Listicles – Dino NEEDS Spring

10 reasons Dinosaur NEEDS spring

1. We NEED to get out of the house and play

saturday soccer 2

2. Dinosaur wants to ride his bike without running into snow and mud.

3. Dinosaur wants to line up his cars outside and race them with mommy.

4. Dinosaur wants to play with his dinosaurs and robots in the grass.

5. Dinosaur wants to eat on the porch and paint outside

wednesday - painting.

6. Dinosaur wants to go outside without the full gear of heavy jacket, hat and gloves.

7. Dinosaur wants to go on long walks with our dog and go to the playground.

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8. Dinosaur wants to go on nature walks.

9. Dinosaur draw with chalk all over the driveway.

chalk roads

10. Dinosaur wants to play jump rope and blow bubbles outside.

What Matters Most

Another sensational Sunday, we actually went to church on Saturday. Hubby and I are going to the JETS game with my dear friend Cathy and her family, and we won’t have time for church on Sunday morning. We are dropping Dino off at my parents house then driving down to the stadium. I didn’t want us to miss going to church, I could have watched a program at home, but I love the the feeling of being in church.

Dinosaur posing in his Sunday clothes

Dinosaur was so good in church, even though it was at a different time and we were in the actual church and not the church hall. He loved looking at everyone and smiling, even though some refused to smile back, and there were more people to shake hands with. As we left, Dinosaur proudly exclaimed that he had so much fun in church. I told him I was so glad that he did. I want him to enjoy going, I want him to find peace and answers at church, I want him to feel connected to something greater than himself.

I wish hubby would join us at church, though I don’t want him to go unless he really wants to. D0es that make sense? I think the Gospel and sermon would have been important for him to hear. The priest spoke about how we get into we need to live and how to get into heaven.He listed all the items we have in our lives that won’t matter in the end. We have our phones, computers, designer clothes, fancy cars, and expensive jewelry. In the end, all that really matters is how we lived our life and if we lived for God.

I know that hubby has a hard time with this. He often complains that the kids at the elementary school (he is a custodian and overhears them talking) talk about their fancy vacations or watches them leave expensive clothes at school and never pick them back up. Most have cell phones, i-pads or expensive electronics . He worries that our son will be the only one without all this when he goes to school. I try to explain to hubby that none of that matters, if we raise Dinosaur with popper morals and on the right track he will not care about what he has. He will not need to impress anyone or try to keep up with friends. All that matters is raising him to follow God and be a good person. If as an adult he cares about other people, does the right thing even when it’s difficult, stands up for those in need, helps others, donates, is a good husband and father, and is HAPPY…than we have done our job.

Sure it will be tempting f0r Dinosaur to not have what others have, every kid goes through that, but if we model for him the type of adult we want him to be, that is how he will behave.

I know Dinosaur is on the right track, it’s almost like he can see the good in people. It’s almost like he can bring joy to people just by talking to them. He knows that we are all different shapes, colors, sizes, and ages. He knows that is wonderful and fun. He knows that God made us all special in our own ways. In the end we are all just people who are good candidates for a long talk about dinosaurs and big dino hugs. But, he also isn’t fooled easily. He can sense when something isn’t right and will run over to me or stay guarded. Can he also see the negativity in people too? Can he see that some people are trying to trick him? I sometimes wonder if he knows more than I do.

Dinosaur insisting that he has to pose with a silly face this time.

She Won’t Buy Me a Rocket Ship

It’s Saturday and time for my story, I know you all wait for this special day.

I don’t ask for a lot, I mean I AM A KID and am SUPPOSED to ask for all toys I see. But this time I REALLY wanted a rocket ship and mommy said NO. Can you believe that? She said NO! I am so hurt, what a mean mommy she is. You want to know how mean she really is? She won’t let me pretend to drive her car unless I pee on the potty. See…BIG MEAN MOMMY!

I don’t want to ride my bike or play soccer. I want to fly in a rocket ship. So, I turned my table over and sat in it. I told mommy to take pictures so I can document how I have to make my own fun.

Trying to figure out how I can make this fly

I am so smart, after turning it over I realized I made the best rocket ship. It would totally fly all over. I won’t let mommy on the ship with me, unless she gives me lots of cookies and gummies.

if only I could get it up in that tree

I kept trying to get my rocket in that tree, but it wouldn’t work. Don’t you feel bad for me? 

Come on mommy, push me around the yard.

I bet you would push your kid(s) around. I bet you would buy your kids a rocket ship. Maybe you can talk to my mommy and make her feel guilty.
Help a Dinosaur out.

My Meal Plan

Two weeks ago, I admitted that I stink at meal planning and asked for help. I got great advice and ideas. I think my biggest obstacle, besides the limited space, was trying to fit what I wanted into a table format. So, I created our meal plan in a list format, letting me decide when I wanted to make certain dinners or lunches. I like having the freedom of choosing and not being stuck making something I am not in the mood for.  

I already had an inventory of my food cabinet, spice cabinet, and freezer. I made a list of breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods I could make with the food I have on hand. There will be foods left over for other meals, but seven dinners is good to start with. Next time I go shopping, I will update my inventory and meal plan.

Click menu planner for word document to update on your own if you choose.

Another way I save money is by buying meat and poultry on sale and splitting them up into the amount I need for each meal. By splitting up the portions, I spread out the meat and save money. I got tired of our meatballs an so did Dinosaur, we all need a change, right? I now make meat and veggie sauce…which I will post about very soon.

All my frozen meats

4 mini bags of separated ground beef and 4 mini bags of sausage (without the casing) for my meat sauce. They taste better when they are cooked fresh. I guess it’s like a bolognaise sauce…which I LOVE. 

5 mini bags of separated chicken thighs and drumsticks. I find that chicken with bones cooks better and freezes easier, I know it’s not healthy…but we are on a budget. When defrosted, it still tastes fresh and is easy to cut up.  Freeze chicken breasts and chicken tenders raw and cook them fresh, since they will dry out faster. I mark how many are in each smaller bag and the price of the smaller serving.

Below are two recent recipes using my smaller portions of meat…prices for each ingredient, total meal, and price per serving are shown.

chicken and potato lentil soup

chicken and veggie pastaRoni