For being a short month, February was pretty jam-packed for us! We've had amazing weather and I haven't had a church calling this month, giving me some extra time to focus on my family, the house, and even serving others in ways I have control over and it's been a nice little break. I can't believe how much these kids are growing and changing, I can't keep up! So here's a recap of the month so I can hopefully start a little better at regular documenting from here on out.
We got a cat named Pharoah, he's kinda crazy, very cool. Devin was on Craigslist one day and found himself in the cat section and found this little guy and couldn't help himself. Ava's obsessed but over the course of the month she's changed from chasing him because she wants to hold/pet him to chasing him to get him to run away from her or her food or something she thinks he needs to get off of. She still loves him, she's just realized she has power over something and she's exercising it at any chance she gets.
We've been doing lots and lots of Facetiming! We've also kept the playdough stuff out on Ava's table all month long and she's gotten so much better at independently playing with it. She always makes me "pancakes" and sticks toothpicks in it for candles :)
I've been budgeting our groceries and stuff this month which has also made me think more about not wasting any food and turning ingredients into multiple meals and using leftovers and also trying to eat more fruits and veggies so - I've been making a lot of smoothies lately and Ava loves it! This is my favorite one because it uses things that are in season: pears, oranges (oj), banana, kale, spinach, and we get awesome nutrients from the greens we (mostly Ava) wouldn't eat otherwise.
We don't really eat out unless we have a coupon and we also haven't had Chinese food here the whole 3 1/2 years we've lived in Boise (besides Panda Express) so when a coupon came for a Chinese buffet we've been dying to try we were THERE. It was such a fun random night out after work one day during the week. We also discovered that buffets are the BEST place to take kids! Ava loved picking out exactly what she wanted and having the food ready to eat as soon as we got there...so nice. We actually went to Sizzler the very next night because of a gift certificate we had and Ava was so good there too, thanks to the kid salad bar! Devin also had a killer stache for a week.
We've had some milestones like Owen getting his two bottom teeth the weekend he turned 6 months AND rolling over! Ava is also officially potty trained! It's been way smoother than I ever anticipated.
We toured the Old Idaho Penitentiary on Valentine's day - so romantic(wink)! We really weren't planning on doing anything else but we saw a Groupon for this, making it so inexpensive that it was worth paying for a babysitter to get out. We were pretty amazed by the solitary confinement building which Devin is peeking into in the pic above. So desolate and the doors were SO heavy. The buildings were full of so much metal, giving everything a really cold feeling. Sounds miserable but it really was interesting to see everything, even if Devin ignored me the whole time because he's like a kid in a candy store at these kind of things.
We've managed to leave the kids with a babysitter about 3 or 4 times this month! It's almost addicting once you do it once and everything goes smoothly, it's like what have we been waiting for? Even better, we now know that our kids can be put to bed by someone else!