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Chloe is 9!

Oh. Chloe Mae. I cannot get over the fact that this is your last year in single digits. A friend pointed out that you’re halfway to adulthood, and I would have preferred if she’d kept that piece of information to herself 🙂 You wear size 6 (!) shoes, love to remind me that your hair is longer than mine, and are ready to jump on the “I’m almost as tall as you” bandwagon any day now. You fit the role of big sister well. You’re a great caretaker, a rule follower and can be a little bossy at times.

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You enjoy traveling and seeing new things, but can be a creature of habit like your mama. You ate cheesecake for 4/4 desserts on the train ride out to San Francisco! We spent your birthday trying to cram in a few last sights before our trip ended – and filled it with yummy food, including crepes and rolled ice cream.

I know the coming years will be trying at times, as you perfect the eye roll and test the limits of your independence, but I can’t wait to see who you become!

  • What is your favorite color? Purple
  • What is your favorite toy?  Drawing stuff.
  • What is your favorite fruit?  Raspberries.
  • What is your favorite TV show?  The Voice
  • What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  “Anything that’s not leftovers. Just kidding. Maybe fish sticks and mac and cheese. That’s better than leftovers. Unless the leftovers are leftover brisket. Then that’s my favorite. Remember when I ate that as a leftover for lunch like 5 days in a row?! Ok, that might be exaggerating. But still.”
  • What is your favorite outfit? My sequin flip shirt and Justice jeans.
  • What is your favorite game?  Clue
  • What is your favorite snack?  Nutella banana tortilla wrap up
  • What is your favorite animal?  Monkeys….and dogs. And flamingos.
  •  What is your favorite song? Rewrite the Stars and The Other Side– both from The Greatest Showman
  • What is your favorite book? Cupcake Diaries series
  • Who is your best friend? Nya
  • What is your favorite movie? The Greatest Showman
  • What is your favorite thing to do outside?  “Play cowgirl. It’s me and Devon’s game.” A few questions later… “Will you go back to the outside question? Put down floating steps. I like doing those too.”
  • What is your favorite drink? Sparkling lemonade iced tea
  • What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas
  • What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  “Tangled blanket and George. And Olaf. And my pillow.”
  • What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Bacon and…. bacon.
  • What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Biscuits and gravy.
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? A baker.

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And Just Like That, She’s 8

Oh, my. Every year I’m taken aback by all the feels on my kiddos’ birthdays. I so enjoy watching them grow and change, but I’m not quite ready for the getting older part that comes with it!

My little girl (she’s still little – okay?!?) is in limbo these days – wanting to be treated like a “big kid” and enjoy all the perks that come with being big, but still not quite ready for all the responsibilities that come with it. Being in this limbo comes with a lot of big emotions – that we’re all learning to deal with.

These days, Chloe is most passionate about art, cooking and baking. Pretending to cook and bake, as well as playing outside (when it’s warm – she totally gets that from me!) and reading are also high on the list. She loves time with friends and enjoys playing with her little brother, about 75% of the time 🙂  When we have littles over to our house, she is nurturing, loving and entertaining. When we have bigs over, she is full of energy and loves to play elaborate games.

While she sometimes has lofty goals, she still loves the little things in life. Today, she loved the candle in her biscuits and gravy at breakfast. We had lunch at Daddy’s work, and stretching out in a lounge chair was one of her favorite parts. On the way home, I stopped at Caribou on campus and she was thrilled to get her very own hot chocolate. Her presents from us included an outdoor rocking chair and a toothbrush that lights up for 2 minutes. They were both on her list of 8 things for her 8th birthday and she was ecstatic. We finished the day by celebrating with some of her friends at Hickory Park. Her favorite part was making up names for her french fries before eating them.

I am thrilled to have such a wonderful, smart, silly girl to be raising. Listed below are the answers to the 20 questions we ask every year – more silliness and simplicity.

  • What is your favorite color? Purple
  • What is your favorite toy?  Kitchen stuff
  • What is your favorite fruit?  Bananas
  • What is your favorite TV show?  Odd Squad
  • What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Leftover Pizza
  • What is your favorite outfit? Dresses
  • What is your favorite game?  Clue
  • What is your favorite snack?  Cheese and crackers
  • What is your favorite animal?  Dog
  •  What is your favorite song? Shake if Off – sang by Rosita and Gunther in Sing
  • What is your favorite book? Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew
  • Who is your best friend? Nya
  • What is your favorite movie? Sing
  • What is your favorite thing to do outside?  “Play cooking things in the sand”
  • What is your favorite drink? Lemonade
  • What is your favorite holiday?  Halloween
  • What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  Tangled blanket, George and Monkey
  • What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Biscuits and gravy
  • What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  “Maybe breakfast if we weren’t going to Hickory Park.’
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? A cook 

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Kindergarten – Half a Year in Review

It has been fun to see Chloe learning and growing the last few months. She loves to write and illustrate stories, practice her math and play school as often as possible. With a little work at home as well, C has become a reader. It’s great to be able to go to the library and pick out books that she can read ALL BY HERSELF! In addition to the basics, she also spent the last month or so learning about the traditional celebrations and customs for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. To finish up their studies, the class put on a musical performance for the families yesterday afternoon. Since our school doesn’t do any sort of music concert for elementary students, this was a treat! C did a great job learning all the words and actions and it was a lot of fun to watch them perform. Here they are singing, “Up on the Rooftop.”

Today marks the start of C’s 2 week winter break and the end of the first semester, which means my baby girl is halfway done with kindergarten! She’s also done with full days at school. Starting with her return to school, we have dual (public school and homeschool) enrolled her so that she will be in school in the mornings, doing her reading and writing, and at home in the afternoons when we will work on math, social studies and science. As much as C loves pretty much everything about school, she is pumped to start half days!

If all goes well, we’re planning on homeschooling full time next year. The kids are super excited about homeschooling. C loves that she won’t miss out while she’s at school all day and that she’ll get to help decide what she studies. D is looking forward to having his sister around more and getting to join in on the learning. This mom is also excited – although a bit hesitant, because I still don’t have a firm plan in place. For an organizer like me, this is unnerving. However, I have discovered that there’s a great homeschooling community here and I have a few friends who homeschool that I know will be great resources for ideas and support.

So, for now, we enjoy Christmas and time with family 🙂 In 2015 though, we’ll be full steam ahead into the world of homeschooling!

Oh , and C and her class wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

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Momcomplishment – Eating a Hot Breakfast

In typical mom fashion, I rarely get to eat a hot breakfast, especially on weekdays when Daddy isn’t here as back-up. So this morning as I sat down with my pancake (reheated from the freezer) and saw that C had quickly scarfed down all but one bite, I sighed and said, “I suppose you’ll need me to get back up and get you more food?” It wasn’t my best moment, but I was hungry! So when C responded with, “No, I’m okay.” I was relieved that I could eat my food.

Then 20 seconds later, she told me she was hungry. *sigh* I suggested that she get a banana to split with her brother. That bought me a minute. Really, just one. These kids can eat very quickly (when they want to.) But then something amazing happened.

C got down from the table and walked over to the freezer. As she was opening it she said, “Are pancakes 30 seconds?” I was confused at first. “What’s happening here? What is she talking about?” Then I realized – microwave time. So I told her yes, then grabbed another bite while I watched her reseal the ziploc bag and close the freezer. I took a drink of my tea as she moved the step stool over to the microwave. She opened the microwave, put her plate in and closed it back up while I had another bite of pancake. Thirty seconds later, with some more of my breakfast gone, she opened the microwave and came back to the table with her second pancake in hand.

I got to sit for several minutes in a row and eat my still hot breakfast! I just knew it was going to be a good day 🙂

To be fair, right after C sat down, I had to get up and help D make himself another pancake ‘all by himself.’ But the promise of kids who can do for themselves is there. This might just be the first in a long line of hot, fresh meals for this Mama!

**In other news, by the looks of this picture, C had learned the art of the duck face.**

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My Favorite Bleach

I actually hate bleach. I prefer to stick with more natural, less toxic cleaners when possible.  Every now and then, when there’s a stubborn stain that just won’t come out of a white shirt or when the diapers start to look really dingy, I briefly consdider getting some bleach.  Until my good friend appears:


Chloe ate spaghetti for lunch the other day at MissK’s while wearing her “C” shirt and I’m pretty sure that her friend gave her a big spaghetti hug when they were done eating, because the front AND back of the shirt were completely covered in spaghetti sauce.  I pretreated it with a stain stick and threw it in the wash.  The stain didn’t come out though, so in to an Oxi-Clean soak it went for the next couple hours.  Then I washed it with the diapers – about 2.5 hours of cleaning time with pre-soaks and extra rinses.  Still there.

As a ‘last ditch’ effort to save the shirt, I put it out on the clothesline for the day.  When the shirt came in at the end of the day, there was no sign of a spaghetti hug.  So the shirt lives on to be worn again by my cute girl and I was reminded, yet again, of my love for the sun!

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More Chloe-isms

I love this girl.  Sometimes she makes laugh, sometimes she makes me go, “Awww!” and other times I just shake my head and don’t ask questions.  Regardless, I love her more and more every day.  Here are a few gems from the last few weeks…

Talking about babies being born –  C: “So, I was in your tummy and I gave Devon a high-five and then I came out.”  Me: “That’s not quite how it happened kiddo, but kinda close.”  C: “Yes, it is. I remember it.”

While helping daddy build the swingset –  Me: “How’s it going out here?” C: “Good. I have two jobs. We both have two jobs.  I’m the measurer and I count out these…ummm…these things!” (screws)  Me: “Sounds like you’re doing a good job. What are daddy’s jobs?”  C: *pause* “Uhh, I don’t know. But I have two jobs!”

Job #1 - Measuring

Job #2 - Counting screws

Talking to her friend when we got to MissK’s on Monday morning. They’re both almost 3 – C: “I got a swingset. My swings are yellow!”  N: “My swings are blue.”  C: “Do you want to come swing on my swings sometime?”  N: “Sure. I can come over Saturday.”  C: “Mom, N’s coming to our house to swing on Saturday.”  Apparently I no longer need to plan playdates.  Chloe Mae has it covered!

Devon’s in bed, Chloe and I are getting ready to run to my parents house – Daddy (talking to me): “What should I do while you’re gone?” C: “You could pick up a little or something or something may-me.”

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Real Conversations With My Girl

-DaddyMort stayed home with the kids for a couple days when MissK and her kids were sick (after our kids had also been sick.)  Before I left for work, DaddyMort mentioned to Chloe that they would go to the library that morning.  I have rarely seen this girl so excited.  I needed to feed Devon before I went to work, so I was feeding him while DaddyMort and Chloe got ready to go and put the dogs away – all at record speed.  I could hear Chloe running up the stairs, then as she scurried around the corner she was yelling, “Mommy – give Devon to Daddy! We need to go to the library!”  I explained that he was still eating and would be ready to go in just a couple minutes.  She then spent those couple minutes dancing around his room, anxiously waiting for him to be done.  At least she didn’t want to leave him at home for the sake of time 🙂

-Chloe and I were downstairs in her playroom on Saturday playing with a magnet book (or as she calls them – a magna-doodle book) that she got for Christmas.  She got 3 books, but we decided to only leave 1 out at a time, in hopes that not as many pieces would get lost that way.  At one point, at her request, I went upstairs and got her a different magnet book.  She knew she’d gotten 3 though, so she eventually asked for the third.  I was starting a load of laundry (or something – who can remember something that happened a few days ago?!?) so I told Chloe I’d get it in a minute.  Instead, she decided to go upstairs on her own and tell DaddyMort that, “Mommy said you should get my magna-doodle book for me.”  When I came up, I was surprised to see that she had the book already and DaddyMort told me what she’d said.  When I asked her if that’s what I really said, she just batted her cute little eyelashes, smiled and said no.  Seriously, we’re done for when this kid becomes a teenager!!

-On Friday, when I was picking the kids up from MissK’s and talking about the pizza we would be eating for dinner that night, Chloe said, “MissK is having rice and chicken from China for dinner tonight.”  It took me a second to figure out they were having Chinese food.

-A few weeks ago, DaddyMort touched something hot and (very proudly) said “Ha-chi-mama!!” instead of something a bit more colorful in our daughter’s presence.  Chloe thought that was hilarious and started saying “Ha-chi-Chloe!” when her food was hot.  Then last week, Chloe was in the bathroom right after my shower and touched our towel warmer while it was still hot.  She commented that it was hot and I apologized for not telling her it was hot.  Then she touched it again and I told her not to touch it anymore, because it was hot and I didn’t want her to get hurt – although it really wasn’t hot enough to burn her, but it was more the general idea that she shouldn’t touch hot things.  She responded, “Just one more time mommy. I want to say, ‘Ha-chi-Chloe.'”  So then she quickly touched it and proclaimed, “Ha-chi-Chloe!” with a giant grin on her face.

I love, love, love  this little girl.  There isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t amaze be or bring a smile to my face.  She’s growing up far too quickly though- does any parent not feel this way?!? – so I feel the need to record and try to remember all of her adorableness!!

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