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Our little Chloe (aka: Coco) is FIVE!

Oh my heart.

My kids keep getting older and older and it does really strange things to my heart.  When each of my kids have a birthday, I like to re-tell the story about the day they were born….and ahhhh, that’s what gets my heart going.  So last week, early morning on March 2nd, Chloe climbed into my bed and with the happiest little whisper declared, “Mommy, it’s my birthday! I’m really 5 now!!!”

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She told me she saw all the decorations out in the family room and kitchen and that she KNEW it was true!  So, I asked her if she wanted to again hear about the day she came into this world.  She grinned and nodded and snuggled in a little closer — while I reminded her how on the morning of her birthday, everyone was nervous she was going to be delivered in an ambulance while I was being transported from my doctor’s appointment to a hospital in Savannah, GA.  And how her daddy had to catch a ride from his grad school classes back to our home, to grab my hospital bag (and camera!), and his friend drove very illegal speeds the whole way, in fear he’d miss the whole thing!  But I knew the ambulance ride was silly (but my OB insisted because I was dilated to a 7)…because I knew she wasn’t coming yet.  It just didn’t feel like she was quite ready.  So, I retold the tale of waiting several more hours while she cooked a little longer.  Then I reminded her that when she finally arrived, I wasn’t allowed to hold her because she was a whopping 11 pounds, and everyone was worried something was wrong!  But nope, I re-explained to her again that she was just a very well fed baby…and even came out pretty quickly!

And then, I reminded Chloe that we instantly fell in love with her, the moment we saw her squishy little face! (Here’s the rest of the story.)

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I also reminded her that she was the baby that was born with pudgy little rolls and never wore a newborn size diaper! She always giggles at that, knowing that she was something unique…and pretty darn special!

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I think I’ve been saying this since Coco (which is her nickname) was about 2, but she is one SPICY child!  She was such a mild baby, who was the best sleeper…but once she realized she had some siblings to compete with, she kicked that little personality into high gear and hasn’t slowed down since. :)

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She loves to laugh and pretend and dance and create elaborate stories….which she tells other people as if they are factual stories.  When in reality, they are usually completely false.  And I laugh trying to think where she even gets these ideas and how she can tell them with such a straight face! (Heaven help me in a few years!)

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But this girl has been SO excited to turn five!  She has been telling us for months that when she turns five, then she’ll be able to do this and that.  Ha!  Sweet thing…’re FIVE!!!

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Per tradition in our family, the birthday child gets to pick breakfast (which is always some sort of sugary cereal), whatever they want for lunch, and then they choose what our family eats for dinner.  Chloe picked pizza. Big shocker! ;)

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We also don’t ever make any sort of fancy cake because we have the tradition of adding some sort of little toy to the cake….and call it “decorated”.  My husband Steve said he had a few cakes like that as a kid and loved it!  So we’ve always done the same thing with each of our kids….and they LOVE it!  (Plus, it takes some of the added work from me, so I’m all for it!)

This year though, I decided to make a round cake and add candy to the sides, instead of the normal 9×13 pan.  And well, the dang little toy didn’t quite fit on top of the cake…..and frankly, looked ridiculous!  But do you think Coco even cared one bit?  Uhhh, no, because…..BARBIES!!  (She really likes dolls, but LOVES barbies! Ha!)

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One of the sweetest things she got this year, were a couple things from Elli that she made by hand, working on them everyday after school for weeks. She gave her this cardboard jewelry box and decorated the top for her, knowing that she didn’t have anything big enough to hold her necklaces and bracelets.  Elli also made her a little skirt that she sewed together by hand, including a little pocket on the front.  For the waistband of the skirt, she used some elastic thread and sewed it all along the top of the skirt, so that it would pull in.  Ha, clever!  Chloe won’t really be able to wear it, but man, Elli was so proud of that thing!  (And I promised Elli that during spring and summer break….I was finally going to REALLY teach her how to sew on my machine!  Poor thing has been hand-sewing everything!)

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Once Connor saw everything Elli made, he hurried to his room and made something too — the best darn paper snowflake you ever did see! ;)

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Our sweet Coco is turning into such a beautiful little person.  She really is a lover of life and loves being around people!  I’m kind of excited to see what she does with her life….because it should be full of some really good stories!

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I’m just still trying to process though, how she’s anything older than 2.  Because my emotions are still way back at this age (haha, she’s always been a turkey)!

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Happy birthday, sweet girl!  I guess I’m finally okay with you turning 5……but, please oh please, never lose that spunk of yours.  It’s what makes you, YOU!  Thanks for making our family complete, little Coco Bean! :)

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-Ashley (aka: mommy to Chloe)

P.S. Thank you blog friends, for humoring me while I share little snippets of “life” from time to time.  I used to share them more but as the blog has grown and contributors have started joining me…..this space has morphed a bit.  But I still love having a place to share little tidbits of our life.  Because moments like these excite me just like sewing stuffed toys, reupholstering arm chairs, and building new kitchen tables do!  So, we’ll be back to normal tomorrow but thanks to so many of you for loving on me and my family for so MANY years!  (And before I get a little emotional about this blog and how much I have loved it all these years…….I better run! ;) Muah!)


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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Karen says:

    I, too, have been a follower since before Miss Chloe was born. I cannot even believe your little beauty is already five. Time flies by so very quickly, and while I do miss your personal posts, your priorities are exactly where they need to be. Your fab fam has to come first. Happy Birthday, sweet girl, I hope this year is your best one yet!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    These are some of my favourite posts Ashley. I’ve been following your blog since Connor was a baby – it’s just lovely to watch them grow up :)

    As well as all the fabulous crafts obviously!

  3. Renee says:

    Happy birthday Chloe – I also love to hear about your family, our granddaughters are now 2 and 4 years old so they have much in common with your children. I have been following you for many years, too. All the best from sunny Melbourne, Australia

  4. Kat says:

    My youngest was also an 11 pounder lol. Happy birthday to your daughter :)

  5. Ella says:

    She’s getting so big!

  6. Becky says:

    I love the snippets into your life. Happy bday 5 year old!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Becky!

  7. Rosa says:

    Aw! Happy 5th Birthday CoCo!

    We have a little one that just turned 5 as well. Isabel Violet turned 5 on February 12th:) Your Chloe sounds an awful lot like our Isabel!

    I love your family posts as much as your project posts!

    Thanks for sharing such a sweet soul:)

    1. Ashley says:

      Awww, happy birthday to your spicy little Isabel too!

      Thanks so much Rosa! :)

  8. Toni says:

    Happy Birthday Chloe! I started following your blog way back then, times flying! And I just wanted to share the while I LOVE your tutorials and contributors, I really love reading these little snippets of your life too. You’re a great writer and I imagine your kids will really enjoy reading these posts as they age too.

    1. Ashley says:

      Awww, I really do hope they love reading these posts one days. I don’t journal very much… this should count, right?! ;)

      Thanks so much Toni!

  9. Artemisa says:

    congratulations to your supermodel….

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha….thanks! :)

  10. Pruthvi says:

    Happy birthday Chloe..
    Even my son, 1st one turned 5 a few months ago n i know the feeling.. I even tell him sometimes to stop growing any further haha..
    I remember Chloe’s Elmo cupcake birthday n also how she was excited about you moving last year so that she could have her birthday.. Time flies so fast.. N thanks for sharing these little snippets of your actual life which reminds me that emotions of a mother r the same no matter which part of the globe we live…

    1. Ashley says:

      Awwww, yours turned 5 too! It feels like such a “big kid” age to reach!

      And how funny….you do remember some of the really old stuff! Thanks for hanging around…..and for being so sweet! :)

  11. Angie says:

    Happy Birthday to your little one!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Angie! :)

  12. Betsy H says:

    I know you use contributors for good reason… but I do miss your voice and your family tidbits. Your Chloe is just a little older than my daughter, and I found you just before Chloe was born and have been following since! (omg… that means I’ve been stalking your life for over 5 years. hot dang.) Anyway, I wanted to actually comment, and say that I’m always so excited when it’s actually YOU that posts a post! Your contributors are cool and have some awesome ideas and I even follow some of their blogs too… but I’m *here* for *you*. :) Happy Birth-Day Mama ;)

    1. Sabrina says:

      I agree! When you post posts about your family your long time followers remember once again why we fell in love with you Johnstons in the first place. (Not that we ever fell out of love ;) ) Maybe you could always do more of a family style blog that isn’t sponsored with all your free time. Hahaha Thanks for sharing your lives with us!

    2. Kim N says:

      Ditto to everything Betsy and Sabrina have said! #1 by far for me are stories of your family (thank you for sharing your life with us!) and a close second are YOUR Make It and Love It posts. I’ve been a follower (and learner) for quite a few years now.

    3. Ashley says:

      Betsy, Sabrina, and Kim…..Thanks so much for your comments! Posts such as these are probably one of my most favorite things to post about too, because it’s real life! But I do love sharing this space too with others, but maybe I’ll interject a little more often though with our lives, and not feel semi-hesitant! :)

      (Oh and Betsy, I just love that you say “Hot Dang”, because that’s a regular phrase around here! Haha….made me laugh! :) )


  13. Grandpa Rob says:

    Thanks Ashley! You touched our ❤️!

  14. Mikea Gray says:

    That was wonderful. Thank you!

  15. April says:

    She’s really looking like her big sister! Happy birthday to her!

    1. Ashley says:

      She kind of is, isn’t she?!! And thanks April! :)

  16. Meghan says:

    Happy B-Day Chloe. My son was an 11 pounder as well. Now he is skinny as a rail at 9yrs old! LOL

    1. Ashley says:

      Agghh, you know how those 11-pounders feel too! ;) But they do really stretch out quickly!

      Thanks Meghan!

  17. gina says:

    Happy Birthday Chloe!! My daughter just turned 5 too =)

    1. Ashley says:

      Awww, happy birthday to your sweet girl too! :)

  18. Brenda says:

    I always love glimpses into my favorite bloggers’ personal lives, so don’t ever apologize for that! She is darling and I can’t believe she is already five…I’ve been reading long before she was born, and I just can’t believe how time has passed!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh thanks Brenda, how sweet are you! :) And how funny you’ve been around that long….so maybe you remember those baby pictures of her from the first time around. Thanks so much for sticking around for this long… always makes me smile hearing that (and that I haven’t scared you away….ha!) :)

  19. Megan W. says:

    If Chloe is 5 that means my Camilla is almost 5. Can’t they just stop growing?! I was looking up KINDERGARTEN information for her just yesterday. The registration isn’t for another month, but still, my heart keeps stopping every time I think about it! I’d skip it if she weren’t so darn excited about it, and if my K memories weren’t so fond (thanks to your mom!). It’s technically not required in NH…but I couldn’t bear to take those memories away from her.

    Happy Birthday, Chloe! Please tell my Camilla that we can have all of the birthday parties ever, but she’s not allowed to grow up. ;)

    1. Ashley says:

      Ack…’re in the same boat!!! And I know….kindergarten already?!?! :( (That is so cute of you about your own kindergarten year… mom will blush about that one!)

      And haha, I’ll have Chloe pass along the message to Camilla! :)

  20. Rochelle Barozzi says:

    Awwww Happy Birthday little beauty!! They grow so fast, don’t they Mom???

    1. Ashley says:

      YES, they really do! And thanks Rochelle! :)

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