Cora's 3rd Birthday

We had an awesome time celebrating Cora's 3rd birthday this weekend.  Saturday, Ben was working out of town so Cora and I spent the entire day together.  We had her last gymnastics class, lunch with my aunt and uncle, shopping at Sam's club for birthday stuff, followed by a lazy afternoon/evening at home.
On Cora's birthday, we woke up fairly early so we watched Minions (yay for Netflix) and had breakfast.  The two of us took a trip to Target to pick up some last minute things for her party and kill some time.  I let Cora pick out some treats.  She picked out a large bag of peanut M&Ms to share and a pair of sunglasses from the dollar section.  There were some really cute pineapple ones that I asked her if she also wanted to buy them.  She said "two pairs of sunglasses?!" and I told her it was her birthday so yes.  You would have thought I gave her a million bucks with the smile on her face.  I offered to buy her a toy also, but she said she already had a toy (she brought one of her dolls with her to the store).
The party was a lot of fun.  Cora loved running around with her cousins, playing with the balloons, and hiking in the woods.  Cora was extremely adorable when she opened her presents and I had a proud mama moment.  When she picked up a present, she would thank the gifter before she even opened it, then she would ask her second cousin if he wanted to help.  After she opened each gift, she gave a hug and thanked the gifter.  Once all of the presents were opened, she cleaned up the trash and took turns playing her new bowling game.  All of this adorableness was completely unprompted.
We spent the rest of the day playing with her toys and hanging out.  I asked her what the best part of the day was, she said her presents.  Then I asked her what her favorite present was and she said "all of them!"
Cora Jean,
I'm not sure how I got so lucky to be your mom, but I cherish that gift.  You have brought so much light and laughter into our family.  Thank you for being such an awesome daughter and I look forward to all of the adventures that the next year brings us.  I love you!
                                                                                      xxoo, Mom


Awesome Cardboard House

We frequently order from Amazon and I try to put as many boxes to good use as I can, so when this giant box came in over the weekend it was a no-brainer what we should do with it.  Ben and I quickly built this little house out of a couple boxes and Cora ooohed and aaahed over the little additions we added like window boxes, door handles, and her one of her all-time favorites... a mail slot.
Craft-loving me decided to step it up a notch and have some fun painting the house with Cora, so the following morning I broke out a couple of colors and we went to town.  Cora had a blast painting and a couple minutes in she stated "it's good to paint with my mommy". 

This turned out surprisingly better than we thought it would and it is much nicer to look at than a large eyesore of a cardboard box.  Cora has started decorating the inside with a lot of stickers and a picture she found of me, my mom and sister.  I'm kind of wishing that we had made this out of something a little bit more permanent, but it was fun to make and we'll come up with something better once we move to our next place.


Easter Weekend Happenings

While we generally try to keep our planned activities to a minimum, this week was jam-packed.  By the end of the weekend we were all exhausted, but the good kind of we-really-had-an-amazing-weekend exhausted.
Saturday started out with Cora's gymnastics lessons.  She just started these a couple of weeks ago and is the youngest on in her class, but is still able to easily execute all of the exercises.
After gymnastics, we went to the Easter egg hunt at her school  Each kid was allowed to grab 6 eggs and 1 special golden egg.  They exchanged the six eggs to the Easter bunny for a bag of goodies and got to keep the golden egg.  Cora is obsessed with the gold egg (she calls it a gold pear) and has been carrying it around with her all weekend.  Cora wasn't super interested in the Easter bunny, but did spend quite a bit of time later wondering whose dad was in the bunny costume.

After the Easter egg hunt we headed up to Columbus.  We met up and had an early dinner with my college roommate/friend and had and husband.  While technology these days has really helped people stay in touch, there is nothing like good old face-to-face catching up.

Sunday, we headed to a quick Easter egg hunt in the graveyard and then the church with the family. After church, we spent the afternoon eating good food and hanging out with the family.  Cora is finally at an age that she can run around with the older cousins, so it was a little more relaxing for me and Ben.

After all the festivities, Ben, Cora, and I had a lazy evening at home playing Cora's new easter game, chatting, and having tickle fights.  Perfect way to end a busy weekend.

Check me out on Instagram to see a couple quick videos of Cora's egg hunts here and here
See past Easter posts here: 2014 and 2015
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