Sunday, April 27, 2014
Dave and I decided that it would be better for him and Chloe to clear out of the house for the majority of Solana's slumber party. So Chloe got a special and rare treat - a one-on-one date night with her Daddy! She was super excited and felt so special. She wore her new fancy Dora the Explorer dress and put on her fanciest date manners.
Solana is 9 and I can hardly believe how big she is. Every once in a while I'll look back at old pictures and marvel at the change. She's incredibly intelligent, the most reading-est reader I've ever known, beautiful, sensitive but also thick-skinned. She knows how to push her limits (big time) and rebel if she choses. Solana wants to be heard and is hurt if she we aren't listening. Being her parent is wonderful, challenging, exciting, and a learning experience. She's kind to her sister. But also can push buttons along with the best of 'em. Solana is kooky and fun-loving. She makes friends everywhere she goes and people adore her almost as much as we do! We're very proud.
Here she is waiting for her friends to arrive at her party.
We had the Fiesta Tropical station playing on the TV and the girls played an impromptu dance/bop the balloon contest. They were so cute and complimentary of each other's dancing skills.
Then they decorated pillow cases. From the top clockwise: Sarah, Gaby, Solana, Maria, Anna.
Cheers! They made ice cream sundae's to go along with their cupcakes! Yum!
Movie time! They watched the Tinkerbell Pirate Fairy Movie.
Sarah and Anna spent the night and showed off their pillowcase creations.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Chloe has really taken to reading this year. She loves it and wants to read all the time! We've been borrowing those little Sunshine books from the library (you can see a pile of 20 or so on the bottom right of her bookshelf) and I'm amazed at how well she does. Granted, she's using context clues and the sentences are repeated but she's paying attention to the letters and…it's so much fun!
Here she is reading to Bluebell, aka. "the fluffiest foot stool ever!"
Of course, she has a fantastic role model in Solana. Solana's last report card was so funny. Her teacher commented that she's never seen a student read so much and that Solana will probably read every book in the library before the year is out! That girl LOVES to read! She used to get in trouble at school for reading when she was supposed to be doing other things but she's gotten that under control. At home she reads on the couch, on the bed, on the toilet (I'm trying to stop that because she'll sit there for 30 minutes), walking down the hall, at the table (also a no-no), at the restaurant, in the car, walking through the parking lot (well, she would if we let her), etc. etc. And she leaves books in her wake. I've started picking up books and keeping them in my room to make her earn them back. LOL! Seriously! Have you ever heard such a thing? Anyway, it's no wonder Chloe wants to read. It's probably her best bet at spending quality time with her sister!
Update: Bluebell's recovery seems to be going well. She got a clean bill of health at her 2 week post-op visit and even lost 1 pound! Dave and I had bet on her weight loss. Let's just say we were overly optimistic. I suppose 1 pound isn't horrible considering she's not moving at all. Speaking of that, for a working-class dog, Bluebell sure can handles her new sedentary lifestyle well… We bought her a new bed so she could be more comfortable. It's a good thing she doesn't mind sharing!!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Chloe was invited to her friend, Lydia's, birthday party. She was so excited! This was her first school-friend birthday party. And it was a princess party so she got all dressed up. She really felt like a Princess and wanted to take lots of pictures.
All the girls had their faces painted but Chloe kept saying, "no thank you" when asked. I suggested she get her hand painted and she was down with that.
She really liked it. It was a great experience for her!