Monthly Archives:December 2011

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

Your #1 Fan post on December 31st, 2011
Posted in Dad, Family, New Year's, Novalie, Personal

New Year’s Eve and me aren’t close friends… 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.

Christmas Day

Your #1 Fan post on December 29th, 2011
Posted in Christmas, Family, Novalie, Traditions

Kevin got home from work just as Novalie and I were waking up Christmas morning.

We lined up in the hallway, youngest to oldest.  Which meant Guinea (who got lettuce, carrots and new chew toys from Santa), Novalie, me and then Kevin.  Guinea went right to work on her lettuce and carrots.  Novalie asked for a stocking full of band-aids and a stuffed mouse from Santa.  Santa delivered.  Eight boxes of band-aids and a stuffed mouse Webkinz plus four more Webkinz.

The Christmas Mouse is real!  It came and ate the cheese we left out for it and in return Novalie got a new pair of gloves!

My Mom, Kevin and I all got new socks and a candy treat from Santa.  Novalie got to work opening her presents.

Big hop ball – definitely a favorite!

I even tried it – it is a lot of fun!

Novalie’s homemade Christmas presents are by far my most favorite and treasured Christmas gifts.  I tuck them away in my heart to always remember the feeling of receiving those sweet, thoughtful gifts made just for me and Kevin.  This year, she made a calendar and she wrote us a story, “The Mouse’s Christmas.”  The calendar is homemade drawings for each month of the year.  The story is super funny.  I LOVE them!  They are simply the best!

After presents and our traditional big breakfast (it was so yummy) we got to go to church.  It was a beautiful Christmas program.  After church we came home and played with our new toys, had a nice Christmas dinner at my brother’s and then ended the evening watching Novalie’s new copy of “Cars 2.”  I felt kinda relieved when Christmas was over this year, but it was fun and we made some nice memories.

My Christmas beauty!

Christmas Eve

Your #1 Fan post on December 27th, 2011
Posted in Christmas, Family, Novalie, Traditions

We had a very low key, short and easy Christmas Eve this year.  Kevin had to head to work at 6:45 for an all nighter 12 hour shift (boo).  So, we stuck to the very basics.  We had made lasagna the day before at our all Italian day family Christmas party and there was plenty left, so I just heated that up for our traditional Christmas Eve lasagna dinner.  I added penne paste and alfredo sauce to the dinner and we had french bread left over as well.  Easy peasy.

Between our dinner and our short Christmas Eve program, Novalie took some time to decorate Guinea’s cage for Christmas.

To start off our Christmas Eve program we dimmed the lights and snapped our glow sticks.  Novalie shared her talent which was reading us a story she wrote.  This year’s story was “Picture Perfect:  A Sticker Adventure.”  Her stories are the greatest.

This year’s Christmas jammies!  Polar bears!  (what else??)

Since Novalie shared her talent, she was able to open her traditional Christmas jammies (pictured above).  After she changed into them, we watched part of the “Joy to the World” DVD which is a nice version of the Christmas story.  We ended with reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “The Littlest Christmas Tree.”  Short, sweet and perfect for this year.

We set out cookies and milk for Santa.  One of Novalie’s friends told her that sometimes Santa’s mouse rides along with him in his sleigh.  If you leave out cheese for the mouse, the mouse will leave you new gloves or mittens in return.  Novalie wanted to try it this year to see if it was true.  We added cheese slices to the cookie plate.  Instead of leaving carrots out for Rudolph this year, Novalie left him a present.  She said she didn’t want Rudolph to feel left out.  We watched Norad Santa Tracker all day and when Santa was in Michigan, she finally settled down to fall asleep.  It is hard to fall asleep on Christmas Eve.  I loved the excitement and twinkle in Novalie’s eye as she anticipated Christmas morning.

Rudolph’s present!

It was a happy Christmas Eve.

Italian Style

Your #1 Fan post on December 26th, 2011
Posted in Christmas, Family, Italian Food

My brother, Jeff, hosted an all Italian day Christmas party for my side of the family (the ones that could be there.)

The menu:

Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Country Style Rigatoni

Pasta with homemade Meatballs

Pasta with sausage and peppers

Shrimp Scampi

Porterhouse Steak Contadina


Garlic Rolls

We cooked all day (Jeff and Keri longer).  The time went by super fast as we were all busy in the kitchen all day.

It was so yummy, all of it was so delicious!  I was sad when I was stuffed beyond belief because it was that good.

The chefs minus me!  My niece Julia, baby Sophie, my sister Darcie, brother Jeff, sister-in-law Keri and my Mom.

Novalie and her cousins playing bingo.

Four of my cute, cool nieces.  I am sure they don’t think I am very cool after seeing my dance moves.

After we were all stuffed, we had a gift exchange game.  The one where you can steal presents or open a new one.  Little Jack was so cute when he opened his.  He held onto it for dear life and would not let anyone get close to it.  It was his and he was not giving it up to anyone.  It was so cute!

She loves a good party!

Thank you Jeff and Keri!  It was such a fun day and a tradition in the making!

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Your #1 Fan post on December 26th, 2011
Posted in Christmas, Family, Traditions

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