Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happy, Spunky Girl is Back!

It's been a crazy, fun weekend.  Our sweet, laughable girl is coming back to us, and our sleep schedule is getting better - SLOWLY.  But there is so much to be thankful for.

This girl can't get enough of foxes... as you can plainly see.

The weekend was a lot of fun because we did a little Christmas shopping for us all and it just worked.  Ashton was loving running about and seeing all the Christmas decorations, and we just enjoyed seeing the wonder and excitement in her eyes.

But first when we got up for the day, I got her dressed and she looked so good in her new sassy boots that Lau Lau got her, so I took her picture, and at first I got the Wonder Woman look.

Then for breakfast after eating her cereal, she asked for pudding.  And we knew our girl was coming back, because of instead of a zombie or grumpy I don't want to eat girl, we got I'm being silly, and she purposefully put pudding on her face for a laugh.  And said one of her signature lines, "Funny!" and she says it in a sing-songy voice.

She loves to try to get a laugh out of anyone!

But the day was great, we found a Star Wars pop-up book which is great to introducing the characters to Ashton.  We were told a couple times we had the cutest kid, and she was hopping about, singing and excited.

There was a publicity stunt that one of the stores was doing, they had an inflatable snow globe for people to go inside and get their picture taken while wearing their fur coats.  What a trap for families with kids.  I saw a long line with kids wanting to get in the snow globe.  Our girl wanted to as well.  She was dying to get in the snow globe, but we told her no.  You'd thought we told her there was no Christmas.  She cried all the way back to the car.  But she quickly forgot about it once onto the next store.

We went to Michaels and she got to pick out her own 4 foot Christmas tree to have in her room.  We're doing Truth in the Tinsel this year.  And she's going to get to make her own ornaments for her own tree every day of December leading up to Christmas.  What's cool is it all coincides with passages from the Bible.  I'm very excited about this.  I'm crafty, but after work, I don't usually feel too crafty to do projects with Ashton.  But this I think I can handle.

When we first went, we thought we'd just find those little 2 footer trees for her room and she could pick out a green or all white, hopefully not all pink... But those were $25 a piece and for $19 she could have a 4 foot tree that came prelit.  We let her choose an all white light or multi lighted tree and she went multi light.  We then picked a ribbon to use at the top.  Since this tree is going to be in her room and we didn't want anything to break, we decided a ribbon was kid friendly and then as she gets older she can pick a star or angel if she wants.

We're hoping to decorate the tree every year with new ornaments and then her past ornaments can go to family or friends and they can have a "Ashton collection" of ornaments she worked on.  I think it could be really cool.

While at Michaels, we saw some small Thanksgiving projects for kids.  One was a little fox for under a buck.  So we bought it and will hopefully work on it the following weekend.

After Michaels, we stopped in for a bite to eat.  Ashton chowed down and wanted seconds.  She wasn't picking at it and she wanted more.  We knew our little girl was coming back from her terrible ordeal of not eating and it was a phase not a change!

It was a fun Saturday.  Sunday we got a lot done around the house.  We caught up on a lot of laundry and we got all the dust bunnies off the floors and even straightened up the closets.  Lau Lau visited and it was a nice day.  However, we had to drop Khaleesi off to the breeder's that night as they were going to drop her off at the vet's for us Monday morning.

You'd think we told Ashton we were giving up the dog.  She wailed and cried, she wanted her home with us.  We never told her Khaleesi was getting spayed.  We just told her that though we are her forever family, she wanted to see her birth mom, Ava the dalmatian because she missed her and that was okay.  It was awesome that Khaleesi had two mommies that loved her so much.  But we would never abandon her because we were her forever family.

I don't know if any of that sunk in her head or not, but I thought this may be a good way to plant the seed once Ashton becomes aware that she has 2 mothers.  I thought this was a good teaching tool.  I may never know, but I'm trying to lay the foundation in different ways.  I want to be sure she knows that families come in different ways and they're all wonderful.

Monday morning, Ashton still missed Khaleesi, but didn't fuss.  I told her that when she got home from the doctor that Khaleesi would be home waiting for her.

I took Ashton to the doctor, because she had to get a wart removed.  Ashton loves going to the doctor's office.  Which is strange.  Anytime she gets a tummy ache or feels badly, she asks me if she can go to the doctor.  Yet, when she's there she always tells them, "No band-aid", because she knows those come after getting a shot.

She was there, she didn't know what for, and was having fun passing the time counting the dots on their dominoes.

She opened the box on the floor and would take one out then put it on the back of the bench stacking them up just so.  Then when she ran out of dominoes from the box, she just moved the stacks around on the back of the bench.  She thought this game was great!

Then the Doctor came in and we had to freeze off the wart.  I had to hold one arm and both legs, a nurse held her other arm, while the doctor performed the freeze.  Ashton was hysterical, everyone in the building could hear her scream.  She kept screaming, "Done now!", "Done now!"  When they were she got to go to the toy chest, which is for all the kids, there are small plastic toys for the kids.  Ashton always picks out a car, usually a green car.  But this time I think the doctor felt very bad for Ashton's hysterics, so sent a nurse out with a little bean bag bear for Ashton to have.  It was a glittery pink bear, named Samantha, after the nurse who gave it to her.

Ashton promptly gave me the bear and car to hold for her, as she couldn't manage with her injured hand from the freeze, though she had a perfectly good, other hand.

On the ride home I told her I'd take her anywhere to eat she wanted.  She asked for Taco Bell.  So I took her to Taco Bell, though I just wanted to get home as it was snowing and dark and the wind was blowing so hard.  It was about 8 degrees or lower, and we ran screaming "Cold, cold, cold!" together running into Taco Bell.  There she ordered her side of rice with shredded chicken, and cinnamon twists.  She also got her tea/lemonade drink, a very rare treat.  She was bobbing her head side to side to all the music and sharing her food and asking to try mine and she all smiles.  It was the kind of time where you sit back and know you're having one of those precious moments with your child you don't want to forget.

After having a rough 2 weeks of a grumpy, sad child, to have her be smiling and dancing and singing and loving life, it's all that more precious and wonderful to witness.

We came home, and because of the terrible snow weather, my husband and Khaleesi weren't home yet.  So I gave Ashton a bath, and half way through pops Khaleesi's head to check in on us.  Ashton squealed with delight.  All was right with the family, now that she was home.  Ashton asked what was wrong with Khaleesi, and we explained she got a wart removed just like her.  Which was half true.  She got spayed and her dewclaws removed.  So wart... dewclaws... close enough.  Enough for Ashton to relate and give Khaleesi kisses and tell her she was going to be okay.

Ashton went down for the night, and didn't wake up until this morning.  It was the first night in forever it seems that she didn't wake at least 3 times or more through the night.  To not wake up once... miracle!

We're very excited to have Khaleesi back home and our little, happy girl, as well!  All is good.  Thank you, God!
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