For her birthday dinner, Chloe decided that she wanted pizza. And then she said that she wanted to go bowling, so we offered Chuck E Cheese, and she agreed. Ade, Gree, Gramps, Grandma, and Grandpa joined us and we had fun watching the kids run around playing games and riding on the rides. Thankfully we were there on a weeknight, so it wasn't too crowded!
Andrew wanted to pose with the kids, and it was challenging because Micah kept looking at him rather than the camera!
Happy birthday to my sweet, spunky 4 year old girl!!! I can't believe that she is already 4! Chloe loves her family, friends, princesses, and anything pink! She loves going to preschool and is learning so much! She knows most of her letters and sounds and is starting spell out simple words. I am sorry that she has a December birthday, so she has to wait so long for kindergarten! We love you, Chloe!
Here she is calling Brittany on the Hello Kitty phone she gave Chloe for her birthday. I think Chloe will have many hours in the future talking on the phone!
Andrew and my mom took to kids to see the lights at Dovewood Court. My back is still really hurting from the pinched nerve, so I decided to stay home with my dad. They met up with the Serranos and had fun with all the amazing decorations.
Chloe's preschool class sang "Who Was There That First Christmas Day" during church this morning. Chloe was so excited about her performance, and we practiced a lot at home watching her teachers on youtube. When Chloe walked on stage, she was so nervous and was clinging to one of her teachers and looking around. I knelt on the ground in front of her, and once she saw me, she got a huge smile on her face, and then had the confidence to stand up on stage with her class. She did such a great job! She sang most of the words and did most of the hand motions. I think this is the best she has done in a performance! They sang during both services...
When we asked Chloe what she wanted to give Micah for Christmas, she said, "A remote control car that he rides on and I control with the remote!" After we laughed a lot, and then explained that we would NOT be buying that for Micah, she said she wanted to paint his room for him as a present. She said that her room is a pretty purple, and his is only white, so we needed to paint it a nice color for him. So cute!!!
(Side note...I have been asking Andrew if we could paint Micah's room since I found out I was pregnant with a boy. So, that was about 2 years ago. I teased him that he is willing to help paint when Chloe asked, but not when I did! He said that now it was a gift that makes everyone in the family happy. Aww!)
yes, I have a clip on tie on my back, thanks to Chloe...
(and a special thank you to Ade for hanging out with Micah (and Chloe after she got bored with painting) so we could paint without a 1 1/2 year old helper!)
I was doing dishes today and Chloe brought over a chair and said she wanted to help. We had a pretty big pile of dishes to wash, and she was very thorough and did a great job! She washed and I rinsed, and it was so fun doing it together! Now, if she would just be willing to help like this everyday!!
hard at work
trying to get her to smile for the camera--we always end up with squinty eyes
So then I tell her to open her eyes bigger, and this is what I get..... love this girl!!!
Someone gave me this idea to take a picture of Chloe with her artwork, and then throw the artwork away. Trying to overcome clutter and paperwork! Here are some of her creations from preschool this month.
Today my parents sold their motorhome. Since my dad retired in 2002 (I think that is the right year?) motorhoming has been a fun way for my parents to travel and come visit us in Sacramento. We were laughing today, remembering that Chloe used to call the motorhome my parents "house," and the house in San Rafael their "other house!" Bye-bye motorhome!! You will be missed!
For Halloween, Chloe wanted to be Rapunzel, and she wanted Micah to either be a prince or the horse from Tangled. Thankfully, Rebecca had the brilliant idea that Micah could be Pascal, the chameleon from the Tangled movie. I bought Micah some green sweats and Elaine magically transformed them into a chameleon costume! Thanks so much!!
In the car, driving to church for Trunk or Treat!
Thanks to Dean for the following pictures....
Em, D, Shae, Chloe, with their dragon Devin
One of the cars was decorated as Rapunzel's tower. Chloe was being shy and wouldn't let the other Rapunzel hold her!