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.


gioiarioia said...

Good thing those "temporary" tattoos were on her legs and not her face!

It's that time of year again. That time when I fondly remember the paper jack-o-lantern masks at UT. Happy Halloween!

The Robertson Family said...

HAHAHA!!! Those wig pictures made me laugh for like 5 minutes! You favor Granny in your photo. I hate those fake tattoos as well! Geez.... I love the girls matching dresses too. Happy Falloween..I still have Chloe's b-day invitation on the fridge hehe

Sidney Shoemaker said...

This is a really strange question, but where did you get that little toy phone that says "Hello, my name is hobo." i borrowed it from my friend's little boy and my daughter lost it and i feel terrible!!