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Todd at ~3 years, 5 months old – January 14, 2018

DEC 21, 2017 – JAN 20, 2018


  • “You know what I’m talking about?”
  • “I love you, mama..Mama is family, dada is family, Todd is family…us together…mama good, dada good boy, Todd special boy” (1/10)
  • “That/this is cool”
  • “Yeah, easy” (he says when I say something is not easy)
  • “Me cracking you up”
  • “Oh nice.”
  • “But it’s my job” (when we say not to do something)
  • “Don’t leave your shirt here” (on the couch)
  • “First cousins, not me pishin” (he likes to randomly say something that sounds like that, frequently)
  • “keep me safe!” (when Eric runs the blender)


  • Christmas 2017 was the focus of the last post!
  • we went to Bend, OR (12/20 to 12/27)
  • Activities: swimming, checking out the train display at the library, skiing at Mt. Bachelor, celebrating my dad’s birthday (Christmas eve), and Christmas
  • when we got home he was excited about waiting for his dinosaur egg to hatch (gift from Ashley)

Todd with Grandma & Grandpa – December 24, 2017

Master Falls! – December 25, 2017

December 25, 2017

December 26, 2017

Waiting for the dinosaur to hatch – December 30, 2018


Castle groomer – January 1, 2018

Castle groomer – January 1, 2018

Hampton Lodge – January 1, 2018


  • Books: The Very Noisy Night (he calls it “Scared in Night time”), Pinky Dinky Doo (he loves to match the shoes at the end), How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • TV/DVD: Room on the Broom, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Movie: The Fox and the Hound
  • YouTube: Lego Death Star review & speed build, Ryan’s Toy Review (while sick over New Year break)
  • super fun new toy: marble run (1/17)

New marble run – January 18, 2018


  • he counted 1-11 on his own
  • he asks “what letter?” certain words start with
  • he learned how to point the camera (phone) at me & take a picture
  • he said:
    • “Oh, I have to get a bigger stepper” (to reach for something on top of the freezer)
    • “Clean up, clean up!”


  • Eric takes Todd to the gymnastics open gym on Mondays
  • turning into Hulk…all the time!
  • fighting with lightsabers
  • he said:
    • “Put your phone away” (when I was taking his picture but we were having so much fun playing with the marble run) (normally he’d try to take my phone!)
    • “I want you ‘nect’ this together” (‘nect’= connect)
    • “Don’t sing” / “Don’t dance” or “I don’t want you sing” / “I don’t want you dance”
    • “But me not done with my tools yet. I doing my jobs. Me have one more job.” (wearing his worker gear)
    • “I doing straddle jump, dada. Like this!” (then he does a straddle jump)
    • “Me might fall…that is nice falling session” (playing on couch)
    • “You keep your hands to yourself, me swing my pillow blanket around, you knock me over, k?, m’kay!” (playing a game with Eric) (see video below >>)


  • he loves playing with Legos (i.e., Garmadon’s Volcano Lair, Master Falls, big motorcycle, small tow truck set, Star Wars Duel on Naboo)
  • he likes to watch Jangbricks (YouTube) reviewing Lego sets & “the lady building that set” (A.L.F)
  • he said:
    • “Dada, you not doing right” (while building Lego forklift)
    • “I want it really so bad” (Lego Star Wars Death Star set…costs $500)
    • “This is the windshield, protects me from the rain” (on a Lego tow truck)
    • “This guy not have alternate face” (a Lego head)

Lego play – January 10, 2018


  • this month Todd really started becoming an actor
  • he loves making different faces: happy, mad, sad, surprised, etc.

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018


  • the three of us skied together 5 times (1/1, 1/13, 1/14, 1/15, 1/20)
  • he likes to turn into Hulk at the lodge & push me off my chair
  • after skiing he likes kicking the snow in our parking lot
  • see the next post for: “Mission Ridge Ski Videos (~3 years, 5 months)
  • he says:
    • “Mama, keep skiing” (when I stop to wait for Todd & Eric while skiing)

Chair 4

Chair 4

After skiing – January 20, 2018


  • he was sick (fever) & stayed home from preschool (1/4)
  • he was sick (fever) & fell asleep on the couch (1/10)
  • he said:
    • “You coughing? Cover your mouth!”

Sick – January 10, 2018

Sick – January 10, 2018


  • when eating banana, Todd likes to grab half of it after we peel it (and if he wants more, then he wants to start a whole new banana instead of eating the other half)


  • he still naps between ~1.5-2.5 hours, starting at about 2 p.m.
  • he comes out of his room on his own after naps (and sometimes first thing in the morning)


  • it’s a mix of waking up once in the night (he asks for Goppa) or sleeping through the night
  • we bought him 2 new pillow blankets for Christmas; he immediately accepted the new ones (of course, I’m keeping the old ones)
  • he laughed trying to get a sticker off the middle of his back (that I put there), one night before bed
  • he likes playing with Lego tow truck and motorcycle at bedtime; we read 5 books
  • he said:
    • “Me looking for a certain book”
    • “I got all me awesome toys” (picking out toys to sleep with)

Fighting with lightsabers – January 20, 2018


  • he still uses the toilet except he wears a diaper for naps & night time sleep
  • he said:
    • “You smell something coming right out my butt?” (after Eric said he smelled something while Todd was sitting on the toilet)

Vegan Thanksgiving - IMG_7616

Question:  What does a vegan eat at Thanksgiving and Christmas?


1.  Almond-Covered “Cheese” Ball (from “Big Vegan,” by Robin Asbell)

Almond Cheese Ball - IMG_1073

2.  Wayfare Foods “We Can’t Say It’s Cheese” Hickory Cheddar and Mexi Cheddar Spreads

Wayfare Foods We Can't Say It's Cheese Spreads - IMG_7528

3.  Gingered Carrot Soup

Gingered Carrot Soup - IMG_7125

4.  Sweet Potato Bisque (from “Forks Over Knives:  The Plant-Based Way to Health”)

Sweet Potato Bisque - IMG_1081

5.  Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Cranberry Quinoa Salad - IMG_7139

6.  Mixed Greens Salad

Mixed Greens Salad - IMG_7447

7.  Thyme-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Thyme-Roasted Brussels Sprouts - IMG_7114

8.  Green Beans & Cranberries

Green Beans & Cranberries - IMG_7600

9.  Garlic-Glazed Green Beans (from “The Vegan Table,” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau)

Garlic-Glazed Green Beans - IMG_7147

10.  Candied Yams

Candied Yams - IMG_7148

11.  Baked Cinnamon Yams

Baked Cinnamon Yams - IMG_7611

12.  Creamy Chive Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Chive Mashed Potatoes - IMG_7609

13.  Pumpkin Rice

Pumpkin Rice - IMG_7115

14.  Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits - IMG_7146

15.  Apple-Rosemary Dressing

Apple-Rosemary Dressing - IMG_7145

16.  Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce - IMG_7604

17.  Cranberry Chutney

Cranberry Chutney - IMG_1079

18.  Roasted Vegetable Gravy

Roasted Vegetable Gravy - IMG_7144

19.  Field Roast Celebration Roast

Field Roast Celebration Roast with Roasted Vegetable Gravy - IMG_7142

20.  Basic Mushroom Gravy with Herbs (from “Big Vegan,” by Robin Asbell)

Basic Mushroom Gravy with Herbs - IMG_1089

21.  Field Roast Cranberry Roast En Croute

Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute - IMG_7441

Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute - IMG_7602

22.  Harvest-Stuffed Acorn Squash (from “The Vegan Table,” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau)

Harvest-Stuffed Acorn Squash - IMG_1084

23.  Tofurky Vegetarian Roast (Yes, it is delicious!)

Tofurky Vegetarian Roast - IMG_7345

Tofurky Roast - IMG_7382

Tofurky Roast with Gravy - IMG_7387

24.  Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie - IMG_7165

Pumpkin Pie - IMG_7676

25.  Willamette Valley Fruit Company Marionberry Pie (dairy free!)

Willamette Valley Fruit Company Marionberry Pie - IMG_7192

26.  Non-Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream (from “Lick It,” by Cathe Olson)

Non-dairy Vanilla Ice Cream - IMG_7164

27.  Fruitcake

Fruit Cake - IMG_3127

28.  Blackstrap Gingersnaps and Citrus Glitters

(from “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar,” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero)

Snowballs (from “The Joy of Vegan Baking,” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau)

Peppermint Bark (non dairy)

Cookies - IMG_7454

29.  Holiday Beverages

(Note:  It appears that Silk has discontinued their Pumpkin Spice seasonal flavor.  So Delicious makes one, though!)

Silk Pumpkin Spice - IMG_6859

So Delicious Nog and Silk Nog - IMG_7356

Earth Balance Soy Nog - IMG_7423

30.  Nog Latte

Nog Latte - IMG_7169

I don’t know about you, but I’m stuffed!  🙂


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