Today my baby girl, the one who made me a momma (and was practically born yesterday) is now 5 years old! Five seems like such a milestone birthday to me. I don’t know why it seems so much older, possibly because she’s also starting kindergarten next month!
Just like each year before, this post is all about Chloe. Her likes, dislikes and adventures she’s taken over the last year.
This last year Chloe…
- traveled overseas and visited Manchester, Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh. We loved Scotland!
- started and finished her final year of preschool.
- went on a mommy and me Disney trip with our best friends, Ali and Renee for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
- had an exciting and busy holiday season.
- was a flower girl at her Auntie Kate and Uncle Nathan’s wedding.
- had a blast with all of her grandparents while mom and dad went to Disney for the Dopey Challenge followed by a cruise to the Bahamas.
- experienced her first Rodeo Houston Carnival.
- endured the COVID-19 shut down and quarantine. Definitely not something I thought I’d be sharing about this year of her life.
- found out she’s going to be a big sister…again!
- found lots of way to be creative, learn and stay active while at home all the time.
- went on summer several trips to the beach to get out of the house. (Speaking of which, how gorgeous is she in this recent beach mini session by Kellianne Barron Photography?)
- celebrated her birthday with the coolest arts and crafts party for a few of her close friends!
Year 4 was actually an awesome year for us which was pretty needed after year 3. (It was a doozy.) Chloe grew up so much over the last year and truly transitioned from a toddler to a kid! Her maturity shines through and she’s the most amazing big sister to her little brother. She’s still as strong willed as ever, but she’s learning to channel that energy a bit. (As a strong willed individual, I know it takes time and constant taming!)
Chloe’s Favorite Things
Swimming: We still have a water baby on our hands! Swimming is hands down her favorite thing to do. Any sort of water play really, so it’s a good thing we live in a very warm environment! Chloe can completely swim by herself and she’s such a strong, talented swimmer. She can even do flips in the water, swim on her back and do the freestyle stroke!
Helping in the Kitchen: Chloe is always wanting to help us out in the kitchen. Whether it’s cooking dinner or baking cupcakes, she’s there and wanting to help us! Baking is her personal favorite because of the delicious goodies that come out of it. Girlfriend has a sweet tooth like her momma!
Arts and Crafts: Any chance she has to do an art project, she’s on it. Painting is her favorite form of coloring and she asks to do it almost every day. We even threw her an arts and crafts themed party with her closest neighbor friends this year. Stay tuned for more details on how we made that happen!
Snuggling: Chloe has a very tender heart and loves hugs and cuddling. Physical touch is definitely one of her love languages, so I’m always sure to give her that cuddly attention she needs.
Playing with friends: This is a big one for us because a few years ago, Chloe was quite the homebody and didn’t really care about playing with others. Now she can’t wait to see her friends every day! We’re so lucky to have the most awesome street with tons of kids her age. They’re all becoming so close!
Playing with her Dolls: She loves all sorts of dolls! American Girl Dolls (she has two, my old Kirsten and a family friend gave Chloe her old one too), LOL Dollz, Barbies, you name it!
Shows: Octonauts, TOTS, Vamerina,
Movies: Frozen (1 & 2), Up and Toy Story 3
My Sweet Five Year Old
It never ceases to amaze me how much she changes from year to year. You would think at this point I would expect it, but this little girl is full of surprises. If you asked me at her 4th birthday what I thought she’d be like by her 5th, I would have no clue and any guesses I had would likely be wrong!
My Chloe Grace has such a big, loving heart. Her kindness radiates and everyone that meets her mentions how tender and kind she is. If that doesn’t make a momma proud what does? I’m constantly telling her how proud I am of her and encouraging her to stay true to herself because she’s amazing just the way she is.
It’s hard to believe that in a few short weeks Chloe will be starting kindergarten. Needless to say that it looks nothing like what I thought sending my oldest child off to elementary for the first time would look like. Instead we’ll be spending the first 4 weeks learning virtually from our home. I know Chloe will handle it with grace, but I’m not so sure about her momma! Here’s to hoping she’ll make it into the classroom at some point this year. No matter what, she’ll still be my five year old kindergartener!
Being Chloe’s momma is the greatest blessing God has ever given me. I love continuing to watch her grow and can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for my little sidekick!