I’ve obviously been having long stretches of absence from the blog. I can’t say why for sure. Here are the main reasons that come to mind:
- I try not to use the computer at night, and our weekends are really full, limiting the time available
- Cora’s changes are more subtle now and her milestones are less tangible
- I put a lot of pressure on myself to make it interesting, often leading to the opposite - a grocery list instead of a focused topic (like I used to have)
- I don’t take as many photos, so there’s not as many to share
- There’s been a lot of ‘heavy’ stuff this year already and I’ve been focusing my energy on that – being a support to people who need me and making sure that my work and my studies are top notch
- Our internet at the house has been out all week, so I’m not even sure I’ll get to post this blog I’m writing! (It just came back on, I need to post this while it lasts!)
- Finally, as Cora gets older, my mind is shifting back towards topics that relate more to me than to her… and I can’t decide if you guys would be interested in those kind of blog posts or not… but I might start posting them anyway! Or maybe start another blog for that stuff…… anyway…
I also keep telling myself I’m going to start micro-blogging, posting funny stories as soon as they happen, but I obviously haven’t started that yet either.
For now, I’ll just say thank you to everyone who continue to check in on us, and give you the past few weeks’ major highlights. There have actually been some really great ones!
Cora started swimming on the 15th and LOVES it. She raves about it all day long, wishing she could just right back in the pool. Her teacher, Natasha, can’t believe that she’s only had one set of swim lessons, years ago. She’s old enough that we don’t get in the water with her, so we can just watch and it’s so much fun to see her going at it. She does a great job listening and tries so hard. I’m so glad we’re doing this – and so is she! She can’t get enough!
Aaron and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but Cora does! This year she gave out Doc McStuffins Valentines and she got a lot in return! It was fun to see her so excited. They made little mailboxes at school and the kids got to deliver the Valentines to each other. Cora drew us a couple of Valentine’s too and we got some great cards and photos in the mail, as well as a lovely bouquet of roses from my Dad.
By the way, Cora is now obsessed with Doc McStuffins and I can see why. Of all the shows she’s ever fallen in love with, this is by far our favorite. It’s about a little girl whose mother is a doctor. So she pretends she’s a doctor too and takes care of all of her toys. It’s really well done and very cute.
February 22 marked the 10 year anniversary of the day we first met and had our first date. We celebrate this anniversary more than our wedding anniversary, because it seems more significant somehow. While our official present to each other was our new bed (I love our new bed, it’s so great, I’m so glad we bought it), we couldn’t help but buy each other a few extra things too. My favorite of which was that Aaron sent me flowers at work – a huge bouquet of stargazer lilies. They were just lovely. There were so many when I took them home I split them into two vases. We also both bought each other some chocolates and other foodstuffs and my mom babysat that night while we went out to dinner at Gather. We spent the evening talking about what we’d like to do over the next 10 years and it was really quite lovely.
I’m one step away from being a certified Project Management Professional and am taking my PMP certification exam on April 9. It’s the last in a three step process, and I’ve been studying for the exam like crazy. I actually really love studying (even though it’s been a long time since I’ve had an exam to study for) and I like the subject material so it’s been a good addition to life as of late. I have to keep realistic expectations about the exam, as 8 out of 10 people do NOT pass it, but I think I can do it. 40 more days to go!
Cora has been really loving the studying too, and she’ll often sit with me with her own notecards and write and highlight things too. She has even started some of her own studying projects – like writing all the numbers from 1 to 100 and taping them up to her closet wall or copying entire books out, letter by letter, and then cutting out the sentences and then taping those to her closet wall too. Her closet has taken on a life of its own – which I actually find pretty amazing because growing up my closet doors were my canvas and I constantly had changing collages on them. So, to see her do the same thing is just really endearing.
Cora is desperate to learn how to read. In addition to her closet door projects, she’s been getting very good at sounding out words. The first word she read all on her own was “do.” Aaron and I were both really impressed; she really thought about it. The first sentence she really concentrated on and read all by herself was “I love you” which given what a sweetheart she is, seems incredibly appropriate. She tells us sentences she wants to write and then she’ll practice writing them, asking us to spell them out for her. She knows some words – like Mom and Dad so she writes sentences with us in them a lot, which is really sweet. Today in the car she was working on “Mom, I love you” and “Dad, I love you” and I just have to think that her first sentences being so full of love is emblematic of her life and her overall personality.
The constant topic of conversation everywhere is this weather. We have been fortunate that it hasn’t cost us anything, save from some cancelled plans and a continuously failing internet connection, but it’s been brutal. We are all ready for it to end. I think it’s a general consensus that it’s affecting all of our moods! It snowed again this weekend. How is that even possible?
(view of frozen Chicago River from my El Train)
The Cosby Show
In my attempt to find a TV show that we can all watch and enjoy, I couldn’t find anything better than the Cosby Show. I grew up watching it and there’s still just nothing like it on TV. So, I got all the seasons and we’ve been going through them. Amazingly enough, Aaron has never seen them before, so they are just as new to him as they are to Cora. And Cora LOVES them. It’s a great pace for her, the writing still holds up, they are still funny and relevant. The funniest part of it all is that Aaron is starting to see how much of what I say and do kind of comes from the Cosby Show, most prominent of which is that I give Cora Zrbrts, which apparently Aaron thought I made up, but I did not, I got it from the Cosby Show.
I really wish they made TV shows like this now. The shows on TV now are all faster paced and focus too much on awkward mishaps or slapstick. That being said, I’m open to suggestions. If you know of any family friendly TV shows from this century, let me know!
A very busy weekend
This weekend overall has been very busy. Saturday night we went out to eat with my Mom and Grammy and had a good time. Cora was really talkative and her favorite part of the night was catching snowflakes on her tongue with her great-grammy.
Today we made sure to be at church for our friends Angie and Tim, their daughter Addison was being baptized today. They’ve had quite a journey with Addison, so the baptism was especially moving. Cora loves seeing babies get baptized; she really understands it is something quite special. So, to commemorate, she took an offering envelop and was writing smiley faces all over it. She’s a sweetie.
Straight from the baptism we were off to June’s birthday party which took place in Skokie at the Exploratorium. There was a lot to do there, and Cora (and Aaron) loved going down the three-story tall curly-cue slide. June was so cute and we had so much fun celebrating with her and her friends and family.
Then we went to a second birthday party for Leo. Today was his actually birthday. That was at Chuck E. Cheese in Melrose Park. I haven’t been to a Chuck E. Cheese since I was a kid and I have to say… it is bonkers in there! It was such an over-stimulation, I kept joking they should have a stroke warning on the door. That being said, the kids LOVED it and Cora said it was her favorite ever.
We came home exhausted, but still had time to play and Cora went to bed fairly easy tonight. Now I’m enjoying the Oscars and I’m sure I will go to bed easily tonight too. I absolutely love the Oscars, so this a great way to end the weekend!
Well, looks like the rest of the week is pretty normal… and STILL winter. Thanks for checking in, more to come soon!