So April came and went way too fast. April was a great month. You have already seen a couple things we did during this crazy month- 30 before 30 list completed, 2013 Youth Retreat, and our wonderful cruise vacation. Below you will find some of the day to day doings in the Sargent household:
Houston has had some unique weather this year- it has been much cooler and we have had more rain than any other April in Houston I can remember. One misty morning at the beginning of the month we enjoyed an urban hike through Memorial Park. Cora loves trekking along in her hiking backpack. It is hard to tell who loves it more- Cora riding or Steve carrying her.
Cora is such a fun little person to tote around. For the most part she is easy going and loves to be along for the ride. I love that about her personality. It makes traveling fun and running errands around town easy (or as easy as any outing can be with a toddler).
Cora has started to get into stuffed animals. She is not gravitating toward one or showing favoritism yet, but she loves hugging them and carrying them around the house. It's sweet. I hope she picks a favorite to carry along every where soon- both Steve and I had one in our childhood.
On a trip to the Dollar Store last month I picked up a coloring book and crayons for this little girl- she loves it. It is nothing that will keep her occupied for long, but it is good to work on hand coordination and training for not coloring on the wall.
Oh yeah, and I turned 30! It was fabulous complete with a surprise party with all my girlfriends a couple days before my special day, a romantic dinner and trip to an operetta with my husband, and surprise drinks/coffee with our dear friends the McD's to top off the evening. I felt loved and celebrated all week. I look forward to all this fresh, new decade has to offer.
Cora is SOOOOOO into books right now. Her favorites: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny, Goodnight Moon, ABC Animals, and the Elmo Blanket book. There are about two dozen other books I have not named but these are the ones we read about 20 times a day. If I would let her, Cora would have me read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus to her 500 times a day- true story. She also loves touch and feel books and any book with flaps, noises, or counting. I am not going to lie- I kinda love this reading thing...
We love using our zoo season pass- especially during the cool days in April. Cora always loves a good visit to the petting zoo. She has no fear when it comes to getting in there and hanging out with the goats. Above you can see her brushing their backs. This is right before she started trying to push her way into the feeding trough. Cora really likes to be in close, tight spaces. She is such a cuddlier. She also thinks she is hiding when she snuggles herself in a tight space. It's pretty cute.
Hanging out in the Bird Atrium. I like this part of the zoo- it usually seems to be uncrowded and Cora loves walking around and pointing at all the birds. She is also saying lots of words like bird and shoe and mommy and daddy and nose and Elmo and.. wait for it... NO! And so it begins.
The red wagon we got Cora for Christmas is awesome. If you are thinking about getting one for your kiddos I recommend the Radio Flyer. It is totally worth every penny and easy to use and portable. Cora loves riding it- more so then her stroller.
The last day of April was spent at the Houston Fire Museum. I had never heard of it but when a friend invited us we jumped on the opportunity to explore something new. It is small but neat. The museum part is pretty cool but the kid room is what kept Cora occupied for awhile. Little fire fighter outfits to try on, a real fire truck (or at least the front half) to play in with buttons for lights and flashers. A little house to climb in, a real pole to slide down, and a book case full of fun activities. If you live in town and are near downtown it is worth a trip.
So there you have it- our randomness from April. I know you all were dying to know details of our lives- you are welcome. Coming up soon- the May update.