New Year’s Eve and me aren’t close friends…..at all. I am grumpy at my neighbors for setting off fireworks and waking me up. It is New Year’s Eve and I was sleeping. Perfectly peaceful and happy. Here’s to starting 2012 being grumpy about having neighbors. Some things even a new year can’t change. (2012, please bring me a nice little house in the country with pigs and chickens and one cow.)
2011 was a hard year. One moment I was mowing the lawn, the next moment a phone call changed my life drastically. I stood there in the hot sun, leaning against the lawn mower, paralyzed, not being able to move. My Dad died suddenly of a heart attack. It is hard to even write the words.
Novalie had strep throat six times. Six! So unfair.
(My clock just turned to midnight…Happy New Year)
I had to say good-bye to my purple truck. I spent 16 years with my truck. I felt like I was giving away a piece of my Dad. It was hard. I regret it.
I had to say good-bye (see you later) to dear friends. It was hard and still is hard.
I learned that I can do hard. Bring it on…I will stare you down and push through.
I can do hard.
I left my laptop on the floor (dumb, I know), stepped on it and cracked the screen. Just in time to make the 2011 bad list. Glad I can leave that sad mistake in 2011.
2011 also had one of the most special days I will ever keep in my heart and mind. Watching Kevin baptize Novalie a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will always be a moment Novalie, I and Kevin will look back on with joy in our hearts.
I got to see family I haven’t seen in years.
I got to see my sweet Jessica.
I changed my blog title. My old one was in reference to where we lived and since we moved it had to go too. “Her body’s been kissed by the sun,” is one of my most favorite lines in a song because I wish I could sit outside with the hot sun shining down on my face every single day to have a forever tan that looks like the sun kissed my face. Thus, my blog became Kissed by the Sun. Although, it is just me recording stories for Novalie to have one day. I don’t make my blog be deep and personal..hmmm…might have to re-think the name.
I grew closer to three of my friends.
My faith got stronger.
Kevin and I made it to 15 years.
I read close to 50 books.
I got to see and hug Cindy! I loved that she still smelled exactly the same. My second mommy for many years.
I made all the holidays really fun and memorable for Novalie.
I let Novalie ride her bike to school and back by herself. (This is HUGE, people!!)
I gave away 80% of my material possessions.
Novalie auditioned to be in a play. Such a proud moment to watch Novalie be so brave and get up in front of people and try something she never had done before. She got a small non-speaking part, but I am glad because we had to pull her out of it. We knew we were going to be moving and we just couldn’t be gone for 3 to 4 hours a night for twice weeks straight. I still feel bad about it, but we just didn’t have a choice. We were up against time.
I painted a wall a color for the first time.
Ate at In-N-Out burger for the first time. And Cafe Rio. And Five Guys.
Gone on several morning movie dates with Kevin.
(I could watch Annie and Megan meeting over and over and over again. Funniest scene in a movie EVER!)
Novalie and I have done countless craft projects, activities and fun outings together.
Good-bye 2011. You were a mixture of good, bad, happy and sad.
Final words: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.