Walks With Cora : Our Cry Date

I generally tend to gloss over most of the difficult parts of parenting when I'm sharing on social media because nobody wants to hear about my kid crying because I wouldn't let her wear 6 shirts to the grocery store or how I had to wash my sheets 3 times this week because of both children having accidents. I don't really enjoy complaining and I don't want to 'blast' my child's issues to the world.. so while my kids are pretty good most of the time they definitely have their moments and tantrums. Both Cora and I have been missing our one-on-one time now that Ida isn't napping as much.  I made a point to get some alone time with Cora, but it wasn't the most enjoyable.  Eventually she calmed down and we got a little bit of chatting and walking in.  

Towards the end of our walk, I asked her what she wanted to call our dates and she whispered with a little whine "cry dates"... later she told me she just wanted to call it a date, but I think I want to stick with calling our time together Cry Dates.

Despite the annoying parts of our walk, it was still nice to get out with Cora just the two of us.  Now that Ida is getting a little older, I want to make more of an effort to go on these dates and make sure Cora really knows how much I enjoy our time together.

She's been really into wearing her 3 year old shirt and I can't believe how much she has changed since the first time she wore it (see her 3rd birthday pictures here). Cora turns 4 next week, so I'm spending a lot of time this week thinking about life with Cora and getting super excited for the upcoming celebrations.

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Baby Quilt For Ida

Back when I made Cora's quilt, I bought enough gradient fabric and backing fabric to make two quilts.  I'd always planned on making one to coordinate with hers and was hoping that it would be for a sibling.  When I found out I was pregnant with Ida, the intention was to make this so she could join it through out the Winter while she was a baby.  Instead, I spent my free time making some quilts for gifts and packing for our move.  When Spring arrived, all the urgent stuff on my to-do list was finished and I finally got some time to work on Ida's quilt.  I'm not sure if I didn't order enough of the gradient quilt or I couldn't find it all, but I ended up having to add some other fabric in.  I had this black fabric and some gray fabric with white triangles that fit in perfectly.  It only took me about half a day to finish the front (this included cutting, pinning, ironing, sewing, and watching two children).

I let it sit for a couple days until I could buy some new batting... then I quilted the piece in an evening.  I was almost finished quilting and I broke my last needle. Not having a needle pushed me off schedule for a little bit, but it gave me some time to work on some other projects.

While I took a little break, I tried to figure out what kind of binding I wanted to use.  I was torn between using the same African wax print fabric that I used for Cora's and this floral fabric that I fell in love with right before I found out I was pregnant.  I even shared my issue with Facebook and Instagram. Everyone brought up great points, but I ended up letting Cora pick and we went with the African wax print.

I made the binding and sewed it all up one evening when Cora was at the grandparent's house.  It was fun to have Ida sitting right there while I was finishing up her quilt (something I never did with Cora's).  She was immediately in love with it and kept making excited noises whenever I let her cuddle with it. There were a couple spots that needed some repair after I washed it, so I just did a visible stitch and love that it adds a little more texture.  

Ida is pretty quiet, but the moment I gave her the finished quilt, she was squawking and squealing and so happy to have it.  I can't wait to see her wrapped up in this quilt in the the coming years.

To see more of my quilts, check out my first quilt (Cora's) here and two coordinating quilts that I made for my nephew and my friend's son here.


Trips to the Park

I'm trying to do some more every day type posts because those had been my favorite to look back on... and I haven't gotten too many projects done lately so it's this or nothing. 
When I get home from work, we try and get some outside time.  Almost every evening it starts as a little walk and almost every evening we end up at this park.  It's the perfect age-appropriate playground for Cora and we've met so many people here.  I recently started putting Ida in the swing and she is in love.  She giggles and laughs and loves when Cora is paying attention to her.  We rarely get the park to ourselves so I snapped some pictures yesterday when it was just us.

I love how even when we do the same route or go at the same time, each day/walk is so completely different.  These evening walks are some of my favorite parts of the week.

See more pictures of our evening walks on Instagram at #WalksWithCora or #WalksWithIda
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