Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Day at the (pseudo) Farm

Lee, Cora, and I went to Happy Acres U-pick on Sunday. Lee and I hadn't been there since before Cora was born. This place is awesome now!! It was before, but they've definitely expanded.

We picked a whole bucket of raspberries with the intention of eventually making jam. It took a lot of bribery to not get Lee to eat an entire bucket before we got home. Cora, on the other hand, was completely fed up with the mosquitoes. She had her fingers permanently stuck in her ears throughout the whole picking extravaganza.

We decided to wrap up the raspberry picking and head over to see the chickens. This farm is chemical free and the chickens are a natural pesticide. Little did we know Happy Acres had expanded their animal section of the farm. They now had all kinds of crazy cute animals!!

One incredibly cute new resident is the 9-week old miniature pig. This thing was beyond cute. He was about the size of a loaf of bread and had the energy of 10 jack russell terriers.

 The had a kajillion hand raised turkeys and even more chickens. Behind the gate was the cutest miniature pony. Cora absolutely loved the horse. He was incredibly gentle with her.

 The turkeys thought our shoes were food. Bird brains. Cora didn't have this problem because she opted to go barefoot after her shoes got muddy picking raspberries.

 Little did we know, right around the corner were a bunch of miniature ponies and their babies. These cute guys rivaled the baby pig for cutest baby on the farm.

We'll be going back very soon. We need more raspberries. We need a baby pig.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cirque Du Soleil

Last night we went to Cirque Du Soleil's Dralion with Cora. We had an amazing time. I wasn't sure how Cora was going to fare for the entire show, but she was awesome. She clapped throughout the performances. I am glad we bought the cheap seats because I am sure Cora's running play by play commentary was a bit of a distraction to the people around us. Lee and I, of course, thought she was adorable. We went with three of our friends from Edmonton. If Dralion is going to be playing anywhere near you, go! It was one of the most beautiful shows I have ever seen. This was Lee's and my first Cirque show and it lived up to all of our expectations.

I have posted the Dralion's YouTube trailer below. The athleticism shown in the trailer is only a preview of what the show had to offer. It was so great to be able to experience this with Cora. Her favorite part appeared to be the trampolines.

A wonderful Sunday night in Edmonton for our little trio. Being inside was also a nice break from the mosquitoes. They have been so bad this year. :(

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Full Blue Moon

Cora has reached the Blue Moon mile marker in her life career. She has now surpassed 2.5 years old. When I look at her, I certainly don't see a toddler. I now see a little girl. She is far from a little girl though. Her speech is coming along but still not stellar. She still wears a diaper while she sleeps. She has no concept of time leading to many meltdowns. While she is getting tall and lanky and looking more and more like a little girl, I constantly have to remind myself that she is still every bit toddler.

  • She can hold her breath underwater for 6 whole seconds. She loves all things water- the pool, the bathtub, the rain. Some days I wonder if she is going to grow gills and a tail fin.

  • Her speech development is coming along at a pretty steady pace. She has been talking so much better since Grandma Jo and Aunt Carol came. We are still working with her everyday though. While she talks as much as her peers, her words are not near as clear as theirs. I don't really know what to gauge as being "behind" in speech development per say, but the clarity is slow coming. I know what she is saying but nobody else does. She doesn't talk at daycare at all, but I think that is more of a stubborn/independent trait.
  • Cora is still stubborn and incredibly independent. I think that is one of her character that I love the most. Her independence sometimes makes her extremely difficult to parent, but I am so proud to see her excel on her own. Our friend, Corey, explained Cora perfectly to me the other day. He said (from his perspective) he works his butt off with her just to get into her world but she doesn't hesitate in the least to kick him right back out and slam the door when she is done. Yep, that is our Cora.
  • On the flip side, Cora really loves to cuddle still. She'd let me hold her all day if I wanted. She gives the best hugs and kisses. I couldn't ask for a sweeter daughter. Lee took the photo below with his iTouch a couple weeks ago.

  • She loves animals! Especially butterflies, kitty cats, doggies, and horses. In the picture below, she is pretending to be a cat by grooming herself.

  • She loves jewelry and dress. She was really excited to find that I had a turquoise butterfly ring that my dad had given me when I was little. It is now hers and she loves it. She is wearing it on her right hand in the picture above. I also found an old butterfly hair clip that has been worn a lot in the recent weeks. She is wearing it in all of the pictures with her purple dress.
  • She is getting in her last set of molars. I thought they had come in a few months back, but I was wrong. They are definitely coming in now. She chews on all of her fingers at once. Four fingers from each hand shoved all the way to the back of her mouth. Poor thing. I am so over this teething thing.
  • Cora calls me "her honey". She gets out of anything with the simple two words. "awwww honey".
  • She is not as interested in colors, numbers, and letters as I had thought. While I thought that red was her favorite color, it seems that she prefers anything red, pink, and purple. Should I be surprised?
  • Anything that "fart-toots" is hilarious.
  • A song that she can't get enough of is Raffi's Mr. Sun.
  • She is 38" tall (grown 2.5" since March!!) and is 31 lbs. This puts her in approximately the 90th percentile for height and the 75th percentile for weight. She's a tall girl!
  • Her hair is slowly but surely growing out since her barber shop episode a few months back. You can still tell in pictures that she is missing a chunk of bangs. I try to brush them to the side to disguise the bad haircut, but sometime I just can't seem to hide it. Note picture below. The missing chunk is on right side. The left side of her forehead is the bangs that are brushed to the side.

Enjoy the official couch pictures! They were a lot of fun to take this time. She is once again coming around to posing for the camera.

We went to Whitefish, MT a couple of weeks ago to see Lee's dad and hang out with Chris and Vicki. Cora was especially smitten with their 2 year old pup, Rain.

Riding the carousel with Grandpa Bob. Cora prefers to wear her sunglasses upside down.

We went for a nice short hike on the outskirts of Missoula. It was a lovely day.

Hanging out in the wildflowers. Wouldn't it be great if flowers were as tall as you?

These are a few photos I took of her that I think are adorable. I found her taking a nap all rolled up in my quilt. I had to unwrap the blanket to find her face. Since the summer sun is up so late here, Cora has resorted to sleeping with the blankets over her head. She likes it dark for sleeping- just like her Dad.

She wanted her picture taken in the morning. She said, "I want sicture." I love her reserved smile.

Jumping off the waterfall into the trusted arms of Mara. We spent a day at the Legislature grounds swimming in the fountains with the Davis'.