Tuesday, October 16, 2012

fall fun

This past weekend we celebrated Vincent and Beth's birthday in Garrettsville.  We started off the weekend by going to a fall festival near Grammy and Grampy's house.  Hay rides, farm animals, "cow" rides, pumpkin patch, and family.  A great way to spend a Saturday!

future model? or photographer?

I had the camera out and C asked me or should I say demanded that I take a picture of her.  "Take a picture, mommy!"  Then she proceeded to get into a variety of artsy positions.  Maybe not a model but pretty cute!

Soon after her photo shoot, it was her time to be the photographer.  I think the camera may weigh more than her. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

chloe~summer 2012

Hard to believe that summer has ended and another school year has begun!  I had such a great summer at home with Chloe and feel very fortunate that I have a career where I can spend the entire summer with her.  This summer, was by far, the most exciting and tiring summer so far.  Chloe is always on the move!  This summer we would go on regular bike rides to the park, the nature center, the library, and the pool.  We read countless books, often the same ones over and over, painted, colored, cooked, did puzzles, played with her kitchen and doll house, went for walks and relaxed together.
Chloe is definitely a little girl with such a big personality.  She loves to make us laugh and easily knows how to push our buttons.  She is the cutest little rascal!  A typical day for Chloe is waking up around 7:00, napping at 12:00 for 2 hours, and bedtime around 8:30-9:00.  This summer we officially finished giving C a bottle in the morning and at night by saying that they broke.  She was not a happy camper for a while but seems to have gotten used to it.  We were so sick of washing those silly bottles!  Chloe is eating everything she sees but her favorites are mac n cheese!, a cheese a burger, bananas, toast, grapes, graham crackers, chocolate, goldfish, pasta, strawberries, and cheese!  She is not a fan of milk out of her sippy cups or juice. She loves to drink out of big girl cups and will ask for “icy water”.  She loves to chomp on crushed ice.  A piece of ice or a band aide can cure just about anything these days.  You will often see her sporting an unnecessary band aide on one or both of her knees.  She is real dramatic and insists on one just about every day and especially right before a nap.
This summer Chloe and I have really been working on the potty training thing.  She is usually dry in the mornings and after naps and will go on the potty if I put her on.  She sometimes will let me know she has to go, “bubbles” but typically needs to be reminded.  If you ask her if she has to go potty she will always say no, she likes it to be her idea to use the potty.  She loves to inform just about anyone that she used the bathroom.  She will gleefully and loudly yell, “I went potty!!”  It is her go to statement when she wants to get a reaction out of someone, even if she didn’t just go.
Chloe loves to watch TV and play on our phones and probably would watch one of her shows or apps all the time if we let her. You will often hear her say, “Oh, here a mote! (remote) or “here a iphone!”  She loves to watch Sesame Street, Bubble Guppies, Curious George, Super Why, and pretends to like Thomas the Train.  She will ask for “Thomas”, said with the cutest lisp and about two minutes in, she will get bored and change her mind.  One thing that can pull her away from the TV is when I ask her if she wants to cuddle with mommy.  She will squeal and run straight upstairs to our bed and yell for me to follow her. “Coming mommy?!” She will kiss and hug me so tight the whole time.  She does not sit still for one second.
Chloe loves to be outside to go on walks and play with the neighbors.  She will yell hello and wave from across the street.  When we cross the street she will usually stop, say, “Any cars a coming? NOPE!” We are working on her actually looking for cars and not just saying nope and going.  When she walks down the street, she walks with so much determination.  My favorite is to ask her to walk with attitude.  She will swing her arms around and walk faster with more sass.
Whenever you ask Chloe what she would like to do it is usually the pool or the park.  She loves to find big kids and try to be friends with them and follow them around.  She will often randomly wave and say “hi, friend” or “uh-oh, where a friend go?”.  At the pool she is a little fishy and has NO fear of the water.  If I let her, she would jump straight in the deeper water.  Climb to the slide and slide down.  It is definitely a work out when I take her to the pool but she loves it so much.
Chloe is very inquisitive and asks loads of questions, her favorites being “what’s dis?”  Typically when you ask C a question, she very bluntly says “I don’t know”.  She still loves to play hide and seek and when it is time to find me she says, “reay oh not he I come”.  She has the inflection down but gets jumbled with the words.  She also loves to say, “I be back back” meaning, I’ll be right back.  The funniest thing Chloe does is when she wants something she will say, “A Super Why, yes? Yes, a Super Why?” and look at you with her giant blue-green eyes and nod her head.  It’s like she is trying to make it seem like it was your idea. Chloe also loves to hum, sing and jibber jabber all the time.
All in all Chloe is a kind, independent, funny, stubborn, lovable little girl!  We are looking forward to a great fall with her!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Videos of C

There is no question that Chloe loves music.  She loves to sing and dance along whenever she hears a tune.  Her favorite is to listen to tunes in the car and orders us to dance along with her.  As some of you know, she can be very bossy for such a small rascal.   Her favorite these days is Call Me Maybe.  She will request that I turn it up and that we jam to it together.  She knows the whole song, well at least the tune/inflection…she does her best to sing along. We think it is pretty darn cute.  Check out the videos of her silliness.  The one video was right after her bath and pretty much sums up Chloe’s funny personality.  She definitely likes to entertain!

Call Me Maybe

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
C has a set of books that go along with children’s songs and we often read/sing them to her before bed. Her favorite of the bunch is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  Often times after we put Chloe to bed at night, she will be reading a story or singing a song to her baby or Minnie.  The book she "reads" has Twinkle Twinkle go with a bunch of different parts of a story about this girl going to bed.  Paul was able to catch her on tape singing a part of the story to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle.  

Hide and Seek
Chloe still loves a good game of hide and seek.  Now she is much more of a fan of being the one to hide.  She often is saying, “I hide! I hide, Mommy!!” but really wants us to count.  She will make sure we have our eyes closed and usually hides in one of about 3 places; behind the curtains in the dining room, in the downstairs bathroom, or under the chair in the living room.  If she is trying to really trick us, she will hide right in front of us with a pillow over her eyes…the pillow makes you invisible, right?!  Check out the sneaky video of an intense game of hide and seek when C was the one doing the seeking.