Today is Chloe’s 7th birthday and this is her annual birthday interview video

Chloe turned 7 today! Keith took this photo this morning before school 10-11-17

I can’t believe it, but our little Chloe Michelle belle aka Coco bean aka Cocomo aka pumpkin princess turned SEVEN today. SEVEN, you guys!

Keith, Jeffrey bean and I sang to her when she got up this morning and I made her favorite breakfast, square pancakes with turkey sausage. She had hers sans maple syrup. It was pizza day at school, so of course I let her have it, being her birthday and all. (The 8th graders sell pizza from a local pizza place every Wednesday to raise money for their 8th grade trip.)

On our way to school we stopped and got 6 lbs of clementine cuties to share with Chloe’s 1st grade class. Each teacher at our school handles birthdays differently, and Chloe’s teacher keeps things sweet and simple. The birthday child brings fruit to share with the class as a special treat and the whole class puts together a birthday book with drawings from each classmate. The kids get to interview the birthday child and their answers go up on the board.

We had leftover clementines which we shared with the aftercare kids when school ended. (I am the first grade aftercare teacher at our school.)

Keith picked us all up from school when Jeffrey got out and the four of us went to Barnes & Noble, the kids’ favorite store, where Chloe got to use her gift card from grandma and grandpa. She got a new backpack and an Inside Out book with audio cd. She also got a free sugar cookie, which was a fun surprise. When we got home, Chloe got to Facetime with her other grandma in Virginia, and then we conducted her birthday interview on the front porch as the sun was setting. Here is her birthday interview for age 7.

If you would like to start this tradition yourself, I have a free printable of the 20 questions I use each year which you can find here.  🙂 Thanks for popping in and sharing Chloe’s 7th birthday with us!

Organic Pumpkin Patch Day at Stehly Farms Organics + Chloe’s 7th Birthday Party!

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Every October, Stehly Farms Organics in Valley Center, Ca chooses one day to invite the public into their family farm for an organic pumpkin pickin’ extravaganza! For the past couple of years, their organic pumpkin day has coincided with Chloe’s birthday weekend and the kids’ school’s fall holiday, so we’ve held Chloe’s birthday parties there. It makes party planning simple on my part, since there is so much to do at the farm!

The Stehly family works really hard and puts on a fantastic event which includes guided tours through their 278 acre organic farm, train rides, a petting zoo (which usually includes baby animals!), a corn maze, an organic pumpkin patch, a really great play structure for kids, a big fire truck, an organic farm stand with goodies like fresh produce and freshly pressed juices, pumpkin gelato, pizza, a taco stand and grassy hills for the kids to roll down. It’s the best!

This year we invited Chloe’s 1st grade classmates, grandma and grandpa and her two cousins.

We got their before the pumpkin event started at 9 a.m. Jeffrey and Chloe had a blast on the tire swings while Keith and I set up our tables for the party.

After we set up and before our guests arrived, Keith and I took the kids through the organic pumpkin patch to choose our family pumpkins. Chloe always insists on getting the biggest one. 🙂

While Keith and Jeffrey waited in line for the hay ride/farm tour, Chloe insisted on feeding the horses. It made her a little nervous because a toddler was nipped by one accidentally, but her desire was greater than her fear.

When Chloe’s guests arrived, the kids congregated near the fire truck, of course. And then we headed as a group to the organic corn maze!

After the corn maze, we all gathered at the tables under the trees for organic, gluten free, vegan cake from Jimbo’s Naturally! (It was delicious, even to the non-vegan, non-gluten free people!)

It was a really great day. We went home thoroughly exhausted from our day in the sunshine, and we very much look forward to the spring when Stehly Farms Organics opens up their ranch to us again for their annual organic strawberry picking day. Thanks for reading, friends!