cora is 3.

Our Miss Cora Marie is 3! A once 5 pound little peanut is now quite the little girl with a strong personality of both sweet & sassy and a huge heart. When I asked her what she would like for her birthday she said flowers and balloons. That’s it. No toys, clothes or dolls-just flowers and balloons. So along with all her presents that looked like they came from the Disney Frozen theme store, she also had a house full of balloons and flowers at her party. Here’s a few pics of Cora at her party…look at how grown up she is!

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Every year Mammy takes the elements from the girls’ birthday party invitation and makes their birthday party shirts for them. This year Cora’s invitation included a little chickie and a cute #3, of which she picked out the fabric for.

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Elliot is wearing her own “Frog-a-saurus with human hair” shirt. She had drawn it on our chalkboard and then Mammy traced it onto this shirt for her so that she could have her own birthday party shirt too!

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Happy Birthday Cora Cat. You fulfill our hearts in so many ways and we are so blessed to have you in our lives. Here’s to the next year!

4th of july.

Happy 4th of July! Today is going to be a fun day: the girls had a  neighborhood bike parade this morning and we are hosting for the first time in our new house later today. In the midst of cleaning and prepping I thought I’d take a minute to post a few pics of the girls getting ready for the parade this morning – so patriotic!

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life lately in photos.

Since we’ve moved about two weeks ago we’ve been busy, busy, busy putting things away, organizing, painting, decorating, and exploring. We really do love the new area and keep discovering new places all the time! The girls seem to really love the house and have adjusted pretty easily. The neighborhood has a lot of kids, something that will be really good for them down the road when the girls get ready to go to school and ride the bus. Elliot already made a few “best friends” and asks to play with them everytime we go outside!

In the midst of the past two weeks I’ve tried to capture all  the new moments for the girls of them settling in or just playing together. It’s been tough the past few weeks to be around for all those moments while moving, organizing, and still working, and trying to even remember where the camera is tends to be a challenge on it’s own, but here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to lately:

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I think we will be in this house for a long time and I’m excited to relax and take our time in making it our own. I will post pictures of the new house soon for those who can’t be here (or until the holidays when hopefully you can)!

happy 4th birthday elliot!

Amongst the business that’s been going on lately, and against my plea, somebody still managed to turn another year older. My Ellie-Bear will be four on Tuesday so we celebrated this weekend with a FROZEN themed birthday party. Elliot loves any and ALL things FROZEN so she got what she wanted: a four-year-old dream birthday party, equipped with a stuffed Olaf, an Elsa dress, and a new bike!!

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Photo-bombed by Cora!

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These two waiting patiently for birthday cake.

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Elliot as Queen Elsa.

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Elliot, you are such a spunky little girl now! You question so many things and want to learn the reasons why something works or what different words mean, and then before we know it you are using those words in the correct context! It amazes me how much you catch on and observe and learn on a daily basis. You are very sweet and [usually] always willing to help me do something or trade whatever Cora wants with yours to salvage a fight or meltdown. You are also very affectionate, stopping whatever you’re doing at any point to say “I love You!” Melts mama’s little heart.

You are growing up so fast, but each stage of what you’re turning into seems to be my favorite yet.

We love you Ms. Ellie-Bear, to everywhere and back a million times, forever.

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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