Friday, March 24, 2017

Birthday #2

Chloe turned 19 today... her last teenage year. Next year I'll have to say I have a daughter in her 20s, which is ridiculous because of course I'm WAY too young to have a child that old. Oh right, it's not about me today.

We had a very small family party on Wednesday evening. If you happen to be in our family and were not invited, please don't feel sad or left out. I did it out of the goodness of my heart. We have so many children and so many birthdays in so little time and I feel bad that you all have to come over every week to celebrate. We squeezed this little celebration in right after Chloe's work; in fact she was late to her own party. If you were invited, well, it appears we don't care about your feelings or your time. Whatever the case, you will all have another celebration opportunity in the near future.

Chocolate cheesecake was Chloe's cake of choice. It was pretty delicious. It's actually a recipe that Chloe discovered and tried first, so I can say that without being vain. I just followed the recipe. And got a little carried away with the toppings and decorations.

Today on the actual date of her birth, there was no Chloe sighting until 5:30 p.m. since she was asleep when we all left the house this morning, and then went to her classes. She opened some gifts, then we all went to Mongo's for dinner. It was my first time at Mongo's and the food was good but the atmosphere was a little on the chaotic side.

The big one is a pillow if you're curious. She also got a coat, an Ed Sheeran CD, and lots of chocolate.

Apparently we did not scrimp on the carbs. I wish I had cropped out those excessive noodle mountains.

After that, we dropped Neve off at a birthday party, came home and wolfed down some cupcakes (more carbs) and then I went to hot yoga and Chloe went out with some of her cousins for the 2nd Annual Cousin Casino Birthday Celebration. She's not home yet; hopefully she had some birthday luck and comes home with a windfall.

This is the part where I write something nice about Chloe. I feel like I say the same thing every year. She really is as awesome as she seems. She is kind to her siblings, she likes to laugh, she loves being with the family, she is a loyal friend, she works hard and does well at school, she is independent, focused, and sets clear goals.

As I mentioned, Chloe was at work teaching swimming lessons right before her little family party on Wednesday. Neve's swimming lessons happened to be during Chloe's shift (but with a different instructor). I usually work out at the gym overlooking the pool during this time so I always spy on Chloe. I love seeing her interact with the kids and it's obvious that both her and the kids are having fun. This week was the last class of the session and one little girl sobbed at the end of class because she was so sad she wouldn't see Chloe anymore. Her parents asked Chloe what her schedule was for the next session so that they could put their kid in her class again. Another child's parents did the same.

I already know Chloe is pretty amazing, but it's always nice when other people think so too. I'm pretty proud of her and happy that she's on the path to a career that's right for her. Hopefully the novelty of being with children doesn't wear off!

And now the birthday celebrations have ended and spring break has begun. We have a few adventures planned which I will discuss another day. Hope you all have a good week and I hope Spring gets its act together and melts the snow and drains the puddles and makes Winnipeg great again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Chloe. You are adulting very well. Continue, mon ami.

I laughed out loud at your pile of carbs. Steve asked to see what I was laughing at. Then he laughed too. Thanks for the smiles on a Saturday morning where boys with too much testosterone are wrestling and yelling and acting like crazies.