Cora's 2nd Birthday

Hey friends!  Remember me?!  Like I mentioned in my Easter post, better late than never.  
We already had a lot going on during the weekend of Cora's 2nd birthday with some family in town and a memorial planned for my aunt, so we tried to keep her actual birthday and party pretty chill. We woke up early and went to Panera for breakfast.  Cora got a little pastry and loved flirting with everyone in sight.  One of the Panera workers found out it was her birthday so she ran and got her $2 out of her purse to gift to Cora.  It was such a sweet gesture and I have the money tucked away to put in a piggy bank.  We rushed off and toured preschool for the fall before we headed to the zoo.
We met up with Honey for a quick zoo trip.  We didn't anticipate how crowded it would be with field trips and other Friday zoo-goers so we kept the trip short and sweet.  

Ben, Cora, and I stopped by Cafe Desales which was one of our favorite lunch date spots back when I was pregnant.  If you ever go, you must get a mango smoothie.
Ben worked for a little, while Cora and I hung around the house and did normal everyday stuff. Around 5:30 we left for my parent's house to help finish up the birthday decorations (see here for a quick 'Happy Birthday' bunting how-to).
Cora had so much fun at her party.  She had a blast running around with her cousins, having everyone sing 'happy birthday' to her, and opening all of the presents.  It is so fun to see how much she has grown since last year's birthday... or even Christmas.  Instead of mostly observing her older cousins and hanging back, she is jumping into the action.

When we woke up the next morning, she had a baby hangover where she was wearing last night's tutu dress, crazy hair, and was so sleepy.  We had to be somewhere by 10 or else she probably would have slept most of the day.  I asked her if she wanted to get up and she kept wriggling around saying 'no'.  When I asked her if she had fun at her birthday, she had the biggest smile and kept saying things like "happy birthday", " presents", "cake" all while wriggling around with her eyes closed.
 Happy birthday sweet Cora Jean.  I love you more than words can describe.


Mountain Weaving

You may have seen a small mountain inspired weaving in my roundup of my baby weavings.  I didn't love the small one, but decided to forge ahead and try to make a larger version with a couple changes. Shortly after I made the small one, Willow Brook Design shared a mountain weaving on IG.
I love the added stripes in the piece, so I decided I needed to add some texture (something I hadn't practiced before making the baby mountain weaving).
I started with long fringe then alternated between a plain over under weave and loops to add lots of texture.  At this point, I took a 2-4 week break because I hadn't picked out yarn for the rest of the piece.  Once I got some motivation, I picked out the below grayscale and jumped right back into it.
I used the soumak weaving technique for the darker textured gray.  This was my first time trying out this technique, and I love the resulting texture.  It kind of reminds me a lot of the same motions as sewing, so it felt really comfortable right away.
I did a regular over under weave for the top range and alternated between that and soumak for the 'sky'.
I finished it off with a stick I found while on one of my #walkswithcora.  It's hard to convey it's size in photos, but the final piece is about 8"x26" and is our favorite one so far.


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.
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