Thursday, May 25, 2017

Happy 3rd Khaleesi!

Happy birthday our crazy Khaleesi! She's an awesome dog! Loving, sweet, gentle, hyper, baby! I don't even know if Ashton remembers getting her or life without her. But she's definitely turned our lives upside down since joining our family! And of course like all our dogs, she thinks she's a lap dog. But she is totally Daddy's girl.

the last week she's been not downing her food per usual. She's left bowls untouched or nibbles a bit. But not her usual enthusiasm. But her personality is still the same. So we don't know what's "different" if anything. We've tried different bowls, different food, different feeding times. But we can't pinpoint what the change or problem is. But as long as she's okay, we're not going to fret about it. Hopefully, it will just straighten itself out.

Memorial weekend is just around the corner. This time last year we headed up to Mackinac Island. Ashton really loved it and wants to go again. However, we have other plans this summer. Though if there's a way to swing up there this summer, I'd love to go again.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Last Day of Gymnastics

So today is the last day of gymnastics for Ashton. This is the 3rd season or year she's had it. But as it's during daycare, I've never seen it. Ashon has weekly violin that she has all year long. Ashton just finished her soccer Spring season. And we're discussing if she should continue into fall. We've kind of let go of her Chinese dancing she used to do. Now we may talk about if she wants to continue with gymnastics. Or maybe choose between soccer and gymnastics. I'm not sure. I don't want to make my daughter be "busy" with activities. And I can't afford a flurry of activities anyhow. I want her to enjoy family time and down time. But I do want her to find her passions. So I'm curious where she'll want to go and bloom.

Ashton now has a completion medal for gymnastics. That makes 4 medals. 3 for gymnastics participation and one for soccer. I never got a participation award for anything and have 1.5 ribbons (that half is a story in itself for another time) for theater. But never a trophy or medal. I must admit I'm a bit envious of my 5 year old who has surpassed me. Ha!

Though participation awards are nice, I'd like her to earn them for real, which I'm sure will come sooner than I think.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Wedding

This morning it was raining buckets. I was very worried for the wedding we were to attend as it was outside. But luckily, it stopped and the sun came out after the downpour.

Ashton was good and took her nap before the wedding of a dear friend of mine. She was very excited to go and didn't want a nap, though she never does. But I didn't want her cranky at the wedding so insisted she just have quiet time and lay down. Luckily, it turned into a nap.

We dolled ourselves up and headed out. The wedding was outside on a golf course. I wish I had the forethought to put on sunscreen. I ended up with the most unusual sunburn pattern that matched the lace of my dress on my shoulders and arms.

Ashton couldn't see, and they had little logs lining the aisle. So she sat on that to get a good view.

During the wedding we sat with an dear friend we hadn't seen in years and flew from California to be there. We redheads had a blast together.

The bride and groom released each row by hugging the guests. Ashton stood on her log so she could reach them.

We then got golf carted back to the main lodge. Ashton loved the ridge! She wanted to go faster and ride it again like it was a rollercoaster ride.

Ashton was "starving" and let us know how hungry she was during the entire wedding. So she was glad to get to the lodge to go eat!

We sate next to the dance floor and beside one of the reserved tables for family. We had a great spot!

We had dinner and Ashton tried a few bites of things she turned her nose up at. I was proud that she still listened to me and tried them. Then the dancing. And boy Ashton was up for every single dance. I danced with her for almost all of them and her daddy went up once.

She had a blast! Later on a girl her age and she danced together by the end of it and blew bubbles at each other!

Here we are showing off our itchy crinoline underneath! Ashton's face is priceless!

AShton's dancing was so amusing. But my favorite is when she was "break dancing". She was a hoot. But man, all that energy.

We had fun but I got blisters on my feet and sunburned. I was so ready by the end of it to go home and crash. But not Ashton, she wanted to stay and dance longer. But as it thinned out and I was hurting, we called it time and headed home.

It was a beautiful day. I am so blessed to have witnessed this beautiful union and to spend a fun time with my family. I love weddings and wish I could attend more of them! And I think Ashton would like to as well... at least the reception for the dancing portion of it!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Final Game

So today is Ashton's final game in soccer. The season is complete! The league had a out a couple of bounce houses, which Ashton took full advantage of the first hour before the game. 

Then they quickly went on to the games as a huge downpour was on its way. Ashton's coach had a prior commitment today, so my husband had to unexpectedly fill in. We needed a game ball so he felt each kids ball for the best aired up one, it was Ashton's so they began to use it. And Ashton just started balling.

She was so afraid the teams would pop her ball.I told her this was an honor and exciting that her ball was the best. And to go defend her ball - which was strong and wouldn't pop. It took a minute, but she calmed herself and ran out there.

Another time the ball smacked her straight in the face. She came crying and then shook it off and returned to the game. Insistent on trying to make a goal for the first time, especially with her ball!

Ashton was very close to getting a goal but was just shy of it. However, she did "turn" the ball, which was a first. Very funny. Luckily, I did get video of that.

Again our team lost. We never won a game all season, but the kids had fun and hopefully learned a few things.

In the end I helped pass out the medals and quickly took their photo by the goal. Just a couple minutes later the skies opened to thunder, lightening, and a down pour! We were very blessed that we missed it by mere minutes.

It was a crazy season with lots of rain and make-up games. Missed many practices, which was a shame. I'm very curious if we'll continue on this fall. There's so much that will change between now and then. She'll be a Kindergartener for one! But right now I just want to focus on a fun summer! She only has a few months left in daycare. 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017


Come to find this downstairs. Very suspect. I show my husband. We notice that the Cheetos on the top shelf are gone. He goes to Ashton's room. Their exchange goes like this:

Dad: Where are the Cheetos?
Ashton: How did you know? (Cheetos hiding under the covers with her, she gives a coy smile)
Dad: You left the stool on the chair.
Ashton: Oh.
Dad: Don't do that again.
Ashton: Why?
Dad: You're going to fall and break your leg.
Ashton: I've already done that.

Sigh! Are we teaching her anything? She's hilarious, but I swear. This so reminds me of when she climbed the toilet to get the scissors years ago. That didn't turn out well!

I'm glad she didn't get get hurt. But I'm surprised she thought this was acceptable or safe. She's allowed Cheetos, but she didn't want to disturb us as we had both crashed on the bed after a long week. Sweet she didn't want to wake us, but still other healthier snacks are within reach. There's a reason it's on the top shelf. She's supposed to ask for unhealthy snacks. And worse, she so could have gotten hurt. So much wrong here, but instead we are just laughing. She keeps us in stitches.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Today I wanted to go on a walk with Khaleesi as it was beautiful weather with a great wind. Ashton wanted to come along and walk Brenley. So we did. It was adorable.

However, Brenley being a small dog was done after a lap around the neighborhood. I was planning on about 4 more. So we put Brenley up and Ashton begged to try Khaleesi for the first time.

Not too bad, but definitely different than Brenley. But AShton "kept" up and was able to walk her around the whole neighborhood once by herself. I see Ashton walking Brenley more in the future rather than Khaleesi.

Ashton loved our quality time and I'm hoping we'll have more daily walks together.

Enjoying the memories we're creating.
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Nearing the End

We had a make-up game tonight.

Ashton's team has never won a game yet, and tonight was no exception. However, they've come a long way than where they've started.

Ashton had a lot of fun.I wish the season was a bit longer for her to really improve. But it's been a hectic season because of the torrential rains the past few weeks. But it was so nice to get the beatiful weather for once.

We also got Ashton's soccer league photos in. The group show was so-so, but defiantly showed their age. And her personal shot is nice, but she's looking at someone else not the photographer. But she looks good.

Saturday is the last game. I'd really like them to end on a win, but that's okay. At least she's loving the game.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Princess Ball to Break Down

It's Mother's Day today. And Ashton had a very special appointment this morning. She was invited by Miss R to a Princess Ball. So a few weeks prior I was excited to go shopping for a princess gown. I took Ashton to the Disney store and we looked around. I thought she'd want to go as Elena or maybe Jasmine. I showed her Belle's gown and Ariel... but she wanted Moana. Of course. And she wanted to take Pua with her. I was a bit saddened that she wasn't wearing a fufu gown. But she makes a GREAT Moana and this is so my girl.

I braided her hair to make it as wavy as possible the day of. She was so excited.

And because it was mother's day we took a quick shot together before we left, with Brenley of course. How Ashton adores Brenley.

There were 3 lines. They were coronation balls for your princesses, but "directed" by different princesses. There was Cinderella, Belle, and Ariel. Ashton and Miss R both wanted Ariel. Miss R was dressed as Elena, and her little sister Miss J was so adorable in her gown! The girl were having a blast. They'd do stuff on their own then find each other and do stuff together and go back and forth.

Ashton was VERY shy to meet most of the princesses. But I got her to meet Moana. She was very excited. Out of about 100 little girls, Ashton was the ONLY Moana! So of course THE Moana just doted over her.

Ashton was very nervous to meet Jasmine. Both Miss R and Ashton were curious where her magic carpet was and if they could ride it.

Ashton didn't want to be crowned or go up stage. But Ariel was very patient and coaxed her up. She got crowned and though Ashton didn't want to wear it she was very excited to have it.

We got in line several times to meet Elena, but she'd chicken out. But we finally did it!

Ashton had more fun with the balloons than anything else. I should remember this for her next birthday and just blow up a bunch of balloons and have them on the floor. Cheap entertainment.

The girls were very excited to meet Tiana. Right before they met her, she was talking to a girl about being a frog and eating flies and that she doesn't eat flies anymore. The girls couldn't stop giggling about the flies.

There was then story time where Anna and Elsa read a Frozen book. Ashton was more interested in hitting Miss R with a balloon. They also were throwing Pua back and forth into each others lap and got other little princesses to join them.

Later Ashton joined up with Moana again and she taught Ashton the hula. It was so cute.

Later the famous "Let It Go" song was performed.

Ashton met Meria and talked about bows and arrows.

Then there was a birthday dance and Miss R and Miss J (including their cousins) along with Merida and Moana danced in a circle with Ashton.

Then it was craft time and Ashton and Moana colored a crown together. Ahsotn made it for Miss R and wrote her name on it and crowned her when she was done. Miss R then gave her crown to Ashton. It was so sweet!

Ashton met up with Snow Wite quickly, as she was too scared to earlier. I couldn't get her to meet Belle, Elsa, Anna, Aurora, Cinderella, and Sophia. But that was okay I think she got the corage to meet her favorite ones.

Ashton had to go the bathroom so we left and went out the doors to the hallway. I looked right and left for a restroom sign. Instead I see peaking around the corner Maleficent. You couldn't miss the big horns and bright red lipstick.

She came out and Ashton was fearless around her and told her she was her for Halloween and had the wings. They talked for a minute and she gave directions to the restroom. So crazy!

Ashton was panicked. She wanted to hurry as she didn't want to miss Maleficent's entrance. She peed faster than I've ever seen her go. She has such urgency. Luckily we didn't miss a thing. She caused Aurora to fall asleep. so to wake her all the little princesses had to find flowers to throw on her. But they couldn't touch her else they'd fall tot the sleeping curse too.

They were able to wake Aurora and Maleficent was around and some of the girls were frightened, but not my girl. No, scared to meet Aurora, but not Maleficent. I made sure to get a picture of them this time.

Cinderella then lost her glass slipper and asked the little princesses to help find it. All the kids were looking around the ballroom floor. My girl decided to look under the stage and flips up the curtain and crawls under. She only found a popped balloon. But good searching. Points for being creative.

Then there was a bit more dancing and finally the march parade out. Moana made sure to walk hand in hand with Ashton. Miss R got Elsa. It was so cute.

Ashton had a great time. So much so she wanted to wear her costume over to Grandma's next. We went home and picked up Daddy then headed to Grandma's house. This time she wore her crown to show it off to Grandma.

We picked up dinner from a restaurant and ate it at Grandmother's house. It was a lovely time. Grandma seemed to really enjoy Ashton there.

On the way home our car broke down on the highway. Ashton was hungry again so was eating Parmesan packets. And yes a mess was made. But it kept her happy and calm. The highway was very busy. My husband was on YouTube trying to figure out was happened to the car. 

Ashton ended up asking to watch Michael Jackson videos on my phone from YouTube. She was even brave enough to watch Thriller. She loves watching him dance.

My mom (who had driven home on the other side of town) picked Ashton and I up to take us home, thankfully as the AAA tow guy didn't have enough room in his truck for the 3 of us.

We got home and my husband was able to fix the car. Battery was dead, and in a Prius, that was a bit trickier than a typical car.

Before Ashton went to bed she gave me her mother's day gift to me that she made in daycare. And as we had car trouble, it was fitting to show that even during a break down we have each other and everything's okay!

It was a busy mother's day. Good. Not all planned, but better happening on a weekend going home than to something or during work. However, I'm exhausted. Blessed and ready for bed.

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