Conversations With Cora : Part II

Cora never stops talking, so she is constantly making me laugh.  Lately I love all her little prayers and when she talks to/about baby, so no better place to compile and share them all than on the good old blog.

When she fell while hiking "UGHH, not my cat pants!!!"

Picking and bringing me a dandelion and she said "because I love you"

"You are going to my school?!?  That is impossible... my school is for kids!"

Woke up in the middle of the night 
Cora: I wanna go on a date"  
Me: with who?
Cora: you
Me: where do you want to go?
Cora: to the park
then rolled over and fell asleep

Woke up in the middle of the night "Make me a sandwich!!!" and immediately fell back asleep.

I was telling her we had no money because I forgot my wallet so Cora slowly plotted our meal plan
"Lets eat dinner at... no money!  Lets take Daddy's money! Take his cards out of his wallet, yeah! LET'S TAKE DADDY'S MONEY!!!  Yeah!"

Me: what are you doing?! 
Cora: (talking loud enough for them to hear) STARING AT THOSE PEOPLE!

Praying "God Bless Momma's baby, God Bless Momma!"

"I forgot to pray for you... Dear God, thank you for Mommy pooping and thank you for Daddy pooping."

Constantly going to my belly to tell baby stories and then saying "ooooh, she tickled me!!"

She stared at the picture of Jesus on her new bible and said "God, I love you" and kissed it goodnight.

YESTERTIME: When Cora is referring to something that happened in the past. We went to a baseball game yestertime.

GROSSTING: disgusting and gross combined.  I can't eat this... it is grossting


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.

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