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.
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!).
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.
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.
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…).
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.
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).
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.
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
Can you find the following names in this picture? Tyler, Eli, Ashley, Sandie, Darren, Kylie, Adam, Jeff
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)
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)
VISIT FROM FAMILY
My parents arrived Thursday 3/5 & went home Monday 3/9
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!)…
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!
Finally, we went out for dinner at a favorite Mexican restaurant in Cashmere, WA: Agave Azul. YUM!
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!
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.)