Hiking: Hay Canyon (April/May 2020)

CASHMERE/HAY CANYON (WA)
AGE 5, MONTHS 8-9
APR 18 – MAY 2 (2020)

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Our destination on this day was the pump track in Cashmere (WA). Todd tried riding his bike over a few of the hills, with success, and then he had fun running around. Next, we walked down to the river. Todd threw a few rocks, but mostly climbed on the hillside.

Funny face Todd – April 18, 2020
Wenatchee River – April 18, 2020
Todd – April 18, 2020
Todd – April 18, 2020

We drove up the Hay Canyon road, just to check it out, but then decided to walk up the trail for a bit. We didn’t make it all the way to the top, but vowed to come back another time (…in May!).

Lupine – April 18, 2020
Eric & Todd – April 18, 2020
Hay Canyon – April 18, 2020
Looking down toward Cashmere – April 18, 2020
Todd running down the trail – April 18, 2020
Balsamroot – April 18, 2020

SATURDAY, MAY 2

This time, we made it up to the top of the hill at Hay Canyon, so we were treated to a panoramic view.

Todd – May 2, 2020
Hay Canyon – May 2, 2020
Hay Canyon – May 2, 2020
Todd & Eric – May 2, 2020
Viewpoint – May 2, 2020
Balsamroot – May 2, 2020
May 2, 2020

Hiking: Castle Rock (Age 5, Month 8)

Family selfie – April 11, 2020

HIKING: CASTLE ROCK
(WENATCHEE, WA)
AGE 5, MONTH 8

MONDAY, APRIL 6

Eric and Todd hiked partway up the Castle Rock trail, via the little gully.

Castle Rock trail – April 6, 2020
Castle Rock trail – April 6, 2020
Castle Rock trail – April 6, 2020
Castle Rock trail – April 6, 2020

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

We hiked partway up the trail to a lookout mound on this day…

Todd & Eric – April 11, 2020
Elisa – April 11, 2020
Todd – April 11, 2020
April 11, 2020
Eric & Elisa – April 11, 2020
View of Wenatchee – April 11, 2020
View of Wenatchee – April 11, 2020

ERIC’S SOLO HIKES

Eric hiked Castle Rock by himself several times this month. Here are some pics of the views that never get old! He even caught a couple marmots on video.

March 28, 2020
April 7, 2020
April 15, 2020
Egg shell – April 15, 2020

Todd is Five (Month 8)

Todd at ~5 years, 8 years old – April 18, 2020

AGE 5, MONTH 8
MAR 21 – APR 20 (2020)

HOME & OUTSIDE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Favorite Movie: Croods
  • Show: Morphle
  • Book: Tyrannosaurus Wrecks, Mr. Books
  • Favorite new game app: Scary Teacher
  • Watching YouTube channel Game Play Adventure (the guy plays games with long fingernails & makes funny sounds in a different language, which cracks us up)
  • Todd made a forest picture for Eli: “To Eli, I love you, Eli”
  • Making marble mazes with cardboard, hot glue and straws
  • Lots & lots of playing ‘doctor’ with hurt shoulder/arm in sling and doing surgery like what Eric had done
  • Singing/playing ukulele; his song “And Then”
  • Quoting lines from movies (Spies Like Us) “Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, Doctor” & (The Meaning of Life) “I really want the machine that goes bing!”
  • Eric made a table surface for the deck
  • Playing card games outside: Eye spy, Blackjack, Hulk choose! (4/9)
  • Spending lots of time on the deck (i.e., having dinner outside, making art)
  • The Easter Bunny brought Todd the Frozen II movie; he had fun looking for plastic eggs & thanked the EB (unprompted)
  • Playing outside on the grass with ball, T-ball, doing ‘moves’, sitting on skateboard & playing with Juan & Giovanni
  • Todd said:
    • “I’m sick” (when he doesn’t like something- usually a song)
    • “What did you say, if I might ask?
Playing games on the new table surface – April 9, 2020
Dinner on the deck – April 13, 2020

THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY

  • Watching The Gods Must Be Crazy & cracking up watching the naked butts; Todd kept rewinding it (3/21)
  • Eric said, “Todd don’t rewind it. The best butts are coming up.”
  • Todd said, “But I want to see the bad butts” (watching The Gods Must Be Crazy)
  • Todd said, “Bye-bye butt show” (when I turned it off)

FUN ACTIVITIES

  • Walking to the elementary school & butt boarding on the skateboard (3/21)
  • Playing at Rotary Park (3/26)
  • Playing at St Joe’s playground (typically walk / bike ride there) (3/26 – 4/6); buttboarding, basketball, playing with kids / new friend Michael
  • On 4/6 the playground equipment at St Joe’s was roped off, so Todd played in the dirt/sand area
  • Playing his version of “Scary Teacher” in the grass
  • Cashmere pump track (brief spurt of biking but mostly running around); throwing rocks at the river & climbing up the hillside (he was more interested in climbing than throwing rocks)
  • Todd said: “Dada was a dud wall ball player”
March 26, 2020
March 27, 2020
April 5, 2020
The day the playground equipment was blocked off – April 6, 2020
By the river in Cashmere – April 18, 2020

BUTTBOARDING

Todd said, “I can beat you on the skateboard with my eyes closed”

LEARNING TO BIKE RIDE (NO TRAINING WHEELS)

April 6, 2020
Biking on the Loop Trail (Hydropark) – April 12, 2020

HIKING

Tyee Ridge (Brief, WA) – March 21, 2020
Todd hiking at the Jacobson Preserve – April 10, 2020
Family selfie on Castle Rock trail – April 11, 2020
Eric & Todd hiking at Jacobson Preserve – April 19, 2020

KINDERGARTEN

  • School from home continues. We found out school was going to be out for the rest of the school year.
  • We pick up a new packet every Monday & then Todd gets a take-out personal pan pizza (no cheese) for ‘Pizza Monday’
  • Todd meets with his teacher every Tuesday
  • No school for Todd on Easter Monday (4/13)
  • He loves watching Ms. R’s lesson with ‘Freckles’ on compound words; he makes jokes, “double decker bus,” etc.
Todd’s picture of cherries falling off trees/bushes, a butterfly and a man – April 16, 2020
April 17, 2020

FOOD NOTES

  • He likes dipping romaine lettuce in balsamic vinegar
  • He tried spring roll skin (the clear kind made of tapioca flour) & liked it
  • He asked to eat a walnut (shocker!) & liked it
  • When he eats watermelon, he nibbles well into the white of the rind
  • Juicing orange/watermelon to make popsicles
  • Take out: Chipotle (2x), Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas for Todd (7x), Burger King Impossible burgers
  • He said, “I want something refreshing”
Eating plain spring roll skin – April 17, 2020

SLEEP

  • We put up the tent on Todd’s bed to sleep in
  • Todd said he had a bad dream: he was going to eat some chocolate, but then it had peanuts in it so he spit it out because he’s allergic
  • Sleepover with Elisa 1x
  • Todd fell asleep on couch (4/15)
4:36 pm – April 15, 2020

HEALTH & MISC

  • Todd seems to have a seasonal allergy
  • A right lower molar started poking through!
  • He helps put his own sunscreen on
  • Todd said, “Now take this off [my hair scrunchie]. It will look more beautiful like this” (touching my hair & smiling)
Right lower molar poking through – April 7, 2020


Hiking: Jacobson Preserve 4/10/20

HIKING: JACOBSON PRESERVE
(WENATCHEE, WA)
AGE 5, MONTH 8
APR 10 (2020)

FRIDAY, APRIL 10

We parked at the WRAC parking lot and hiked up the Jacobson Preserve trail. Interesting fact: Eric’s mom’s first cousin is Sharon Jacobson…the same Jacobson family who donated this land to the Land Trust here in Wenatchee.

View of Castle Rock from the Jacobson Preserve trail – April 10, 2020
Todd – April 10, 2020
Balsamroot – April 10, 2020
Shooting Star – April 10, 2020
Elisa – April 10, 2020
April 10, 2020
Todd – April 10, 2020
Eric has 4 sets of Todd’s hand prints on his back – April 10, 2020
Todd & Elisa – April 10, 2020
Todd – April 10, 2020

Learning to Pedal Bike (Age 5, Month 8)

This month, we started a star (incentive) chart for Todd riding his pedal bike without training wheels. After 5 stars, Todd earned a personal pan pizza. (He likes the sauce-only pizzas from Pizza Hut.)

There were 3 different skills on the chart for earning pizzas: 1) Keep peddling with eyes forward; 2) Peddling while turning in circles; and 3) Working on starting and stopping. After earning 3 pizzas, he earned a Lego set (he picked the Hidden Side Wrecked Shrimp Boat).

SATURDAY, MARCH 28
SUNDAY, MARCH 29

We walked to St Joe’s while Eric drove Todd’s bike over with his van. Todd practiced riding on the paved area by the basketball hoops and the covered strip by the playground equipment.

MONDAY, MARCH 30

We drove to St. Joe’s and Todd practiced riding on the street for the first time, with me riding as a model and motivator.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31

We went back to St. Joe’s to practice biking on the street, with a specific focus on Todd using his brake. Todd earned jelly beans for successful ‘jelly bean stops.’

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

All of the bike riding must have gotten into Todd’s head at night, because he woke up and told us about his bad dream– about riding his bike too close to an edge and he fell off (then woke up)!

We took a day off from our usual St Joe’s outing, but later in the evening Eric and Todd went down to the tennis court to practice bike riding in circles. Afterward, Todd said, using an imitating voice, “Dada said ‘Bwa, bwa, bwa, do this”” (about bike riding).

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

First time riding from our home to St. Joe’s!

FRIDAY, APRIL 3 – MONDAY, APRIL 6

We continued our afternoon routine of bike riding from our home to St. Joe’s. By April 6th, he was starting/stopping/turning with greater ease.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

We biked around the parking lot at the elementary school on the 7th. Eric and Todd biked a short section of the Apple Capital Loop Trail on the 8th.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12

We went to East Wenatchee and parked at the portion of the Apple Capital Loop Trail that spurs off from the main loop (at the Hydropark). Todd mostly practiced biking in the parking lot, but he was willing to ride a short section of the paved trail.

Todd was drawn to the river to look for fish, and he played on the grassy/rocky embankment with another boy his age. He wanted to wear his cloth mask, but insisted that it didn’t need to cover his nose (…oh well…).

Todd & Eric – April 12, 2020
Elisa – April 12, 2020
April 12, 2020
Jumping! – April 12, 2020

MONDAY, APRIL 13

We rode our bikes around a church parking lot and then ventured over to the middle school. Before heading back, Todd wanted to play his own version of “Scary Teacher” in the grassy field.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 – FRIDAY, APRIL 17

We biked to the St Joe’s grassy area on the 15th and 16th. Todd rode around the tennis court on the 17th.

SUMMARY–

By the end of this month, Todd was able to peddle without training wheels, turn, go in circles, slow himself down, stop, and start himself. He was able to ride on quiet streets with our guidance. Success!

Skills for development for future months will be…

Improving endurance for longer rides, increasing reaction times for all skills, going up/down curb cuts and driveway cuts, and feeling comfortable riding within a defined width (i.e., sidewalk).

Hiking: Preston Creek/Entiat River Road (03/21/20)

HIKING:
AGE 5, MONTH 8
MAR 21 (2020)

SATURDAY, MARCH 21

On this day we were in the mood for a scenic drive and short hike, so we ventured up the Entiat River Road. Our original destination was Silver Falls (located almost at the end of the paved road), but we were denied because the road was blocked with snow.

Instead, we turned onto the gravel road at Brief, WA / Preston Creek. We took in some gorgeous views of Tyee Ridge / Tyee Mountain as we ascended higher and higher. Before the road became too icy, we parked at a logical place (with one other car), and walked the road until Todd started getting tired.

This was just the sort of outing we needed!

Looking toward Tyee Ridge – March 21, 2020
Looking back toward Entiat – March 21, 2020
Family selfie – March 21, 2020
Todd with Tyee Mountain in the background – March 21, 2020
Looking back at the car – March 21, 2020
Elisa – March 21, 2020
Tyee Ridge – March 21, 2020
Looking down the road – March 21, 2020
Headed up the road – March 21, 2020
Snowy section of road – March 21, 2020

Todd is Five (Month 7)

Todd at ~5 years, 7 months old – March 18, 2020

AGE 5, MONTH 7
FEB 21 – MAR 20 (2020)

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

  • Watching Looney Tunes: Back in Action & dressing up in his ninja costume & back pack while acting out scenes
  • Making mixed-up Lego figures & posing them with weapons/accessories
  • Making a Lego volcano (with baking soda & vinegar)
  • Wearing mixed-up costumes (i.e., trooper mask, creature hands, Captain America shield & ninja costume)
  • Playing outside (i.e., soccer ball)
  • Drawing & writing
  • Doing lots of mazes & dot-to-dots (3/1)
  • Todd plays a game where he suddenly announces, “The floor is lava in 10-9-8-7…the floor is lava!”
  • Cracking up watching a video of a goat making a funny noise
  • First time saying he wants to marry me when he gets bigger (3/15)

Can you read this (starting with the number 3)? It says, “The bad guy found the gold and the money and diamonds.” Todd started writing from left to right, then did some reversals while writing from left to right. I traced with colored markers to pick out each word better.

Can you find the following names in this picture?
Dad, mom, Todd, Grammie, Granddad, Lucy, Jason

February 27, 2020

Can you find the following names in this picture?
Tyler, Eli, Ashley, Sandie, Darren, Kylie, Adam, Jeff

February 27, 2020
Battle Gear – March 13, 2020

FUN ACTIVITIES

  • Playing mini golf & eating pizza at Tap & Putt (2/21)
  • Washington Park: practice with bike (training wheels) & playing (he brought backpack/bucket of toys) (3x)
  • He can pull himself up on the swing seat by himself now
  • Learning to bike without training wheels (starting on flat grass)
  • Playing at elementary school: playground equipment, grassy slope, buttboarding on skateboard, wall ball, basketball (3/17-3/20)
  • Todd said: “Dada was a dud wall ball player” (3/24)
Pulling himself up on the swing – March 1, 2020
March 18, 2020
March 18, 2020
Shooting hoops – March 18, 2020

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

  • K.C.’s birthday party & Drake’s birthday party (Eastmont Arcade) (2/23 & 2/29)
  • First time getting his face painted (2/29)
  • Ian’s birthday party (his home) (3/7)
Todd & his buddy at K.C.’s birthday party – February 23, 2020
Todd & his buddy at K.C.’s birthday party – February 23, 2020
February 29, 2020

VISIT FROM FAMILY

  • My parents arrived Thursday 3/5 & went home Monday 3/9
  • See posts, “Family Visit (March 2020)
  • See post, “Hiking: Castle Rock (3/06/20)
  • Activities: Hiking Castle Rock (3/6); Dr. Seuss day at Todd’s school (3/7); Ian’s birthday party (3/7); Browsing Ye Olde Bookshoppe (3/7); Elementary playground (3/7); Mission Ridge (3/8)
  • Dining out: Seattle Yoga Café (3/7); Agave Azul (3/7)
My parents (“Grandpa & Grandma”) on top of Castle Rock – March 6, 2020

KINDERGARTEN

  • Field trip to the museum (2/21)
  • Todd wanted to go to the open house at his school (2/25)
  • He practiced hopping on one foot
  • Todd got a ‘SMART card’ for following directions (2/28)
  • Dr Seuss day activities (3/7; Elisa & Todd)
  • Eric & Todd typically went to the park after school to play
  • Spring teacher-parent conference (3/10)
  • Half day kinder for conference days (3/11, 3/12)
  • No school (3/12)
  • Last ‘regular’ day of school this year (3/16); I drove him to school since Eric was still wearing his post-surgical sling & Todd said, “I want to marry you, Mama, because you’re the best”
  • School work ‘at home’ started on 3/17
Buying treats with coins – March 14, 2020

SKIING & SNOW PLAY – MISSION RIDGE

  • The 3 of us skied together 2x (2/22, 2/29)
  • Elisa/Eric ski together (2/28; personal day; bluebird/like Spring)
  • Elisa/Lyndsay skied together the day before the ski area closed for the season (3/15)
  • Chairs 1,2 & 4
  • I rode Chair 1 with Todd this month
  • Sebastian & family skied at Mission (2/29); we went out to eat @ Chipotle’s with them the next day (3/1)
Elisa getting ready to ski Sugar Bowl (Chair 3) – March 15, 2020

ERIC’S SURGERY DAY

  • Eric had rotator cuff surgery (3/11)
  • After Todd’s half day at school, we all went to Ice for sorbetto; Todd threw rocks & climbed on rocks by the river
  • Check-in was at 2:30 and surgery started at 3:50
March 11, 2020
March 11, 2020
Eric post-surgery – March 11, 2020

FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT

  • We like getting bread from Glaze bakery
  • Dining out: Tap & Putt (2/21); Stones Gastropub (3/2; PTL meeting; Todd got a transformer to play with)

Family Visit (March 2020)

FAMILY VISIT
AGE 5, MONTH 7
MAR 5 – MAR 9 (2020)

THURSDAY, MARCH 5

My parents arrived for a visit…Yay!

FRIDAY, MARCH 6

I took a personal day, but Todd had school. We went hiking to the top of Castle Rock (see post, “Hiking: Castle Rock (3/06/20)“).

Elisa & Eric on top of Castle Rock – March 6, 2020
My parents on top of Castle Rock – March 6, 2020
Todd & Grandpa chasing each other – March 6, 2020

SATURDAY, MARCH 7

This was an action-packed day. In the morning, Todd wanted to go to the Dr. Seuss day activities at his school. I took him to that event, and he had fun playing games and making crafts. Here is a picture of Todd with his chapel buddy (she adores him!)…

Paint dobber craft – March 7, 2020

After the Dr. Seuss activity, I handed Todd off to Eric, and they went to a birthday party for Todd’s classmate (Ian). Todd made a sweet card. I love the way he makes hearts!

At this point, I caught up with my parents at Ye Olde Bookshoppe. Afterward, we had smoothies/lunch at Seattle Yoga Café.

Next, Todd played at the elementary school playground. Grandma convinced Todd to try riding his bike without training wheels for the first time (he was motivated by a Lego set). He did great!

Playing at the elementary school – March 7, 2020

Finally, we went out for dinner at a favorite Mexican restaurant in Cashmere, WA: Agave Azul. YUM!

Out for dinner at Agave Azul – March 7, 2020

SUNDAY, MARCH 8

We all went to Mission Ridge for a day of skiing. It had been several years since my dad last skied, but it had been a very long time since my mom had. It turned out Grandma picked it up much easier than she thought she would!

Mom bailed out so she wouldn’t ski off the edge / run into a tree!

Grandma skiing at 78 years old! – March 8, 2020
Eric & I did a run together – March 8, 2020

MONDAY, MARCH 9

My parents went home! We started this school week not realizing it would be the last ‘regular’ week of school before the school closure! (And it wasn’t even a full week due to school conferences Wed/Thur and no school for Todd Friday.)

Hiking: Castle Rock (3/06/20)

HIKING: CASTLE ROCK
MAR 06 (2020)

My parents were in town, and Todd was in school, so we hiked to the top of Castle Rock (Wenatchee, WA). Here are some family pictures!

My parents & I on top of Castle Rock – March 6, 2020
Elisa & Eric – March 6, 2020
Carol Ann & Richard – March 6, 2020
View of Wenatchee – March 6, 2020
View of Wenatchee – March 6, 2020
Carol Ann & Elisa – March 6, 2020
My parents with Castle Rock in the background – March 6, 2020

Todd is Five (Month 6)

Todd at 5 years, 6 months old – February 21, 2020

AGE 5, MONTH 6
JAN 21 – FEB 20 (2020)

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

  • Todd insisted that we needed to go to Chipotle and go for a hike, so we went outside for a short walk instead (this was after dark, late in the evening)
  • Working on his zombie book, “Zombie Good Luck” (this ended up being 8 pages of drawing & writing); he writes some words from right to left & mirrored
  • Playing outside with the soccer ball
  • Playing the keyboard & ukulele & harmonica
  • Building with Legos (i.e., ski slope)
  • He made an armband/note for his classmate (Ceci) that was really sweet
  • Todd said:
    • “I’ll be fine”
    • He used the word, “likely” appropriately
3. Too The Man Noooo…It’s a Zombie Ahhh
4. O No AT The MANS buT The Zombie

FUN ACTIVITIES

  • Open gym @ Apple Valley Gymnastics 4x; he practiced his daffy & straddle jumps
  • After the gym, we go to Ice for non-dairy sorbetto
  • Globe trotters @ the Toyota Town Center (2/4); Todd wasn’t too interested but he saw some friends from preschool/kinder there
  • Playing at Eastmont park (2/17)
  • He really wanted a Seahawks shirt at Safeway & they had one on sale that fit him
January 25, 2020

TRIP TO SEATTLE

  • See post, “Vegan Dining: Seattle (February 2020)
  • We drove to Seattle on 2/15, stayed at an Airbnb overnight, then returned home 2/16. The occasion was Ken’s retirement party.
  • Dining out: No Bones Beach Club, Mighty-O & Sweet Alchemy (2/15); Wayward Vegan Cafe (2/16)

KINDERGARTEN

  • No school on 1/21
  • Todd got a “SMART card” at music for “Always Follow Directions” (1/22)
  • Ski PE day at Mission Ridge (1/24)
  • Todd stayed home due to a mild fever the day before (1/31)
  • At home he readily practiced making ‘w’ then wanted to draw & color (this is such a new development for him!)
  • ‘Muffins with Mom’ before school (2/12)
  • He sings songs from music after he gets home
  • Valentine party at school (2/14)
Muffins with mom – February 12, 2020
Valentine’s Day party – February 14, 2020

SKIING – MISSION RIDGE

  • See post, “Ski Videos (Age 5, Month 6)
  • Not including night skiing, the 3 of us skied together 3x
  • Night skiing (2/13); we were treated to a magic trick in the Hampton lodge!
  • Todd’s first time skiing lower Chak Chak (2/13)
  • Sebastian, Levi & Elizabeth skied with us for 2 runs (1/26)
  • Eric & I skied together (best ski date!) when I had the day off, but Todd had school (1/27)
  • I got first tracks down Chute 2 on a powder day (YES!!) when Todd & Eric went to the lodge (2/8)
  • Todd skied runs on chairs 1, 2 & 4 this month
  • He skied top to bottom under chair 2 (off piste!) (2/8)
  • He skied Lemolo (double diamond run!) (2/9)
  • He did 3 runs on chair 2 in one day (2/9)
  • He said: “I like killed the ski area” (after Eric told him that ‘he killed it’ under chair 2)
Todd skis under the lift on Chair 2 – February 8, 2020
Top of Chair 2, headed for Boundary Road – February 9, 2020
Headed for Lemolo – February 9, 2020
Sliding! – February 9, 2020

HIKING – SQUILCHUCK STATE PARK

  • Todd insisted that we go hiking after a day of skiing, so we went to Squilchuck (2/8)
Hiking at Squilchuck SP – February 8, 2020
Todd & Eric – February 8, 2020
Elisa – February 8, 2020

FOOD

  • Todd ate baked beans (“sugar beans”)
  • He tried a radish & said he liked it
  • He asks for “junk food” & he asks if certain things are “superfood”
  • Dining out: Ice (4x); El Porton (1/26, with Sebastian & family); Aye Caramba (2/4; PTL meeting); Glaze bakery (2/17)
Eating bread – February 17, 2020

HEALTH & NIGHT TIME

  • Todd was mildly feverish (1/30)
  • Before bed he likes reading his book “Zombie Good Luck” (until he gave it away to his friend Reid, at school)
  • He falls asleep with his arms over his head & says “put your hand on my tummy” or else he turns on his side to fall asleep & says “put your hand on my hip” (I leave his room after he falls asleep)
  • He’s been waking up & going to Eric’s bed at night
  • He said:
    • “I learned a hard lesson” (about running with his hands in his pockets)
    • “I just learned another lesson” (in the bathtub… but I didn’t see what happened)
Drinking Goppa – February 10, 2020