Life With Cora : 5 Years

Wow, I can't believe it has been 5 years since our Cora Jean was born. Mothering Cora is one of the best parts of my life. There are lots of times that I get frustrated with her, but for every moment of frustration there are a million moments of sweetness and laughter. She is constantly making me laugh with the goofy things she says (have you read conversations with Cora?!) and is quick to offer a sweet compliment to anybody nearby. Cora is such an amazing daughter, sister, and friend and I'm so lucky that I get to live life with her.
Cora is fiercely independent lately... which means I rarely have pictures of her by herself. Because of this, we've been making more of an effort to have some one-on-one time with each other and we always have a great time. For our Cora and Mommy dates, we get impromptu coloring dates (when Ida naps) or we plan a one-on-one trip to the grocery store, Target, or out to lunch. Cora loves to chat the entire time and I'm always surprised that a human being can talk from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep.
My art-loving gal, loves to work on projects with me. Sometimes she sits down and focuses the entire time (like our morning of painting) or other times she pops in and out. She'll help with whatever I'm doing... go off and play for a bit... come back to help... chat... get a snack... and help with clean up. She is so helpful and I love that we get to share these projects together. I also love that she is learning so many DIY skills at a young age and I can't help but picture us doing so many projects when she's older.
Cora Jean has the best sense of style. She knows what she wants and she is not shy about it. She goes in phases of different outfits and it's fun to watch as her style evolves. Sometimes it's pajamas during the day, sometimes its non-stop cheerleading outfit, and other times it's fingerless gloves and knee socks with every outfit. Most days we collaborate on an outfit to make sure it is weather/situation appropriate, but overall she does a good job dressing herself. I love seeing what she'll pick out each day and watching as her style evolves.

I could go on and on and on about this girl because I'm so proud of the person she is. I love how thoughtful she is. I love how she is so helpful and always offering to help with chores or projects. I love how she is so independent and knows exactly what she wants. I love how she is excited for parties and outings and anything that will let her meet new people. I love her little scrunched up face smile when I ask her to look at the camera. I love her stubbornness. I love her wild hair and how it can look completely different any given day. I love how she is the best big sister in the whole wide world and has the cutest relationship with Ida. I love how she has so many deep thoughts and always welcomes good conversation about it. I love hearing about her dreams in the morning and the wild things she thinks about. I love watching her learn to read and write. I love when she sings and makes up her own songs. I love how there are so many awesome things about this girl that I could just write forever. She makes me the luckiest mommy in the world!
Happy 5th birthday Cora Jean!  You are so loved!

See Cora's previous birthday posts -----> 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

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