Chloe turned four on the first. It’s hard to believe that there are no more babies in my house. Especially since we were pretty much having a baby every year for a while.
I like to make as big a deal as I can afford about birthdays. Especially since we only have one relative in the same state as us (my sister). So, while we do not have parties for the kids (maybe we’ll have them every other year or something once they start school), we do put decorations up, eat cake and ice cream, have a dinner of the birthday boy or girl’s choice and go on a family outing, again, of the birthday boy or girl’s choice. It’s all about celebrating another year of someone we love.
Chloe’s been going through a rough phase. Everything upsets her and she takes everything literally. It’s hard, but when she is not upset she is a hoot. She is our little storyteller. She makes up fantastic tales about Super Hero Princesses and acts them out for us. Sometimes she needs her siblings or David and me to help her act out her adventure. She’s starting to pick up writing more and the pictures she draws always have girls with “Rapunzel hair.” She’s smart as a cookie and makes the funniest facial expressions. I love my little “yellow haired” girl.
For her birthday, Chloe wanted a Supergirl cake, home made burritos (tortillas and refried beans from scratch, yo!) and to go to the zoo. The zoo trip was a bit trying because Chloe had one of her meltdowns. My sister came with us and Chloe wanted to be holding her hand the entire time, which caused fighting and then freak outs when her aunt let go of her hand for a minute to do something – like scratching her nose or pushing up her glasses. Once we got home, and Chloe had some time to cool down, all was right in the world again.
The girls liked the Flamingos. There were some really pretty ones that were pink with a few black feathers.
The kids LOVED that baby ape. It was running all over and swinging on everything. I always like the tortoises – I imagine they have seen a lot (or would have outside of the zoo) with as long as they live.
Irelyn and Grayson had the chance to pet a snake. Chloe didn’t want to, because it meant letting go of her aunt’s hand.
The little aquarium inside the zoo is Chloe’s favorite part, but she was in a mood for part of it and is not in a lot of the pictures because she was glued to my sister.
It’s a dragon! Of course the Super Hero Princess needed to take a picture on it with her siblings.
On our birthdays we set up the Macbook so we can have a video chat with my mom and the rest of my siblings in California. This is probably the kids’ favorite part of the day. We all sing happy birthday together and then they show off for Grandma and their aunts and uncles.
And, of course, Grayson can never pass up a good piece of cake. He’s been living in sunglasses lately, even naps in them. Funny boy.