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Ocean Beach Roasters & Bistro – July 1, 2018

OCEAN BEACH ROASTERS & BISTRO
OCEAN SHORES, WA
JULY 1, 2018

Between May and August this year, we visited Eric’s parents at the beach (Ocean Shores, WA) three times. On our second trip there, we had the opportunity to see Todd’s aunt Sandie (my sister-in-law) perform with her musical partner at the Ocean Beach Roasters & Bistro.

This coffee shop/wine bar is small but full of character. When we walked in, I immediately liked the log cabin ‘feel’ and the rich, dark wood. The first thing I spotted in the pastry display case was the sign for…”Vegan cookie” {{happy dance!!}}. It turned out that two of the cookie flavors were vegan, so I naturally bought one of each!

Vegan cookies at OBR – July 1, 2018

My sweet tooth was happy – July 1, 2018

We found our group in the main sitting area. Please be sure to listen to the three short YouTube videos to hear Sandie’s beautiful voice!

Todd with the entry way in the background – July 1, 2018

Eric’s brother & parents – July 1, 2018

Sandie performing at OBR – July 1, 2018

Todd enjoyed going up to the cozy loft and back down the stairs (repeatedly).

“All you need is love and the beach”

Loft at OBR – July 1, 2018

I appreciated that the animal head on the wall was carved from wood!

Loft at OBR – July 1, 2018

Wood carving at OBR – July 1, 2018

We ordered a bean burger to go with our cookies.

Bean burger

We were able to stay for the whole ~2 hours because Todd was so good. A year ago this would not have been possible!

Todd at ~3 years, 9 months old – May 18, 2018

3 YEARS OLD…MONTH 9
APR 21, 2018 – MAY 20, 2018

TODD SAID…

  • “Correct, mama”
  • “It’s outside time. Let’s do this” (kick the soccer ball)
  • “Forget it”; “That’s it, forget it”
  • “This is pretty serious” (Eric couldn’t find his keys)
  • “Wonderful”
  • “Hey this is my spot” (on the couch)
  • “Me is not into it” (Eric wanted him to look at something on the TV)
  • “Let me read that”

Snuggles – April 24, 2018

DEVELOPING SKILLS

  • Language:
    • He’s learning to using the word “I” instead of “me” (i.e., “I want” instead of “Me want”)
  • Academic:
    • He likes to point out which is ‘bigger’ and which is ‘smaller’
    • He counted the ridges on a Therm-a-Rest pad from 1-18 (he skipped 15) (4/22)
    • He counted to 20 but skipped number 15 (4/26)
  • Fine Motor/Visual-motor integration: [I’m a school-based OT so this is important to me 😉 ]
    • He copies a vertical line, horizontal line, cross & circle (4/26)
    • He traces within forward, diagonal and curved line mazes
    • He cut across a piece of paper independently
    • Able to complete 16-pc interlocking puzzles independently (end of the month)
  • Self-care:
    • He put on his own velcro shoe (undo velcro, pull at tongue, slid foot in, re-do velcro) (4/25)
    • He initiates applying toothpaste & brushing his own teeth (5/18)
    • He’s tall enough to turn on/off light switches (without a step stool)
    • He likes to fling his underwear in the air with his foot when he takes them off
    • He fits into 2T-3T clothing
  • We started using a “1-2-3” warning system to help with unsafe behaviors of Todd not stopping when we say ‘stop’ (5/20); if he gets to ‘3’ we take a highly preferred toy/activity away for the rest of the day.
  • He likes to know what the plan for each day is. He asks:
    • “What us get to go to?”

May 7, 2018

INSIDE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Pretending to be a doctor with a kit that I made (i.e., plastic syringe to give shots, thermometer, bulb syringe to suck out boogers, Band-Aids, medicine cream in foil pack, latex gloves, etc.)
  • Playing with:
    • Legos (i.e., Thor vs. Hulk Arena Clash)
    • Gladiator Hulk figure
    • Avengers diving toys: Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man
  • He said:
    • “_____ is my best superhero”
    • “Me losed it” (he couldn’t find his sticky Hulk toy)
    • “Let’s match up my Hulks” (he puts them together to make comparisons)

April 25, 2018

Elsa’s Magical Ice Palace – April 28, 2018

May 2, 2018

OPEN GYM (MONDAYS)

Shades – April 30,2018

ICE RINK

  • Todd’s 2nd time ice skating (5/11)

Todd ice skating – May 11, 2018

5/11/18

OUTDOOR FUN

  • Riding our scooters/skateboard on the Apple Capital Loop Trail
  • Playing at playgrounds (Walla Walla Point, Washington & East Wenatchee parks)
  • Throwing rocks in the river (4/21)

Compare the riverfront pictures from 4/21 & 5/13, and you’ll see a big difference in the water levels! (See post, “Wenatchee Riverfront (5/13/18)“)

Pre-flooding; Todd throwing rocks – April 21, 2018

Pre-flooding; Todd & Elisa – April 21, 2018

Park after preschool – May 8, 2018

May 9, 2018

Favorite swing – May 13, 2018

EVENING BALL PLAY

  • Kicking the soccer ball or blue ball (until it popped!) & playing in the grass after dinner (9x this month)
  • Eric helped him slide down the light pole
  • He got his first blisters because he ran around in his boots without socks (4/27)

Todd at 3 years, 8 months old – April 21, 2018

April 23, 2018

April 24, 2018

April 28, 2018

May 11, 2018

HIKING – SADDLE ROCK

  • Todd made it to the top of Saddle Rock (4/22)
  • See post, “Saddle Rock Hike (4/22/18)” for all the pictures
  • 2.45 miles, according to my Runkeeper app

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Eric & Todd in the saddle of Saddle Rock – April 22, 2018

LEAVENWORTH

  • Using the playground equipment, skate park & walking trails at Enchantment Park/Blackbird Island (4/28)
  • He loves to hike!
  • He went down the skate park slope on his Globber by himself 4-5x (and never crashed)

Todd & Eric – April 28, 2018

Hiking at Enchantment Park

Elisa & Todd – April 28, 2018

April 28, 2018

OHME GARDENS

  • We walked around the gardens on 4/29 & 5/20

April 29, 2018

Eric & Todd

Elisa & Todd – May 20, 2018

TRIP TO OCEAN SHORES

  • We stayed with Eric’s parents for a long weekend (5/4 – 5/6)
  • We splashed in the waves, rode our scooters/skateboard & played with Legos (Grammie gave Todd a Lego Friends ice rink set). We got to see Darren & Sandie, too!
  • See post, “Trip to Ocean Shores (May 2018)” for more pictures/details.

Ocean Shores – May 4, 2018

Todd & his Granddad – May 4, 2018

Elisa & Todd – May 6, 2018

PRESCHOOL

  • There was a combined Mother’s Day & Father’s Day performance (5/10)
  • Todd stood calmly, searching the crowd for us. No tears this time! When he spotted us, he smirked. The videos are pretty boring but I included them anyway 😉

TOUCH A TRUCK

  • This was Todd’s 3rd “Touch a Truck” event (5/12)

Todd in Helicopter – 5/12/18

Todd in Helicopter – 5/12/18

RAINY DAY

FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT

  • Pizza at Lemolo (4/21); Claudio’s Mexican restaurant (4/28); Saddle Rock Brewery (5/19); Taco Del Mar (multiple)
  • He likes “corn kiff” (corn thin/crisp) with Earth Balance on it
  • He tried herbed quinoa & liked it (5/1)
  • He ate an entire tray of organic blueberries (5/11)

Blue raspberry boy- April 29, 2018

Taco Del Mar – May 16, 2018

DAY TIME NAPS

This month, we started a (very short!) trial of skipping naps. It wasn’t something we pre-planned, but on 5/2 we skipped his nap because we were too busy moving the beds and furniture. We let him skip his nap again on 5/3. On the way to Ocean Shores (5/4), he napped in the car. On 5/5 we skipped his nap, but then he fell asleep at 6 pm and was ‘out’ all night. On 5/6, he napped in the car on the way home. Back home, starting 5/7, we decided that he clearly wasn’t ready to completely give up naps, but he did skip his nap to go to the ice rink (5/11). However, on the last day of this month (5/20), we started the ‘no nap’ schedule again (stay tuned…)

Unplanned nap at Ocean Shores – May 5, 2018

4:55 PM – May 14, 2018

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • He tends to really prolong the bedtime routine, so I started turning off the lights at 9:30 pm regardless of whether we got all 5 books read or not
  • He had some nights when he was afraid at night; he wanted Eric to stay with him (4/30)
  • Bedtime games:
    • He likes to play the ‘owl game’ after reading the book, Night Creatures. [We use an owl that my aunt Elaine gave him to re-enact a page in the book where the owl swoops down & pounces on a field mouse.] He says, “You be the owl and I be the movement in the grass”
    • He likes when we act out “a wiggle, a jiggle, and out pokes a foot” while reading Stick Man. 
  • He likes to learn about the digestive system; we look at a picture in the Anatomy Coloring Book & talk about the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum & how the food comes out as poo-poo; we also look at a picture for the urinary system.
  • He said:
    • “How it works” (This is how he refers to the ‘Perplexis’ toy. He likes to watch me do it, and he helps)
    • “My teacher said be quiet at school” (when I told him to be quiet before bed)

May 15, 2018

TWIN BED

  • Big day! (5/2) We moved the twin mattress into Todd’s room & took out his crib mattress. Also, no more tent enclosure in the house (it will truly be a ‘travel tent’ now)
  • Todd adjusted to the change beautifully!

Todd’s new bed setup – May 2, 2018

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