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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Seventh

Little Witch


Today is Chloe's 7th birthday.

Since I sort of hate when my children get older, I'm in a little bit of shock.  Back when Bria turned 7 I had a really hard time for some reason, and today as I look at Chloe I feel a bit of the same way.  Something about this age seems to phase out the little kid and bring a glimpse of the young woman that is beginning to develop.

We are in Utah right now, so I don't have recently edited pictures of Chloe and no photoshop here to get them blog-ready, so I chose this picture off of my flickr account.  It's just classic Chloe.

Chloe is dramatic.  She is a performer.  I love watching her in her school programs and plays because she puts her entire soul and then some into those performances, and she loves every minute of it.  She is also dramatic with her very own emotions and feelings, and while sometimes I don't love the drama queen aspect of her personality, it does bring many smiles and giggles once we're past the screaming.  And of course when she's happy, she's ecstatic, and that always makes me pretty darn happy, too.

Chloe is my cuddle bug.  She gives her signature "tight hugs" to anyone who is a willing recipient and anyone who gets one can't help but smile.  She always wants to sleep with someone at night, so she has started having Sophia get in bed with her so she can have someone to cuddle with (Sophia is quite the cuddle bug herself, so this is a good arrangement).  When she is with her friends she is constantly hugging them as well, or holding their hands or having her arm around them.


(I just remembered this picture of me and Chloe on my Facebook. It was taken this past summer just before we moved and is a great example of this girl and her amazing "tight hugs")

Chloe is generous and kind.  She loves to make things for people and is always the first to share her treats with her sisters.  She has even given up her tooth fairy money recently so that Bria could buy something she wanted.  She loves to help me around the house, and recently even wrote a list of all the "gobs" she would do on a Saturday and it was more than I could accomplish in an entire week.  She was honestly sad that she couldn't do for me all that she wanted to do.

Chloe is an artist.  Her pictures are becoming more and more sophisticated, and I wish I could share them more often with you, but my scanner is broken.  Her hands are always colored with various paints and markers--they are artists' hands, after all.  She tells everyone who asks what she wants to be when she grows up that she wants to be an artist.  But then she'll clarify, "except, I already am an artist, so I don't have to wait until I grow up."

Chloe is a very happy girl and brings such joy to our household.  I'm so blessed to have her.  She is less demanding than her two sisters, and she probably suffers from classic middle child syndrome, but she does it with grace.  She doesn't mind being alone, drawing or reading a book, while I deal with her sisters.  I am so thankful that she is my daughter.

We got her ears pierced, as per tradition, yesterday.  I will post more about that next week when I can get the photos up.

Happy Birthday, Goose!  I love you forever and a day!

23 comments :

  1. Happy birthday Chloe! She is a very talented artist, and it is good she knows it.

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  2. Oh yes she IS and artist. I love seeing her creations. Happy Birthday to your girl. Too bad we are too far to drop off a present. :)

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  3. 7 really?! It really seems like yesterday when we were all on base and she was 3. So grown up now, yet I still see that same sweet adorable Chloe.

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  4. There IS something about seven that just seems old...

    Happy Birthday to Chloe!

    And that picture absolutely makes me want to meet her. ;)

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  5. Happy birthday, Chloe!

    She and Laci sound a lot alike - drama queen, contagiously happy, Mommy's zealous helper, even the tight hugs!

    I love reading your blog and getting some incite for what to expect as my kids get older. Now I can emotionally prepare myself that age 8 is the gateway into young womanhood! (It just seems so soon!)

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  6. I love the freckles across her nose and cheeks. So darling!

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  7. What a sweetie. I really love the shot of you and her. So lovely. Yeah, it's hard to see them get so big. I'm already grateful that we get to be grandparents, too.

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  8. Happy Birthday Chloe! She is an adorable girl. I LOVE that photo of you and her. Very precious! You say she is very dramatic... Could she be an Artist AND an Actress? I hope you are enjoying your trip to Utah.

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  9. Happy Bithday, Chloe!

    Boy, she's a darling little cuddle-bug. And I love that she's an artist already. What a great attitude.

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  10. She's so cute it almost seems unfair.
    Hope she has a happy birthday.

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  11. What a cute girl. And I love the picture of you both. I see where she gets it!

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  12. such a beautiful and sweet girl! As is her mommy too! I love visiting your posts...they make me smile! They also make me miss being a young mother again....but now I have my sweet grand babies to make new memories with! AHHHH. smiles and hugs...

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  13. Whaaaaat?
    SEVEN?
    When did THAT happen?

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  14. I can't believe she's seven already! Wow. What a lovely, wonderful young lady. Thank you for giving us a window into who she is. Happy birthday, Chloe!

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  15. I photograph Kate's drawings. Works pretty well.

    Happy birthday Chloe!

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  16. I love your sweet Chloe. I love her artistic spirit and her passionate personality. Love her.

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  17. Why did you choose age 7 to get their ears pierced? I'm just curious.

    She is SUCH a sweetheart. Happy birthday to Chloe!

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  18. Happy Birthday to Chloe. She's so cute!

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  19. She is such an obvious gem.

    Totally get the freak out with kids aging. My youngest keep teasing me about how she's only a few months away from being baptizes. She knows I don't LIKE that thought--my very last baptism. Sniff. I swear, my oldest was just baptized. (The fact that he's in 9th grade is irrelevant. He was JUST BARELY eight. He was!)

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  20. First of all, YOU are beautiful. I don't think I've ever "seen" your face up close before.

    Secondly, what do you think about an arranged marriage between your Chloe and my Grant? I'll have my husband write up the contract.

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  21. Happy birthday dear girl! Love those tights hugs!

    That pic of you both is so telling, so gorgeous in so many ways.

    PS: We call one of our daughter's "goose" too.

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  22. Wow, lots of March birthdays! Happy Birthday Chloe! From me and Lisa. How time flies...

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  23. oh, happy birthday, Chloe, although a bit late!

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