A Day With Naiya, Kindred, 🦄 Popsicles, & a Few Broadway Stars

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On Tuesday morning, we loaded up four unicorn popsicles (pink strawberry on top, purple blended middle, blueberry bottom, & edible glitter!) from PopWorks and hit 65 South to go see our Naiya! She is receiving inpatient treatment this week at Vanderbilt.

Naiya wanted to race...but Kindred was too focused on her uni-pop. 

This is one of those bittersweet moments, captured. I don't know how much of this they understand or will remember...but it is forever imprinted on my heart.

Silly little girly giggles.

In September of 2012, I took my mom to go see the musical WICKED because we both loved the book so much. It was such a special day for us and I still have the ticket stub displayed with my favorite photo of mom from that day. None of these little girls were even a blip on the radar then, though Novaleigh was soon to be discovered. Fast forward to Monday night, Ash called to tell me that she had just found out we could meet the cast of WICKED during our visit the next day! I was very excited, but also surprisingly emotional about it. I guess it was just how different life was the last time we saw it and how close we were to everything we've ever wanted in having these girls. I played the soundtrack during our drive down (and every time Kindred has been in the car since then, per her request) and we were all super excited to see the cast. When they came in dressed in plain clothes, Kindred was a little disappointed. She walked up to someone she deemed to be in charge and said in her tiny chipmunk voice, "Where are their costumes?" which resulted in a collective "Awwwww!" The girls lost interest pretty quick and started having their own interview, so we left. But, we got two signed posters as parting gifts and I basically can't wait to take the girls to see the real deal someday. On Broadway would be cool, but I'll take Lou or Nashville as long as I have these three girls with me.

Unicorn balloon for a unicorn niece.

My niece demands much physical comedy from me. She throws bracelets I have to dodge and scoot around on the floor for and sometimes she tries to run me over with my own daughter. But, she laughs and I love to hear her laugh, so it all evens out.

By mid-afternoon, Kindred was pretty much tired out and fell asleep before we made it to the first stoplight. Right before she drifted off she said she missed Naiya. I knew how she felt. I miss her too. Hopefully, next week, she will be able to come over and visit us though!!

Super grateful to have spent this day with the girls and Ash. We are so blessed to have these girls and each other!
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