Dinosaur Reads…

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Bear Snores On

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Amazon Summary:

Bear’s cave fills with animal friends as he sleeps in this classic book from New York Times bestselling team of Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

In a cave in the woods,
in his deep, dark lair,
through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.

One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on!

See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests—all of them having a party without him!

Dino’s Review:

Bear sleeps because it’s winter and he’s tired. The other animals come in, because it’s cold. They make food and talk and have a party. They don’t want to wake bear up because he might eat them. Then he wakes up and is sad, because they didn’t invite him to the party. 

Mommy’s Review:

First of all, I love a book where there is repetition so Dino can read along. We keep reading “…and Bear snores on.” 

What a clever book about animals coming into Bear’s den to get out of the cold, they all get along staying warm and sharing their food. Then Bear wakes up and you think he’s going to be mad and scare them away, instead he is sad that they didn’t save him any food. 

They all feel bad and make more food for Bear and he feels loved. Then at the end of the book, Bear is enjoying the warmth and food while his friends snore on. 

The illustrations are detailed and captivating!  

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Dinosaur Reads…

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The Monster Who Lost His Mean

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Amazon Summary:

Everyone knows that the M in “monster” stands for MEAN. But what happens when a monster can’t be mean any more? Is he still a monster at all?

One young monster’s attempts to live up to his name go hilariously awry as he discovers—with a little help from new friends—that it’s not what you’re called but who you are that counts.

Dino’s Review:

The Monster can’t be mean anymore and the other monsters bully him. He has no friends, but the kids are his friends. He likes his new friends because they like him.

Mommy’s Review:

I really enjoyed this book. Dino wanted to buy it at his daycare book fair a year ago and I’m glad he did. The monster lost his “M” which means he can no longer be mean. Instead he finds himself doing kind things for others and it makes him happy. He sees his former friends, the other monsters, as bullies and thinks he’s alone. Then he is surprised by his new friends, who like him just the way he is and name his Onster! 

Really like the message about bullying and friendships. The illustrations are captivating and draw you in.   

 

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Dinosaur Reads…

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The Yuckiest, Stinkiest,
  Best Valentine Ever

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Amazon Summary:

Even boys will fall in love with this valentine! 

Leon has a crush. A let-her-cut-in-line-at-the-water-fountain kind of crush. And he’s got the perfect valentine. But this valentine has no intention of getting caught up in any romantic conspiracy. “Love is yucky, kid! Valentine’s Day is all about CANDY!” the card yells at Leon, before leaping out the window and running away, leaving Leon to chase it across town, collecting interested kids along the way. 

Here is a hilarious take on the holiday that boys love to hate, the most complex holiday of them all. Saying “I love you” has never been so yucky or so sweet

 

Dino Review:

The valentine didn’t want to be given to his girlfriend. He runs away and Leon chases him. All the kids follow. He meets his girlfriend and the two valentines love each other.

Why did Mommy post a review of a Valentine’s book? Mommy and Daddy have been married for 14 years! YUP! 14 years! That’s a long time, like 292 years right?  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOMMY AND DADDY. I’M THE BEST GIFT EVER, RIGHT? 

 

Mommy Review:

What a cute book…the set up on each page is colorful and with story lines and speech bubbles. The valentine thinks love is stinky and runs away, Leon chases him, as kids chase Leon. They finally meet up with Zoe, his love interest. Zoe’s valentine and Leon’s valentine fall in love. It’s a great, very different, very cute book about Valentine’s Day.

Yup, fourteen years of marriage, twenty years together!!!! That’s insane! Happy Anniversary Tony! 

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Dinosaur Reads…

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Big Mean Mike

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I know I haven’t posted what Dinosaur has been reading in a long time. Not to worry, Dino has been reading like mad, I’ve just been lazy about sharing the books and reviews. Taking advantage of Scholastic Book Club and buying books for Dino has become a habit. Slowly I can build a sufficient library for him, one filled with books that he an eventually read on his own as he gets older.

Amazon Summary:

Big Mean Mike is the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighborhood. He has a big, mean car that he likes to drive around the big, mean streets. Everyone knows that Mike is big and mean, and that’s just the way he likes it. But one day a tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up in his car. Mike can’t believe it! Before anyone can see, he puts the bunny down on the sidewalk and drives away. When the tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up again — and this time brings a friend — Mike tells them both to get lost. Big mean dogs do not hang out with tiny, fuzzy bunnies! But gosh, those bunnies sure are cute. . . . From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen and illustrator Scott Magoon comes a comical lesson about how keeping up your image is not nearly as fun as being your own quirky self.

Dino Review:

Mike is mean to everyone. He doesn’t like cute bunnies. He doesn’t want him in his car, but they are there. He tries to get rid of them because he’s mean. Then he likes them, they become friends. They are so cool.

Mommy Review:

This is a cute book, about a guy who acts tough and cool, but inside he has the personality of a soft, cute, bunny. It teaches that boys can like bunnies. It teaches that you can be friends with whomever who want. It teaches you to just be yourself and people will like you for who you are.

 

What are your kids reading? 

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Fly on the Wall MARCH 2015

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Fly on the Wall

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

 

 

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 15 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com Baking In A Tornado
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/ Spatulas on Parade
http://followmehome.shellybean.com Follow me home
http://www.menopausalmom.com/ Menopausal Mother
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com Battered Hope
http://www.justalittlenutty.com/ Just A Little Nutty
http://themomisodes.com The Momisodes
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com  The Sadder But Wiser Girl
http://dinoheromommy.com/  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://gndisney.wordpress.com Disneyland in Kentucky
http://www.juiceboxconfession.com Juicebox Confession
http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com Searching for Sanity
http://www.gomamao.com Go Mama O

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On a recent snow day, Anthony and Daddy were sitting on the couch.

“I’m hot. I want to take off my shirt.”

“Put on a t-shirt.”

“No Mommy said I can take off my shirt in the house if I want.”

“Okay, but it’s better to wear a t-shirt.”

“Daddy stop, all your talking is making me hotter.”

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We order lots of things from Amazon, while I was out Saturday morning, my order came in the mail. It’s all under my name, so Tony opened it, which is fine, we never know what package is whose. What he did wrong was seeing a package of play foam, opening it and giving it to Dino.

Dino took it and played with it all over our rug. I came home to see the little foams embedded in the rub. I was so mad. Not only did he give it to Anthony when I needed it for an activity with him, but he let him play with it in the living room.

His punishment was to pick up every peace from the rug. Of course Dino gave up and is relaxing watching TV.

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We watched Narnia during one of our many snow days. The next day, he wanted Daddy to watch it. I reminded Anthony what was happening at the beginning of the movie. (Trying to avoid the million and one questions). Dino looks at me, rolls his eyes and raises his hands. “I know what is happening, I know everything.” He huffs and looks back at the TV.

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In an attempt to get Dino to do more chores. He used to clean up after himself while at daycare (they taught him this) now in kindergarten these skills are sliding away. I told him when he’s done with his snack to wash it, dry it, and put it away. He’s knows what to do, but looks at me. “I’m a kid. I don’t need to clean.”

I looked at him, trying not to yell or laugh. “Oh yes you do, or you can eat off dirty plates.” 

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Dino: “I got a story, Mommy and Daddy. One night there was an alien who killed people every night.”

Daddy: I can show you some aliens (think’s he’s being funny)

Dino: (Gets mad) Shakes finger in Daddy’s face. “I’ll kick you in the eye and make you bleed, then you’ll learn your lesson.” 

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One morning Dino was begging me to order a Disney show. We have ROKU so I would have to subscribe and pay for the Dinsey app. There is no way that is happening, between Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, PBS kids, and Popcorn flix for Kids he has more choices that a boy could ask for. He kept asking and begging though and finally said, “You’re a mean witch.”

My reaction was pure instinct. I hunched over, clawed my hand, snarled my face and spoke like a witch. His face showed pure terror and I though he was either going to piss or poop his pants. He was beside himself in terror, now begging me to stop and be his mommy again.

I stopped and went back to “mommy mode” and told him not to call me names or I might become what he calls me.

When I picked him up later that day he kept looking at me scared sh*tless and asked, “You’re still my mommy, right?”

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Dino singing opera….turn down your volume and enjoy! 

 

Fly on the Wall JAN 2015

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Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

 Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com Baking In A Tornado
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/ Spatulas on Parade
http://followmehome.shellybean.com  Follow me home
http://www.menopausalmom.com/ Menopausal Mother
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools
http://dinoheromommy.com/ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://www.JuiceboxConfession.com Juicebox Confession
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com Battered Hope
http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/ Eileen’s Perpetually Busy
http://www.gomamao.com Go Mama O
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com The Sadder But Wiser Girl
http://www.justalittlenutty.com/  Just A Little Nutty
http://themomisodes.com   The Momisodes

DINO:

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Overheard Dino playing with his toys, “You got monkeys, that’s not fair. Prepare to be punished.”

I thought it was cute and responded, “Oh no, hope he’s okay.”

Dino did not like me interrupting his play time. “Stop, Mommy. I’m playing and you are bothering me.”

Don’t you just love the mess that one child can create?  

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Blows loud breath as he cuts paper for art work. “Boy, this is hard work.”

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Showing me how his cars change into dinosaurs. “I know these things.”

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We were trading stories in the car…it was Dino’s turn and he started

“Once upon a time there lived a girl who had two dads, they all lived on a farm…” It started out sweet, then ended with zombies, eating of flesh, and ghosts…

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Dino and Daddy boxing…Dino loves it. With his sensory issues it’s a great way to burn energy and give him that physical feedback he needs.

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Daddy and Dino were watching Star Wars episodes 4, 5, and 6 one day. After explaining yet another attack/death scene, Dino said “There’s a lot of dying in these movies, Daddy.”

Well he sure said the truth!

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MOMMY:

So I get an email Monday one morning from our lovely, Secret Subject Swap leader, Karen. She wanted to let me know that my SSS post for January was posted just a few moments ago. I freaked out and checked. Low and behold there it was. That wasn’t the worst part-it was NOT written and had the title and picture was from months ago…I schedule a few posts ahead of time with the template of the post. I obviously scheduled it for the wrong date. Oooooops.

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As I was getting ready to head out to work, Dino wanted juice. I quickly grabbed the bottle and must have unscrewed it without realizing it, then shook it. There was mango-orange juice everywhere. EVERYWHERE!!!! Thankfully I was wasn’t dressed yet, bust in my morning clothes. The picture would have been awesome, but I just was in too much of a rush.

 

Epic Fail OR Epic Win

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Whenever I hear the term “Epic Fail,” I think of the time…

I failed at organizing.

I tried to create an organizing blog hop. I tried to clean and organize. I tried to do it all, but I FAILED.

It’s okay that I failed. Who says we should it all? What is doing it all really mean? Why is it a goal for moms?  I rather fail at “doing it all” than fail at being a mom that my son thinks is awesome…like the Lego Movie which I LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Since I work full-time and commute an hour each way I have little time as it is. I decided to hire a cleaning lady to come every other week-that’s all I could afford right now. It makes a HUGE difference. I love coming home to a clean home. I love knowing that I only have to do touch-up cleaning in between… By having a cleaning lady I now have more time to prepare real-food meals, spend time with my son, and go to the gym.

Such a treat coming home to clean place. So did I really fail or win? 

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Since I’m in a sharing mood, I also failed with Dino’s lunches. You know I am all about real food. I can’t stand Monsanto treating us like science experiments. I can’t stand that the FDA has their pockets lined with companies and doesn’t really care about what’s healthy.

I used to pack Dino lunches to take to school, most of the time they were sandwiches, but at least they were organic bread, meats, cheeses, snacks, fruits, and veggies. All of a sudden he started coming home with his lunch box full and ordering lunch at school. Yes I put money on his lunch account. Why? I didn’t want him to be without food just in case of an emergency.

Now he only gets lunch from school…though it’s not really lunch. As far as I am concerned it’s all experiments created in a lab, frozen and shipped long distances. The “food” doesn’t spoil because it’s not really food. He wants to eat it, because everyone else is eating it. Sure they serve veggies and fruits…but they are canned, jarred, and sugary..not real or fresh.

But what can I do? I can’t force him. At least he eats real food at home….just check out all our real food meals HERE.

The only positive in this is that I don’t have to make his lunch the night before…which is sweet. I offer to give him leftovers in a Thermos, but he wants none of it. I do pack his snacks with a juice and water. Perhaps one day he will change his mind and opt for real food lunches.

What was your epic fail? Was it really an fail or a win? 

Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products.

Chicken Soup with Barley, Carrots, Potatoes, and Celery: 

  • whole chicken
  • carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, onions, garlic
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • water
  • seasoning

I threw the veggies in the bottom as always, added all my seasoning and water, then placed chicken on top! By placing chicken on top, it still cooks, but it easier to lift out of the crock pot and place in pan to begin pulling off the meat. I messed up and forgot to add barley to the crock pot, so I took some chicken broth, some bones, extra water and cooked the barley in the cast iron pot instead. After it was cooked I added it to the soup. I had extra barley leftover for salads, eggs, or other dishes. 

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I made a great bone broth from the chicken bones. What is bone broth? I never heard of it till recently and I love knowing I can use up as much as the chicken as possible…nothing goes to waste. Here is more info and recipes…. 

WellnessMama

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Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage, Brocolli, Carrots, Cauliflowr, Brussel Sporuts, and Rice: 

  • chicken sun dried tomato sausage
  • veggies of your choice
  • rice
  • butter
  • water
  • seasoning

started cooking rice in cast iron pot, then added tons of seasoning (Italian Herbs with a dash of curry). Once rice was boiling and I switched it to simmer, I threw in the precooked sausage and veggies. I covered and let simmer for about 30 minutes. It came out so darn tasty! 

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 I made a HUGE vat of oatmeal and saved into smaller bags. All I have to do is add honey, butter, and cinnamon and enjoy. Perhaps he can really taste the oats instead of all the crap in the packet. A friend said she uses almond butter, roasted coconuts, and coconut oil. What do you add to your oatmeal.

I need to buy more quick oats from the bulk section at Whole Foods…not only can I make oatmeal, I use the oats to make overnight oats and other tasty treats.

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No weekly meal plan this week…it;’s been a bit hecti after the holidays. When I go shopping Friday I’ll have a better idea of what I plan on making for the next two weeks.

Are you back on schedule after the holidays? What’s on your meal plan this week and next?

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

http://foodbabe.com/ http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

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Dinosaur Reads…

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Amazon Summary:

In this beginning reader, today is the first day of school. The Dinotrux are nervous! What will they eat for lunch? Will their teacher be nice? But the Dinotrux don’t need to worry. They can help each other. And school isn’t scary. It’s fun, especially when you are part dinosaur and part truck! (Passport to Reading Level 1)

Dino Review: They are scared about going to school. They want to have a stay at home day like me. They all help each other (laughs aloud as he thinks about it). They think the teacher is mean, but he is funny. 

Mommy Review: This was one of the books I bought from the Scholastic Reading Club…it’s a great way to build Anthony’s library. This book is pretty cute, as he already knows the dinotrux from a previous book. In this book they are all worried about school, the supplies they need, and if the caveman teacher is scary or nice. They all help each other getting ready and go to school. Teamwork is key!

This month the teacher is working on the “setting” of a story in school. Luckily for Dino, we go over all the elements in a a story when we read. We always discuss the characters, setting, problem, solution, and even sequence events in the story. 

 

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Fly on the Wall

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Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com Baking In A Tornado
http://www.justalittlenutty.com/ Just A Little Nutty
http://themomisodes.com  The Momisodes
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/ Spatulas on Parade
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com  The Sadder But Wiser Girl
http://followmehome.shellybean.com  Follow me home
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools
http://www.menopausalmom.com/  Menopausal Mother
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com  Battered Hope
http://dinoheromommy.com/  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://www.JuiceboxConfession.com Juicebox Confession
http://www.risanye.com Risa Nye
http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
http://www.clutteredgenius.com  Cluttered Genius

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Hubby got called to work in the morning and we had to get Dino out early for daycare. He didn’t mind but really wanted to go…there was a dusting of snow on the ground and he wanted to play. Tony was not moving fast enough for him.

“Daddy you are ruining this day.” This is something he says quite a bit…so dramatic.

THEN…I made him wait to go out to the car. He turned to look at me with anger on his face and his shoulders lifting up and down to emphasize his words. “Mommy, I’m a big boy and can do it myself.”

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My dad and hubby were talking while Dino was trying to watch a show. He started yelling, “I can’t hear.” Then he pointed to each of them. “You stop talking and you stop talking and let me watch my show.”

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My sister and BIL were getting rid of one of their couches and chest. We brought it into our house. Dino had an epic and horrific meltdown. He was screaming, sobbing, crying so hard he could barely breathe. This lasted for about ten minutes when we switched couches and twenty minutes when we switched and ottoman for the chest. Dino gets so attached to things and is quite emotional.

“I don’t like changes.”

“You are changing everything and I don’t like it.”

“You keep taking all my things.”

“I’m going to call somebody, but I don’t know who.”

I had to take a pictures of him with the ottoman before we threw it out, it didn’t matter that it was broken, he wanted to keep it forever. Of course he now LOVES the toy chest. 

please note that a few weeks later, he has forgotten abou the ottoman…so much drama over something he can’t remember.

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In reference to the toy chest, Dino came up to me while I was in the kitchen.

Dino: “I’m glad I don’t have a brother or sister because they would lock me in the chest.”

Mommy: “Yes, that’s right. An older brother or sister might sit on the chest, but it doesn’t lock. A younger brother or sister would want to climb in there with you and you would have to share the space.”

A while back he asked why we can’t have more kids so he can have a baby. I explained that our family is the three of us and we are happy. We talked about the good and bad things about having brothers and sisters. Dino said he’s happy he doesn’t have to share his toys, food, treats, and his Mommy and Daddy.

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Dino LOVES LOVES LOVES going to karate and is so proud of his black uniform and purple belt. When Sensei decides to have sparring, well Dino jumps up and down with joy. Sensei said that Dino would be a natural at sparring, not only does he know the protective stances he can take a hit and loves the contact.

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“Mommy, stop. Don’t take a picture of me watching Scooby Dooby Doo. This is my private time.”

Wonder when I get MY private time?

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Watching Ghost busters and the lead characters kiss. “Eeeeew, they are kissing. They are not married, why are they kissing?”

Daddy calmly asks him why he said that.

Dino gives Daddy a weird look, “When I watched a penguin show, he kissed her on the hand. He should have done that instead..”

I jumped in, “Yes, when you first meet someone you shouldn’t kiss on the lips. They really like each other, are adults, and want to get married, so they can kiss on the lips.”

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Dino loved putting our tree up and telling us where to put the ornaments. I don’t have the heart to change it, he worked so hard…I love our tree.

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I got Dino a new organizer for his Legos, he loves the organizers. All you could hear was grunts, growls, scream, explosions, and threats of destruction as he built and destroyed.

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Dino was NOT in the mood to have his picture taken, it’s rare, but it happens. “Oh come on, Mom. Fine you get an angry face, no smiles.”

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What would a fly on the wall hear in your home?