Solo Mission, Day 8 – We Are Family

Question: What do pancakes, paints, a hairbrush and a labrador retriever have in common? Answer: They are all things my little darlings managed to fight over before 9:00 am.

Yesterday did not get off to a great start, but we rallied with an outdoor craft session. Of course it took more time to get everything set up than they spent actually doing the crafts, but I’m learning that this is pretty much standard for any activity. Same reason I don’t bother with lingerie.

Realizing I'm about to snap, they are on their best behaviour.

Realizing I’m about to snap, they are on their best behaviour.

After crafts, lunch and a little separate play time we took the dogs to the park where we added leashes, poop bags, blades of grass and air to the list of combat-inducing items. Back home, it was time to get ready for the day’s main event: a “goodbye party” for Leila in her foster home.

We loaded the car with snacks and cued up Frozen, their favourite movie. They’ve even started calling each other Elsa and Anna. Harmony is Elsa because she has the dress and Leila is Anna because she likes reindeer. Yes, I know it doesn’t make sense but you don’t question 4-year old logic if you know what’s good for you. You also pretend you have no idea where Anna is when your dog does this and you are forced to give her a very un-princesslike burial in the garbage.

How's she supposed to build a snowman now Austin??

How’s she supposed to build a snowman now Austin??

So there was peace in the land until they started taking their alter egos a little too far and fighting over who was being mean to who (whom?) in the movie. Somehow I resisted the urge to pull over and run screaming into the forest and we completed our journey.

It was a beautiful party, complete with food, cake, sangria and presents for Miss L.

The guest of honour

The guest of honour


Mmmm…. icing flowers.

There was also an intensely competitive game of princess dress baseball. Oh wait, that was just Harmony.

Laser focus

Laser focus

It’s true what they say, it does take a village. Both my girls spent time in this home and both are better for it. This family is an incredible source of support and we owe them so much. They raised and loved each girl as though she was their own. For us, the meaning of family and who we consider family has been forever redefined.



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