Tuesday, 8 September 2009

2 things you should know about Chloe:


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1. She's a planner.
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And that really worked in my favor this weekend, because I feel like I spent this weekend the same way I spent the summer - trying to squeeze in a little bit of time together as a family. With Jaclyn and Steven both working this summer (Jaclyn nannying, Steven yard-care) I felt like I had to fight to get any time together. Chloe comes in handy here because there is nothing she likes better than family fun and once she has made a plan, good luck breaking it.
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So with Chloe's help I tore Ken and Carmen away from chores, and Jaclyn and Steven away from homework and we tried out the Calgary Corn Maze. Here's where the second thing you should know about Chloe comes in:
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2. She's very competitive.
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Chloe decided we should break up in to teams do to the maze with the winning team getting a prize (chocolate bars). From there she had some trouble because she so desperately wanted to be on the winning team, yet somehow she'd been stuck with mom by the other kids and she didn't seem to think I was a winner. She talked herself onto Dad's team and entered the maze with confidence.
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I guess she thought boys would be better at this.
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Around now I should tell you that competitiveness is a strong female trait in our family. Team Mom won.
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Surprisingly, Chloe didn't let it get her down and had fun in the other activities.
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Being a good sport is a new thing for her. New, like for the first time yesterday.
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Everyone had fun on the bikes that you steer with your feet, but I snapped the best picture of Carmen and that's how I decide which photos make the blog.
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Carmen was the only kid interested in petting the farm animals.
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No one else even stepped in the pen.
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Within 2 1/2 hours we were back home and back at our tasks but with Chloe's help we did manage to squeeze in a little R&R on Monday. Thanks Chloe!
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14 comments:

Tiffany said...

What cute photos! It is good to get away for a bit--way to go Chloe!

Kelly said...

Chloe's plans cracked me up this summer. She's not just a planner, she's a visionary!

Marie said...

Hooray for Chloe! I'm so glad she enforced a little family fun time. It looks like a great maze.

lelly said...

fun pics! i feel the same away about trying to squeeze in "whole family" time, and i'm just trying to plan for three of us!!

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Elizabeth said...

Those characyeristics will get her far!

Jenny said...

What a great family activity.

Christy said...

the maze looks much improved this year. last year you could see over the tops of the corn, quite disappointing.

Mandy said...

I love that Chloe is a planner. What a cutie!

It looks like you had a great time at the maze. I'm hoping to take Ryley to a maze when Josh gets back in October.

Denise said...

That first picture is fantastic! I imagine Chloe has learned a lesson about underestimating boring old Mom, lol.

Janine said...

I'm glad you won! Where is this?

Amanda L. said...

Barb...it has been way too long since I've been over here.

I love this post, it sounds like the perfect family event and with a possible lesson learned as well for Chloe. (Mom's a winner!)

michelle said...

"Being a good sport is a new thing for her. New, like for the first time yesterday." That cracked me up. Also, I love the fact that Team Mom won!

cheetah said...

I've been laughing about this all day. She just keeps cracking me up! And there is hope for mille then with sportsmanship?!?