Day 22 The Happy Place
*1st photo is her embraced by Anna and Elsa. 2nd photo is her and the sand for the first time*
I have talked frequently and consistently on how challenging Miss can be, and it truly is exhausting being her mom, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I have taken her places that we have had great success and other places where it wasn't the best idea. I love to travel and had a trip in my head prior to her being placed with me. I didn't book anything as I always want to take my girls with me and wanted to get permission from her mom before I purchased the tickets. In foster care, birth parents have the right to decide if the child can travel across state lines or not. When I told Miss' mom of the trip I had in mind, visiting one of my best friends in Tampa, FL she allowed for Miss to go wth me.
I was very nervous as the trip approached, I didn't know how she would deal with the flight, airport security, sleeping in a strange place, or not doing her usual daily routine. I added more anxiety for me when I planned to take her to Disney for a couple of days. A child who doesn't handle being over stimulated well and I was taking her to Disney World. What was I thinking exactly? Honestly, I had probably 15 plans in my head all being played out dependent on her mood. She did great at Disney and I was that mom that teared up when she touched Minnie's nose, got excited when she realized after meeting Tiana, Rapunzel was next. And to see her face when she realized Anna and Elsa were in the room, it took it all for me to not sob. Those moments at Disney are irreplaceable and I am so glad I got to experience her seeing these princesses she is currently obsessed with. I loved watching her run around the Finding Nemo exhibit watching the dolphins and manatees. Or playing literally for an hour in Fantasyland's splash pad or dancing during the street dance party. We had our down moments but all of those ones outweighed them. I was so proud of her and how she handled the stimulation and the long hours. But nothing prepared me for her love of the.... Cont'd 👇🏼