Monthly Archives:March 2008

Random things

Your #1 Fan post on March 27th, 2008
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Random thing #1 – Activities.  I used to criticize other parents who had their children in numerous activities, now I am guilty of just that.  I guess it is much easier when you only have one child and my child happens to be very active and loves anything that involves other children.  Plus, I love that I can introduce Novalie to several different sports.  Swimming lessons are not an option for her not to take right now because we spend our summers at the pool and she needs to know how to swim.  But, all the other activities, if she says I don’t want to go, then she will have to finish out the session because that teaches responsibility and following through with things you start, but after that, she won’t have to do that sport again.  So far, she has loved all the sports and she is very athletic, so it comes easy to her.  Following instructions and listening, that doesn’t come so easily, but each new session of a sport she gets better and can focus for longer.  I love watching Novalie do sports.

Random thing #2 – Blogs.  I love reading blogs.  I read blogs of people I don’t even know.  I love getting lost in someone else’s world, that is probably why I love to read and read an average of 2 books a week.  People probably think I am obsessed with them, but I am not, I promise, I just love reading blogs.

Random thing #3 – We were getting ready for our little Easter get together we were having at our house and I asked Novalie to take her toys to her toy room.  Right after I asked her, I heard Kevin laughing and said, “do you know what Novalie just said.”   This is what she said, “My mom is driving me crazy!”  How funny!  Kevin asked me if I say that expression a lot and I had to think about it, but in fact I do.  Not at and about people, but I am saying it a lot, for example, “my pants are driving me crazy, this car in front of me is driving me crazy, these gas prices are driving me crazy.”  So, I am trying really hard now not to say that expression any longer.  I can laugh at Novalie now, but when she is saying that to her primary teacher, I am pretty sure I won’t be laughing.

Random thing #4 – I miss my family.  I really miss my family.  I didn’t think that at 31 I would get homesick, but I do.

Random thing #5 – Adoption.  I am nervous to jump back on the roller coaster ride that you are on when you are in the middle of an adoption, but it is time.  Very soon we will be overwhelmed with a “to do” list of everything involved in an adoption.  Our next child is waiting for his or her family, I can feel it as sure as I felt it when we adopted Novalie.  It is time.

Green Mashed Potatoes

Your #1 Fan post on March 17th, 2008
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Novalie has never liked mashed potatoes and never eaten them when I have made them.  Tonight I made them as part of our dinner and I decided to do something fun and added green food coloring turning the mashed potatoes green.  Novalie saw them and said, “those look yummy.”  So, I gave her some and I can’t believe it, but she ate them!  How funny little kids are!

Happy St. Patrick\'s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Concerned about dying

Your #1 Fan post on March 16th, 2008
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Ever since President Hinckley died, Novalie has been concerned about dying. We were lying in bed talking and she said, “I don’t want to die.”

“Most people don’t die until they are really, really, really old.” I replied

“Am I almost really old?” she asked.

“No, it will take a long, long, long, long, long, long time for you to be that old.” I answered.

She then asked, “Are you that old? Are you going to die?”

“No, I have a long, long, long, long, time until I am that old. Everyone has to die, but it is not scary or sad, it is really happy because you get to go to heaven.” I said.

Novalie’s eyes got really big and she said enthusiastically, “And then I can see President Hinckley again.”

“Yes, you will see him and Joseph Smith and all the other prophets. But, you have to make good choices in order to go to heaven.” I said.

She responded, “I have to try to be like Jesus if I want to go to heaven. What happens to the people who are bad?”

“They go to hell.” I answered.

“Oh, mommy, don’t say that word, I don’t like it.” she said.

“Me neither, so we better try to make good choices.” I said.

“I will because I want to go to heaven with President Hinckley because I miss him.” she said so sweetly.

I gave Novalie a big hug and kiss and told her she was so very sweet. She seemed to be content and closed her eyes to go to sleep. A few seconds later, she opened her eyes and said, “Mom, I don’t want to die for a really long, long time.” And closed her eyes and went to sleep.

I was amazed at how excited Novalie got at the thought of seeing President Hinckley in heaven again. For a little 4 year old to feel connected to the prophet and to feel somehow the importance of him in her life and miss him is just so amazing.

Mini Weekend Getaway

Your #1 Fan post on March 15th, 2008
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Our weekend trips to Richland, WA to visit Kevin’s family are always fun. They always come at the best times when I need to relax and have someone else entertain Novalie for a few hours. I LOVE being a mom and I treasure my days with Novalie, but a break now and then is much needed for any mom.

Every time we visit, I am amazed at the absolute silly Novalie that comes out only when Aunt Janell is around. The transformation is instant and there is no talking to Novalie when she is in her Janell world. They have always had a special bond that is confirmed every time they are together. Novalie LOVES her Aunt Janell and I am so happy that Novalie has her in her life.

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Another favorite thing when we come to Richland is that I actually get to take a long hot shower. At home I have to keep my showers to under 5 minutes and within those 5 minutes, this is what happens:

“My cartoon is over!” screams Novalie.

“My juice cup is empty!” screams Novalie louder.

“I have no one to play with!” a hysterical Novalie screams.

“You have been in there forever!” she screams as she gives up and slams the door.

And that is only within the first minute, no joke! You would think that I could get up before Novalie wakes up each morning to take a shower, but I am not going to pretend that that is ever going to happen. I could take a shower at night after she goes to bed, but I have naturally curly hair, so that will never happen. So, I frantically scrub as fast as I can each morning. This morning though, I took a long hot shower with not one single interruption. As the hot water streamed down my face, I thought one thing: pure bliss.

Cadbury Creme Eggs

Your #1 Fan post on March 11th, 2008
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Easter is coming way too fast and way too early.  Which means the Cadbury Creme Eggs soon will be history for another year.  I used to crave them so bad all year long and then when they finally put them out in the stores, I would eat so many of them that if you cut me I would bleed creme.  In high school, I remember we had an extra freezer in the laundry/mud room and my Mom would fill it full of creme eggs to last all year.  But, as you can guess, they didn’t last all year, maybe a month.  Last year, they came out with an orange creme egg which I literally would become a maniac in the grocery store if someone tried to take too many.  I LOVE THOSE THINGS and they are no where to be found this year.  As if I need any more help to add to my beautiful “curvy” figure, but heaven help me if they ever decide to sell those eggs year round.  Now, I am going to have to stock our freezer full of them because Novalie loves them just as much as I do!  Happy Cadbury Creme Eggs!