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!

Day after Christmas 2016

I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing day post Christmas.  Jeffrey and Chloe spent a good chunk of their morning and day out in our front yard with their new Stomp Rocket.  They had an absolute blast.  (See what I did there?) 🙂

I went to Crunch fitness to have a free training session with a personal trainer because one of my goals in 2017 is to fit into some of the clothes in my closet that I really love.  I did a bit too much baking in 2016.  Anyway, the trainer pretty much kicked my butt and I’m so going to feel it tomorrow.

In other news, Chloe got to use her brand new New Home Janome sewing machine for her first time ever, and she completed her very first machine sewn project!  She made a cloth napkin out of leftover floral fabric from a dress I made her a couple years ago.  She did really well for her first time!  She caught on pretty quick and she is SO proud of her first project.

I’m so proud of my little Chloe Michelle belle.  She sure is growing up fast. 🙂