Todd is Five (Month 1)

5th Birthday – August 21, 2019

AUG 21 – SEPT 20 (2019)


Elisa was back to work. In the evening, we went to open house for Kindergarten, then we ate dinner at La Fuente. See post, “Todd’s Fifth Birthday“.

Out for dinner at La Fuente – August 21, 2019


  • Eric: “Will you eat some sweet potato?” Todd: “No.” Eric: “I thought you were going to be 5 tomorrow?” Todd: “I’ll still be 5 even if I don’t eat sweet potato.”
  • “That’s not a word to say” (after Eric asked, “What kind of logic is that?”)
  • “Before 55 is 54”
  • “I’m gonna have a quick Goppa, dudes”
  • “Break it off!”


  • Playing with Hot Wheels cars
  • Outside: looking at bugs, kicking balls in the grass, running in the sprinklers
  • Singing to ‘Band on the Run’ & ‘Jet’
  • For ‘Jet’ he sang, “I want mama to always love me”
  • Todd was fixated on catching a fish & bringing it to the condo to take care of it; he filled up a bin with water for the fish
  • Video games: On Eric’s old iPad he completed ‘Dragon’s Lair” & then moved on to playing ‘Pitfall’
  • Able to work a 45-pc puzzle (we take turns)


August 27, 2019
September 10, 2019


Sprinkler: before – September 2, 2019
Sprinkler aftermath! – September 2, 2019


  • Lincoln Rock State Park (8/23); looking for fish & trying to catch them
  • Slidewaters (8/24)
  • Cashmere pump track & catching fish with his net (8/25, 8/27)
  • TEAMS Learning Center (8/26)
  • Open gym (9/7, 9/14); they took down the monkey bars 😦
  • Sorbetto @ Ice, then to Walla Walla Point Park to look for fish & throw rocks (9/8); At the park, he jumped with confidence to grab the monkey bar with both hands, then grabbed the next bar before dropping
Todd at Lincoln Rock State Park – August 23, 2019
Looking for fish in Cashmere – August 25, 2019
Looking for fish at Walla Walla Point Park – September 8, 2019
Swinging at Walla Walla Point Park – September 8, 2019


  • See post, “Hiking: Hidden Lake (9/01/19)
  • Hike to Hidden Lake (0.8 miles round trip) & looking at fish (9/1)
  • Throwing rocks & walking over rocks at Lake Wenatchee (9/1)
Todd at Hidden Lake – September 1, 2019
Todd climbing over rocks at the shore of Lake Wenatchee – September 1, 2019
Todd at Lake Wenatchee – September 1, 2019


  • Riding his pedal bike with training wheels (9/14, 9/19); Eric throws the frisbee & Todd tries to ride away
September 19, 2019


  • See post, “Pool Videos (Age 5, Month 1)
  • We swam 14x this month
  • He did 2 back flips & 1 failed attempt (8/22)
  • We playing ball toss in the pool
  • There was a double rainbow (9/16)
September 6, 2019
Rainbow over the pool – September 16, 2019


  • Open house to see his school/classroom (8/21)
  • First day of Kinder (8/28); he goes 1/2 days M-F
  • He has PE 2x per week; One evening he dropped to the floor to demo push-ups, so maybe he learned that in PE!
1st day of Kindergarten – August 28, 2019


  • Dining out: La Fuente (8/21); Ice (9/8); El Porton (9/20)
Birthday dinner – August 21, 2019


  • On 9/4 we saw a small rat in the grass on the way to the pool. After we swam it was still in the same spot. Later, we saw a worm. Todd doesn’t shy away from touching anything, but I try my best to keep him safe! (i.e., I do know rats can bite.)


  • We started a token economy on 9/5: he gets 1 star for each night he stays in his own bed, earning a toy if he fills up the month; so far he has not missed a night getting stars!
September 15, 2019

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