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No Need to Dust

I was raised in a busy household with 7 children, a cat, and a bird. And always someone’s friends. There was always something to, and someone to do it with. 

In this pic, I’m on the lawn, playing Build-A-Bear with my little sister. 

Notice the alien in the attic window? Within the first few years of living there, my mom put it up there for Halloween…and never took it down. 

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Now, I live in an apartment on my own. I always thought I wouldn’t want that, but now I do and I love it. However, there is something that I am just now realizing… 

Until I lived on my own, I never had to dust. Now I have to dust! Look at all this dust!

While trying to figure out why this never happened growing up, I was thinking “maybe mom just did it all…?”

But who am I kidding. The mom who bragged that “I haven’t mopped my floor in 10 years” (because it was always something the kids did…usually me) would not choose to dust. 

I even asked my mom if she dusted when we were younger…she said there was no need, because we never had any dust in the first place. 

So then I thought some more, and I think I figured it out. 

You see, in our house, nothing had ever been still long enough to collect dust! Every surface was climbed on, played on, or used in some other way. 

No room was off limits. We could play and go anywhere in the house. Well, with the exception of the siblings yelling “STAY OUT OF MY ROOM!”

Even outside…one time I called my mom while I was in college. She was looking out the kitchen window, watching the kids rig up a zip line from the roof of the garage down to the trampoline…using yarn…and a belt as a harness…and she just wanted to see if they could figure it out. We were encouraged to experiment, but I thought that was taking it too far! She didn’t, though…and hey, they were fine!

From looking though old pictures, I found several pictures of kids sitting on the kitchen table, coffee table, or kitchen counter…which is something that I have since learned is indeed frowned upon in most households. 

This was a common way to get down the stairs…

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The kitchen table was okay to be on…

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Same kid on the table, just a few years later…this was actually mom’s birthday…Brigdon got her a can of soup…from our pantry…he wrapped it up in printer paper and everything. He was so proud, and she was so grateful. It was precious. 

And that fire extinguisher? We had it as a joke for when she blew out her candles. 

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It was even okay for mom to be on the kitchen table!

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Even I sat on the kitchen counters (this was on Wacky Tacky day in high school…though it isn’t far from my usual attire)…

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The coffee table was often just another thing to sit on…sometimes even stand on if we had a performance in the works!

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We would often catch the two youngest troublemakers on top of the entertainment center…not allowed, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen often. 

Moral of the story: There was no need to dust. 

And hey, we turned out alright! This is us kids and mom from Thanksgiving 2015.

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NCTM

So I was with my mom and I was studying for a final. Yay for school : )

I was teaching her everything on my study guide, so that I could make sure I understood it all. Teaching is one of the best ways to learn!

One of the points on my study guide was “What does NCTM stand for?” 

Me: “Do you know what NCTM stands for?”

Mom: “Non-Committal Tongue Makeout?”

Me: “Uhm…no. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.”

Mom: “Okay.”

Some people’s moms…

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My Siblings

What makes me happy? Being with my siblings.

Ethan

Ethan

Ethan is a good guy to bounce ideas off of. He’s a self-sufficient nomad. He’s there for me. He understands a lot about life.

Tanner

Tanner Jello Juice

Tanner is comic relief. He can be loving, but mostly through sarcasm.  Slightly inappropriate as of late, but I haven’t seen him since he started that annoying habit. Tanner is crazy, fun, and irresistibly entertaining.

Torin

Torin

Torin is incredibly witty. He is super smart and knows his stuff. He’s always good for an educated laugh.

Quentin

Quentin

Quentin is a sweetie pie. He’s loving at times, a terror at other times. But, ‘tis the nature of his biology. He’s funny, tender, sweet, and giving.

Brigdon

Brigdon

Brigdon is my little homie. He’s often boarding inappropriate, but he’s learning. He can be a loving sweetie-pie, but it’s rare. Precious, but rare. Brig is a kid who has a lot to learn about the world.

Sevannah

Sevannah

Sevannah – my sister wister. I love that we can do girly stuff together and that we get along so perfectly. At times, she is quite the tomboy – what can you expect? She grew up with 5 older brothers and I moved out when she was three. Other times, she can pull out the girly card and play it like a master to get what she wants. Like a champ.

And here’s the last time we were all together…my 22nd birthday party…July 2011 in Houston

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And then my mom had us lay down…

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…just so she could try to jump over us on a skateboard…which didn’t go well…

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Basically, my siblings make me happy. 

 

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6th Grade

I never really knew exactly why I am so interested in ASL and the Deaf community. And I still don’t know. But I did just gain some insight into myself…

I was reading through my mom’s journal entries today and found this from August 21, 2000. “Chloe seems to really enjoy 6th grade. She is making new friends, has no locker or schedule problems, and loves choir. She likes showing me what she learns. There are several Deaf girls in P.E. that she wants to become friends with. I taught her how to sign “my name is Chloe, your name is what?” but she hasn’t done it yet. It’s great that she wants to be friends with someone who is Deaf, I’m proud of her that she doesn’t fear them because they are different.”

I don’t remember much from before I was 16, so I am forever grateful to my mom for writing in a family journal.
I am curious to know if I ever did end up talking to them…I’ll have to call my mom and see if she knows!

Perhaps that’s what sparked my interest in ASL and the Deaf community…who knows! But here’s where I’m at today…no longer have to ask my mom about simple signs…I can teach her now! I am studying ASL at BYU and after I graduate in Special Education, I am going to go through an interpreter training program (haven’t decided where yet) and would love to get a Master’s degree in Deaf Education. I also volunteer a lot in the Deaf community and love every minute of it.

I’ve also changed a lot since 6th grade (obviously)! For example, I was at Win-Co a few weeks ago doing my usual grocery shopping and saw a Deaf couple…went right up to them and started a conversation – they were so happy to see that I knew ASL and seemed to be glad to see someone who didn’t just stop and stare at them (like others around were doing). Also, I felt pretty proud of myself and my skills. I still have a lot to learn, but I am getting there!

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Chloe’s Closet: Day 48

A lot to say today!

We’ll start with my outfit….Sheridan took my pictures!

How do ya like my sunburn?

Sheridan said we were going to do “Senior Picture” style pictures…it was great. 

The tights are from Kohl’s and the undershirt is from Shade…that’s all I know…

Okay so that’s my outfit…now let’s start from the beginning…a very good place to start…

Jenna and I left her house around 6:30, and got back to Provo around 8:30 for Jenna’s meeting. I had a meeting at 10:30, and then I had church from 11:40-1:40. And then I had to do some stuff for my calling…which I love!!

When I got home, I called my dear mother. It is Mother’s Day. I love my mother.

When I was born, she gave up almost everything she had just to keep me alive. It was only me and her. And I love her for it. She is a true example to me of faith and righteous sacrifice.

My mother has had a super hard life. I don’t know what I would be like if I was her. She has had so many rough times, and those rough times have not stopped. I hope they will some day, but I don’t see when. Regardless, my mom is such a protector. She loves all 7 of her kids with all she has, and would rather be with us more than anything else. She is so great.

My mom taught me the importance of service. I don’t remember much from before I was 16, with the exception of things my mom scrapbooked pictures of. I love to look at the scrapbooks my mom made of my life. They remind me of the things that I did because I cannot seem to remember them on my own. I am so grateful that she is so creative as well. She is a quilter (even though she is out of practice as of late), and she used to always make us quilts. The blanket I sleep with every night is one my mom made. I call it my cat blanket, because simply, it has cats on it. Oh, and it’s super colorful!

My mother has always stressed the importance of getting a college education. She did not take the opportunity to get an education, and she now regrets that. She is in a situation where she is stuck, and having a college education would definitely help her out of it. My superb mother has always made sure I wanted and succeeded in getting a college education. It’s ingrained in my mind now! I love it! Just about every time I talk to her, she reminds me of how much she wants me to have an education. I know it’s important to her, and it’s important to me, so I’m working hard!

My mom is the funniest! She is always finding ways to make me laugh. My siblings do the funniest things and my mom sure makes them even funnier. She is such a kid! She’s often helping us think of fun pranks or things to do. All my friends love my mom – she’s like one of us! Haha she’s so great. I always tell my roommates what we call “mom stories”, which is just when I tell them a story about my mom….whether it’s a memory I have, or something she told me recently. It’s always a good laugh! My ward even hears a lot about my mom – I often talk about her! I just can’t help myself!

My mom is so cool…she tries to teach me the art of folding a dollar bill into a bowtie. She always does it when she leaves tips. 

My mom is so cool…she’ll push your face into a cake….when you least expect it…

My mom is cool….when she pushes your face into a cake, you just might end up with cake on your face…okay you definitely will…

My mom is so cool….she takes her oldest child and her two youngest children out at midnight to flock someone’s house. That means you put plastic flamingos all over their yard!

My mom is so cool…when she wants the middle piece of a cake, she takes the middle piece of a cake. (can you see the top indent where she smashed Sevannah’s nose into it? bwa haha!)

My mom is so cool…she is such a great example of faith. She turned this picture into something more meaningful by just using a Sharpie.

My mom is so cool…she has a Santa suit.


My mom is so cool…on Christmas 2008, it was just me and her. She dressed up as Santa and came into the room….it was hilarious.


My mom is so cool…she does a Junas Santa!

My mom is so cool…she dresses the cat up in her Santa outfit.

My mom is so cool…we match on accident.


My mom is so cool…I can get her to wear mismatched Converse and do Junas…

My mom is so cool….she taught me how to dress in public.


My mom is so cool…our noses are the same!


My mom is so cool…she has crazy children….and we like it.

My mom is so cool…we had a fire extinguisher for all the candles on her cake when she turned 41…just in case.


My mom is so cool…she uses packaging tape to fix holes in her water-bed.
My mom is so cool…when they boys’ shirts get a hole in them….she sticks her finger in it and rips it so it’s a big hole…that way they won’t wear it anymore. 

My mom is so cool…she always loves to have a picture of Jesus Christ in sight…so they’re all over the house. 

My mom is so cool…she has THE BEST fridge magnets!



My mom is so cool…she cuts onions wearing swimming goggles and gloves…so she doesn’t cry….and the kids do it, too.


My mom is so cool…for so many reasons.

I love my mother. And she loves me. And we both love our Heavenly Father. He helps us though so much. 

My goal from last week was “find time to be still” and I think I did an okay job with it. I am going to do it for one more week, though. I know I can do better. 

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Chloe’s Closet: Day 39

Tonight, Jenna and I went down to the basement of the McKay building to make copies for stuff…and on the way out…I noticed a sign on some cabinets.
So we violated the sign’s instructions.
We felt so bad….it was great.
And as we were walking away, Jenna said “Can I take your outfit pictures?”
And I said “Yeah, let me undress first.”
And we both paused.
And then we both laughed hysterically.

What I MEANT to say was that since I was wearing my coat and scarf, we should get a series of pictures in which I take them off to reveal my outfit!

And here’s where I’ll tell you about my outfit. The shirt is from Old Navy, it was only $3! The jeans are from Kohl’s. The scarf is from…..I don’t remember. The jacket is from Old Navy! I got it for Christmas 2 years ago from the Schillers! The hat I got on clearance at Claire’s last year. The shoes, I’m pretty sure my mom got them for me. The necklace, I got in Mexico when we went on a cruise. The bracelets, some I made, some I’ve just had forever, as usual, I’m not quite sure. 

That’s the sign we saw and we violated the instructions of. While we were blocking the cabinets (before the idea of outfit pictures with it ever popped into our minds) we had fun. You see what happened was, we were getting ready to leave the building. But then I noticed the sign and said “let’s block the cabinets!” So we smooshed ourselves against the cabinets like Kronk does in The Emperor’s New Groove. And I turned to Jenna and said “do you feel baaaaaddd??!!” And she said “not quite yet…” and I said “okay…………………………………….how about now?” And she said “yeah, I feel baaaaaaaaaaddd!!”
Moral of the story: we’re so bad. 

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Chloe’s Closet: Day 28

Today was pink and white day

(Sheridan took my pictures today)

Look at my cute skirt! I made it!





My skirt? I made it.
My shirt? It’s from Old Navy…it was free! I had a gift card!
My pink undershirt? It’s a Shade tank top.
My shoes? The pink and black one is from I-don’t-remember-where. The pink and white one is from my mommy!
My socks? I got them this week in the Target Dollar Spot!
The short pearl necklace? It’s from my grandma Lorena.
The two long pearl necklaces? Those ones are plastic. They were like 15 cents at a thrift store!
My bracelets? All over the place…
The butterfly in my hair? I made it. Well, kinda. I bought a pack of butterflies from Hobby Lobby and hot glued them to hair clips! 

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