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This one is for Jesus.  Easter is all about Jesus and this is a very special day.

First there was the crucification.  That’s where they nailed him on a cross on a hill.  Then he died and they put him in a tomb, which is kind of freaky.  We don’t do tombs much any more, we do graves.  Then after 3 days he was resurrected.  That means I’ll be resurrected and have a perfect body.  That’s nice because that means I won’t need to eat, which means I won’t be a picky eater any more.

Then there’s the Easter Bunny.  He came last night, but he only brought candy and stuff, not big things.  That’s ok because I understand he doesn’t have the budget that Santa Claus does.

Previous Easter Blog Posts:
Did Jesus Really Live Again?
Sunday Night Prayers: Pets and the Easter Bunny
Thoughts on Easter (this one’s a must-read!)

Valentine’s Box

The Dinosaur Boy’s Valentine box this year. No surprises here and yes, he made it all himself.

This one is for Brendon in my school class.

The dino of the day today is Albertosaurus.  I know I’ve done this one before, but he’s just so cool that I need to do him again.  He was a close relative to t-rex.  The name “Albertosaurus” meant “Alberta lizard” and it lived in the late Cretaceous.

Albertosaurus is the most complete fossil of a meat-eating dino ever found in North America.  It had two little ridges on its head– one on each side– that were used to scare off enemies.  It’s eyes were on the side of his head too, so he may not have been able to see as well as t-rex, but he was still very fierce.

This one is for Gammy.

Valentine’s Day is gross because of all the love.  Love is for girls.  But Valentine’s didn’t used to be about girly love.  It started with a guy named Saint Valentine who cared about everyone.  He’d send them cards to show that he cared.  Weston says he died in a plane crash, but I think he got his head cut off.  So somebody said, “Hey, let’s make a holiday for that guy.”  There’s a difference between caring for people and gross girly love. I don’t know how all that changed to what we have now with all the hearts and pink stuff

This one is for my little brother Dill.  He’s so cute and he smiles so sweet and he weighs 22 lbs.

This blog post is about plesiosaur.  Check out this picture of a plesiosaur.  It’s kind of like an underwater longneck with flippers.  And a shorter tail.  And it was a meat eater.

Plesiosaur was actually a type of dinosaur.  The largest of this type was Elasmosaurus.  They lived for a very long time– from the beginning of the Jurassic to the end of the Cretaceous.  They were some of the first fossils ever found by science and there are a whole lot of them.

What would be awesome is if they never went extinct and SeaWorld had a few in tanks.  Then I’d want to go there every hour.  I’d camp at SeaWorld.  Of course I already wish I could camp there because I love it so much.  I’d camp by the stingrays so I could pet them whenever I want.

Happy New Year!!

I was going to write on my blog back at Christmas time but we were just so busy.  Santa came and brought me some good stuff.  I was so excited about the dinosaur game he brought me because I’ve been asking for it for years.  I’m so glad he remembered!  It was sooo hard to go to sleep on Christmas Eve.  I stayed awake clear til morning and I just knew that Santa went past us because he has all those other time zones to visit.  But when we woke up he had come.  How can Santa do this?  He can because he’s Santa.

Before Christmas we had a party for my friend Jane who is moving to Texas.  I will write another post about Jane later but I miss her now.  At the party Weston banged his finger in the door and it turned purple.  He was so tough he didn’t even cry or complain about it.

Now that it’s after Christmas, it’s the new year!  We didn’t do fireworks or bang pans this year because it was too cold and Dilly was sick.  But the neighbors did fireworks, so we watched those.  It will be a good new year.  If I had one wish for the new year it would be to see a real live dinosaur.  And peace on earth.

I’m a little sad because there are a lot of kids in my class that think dinosaurs are for babies.  They try to make me feel bad and stuff.  But what they don’t realize is how powerful dinosaurs were.  There is no animal alive as powerful as the dinosaurs were.  That’s not baby stuff.

And guess what else– those dinosaur documentaries on Discovery Channel?  See the guys talking on there?  Those are paleontologists that spent their whole life thinking about dinosaurs like me.  Now they make a lot of money just talking on TV shows.  That doesn’t seem like baby stuff to me at all.

Dino of the day: Longisquama

This one is for Tiff because it was her birthday.  We went over there late one night on a secret mission to decorate her car.  But don’t tell anybody it was me and West!

609px-Longisquama_BWThere is this cool thing I’ve been reading about the different types of reptile skulls and it’s very interesting, so I’ll write about it soon.  But tonight I want to tell you about this little tiny creature called longisquama.  He was one of the very first reptiles in the world. He lived during the Triassic period, about 230 million years ago.  He lived in Asia and he was only 6 inches long!

The neat thing about him is the really long scales on his back.  They were in two rows on his back and some paleontologists think he might have used them to glide through the forest.  The scales were long enough to make him be able to glide.  I believe they’re right, but I wonder if he used them the same way dimetrodon used the fan on his back– to manage his temperature.  I don’t know for sure.  Nobody knows for sure.

Hello, Bridger’s dad here.  I’m taking the liberty to write this special post this Veterans Day.  Regular readers of Bridger’s blog know that Bridger wants to be a soldier when he grows up (a soldier that also dabbles in paleontology and dinosaur graphics design).

Well the other day as we were cleaning the boys’ room we found a special card Bridger had made for “the soldiers.”  I don’t think it has a Veterans Day connection because we found it a week ago, but I wanted to post it today in honor of the servicemen and women Bridger looks up to so much.  If you are a member of the U.S. military, thank you for your service.  Please forward the link to this post to any member of the military you know.

The card is detailed, so I’ll post close-up scans of the best parts.  You’ll have to excuse Bridger’s spelling here.  The kid’s brilliant, but he can barely spell his own name correctly.

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The front of the card

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Enlargement of the soldier/tank drawing

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The inside of the card. The banner across the center says "You can text me at http://www.thedinosaurboy.com." (all "texts" (blog comments) go thru Dad first.)

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U.S.A. helicopter and soldier (not sure what the circle is)

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"P.S. I am going to help you when I grow up and I am going to make inventions like shields and stuff."

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Bridger's proposed inventions to help the soldiers

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"Thank you for fighting for our freedom."

A special thanks for all those that have served and who are currently serving from Bridger, the Dinosaur Boy.

Triceraptops Puzzle

Discovery's Triceratops 4D Model Puzzle

Do you know one of the reasons I love to write my blog?  Because people read it and send me stuff to try out.  This time the Discovery Channel sent me a really cool triceratops puzzle called Triceratops 4D Model Puzzle.  I was glad because triceratops is one of my favorite dinos.  It was one of the first ones I ever learned about.  I also loved this puzzle because it’s 4D!  I think what they mean by 4D is that you see inside the dinosaur.  2D would be flat like on paper.  3D means it’s real-looking.  This puzzle is 4D because it takes place inside the dinosaur.

So you get this box and it has each of the dinosaur’s guts.  It’s not put together for you– you have to do that part.  You can play with the organs before you put them in.  There’s a cool book that comes with it that tells all about the dinosaur parts and says what each organ does.  It didn’t take me long to put everything together, but I needed a little help from Dad on the back legs.  The cool thing is that the skin that goes over the top is transparent so you can see the heart and all the guts that you just put together.  And it’s not just the body– it’s the head too!  I think they should do one of these puzzles for ceratosaurus.  I love this puzzle and I even saved the box because it’s a great box.

Here are some pictures of me putting it together.

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I let Weston help me open the box. Can you see we're wearing our triceratops shirts?

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Opening the package

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Putting the guts in

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The finished product!

[Dad’s Note:  This puzzle is detailed yet easy to assemble.  The pieces are well constructed and fit together nicely.  An included booklet is not only a guide to the puzzle, it’s a guide to triceratops and its anatomy.  The booklet details each part and organ, providing an explanation of each.  One minor beef:  The writer’s command of the English language leaves something to be desired.  That said, the booklet is an impressive addition to the kit.  Bridger proudly displays his assembled puzzle in our kitchen.  The box?  Well, Mom might have conveniently lost that.  Too bad, it was a great box;).

Christmas is coming, so get your Triceratops 4D Model Puzzle here!]