Oct 28, 2009

Oct 27, 2009

Chloe's Party

The welcome sign...

The fancy decor : )

The completed pumpkin patch...so sunny and happy!

The birthday girl. As I've said, our theme was Alice in Wonderland- even though Hannah's never seen it and I only have strange memories of the live action televised version. Hannah just reminded me of Alice so it went from there. Chloe is of course the White Rabbit and as you can see, she has her time piece so she's not "late for her very important date."

The tail end of things.

Alice in the Looking Glass

She made a good Alice- the original is below and I think we're pretty close!

I was not close at all, but it was fun dressing as my version of the Queen of Hearts. I was excited to find this red velvet dress with a heart pendant in the middle at a thrift store for a few bucks!

Tweedle Dee, who I thought was awfully cute!

The guests arrive! Phoebe the bee...

Finley as Tigger...

Mike and Jessica as a Farmer and Banana....the poor lady would not take that costume off for the longest time! She didn't seem too uncomfortable though- haha!

Lillian, the other fruit- a lemon...

Little Mikey, the little farmer...

Gary and Lindsey as surgeon and witch...

Isaia as a dinosaur with cute little triangle sponges pinned down his back...

Sage as a fairy.

After everyone admired costumes, the kids mingled for a bit. Hannah even sits like Alice.

Then we headed outside for some activities. The first was "Turkey in the Straw." My version was magnet in the straw. Each kid had a little notecard with a shape drawn on it. They had to search through the straw for their personalized magnet that matched the shape on the card. For instance, Chloe's was a birthday cake and Hannah's was a giraffe. I thought this game would be over in an instant but it turns out that they didn't find it so easy!

Next we threw some corn in buckets to win a handmade coloring book. This one was not so successful. I planned on having the kids line up and take turns but they all just grabbed the corn and tossed it in and came right to me for the prize before I had a chance to organize them! Oh well- they are little after all. : )

Also this little playground area drove many of them away from the activities and they explored instead!

Chloe watched, still in awe of the fact that she woke up from her nap and all these strangely dressed people were here.

Next they headed over to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin.

They brought it to the deck where they picked out facial features to velcro on - Picasso style.

Banana and Lemon work on their piece of art.

The Benton pumpkin.

The Long pumpkin- I was told it had my nose and I'm not taking that as a compliment!

Dax completed one too : ) I like the eyebrows and innocent yet quizzical look he put together. Maybe Hannah helped a little.

After we had some food, Dax and Hannah helped Chloe open her presents. She got lots of fun little toys including a Little People block set, some mini-See n Says, and a fun contraption that blows colorful balls in the air. Dax and I got her a toy phone that turned out to say weird things like "Hello, is Frankie there?" and "Hi, I'm Hobo." The girls both love it though.

What Hannah had been waiting days for- cake and ice cream! Anna brought over a fun pumpkin cake surrounded by mini-pumpkin cupcakes. Overall, it was a wonderful time!!! Happy Birthday, Chloe! In the spring, we hope to give Hannah a tea party birthday or something springy.

The exit sign.

Not related: here is what happened tonight. Usually the girls are pretty great about going to bed. Hannah gets in bed at 7 and falls asleep at 7:02. Chloe goes in around 8 and with a little fussing is asleep in 5-10 minutes. Tonight though, Chloe fussed for 30 minutes (I can't break her good habit by going to rescue her every time that happens!) I heard Hannah talking a few minutes later, then I heard silence. On my way to update this blog, I see that their light is on. ? I go in and both of them are in Chloe's bed playing with toys and puzzles and even have their water cups! What time is it? It's 9:00... not playtime. They were very upset when I crashed the party, and after nearly 20 more minutes, we finally have silence.

In other news, Chloe had her 1 year check-up today and everything looks good. She has been approved for whole milk which thrills Dax and me since that means no more buying formula!! We bought the cheapest brand which is still almost $13! Chloe is 20.7 lbs (45%) and 27 1/4 inches tall (10%) so she's a shorty! The poor thing had to get several shots including the flu vaccine- they didn't have the H1N1 (although I asked about N1H1). Hannah got the flu shot too, but we prepared by reading Cordoroy Goes to the Doctor. She was familiar with everything that happened and simply closed her eyes, took the shot, and got up without a quiver of the lip or a tear in her eye! I was impressed! She did burst into tears in the parking lot when I took her jacket off. She had wanted to do it by herself. You can't prepare for everything.

Oct 23, 2009

1 Year Ago!

Baby Chloe was born 1 year ago!

Here she is today- growing into a very sweet girl.

This week was nice. We went to a birthday party last Saturday and the girls liked wearing their hooded jackets. It was the first day of chilly weather.

Chloe wasn't sure what to do about all this.

She tried out the birthday girl's cool new scooter.

And we learned why babies aren't born with a lot of hair. It just looks strange.

We also learned why I'm not a blond for the same reason.

Hannah and friends received Finding Nemo leg tattoos. A week of baths and scrubbing has done zero damage to these tattoos! I can't get them off!

Chloe also worked a little in the kitchen. Grandma's going to get the girls a little kitchen set for Christmas. They will love that. After the party the rest of the family dropped me off at a dress rehearsal and the girls were able to meet a couple of my friends there. Hannah wasn't sufficiently warned that I wouldn't be returning to the car so she was very upset when they left without me.

Rosey matching dresses for church. After church I had the first season concert with Lone Star Wind Orchestra. It went very well and I was really happy to see my student and his family were able to make it. They even sat right in front of the guest composer and were excited to meet him.
The concert was called CityScapes. After the banner we played an opening fanfare called..you guessed it...CityScapes. Next came Paris Sketches, a great piece with four movements depicting different areas of Paris. To finish the first half we played Chicago Tribune March- another city. The second half began with Machu Piccu, an ancient city that remains a mystery as to its use and people. Next came Copland's famous Quiet City which features solo trumpet and English Horn. Both were wonderful players and I've played with them in the past. They are also a married couple so that was fun. Finally came Popcopy by Scott McAllister (the guest composer) who wrote movements based on the Saturday Night Live sketch "needs more cowbell," popular teen movies, and Seinfeld- a kind of tribute to New York, a very fun piece to play. Meanwhile, Dax finished up his final performance of Chicago back in Denton. The rest of the week was spent preparing for Chloe's little party.

Hannah was very intrigued with the balloons. When she couldn't blow them up she said, "It doesn't work!" It was hard for me too, actually! Nonetheless she dutifully sat on the couch and once she got the tiniest bit of air into a balloon, she set it aside and went to the next. I think she "blew up" every balloon in the bag. I listed several of her friends who were coming to the party. She ran around very excited saying, "ALL my friends are coming. Yes!"

She also helped me prepare for the turkey in the straw game.

She's participating much more in ballet now. There have been a couple of pretty distracting kids in her class and with this new round they thankfully weren't there and she was able to focus a little better. She loves Miss Rachel and is practicing her sachets with tongue concentration in this picture.

Nana came over afterward and we had little pumpkin cupcakes. Chloe was interested in the icing but generally she will only eat small amounts of anything and want to get down.

The most efficient way to open a present is to turn it upside down.

Removing her birthday hair clips.

Daddy helps her open her mini boombox from Nana. She talked to Grandma (whose gift was all the party supplies) on the phone last night and Papa Hats today. She got a card from Nana and Mamaw also. We wish we lived near all of our family so everyone could celebrate together. You only turn 1 once!

Hannah (and tattoos) enjoy the bale of hay Nana brought to complete our little pumpkin patch for tomorrow.

They are excited.

No traditional party hat needed.