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Kora’s and Lila’s cousin Brooke is turning one and having her birthday party at my parents house. We decided to drive up a few days early so the girls could spend a few days with their grandparents. 

Anytime we visit my parents house, Kora pulls out the John Deere lunch box filled with farm animal figures. She usually spreads them all over the floor and I usually end up stepping on them (at least it’s not a Lego!).
Today she played with them on the coffee table and then abandoned them there when she decided to play with other toys. As a way to get Kora to help clean up the animals my mom made up a game I’ll call Race to the Animal.
My mom set up all the animals on the coffee table and then had Kora stand back a couple feet. Nannie would first ask Kora to find a specific animal and then instruct her to ‘Go!”  

Kora would race to the table to find the requested animal. 

Once she found the animal she would give it to Nannie. 

Grandmother and granddaughter repeated the race at least twenty times – once for each animal. Kora raced to find each animal with the same enthusiasm every time. 

Race to the Animal is a game that was made up on the spot but it’s one that I can use a lot. I like the idea of making cleaning up a fun game. Or I can use it with Kora to practice letters or numbers. Or anything else for that matter. Thanks Nannie for thinking up this fun game!

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Today I wanted a relaxing outdoor activity to do with Kora. My mom suggested we take her outside to pick flowers and then come back inside to arrange the flowers in a vase. What a great idea. Thanks Nannie!
Nannie gathered up some gloves for Kora to wear (who knew they made work gloves in such small sizes?), a pan to set the cut flowers in, and a pair of shears. We hopped in the John Deere Gator and headed out in search of flowers. 

We stopped to pick some little yellow flowers. Although the flowers could easily be picked with her fingers Kora knew we had scissors and she wanted to use them. As you can tell by the way she’s trying to cut with the handles, she needs some practice with scissors!

As we were collecting the flowers I hear an unusual sound. When I turn around I see a small herd of calves coming over to look for food! 

We made a few more stops to pick a variety of flowers. Kora didn’t want to pick the sunflowers because of the little thorns, but she directed me on which flowers to pick. 


Once we got back to the house Kora and Nannie arranged their flowers into their own vase. Kora was more interested in the sunflower’s petals than in flower arranging. 

Nannie gave Kora a small dish of water and Kora plucked each petal off and floated them in the water. 

Picking flowers was a great way to spend our morning. Not only did it get us outside enjoying nature but it also gave us a beautiful centerpiece for the table!


In my high school English class, writing the introduction to an assignment was often one of the hardest paragraphs to write. My teacher taught me that it is often easier to write the body of the paper first and then write the introduction.  I have decided to take that same approach with this blog.  I don’t know where or how to start the blog so I’m just going to start posting stuff – mostly about what’s going on in my life – and then maybe I’ll come back to this first blog post and come up with a really creative blog introduction.

Peanut Butter Kelli Time!