the daniels’ are moving!

Well, the Daniels’ have officially grown out of our first home and have been on the search for a new home the past few weeks. We listed our home on a Tuesday night, and had a requested showing for the following morning. We were surprised that someone wanted to see it so quickly. But since that one request, we had 6 more showings, all the following day! By that night we knew we had multiple offers and by Thursday it was sold! I am still amazed at how quickly the process went – I never knew our little home was in such high demand!

This past weekend Eric and I really felt the pressure of finding our “perfect home” or as close to it as possible, since we have about a month and a half before closing on our current home. We looked at several properties, but kept going back to one that we saw a couple weeks ago. It had almost everything on our wish-list. We looked at it a second time and brought the girls with. Elliot of course picked out the turquoise room with zebra print border and Cora picked the room across the hall. There is a park down the street and a very friendly neighborhood feeling. Seeing it again assured me that it was the right decision so after approval from the girls, we decided to make an offer … and as of today we are approved!!

Our new home:

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Now we wait … and pack! We’re all excited to start our new journey together as a family and make new memories in this home for many years!

 

 

sweetheart dance 2014

We went to a Sweetheart Dance this past week. The girls enjoyed dancing, cookies and the open gym with an abundance of balls to play with. With a cute backdrop, I couldn’t help but take advantage of it to get some pics of my little Valentine’s!

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Looking back at last year’s post, I can’t believe how much the girls have grown in the last year. The biggest change – the amount of Cora’s hair!!

adventure park.

With an unexpected day off, the girls and I needed something to do. Something that involved exercise and running around (a lot of running) to get all that built up energy out of their little bodies. This cold weather is really laying heavy on the girls. There’s only so much baking, play-doe, and coloring that one can do without getting bored. So I told the girls we were going on a special adventure the night before to get them excited (and cooperate). Here is a bit of what our morning looked like. Not the best photo quality, but it’s quite hard to get a decent picture of these two without some sort of blurry-ness going on.

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Cora getting ready to run a marathon. Or eat breakfast, either one.

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A morning isn’t complete without a little dilly-dallying.

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Or a meltdown of some sort.

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Finally out the door and on our way.

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Last time we went here Cora was terrified of going off on her own. She cried every time she couldn’t see Elliot or me. This time, she couldn’t wait to get her boots & coat off so she could play. There were a few times I couldn’t even find her and when I did she was off on her own and laughing.

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The girls made a friend who followed them everywhere!

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Time to relax after nearly two hours at the indoor park.

2013 family photos.

We got new family photos taken in early December. How stressful it is trying to match outfits, get everyone in order and praying that everyone is warm & happy the day of. Luckily Elliot was quite the little model and loved her moment in the spotlight. Cora on the other hand fell on her knees while it was almost her turn, which set her off for the entire photoshoot. She wouldn’t let me put her down or sit alone longer than 10 seconds. Fortunately we happened to have a sucker in the car, which was the same color scheme I was going for *bonus* so that helped calm her down a bit. By the end it was getting pretty chilly so the hats and mittens came out. Overall, given the circumstances, everyone did a great job. Even Nala came along and was very well behaved! Several of these photos made it onto our Christmas card this year, but here are all of them. Enjoy!

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Mandy Jo Photography has taken all of our family photos since the girls have been born. These are by far my favorite yet!

2013 christmas recap.

Well, it’s here and gone already once again. This year the girls really enjoyed (and knew) what was going on. They got the concept of Christmas, although the gifts are the highlight. We even had a birthday cake and blew out candles for Baby Jesus, our new tradition. Here’s a few photos of Christmas Eve and morning. Enjoy!

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our little gymnast.

We have a little gymnast in the family! I think we really found something that Elliot is excited about and she actually listens to the instructor – bonus!! She looks forward to the class all week and loves showing us what she learned at class after it is over! After being in so many different kinds of classes to see what she’s interested in and to get her socializing with other kids her age, it was a relief to find something that she wanted to keep going back to. I know she’s only three and her mood/attitude/attention span changes constantly, but at this point I think the class is a keeper!

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corn maze & pumpkin patch.

I love Fall and spending time with the family outside while it’s still nice out is the best! Last weekend we went to the corn maze & pumpkin patch. The girls had a blast playing in the huge corn pit, riding mini John Deere tractors, going on a hayride, and picking out their own pumpkins. We never did make it through the maze due to time, but you can see how cool it looks from above here!

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Cora was a little hesitant about the corn pit so she looked on from outside until she was confident that she wouldn’t be swallowed by it once she got in!

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Babe the Blue Ox was there and the girls were fearless! They couldn’t get close enough to that thing!

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Elliot kept singing: “We’re farmers! Cora and I are farming!”

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She wanted a pumpkin she could lift up by herself so she had to test them first.

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Although the day was a bit chilly, the sun was out most of it and the girls had a blast. Hard to believe that the same time last year was almost 70 degrees and the girls looked so little here!

Happy Fall!!

birthday party for our cora cat.

My monkey is TWO so we celebrated the day with family, gifts, food and cake. I was lucky enough to have some help with this party: I found a cake (from Pinterest of course) and Gramma made it. I think it turned out super cute! And Mammy made Cora’s #2 shirt and tutu (also a Pinterest find). They were adorable and even matched the birthday invitation! The tutu came off as soon as it went on, but fortunately I was able to get a couple pics. Cora got a lot of new gifts, hugs, smiles and (over) stimulation! She even asked to go to bed and was out in a matter of minutes. Overall: a success!

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The party was a great time, but there was one person missing: Auntie. She is done with school in just three weeks, but has to take boards (and pass!) before she can officially graduate and come home. Wishing you good luck Auntie!

guess who’s two?!

My baby is two years old. TWO YEARS! Seriously, I don’t understand where the time went and how that happened. Part of me is excited and really happy that you’re growing up because everyday you develop more and more into a little girl with a huge personality, but part of me is also a little sad. If you are meant to be our last child, it saddens me to think that every day you get older is another day further and further away from the little 5 pound bundle of newborn that we brought home two years ago. I have always loved you girls deeply, but every morning I wake up and I think I love you and your sister a bit more than I did the day before. Thinking about it, I have only loved you for two years and Elliot for three. I cannot wait to find out what it feels like to love you five years, or ten years, or thirty years. I know that the time will be just that in a blink of an eye and I can already say you are more of a toddler than a baby. But, you will forever be my littlest.

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Some of your favorite things right now:

- You run wild through the house butt naked every chance you get and say “Nah nana boo!”

- It’s safe to say you are obsessed with watching and singing Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. We have seen every YouTube video of that song at least a hundred times (not kidding!)

- You adore all animals, but mostly anything small (hamsters, bunnies, kittens) to which you will squeal “Aw, cuuuute!”

- You hate rinsing your hair, but love lounging in the tub full of bubbles playing with all your toys.

- You love Katy Perry’s ROAR song and video and will demand it to be on repeat.

- You yell for me in the morning to come get you out of bed. “Mommy, I’m UP!”

- You love all kinds of puzzles and fastening your seatbelt buckle on your own.

- You have a routine and stick to it pretty much to the minute.

- You LOVE jumping on the bed!

- Anytime there is a spill of any kind, you say “MESS – Clean it up!”

- Elliot is the light of your life. Wherever she is, you are. When she’s sick, you feel awful and say “Elliot, no sick.” The two of you definitely have your arguments over things like sharing, which color bowl your snacks will go in, who will get the cup with the swirly straw, etc. but you play together and are happy with each other more than anything and that is a joy to watch.

- You have gone through a verbal explosion and along with forming almost complete sentences, we can have a conversation together that actually has meaning.

We spent your birthday together, visiting with family, opening gifts, eating cake (pictures soon). And when it was over, you snuggled up in bed for your nap and you sailed away to your dreams. Oh to be a two year old with the entire world at your fingertips… We love you sweet Cora Cat, more than all the stars. Happy Birthday.