momma + cora + dex

Being a mom to two under two remains the hardest thing I’ve done. Our first year was very tough for me emotionally and there were multiple times I wondered what the hell I’d gotten myself into. And then, almost overnight, things got easier. And easier. And then things got fun! And I know now that we’ve made it out of the toughest part.

Back in April, Ashley of Aspen Blue Photography (a photographer I love and have known for years) offered mommy and me sessions, so I snatched one up and had photos done of me and my babies to celebrate the fact that we are all alive and thriving. I told Ashley I had very low expectations because I knew a 2.5 year old and a 1 year old totally weren’t going to sit and smile for the camera, so we would take what we got. And I’ll be damned if she didn’t get the sweetest smiles and silliness from my little devils.


Thank you for these photos, Ashley! They mean the world to me. ❤


– amanda

the quenzer den: cora’s room

(Y’all I totally forgot to turn down the ISO before I took these, so ignore the graininess and general quality. haha.)

This girl loves. her. room. We take her up for her nap every day and she spends anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour playing. She loves her big girl bed and her tent!


Dresser :: IKEA (Tarva line, discontinued, painted by Mark)
Bed :: IKEA
Rug :: Target (not sure if it’s still available)
Chair :: BabiesRUs
Quilt on chair :: Love Gretta
Toy shelf :: IKEA (discontinued)
Tent :: Amazon

If you’d like to know where we got anything that wasn’t listed, let me know! I’ll probably share our bedroom and bathroom next week. 🙂

– amanda

two years old.

As of Sunday, I became the mother of a TWO year old. I can hardly believe it. Well, I can believe it.. We have hit the terrible twos with a fierceness and I have quickly learned that Cora inherited her momma’s temper. Something doesn’t work the first go around? Throw it. Leave the room. Don’t speak for half an hour. Cora and Amanda logic.

Tantrums aside, this girl blows my mind daily. I’m sure Mark gets tired of me going “Do you see what that girl is doing?” or “Listen to her! She’s so smart!” or “Let me tell you what Cora did today!” She impresses me so much with how quickly she picks things up. She can watch an episode of her favorite cartoon and have the song and half the dialogue memorized by the third time she watches it. (It’s Rain Man shit, you guys.) She uses “please”, “thank you”, and “sorry” appropriately. She adores cleaning. She is ridiculously timid in new situations for the first half dozen times she’s in them but the moment she’s comfortable she rules the room. (She is her mother. I have to reel myself in if and when I get too comfortable somewhere.)

This year we got almost every single tooth (she only had two teeth for hew first birthday!). We hit the WORST SLEEP REGRESSION I EVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED…Mark and I would have to sit on the porch for half an hour after we put her down because she would scream bloody murder. We decided Bubble Guppies weren’t the greatest things ever anymore and now we think Team Umizoomi hung the moon…mom and dad hope Bot shorts out, but Cora can count to five because of those assholes so it’s whatever. She started “school” (Mother’s Day Out twice a week) and dance class and we’re watching her confidence blossom with each week.

Cora has become her own little person with her own thoughts and opinions and it is wild to watch. We are so proud of the little lady she’s becoming.

Here are some snaps from her “Tea for Two” party and our annual birthday trip to the zoo. ❤


– amanda