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“.
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)
RUNNING IN SPRINKLERS
Lincoln Rock State Park (8/23); looking for fish & trying to catch them
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
He has PE 2x per week; One evening he dropped to the floor to demo push-ups, so maybe he learned that in PE!
FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT
Dining out: La Fuente (8/21); Ice (9/8); El Porton (9/20)
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!
Our small family was due for a hike, so we picked a new place to explore over Labor Day weekend. Hidden Lake (Trail 1510) is right by Lake Wenatchee. It’s a nice, short distance for hiking with kids (0.8 miles round trip).
Of course, Todd was all pumped up to catch some fish with his hands. There were plenty of fish to see (tiny-to-small in size), but he was unsuccessful fishing (fortunately).
Here’s a view of Dirty Face Peak. Eric and I did that hike waaaay back in October of 2003! [The map at the top of this post shows the trail on the Green Trails map. I couldn’t highlight over the tape, but we did complete the whole hike!]
After the hike to Hidden Lake, we drove to the small parking lot at Glacier View campground. We lucked out and got one of just a few parking spots, since someone else was leaving right when we showed up.
Initially, Todd wanted to look for fish in the lake, but then he got interested in throwing rocks and practicing climbing over the rocks, back and forth several times.
Todd fell asleep in the car after his exertions!
Another time, we’ll have to return to do the shore hike that starts at Glacier View Campground (Trail 1510A). A weekday might offer the best chance of getting a parking spot when we return!
MOUNTAIN BIKING: NUMBER 2 CANYON AUG 13 – AUG 26 (2019)
Here are pictures from three bike rides at the end of the Number Two Canyon road. Instead of going up to the Twin Peaks viewpoint each time, we started exploring some of the newer trails in that area.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
As you can see from the Runkeeper map, we didn’t descend the same meadow that we climbed; we looped around and connected back to our start point. Since we had time left before we had to pick up Todd, we added on our familiar favorite, Lower Stairway to Heaven trail, as an out-and-back. We covered about 10 miles but I didn’t get exact stats because I forgot to restart my tracker for one short section (oops).
MONDAY, AUGUST 19
In the parking lot, we saw friends from skiing at Mission Ridge and they made suggestions for our route. This time we climbed Stairway to Heaven and descended Waterfall (new for us), to access the same meadow area that we explored on the 13th. We ventured a little higher than our previous turn around point, then descended on the same trail (on the 13th we did a loop instead). At an intersection, we did another short out-and-back. The total mileage was 10.90 miles at 5.85 mph.
MONDAY, AUGUST 26
We ascended strongly to the Twin Peaks viewpoint, including a climb of Dragon’s Tail. We descended Road Rage (new for me, but it’s not for me!), then started down our usual route. However, Eric crashed hard shortly after starting down Upper Stairway (his peddle caught on a root which threw him over). Fortunately, he was able to ride down to the car…painfully, but it meant the end of our good times. Our total mileage was 10.2 miles.
“Break it off!” (he says this instead of ‘knock it off’)
“But what the hell is this? What the heck does this do, or what?” (while picking up a flash drive)
“I’m not Mr. Lebowski, you’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude, so that’s what you call me” (he recited lines from The Big Lebowski movie trailer playing at the beginning of a Pink Panther DVD)
Eric asked, “What kind of logic is that?” & Todd said, “That’s not a word to say”
SHARK FRENZY Todd was a chatterbox talking about his shark toy and about taking it to the pool on 8/4. He was non-stop for at least half an hour before I decided to it write down:
“I think the Great White shark is going to be alive in our pool. I like this GW shark because it’s pretty grey. And we have to be careful of this guy. See, I really, really think he’s going to be alive in our pool. He’s gonna bit your hands. He bitted your mouth. He bitted all of you. Now you’re in his mouth. He ate all of me. He ate all of dada. I’m just kidding. Look at his tail, look. This is really, really going to be alive in our pool, and it will swim on its own and it will open its mouth and close it. Look at the dorsal fin. Let’s see if it sinks or floats. Okay? I think he will sink. How many gills does this GW shark have? I think this is gonna sink. I’m gonna throw him into the deep end and see if he likes it. And let’s dry him off, too, from when we’re getting out of the pool. And look, this is a big one, but not as big as the pool. The pool is bigger than this GW shark. Our pool is huge. Look how big this guy is! Look, look at his tail. This guy is so freaky, from he just bites. Sometimes when he bites it’s really freaky. Right now he’s just watching you guys doing something. He’s pretty big. And this is my idea to put a GW shark in the pool and watch for it. We really have to be careful, mama. So I will be careful, so just chance me.”
In the Sharks library book, he likes the page with the ‘mixed up shark’ (above)
Building marble run, playing beanbag toss game, playing a game with chess pieces/board
Building Legos & putting together lots of mixed up figures with weapons/accessories
Fighting with his Hulk figures in slow motion
Pretending he’s a cat named ‘Lizzy’ by crawling, jumping on the couch & trying to lick my face (he started doing this after our trip to Ocean Shores)
He says he’s going to be a scuba diver from when he gets bigger
He is better than me at Hill Climb Racer now! He likes to take screenshots
“I didn’t appreciate from when you took it out of her hand” (talking about a Lego figure)
“I got the wrong vehicle” & “I need a new vehicle” (playing Hill Climb Racer)
“If you watch me you will be a fan of Neon” (playing Hill Climb Racer)
APPLE VALLEY GYMNASTICS
Open gym (3x)
He was able to do a full row of monkey bars! (8/5)
He was able to grasp the bar & hook his legs on the bar; once he flipped all the way around (8/5)
CASHMERE PUMP TRACK
Eric & Todd went to the pump track while I mountain biked (8/4)
Swinging at the park & throwing rocks in the river
OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES
Play date with Lyndsay/Wyatt/Zeke after open gym (7/29)
TEAMS Learning Center (5x)
Puddle jumping on a very rainy morning (8/9)
Library (1x); getting new books & looking at the fish
Grammie’s house: Building trains at Grammie’s house, playing Hill Climb Racer, loving on the cat (Misty), tearing apart & rebuilding the Lego Jr. fire set, watching American Ninja show then practicing ‘moves’ before bed
Grammie’s beach: flying the kite, playing in the water, walking in tide pools
Riding on Globber scooter (7/25)
Coastal Interpretive Center & Matthew McGee Nature Trail (7/26)
Damon Point Beach (7/26)
Swimming @ the Ocean Shore Community Club, Cabana Park pool (7/26, 7/27); Todd’s first jump off a diving board! [See post]
He got 2 answers on Jeopardy correct (“Great White” & “Thresher Shark”)
He slept on the inflatable bed & said it was ‘cozy’ (during past visits he slept in the travel tent)
He loved the ‘sandwich cookies’ (Trader Joe’s Neapolitan Joe Joe)
Dining out: Carl’s Jr (7/24), Los IV Hermanos (7/27), Pho and Baguette (7/28)
Highlights were: throwing bread in the water, seeing fishes/water snake/Northern Alligator lizard; throwing rocks in the creek, sitting with Todd on the same log that I sat on when I was pregnant with him
TRIP TO BEND (OR)
We drove there 8/14 & drove home 8/18 (stayed 4 nights)
Activities: Lego building (Old Fishing Store set), playing at the park, mountain biking, floating the Deschutes River, discovering tadpoles/frogs/fish/snakes at Todd Lake, going on the waterslide & diving board at Juniper Swim and Fitness Center, ‘catching fish’ at Discovery Park
Birthday party for Eli & Todd (8/17); we had vegan burgers, cupcakes & ice cream
5th birthday presents:
Nana & Grampy: Lego Batman Mech vs. Poison Ivy Mech
Grandma & Grandpa: Lego creator Deep Sea Creatures, Shark Bite game, Megalodon monster truck, Shark/diver/cage toy set
Elisa/Eric & Karin’s family: Lego Welcome to Apocalypseburg, small bagged figure
7/23: Todd rode behind me on #1 big slide twice, then went by himself for the first time!
8/2: Todd went by himself on all big slides #1 through #4. He liked #2 & #3 the best because of the tunnels; in the pool he practiced making a shark fin by floating prone & placing hands with palms together over his head
8/7: He likes to climb up through the hole in the lazy river inner tube (requires effort but he can do it)
We convinced Todd to get his hair cut by motivating him with a small Lego set that he saw at Fred Meyer. First, Eric buzzed his own hair then he used his clippers on length #6 for Todd.
FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT
He ate carrot stick & avocado slice when motivated by a ‘sandwich cookie’
He likes grilled cheez sandwiches made with Daiya shreds
Dining out: Munchen Haus (8/11) after hiking; Froyo (8/12)
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”
When he brushes teeth, he takes pretend phone calls [Example: “Hi Boones. I’m getting ready for bed. Are you brushing your teeth? Yeah. Dada already went to bed. Is Jason in bed? Oh!”]
Most nights he wakes up in the night, then goes to sleep with Eric (he says he gets afraid when he’s alone)
Couch nap (8/7; after a short day at Slidewaters)
We met his Kindergarten teacher (8/13)
He is afraid to ride his peddle bike with training wheels!