4.30.2015

Easter

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.

4.02.2015

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.

BIRTHDAY BANNER
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.




TRIANGLE GARLAND
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!

4.01.2015

Life With Cora : 23 months

This is my new favorite age!
The warm weather has brought our family out of hybernation and we have done lots of adventuring the last couple weeks.  We've been trying to get to the park almost every day to get Cora running around outside and playing.  It is so fun to see her try out different parts of the playground and interact with other kids.  She loves saying 'hi' to other kids and parents, but gets really shy beyond the initial greeting.
Because Cora is older and it's so much easier to get out the door, the three of us have been going everywhere together.  We love going on errands, hitting up different parks, going shopping, riding around in the car, and going out for little treats.
Cora will do whatever she can to make us laugh.  She loves finding out what we think is funny and making sure she gets some extra laughs.  She loves to do goofy faces/voices and fake sneezing... but if all else fails, a goofy dance will always do the trick.
Cora is a girl after my own heart when it comes to outdoors.  If the weather is nice, we're running around outside.  She always asks to go outside on walks and has to be dragged inside when it starts to get dark. We're both looking forward to the longer days ahead.
Cora has always been a really sweet baby giving lots of cuddles and rubbing my back, but her sweetness has really ramped up the last couple months.  She loves to lend a helping hand with dishes, picking things up, or whatever task I'm working on.  She also always making sure that Clove gets treats and extra crumbs from whatever snack or meal she is eating.  I guess it's no accident that we call her #sweetcorajean.
About a month ago, Cora started requesting me to sing to her.  She always says "too-ra" and I will sing "too ra loo ra loo ra" to her.  She will gaze into my eyes as I sing and it is the sweetest moment ever.  Occasionally, she sings along with with her sweet and croaky singing voice and I always have to pause to soak it all in.
2 years old, here we come...
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