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Camaron graduated!


Camaron graduated! ...two weeks ago. The whole time we've been back in Arizona is already feeling like a blur. Why is time going by so fast?? I am feeling pretty organized and on top of things for only just now getting around to posting about Camaron's graduation, let me tell ya. Come back with me, to two weeks ago, Monday the fifteenth of December. The week before Christmas week. Camaron graduated from Arizona State University. 

What a handsome, hardworking scholar. 

Camaron and I both agree that the best thing about graduating (and I'm sure many others agree), is that when you get home after a long day, you don't have school to worry about anymore! No more late night online tests! No more discussion boards! No more group projects that keep you from coming home until four in the morning (yes, that actually happened). Yippee!!! Fox, Sloane, and I are so looking forward to getting Camaron all to ourselves each day after work now.
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Christmas Morning


This year, we had two Christmas mornings. And it was as wonderful as it sounds.

Right now, we are staying at my parent's house as we prepare to move back to DC (no, you didn't miss a blog post about that, I just never wrote one. Maybe someday I will). Ok, we're at my parent's house, so you'd think we would have Christmas morning with them, but it didn't quite work out that way. My mom had to work Christmas morning/day (medical professions don't always get holidays off). So Christmas morning at the house was just our little family's Christmas morning. It was so great that we were able to have that for ourselves, especially while living in someone else's home.

We woke up and wandered to the tree in our Christmas jammies and laughed and opened gifts together. Camaron and I agreed that getting lots of gifts for Sloane and Fox was silly since we would be moving soon ...and the grandparents always take care of those sorts of things anyway. So we just got them a couple of simple things to open that morning. One was a little Spiderman toy that Camaron picked out for Fox. Fox slept with it at naptime and that night (incase you were wondering if he liked it). I got an ornament for each of the kids, since we had done that for Fox the past two Christmases. Sloanes was a little plush elephant, and it was wet all day from her constant gnawing and drooling on it (incase you were wondering if she liked it). I got the power drill I had been pining for (projects, people. Projects!). And Camaron got a drone that takes video and photos (that blurry picture of him is not posed. I caught his actual reaction. And I love it).

The rest of the day was spent playing with out toys, relaxing, then preparing for the big family party we do every year with my mom's side of the family. No pictures of that night, but it was amazingly fun and we had amazingly good food (even if we didn't get to have green bean casserole because I forgot to buy the ingredients and no stores were open on Christmas day when we realized my error, hehe).

Then came our second Christmas morning.





We had Christmas morning with my parents and siblings on the day after Christmas. Opening presents was extra fun this year, because Fox found so much enjoyment in handing out the gifts. He may have loved picking out packages, saying "open it open it!" to its recipient, and then helping them (if wanted) unwrap their presents even more than opening his own presents. Maybe. After revealing secret santas, giving and receiving amazingly perfect handmade and store-bought gifts, and checking out the haul of office supplies we always get in our stockings, we topped off the fun-filled morning with my mom's delicious waffles (made from scratch, of course). 

Then we watched as Tim and Kyle faced off in Uncle Fester's Quest -a NES game Kyle gave Tim as a joke. That game is so bad. After too many rounds of that nonsense, we all headed out back to try out the family game we got this year (we get a new one each year). This year, it was Spikeball -a combination of volleyball and foursquare. It had fun potential  ...but, to sum it up, the phrase "this game is for athletes/athletic people" may have been uttered a few too many times. We were worse at that then at Uncle Fester's Quest.
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Christmas Eve

Our Christmas Eve was spent with Camaron's side of the family. Originally, we were all going to go up north to a cabin to spend Christmas, but not everyone could go, so we decided to have Christmas dinner on this night, along with opening presents. We still did the cabin, but just a little later and without everyone -more on that later. 

So, on Christmas Eve, we loaded up the car and began our journey out of town ...to Casa Grande ha! For real though, it is a trip. Since we had all of the family in one place for the night, I decided to make the evening extra fun by throwing in a variety show for the evening's entertainment. It was totally just a silly idea at first that I thought would make the cabin trip extra fun, but with the change in plans, I really didn't think it would happen. I was sure Camaron and I would be the only ones performing, so imagine my surprise when it turned out that EVERYONE performed! It was so much fun.
The show included magic, musical numbers, cashew-catching, and Camaron and I pretending we knew a lot about hip hop dancing (we just re-enacted this amazing video). Be sure to take note of Camaron's amazing 90s shirt.

The rest of the night included yummy food, the traditional "eating of the pudding to see who has the one with the gummy bear and will get good luck all year long," and secret Santa gift exchange. My secret Santa did me good. 

More Christmas posts and catch-up coming all week! Consider it a belated Christmas gift ha!
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Our Last Night in DC


On our last night in DC, before moving back to AZ, we decided to live it up and storm the White House. Well, White House Gifts, that is. It's basically the best souvenir shop in DC because, well, look at the awesome souvenirs we got! Photos are my favorite souvenir. When you spend a certain amount at the shop, you can take photos for free using their awesome backdrops and props (so, I guess it's not really "for free"). 

No matter how hard we try not to be, we are still such tourists. Oh well, it was so much fun.
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Santa didn't make anyone cry this year!


Santa: "What would you like for Christmas?"

Fox: "Ummm ...Presents!"

Santa: "Oh, what kinds of presents?"

Fox: "Green!"
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Sloane at Five Months


Baby Sloane hit five months the day before Thanksgiving. This chunky little bundle is just growing more and more fun everyday (following in her brother's footsteps). She has mastered rolling and I really don't think we'll be waiting too much longer before she starts crawling. Yay! and Yikes! Sloane is still a fan of making the Chewbacca noise, but she has now added blowing raspberries to her repertoire. She has a definite interest in Fox's toys now -and sometimes he even shares with her (and it's just the best). We're pretty sure she's in some sort of teething stage, because girl's got drool. And screaming. And chewing. She also has huge smiles and laughs, though, so it's not all bad.

At the top of Sloane's list of least favorites would be having to sit still in your lap ...so I'm just a little worried for our flight home next week (next week!). She was so little and new when we got here. I can't believe how much she has changed.

Happy five months, Sloane, Sloaney, Doane, Baby! We sure love you!
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