morning.

5:00 AM – Mavis is up at the crack of dawn. She thinks this is the time everyone should get up and she’ll let you know by gnawing on your feet and flipping jingling toys around, all while sounding like a herd of elephants stampeding down the hallway when she’s not even 3 pounds yet. An hour of dozing in & out before Mavis settles down and realizes that the humans (or other critters) are not getting up anytime soon to play.

8:00 – Cora is up. She’s been up for awhile and playing quietly in the playroom with Mavis trapped inside, shoved into a stroller and being forced to play Barbies with her.

Cora wants breakfast. “C’mon Mom, I’m staaaaaarving!!”

8:15 – We’re downstairs.

What do you want for breakfast? “I want pancakes. Baby ones. But not frozen. I want you to make them. No, wait. I want to make them. Here, pull up a chair because that’s how Mammy does it and I want to make them all by myself!” Ugh, okay… Pancake mix powder all over the counter and splatters of cinnamon across Cora’s face and we have breakfast. “Mom, you havta cut them into little penguins. With blueberries. Yes, the blueberries could be like the snowflakes in da Norf Pole.” Alrighty, blueberries it is. “And Mom, let’s watch Star Wars. Number 4 with da At-Ats.” Seriously? You’ve seen that movie Every. Single. Day. since Christmas. “But I wanna watch it!” Whatever. I’ve learned to tune it out by now.

After breakfast she jumps from one activity to the next, making crafts, playing legos, chasing Mavis. Aaaand, Mavis just clawed her so screaming ensues… Star Wars band-aids comin’ up. Trying to keep Cora’s screams hushed so that Elliot can continue sleeping. No school today so Elliot catching up on sleep is the goal.

9:50 – Dishwasher halfway unloaded when Elliot makes her morning debut… decked out in her fancy purple sparkle Christmas dress, matching leggings, bright orange hoodie and her hair looking like a bird just decided to nest in it. Well, good morning Sunshine, don’t you look lovely! “Ugh, STAR WARS AGAIN?!” Yep. Deal with it.

10:30 – Dishwasher still not fully unloaded, half eaten pancake on the counter, the vacuum is out as my intention will be to use it at some point today for the company we have coming over later. BUT, girls are fed, happy and we’re all playing legos with the tune of Star Wars on in the background and I wouldn’t change a second of it!

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and a kitty makes … a zoo!!

Mavis Darth Vader joined our family a few weeks ago and we love her (even Eric!!) She was brought in knowing she would need socialization and acclimation to our other critters, but she has fit right in – letting Cora, the Crazy Cat Girl carry her around like a doll and snuggle her to pieces. Aside from eating more dog food than her own, she is the perfect little addition to our family!

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Family photos were a success! It’s always fun to watch the girls ham-it-up in front of the camera every year, and this year was no different. Elliot with a gaping hole in her mouth from losing her tooth days before and Cora with her sweet smile, both girls look pretty sassy and I think this is one of my favorite photoshoots yet… but I say that every year! Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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the things they say – 3rd edition.

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It’s been awhile since the last edition and these two chicks are so hilarious and constantly keep me laughing! Here’s what’s been said by the goofs in the last 9 months:

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Elliot: “I was sick the other day. I had calories.”

Cora: “Yeah, I was sick too with calgeries.”

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Elliot: “CONTORSIA!!”

Mom: What does that mean?

Elliot: “Well, it’s French for front door.

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Jan: Cora, do you want to lay down and snuggle with Mammy?

Cora: “I will in just a minute, a few seconds, and a while.”

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Mom: Elliot, stop climbing the fireplace!

Elliot: “Ugh, I just need some space!”

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Cora: “Mmmmm, I smell MENARDS!”

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Mrs. Amy [preschool teacher] told Mammy that Elliot told her that she didn’t want to come to school today because it was her birthday and she wanted the day to be all about her!

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Cora: “Is this yellow cheese?”

Mom: No, its mozzy cheese.

Cora: “Mmmm, I love Nazi cheese. Yum, Nazi cheese.”

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Cora: “Elliot, eat your food.”

Dad: You should follow your own advice, Cora.

Cora: “I don’t have ice.”

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Elliot: BURP!!!

Mom: Elliot, what do you say after you burp?

Elliot: “NICK JONAS!!”

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Elliot: “Next time we’re at the store can we buy steak juice?”

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Cora: “Why did you shut the garage door on the dog?”

Dad: Because she’s not coming in and I want the door shut.

Cora: “Imma open dis door and see if it killed her.”

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Dad: You guys did a great job cleaning the play room!

Elliot: [with her hands behind her back] “It’s most expecting.”

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Mom: Why is the toilet clogged, Cora?

Cora: “I put toilet paper in it.”

Mom: How much??

Cora: “Only 3 pounds!!”

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Cora: “Elliot, just stop talking. You’re making me annoying.”

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Elliot & Cora got to pull a wishbone and make a wish. After Cora won, I asked what her wish was: “I wished for a cat that sat on a mat that had a squeaky squeaky toy that made a creepy sound like eeeek eeeek.”

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Cora: “I told Santa I wanted a lego kitty spaceship.”

Mom: Where did you see that?

Cora: “Oh, I saw it on Facebook.”

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Elliot: My New Year’s resolution is to RULE THE WORLD!! Mom, what’s yours?”

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Until next time…

school pics.

Elliot :: Kindergarten. Age 5 1/2.

Cora :: Preschool. Age 4.

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School pics are in! I’m in love with Elliot’s hair and her big brown eyes. And can Cora’s little smirk be any cuter?! These little chickies are getting too darn big! And it doesn’t look like their obsession with cats is going anywhere anytime soon. #catoutfitseveryday

cora’s 4? you’ve gotta be kitten me right meow.

Another year, another birthday, another theme. This year’s theme of choice…CATS! Cora’s obsession lately (okay, mine too a little bit) is all things cats. And lucky for us, they’re everywhere so taking advantage of that the invite, decorations, wrapping & all gifts followed the theme!

Our Cora Cat, you are becoming quite the little girl. If I had to pick one word to sum up your personality at this stage in your life, it would be “fun.” Your dad and I are constantly swapping smiles over the clever things you say and the silly things you do. You have the biggest imagination and laugh hysterically at your own stories. You love to play copy-cat and repeat everything that comes out of Elliot’s mouth, while switching it up just enough to make it your own story. You are passionate, independent, sweet & caring, yet stubborn and very strong-willed! Things need to be precise and go just your way, otherwise forget it – the world may end right there! You are also very sweet and enjoy giving people gifts and personal crafts & drawings that you’ve done. The fridge and gallery wall is constantly full of your beautiful 4 year old artwork, which I love. May you always enjoy storytelling. May you always stay strong. And may you never lose your creativity, sweet girl. Happy 4th birthday Cora.

two chickies go to school.

Elliot :: Kindergarten

Cora :: Preschool

How is this possible? One day I’m going through all of the baby clothes and reminiscing on how tiny they both were at one time, and then the next day Elliot is running off to the bus stop, about to venture off to a foreign land where I PRAY she remembers what she needs to do and doesn’t see anything shiny along the way. Elliot was excited right from the start and had no hesitation at any point, she was just excited to meet all her new “best friends”, go to recess, and get the day rolling. The child has no fear.

Getting off the bus after a looong day – 8+ hours to be exact and piggies are still intact!

Cora on the other hand told me she was a little nervous, but also excited and that she still wants to go, but only if I go to school with her. Cue the tears right there. But as soon as she entered the classroom, I was the last thing on her mind and she did just fine!

Pretty soon these two little chickies will be off to collage and I’ll look back and remember the day they went to kindergarten and preschool. Until then, here’s to a good school year and continuing to enjoy all the moments in between.