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



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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