When the stars are aligned… a simple day can turn into an amazing one!

Saturday April 11th 2015

I have had my new camera since Christmas but haven’t had a chance to take it out yet….

I could have taken it out but there was just too much snow for me to care but today… today was going to be different!

First, we went out for breakfast and I sat across the table from Emily and took pictures…  Emily had a big bright window behind her so I had to play with the settings quite a bit.

I also told Emily not to worry about me taking so many pictures.

I LOVE those 2 pictures!!!

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My girl, just being my girl.

Next, we were scheduled for make-overs at our MAC store at the mall.

Remember how we were there for the Cinderella at MAC release?  After spending a small fortune, Alicia invited us back for make-overs.

Today was make-over time!

We arrived just before 1pm and Alicia was kind enough to book Emily and I sitting next to each other.  She also booked us for a little bit longer than the allotted 30 minutes as she had noticed that Emily needed  a little more time to be comfortable enough to be touched by a make-up artist.

I was assigned to Rachel who was great and allowed me to stop and take pictures of Emily whenever I had a chance.  I also made sure I had their permission to use their names and pictures in my blog!

Ladies if you read this, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for being so accommodating and for making my daughter feel like a top model.

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Emily picked her colors and decided what she wanted to get done.

She went with purple!

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Emily allowed Alicia in her bubble.

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Emily and Alicia!

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To all employers out there!  You can’t train someone to be like Alicia was with Emily.  This ability to make someone feel comfortable is a talent, not a skill.  Alicia must have been in contact with others that have special needs or she has an affinity…  or both!

She is now part of a select group of people that have reached out to Emily and made her feel just like everybody else.  She is now a friend of Emily.  Not someone Emily will call to go out but someone Emily will say hello to and chat with and return to the MAC store to buy more stuff because Alicia is there!

Maybe this is what “they” mean when “they” talk about inclusion.

For all the kids that are being in proximity to someone like Emily, a percentage will go on with their life and remember that they had school mates that just wanted to be treated like school mates…  Those kids will grow-up treating people around them with respect, regardless of their differences.

Today, Alicia did just that.  She gave Emily more time, she allowed her to be herself and made her look beautiful.

Thank you Alicia, my girl looked like she belonged on a magazine by the end of our session!

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What Emily didn’t know at this time… is that we had a big surprise in store for her at 3:30pm

We had a late lunch/early dinner planned with family members…

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She figured out as soon as she got to the table that this was no ordinary lunch.

Barb did such an amazing job decorating the table and wrapping Emily’s box.  We are so lucky to have relatives in the same town we live in.

Most people take family for granted.  We lived far away from families for many years so now that we have relatives near by, we enjoy them and I think they enjoy us!

Today, Emily finally got the confirmation that she will be meeting the dolphins from The Dolphin Tale movies.

We are going to Florida:

  • We will go to the American girl doll store in Orlando
  • We will go to Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see Winter
  • We will visit the Harry Potter theme park
  • We will visit Animal Kingdom
  • We will visit Epcot (eat in Japan)
  • We will visit Magic Kingdom

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Thank you Sunshine Foundation of Canada.

I sent my first fax to the foundation in September 2012…. 2 years and 8 months later….

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See the tears of joy?  This is the girl who wasn’t supposed to understand and show emotions…

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The table looked awesome and Emily was so excited that she barely ate….

So after this early dinner, we decided to end the day with a hockey game.  We went to see our beloved Moncton Wildcats play the Halifax Moosehead in the second round of the play-off.

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Th game wasn’t good at all for us!  But, on the way home, Emily was still saying “Best Day Ever!!!”

Now, we start counting sleeps…

Karaoke & Hockey

Emily: “Mom, guess what?”

Me: “What?”

Emily: “I sing karaoke today?”

Me: “Where?”

Emily: “At school”

Me: “Ok, but where?  Room 235?”

Emily: “The auditorium!” (With a little smug expression)

Me: “On the stage?”

Emily (looking somewhat annoyed that I wasn’t getting it): “Yes!!! On the stage. I did “let it go” and the whole school sing with me!  The whole school!  It was awesome”

Me: “You sang karaoke on the stage in front of the whole school?”

Emily (with stars in her eyes): “It was awesome!  The whole school song with me”

This conversation went on for awhile….

Me: “What else did you do today?”

Emily: “At the cafeteria, people came to talk to me. Say “wow” “amazing” “way to go Em” …”

Karaoke…. My girl sang karaoke in front of kids from her high school and they sang along 🙂 to “let it go” from Frozen.  

That made her day but the cherry on top of the sundae???

Zach Sill was traded Pittsburg to Toronto. So as of last night, Emily’s favorite hockey player plays for her favorite team. 

She was so happy when we told her, she cried!

And tonight, he’s wearing is Toronto Maple Leafs uniform!! 

Tonight he is the cherry on top of the sundae!



 And as I’m typing, we just saw him! 

It’s a good day for my girl!!!