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Fox and Sloane




These two. 

Having Fox and Sloane around, especially when they're together, just makes everything more fun. And I love how much fun they have together. Sloane's favorite person, by far, is Fox. He can make her crack up louder than anyone else can. He is so good with Sloane, and has been from the beginning. I know this is not incredibly common, so I am really so proud of him. He has always been so kind and thoughtful around her. He doesn't always love sharing, but he'll usually just get mad at us, not her. The other day, in the car, Sloane was crying. I heard Fox say "here, Sloane. Here, Sloane." I looked back and saw he was trying to hand her his toy to make her feel better:) His favorite person to hug is also, no surprise here, Sloane. 

Fox and Sloane are pretty close in age (22 months apart). I really wanted it that way because I always wanted kids who would love playing together and be little friends -Not that being spread further apart wouldn't have allowed that, I was just too excited to wait any longer, I guess. It's such a fun stage they are at right now, because Sloane is old enough to start getting what's going on around her, and Fox is old enough to realize he is the center of attention:) So he basically loves entertaining her all day. And he knows we love watching him do it. But even though he can get mad at her sometimes (she loves stealing his toys. troublemaker.), I love that it's obvious he genuinely loves her. 

Wow, this post got sappy quick, but I didn't want to miss posting about this little stage in their lives. Who knows, next week they might be completely sick of each other.
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Chocolate Oreo Cake


A chocolate layered cake with a cream cheese and Oreo filling, and a Ghirardelli chocolate glaze on top? I would be sneaking a taste like Fox (above) is too!

I made this the other day for a family birthday party, but honestly it needs no special occasion. This cake deserves to be made and you deserve to eat it. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil's food cake mix
1 bar (4 oz) Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate baking chocolate
1/4 cup butter
1 pkg. (8oz) cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups thawed cool whip
15 Oreos, coarsely crushed

Instructions

Heat oven to 350F
Prepare cake batter and bake in 2 (9") round pans as directed on package. Cool cakes in pans for 10 min. Invert onto wire racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.
Microwave chocolate and butter in small microwaveable bowl on high for 1 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool 5 min. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gently stir in Cool Whip and crushed cookies. Place one cake on plate, spread with cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining cake. Spread top with chocolate glaze; let stand ten min or until firm. Keep refrigerated. 

original recipe found here

Happy Wednesday!!!
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We moved!


We moved last weekend! And we still don't have the Internet! So that there has been a big contributer to the the lull in blog posts lately. Well, that and Fox's sudden decision to be all done with taking naps (please pray with me that it's just a weird transition thing and all will be back to normal asap). Also, while we're praying, let's add in a little plea that the Internet people come today -phone blogging/internetting is not my ideal.

Ok, back to the main topic here, we moved! We're no longer slumming it at my parents' house. Camaron found us a nice little house in Phoenix, close to downtown (where he starts working next week!). It's been a fun little week in our new place. We're in an "established" neighborhood aka all old people, no kids. So that's a little bit of a bummer. But everyone has hummingbird feeders and dogs, so that's kinda fun.

Our house is pretty old, so it definitely has some quirks. We're just renting, but we're hoping our landlord lets us switch up a few things. There are two random cutouts in our hallway wall that Camaron and I have had fun making up reasons as to why they were put there. Some kind of really weird display? Who knows? Also, the mailbox is built into our living room wall. It's probably fox's favorite part of the house. He opens the slot and bam! Mail! And all of the bedrooms are the exact same size. Equality! Also, our kitchen has a Mr. Ed door going into the dining room. Be jealous.

Along with getting th Internet, we are so looking forward to having a couch again. That's right, we've been hanging out on the rug on the floor all week. We sold our couch before moving to dc so we wouldn't have to store it, but I had no idea how hard it is to find a decent couch! We lucked out with ours before when we found it for a rocking deal at a thrift store within, like, an hour of searching. But we're hoping the search ends today. I'll keep you posted.

So that's about it. I think you're all caught up. We moved and all we think about now is couches and having the Internet. Oh yeah, and we didn't have heat or hot water our first night here. That was an adventure. And I'm sure more adventures await. Bring it on, little old house.
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The Last of the Christmas Posts, I Promise: Christmas Cabin!

As I mentioned in a previous post (this one), we spent time up in Northern Arizona at a cabin with Camaron's side of the family right after Christmas. It was a fun little weekend full of freezing cold nights, s'mores, hot chocolate, big coats, pine trees, and plenty of cousin time for Fox and Sloane.
Oh yeah, and foosball. Lots and lots of foosball.

We had a fun surprise the first night when Camaron's sister, Candace, and her husband, Jason, surprised us by showing up late that night on the doorstep. It was so fun that they were able to make it. We watched Zoolander that night -a fine, family film. Then, we explored Tonto Natural Bridge the next day. There were icicles all over and everything was so pretty. We went on a couple little hikes and Fox was in heaven. That kid and the great outdoors:) Sloane wore her marshmallow coat (named for obvious reasons) and it's basically my most favorite thing ever. We'll need to go play up north more often, just so we can have her bust it out more often.

We didn't really do much Christmas-y stuff, so maybe this post is inaccurately named. Even so, this was such a fun little trip to take during the break. Maybe it will become a tradition? Who knows. Maybe I just want more traditions in my life? Probably.



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SURPRISE! We're staying in Arizona!!!


Yep, at the very last minute we found out that we'll be staying in Arizona after all and not be moving back to DC. Oh, what an emotional roller coaster this Christmas break has been.

Let me see if I can catch everyone up. Ok, as he was finishing up his last semester of school while we were in DC, Camaron had been doing interviews and sending out his resume all over. And he was working part-time at a job he really enjoyed. Once the job offers came in, it turned out that the ones we really wanted weren't big on hiring people right out of college, so that bummed us out a little. But the job Camaron was already working part-time offered to hire him on full-time. We decided that was the best option for our family -even though I had become really homesick and was basically done with the whole DC thing. I mean, we were supposed to be done. I had really been looking forward to moving a lot closer to AZ where all of our family and friends were ...Ok, ok, I'll come clean: I was a big sad sap and not really looking forward to staying in DC.

Then, one of the places that we had wanted but didn't hire right out of college wanted Camaron to come down for an interview anyway, just to have his info on hand for the future once he had some experience under his belt or whatever. It was in Phoenix, so Camaron scheduled to stop by once we came to AZ for Christmas. Camaron went down there and basically was such an amazing interviewee that they took him out to lunch afterwards to talk more. I know! I'm the worst at not getting my hopes up, so of course this got me pretty excited. Well, after a couple days, they told Camaron they really really liked him, but there wouldn't be enough time for them to make a decision before we moved back to DC, since the holidays and stuff. Great.

See what I meant by emotional roller coaster?

Then, on New Years Eve, they told Camaron they could make a decision before we left (which would have been just a few days later)! They asked him for some writing samples and then basically said, "Get your hopes up really high!" like five minutes after he submitted them. Then they made an official offer:)

Even though this new job will be a great one, I know Camaron was really looking forward to going back to DC. He is a fan of the city life:) It was a fun place, but I just never fully adjusted and didn't know anybody and I'm just the worst with change. Maybe I would have grown to love it eventually. And I know a lot of what was hard the first time would be easier when we went back (because we would live in a different area and have a car and Camaron's work schedule would be better). But hearing the news about Camaron getting the Phoenix job was basically the best thing ever for me. I know I owe Camaron big time (huge) for him giving up DC for this. Any ideas on how to pay someone back for making a huge sacrifice for you? I think I'll need to like take a massage class or something.
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She turned six months on the 26th


Sloane is six months old. Half a year. I cannot believe this little babe is growing so quickly (says every mom ever). She is following right in her older brother's footsteps and becoming more and more fun everyday though, so that definitely helps. 

Her eyes are undeniably blue. Her once almost-black hair is lightening up more and more. It almost looks like she has an ombre thing going on because her hair is coming in lighter underneath. She still has chunky legs and biggie cheeks. Sloane has Fox's laugh. She loves blowing bubbles/spitting/drooling/whatever will make her shirt soaked so I have to change it multiple times a day. And she has mastered rolling and getting into position to crawl. But she is not a crawler ...yet. Having something to chew on is a must for her right now ...and the louder it is, the better. Paper and wrappers are in the lead  for favorite chew-thing right now.

Sloane is also a chatty baby. Always making little noises and sharing all kinds of knowledge and plans in her cutie baby language. She's wearing the same sized diapers as Fox right now because smaller diapers just can't contain what she has to offer. It's so ridiculous. But it's just another one of many things that shows how similar she is to Fox. And I just love how alike they are. Neither of them really looks much like Camaron or I, but they sure look like each other. And Fox is only ten pounds heavier than Sloane, so I know they're only going to be mistaken for twins more and more (yes it has already happened).

I love your gummy smiles, Sloane. And everything about you. Happy six months.
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