didn't update yesterday. I was too tired....and I totally forgot to
take any pictures. =P
Ashlyn and I went to visit Aunt Sherry (a family friend) yesterday.
I haven't seen her in over 10 years! She owns a home in Irvine, but
her family spends most of their time in Taiwan. She recently moved
back so her oldest daughter can finish high school here. But it appears
that the move, mixed with the awkwardness of teenage adolescence,
turned her daughter into a total rebel. For the entire afternoon,
I listened to Aunt Sherry describe the difficulties and huge rift
in her relationship with her daughter. Embarassingly, she told me
that she spoke to my mother and my mother advised her to talk to me
since I was once a hell-bent rebel. Gee, thanks, Mom! =P
Though I remember those years pretty clearly, I couldn't offer much
solace to her. There's a big difference between her daughter and my
teenage self....though I was stubborn and difficult, I was concious
of my parents' limits. I remember just needing to get a lot of things
out of my system and learning for myself the hard way. Luckily for
me, my parents are strong and forgiving. But Aunt Sherry's daughter..*sigh*...I
dunno. While she talked, I kept thinking, "Boot camp!...girlfriend
needs to go to Boot Camp!"
Sherry pleaded with me to help. She was hoping that I could befriend
her daughter and somehow talk some sense into her. I want to help...I
just don't know how. I can tell you right now that her daughter doesn't
want to be my friend. What seventeen year old would want to be friends
with someone almost twice her age (unless it were someone she was
a fan of)?
Sherry asked if her daughter could babysit for me. That way we could
slowly build a relationship from there. The idea didn't sound too
bad, so I agreed.
Later in the afternoon, the daughter came home from school and I had
a chance to meet her. The last time I saw her, she was maybe 3 or
4 years old. She's all grown up now and didn't look like a delinquent
by any means. She happily played with Ashlyn for a bit before Aunt
Sherry mentioned the babysitting job. Her daughter thought it over
and asked, "Can I bring my friends to babysit?" Aunt Sherry,
desperate and anxious, answered "yes" right away. I, on
the other hand, felt very uncomfortable about that. First of all,
I'm not comfortable leaving Ashlyn with just anyone to begin with,
let alone a bunch of teens I don't even know. *Yikes!* What to do?!
What to do?! The decision is so much harder since it involves a family
was weighing on my mind the rest of the day. It also made me think
of my own daughter and what it'll be like when she grows up. Aunt
Sherrry is from an affluent family. They are gentle, generous, and
warm-hearted people who provide their daughters with the best of everything.
The whole thing scares me to death.
I have to have faith in myself and stand firm in my beliefs. I had
a hand at help raising my teenage nieces and they turned out GREAT!
afterwards, I went home and put Ashlyn down for a quick nap. Matty
and Dave came over and we went to meet Winnie
at The Loft in Cerritos for dinner. The Loft was a simple and homey
restaurant that serves up yummy Hawaiian eats in generous portions.
We spent the evening talking and hanging out! =) Thanks for dinner,
20157 S. Pioneer Boulevard
Cerritos, CA 90715
Tel: (562) 402-3538
think I caught Ashlyn's cold. As a result of running around all yesterday
and last night, I mistook it for fatigue...but now my nose is stuffed
and runny, and I'm experiencing the irritating tickle at the back
of my throat. =( *DARNNIT!*
was a quiet day. I took it easy and made sure I dressed warm and got
in plenty of liquids. Ashlyn's still sick, but you couldn't tell by
the abundance of energy she has.
turned 17 months today! She sprouted two more teeth (upper and lower
right lateral incisors) in the past month. She just needs two more
(upper and lower cuspids) to complete the set! YAY! =) She's been
pretty good at letting me brush them too! Although I read somewhere
that I need to start flossing once any two teeth are touching. *scratch
brow* I don't think she'll let me do THAT. =/
Ashlyn volcabulary is growing. She can communicate her feelings, needs,
and wants with simple words and gestures. I can't remember ALL the
words she knows, but her new words are "No" (...which sounds
more like "Nah"), or "More" (...which sounds more
like "Mah"), or "cookie" (...which sounds more
like "cuckoo"). I hope she'll begin to enunciate her words
because her babble is kinda ghetto. HAHAHAHA!
Her eating habits still fluctuate a lot, but I think there are more
days she eats than days she doesn't. I think she's much too attached
to her pacifier these days. She hums and dances to her "Barney"
videos all the time and wants to watch them repeatedly ALL the damn
time! She continues to climb all over our furniture and get into trouble.
She's still struggling to control her bad temper when she doesn't
get what she wants...but she doesn't hit as often now. *Whew!* The
one thing she loves to do is yell "Mama!" at the top of
her lungs to get my attention. It's really embarassing, because when
we're in public, it makes all the other mothers turn and look. =P
She's really rambunctious, playful, and goofy. She loves to play "chase"
or "hide-n-seek" with me and Aric. She uses hand gestures
and tilts her head when she talks. She's really developing into a
little girl now. For every bad thing she does, she makes up for with
a bunch of sweet and loving things. *sigh* She's a doll and I LOVE
Aric and I went grocery shopping and had a dinner picnic in front
of the tube. It's been over a week since we got to watch regular TV.
We watched the first half of "Survivor: The Amazon", but
it was weak. I was on the phone with my mom for half an hour and during
that time, I heard Ashlyn win her battle for the control of the TV.
I'm going to bed early. G'Nite!
Ashlyn and her fireman's hat
playing in her ball-pit
Ashlyn's pics of the day