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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

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

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