Happy 2nd Birthday Cora!

Dear Cora,
These last two years with you have been amazing!  Some days I can't believe you're already two and other days I can't believe that you've only been in my life for two years.  You have such a big personality, that I often forget that you are only a little toddler.  You've brought so much laughter and happiness to our lives and I look forward to the many many adventures that we will share in the years to come.  I love you baby girl!

Happy birthday Cora!
xxoo - Mommy

We're hoping to spend the day at the zoo and get some last minute birthday party things taken care of.  I'll be back next week (hopefully) with some pictures of our weekend adventures.
For more Cora related posts, check out her birth story, first birthday party, or Life with Cora posts.



Life has been 'busy' for us in the most unbusy way.  We always try to be intentional in slowing down and enjoying life with each other, but in doing so I kind of feel like I'm forgetting to document things (not just on this blog, but in journals, photos, etc)... so long story short, it's better late than never.  I know I've shared these on IG and/or Facebook, but I always love to remember the stories and day behind the photos.

Easter is such a great holiday because we're celebrating something huge, but there isn't tons of fuss around the holiday.  Our Easters always look similar schedule-wise (same church, often the same house, and usually the same people), but are so relaxed and enjoyable.
We headed to church early to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt.  Cora is always shy, but warmed up a little when she saw her cousins.  Cora mostly just walked around the graveyard looking at flowers and occasionally would stumble upon an Easter Egg.  She eventually got some help from her older cousins and friend that would drop their eggs and help Cora 'find' them.
 Once Cora found out the eggs were holding candy, she was a little more excited about her finds.
After church, we had a potluck at my parents house... So much delicious food!  My cousins decided to put a hard-boiled egg yolk on a stick and pass it off as a sucker. Predictably, my dad fell for the trick and the egg yolk exploded all over the room when he went eat the 'candy'.  I'm guessing that this is going to be a regular prank at all our future Easter gatherings.
The weather was perfect and we spent the rest of the day hanging out outside chatting, laughing, getting sunburned, and watching the kids run around.


DIY Birthday Banners/Garland

I made a bunch of decorations for Cora's first birthday and I thought I'd finally get around to sharing them.  These banners and garland are great because they can be stored and reused for many birthdays to come.  I'm hoping to list them in my Etsy shop soon, but if you're interested in them before that time comes you can always email or message me to set something up.

1. Cut black felt in quarters.
2. Cut white felt in 6 pieces.  Fold in half hotdog style and cut, then fold in 3rds hamburger style.
3. Cut the white pieces into letters (I freehanded, but might help to trace it out in pencil)
4. Sew white felt letters to black background using zig zag stitch.  The felt does a great job sticking together, but it wouldn't hurt to pin the pieces together if you're less confident or a perfectionist.
5. Once all of the letters are finished, sew to the ribbon using zig zag stitch.  Decide beforehand whether you want spaces between the letters or not.

Almost 6 sheets made about 20 feet of garland.  It is so easy and is made pretty similar to the tissue paper streamer I made here with a couple small changes.
1. Cut felt into triangles.  It helps to cut felt into  2" strips and then cut those into triangles.
2. Mix all of the colors together.
3. Grab one or two triangles at a time arranging them so you're never sewing over more than three triangles at one time (with the tissue paper streamer, you want a minimum of three stacked at a time)
4. Hang and enjoy!
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