This sweet girl is five today. Five years ago she joined our family and we have all been having the most fabulous adventures ever since.
Renée gave her a boogie board for her birthday and the kid was smitten. Combine the boogie board with the weekly swim lessons we are taking, and even without a sailboat right now, we'll keep her a water kid as much as we can.
It is bittersweet to write this post today because it is the last birthday post I'll be sharing about Cora. In a few more days I'll be officially retiring Cora from this blog and from social media. I've written about my plan to do this when she turned five for several years now and alas, the time has arrived.
We were lucky to have some wonderful friends join us today.
Estella and Melvin.
Kristine, Alex, and Jack.
Sacha, Monique, Steve, and Ronen.
Ryan and Spencer.
Leo and Renée.
Gray, Miles, and Ella.
This photo below is the only family photo that has Cora looking forward.
Here she is looking back to check the waves.
And here she is riding the wave.
I love seeing in these family photos how clearly Cora has Eric's legs and Lyra has mine.
You can see it here too with Lyra's little legs. We each have our own Mini-me's.
Cora wanted a strawberry cake with pink strawberry frosting in the shape of a heart with sprinkles.
I only had a small heart pan so I made a heart and a star. She loved them.
"We are so lucky. We have TWO cakes!"
Happy birthday, Cora!!
I love these photos below of Cora holding court. First she talks to Sacha.
Then she talks to Xavier.
You're a loveable, and loved, kid, Cora.
After the party we started working on thank you cards. She came up and gave me the first one.
"This one is for you, mom, because you got me everything I wanted for my cake. You get the best stuff."
I'm enjoying so much the simple joy that comes from five year olds.
To the grown ups and kids who came to Cora's party today, thank you.
Cora, it's gonna be a great year.