Family Fun

It’s Saturday and time for my story once again!

I had a super fun day with my mommy and daddy. First we went to eat at our favorite diner, Dimitris. Everyone there is so nice and the food is yummy. Though I prefer to play with my toys than eat, I am a kid after all.

Then we headed off to Kohls to get sheets for the bed and I got daddy to buy me a Spider-man sprinkler. Mommy and daddy says it will be broken before summer comes, but I don’t care. I love spinning him around and pretending he is shooting webs at everyone.

spider man toy

Before you email or comment about my straps, I would not let mommy finish strapping me in until she took a picture of my Spider-Man toy. Mommy is SUPER crazy about my car seat and checks it after anyone but her straps me in. AND the coat looks bulky, but it is quite thin, I was just slouching before mommy fixed it. 

Then we were off to Monster Mini Golf, my parents had a feeling I would be scared, but they took a chance anyway. I am glad they did. While I didn’t like mini golf because of all the scary monsters, the arcade was fun and I won two cool toys with all my tickets.


SAME disclaimer about the car seat…SEE ABOVE PICTURE…
Anyway, like my monster finger and rubber snake?

Then we went to subway for lunch and I got my own sandwich. I’m one lucky kid. Mommy and daddy said I was eating like a gentleman (wiping my mouth with a napkin after every bite).

subway lunch

Tomorrow my Lala and PopPop are coming up to celebrate Easter with us and then we are going down to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house on Sunday. I’m going to get lots of attention. Mommy says I am blessed, I just think I’m really lucky.

Neat Pasta Trick

So I learned a neat trick from my Mother in Law, which she learned from her mother in law….here goes….


Can you see what she is doing?


We were boiling raviolis but also wanted to reheat the pasta from the day before. So instead of microwaving it….she put pasta in a pot, put the collander on top of the pasta, and poured the raviolis and water into the collander. lorraine2

Now, the pasta was heating up and with the hot water…wasn’t getting dried out. Neat trick right? Saves a a bunch of steps and saves energy. I WILL be using this trick over and over…

What neat tricks have family members taught you in the kitchen?

Happy Dinosaur

I’m back and will start getting to a regular posting schedule…It’s Wednesday and time for “Life with a Dinosaur

As I have stated before, you can’t be perfect and try to be do everything perfect. You can’t get upset if yoru craft doesn’t turn out like the one on Pinterest. You can’t cry if the tent doesn’t stay up like the one on the commercial. What matters most is if you are having fun and making wonderful memories.

With Dinosaur, all he cares about is learning, having fun, and spending time with mommy. So when we attempted to make a cute snowman (and I couldn’t find buttons or ribbon I wanted) I improvised.

We rolled up play dough and used it for his eyes, mouth and buttons. In the end Dinosaur learned that making up and improvising can be tons of fun, not everything has to go according to plan, and as long as you have fun that is all that matters.


Afterwards Dinosaur had fun pressing his fingers into play dough while I made dinner. Unplanned activity that rocked.


The hand print reindeer didn’t turn out how I had seen it, but Dinosaur talked about it for three days. He loved it so much and that is all that matters.


I did more of the work on the cotton ball Santa, but let Dinosaur glue all the cotton down. All I did was help him get pieces in between other pieces…he was so proud of his work.

cotton ball santa

When hubby when on camping trip with his boyscout troupe, Dinosaur wanted to camp too. So I tired to get the sleeping bag up like a tent…but that WAS NOT HAPPENING. Then I used a blanket as a tent and let him sleep on the sleeping bag.  Of course it took about a hundred reminders to not jump on the tent, because he would knock over the chairs and fall on toys.


The small living room may be a hazardous zone right now…but the look of joy on my son’s face is all that matters.

I was NOT allowed in his tent…even though I had built it for him…it was for him ALONE. I felt left out for  a minute…but was then granted one picture of him in the tent…I may have slipped in in a few more, but they were not of his face…he’s a smart cookie.


Have you attempted to do an activity and it didn’t turn out like you expected…it was way better?

The Coolest Mommy

It’s Saturday again and that means you all get to hear from the coolest Dinosaur around. Aren’t you all so lucky?

Sometimes mommy can be really cool. She always sits down on the ground with me and today we ate our snack there too. Then mommy said we should bring out a blanket and have a picnic one day. See…how cool is that?

Then we played soccer and catch, mommy is the best mommy, she runs around with me and kicks the ball off the garage and it flies high in the air.

She even laughs when I kick the ball under her car, but she says I have to run around to get it. Even if it lands in the scary bushes, I have to get it-but she will hold my hand. Mommy says if I can kick it over there, than I have t get it. I would get mad, but we have so much fun.

Then I decided to treat mommy to a show of my awesome talents. See what I can do? I can balance on a ball! I bet you can’t, mommy can’t either so don’t feel bad. She said the ball is too small for her, but I know she’s just scared.

Then I found the coolest thing. A squashed piece of chalk, so I did what mommy wanted to do but was too afraid to. I rubbed my hands in it and stomped on it. IT WAS SO COOL!

Mommy was too lazy to get a wet rag, she told me to just wipe it all over my pants and shirt. I was so happy, but wanted to show her my blue hands first.

I love getting dirty, but was upset over my Lightening McQueen sneakers getting dirty. Thankfully there were lots of leaves around to help clean Lightening off.

Mommy says I’m the cutest, handsomest, sweetest boy on the planet. I would have to agree with her on that. That’s why I LOVE my mommy.

Going to spread my charm around later. It’s my Aunt Janet and Uncle Phil’s birthdays and we are going over for a barbecue. I know I will get spoiled and given lots of yummy food. I can’t wait, but have to start practicing my cute looks now.

Do you all have cool mommies and daddies too?

Fall Shoes

I had to buy more shoes for my Dinosaur for the fall. I didn’t like the selection at Sears, but did find two Joe Boxer slip-ons for 12.00 each and a pair of converse sneakers for $15. Not a great price, but still a lot better than $45-$55 a pair.

He was so happy to try on the shoes and walk up and down the aisles seeing how they fit. It is so amazing watching him growing into a boy and become more independent. I miss my baby, but love the boy he is becoming.

Yesterday, he slept over my parent’s house. He had such a great time with them and will becoming back later on today. I am so glad my parents gets to spend time with their only grandchild. Having a child, being a mom, is a miracle I still can’t believe I get to experience. I am blessed that I get to watch my parents be grandparents.

How does this tie into buying shoes??? Well, as simple as it is, it is one I never thought I would be able to enjoy while we were grieving for six years. Buying him shoes, as furstrating as it can be at times, is still a miracle. It’s still a wondrous joy, a blessing that I get t experience. It is someitn I will NEVER take for granted. Buying shoes is an ordinary experience that is brings me extraordinary joy.

Fun with Grandma and Grandpa

Today is Part 2 of Dinosaur and his Grandparents.Yesterday I posted about Dinosaur’s adventures with my parents.

Hubby’s parents, Grandma Lorraine and Grandpa Tony came up for the day and we had a nice bbq for lunch and pasta for dinner. But, Dinosaur was really testing his limits today, talking back to me and not following rules he knows he HAS to follow. I am sure he was thrilled to see his “Ganma” and “Ganpa”, but Mommy is in charge, NOT Dinosaur.

Grandma Lorraine pushing Dinosaur on his bike

Dinosaur showing off his cool (but) cheap toy from Walmart.

Like many of you have mentioned about your hubby’s, my hubby does not read my blog. He says he does not have the time and is convinced that I bad-mouth him. Little does he know that’s what twitter is for, LOL. In all seriousness, I wish he would show a little interest in my blog or not belittle my writing. Of course, he was probably mad at me for nagging him today. He FINALLY sprayed a bees nest right at the corner of our basement door, which is in the ground. But…he sprayed it during the day and the bees were on a war path, making it impossible to enjoy lunch and dinner outside.I try to be a nice and understanding wife, but he makes it so hard when he doesn’t listen and does this without thinking. How do all of you deal with hubby’s that don’t listen, do it their way, then mess things up?

Hubby singing silly songs about me to make me mad, GRRRRRR

Dinosaur with his Grandma Lorraine and Grandpa Tony.

While Dinosaur is NOT their first grandchild or grandson, he is loved deeply and very much wanted. Dinosaur has two older male cousins and a younger female cousin. Tony and Lorraine were over-joyed when we told them we were pregnant, it was a celebration a long time coming. Dinosaur sure has made up for the long wait with his energy and personality.

 Being only three yeas old he is having a hard time understanding that daddy and Grandpa Tony are also Anthony’s. He calls them silly and says daddy is “daddy” and Grandpa Tony is “Ganda”

Dinosaur eating with Grandma, but making her a little nervous. Dinosaur has proved at an early age to take HUGE DINOSAUR BITES and be just fine. Grandma gets nervous with his monstrous bites. Sure I have had a few scares, which have turned out just fine, but he’s a dinosaur and dinosaur’s take BIG
bites of food.

Balboa waiting for food, because we don’t feed him (I’m being sarcastic, he’s holding out for human food. He is so spoiled.) He was our baby when I didn’t think I would ever become a mommy. Balboa has a special place in my heart and always will.

run washing machine if full
put away dried clothes
clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
clean bathroom
clean windows and blinds
check batteries in fire alarms (from Sunday)
What’s your cleaning agenda today? 
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Fun with LaLa and PopPop

This is the second Monday I have NOT posted about saving money. I will get back to that starting next week. I have been saving, just forgetting to keep the receipts and take pictures. I really like to stick to my schedule. Do most of you have a blogging schedule? Or do you just post what you want?

Dinosaur is lucky to have still have two sets of grandparents.  He is making wonderful memories and getting lots of love. LaLa and PopPop are my parents; and Dinosaur is there only grandchild, so he is spoiled with lots of love. Dinosaur got to spend two days with his LaLa and PopPop. My father wanted to be called PopPop, and LaLa was called that by her niece and nephew and it just stuck when they had their kids. So when Dino was born, it was only natural that she was his LaLa too.

On Saturday we went to Sillverman’s Farm in Easton Connecticut. It’s a great little orchard and farm, but there were too many bees; so eating outside was NOT fun. Any suggestions on products that block bees so we can eat outside and enjoy the nice weather? They have a HUGE playground area with an awesome maze.

Being an only child, dinosaur got attention from four adults while running around and playing. He truly is a lucky guy to have so many loving people in his life. What more could ANY kid wish for?

Though he worried me a bit, seems like he has a preference for blond girls. He was following around three of them on the playground!!! The girl he he clings to at daycare is also blond. Already three and he has his preferences, I’m in trouble. Though I never really talk to him about girls, I usually just say when you grow up, get married and have kids. I don’t want him to feel like we won’t accept him and want him to know that no matter who he loves; we will always love him. Maybe I’m crazy to think about this when he is only thee but I want him to know and my vocabulary to be consistent. After getting stickers on our car symbolizing our family, he is always repeating the members of our family. I tell him that some families have one mom, or one dad, or two moms or dads, or aunts and uncles, or grandparents. As long as you are loved, that’s your family.

Okay, now back to the post at hand, I sometimes get sidetracked with my thoughts.

Dinosaur posing like a big man next to “Thomas the Train”

One of the many cool trucks in the playground area.

On Sunday we spent the day at their house. Hubby had to umpire two games near their house, so it made sense to spend the day there. pent all day there. Dinosaur loves it there, because LaLa and PopPop have designated their back room to Dinosaur. He walks around like the big man on campus. He loves to sit at the back table, play with his cars, and eat his food.

Dinosaur telling to hurry up and take the picture, my bossy little man.

My mother didn’t want her picture taken, she’s so silly. My dad was being funny and was pretending to flex his muscles.

Tomorrow I will post about Dinosaur’s day with Grandpa Tony and Grandma Lorraine (hubby’s parents).

run washing machine if full
put away dried clothes
clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
plan shopping list (from yesterday)
change sheets and towels
catch up day
check batteries in fire alarms (from yesterday)
What’s your cleaning agenda today? 
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She’s NOT Fooling Me

I finally get on my mommy’s laptop, she hogs it all the time. Can
someone tell HER to share, please?

So mommy blogged about this stupid schedule she wants to do with me, well…I don’t like this one bit. Now she has gone crazy. She actually got off the computer and started writing on colorful papers, as if that would make it better. She is NOT fooling me. Can you see some of these ridiculous activities?

Then she added “store” and “go on a trip”.

Then this is what I see one afternoon

and one morning

CHORES???? Reading and Writing???? Are the colors supposed to make it fun? I want TV time and free play ALL THE TIME!!!!! Then she started putting Velcro on them and stuck them to a folder. I really need help here guys.

I found out the vegetable police don’t exist, but there has to be a schedule police, right? Can someone get me their number, this is an urgent matter.

I also want to add that adults are crazy around me and not very smart. LaLa and PopPop bought me a used bike with training wheels, a helmet, knee pads, and gloves and think they don’t have to push me around. Am I suddenly going to pedal a bike on my own?

Then LaLa and PopPop took me out one day (when mommy was sick) and realized they could bring me to Aunt Janet and Uncle Phil’s house where there is a pool. Why did it take them all summer to realize they could do this? Do you know how many wasted weekends we have had? Why do adults claim to be smart but don’t think? Mommy didn’t ask if she could put these pics up of Aunt Janet or LaLa, but you never know what is going to end up on mommy’s blog, right? Plus, it’s my post and I say they go up and Dinosaur is always RIGHT!  ROOOOAAAAAR

run washing machine if full
put away dried clothes
clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
clean door knobs and light switches (vacuum living areas from yesterday)
charge car generator
What’s your cleaning agenda today?

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I’m Cute and I Know It

It’s Saturday and time for my side of the story again.
I was a SUPER good boy yesterday. We all went out to eat at Chuck’s Steakhouse in Danbury, CT. I love that I can look at the fishes swimming around and see pictures of boats in the water. Did mommy get a pic of any of that? NOPE, because SHE is the one who doesn’t listen. I was super good at the table. I played nicely with my cars and pretended to pour sugar, salt, and pepper on them. Why? Well, because they love when I do that.

We ordered great food, but did mommy get a picture of any of that? NOPE, she said she did but her phone was being silly. I think she is just old and doesn’t know what she is doing. I think if she put her phone in my apple juice it would have worked better.

I did get to take awesome pics with mommy and daddy, not together though, perhaps one day mommy will think about asking someone to take a picture of the three of us. Am I the only one who thinks ahead around here? 

I think me being a good boy makes up for me calling mommy mean, telling her I’m mad, and saying I would throw her in the garbage for not giving me a lollipop. Hey, I’m only three and allowed to get super angry. Besides with my awesome smile, I can get away with a lot.
Don’t you agree?

Here, even when I am messy from a SO Delicious mini fudge bar, I am still quite handsome.


run washing machine if full, put away dried clothes, clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
door knobs, light fixtures and switches
wipe down walls

What’s your cleaning agenda today? 

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Spiders, Waiting Room & the Zoo

1. What’s the one thing you buty every time you walk into the store? If it’s Trader Joe’s then it’s almond and rice milk, we go through that like crazy and always seem to need more. If it’s the supermarket, then whatever meat is on sale. If it’s Walgreens or Rite Aide, then it’s cereal and/or bread.

2. If you had a day all to yourself how would you spend it? First I would get some blogging done, read a good crime book and watch a movie. All while, eating food without having to share food with anyone (I am assuming our dog is out of the house too)

3. Are you a speed limit driver? If not, over or under? Definately an under or right at speed limit. I am too scared of the other reckless drivers speeding and talking/texting behind the wheel.

4. What’s your favorite dessert to make, homemade or from a mix? apple cobbler, I cut apples, place in cast iron skillet, sprinkle with a mixture of pancake mix and butter (I use dairy free butter). Heat in the oven at 300 for twenty minutes and perfection. You could do this with any fruit, but I love it with apples. I will have to post about this one Tuesday.

5. Would you rather have a spider or a mouse scurry across your face (no copping out and saying “neither!!”)? OMG, I would rather have a mouse than a spider, spiders are evil creatures that plot and plan your destruction. Yes, I have an irrational fear of spiders (ugh, I feel one crawling on me now)

Dear Beardsley Zoo Maintenance Worker,
Thank you so much for coming so fast to our aid. I can’t believe we got into this situation (read below) and would have been waiting for god knows how long for Geico. So when you came and jump started our car, and then refused to take a tip you became an angel in my book. Thank you so much. I truly hope karma returns you good blessing in the near future.

Thanks, from the mother of the sick boy, daughter of the angry dad, and wife of the annoyed hubby

Dear Lady Parts Doctor
I understand you are popular doctor, but scheduling appointments every ten minutes is ridiculous. You have five patients waiting while you have only two rooms available AND you always run late. How about you schedule them twenty minutes apart, might make it easier on the ONE nurse you have in the office.
Sincerely the patient with not enough time to sit in your waiting room for forty minutes
We had fun at Beardsley Zoo with my parents. If you live in CT area, Beardsley Zoo is an awesome place to take your family. It’s big enough to spend most of the day, they have an indoor carousel that you can eat your lunch in and a large picnic area. Even though Dinosaur got a fever once again while at the zoo, he still had a great time. The last time we were at the zoo he was two, now at three he is experiencing as a big boy. He led the way and told us which exhibits we had to see.

with Pop Pop, La La, and Daddy

 Dinosaur was happy to touch the baby alligator, he wanted to help holding the snake, but he didn’t get called. I tell you Dinosaur is NOT scared of anything…well except loud noises and thunder storms. But alligators, snakes, snapping turtles… please, he would scare them. LOL

He loved petting the goats and talking back to the roosters. He kept repeating what the rooster was saying, “Cock-a-doo-doo”.

He was so happy to take a picture pretending he was an otter. But we
got a shock when we went out to my car and it was dead. DEAD. Hubby makes me keep a
charger in the car, but it was out of juice. Thankfully, the zoo was terrific about getting
my car started and refused to take a tip. 

run washing machine if full, put away dried clothes, clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
wipe down bathroom, vacuum living areas
clean car

What’s your cleaning agenda today? 

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