Todd is Five (Month 4)

Todd at ~5 years, 3 months old – November 29, 2019

NOV 21 – DEC 20 (2019)


  • “It’s gonna suck to go. It’s gonna really suck.” (talking about going home after visiting Grandma/Grandpa)
  • “Mom” or “Dad” (sometimes…instead of mama and dada)
  • Todd hums the Star Wars Duel of Fates tune all the time
  • Singing into the microphone: (i.e., “Daytona,” by Chris Rea & “Jet,” by Paul McCartney & Wings


  • We went to Bend, OR to visit my family for the long weekend (11/27 – 12/1)
  • See post, “Thanksgiving 2019
Todd & Grandpa on Thanksgiving morning – November 28, 2019
Eating bread at Village Baker – November 30, 2019
Visiting Santa – November 30, 2019
Todd playing with Lucy – December 1, 2019


  • Phone games: Tomb of the Mask, Rescue Cut, Mr Go Home
  • Books: The Mr. Books series (we cracked up reading Mr. Skinny and Mr. Jelly…“Oh calamity!”)
  • Open gym @ Apple Valley Gymnastics (11/23; playing hide & seek)
  • Building a Lego Minecraft treehouse from downloaded instructions (11/24)
  • Playing Atari Maze Craze (he tries to be the winner)
  • Painting his super hero figures
  • Wrapping Christmas presents (he loved helping with cutting the paper, managing the tape, sticking the tags on, and getting things from around the house to wrap up for specific people)
  • Making a gingerbread house (12/15)
  • Helping me make chocolate chip cookies (he didn’t like them!)
  • Setting up Blokus pieces to ‘trap monsters’
  • Opening an early Christmas present from Grammie: Lego Killer Croc Tail-Gator set
Painted super heroes – November 22, 2019
Decorating – November 24, 2019
Opening his Christmas present from Grammie – December 17, 2019


  • There was no school on the day before Thanksgiving (11/27)
  • Todd was Student of the Month for November, so we were invited to chapel on 12/3 for presentation of his award: “This kindergartener has been working really hard to make good choices and do his best work. He is kind and eager, always ready to go no matter what we are doing. He is learning sight words quickly and loves to help his friends learn them too. He’s made great progress in being a SMART Crusader! Way to go, Todd!”
  • See post, “Kindergarten Student of the Month
  • Holiday performance (12/8); Todd really participated well this time & it seemed like he had a great time!
  • Field trip: Holiday singing at the courthouse (12/9)
  • Todd received a “SMART” card for doing good work at school (12/16)
  • Holiday party at school (12/19; full day)
  • Full day at school for the last day before winter break (movie afternoon) (12/20)
Todd receives his ‘Student of the Month’ award – December 3, 2019


  • We skied 3x (12/8, 12/14, 12/15)
  • Elisa rode with Todd on Chair 1 for the 1st time (12/8)
  • On 12/8 we did 7 runs on Chair 1 (Mimi)
  • Todd’s improving with his turns, working on bringing the skis together at then end
  • When he wants to go fast, I can’t keep up with him on the groomers!
  • He still loves eating snow & playing on the snow slope
Todd & Elisa riding chair 1 together – December 7, 2019
December 14, 2019
December 15, 2019


  • He likes to point out words that he can read in books
  • He tried to sound out “Han Solo” in his Star Wars book
  • We started teaching him to wipe his own tooshie (12/8)
  • He randomly told me before falling asleep that he wants to be a mailman when he grows up…but only for 2 days.
Still sleeping at 7:12 AM – December 10, 2019


  • He got a Pizza Hut ‘free pizza coupon’ for his reading log at school
  • Dining out: El Agave (12/16; Elisa party!)
Cheeseless pizza from Pizza Hut – November 25, 2019
Eating pizza – November 25, 2019

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