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Remember how we gave each other the gift of memories and moments during Christmas 2018? The November envelope was a fondue party labeled Fondue Fun!

It wasn't fancy, but it sure was fun! We had angel food cake, chocolate, grapes, strawberries, bananas, and marshmallows.

We made a cheese fondue that was honestly a bit of a flop. If anyone can give me tips on how to make it runny instead of stringy that would be fantastic. HA HA HA We used deer sticks, granny smith apples, celery, bread and pretzel bites for our cheese fondue!

It was like one giant piece of string cheese!

We used a lot of things we already had like a little crockpot and a chocolate melting pot that I have previously used to melt candy melts for cake pops. I did purchase these, just so we could feel fancy. You can see just how fancy we were based on the Hawkeye mug that served as the storage for the forks.

I encourage each of you to consider giving the gift of time to your family. I know I will always cherish these envelopes and the fun that they brought us each month and who knows maybe we will give cheese fondue another try sometime.

Do you have a favorite fondue recipe or memory?

You may remember from our night at Roller City that we gave the gift of time to each other for Christmas this year.

February's outing was planned by Grace and it was a movie night. Since we knew that a movie we wanted to see was coming to the local theater in early March we pushed our February outing back just a couple of days and actually did the February fun on March 2nd. 🙂

We went to our favorite movie theater, The Charles Theater, which is run by volunteers in Charles City, Iowa. Since it is run by volunteers the prices are low and super affordable for a family outing.

The movie we saw was A Dog's Way Home. It was cute and left this momma a little teary eyed. I'm kind of a sucker for a good animal movie though. 🙂 Here is a short blurb from their website about the movie:

As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog touches the lives of an orphaned mountain lion, a down-on-his-luck veteran and some friendly strangers who happen to cross her path.

The most important part of going to the movie was going together as a family! We enjoyed time together, a few treats, and a heartwarming story. We also adopted a new name for our cat that already has ten names. We have now added Big Kitten to the list, as that was one of the characters in the movie. 🙂 Our poor cat has no idea what his real name is at this point.

Stay tuned to see what our March gift of time is, Grace had that one, too! I am sure it will be lots of fun!

Have you seen A Dog's Way Home? Anyone tried the envelope idea with giving the gift of time?

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