Proud of myself…

8 Jul

I have NEVER been a self confident person. I was always super quiet, shy, and hate being the center of attention. I know, I know, I write a blog about my life, I must love attention, but really don’t.

However I am changing, and while I may never love all eyes on me I know it’s okay to have that happen. Honestly two years ago when I started doing Scentsy it was for extra money. Two years ago I never would have taken a trip alone to a place I have never been, only knowing one other person going. But I did it and I know it’s worth it. I joined Scentsy to make extra money and have a better life. I stay with Scentsy because of the things it has changed in my life, and in myself. You truly can do this and be successful if you believe in yourself and I am starting to more and more!

So here I am in St. Louis, all alone until my roommates (who I have never met) arrive tomorrow! I am so excited and actually have zero anxiety about the experience, for the first time ever! I leave you with some photos!

 

 

 

 

Welcome at the shuttle desk

Welcome at the shuttle desk

Edward Jones dome where the St. Louis rams play, and where convention is!

Edward Jones dome where the St. Louis rams play, and where convention is!

 

The hotel has free hot breakfast, free dinner and three free drinks. I only had one wine.

The hotel has free hot breakfast, free dinner and three free drinks. I only had one wine

 

Pre run selfie!

Pre run selfie!

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It’s a Celebration!

19 Jun

Happy 10 months to our baby boy! You have grown so much and are so AMAZING!

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A one month old Camden!

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10 month Camden!

Before he found and destroyed the 10 month sticker. He is such a good boy, even though he loves to crinkle paper!

Camdens Current Likes:

Wet Open Mouth Kisses

Chicken Nuggets

Mac and Cheese

Fruits and Veggies! (Especially green beans!)

Walking (pushing my walker or holding your hand)

Crawling like a maniac!

His Johnathan the Husky dog or Wubba Pooh

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Daddy putting me to bed

Dislikes:

Mommy putting me to bed (not gonna happen lady)

Sleeping

Peppers

Teething

Camden is currently teething again, you know because 8 teeth arent enough, hes been SO UNHAPPY :(

I was very happy to get cute pictures of him for his ten month birthday! And thats what happened today in our lives.

Camden says: Goodnight everyone. Or in his language baba, dada, mom, hi. Then he claps and laughs :)

A year ago til now

16 Jun

A year ago this week Dan, Camden (in my belly) and I were in HAWAII!!!!!

I was 7 months pregnant and we were having a ball! All expenses paid trips to exotic locales, you could never afford yourself…..Amazing! Thanks again to my part time Scentsy job!

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Flash foward to now where we have baby selfies and a 9 month old! (who turns 10 months on Thursday)

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My life has changed so much, and yet is still the same. I am currently training for my 5th, 6th and 7th marathons. And hoping at least one yields a 2:45 or below outcome. My ultimate goal being a sub 2:30. Hey I am not fast, but I am determined and I do NOT give up!!!

Plus with the cutest running buddy of all time it is easy to stay focused.

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We run on the track and trail. Though I guess I never thought about slowing when going downhill with the BOB jogging stroller. The force of that plus a 20lb baby is enough to almost make a clumsy lady like myself lose their footing! I didn’t though, must be my cat like reflexes :)

Speaking of my 6th Half Marathon, I signed up for the Star Wars Rebel Challenge at Disney Land in January! A 10k Saturday and half sunday. My friend Lauren and I are doing it together just like the Glass Slipper Challenge last year. We are also doing the 5k on Friday!!! These things together are keeping me motivated and excited to run, which is what I need as a tired mommy!

I’m BACK!

5 Jun

Wow! It has been a BUSY few months. Our baby boy and my Scentsy business have been busy growing! I also went back to work full time for the summer. Leaving not much time to run, blog, or do much for myself!

Yesterday was National Running Day! Happy belated to all my running pals. Today however was national running day for me, I worked out with Jeff, worked, Napped (I will get to that in a bit) then Dan and I went on a track/trail run with Mr. Camden!

I have just signed up for my 5th half marathon in September. It is the same half I did for my first one, and I am really looking forward to it! My goal is a 2:30 or better and I am going to do it!!!

I am also signing up for a VERY exciting Half on June 10th, that I will do this January, but more on that when it happens.

So we went on our run, I decided to wear my new running shoes to break them in, especially since my old purple and grey ones had to be retired due to wear and over use.

Let’s just say that maybe wasn’t the best idea! We wanted to go 4 miles/ I wanted to go 4 miles.  We ended up going a little over 2, which I am still happy with, I am happy with anything. However, the backs of my feet are ripped up bad, and my socks were covering the area the whole time! I will spare you from the picture of my poor feet and instead show you my sweet new shoes and new pants!

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Ignore how dirty my feet are, I wore flip flops today and my feet attract dirt!

So we walked, ran, ran the trail and then walked and ran some more on the track at the local high school. Someone came along in his jogging stroller and learned running is hard work and makes you tired!

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I hear you buddy! After the movie Dan and I are watching is over, I will be sleeping as well. Keep on the lookout for more posts as blogging always keeps me motivated!

Catching up with the Karnolt’s.

20 Mar

So my last post was about St. Patrick’s Day, but the one before that was from Febraury so its time we catch up so I can make current daily posts!

So what’s going on with us?

DAN: Dan went back to work Monday, while I am still off until April 1st. Camden and I are missing him but glad tomorrow is his day off!!! His birthday is March 31st, the big 2-9, so last night we went out to dinner and saw Book of Mormon at the Bushnell. We loved it! I had bought the tickets for Christmas knowing it would be part of his birthday expeditions! My question for anyone who has seen it also, how many pissed off people were there? At our show there were so many! I don’t think many people researched the show, what it was about, or that Trey Parker wrote it (he created South Park if you didn’t know), of course it was going to be inappropriate.

In other Dan news he is happy, yet sad it is Spring. He bought a new to him snowmobile a couple of weeks ago so its bittersweet. BUT he can ride his dirt bike around now without its snow tires and that is pretty exciting! His racing season is going to start soon for his dirtbike I am so excited, especially since now Camden can watch and realize whats going on better than the last race he was at!

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ALEX: That’s me, but if you didn’t know that you must be a new reader so welcome!!! Today I am signing up for my next half marathon, it is in April! I haven’t ran more than a mile since I have been home from Florida and I am craving a run, so having a race to do will keep me training! I haven’t ran a lot only because once I got home I had a terrible cold and it kept going around the house! It appears we have all finally defeated the cold! (Knock on wood)

In other news for me my Scentsy business is going amazing! My goal this year is to recruit and help as many people as possible reach their goals with Scentsy. It can be done, I initially joined to use the extra money for my car payments and use my regular salary for bills and fun. Now however with 2 years left on the loan, my car is almost paid off and Dan and I will start being able to make double mortgage payments. Plus my credit card debt is almost zero!!! Pretty amazing stuff, all from an electric warmer and some wax, who would have thought!

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The food in the background of the picture was for breakfast the next morning, I have been food prepping because I am on an eating plan to coincide with my training. Since I had Camden I have lost 40 pounds! I have about 15 left until I am to my pre-pregnancy weight! Since I have been on the plan I have lost 10lbs which was great that even being sick/too lazy to meal prep some days I have kept it off!

Plus Dan has devised a reward system for me, each Monday I weigh in and tell him what I weigh. Then depending on how much I have lost I get to eat an Oreo per pound! I love Oreos and Dan bought me two packs and hid them.

Here’s a picture of him presenting them to me.

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Finally Camden and Finny: Our little boys! First we start with the oldest, Finny!

Finny needs a haircut, I have to get him to the groomer, but as Camden gets older they play more and have a great time. They are best friends.

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Camden: Let’s all notice Camden in the above picture, his abilities are starting to concern me! He turned 7 months yesterday and has been on the move for about a month, he crawls, he rolls and now he does this….

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This was an interesting turn of events as I left him lying on the blanket playing with his toys, I came back from doing my makeup and this happened….oh no!!! Yesterday he was at my grandmas and was standing against her ottoman, he took a few steps towards a chair and then fell over. PLEASE DON’T WALK YET!

Currently he is lying behind me on the couch, pulling my hair and proud of himself that he can get his own bib on and off now. He’s pretty cute! However since he has been sick he has also been sleeping a lot.

Passed out on St. Patricks Day.

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And passed out on Mommy…

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So that is basically what has been going on with us in the past month, not too much but fun, hobbies and love. Our little family is doing great and watching our little boy grow and learn more everyday is my favorite!

St. Patrick’s Day, A Birthday and Good News!

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my fellow Irish people! If I didn’t do a post on St. Patrick’s Day I would have three people upset with me! My Grandma (or Gma) because her mother was Irish and my Memere, because she is 100% Irish. (She’s Memere because my Pepere is French). Finally my Aunt Tamarra, one because were all Irish, but two because today is her Birthday!

Happy Birthday Aunt Tamarra!!! (Her name is pronounced like when people say tomorrow wrong down south or in Maine (going by Murder She wrote), her name is NOT Tamera or Tammy…so don’t even try it.)

Tamarra loves being born on this day she even has a tattoo of a shamrock and sunflower!

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This is my Aunt   ^   I know I have used this photo before but I love it!

It was from her first 5k! (Color Me Rad), that was a great day with my Aunts and my Uncle Bob. My Aunt’s support me in everything I do and I am so lucky to have such wonderful fans, and an amazing family! They will always be there to cheer you on, cheer you up, and make you laugh!

My Aunts Tamarra and Kim and my mom all look a like and a lot of people they went to school with tell me I look like Tamarra when they first meet me. You can decide for yourself based off the above photo!

I am super close to both my Aunt’s and they are like my second and third Mom’s, I can talk to them about anything and get their advice on a lot of things!

Plus I know I hold a special place in Tamarra’s heart because I was her “ring bearer” at her wedding. I was 24 when they got married FYI, but that’s another story!

Here are Tamarra and Bob on their wedding day!

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This afternoon I sent this photo to Tamarra, of the St. Patrick’s Baby!

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Camden is very excited for his first SPD and his first time celebrating Aunt Tamarra’s Birthday! _____________________________________________

Finally for the good news! I had a Doctor’s appointment today and was taken off one of my prescriptions so I only have one left. Hopefully soon everything with be regulated with me and my health will be normal, that would be so exciting! For the first time in I don’t even know how long I feel normal, not tired, not sick, not oversensitive, just happy and normal! I had also lost almost 10 lbs since my last appointment, things are beginning to work out for me and become positive! Just have to keep this momentum going!

Everyone enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day!

Princess Half Marathon, the final post!

13 Mar

This is it, the last post of 1/2 Marathon weekend. After this we can move onto current events!

So let’s get right into it! I was a bit worried after the 10k because I had worn mini shorts under my running skirt, but with how humid it was my body glide wore off and I had such bad chaffing on my thighs from the shorts. Thankfully for the half I wore capris and a red shirt, there was no chaffing and I was super comfortable (aside from the heat).  I was dressed as Ariel, sadly I don’t have a photo of my outfit!

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Heading to my corral, at this point the road split into two zones for corrals since there was over 25,000 people running!

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As you can see this race is much larger than Tinkerbell, the 5k and 10k! The last picture is of the Magic Kingdom sign, it still takes a while from here to hit the park and get to the Castle but the sign itself is motivating!

IMG_5907 IMG_5908 IMG_5909Once in the park you head up Main St, into Tomorrow land and then through the Castle. I allowed myself to slow a bit in here to take pictures of it all, but then it was back to being serious about the race. It was a SUPER humid day and everyone was feeling that and commenting on it while on the course. I initially started the race at a 2 min to 1 min Run/Walk interval, then went down to 1 to 1 around mile 5 or 6. After I left the Castle I was able to get back to 2 to 1 for 2-3 miles, then as I hit the overpasses I got pretty tired and still worked hard but listened to my body when I needed to take it easier and when I could push myself. As you may know from the previous posts my goal was to beat last years time of 3:35 and my tinkerbell time of 3:17.

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And here are the photos I stole from Laurens snap chat as I waited for her to finish!

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The 13th mile marker and Lauren finishing!

My results:

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NET TIME: 3:07:38, that is 10 minutes faster than Tinkerbell and almost 30 minutes faster than last years PHM!!!! Goal met and out of my 4 Halves this was my second fastest, creeping in on my PR!!!

After the race was over I had a ton of medals! Including my Coast to Coast the pink one below.

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We showered, napped and then headed to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate our last night it Florida! I was taking advantage of it all since I would be headed back to cold weather and Lauren was headed to California (lucky).

I took pictures of one ride because Little Mermaid is my Favorite Disney movie and the ride was so cute!

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The race was awesome, I feel like I am making a come back! I just need to keep up training and get myself back into 9-12 minute mile territory! I will get there just take things slow and do things the right way!

Until next time Disney it was fun and I cannot wait to do another Disney Race!!! Thinking Wine and Dine 2015, whose coming with me?!?!?!?

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend Part 2!

11 Mar

There may or may not be three parts to this, only because my Half Marathon post will be SUPER long. So its been decided by me, just now, 3 parter coming your way!

Part two is all about the 10k and then the after party of Hollywood Studios!! :)

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Here is the flat me front and back of my shirt, to show you my 10k outfit.

This is Lauren and I in our outfits with the infamous crown!

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And at the starting line, the girl who took this didn’t do the best job, but I still like it and was grateful for nice people!

So it was time to start the race at 5:30am. I was in corral B again and Lauren was in E.

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My corral, Elsa from Frozen was on the over pass talking to everyone she was pretty close to the start. I remember texting Lauren after I started to tell her that the girl sounded like Lady Gaga, she agreed when she passed her. Finally the first mile marker, I liked last years story book mile markers better but these were still cute.

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It was an out and back course so the first picture is on my way back and taking a picture of those who started later and were coming out of Epcot. The second photo is when I was heading back into Epcot, I thought the soldiers were cool!

Once I was back in Epcot I got some photos I had missed the day before, as the course was basically the same once inside.

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The second to last picture was of a lady dressed as a purse! I loved that so cool, though I could never run in it. The whole time I took it pretty slow, to rest up for the half and to try and let Lauren catch up.

But I ended up finishing before her even so, due to the time difference of me starting earlier.

I haven’t mentioned this on the blog but I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and its causing SO many issues with my body, so while my weight was going down due to eating better and training, my knees and ankles are always sore and swollen!

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Thank god for RunDisney and their foresight, the guys at the end who would ice you were awesome and it really did help! Also Im a sweaty mess and was so tired, but I was happy to finish and in an hour and 33 minutes! This was pretty good because even going slow this was pretty close to my pr time of 1:25.

Here are some race photos I stole from Lauren’s snap chat!

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The last picture is of a hotel on the boat ride to the park.

After this we headed to Hollywood Studios, but I didn’t take photos. We were so busy having fun that I just forgot, but the Rocking Rollercoaster with Aerosmith is SO FUN! It goes scary fast at the beginning but then all you can do is laugh, or at least that is what Lauren and I did.

After that we headed back to our hotel and decided to stretch, foam roll and then swim!

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Check back tomorrow for part 3!

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Recap Part 1

10 Mar

Since I ran 3 races that weekend this will be a two parter! BUT don’t worry if you don’t read the blog for running purposes there are plenty of Disney photos and Florida pictures. Plus if you are like me and in an area blanketed in snow you could use a look at some nice warm weather!!!

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Before I left I bought Lauren and I these crowns at Target, sorry for the weird face I was in conversation with Dan in the car and was trying to snap the picture in between his comments about me being a loser for buying a princess crown!

These crowns will be talked about again so remember this.

Lauren and I managed to arrive at the airport around the same time even though she came from California and I came from CT. We went right to the hotel, checked in quick and headed to the expo for the race. Since I was doing the 5k on friday at 6am I had to go pick up all my items Thursday, plus I had pre-ordered shirts from Raw Threads to race in and had to pick them up at the expo to complete my race outfits!

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The Braves were at the ESPN wide world of sports that day and you could hear them practicing as you walked to the expo. We also wore our crowns, (see I said they would be back) this wasnt the only time this weekend we wore them, and everytime we did people asked where they could buy them. Apparently I was a genius in having the foresight to buy crowns since they were in demand! SEE DAN, SMART NOT A LOSER!!! Though I need to stop talking pictures of myself while talking to people!!

That was apparently all the pictures I took of the expo, but we did shop an extreme amount, so that may have had something to do with it :).

After the expo we headed to downtown disney and had a late lunch/dinner, I have to be honest and say I was worried about eating in Disney as I have been on a eating plan given to me by my trainer to test out. I had lost around 7lbs before the race and had extra time to train so I knew I was in good shape running wise, just had to stick to healthy options.

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I ended up getting a chicken wrap with avacados, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and oil and vinegar on it. It was super satisfying and reassuring that on the first day I was able to find options suited towards me!

Then it was back to the hotel and to bed for my second day out of 4 that I would wake up at 3 am that weekend! It was time to get ready for the 5k! You can see my 5k outfit here. Lauren did not do the 5k so she stayed at the hotel and rested up. We needed rest each day since we ran every morning and went to parks every afternoon!

I got on the bus and headed to the race. I sat next to a girl who was also running alone, we ended up being in the same corral and ran together the whole time it was her first 5k. More on that later.

IMG_5842 IMG_5844Corral B and the starting line! Disney 5k’s are awesome because while there is a clock you are not timed. There is no chip on the back of the bib and you can take it as slow or fast as you want! This helped a lot with my nerves for the weekend and I think prepared me for the next two days!

I decided the night before that I would take the 5k slow enough to be rested for my next two races, but still quick enough to get a good shake out.

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Here are some 5k race photos, it takes place in Epcot and goes by so quickly because of that! There is so much to see and hear and its just fun!

The clock is from when corral A started. So we ended up finishing the race around 48 minutes. I was happy with that, since I wasnt about to kill myself for an untimed race, and because I had my goal in sight to beat my Tinkerbell Half Marathon time. (after a 5k and 10k back to back I wasnt sure how the half would go!) Plus my new friend Stephanie was excited about finishing her first 5k and I was just so excited for her. It brought me back to when I first fell in love with running/racing and all the things that go with it. She had a lot to be proud of and so did I!

We boarded the bus headed back to the hotel and said our goodbyes, but not before getting a medal picture to celebrate!!

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Then it was time for Lauren and I to head to some parks! Todays agenda was Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Lauren is the parks master and planned out our days, times and rides so everything was super efficient and we spent almost no time waiting!

I had never been to AK and hadnt been to Epcot (as a guest, I was clearly there running hours before) since I was a little girl so I didnt remember it well!

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The above photos are just some highlights from the parks. Including the dinosaur ride (my favorite in AK) and the Mission Space Ride in Epcot, we went for the green level and I still felt a bit dizzy afterwards but it was really fun!

Then it was back to the hotel for rest, dinner and bed. That night Lauren and I had french food from the french restaurant in Epcot. I got Soup and some pasta, but was so full after the soup I brought the rest home. We were in bed by 7:30 and up at 3am again when my alarm went off to catch the 3:30am bus to the 10k……

…….To hear more on that you will have to read tomorrows entry!!!

Blogging with Camden, a month by month comparison!

9 Mar

It’s Sunday, which means its Family Day!!! With Dan and I both on lay off until the 17th and April 1st respectively, we can spend one morning a week being lazy bums together. Camden is on my lap and trying to type special messages for everyone.

Mr. Camden and I have had colds all week, so workouts have been a minimum, and so has leaving the house. You would think that would make for a boring post, but don’t worry I have plenty of photos, a lot of which are Camden, and lets be honest you all read this blog for the Camden cuteness!!!

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Camden loves playing in the high chair and his bouncer. The poor bouncer is usually the place where he spits up or fills his diaper, that thing is the food extraction master. He clearly isn’t phased though.

The above portion of the blog was written this morning. After writing that I realized I had wayyyy too many photos on this computer and started cleaning them off, then it was time to feed Camden and that led to cleaning the house while he watched cartoons! The time change apparently super charged my Spring Cleaning and my A.D.D!!!

Speaking of random things I decided to do a month by month comparison of Camden in the post. Since 6 months have passed it is the perfect time!

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Our old, bald 1 month old!

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I guess I deleted the 3 month photo on its own :(, so here is a comparison of months 1 and 3.

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4 months old and already wearing a shirt with a tie and fancy pants!

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Finally 6 months, hard to get him to sit still!!

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Sometimes it seems like he was just born last week, other times he blows us away with how big he is and all he can do! Camden’s current favorites are:

Pulling Finnys Hair!

Eating any food!

Morning snuggles with mommy and daddy

Baby TV or Super Why

The Jumper

Blowing Raspberries

Crawling

Bitting with his new teeth

AND having nonsense conversations with people!

Before I sign off on this post, I have to share a new favorite that used to be an old hatred…..

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BATHTIME!!!!!!!

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