November came and went so quickly, I had to look at pictures to even remember what happened…….
Novalie started taking archery lessons. Her coach is ranked something (I can’t remember) and won a bunch of stuff (I can’t remember) and has sent and currently has junior olympians. After her first lesson, he said Novalie was a natural and was a good listener which is what it takes to succeed. He wanted to put her in the 12 year old girl junior olympian training group and I was like whoa…hold your horseys. Her second lesson he said, “just let me know and we will talk specifics.” I don’t know a thing about archery, but it sure it cool watching her shoot. She loves it and wants to do it, so I think our future will have quite a bit of archery in it.
Fred the turkey got brought out. He is my most favorite holiday decoration I have. Novalie and I made Fred 4 years ago and I just love it when he comes out!
Novalie got the new Build-a-Bear catalog (dang those catalogs!) with all the new holiday animals in it. We had 2 coupons from our frequent buyer habits, so this cute green brachiosaurus was pennies. She named her Spruce. And we HAD to have a Build-a-Bear stuffed Christmas ornament to commence her years of obsession and collection.
Novalie asked me everyday several times a day if we could decorate for Christmas. I kept telling her it was way too early, but I did finally let her decorate her room.
Who needs holiday window clings when you have an artist in the house? I love my artistic cutie!
I got strep throat. What the heck? It was m.i.s.e.r.a.b.l.e with a capital M. Years of Novalie getting strep throat every other month and I never got it once. No clue where I picked it up from, but it was horrible. The last time and only other time I have had strep throat was when I was a teenager on a family vacation on a yacht off the coast of Florida. We had to go to shore where my dad took me to a clinic and I got a shot of penicillin in my butt. I do not remember a thing from that yacht vacation except I can see my room vividly and me sitting on the side of the bed wishing the rocking would stop and crying from pain. This time around the Dr. asked me if I wanted to do the 10 days of medicine or get a shot of penicillin and be done with it. I practically screamed shot thinking it would work faster. Nope. When Novalie used to get strep, she would feel better in 4 hours after her first dose of medicine. It took 2 days, TWO! for my pain to start to ease. Four days until the throat pain was gone all together. I am a pretty tough cookie, but throat pain does me in. Sure hope it is another 25 years before I experience that again.
We woke up Thanksgiving morning to snow! Novalie and Olive were both pretty excited about that.
Olive LOVES the snow!
Playing fetch was a little difficult.
I love everything about this picture!
This is one of my favorite all time photos!
After playing in the snow, we got busy making rolls for our Thanksgiving feast at my brother’s.
Novalie is getting to be a good roll maker. We love homemade rolls!
Our feast was super yummy. We played Scattergories which is one of my most favorite games with some of my favorite people. Then we had pie and Thanksgiving 2015 was a wrap.
Some of my family members at a brunch for my niece’s missionary farewell. My niece, Ashley Doré, got called to serve in the San Diego mission and her farewell was so nice. She is a fantastic missionary and I love reading about her experiences.
Novalie with two of her cousins, miss Sophie and Tristan.
Me and my nephew, Austin. (he’s my favorite, but don’t tell!!)
Novalie does a lot of chillin’ like this in her room. Cracks me up. She is such a tween, but such a little girl as evident in this photo with pigtails vs. headphones. Wouldn’t have it any other way…I love my unique beauty.
This November, we had so much to be thankful for. For Novalie, I was most thankful for her humor to keep me laughing when life just didn’t seem funny. I am so thankful that she has found a nice group of friends that she really likes and are just nice. She went through a rough, rough, rough heartbreaking breakup with her best friend of 4 years, so I am so grateful she has bounced back and found friends to laugh with again. I am thankful that she is healthy and stayed healthy during my two bad illnesses within weeks of each other. I am thankful for her energy and spirit. I am thankful for her testimony is the gospel and how simple, pure and perfect it is. She continues to be my bright shining star and I am so thankful for her every single day. Even with her preteen attitude of eye rolls, door slams and talking back. I love my sassy energetic Sunshine T-Rex!
~Happy November 2015!~