohme Gardens – June 28, 2017

Ohme Gardens – June 30, 2017


  • we love going to the little pea gravel beach in the evening (6/29, 7/3)
  • he likes going in the cold water & throwing rocks
  • he loves to say hi to other kids
  • he said:
    • “I like naked”
    • “I want go farther” (out in the water)

Lincoln Rock State Park – June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017

July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017

July 11, 2017


  • mountain biking (7/1)

Squilchuck State Park – July 1, 2017


  • the shower was for Todd’s cousin, Justin (7/8)
  • he said, “ready go see Grammie house” (it was really at Todd’s aunt Dallas’ house)
  • Todd’s favorite part was following the chickens around
  • on the way there, we stopped by the Espresso Chalet on Highway 2 (Index, WA)

Potty stop over Hwy 2 – July 8, 2017

Todd didn’t want to leave this car – July 8, 2017

Todd with Cousin Kylie & Adam – July 8, 2017

Todd & Kylie – July 8, 2017

3 generations – July 8, 2017

July 8, 2017

Todd’s uncle Darren, Aunt Sandie, granddad, grammie & uncle Jeff – July 8, 2017

Abigail & Cousin Justin – July 8, 2017


  • he was drawn to the water…of course! (7/12)
  • before he went in the water, he wanted to wear his fleece jacket in 95 degree weather at the park

July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017


  • on the way to Everett we stopped in Skykomish to ride the mini train (7/15)
  • he loved playing with the train set inside the gift shop/visitor center

The mini train in Skykomish – July 15, 2017

Eric & Todd – July 15, 2017

July 15, 2017


  • we drove over Steven’s Pass to the Everett Yacht Club to celebrate the marriage of Eric’s college friend, Chris (7/15)
  • Todd loved dancing with the little girls & twirling like they did

Everett Yacht Club – July 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

Dancing with the girls – July 15, 2017


  • open gym at Apple Valley Gymnastics (7/3)
  • Riverfront Rock Gym (7/5)

La Fuente – July 12, 2017


  • Pizza: Lemolo (7/3); Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery (7/4)
  • Mexican: El Porton (7/1); La Fuente (7/12)
  • Shire Cafe (7/8)

July 2, 2017


  • he continues to be a solid napper, with no changes
  • his diaper is usually wet after naps but it was dry on 6/27

June 30, 2017


  • he woke up in the night 18x this month (we’re going in the wrong direction…eek!)
    • 1:30 AM (7/17)
    • 2 AM (7/3, 7/15)
    • 3 AM (6/28, 7/12)
    • 3:30 AM (6/21)
    • 4 AM (6/27, 7/1, 7/2, 7/4, 7/8, 7/9, 7/18, 7/20)
    • 5 AM (7/10)
    • 5:30 AM (7/5)
    • 3 AM & 5:30 AM (7/6)
    • 3:30 AM & 5:45 AM (7/7)
  • I left his room at bedtime and he said he was “so mad,” then “want mama come here, I miss her” (6/21)


  • no more using Baby potty at home (starting 6/27)
  • he pees straight into toilet by standing on a step stool
  • he started to aim his own penis during pee-pees (6/30)
  • like last month, he only needs a diaper during naps & at night
  • he said:
    • “I pee-pee self” (meaning he didn’t need us to help him aim)
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