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The way weather like this should be enjoyed



The weather lately has been nothing short of MARVELOUS! -As is to be expected Nov-Mar in Arizona. And for some reason, all I've wanted to do for weeks was to go as a family to the park and feed the ducks. I think they did it in an episode of Curious George or something, and the image of it just stuck -Curious George has done that before. One time, he gave me a huge hankering for grapes because he was using a bunch of them in one of his curious adventures. Basically, we've been watching a lot of that trouble-causing monkey around these parts lately.

Obviously (I mean, we have photographic evidence, people), we were able to find time to take our fancy-Valentine's-french-toast-bread leftovers to a nearby park and make my monkey-induced dreams come true. And it was wonderful. I loved watching Fox throw in his little bread pieces and quack at the ducks. Pretty sure the ducks loved it too -more and more kept appearing from nowhere. The experience wasn't quite as relaxing as I imagined though, as Fox wanted to get in the lake so bad. We had to keep a very close eye on him. 

We've been spending lots of time outdoors each day and it is so great -mostly because it wears Fox out and he's ready for a nap as soon as we get home (#lazymom). But I'm also just trying to soak in as much of this nice weather as possible before the sun decides to scorch our faces off in a few months (AZ summers ...why you gotta be so hot?).

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Starting Nursery and Hitting 21 Weeks


Believe me, no one is more surprised than myself that I've already passed the halfway point in this pregnancy. Wahoo! It finally feels like speed is picking up (why did the first trimester feel sooo long? And now that whole sicky-time feels like forever ago?).

We had the gender ultrasound a few weeks ago, and I stuck to my guns. The tech turned the screen off during any shots that would have revealed anything:) And she let me know that since I didn't want to know the gender, then no one would know -she didn't write it down anywhere so that there's no worry of the doctor or a nurse accidentally letting the surprise slip. ...So there's no going back now (unless of course I wanted to schedule another ultrasound, but I don't see that happening).

Mostly just feeling lots of tiny kicks and fitting into less and less outfits now. Oh yeah, and I literally cried from happiness when I finally made it out of an hour and a half long traffic jam on the freeway Friday night (only going the distance of one mile in that whole hour and a half!!!) So, hormones are working just fine.


Fox went to his second week of nursery on Sunday. He's rocking it. One of my new favorite parts of church now is peeking through the little window in the nursery door and seeing Fox sitting at the tiny table eating snacks with the other 18-month-olds. Technically, Fox has a couple more weeks before hitting 18 months, but Fox's nursery leaders are good friends of ours, and Fox knows them well, so we went ahead and tried it out. I'm so glad it's going so well:)
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Homemade Valentine Donuts


Donuts have always been one of my favorite treats (can you blame me?). I definitely have a few favorite spots to pick up a dozen glazed with sprinkles, but sometimes it's extra fun to make your own.
Since I was pretty young, my family has had a pretty simple trick for making our own delicious donuts at home:

Biscuit Dough!

It fries up amazingly and you can make your own dough or simply use a can of the Pillsbury kind -or Trader Joe's makes delicious ones as well. That's what I used this time.

I just used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to shape the dough into Valentine hearts. I flattened the dough out a bit first -if it's too thick, your donuts may end up doughy in the middle. I then placed them into a frying pan with about an inch of hot vegetable oil. The hardest part was getting the temperature just right. If you have a candy thermometer, you'll want the oil to be about 350 degrees. If you don't have a thermometer, use any extra dough (or weird shaped donuts) to test the heat of the oil. My stove worked best set at med-low. Cook each donut for about 45 seconds on each side (I flipped mine using tongs) until golden brown on each side.

Place cooked donuts onto paper towels to soak up extra oil while they cool. Once they have cooled off, you can decorate! I sprinkled some with powdered sugar, frosted some with Nutella, but dipped most of them in chocolate glaze.

Chocolate glaze recipe:

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 cup confectioners' sugar

Combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla in medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low. Add the chocolate and whisk until melted. Turn off heat. Add the powedered sugar and whisk until smooth.

Final step: Enjoy with a glass of milk (and be sure to save me one! You know I already ate all of mine)

p.s. do you spell it "donut" or "doughnut"??? I'm pretty sure I go back and forth


***my doughnut/donut making memories all came back to me when I saw this post
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Fox + 18 months + The Park = Party


Fox will officially hit the 18 month mark (aka 1.5 years old) in exactly two weeks! He is such a fun little boy and I love getting to spend so much time with him each day -especially now that my 1st trimester woes are now long gone (hallelujah!). 

Here are some of our favorites about Fox being this age:

He's got the bedtime routine down. Cam and I will just say "time to go to bed" and then begin doing a silly march to Fox's room, and he'll quickly join in (he's an excellent marcher). He then knows to go right to kneeling down (or just sitting on my lap) for prayers, and he's been doing this with zero fuss for a few weeks now. Favorite!!!

He loooves to watch the Curious George cartoon. Netflix has 6 seasons of the show, and we've watched them all at least three times now. That little monkey is always getting in trouble, and Fox can't get enough of it. In a close second is Arthur -I've started putting that one on here and there because I have a really hard time with re-runs. And Fox always giggles at the opening credits of Arthur:)

When Camaron gets home from school/work each day, I usually shout "Daddy's home!" Fox used to run to greet his daddy, but now he usually just approaches Camaron and them lays flat on the floor on his stomach and laughs (mostly because Cam immediately will join him). I don't know where Fox gets this stuff. It's almost like he's too overwhelmed that dad came home to stand up.

Kid loves the park (obviously^^^). He does an excellent job climbing and sliding down slides all on his own -and fyi, he will only slide down on his stomach, feet first. And he can swing in the big kid swings on his own too (well, he likes being pushed -still not quite sure how to swing). I just wish I had as much energy as him, so I didn't have to feel so bad when I force him to come home with me after playing for a long while. I'm sure he'd have no problem staying there all day.

His vocabulary is growing everyday. I remember at his last doctor appointment, he only knew about four words. I've lost count as to how many he knows now. I love how excited he gets when he can point out words he knows. Most exciting things to point out include cars, ducks, doggies, babies, hi, cheese, and Ky (uncle Kyle).

Love you, lil Fox
Thank you for being done with that weird/grumpy stage you were going through last week:)
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