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Todd & Elisa – October 22, 2017

OCT 20, 2017 – OCT 23, 2017

Todd’s first trip to Ocean Shores (8/10-8/15) must have been memorable, because he kept telling us he wanted to go back after we got home. At first, I figured it wouldn’t be until next Spring or Summer, but then I thought, “Let’s make it happen sooner!” I scheduled a personal day and off we went…


We hit the road right after I got off work. Before the trip, I looked up vegan pizza options in Olympia, WA, and I found Vic’s Pizzeria (Westside location).  Right on the menu they have Vics Vegan Calzone (“Vics Red Sauce with choice of Yellow or White Vegan Sauce, Spinach, and your choice of four toppings”). We didn’t order the calzone on this trip but I do want to try it next time. We did have some of their homemade vegan cheezy sauce on our pizza. The whole thing was delicious!

Vic’s Pizzeria (Westside location) – Olympia, WA

Vegan pizza at Vic’s Pizzeria

Todd at Vic’s Pizzeria – October 20, 2017


This was a very wet and rainy day at the Damon Point beach…which suited Todd just fine since he loves to get his feet into water of any kind. He found puddles in the sand…cool! He thought it was hilarious when my sneakers sunk down like quicksand near that rock…

Elisa & Todd at Damon Point – October 21, 2017

Muddy Buddy suit comes in handy! – October 21, 2017

Todd – October 21, 2017

October 21, 2017

Splash! – October 21, 2017


In the evening, we visited Darren (Eric’s brother) and Sandie. Todd started off by doing some drumming with Sandie’s drum set.

Initially, Todd was a little nervous about the dog, Stella, but pretty soon they were great friends. Sandie instructed Todd to give Stella a toy so that she would drop the ball. Then Todd brought her every dog toy she has. Todd had so much fun trying to get the ball from Stella and then watching her go after it.

Friends! – October 21, 2017


We went back to the beach at Damon Point on Sunday. This time it wasn’t raining. Jeff (Eric’s brother) joined us, and then Darren and Stella showed up later. After playing with a stick that he called his Darth Maul lightsaber, Todd was set on splashing in the waves like we did in August. Devoted mama as I am…I chose to sacrifice warm, dry feet in order to make some more memories. According to him, none of the waves were “big enough,” and he could’ve splashed in those waves all day (Brrrrr!!!). Eric took some nice silhouette pictures.

Todd, Jeff & Elisa – Damon Point – October 22, 2017

Jeff & Todd – October 22, 2017

Playing our game of “run from the waves”….

Running from the waves – October 22, 2017

Running from the waves – October 22, 2017

Running from the waves – October 22, 2017

Family pics…

Stella & Darren silhouette – October 22, 2017

Elisa, Darren, Todd, Jeff & Stella – Damon Point – October 22, 2017

Three brothers – October 22, 2017


During Todd’s nap, Eric and I took turns going for a walk on the beach. Eric went with his dad. They snapped some pictures together and then Eric filmed the wind pushing against some beach foam. When they got back, I went for a brisk 30″ beach stroll to get some much-needed exercise! Finally, Eric’s mom made a pizza that was out of sight!

Eric’s dad, Darrel – October 22, 2017

Darrel & Eric – October 22, 2017

Eric’s mom, Diane – October 22, 2017

Homemade pizza – October 22, 2017


We drove home and stopped at Thuy Pho for lunch and Casa Tapatia for dinner.

Todd at about 3 years old – August 19, 2017

AUGUST 19, 2017

White Heron Cellars (in Quincy, WA), is definitely one of our favorite places to spend a relaxing summer evening. Imagine: a cozy grassy amphitheater (with not too many people), warm outside temperatures, sunset views, wine for sipping, and some kind of music ($10 per person- you pay when you park). You can taste wine while chatting with Cameron, the winemaker, and wander around the amphitheater. At some point during the evening, the train will slowly climb the hill, wrapping itself around the winery. I recommend bringing a couple chairs or a blanket, and a (vegan) picnic dinner.

I first discovered the wine of White Heron Cellars when Eric and I tasted the 1998 Chantepierre. That blew our minds! We found our way to the winery itself for wine tasting “pre-Todd,” but the real fun began when we started going to White Heron’s events. We attended music events during Todd’s 23rd month, 24th month, and during his year 2, month 2. Check out the White Heron website for the event schedule, and maybe we’ll see you there in the future!

So let’s get on with the party! (Todd “let” us style his hair for the occasion)…

Headed to the party – August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

Views from the amphitheater…

Amphitheater – August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

That’s SR 28 & Crescent Bar down there – August 19, 2017

Zoomed in – August 19, 2017

There’s always exciting equipment for Todd to sit on…

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

Phyllis gave us some sidewalk chalk to use…

August 19, 2017

Of course handling dirt is the most fun…

August 19, 2017

Personally, I’ve been on a white wine kick lately…

August 19, 2017

Why play with dirt with your hands when you can lie down in it?

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

Todd and I walked with Phyllis to get her dog out of the house (she knows us from Todd’s prior trips to the winery). On the path up the hill, Todd got to see the chickens’ house, the big rooster, and he watched them eat scratch. Along with Altesse, the dog, we all walked down the road back to the amphitheater. Todd had fun feeding Altesse some dog cookies.

Did you know? Altesse is a white wine grape variety.

Todd & Eric – August 19, 2017

Walking with Phyllis & Altess – August 19, 2017

Informal portraits…

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017



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