Baby Bookworms : April

I found this sweet little throwback picture of the girls reading and had to share it for this months Baby Bookworms. I have a couple of our favorite books on this list that I had to triple check my previous bookworm posts to make sure I hadn't already shared them.
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The Cloud Spinner - This is one I can't believe I haven't already shared. It's a cute story with the lesson not to use more than you need. I love the story and the illustrations are beautiful.

Love Is - a cute book about a girl and her little duckling friend.

The Grouchy Ladybug - a classic. Since it is a little repetitive "wanna fight?!" Cora can jump in and help out with the reading on this one.

Mousie Love - another one of our favorites that we're always reading. This is a cute little story about a boy mouse asking a girl mouse to marry him and their little adventure running away from the house cat.

Wake Up, It's Spring! - a fun little spring book showing all the animals and plants waking up from the winter hibernation and enjoying spring. Fun to read during this time as we finally feel like we're waking up and enjoying all that green that spring has to offer.

Walter the Baker - another Eric Carle book about how Walter the Baker invented with pretzels. I'm sure it's not factually based, but it's a cute story.

Caps For Sale - A classic! It's about a caps salesman and a little run in with monkeys. If we had a designated playroom, I would make it themed after this book... someone please hire me to paint a Caps For Sale mural in their kids room!


Conversations with Cora : Part IX

Cora and I have been spending a lot of our together time coloring and chatting (mostly about donuts). I love our little conversations while coloring and I love these goofy/sweet day-to-day quotes that I remembered to jot down.
Going through baby clothes to pass on to my sister's baby
"This would look great on a just born baby!!!"

Took Cora shopping and she kept telling me "this looks lovely" when she tried something on.

Cora: What is that big pacifier?
Me: it's a water tower
Cora: oh, it looks like a big pacifier for God.
After we got a food delivery"We are food rich! We are living like Queens!"

She had a big gulp of slushie and yelled loudly "my brain is all iced up"

She kept forgetting the word for a sundae
"can we have a Monday tomorrow?!?"
WETTER AND DRYER = Washer and dryer
PIZZA NUGGETS = pizza rolls
FIRST BORN = newborn
HYDROGEN POLAXIDE = Hydrogen peroxide
KID GROWN UP = teenager
TIFF TAFF = taffy
Cora was feeding Ida (it was a little messy) "oh my! oh my! oh my!"

"I love you sister! I love you forever! When we're dead, when we're still living, when we're teenagers. FOREVER!"

Talking to her sister "You are my star, you are my sun, you are the sweetest little one"
Talking about her birthday. "You can just wrap up some of the toys I don't play with, like that giant unicorn"

I have a joke. Ever seen a bird poop on a cake? ... Just laugh dad!!!

We went to the park near our house and nobody was playing with Cora. She was really upset about it and later told me "I want to be the richest friend person ever"
I started this little series 2 years ago, and it is so funny looking back at some of the first posts of Conversations with Cora... it also reminds me to start doing those little Cora drawings again.


Walks With Cora : Eden Park Throwback

These pictures popped up in my Timehop from three years ago right before Cora's 2nd birthday. I worked really close to Eden Park so Ben and Cora would meet me for my lunch break and we'd explore different parts of the park. One of our favorite quiet parts was Presidential Grove near the tower. It was a beautiful spring day and Cora loved running around looking at the flowers... and I'm loving looking back at these sweet photos of my little Cora.


Life With Ida : 19 Months

Wow, this month flew by. Ida had her 18 month appointment not long after the 18 month mark and I still can't believe how tiny our Ida is. She's in this stage where some days she seems so tiny and baby-like, but then there are other days where she learns a ton of new things or I take a good look at her and realize how big she is getting. Ben does a really good job of developing our girls' independence at a young age, and this is an age where I really start to see some of the fruits of his labor.

This girl has some of the best mean mugs. She does a lot of smiling, but for some reason I can never capture it on camera... so there is always a little frowning in practically every photo I have of her (hello Easter pics)

Ida loves being outside. She loves to dig in the dirt, run around with Cora and Clovey, and pick at the flowers in our garden. I can't wait for all of the outdoor time and gardening we have in our near future.

We've been doing a lot of coloring lately and Ida is really into scribbling on any paper she can get her hands on. I forgot how much I have to keep my eyes on a toddler coloring... especially a toddler with a sneaky older sister. These two love to be a little sneaky and I've found some scribbles on our walls.

Speaking of sisters, these two are the sweetest!!! Ida loves her big sister and loves to follow her around and play. They're always giggling and rough housing and chasing each other around. They fight a bit, but they get along most of the time. I love their sweet little relationship and can't wait to watch it grow as they get older.
 We're loving Ida's age right now and I can't wait for all of the spring/summer fun coming our way.


Best Salsa Ever

I always get compliments on my salsa, so I finally wrote down the directions for my coworker and thought I'd share here as well. I've found it's best if made ahead of time for everything to marinate overnight, but I still think it's delicious right after preparing. I'd love to hear from you if you try it out.

+ 3 peppers (I use one yellow, one orange, and one red)
+ one can of black beans
+ one red onion
+ 1 T of lemon juice
+ 1/4 T of salt
+ 1/4 T of pepper
+ 1 T of Cajun
+ 1 jar of picante sauce (I get Kroger brand or Pace)

1. Chop up peppers and onions
2. Add a can of black beans. I mostly drain the can, but don't rinse them off.
3. Sprinkle on seasoning and lemon juice. mix everything together.
4. Add the picante salsa
5. Enjoy!


Easter Weekend

Our weekend was jam-packed with Easter activities and family time. We had lots of fun with each of our activities and ended the weekend exhausted from all the fun.
Saturday morning we started the weekend of sugar with cinnamon rolls and headed to an egg hunt at Cora's school. We were running slightly late, but made it just in time for Cora to run off and get her six allotted eggs and one golden egg in less than 30 seconds. Afterwards, we hung out and she visited the easter bunny, did crafts, got her face painted, and ran around with some school friends.
After the school egg hunt, we headed to Sam's club to pick up some dirt and started setting up our raised beds. Weather-permitting, we'd love to get some of our plants outside soon so we wanted everything to be ready when we can. The girls loved digging around in the dirt and running around outside.

We had a quick bite to eat and walked over to our neighborhood egg hunt. Cora stopped to pick flowers  and hand them out to everyone that crossed our path. It was a little frustrating because we were running late, but the smiles on people's faces when she would offer them flowers was so sweet.

We made it to the hunt just in time (after a little jog) and we had a little disaster of a hunt. Ida was so uninterested in grabbing eggs and even swatted them away when we tried to hand them to her. It was surprising because she loves to 'practice' at home. 

Cora went in the next age group and made it about 10 steps before she fell flat on her face. She was limping around trying not to cry as she grabbed what eggs were left. She got about five before she finally gave into her tears and was patched up by a nearby fireman.

We waited in line for some pictures with the Easter bunny and baby Ida was not interested in being anywhere close to the bunny. She's a little skeptical of everyone, so we have lots of grumpy-face pictures of this girl from the weekend... and lots of red-faced pictures of me from all the running around.

After our egg hunt, Ida napped while Cora and I dyed some eggs quickly. Cora seemed more interested in the egg eating instead of egg dyeing. We squeezed in some afternoon naps before we had some evening visits from some of our friends.
Easter Sunday, we hurried off to church and barely made it just in time for the Easter egg hunt. Ida was much more into the hunt than the previous day.  There were some older kids walking around helping out the little kids and it is the cutest!

Cora ran all around the graveyard to get as many eggs as possible. She did pretty well for herself and kept touching base with her cousins then would run off some more. She loved going to the Sunday school portion of church and doing whatever crafts/lessons they do there.

After church, we had brunch at my aunt and uncle's house and hung out for a good portion of the afternoon. Cora loves any time with her cousins, so she was in heaven the entire day. Ida is slowly warming up to everyone, so she spent a lot of time with me or Ben before crawling off and giving some cuddles to my family members. We spent the rest of the evening being lazy at home and getting lots of cuddles from the girls and watching Moana. 

Happy Easter friends!
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