Tuesday Toddler Update

Vegan Goodness:
Every day I’m going to post what we ate for the day.  I’m doing this not just to make you drool, but also because this should help answer one of the most common questions we get as vegans: “What do you eat?”  The answer (at least for me) is A LOT!  That is especially true now, while I am eating for two!

Today we had:

  • Cereal with soymilk and strawberries (and a smoothie for LP and his dad!)
  • Trader Joe’s Black Bean Enchiladas
  • Almonds and plain soy yogurt with a bit of agave (the perfect 4:30 snack!) and crackers for LP
  • Tuscan White Bean pizza with kalamata olives, red onions and artichoke hearts.  (LP LOVES olives – any dinner with olives is a win for him!)

Money Matters:
During the month of June we have a bigger budget than we will in July.  This is partially because I am still working, and there are costs that come with that (transportation, classroom materials, meeting co-workers for weekly Friday breakfast, etc.)  So, rather than be completely limited by our “Year of Family” budget, we are simply trying to be more aware of our spending this month, and trying to cut down on “extras,” like trips to my local coffee shop.

So far, since June 1st, we have spent the following:

  • 125.72 on household needs (setting up our garden, getting propane for our new (but free!) barbeque, some clothes, etc.)
  • 31.13 at coffee shops (this includes two morning stops for a soy chai when I was running late to work, an outing with two of my students, and my Friday breakfast ritual)
  • 52.56 at a local bookstore, where I bought books as end-of-the-year gifts for two students who are avid readers and participate in the local bookstore’s “young adult lit review” program.
  • 20.00 for my bus pass
  • 21.22 on groceries (most of this was at Whole Foods that is within walking distance of our house)

Tuesday Toddler Update:
LP has a new fun bedtime ritual.  He likes to read books alongside Mom and Dad reading books!  He will hand Mom Chugga-Chugga Choo Choo and then sit next to her with Little Blue Truck and turn the pages and say the words he knows (like “Beep” and “Moo” and “Honk”).  He is also enthralled when Mom reads Goodnight Moon and gets confused and needs LP’s help to point out the mouse or the red balloon.  It is pretty exciting to see LP become a more active participant in our nighttime reading!

LP has also been having a lot of fun playing around outside (at least until this bizarre week of rain!)  He loves to go out front when the neighborhood kids are out, and he he often asks to go play with his friend across the street.  Now that all the big kids are on their bikes, LP wants to bike too!  He has a tricycle and one of those bikes with a handle that Mom and Dad can push.  He goes back and forth between them, and he is starting to be able to pedal a little.  Mom can’t wait until she and LP can go biking together!

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