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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.

2 years, 5 months old – January 22, 2017

JAN 21, 2017 – FEB 20, 2017


  • “big mess” (he tipped over shoe rack)
  • “hand clap” (talking about a song)
  • “put in mouth, take away” (I told him I’d take something away if he put something in his  mouth)
  • “key, lock door, go shop” (he said when I showed him a flash card with picture of a key)
  • “got sick, I barf”
  • “Todd afraid” (when watching Home Alone scene with furnace)
  • “fight”
  • “nukin'” (he says during snowfall)
  • “this”
  • “I’m safe” (he said while standing on the back of couch…since I always tell him to “be safe”)
  • “Subaru car”


  • he has a sense of humor: he jokes with Eric by saying “mama” going down the stairs when he knows I’m not there (see above^^)
  • playing in the snow
  • he likes to kick snow banks when walking from the “Subaru car” to the “condo house” & he says “kick” each time he kicks
  • cracking up to Home Alone scene (Kevin sledding down the stairs & out the door)
  • he asks for “Lady Gaga” (to watch the Super Bowl half-time show that we recorded)
  • Favorite TV shows: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Bob the Builder, He-Man
  • Favorite YouTube: “new Luke” (dance mix Darth Vader song)
  • he loves books & learning; he knows shapes like triangle, diamond, heart & circle
  • he says “I try again” while repeatedly stacking blocks as high as he can
  • he repeats “super cool!” when he plays this one iPad game (see video clip below)

February 3, 2017


  • 12 days skiing at MR (Jan 21, 22, 28, 29; Feb 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19)
  • our friends watched Todd in the lodge while Eric & I got to ski some Central Park powder! (1/22)
  • he went off the box jump (2/12)
  • he loves to eat fresh powder while skiing & eat cups o’ fresh powder apres-ski
  • he loves to walk around on the outside deck at the lodge

“Fresh powder” – January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017

January 23, 2017

Todd & Eric – January 29, 2017

Eric & Todd Skiing Bomber Bowl – January 29, 2017



  • he likes to drink from straws
  • he likes to crunch on raw pasta & ice cubes
  • he likes crispy pizza crust & the crust is the only part of the pizza he eats (Papa Murphy)
  • when he drinks or eats something good, he makes sound “Cahh”
  • he called a muffin “pie”
  • Dining out: El Porton (1/28, 2/4, 2/10, 2/19)

El Porton – February 19, 2017


  • he got a cold virus this month, but not bad!

Elisa & Todd – January 28, 2017

Midway Lodge at Mission Ridge – February 19, 2017


  • lots of saying “thank you” this month (sounds like “sank you”)
  • very snuggly on the couch this month
  • he kissed Eli’s picture & Ashley’s picture before bed, repeated “I love you, Ashley. I love you, Eli.”
  • he has a crazy laugh that I love about him 😀

February 5, 2017


  • still no change from prior months
  • he starts naps between 1 PM & 2 PM, then sleeps in his crib up to 3 hours
  • he rarely falls asleep in the car (mostly because our car rides are so nice and short!) but this month he fell asleep twice after skiing

February 18, 2017


  • status quo bedtime (~9 PM) & wake up time (~6 AM) = 9 hours of night time sleep
  • he woke up in the night 8x & fell back asleep pretty quickly
    • woke up 3:15 AM for goppa (1/30)
    • woke up 1:50 AM for goppa & “need Dada” (2/1)
    • woke up 1:50 AM for goppa (2/3)
    • woke up 3 AM “goppa water” (2/4)
    • woke up 1:50 AM & needed “mama stay” & “mama hand” (2/5)
    • woke up 2:50 AM “mama stay” (2/7)
    • woke up 4:15 AM (2/11)
    • woke up 5 AM (2/13)
  • once it seemed like he was talking in his sleep  at 3 AM (I heard him say, “Dada! dada!”)
  • he uses Pillow Bear’s leg as a pillow & he likes to stuff his pillow blanket behind his neck
  • he started sleeping with the “fuzzy” (i.e., blanket) that Ashley made him
  • he barfed in his bed twice in one night (2/5)
  • before bed he likes me to “draw car” (and diggers) on the Magna doodle (repeatedly)
  • he says “mama stay” (sounds like “mama day”) when he goes to sleep at night

Pillow Bear & Todd – February 3, 2017

Bedtime – February 3, 2017


  • he initiated a pee-pee in his baby potty
  • he rarely misses poo-poos in toilet
  • he jokes with Eric by saying he needs “five” wipes when Eric asks him how many will be needed to wipe his butt after doing a poo-poo

January 23, 2017

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