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!
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!
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!
Babe the Blue Ox was there and the girls were fearless! They couldn’t get close enough to that thing!
Elliot kept singing: “We’re farmers! Cora and I are farming!”
She wanted a pumpkin she could lift up by herself so she had to test them first.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Football season is back. I’m not a huge fan. Not a fan at all really, but Eric definitely is and he is super pumped that this year he can watch football with the girls and have little buddies to cheer on the Bengals with him (nope, not a Vikings fan). Elliot got a new jersey this year and I’m sure Cora will too. The girls have yet to really “watch” a game, but there has been a few high fives and “Woo-hoo” echos after Daddy has said it and I think that makes Eric really proud!
Before the first game of the season, I snapped a few photos of my Bengal fans.
“Mom, what is that?”
It’s a bird-thing.
“No, it’s a Pterodactyl.”
“Oh no, the carnitor is chasing the baby dinosaur!”
Did you put your play-doh away, Elliot?
Did you put it away in the right containers?
“Yes, but don’t go check, okay?”
“Can we have a forest fire?”
“Hey, I have an idea! Maybe we can cut Cora’s pants!”
“Can I have some bacon? Oh, bacon! Yes, sir!” (after seeing a Wendy’s commercial)
It’s a bookmark to tell me where I am.
“But you’re here, in the kitchen with me.”
“Mom, what’s a ghost?”
It’s like an invisible spirit.
“No, it’s a flying car!!”
“Let’s get If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book and let’s get If You Give a Butterfly a Shoe book too.”
“I want to sting the water-tower like a bee with the blue sucker I got from the beer store.”
You’re my favorite Ellie-Bear.
“You’re my favorite Mommy.”
“I have to hide this from Nala so she doesn’t dink around with it.”
“I’m a dog!!” (as she’s drinking out of the water dish)
“Cowa, get out of there! And put your listening ears on!”
“Are we going to the dentist now?”
(sad face) “I’m going back to bed.”
Look how clean and sparkly the car is (after a carwash)
“I don’t see any sparkles.”
“Look at my owie. And it doesn’t anymore hurt a little bit!”
“Mom, come in the pool with me.”
No, it’s too cold for me!
“Come in and we can swim together, like the cool people!”
Elliot get out of there!
“But we shook on it…”
(singing) “My daddy is Eric. My daddy’s name is Eric!”
This little monkey definitely keeps me entertained and Cora is so close to talking full sentences too. I’m going to need to have a pen & paper handy at all times to capture their conversations with both of them chattering away!
Thursday was the last day that we could all hang out with Auntie before she left so we decided to go to the Como Zoo. It was another gorgeous day, but I could tell the adventures of the week were starting to take a toll on the girls. They were pretty crabby, pretty early on, so this adventure was cut a bit short, which was okay. The week was starting to take a toll on me too – not used to so much activity on a daily basis.
Como Zoo is always a good time and the new gorilla exhibit is really nice! As you can see, you can get super close to the gorillas. Cora was not too happy about the one only inches away from her face! All in all, it was a good day and great week home with my punkins.
Today was another fun day spent with Kari and the girls. We went to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. I hadn’t been there since college so it was fun to walk through and see all the new pieces of artwork. It was more fun though to watch the girls run around being their goofy self’s and ask “What’s bat? What’s ober bear? WOW, that’s a BIG cherry!!”
It’s so fun taking the girls somewhere new and watching their expressions. I am loving this week home with them and am blessed that the weather is beautiful and that Kari can come along with me before her 3 month adventure in Arkansas. The girls will miss “Aunkey” and I know she’ll miss them too, so soaking up as much time together is important.
Here’s to another beautiful day and fun-filled adventure tomorrow!