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Sloane Turns One


Sloane turned one on Friday. 
The day was fun and relaxed -just like our little birthday girl. We played with toys, opened some presents, and took some naps. It was awesome. After naps, we headed over to Gilbert to partake in the Joe's birthday trifecta. Arizona really is the best place to celebrate birthdays (free food-wise). We hit up the BBQ for lunch, then had the most delicious cake I've ever had in my life across the street at Liberty Market. Also, that oatmeal cream pie was as big as Fox's face (as so so yummy). Then we topped off our tour by taking a meal to-go from Joe's Farm Grill. The rest of the day, we basically just let Sloane do whatever she wanted. So, lots of goldfish and stealing Fox's toys.

Sloane,
This year has been so much fun, and has gone by way too fast. I remember so clearly waking up and getting ready to go to the hospital to have and meet you for the first time. I remember Camaron telling me "it's a girl!" and being so happy and falling in love as soon as I saw your cute little face and full head of hair. You fit right into our family right away. Fox has been your number one fan from day one. He always wants to race in to help you whenever he hears you making noise in your crib (you're welcome for us stopping him as much as we can to let you get your sleep). You're an awesome eater -this has been such a blessing to your easily stressed-out mom. You also exceeded all of our expectations when we moved to DC for Daddy's internship. You were awesome on your first-ever flight. And thank you for not hating us for making you sleep on a pile of towels that first week. You are so smart and so happy. I love running errands with you, because you bring smiles to the faces of everyone around us. Also, speaking of smiles, it's such a great feeling coming home to you after being at work (or anywhere for a while). Your excitement and huge grin make everything better.

Happy first birthday, Sloane Margaret! Love, love, love you.

P.S. Thank you for letting us use your birthday to get free food:)

Fox's first birthday here
Sloane's birth story here
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Sloane 11 months


It's the weirdest feeling -knowing Sloane will have her first birthday later this month. But even though it really feels like time has gone by way too fast, and I really wish babies would always stay babies, I am really loving the little toddler that Sloane is becoming. She loves being involved in everything we're doing, and one of her favorite places to play is in our laps (well, there and in the entertainment center drawer:) ). She has also become a big fan of climbing ...on everything. The other night, I was coloring at the dinner table with Fox, we looked up and there was Sloane. Standing on a dining chair at the table across from us with a huge smile on her face. Sloane's other favorites right now are Fox, clapping, eating everything we give her, chatting it up with us (words so far: "mama" "dada" "uh oh" "what's this?!"), and walking. Yep, she starting walking this past weekend. She's up to five steps so far and it's so fun cheering her on and seeing how excited she is about it.

Sloane is such a happy, fun, smart, and important member of our family. She makes me so happy and I'm so grateful for all of the time I get to spend with her each day. 

Happy birthday month, Sloaney girl. We sure love you and your cutie face:)

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Fox Dance Video


Our family believes in making a fun purchase with your first paycheck at a new job (as long as finances permit). Most of the time, it's a meal at a fun restaurant. When I received my first paycheck while I was teaching, I bought Beatles Rock Band. Camaron began working at his job a few months ago, but this weekend he decided what he wanted to do for his fun purchase. He bought a voice-activated speaker. It's pretty cool. It does a lot of things, but we've been mostly using it to play music. With the increase in music being played in the house, there has also been a significant increase in dancing around these parts. Fox was in prime form yesterday, so I made sure to document it:)
LAST NIGHT the Strokes featuring FOX from picsoandrea on Vimeo.
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