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Chloe's got her first best friend. Well, we can count Josiah, but she didn't really have a choice on that one. Lily is a sweet little girl that goes to school with Chloe at Whatcom Day Academy. This is the first friendship that Chloe has that she made completely on her own. It's super cute to watch this little friendship blossom. On the weekends, Chloe asks to go play with Lily and when they are together they giggle and share jokes and antics. They are super affectionate and like to tell each other they are best friends and they like to play together. The first time we hung out with Lily and her parents we met at the park and then went to pizza dinner. On the way into the restaurant, the girls were holding hands. so cute. They both have kind of a (for lack of a better phrase) "tomboy" streak in them. Lily is seen here with her first dress on. She's slowly warming up to them. She also threw away all of her dolls and replaced them with trains. The pictures below are taken at Lily's birthday party.
Oh man, birthday parties are the social talk of the preschool classroom! Everyone knows when one is coming up and they talk among themselves about where it's going to be at and who is going to be there. This spring, the first birthday party was Peters. It was at Jump Around Fun Zone. That place is like the disneyland of Bellingham. Then it was Chloe's party. We had it at our apartment clubhouse. (yes I plan to do a blog on that, too... but I have to get caught up on downloading my pictures. :) )
Then shortly after Chloe's party, was Lily's. The bowling ally was pretty fun. It was contained and neat for the parents, and fun and novel for the kids. I was cringing every time I saw all the little ones hovered around the bowling balls... My mommy eyes saw smashed little fingers and big crocodile tears. Luckily, it never happened, and I somehow managed to harness my over-mommy-urges. I stayed out of the way, and they did great with just the reminders from Lily's parents.
Chloe never got overwhelmed and did super good with the hustle and bustle of the bowling. Lily had put together some little goodie bags for her friends and they had those little "candy buttons" in there. Ya know the ones that are solid sugar stuck to paper and in all different colors. When you pull the candy off the paper, you usually eat some paper with it? Yea, they were a hit. Who knew. But it was Lily's idea. So much to be said for following what the little ones want at their parties. Oh, and Chloe and Mikey had bought a gift for Lily. Chloe picked out a little petshop toy set that was a car. perfect because they like to play little pet shops together and Lily loves cars. After she opened her gift Chloe told me that she picked that one out for Lily because she wanted it herself. I think that is pretty nice. I saw her look longingly at the toy, but she still smiled knowing it was for Lily.
Chloe and I went to the Bellingham Farmers Market the other weekend with my Mom, Shana and the girls. It was a beautiful day, and we all had a pretty good time. There were plenty of things I really enjoyed seeing there. Chloe especially liked the live music, the hula hoops and the balloon guy. We also got some yummy cookies from a local bakery. She was super into practicing the hoops. She is still trying to master the art of twirling hips, so she still does the hold and spin method using her arms. as the hoop spins its way down her body, she's trying to wiggle her little body in just the right way.
I love this picture below with her little shoes and how she's standing on the outside of her foot. I like her little sagging pants and the way she's holding her hands shows her concentration. I also like how this picture makes it look like she's an old pro.
At one point she and Keiani were both hoopin' and when Chloe spun her hoop it popped Keiani in the mouth and gave her a bloody lip. Keiani was pretty much ok, but definitely had a sore there. Chloe felt absolutely horrible and was tearing up watching Shana tend to her cousin. She immediately forgot about the hoops and followed them while they went to get some napkins. I talked Chloe through her feelings and she told me she really wanted to appologize to Keiani, so we waited till the right time and she was so sweet and sincere. It was kind of sad, but also good because it was a vital moment for me to help her through her feelings. Chloe is super hard on herself about things, which is good because she is pretty much self regulating, but I work hard on helping her identify her feelings and figure the best way to act on them. I would rather not let her keep all those beautiful, conscientious feelings inside to where they could become hurtful to her spirit. We talk about what might help her feel better and its a good time to ask her what might help others, too. I make sure she knows that her feelings are good and it means she really cares about Keiani. I remind her that it was an accident and everyone makes mistakes. I make sure she knows that no one is upset with her at all. With Chloe, it's beautiful when her feelings are so raw. Her face changes and she gets this completely innocent frown and her eyes well up with tears. She tries so hard to talk through her emotion and tell me what she's thinking. It tugs so hard at my mommy heart and more than once I've teared up with her. She is so sincere and fragile in these moments. I hold them like they are the single most important moment in her life. These are the moments I just cannot mess up. Ever.
Mom has been working on unpacking boxes from when we moved. It's been quite the process. The fun part is when we broke down the boxes and realized how much fun they were. Well first Chloe and I had a great time kicking the boxes around the yard "breaking" them down. We kicked and yelled and ran. Of corse I couldn't help but turn it into a lesson on one healthy way to let out aggression and anger. We growled and scowled at those boxes and they made loud noises and flew across the yard. It was a nice release and Chloe got really into it.
Then after they were all broken down and piled in a neat little pile... I couldn't help but run and slide on them... A new game begins!!! We piled the boxes and slid on them over and over and over. Chloe is super good at taking turns and we were being each others cheer leaders. Her little voice singing "go mommy, go mommy, go mommy!!" has rang in my ears many days since then when I've gotten overwhelmed.
All that was just the precursor to the fun we had after Abby came to be with us!! They were so hilarious! I had so much fun sitting and watching their game take shape. After the games were over, I had a hard time bringing all the boxes to the recycle bin. Actually, I still have some of them on the porch so we can make another cardboard slip n slide. :)
Abby introduced Chloe to her pet ferret Mia. Chloe and she were instant friends. Chloe was enamored. Completely captivated and fascinated. She was so sweet following Mia around the yard making sure she wasn't getting into any trouble. She was giggling and liked to pick her up and bring her to a more safe place to start the follow the leader all over again. Every time we've even talked about coming to Abby's house since then, she's been excited to hang out with her new buddy.
We spent a fun afternoon at home playing in the yard and hanging out with Abby. Then we went to Abby's house for roasted marshmallows. Something Chloe and I both absolutely Love. Actually, when Chloe talks about going camping its usually, because she wants to have a fire and roast marshmallows, and/or hotdogs. I don't think the sleeping in the woods really matters. She does a good job of roasting them herself, and she despises being sticky, so I don't worry much about making a mess. As with many other things, she completely self regulates. And she was oh-so excited that she and Abby had matching shoes.
My mom and I were sitting out the back of the apartment hanging out with Chloe and the sun was coming over so pretty. I'm struck about a million times a day with my beautiful little girl. She's growing up so fast, it's moments like these that I realize just how quickly. She doesn't look like a baby, or a toddler. She's a child. A wonderful, amazing child. I'm happy to have caught one of those moments. I've gazed at these photos a hundred times or more in awe over her development. I love this age. She says some of the most amazing things. I think I've pretty much loved every age so far. I adore being Chloe's mom. I'm enjoying the current moments, making the most of them; and I'm excited to watch her learn and grow and change even more.