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Scattered Sundays

Big important question alert! Enquiring minds need to know…

How many different kinds of cheese do you currently have in your fridge right now? And if you’re dairy-free or vegan, what is the most delicious thing you currently have on hand? 

Spill all the details!

Speaking of cheese, Jack (and Bennett) finally made pizza this week as part of the 10by10 project. Jack used our Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe and our Homemade Pizza Sauce.

^also, if any kitchen stores read this blog and want to partner up for a kitchen remodel, email me! 🙂

You all never disappoint! Last week there were A LOT of opinions on the bonkers lunch requirements we got from Bennett’s preschool.

I want to clear a few things up:

  1. The requirements come from the state and not the preschool. I don’t fault the school at all.
  2. We were given the information in a Friday folder and there hasn’t been any camp this past week, so I haven’t talked to anybody at the school about them yet. We have a parent’s orientation this week so I’ll get more clarity then.
  3. Bennett is not dairy-free or gluten-free. I was just pontificating on what would happen for families that need accommodations.

As far as the liquid milk requirement is concerned, I’ve decided to just get a few of those shelf-stable single-serve organic milk containers and keep sending the same one with him each day.

If he drinks it, he drinks it (he won’t), but at least the school won’t get in trouble and I won’t be charged $1 for them to provide him with something he won’t actually drink.

This makes me feel officially like a middle-aged mom, but this week I bought a pair of jeans from Land’s End. I bought my tall freaky person swimming suit from them this summer based on your suggestions. Which of course means I get their daily sales email.

Well, one recently grabbed me with 50% off all jeans. All of them.

With their generous return policy, I thought it was worth a shot and ended up with two pairs of their pull-on jeans. I’m a strict “no yoga pants in public” person (only for me. I don’t give two craps what you wear) and love jeans.

Buuuuuuut, jean waistbands often looks clunky AF under certain shirts and I’ve been looking for a seamless option. The pull-on jeans are lovely and don’t look like I’m wearing sweats, but they’re wonderfully comfy. I’m a convert!

I don’t have any discount codes or anything (they don’t have an affiliate program) but I know if you sign up for their newsletter you usually get a coupon for your first purchase.

I bought these jeans and this pair. Both were true to size for me which is nice because that’s always a danger when ordering online. Even better, they had talls in both styles! 

So yeah, I buy jeans from Land’s End now. Let’s go watch Golden Girls and talk about our aches and pains.

and because someone always asks about the kitchen, it was made by my grandpa for my mom in the 1950s. Troy and I “remodeled it” and you can see before and after photos here. And look how teeny Bennett is in those pictures!

^This guy is being evaluated for speech therapy this week.

Homeboy has wonderful language skills and is easily one of the most fluent kiddos in his class. Having an older brother with an advanced vocabulary helps a ton too.

Buuuuuuut, his tongue is lazy and he drops certain consonants and switches others. So like instead of saying “Jack” he’ll say “Jat” and “milk” is “melt”. He sometimes slips “g” sounds and words that end with an “irl” sound gets rolled so “girl” becomes “guuuullull”.

I’m not of the “wait and see” mindset, but rather “let’s tackle this ish now before bad habits set in”. Speech therapy is expensive and I’m shocked it isn’t something better covered by most insurance. I think three “non-negotiables” for treating kiddos are speech, teeth, and skin. All three things can be brutal in school if they’re abnormal.

ETA: we know about the free services through school districts. He wouldn’t qualify as his speech is actually really really good. We’re just getting ahead of him on a certain sounds/letters.

This guy joined our family this week and NEEDS A NAME!

It’s a brand called Bobsweep and I bought it used from a friend. So far it’s been great. I didn’t get a manual so I need to track one down online because I’m certain I’m missing a lot of (his) potential).

The boys follow it around with Nerf guns and Troy assures me this is how the war with robots begins. It did eat one of Bennett’s army guys the other day, so I assume that is a micro-aggression to eliminate the eventual enemy.

So…help me name the vacuum!

Can we talk about Fleabag for a minute? It’s a show that is free on Amazon Prime and I was beyond sad after finishing the two seasons. And they’re not making more and while I’m devastated, I’m also glad. It was too good. Too perfect. Don’t touch it and just let us love it as is.

If you’re on Instagram already (let’s be friends!), you have to check the account “UPS Dogs“. It is just dogs and animals that UPS drivers see along their routes. It will give you life.

Also, if you have kids and find hipsters to be eye-roll inducing, my friend turned me on to an account that you’ll LOVE. It’s called Los Feliz Daycare and it might be the funniest thing I have seen in months.

Tomatoes are ripening in the garden and my daily lunches pretty much look like this:

Summer is pure deliciousness. The cheese is some squishy mozzarella from Costco and the balsamic is my favorite – Nonna Pia’s. I don’t actually like balsamic, but I do love this brand. I discovered it first at Costco. A bottle will last you three years.

I tried this out this week and it was delicious! You can get a better price for it at the grocery store or Target.

I usually make cold brew with my Rumble Jar and I turn it into Healthy Iced Coffee. But, this was on sale and with my digital coupons, I got it from $.99. Hard to say no to all that cold brew for $1!

I mentioned last week that Bennett picked out hot pink shin guards and soccer socks because he so desperately wants to play like his brother. Jack’s coach was so kind and thoughtful and let Bennett “play” with the team during the last five minutes of practice on Tuesday.

Ten and eleven-year-old boys often get a bad rap (a lot of time from me!), but I have to say those 11 kids on Jack’s team made Bennett’s entire year! I can’t show you the video because I don’t post photos of other people’s kids, but they let Bennett dribble down the entire field, all while pretending he was out-smarting them, and then scoring.

The video has yells of “oh no Bennett, you’re too fast”, even after he trips over the ball. Bennett was living his best life ever and he hasn’t stopped talking about it since.

Moments like this remind me that kids, especially boys have the potential to be so kind and so good. And that keeps me going and gives me hope in the times when I find myself scared of 19 to 25-year-old white men in large social settings.

I found this book at the library this week and randomly flipped to this page. Wow, so wise. Allll the feels. I’m voting for Nolan in 20 years.

What I’m Listening To This Week

Crime Junkie is in my earholes these days! Maybe I’m late to this true-crime podcast, but the benefit of that is I can binge old episodes when I am officially over listening to business podcasts.

Reader Spotlight of the Week

Nina left this five-star review on our Make-Ahead Scrambled Eggs recipe:

I can never understand people who have runny scramblers, (not helped by an allergy to raw egg) these look perfect! Eggcited to try them 🙄 Loving the insta and blog btw, your snark and humour is on point! (And the rest of the content is ok I suppose 😂) xx

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On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Canning PearsAn easy step by step tutorial on Canning Pears. This easy recipe for preserved pears is perfect for newbies and experienced canners alike. Instructions include low-sugar and no-sugar options. This is the only canned pears recipe you’ll ever need to learn how to can pears at home.

canned pears in a jar

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Refreshing Watermelon PopsiclesEasy and good for you, Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles makes the perfect frozen summer treat. The whole family will love these homemade and healthy popsicles made with fresh watermelon, mint, and lime juice.

homemade watermelon popsicles on a tray of ice cubes with watermelon and mint

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Blanched Green Beans {Freezing Green Beans}Learn all the tips and tricks for freezing blanched green beans to extend the harvest. Learning how to freeze green beans is a great way to preserve this delicious summer veggie. A freezer stash opens the door to amazing and speedy frozen green bean recipes.

a strainer of green beans on a white board

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Zesty Instant Pot Quinoa –  This Instant Pot Quinoa is so flavorful and cooks in only one minute! A delicious quinoa side dish that is full of crunchy veggies and a zesty flavor. If you skip cooking quinoa because it takes too long, you’ll love how fast pressure cooker quinoa comes together.​ As always, conventional cooking instructions are included.

a bowl of instant pot quinoa with veggies on a white board with lime and cilantro

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Date BallsZesty Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate Date Balls are simple gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan snacks that you can make in your own kitchen. Learn how to ditch the store-bought date bars and make a spicy chocolate version yourself!

homemade mexican hot chocolate lara bars on a white dish with cashews and a date

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Canning Applesauce {How to Can Applesauce}A step by step guide on Canning Applesauce with no sugar added. This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make applesauce for canning or freezing. This is the only canned applesauce recipe you’ll ever need to use for preserving apples at home.

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The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

Oh my gosh, friends, the Virgin Mojito has been knocked out of the top spot, AND my Whole30 Trader Joe’s Shopping List didn’t even make the top 5! Big week and it reflects a slight shift in seasonal eating.

  1. Canning Peaches  {Pin this tutorial}
  2. Mojito Mocktail  {Pin this recipe}
  3. Dill Pickle Relish  {Pin this recipe}
  4. Canning Pears  {Pin this tutorial}
  5. Refrigerator Dilly Beans  {Pin this tutorial}

Meal Plan

If you’re looking for some help with meal planning, we highly recommend Momables. Momables emails you a weekly meal plan, shopping list and prep list for $10 a month. It rules.

Our meals are off this week because we have some planned events that require us to eat out. Darn. 🙂

Monday:: Out

Tuesday:: Whole30 Beef Stew salad, and crusty garlic bread.

Wednesday:: Paninis for the boys and BLTAs for Troy and I, salads, and fruit.

Thursday::New recipe I am working on

Friday:: Out

Saturday:: Movie night, leftovers, and popcorn

Sunday:: Family dinner

 

What are you having this week?

 

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51 comments on “Scattered Sundays”

  1. Nolan made my eyes water. A lot. <3

  2. Cheese- shredded Mexican blend, block of Pepper-jack (sliced for Jared’s sandwiches), and Daiya shredded for the kiddo.
    Jeans- I may have to look into those. I hate regular jeans and am tempted to just switch to yoga pants and tunic type shirts, but I love pockets too much to give them up.
    That picture of Jack in the kitchen. Wow, he is growing up so fast!

  3. Vegan here, and always excited to talk about what deliciousness I’ve found recently! I don’t often do cheese substitutes, but got a screamin’ deal on Daiya so I still have a few packs of the cheddar and mozz shreds. Generally, I add cheesy flavor to things using nutritional yeast, which I love Love LOVE.

    However, my most recent dairy-free obsession is a vegan cultured butter I found at Trader Joe’s: Miyokos. It’s a bit pricey, but that helps me use a little moderation and not… just find a reason to make buttered toast *all* the time? https://miyokos.com/collections/vegan-butter

    They also have at my TJ’s Miyoko’s cream cheese that is meant to taste like lox for your bagels. It’s a very intense (and amazing) flavor so I usually had one part that with one part plain veg. cream cheese and it was *chef kiss* superb. I see some of their cheeses from time to time, but it is quite pricey and I Know How I Get With Cheese so I’m holding off for a little bit.

    Finally, I make a dairy-free ricotta using raw almonds, and it’s infinitely adaptable to go from like cheese ball/spread, to a dip, to something you can layer in a lasagna. I found a recipe that was heavy on thyme, and while I do like that from thyme to thyme (omg), I generally do the following (all measurements approximate as I eyeball it):

    1 cup raw almonds, soaked like 12 hours? then drained
    2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
    1 tsp or so salt
    2 tbsp olive oil
    2-3 cloves garlic
    water as needed for preferred texture

    Alllll into the food processor. I did one recently that was quite thick and heavy on the nutritional yeast and it was incredible on pita chips or sandwiches. I have one now that is much thinner and I mix it into pasta sauces. Deeelightful.

    Sorry for unleashing a torrent of dairy-free fangirling over here. Definitely not trying to milk the topic for attention or anything 🙂

  4. I actually have several cheeses in my fridge right now- I purchased them for a future recipe. I have Tillamook cheddar and mozzarella and some Sargento shredded parm. I don’t know if these count as cheese but I have some good old fashioned American cheese slices as well, not to mention cream cheese and cottage cheese. I love a good manchego but find it a little pricey to keep on hand regularly.

    I love love the story about Jack’s soccer team and Bennett. A few years back, when my son was 8 or so years old, he was playing on his school’s freshman football team. One of the kids on the opposing team had a physical handicap. I wasn’t actually privy to the conversation but apparently the coach of the opposing team and our own coach had a conversation, which in turn led to a conversation between our coach and players about this particular kid. This kid was able to make a very long touchdown run despite my son and his teammates’ attempts to “tackle” him. My son’s team perfectly executed dives and attempted tackles- they really went above and beyond and mostly unprompted. I later learned that our coach had left it up to the team because the game was not a blow out and it meant the difference between a shut out (or whatever the football equivalent is of a non-scoring game for the opposition) and one that had them on the boards with a touchdown. It was a great game.

    And although I never found the culprit, I’m pretty sure someone was chopping onions on the sidelines. 😉

  5.  Smoked hot pepper jack is the best and most delicious in my fridge. Also have fresh mozzarella, shredded Monterey, white cheddar, extra sharp  Tilamook cheddar, feta & provolone. 

  6. If you love Fleabag see if you also get GameFace written by Roisin Conaty, the second series just finished, I’m not sure if there will be more. Also Derry Girls and This Way Up which I think is on Hulu.

  7. My son needed speech therapy also. I knew he would not qualify for the district speech either. It sucks that insurance does not cover it.  We found inexpensive speech therapy at the local university.  The speech teacher is a student with a teacher supervisor.  It worked out great for everyone. My son got inexpensive therapy and the students got to learn. 

  8. I have 5 cheeses in the fridge (had 6 but finished the fresh mozzarella this morning). Miyoko’s classic chive vegan cheese wheel is hella good. It tastes just like goat cheese!

    I got a robot vac from Amazon Warehouse, it was the best investment ever. My husband gets a kick out of telling people I have a new man named Joffrey in my life, lol.

  9. We have Colby jack shredded and sliced. Sometimes we’ll have mozzarella too but that’s rare.

  10. I am a cheese lover, as I grew up in Wisconsin and thus am a cheesehead haha. I had feta for breakfast with rose petal jam and bread when I attended college in Turkey. At the moment I have feta cheese in my fridge. A favorite is Taleggio cheese. Instead of sending milk your son won’t drink why not put water in the milk container? Less wasteful and less cost too. How kind of the soccer players.

    • Rose petal jam. Whaaaat?! Never heard of it but I need it now. I just baked/cooked with rose water for the first time and I’m hooked. I want rose water EVERYTHING If anyone is interested and has leftover black sesame seeds from Sarah’s Asian Chicken Boats recipe, use them in cookies! https://www.instagram.com/p/B1e0GlsFi71/?igshid=1azv4ym4be2q4

    • Mmmmmm, that sounds like a delicious upbringing!!

      I love feta so much. I could only imagine how it would taste if it were fresh. Mmmmm

      With the milk containers, I’m not sure how secure the lids would be once removed. And I’m guessing I’ll be spending $4 a year on the containers so I’m ok with that. Besides, 3-year-olds are little tattlers and Bennett would yell “this is water”. LOL

  11. I probably have 10+ kinds of cheese in the fridge. The everything bagel goats cheese is amazing but I like all cheese!

    Hooray for speech therapy! My middle started at 3 through the school system and he was only understood 25% of the time. He’s been in it for 3.5 years now and last spring his therapist said she’s never seen such a vast improvement (in one year he went from 40 errors to 2). He’s still in it twice a week in first grade just to work on remembering correct sounds during conversational speech. Speech skills are so important for kiddos!

    I made the dilly green beans this week and my husband is a huge fan 

    • OMG what? Tell me more about this everything bagel cream cheese! I need all details immediately. Please and thank you.

      WTG little dude and good job mom! Do you think he’ll “graduate” soon?

      If you like the dilly beans, stay tuned for next week… 🙂

      • Everything bagel goat cheese, found it at Kroger. Slapped slices on some crostini, put it under the broiler until it was toasty and melty…so good!

        I think he will graduate this year, he has come  along way. Next IEP meeting is in March so I expect he will be done then.

        I am waiting with bated breath!!!

      • This might be life-changing for me girl. Is the seasoning mixed in with the goat cheese or is it like a goat cheese log and rolled in the seasoning?

        Goooooood luck!

  12. I’ve been trying to use up things that have been ignored/forgotten in my fridge and freezer, so it is pretty sparse at the moment with only a block of marble and a big hunk go parmigiana-reggiano.  There is some mozzarella that I grated in the freezer, if that counts.  Oh, and I just remembered, when I was away last weekend, I had the option of getting cream cheese on my bagel.  I didn’t want it THEN, but I took it anyway.  So there are two single-serving thingies of cream cheese in there too.
    I can’t help you on the vacuum name.  Our was named instantly by my kids.  My cousin had one first and told us she feels very “George Jetson” with it.  So hers is George.  My kids are huge Harry potter fans so the twin to her vacuum HAD to be Fred.  Fred is bumbling around my main floor as I type this! We glued googly eyes on it years ago, too.
    I missed out on last week’s posts and need to go back and catch up to understand these ‘requirements’ you are speaking of.  But it sounds like you have found the perfect solution already.
    I also made something fairly recently that I need to write a review for…

    • Haha.  I just went to make a tea, and saw some swiss and havarti in there that I totally forgot about.  There is also some exposed goat cheese, but that doesn’t count (and bums me out.  I hate wasting money and food)

    • I’m going to need some Canadian to American English translate. Marble cheese? Is that like our colby jack?

      Love the googly ideas and the name Fred!

      • Colby-jack sounds delicious!  
        In my case, I believe marble is just pretty cheddar.  Made up of white and orange cheddar ‘swirled’ together to look marbled.  If that makes sense.
        I just re-read my own comments and realize I need to proofread.  “exposed goat cheese” is really expired goat cheese.  Which is still in my fridge…..  I should do something about that.

  13. We love our robot vacuum. We called ours Baymax from Big Hero 6, but my inlaws named theirs JAWS! With yours, because of the red color, and my obsession with both the book and the show Handmaid’s Tale, I would probably call it June or Offred. Great call on the speech therapy. As a preschool teacher, I would go ahead and still recommend to have him evaluated through the school district. It won’t cost you anything and there’s still a chance that he could qualify. If he didn’t you’d be no worse off than if you didn’t have him evaluated at all. I’m sometimes surprised by some of the kids getting free services in our district.

    • “we fell out a window. Harrrrrrrrry baby”. Love Baymax!

      Our friend’s kiddo is the same age as Bennett can only say about 20 words and didn’t qualify through our district. We’ll see what the SLP says when we see her on Thursday for the evaluation. Fingers crossed.

  14. So glad you found nice jeans.   Wish I knew you were looking because I have switched almost exclusively to Jag pull on jeans.  They come in a variety of leg styles inseams and fit from boot to slim to skinny and the waist is so smooth the actually feel sexy.  Macy’s online carries them.  

    On a bummer note my cooking will be nonexistent as my hubs had a bout of diverticulitis perforations.  His current diet consists of no raw foods, low fiber (white bread) and other soft and disgusting stuff.  Hoping this heals him enough to have a robotic surgery next month.  Ugh.  

    • I’m never really looking for jeans exactly as I’ve had amazing luck lately getting some almost new ones at Goodwill. But I’ll check out the Jag if I’m ever at Macy’s.

      I’m so sorry to hear about your husband! Can he tolerate pureed soups? We did a lot of those for my mom when she was on a liquid diet. Email me and I’m happy to give recommendations.

      • Thanks Sarah.  I am going to try to adapt some of your soup recipes.  He has to stay away from fiber and veggies that aren’t cooked to death.  We’re avoiding meats until his pain gets better.  It just goes against all that I believe in to prepare bland boring foods.  We’ll get by though as he’s had amazing progress in just a few days.  

      • I have a recipe coming out in 3 weeks that might be perfect for him. If you email me I’ll give you the details before it is published. It’s super easy and uses a lot of frozen veggies that you cook down.

        This soup might work too: https://www.sustainablecooks.com/baked-potato-soup-nourishing-edition/

  15. 11 kinds of cheese, Parm, Mozz,halloumi, queso fresco,sharp chedder, montery jack, goat (with cranberry and cinnamon, there used to be a blueberry too) cream cheese and cottage. Ugh found swiss too! And the string cheese, might have a problem here
    My daughter in law named her vacuum Victor, because we are not sexist, also he is always victorious at cleaning the house!

    • Mmmmm, I love eating queso in a great big hunk at night as a snack.

      My vac is definitely a boy but it seems that most appliance names are women’s names. Sigh.

  16. I’m a school SLP, so just chiming in with my two cents.  Schools provide free speech services for students who qualify at age 3.  We’d expect kids to have /k/ and /g/ sounds by age 3 1/2 (some norms say up to age 4 for boys to get /g/).  I see a lot of students who substitute/t/ for /k/ and /d/ for /g/.  I apologize if it’s obnoxious for me to give unsolicited advice!

    • Just saw your reply on the other comment!  Sorry!

      We have four kinds of cheese in our fridge, as usual.  Doesn’t everyone?

    • No, I appreciate it! 🙂

      He has the sounds but slips into a default of t for k. When we have him slow down and say them correctly, he can totally do it. So…lazy tongue? lol

      • If he is ABLE to say the sounds correctly, that’s awesome!  I’d recommend you just do practice, practice, practice at home.  You can get practice sheets on http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/?page_id=55

      • Yep, he definitely can! I’ll wait to see what the SLP says on Thursday, but I’ll check out the website too. Thanks!

  17. I have at least 5 kinds of cheese…2 different kinds ( buffalo curds and butter cheese) from an Amish/swiss market closeish to us in Ohio!
    Also in the food thing( Im a preschool teacher for 18+years in various states) Be sure they are not required to open the milk B wont drink….a lot of times we are required to open it and make sure it is truly served and offered….but they should have an alternative policy in place too.
    Also I loovvee crime junky! Its the only one I am a pateron member for! I even have my teens listening to the show!

  18. Cheese! I love cheese, but I can’t eat it (dairy) much any more. Aged cheese triggers migraines. But I live with cheese lovers, so we have:

    American cheese (they favor the individual slices, my youngest was thrilled to see that Trader Joe’s has American cheese because “they know what’s good!” LOL)

    Shredded mozzarella (I buy it on sale and keep it in the freezer for the Easiest Pasta Bake Ever, which is a big hit around here)

    Sliced muenster, which the kids love on burgers or grilled cheese

    low fat Nuefchatel (sp?) for bagels

    I keep Daiya American slices around for myself, when I’m craving a grilled cheese. It’s soy-free and pretty good for what it is. When I want a cheese sauce I make a vegan cheese sauce I’ve been making for years.

    • Oh, string cheese. Forgot that. And Parmesan in the can, because that’s all my family wants to put on their pasta.

    • Can you do fresh mozz or farmer’s cheese? Does that impact your migraines at all?

      • I haven’t tried farmer’s cheese lately. I do love fresh mozzarella, but too much dairy gets me all stuffy. My husband says if I were a superhero my name would be Allergic Girl. 🙁

      • That’s Troy too but his is environmental and animal. I’m sure you two would have an amazing comic book!

  19. American, cheddar, provolone, shredded mozzarella, feta, parmesan and string cheese. We’re out of pepperjack and Monterey jack right now.

  20. Hiya- regarding Bennet’s Speech therapy I’d check with the public school or district about their speech offerings. Our dude Jack(it’s a good name!) needed speech at 2 years old, pretty much non verbal. We used the amazing system that our public school had and the speech therapist came to our house for 4+ years. She became like apart of our family. Plus it was free! It also carried over to the Christian school when he began K. And it helped us pay for preschool because he had an IEP and our preschool offered a class for kids with IEP. Hope it helps! 

    • Thanks, Amanda! My nephew went through the school district but I know Bennett wouldn’t qualify. His speech is actually quite good; it’s just a few letters that he gets lazy about. Our friend’s kiddo is almost non-verbal at 3.5 with some defiance disorders and even he didn’t qualify for our district’s program. 🙁

      • Bummer! I second the local university option someone else mentioned. My alma mater offered it but we were lucky to get into the free program. Best of luck with your little dude! 

      • We’re an hour away from a university so we’re stuck with private pay at this point.