NOW - Nine year old Chloe*
Nine years ago yesterday, Chloe was extracted from me. How my life has changed since then. I was so young and cheerful and uncynical. I guess that doesn't exactly sound like a plug for motherhood. But I’m so much more complete as a person now! (am I convincing?) No really, I wouldn’t change a thing. Chloe really is a great kid, she's getting to the point where she's actually fun to go to Starbucks or run to the mall with. It's amazing how she was a teether-sucking baby in the exersaucer a few minutes ago and now she wears lipgloss and has a Crush-Boy. The kids have definitely added a whole new dimension to my life and I laugh way more. It’s kind of a hysterical laugh sometimes, but that still counts. And I if do my job right, when I’m old I will have three people who will feel obligated to visit me and play Scrabble with me and help me choose an affordable nursing home with caring staff.
Spring break has officially begun. My favourite spring break activity is watching the snow melt. There's always a huge change during that week. There’s been a lot of meltage already – the snowlady in front of our house has lost her head. The rest of her isn't too far behind. Spencer flattened her snowbaby today, so she's probably feeling like there's no reason to go on anyway. That's fine - since she's been built, I freak out every time I look out the window after dark and see her black silhouette. Speaking of outdoor decorations (sort of), I can’t help but notice how many houses still have Christmas decorations up. If you are one of them, today would be a good day to take them down. I don’t mind the lights on the house (as long as you don’t turn them on), but any plastic snowmen, garland, or wreaths should go back to the Rubbermaid box in the basement. Spring has sprung!!
* This picture was actually taken when she was 8 - dressed up for Egypt Day this last Tuesday.