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Todd at ~3 years old – August 17, 2017

YEAR 3, MONTH 12
JUL 21, 2017 – AUG 20, 2017

COMMUNICATION…

  • 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)

COUSINS GO HOME

  • 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

INSIDE ENTERTAINMENT

  • 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

LINCOLN ROCK STATE PARK

  • 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

WENATCHEE RIVERFRONT RAILWAY

  • 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

SLIDEWATERS

  • 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

HIKING – LEAVENWORTH

  • 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

VISIT FROM MY UNCLE JEFF

  • 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

MOUNTAIN BIKING – SQUILCHUCK STATE PARK

  • 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

OHME GARDENS

  • 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

TRIP TO OCEAN SHORES

  • 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

WHITE HERON CELLARS

  • 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

POOL

  • 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

SWIM VIDEOS

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • 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

FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT

  • 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

IN THE CAR

  • 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

DAY TIME NAPS

  • 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

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • 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

POTTY TALK

  • 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 at about 3 years old – August 19, 2017

WHITE HERON CELLARS
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

Train…

 

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