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Make it Rain



This past weekend, the weather in AZ has been nothing short of wet. For me, this has been nothing short of wonderful. I love the rain (cliche AZ native right here). The sky has been perma-overcast (my fav), everything smells clean, and we actually get to use our windshield wipers. It's great!

The only people I can think of who have an excuse to be a little peeved by the rain (emphasis on little because, come on, it's rain) would be teachers -because I know how crazy rainy-day schedule can be, and the people who ran the Color Run on Saturday. You know, the run where you get colored chalk thrown all over you throughout the course of the race, and you look like a rainbow-human love child at the end? Powdered colors are cool -I'm not so sure about wet muddy colors dripping all over you and then your car afterward though. The best part of the whole Color Run + rain business though, was the following conversation:




Now I almost wish I had done the Color Run in the rain. Well, that or just watch 9 to 5
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5 Days Alone

This past week, Camaron had the amazing opportunity to go to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT to promote a film he helped out on a little while back, and to shmooze with movie stars, distributers, producers, buyers, and all that jazz. It was pretty last minute, but it we didn't have to pay for a thing, so I supported my amazing husband and encouraged him to party it up for 5 days while I stayed home to take care of Fox 
...all alone.

This wasn't my first time being alone with Camaron out of town, but it was definitely the longest. And it was my first time being alone with Fox for so long. Now don't get me wrong, I was freaked out a little bit on a couple of those lonely nights, but overall, it really wasn't that bad. Originally, I figured I would just stay the night at my parent's each night or something, but Fox really doesn't do well sleeping at night at other houses. And as I've mentioned before, I don't do well without routines. So, I decided Fox and I would just have to party it up ourselves at our house. 
And we did.


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Getting Foxy in 2013

With all of the wonderful perks to look forward to when having a baby (feeling tons of love, constant entertainment, feeling even closer as a couple, tax break...), there was one thing I knew I'd always be grateful for: planning out gifts for our moms would be sooooo much easier.

Now, I'm not going to give away all of my future gift-giving plans, but trust me, the possibilities are basically endless now. One example I will share though, is what we made for both mine and Camaron's mom for their birthdays last week. Yes, both of our mom's birthdays fall on the same week.

Enter: GETTING FOXY IN 2013
Here are a few of my favorite months from my mom's new favorite wall calendar

MARCH
(did you know Easter is in March this year? Well, now ya do)

FEBRUARY
(one of this kid's first solid foods may or may not have been that rose right there. oops)

AUGUST
(back to school, back to school... )

JULY
(nice tan)

JANUARY
(Cam's hat actually used to be my mom's back in the 80s. There's a big puff on top. be jealous)

NOVEMBER
(the faces this kid makes! There was no way my birth month would have have 1 photo of him)

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Because I don't want to forget about this night

December 18th (last month) marked mine and Camaron's two year anniversary. As it fell one week before Christmas, life was a little crazy and I ended up never blogging about it. I don't like to have important dates undocumented -because I love looking back on them. Therefore, I now (finally) give you the recap of Camandrea's second anniversary celebration!!!

As for all of the planning, I let Camaron take the reins, as I so often do. A few weeks beforehand, he asked me how I felt about maybe doing a little overnight stay in a cool hotel not too far away, with Fox staying at his grandparent's for the night. As tempting as it was, I know myself all too well. I would be worrying about Fox the whole time, so I let Cam know I'd rather just have a fun date night instead. And how it ended up being so fun! Cam kept everything a surprise, which is my absolute favorite. 

This is our only photo from the night. Us enjoying ice cream sandwiches, as documented by Camaron's phone.

The theme of the night was revealed to me as past dates together. It was so much fun reliving some of our early dates. We played croquet, ate dinner at the restaurant we went to on out third date, had dessert at our favorite ice cream sandwich shop on Mill (we go there on dates way too often). Then we played in Urban Outfitters, as any outing/date on Mill must include. The night was to finish off at one final stop. 

At first, I was a little confused when Cam pulled over at a random four-way stop on Main Street in downtown Mesa. As I looked around though, it suddenly all clicked. This was where we had watched fireworks together on the third of July 2010. That was the night when we first said I love you. It was so wonderful to just stand there in the cold, wrapped in Camaron's arm, talking about the past two years we've spent together, and all sorts of cheesiness ...and Camaron gave me some beautiful earrings (ones I would actually have picked out for myself, might I add). This kid is good.

Oh, it was such a wonderful night! Smooth sailing from here on out, right Cam?!



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A Five-Month-Old Fox

Even though I dread thinking of Fox getting older,
this kid just keeps getting more and more fun with each passing day.

He is now a master roller, which basically makes changing his diapers a blast (not really, but it is definitely more exciting). He is never on his his back for long anymore. It always cracks me up when we'll put him down for bed or a nap on his back, and then check on him like half an hour later, only to find him curled up in a ball on the opposite side of his crib. Oh, that reminds me, he also prefers to now sleep on his tummy with his bum in the air, feet tucked under, and hands clasped by his face. Camaron once described Fox's new sleeping position as "he fell asleep saying his prayers." It's now my most favorite thing ever to find him all curled up like that. Ok, back to the rolling. Seriously, this kid loves to practice this his newly-found skill. Even while I was taking these photos, he decided to show off by rolling over three times in a row
(and would have rolled right off the bed had I let him).
Even in that second picture, you can see he's mid-roll -and looking mischievous as ever.

Another skill he loves showing off is how he can now lock his joints. He loves to saves up this one for when we are changing his clothes. Oh my goodness, getting this kid's legs out of his onesie jammies when he locks his legs is quite the feat. But, the most fun part of him learning to lock his legs is that now he rocks at standing up. Of course he needs mine or Camaron's help for balance, but Fox really cannot get enough of standing on my lap and looking around at what's going on. He was able to share his news skills with his great grandma for the first time last week. I think he really enjoyed finally meeting her, and she him
(even though I'm pretty sure she still doesn't believe his name really is Fox).
He loved standing on her bed and looking around her room. Sitting down is so last month.

Also, at five months, Fox is:

//Teething. No teeth yet, but he chews on anything he can get his hands on and hasn't kept the front of a shirt dry in weeks.

//Grabbing. He pick up objects, squeezes his burp cloths, and pulls out and puts back his pacifier over and over.

//Prepping for solid foods. We're waiting to start solids until next month, but we've been adding rice cereal to his pumped bottles to help with the reflux he gets every once in a while. The doctor recommended it, but I'm not sure how much it has been helping so far.

//Sleeping a lot. I know this should thrill me (it kind of does), but it mostly worries me. He must be going through a growth spurt or something, because this kid has been sleeping in and then taking fatty naps almost every day now.

//Getting loud. I knew this one was coming. He had been a pretty quiet baby from the start, but I always had a feeling it was too good to be true. Fox now knows he has pipes, and he loves testing them out.

//Growing hair. The bald spot he acquired early on from rubbing the back of his head on everything is finally disappearing. This is good.

//Tolerating tummy time. Five minutes tops was all Fox would give to being placed on his stomach before. Then, out of no where, he began the tummy-sleeping thing, and now he can't get enough of being in this position. I have a feeling crawling will be here quicker than we anticipated.
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HOMEMADE // Granola

One of my roommates in college used to make this granola all of the time. It's my favorite. On days she made it, our whole apartment would smell like warm maple goodness:)

Ingredients
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds (this time, I did half almonds half pecans)
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/4 cup + 2Tb brown sugar
1/4 cup + 2Tb maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil (this time, I used olive oil and it tasted the same)
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 250 F
Mix oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar in a medium bowl
In a small bowl, mix syrup, oil, and salt
Pour liquids into the larger oat bowl and stir until evenly combined
Spread evenly onto a cookie sheet
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes
Let cool and then transfer to a bowl and add raisin

I love to just eat it right out of the bowl, but you could also enjoy it on top of your favorite yogurt, add milk and eat it as cereal, or as an ice cream topping:)
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Live Gorgeous // Candling your ears

When it comes to ear wax, sometimes q-tips just don't cut it (and they can be dangerous). I know this subject is borderline gross, but keeping your ears clean is a good thing. A much safer (and more exciting) option for keeping those listeners clean is a process called ear candling. It's nothing new, but it's becoming much more popular nowadays. The first time I heard about it was when I was reading a magazine dedicated to Raven. In it, she mentioned she loved and recommended using ear candles. I've always been intrigued since then 
(because anything Raven does intrigues me).

I've personally never done it before, but after watching this video that our friend Jenny just posted, I am trying to convince Camaron to try it with me. I had no idea it was so simple!
And think of all the things you could do with all of the earwax you remove (I kid).

What do you think? Would you ever try this? Was this post too gross? Should this post be grosser?

Feedback, people. Feedback.

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This Year


I've never been huge on New Year's resolutions. Sure, I'll make them here and there, but I've never had any that I really felt I needed to keep; none that were super important to me. I believe self-improvement is important, so I usually set some sort of goals for myself. But, again, these goals were never anything of huge importance (it was never much of a big deal if I didn't achieve them in that year).

Looking back on last year, while it was great for so many reasons, there were parts that were very rough. Parts I don't want to deal with for a whole other year. Because of that, I do have a few resolutions that I really want to keep this year.

Basically, what it boils down to, is that I don't do a great job taking care of myself. I am extremely guilty of putting myself (especially my health) second to most all else going on around me. I think it started when I quit teaching. My routines and daily structure has never been the same since then. Also, my self care has become much worse recently, since becoming a mom. Don't misunderstand me, I love being a mom; I just need to be better at balancing my own needs while still giving as much of myself as I can to Fox. Both of these huge changes in my life really threw me off -not to say they were necessarily negative, I just have yet to get back into the groove of things.

So, here are my resolutions (I'm a big fan of writing down and sharing goals. I feel more accountable and usually do better keeping them when I do this)



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On the first day of 2013


Day 1: woke up, ate homemade donuts, drove out to the desert, grilled hamburgers, drank hot chocolate, rode quads, froze, came home, social media'd, Cam got a bonus, we went and spent it on pure deliciousness at Grimaldi's, they gave Fox a free Grimaldi's onesie, we hung out with Chad and Craig before he left for college, went home, and snuggled.

Dear 2013,

Way to make a good first impression.

Heart,

Andrea



p.s. Camaron titled that last photo Beam Me Up, 2013
Genius.
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Remember 2012??

Dear 2012,

Thank you for being so great. Seriously, I don't know what I would have done without you. So much happened in just 365 days. Not only were you the year of the dragon, you were also the year of the Fox. When I reflect on what happened in 2012, I basically just remember being pregnant, and then having Fox in our lives -which is perfectly fine. Actually, it's better than fine, it's the best. Along with being pregnant, this year I was also able to spend time with my favorite people, create, learn, and become a mom. How does one top that?! Let's just say you've set the bar pretty high for 2013, 2012.

Other parts of the amazingness that was you, 2012, had a great deal to do with the sense of accomplishment I felt. Setting, focusing on, and then achieving a goal is one of my favs. The most important part for me, though, is the setting of the goals. I'm so glad I did this part last year in the form of posting my New Year's resolutions. Through planning out and writing down what I wanted to accomplish, I was able to check off the majority of the goals I made for you, 2012. In recap, I read a ton of books (I lost track, so I'm not sure of how many), our home is organized with a place for everything, I'm a dinner-making machine, most of the house is decorated, and manual mode on the camera isn't half as intimidating as it used to be. As for my goals to journal more and be more organized about blogging, well, I think they're going to go on the list for 2013. Don't want to be too much of an over-achiever now, do I?

Ok, on to the part you've been waiting for, the highlights. And yes, the highlights of you are captured in the photos above. There were sooo many parts of you that were just so wonderful, narrowing it down to just 12 photos was quite the task. But 12 just felt right (because you contained 12 months and 12 is part of your name? Probably). Anyway, let's begin. When you started out, Camaron and I were able to experience living through one of Utah's wimpiest winters (I owe you big time for that one), then we were able to move back to Arizona (I owe you even more for that), we celebrated Arizona's 100th birthday, Camaron and I went on a fun road trip to Prescott before my pregnant belly grew too out-of-hand, I was given the most amazing baby shower ever, and my belly (and the secret-named little boy inside) grew and grew. Next, on August 19, little Fox Ezra joined our family and it was so so great. Then, he was cute. All. The. Time. Also, Camaron's brother came home from his mission for the church (you remember Craig). Then, we dressed up for Halloween with a Ferris Bueller theme (yes, we are a theme-dressed family), I turned one year older (set to a 90s theme), and we finished off the year celebrating our first Christmas with Fox. To sum it up, 2012, you were full of many large changes, but they all only made life more wonderful and exciting. Again, thank you 2012.

You will always be remembered,

Andrea


p.s. Did you hear that rumor about how 2013 has plans to completely outshine you? What are your thoughts on that?
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