Monthly Archives:June 2012

Galactic Mini Golf

Your #1 Fan post on June 17th, 2012
Posted in Family, Fun Activities

While I was searching for a bowling alley around here that offers free summer bowling, I came across a galactic mini golf course.  I thought it would be something that Novalie would love.  After all, it was decorated with dinosaurs, underwater creatures and a variety of other animals.  We decided it was worth checking out.

Novalie loved it and Kevin and I thought it was pretty cool and fun too.  As far as mini golf courses go, this one was way cool.  Not because of fancy or tricky courses, but from the black lights and the animals were definitely cool.

Wherever there are T-Rex’s, Novalie is happy.

 (we always mini golf with snakes tied around our necks, don’t you?)

Novalie was a tasty snack for this shark.

That’s a mean looking dinosaur.

She thinks they are her friends, but she is about to get eaten.

Just holding hands with a nice dino.

Surrounded by her best friends.

Seriously cool, fun place.

Carefree Summer

Your #1 Fan post on June 10th, 2012
Posted in Friends, Novalie, Summer Fun, Swimming


I love this picture of Novalie and her friend, Mackenzie, at the pool.

It is so relaxing and carefree.

Exactly how summer should be.

Happy Swimming!

Lily Comes to Play

Your #1 Fan post on June 9th, 2012
Posted in Friends, Novalie

Novalie had a playdate with Lily and her little sister, Dahlia, this past week.  They have been friends since the summer before kindergarten.  They moved 6 months before we did and we now live about an hour and a half away from them, which means occasional playdates.

Novalie and Lily almost tumbled to the ground as they ran to each other and gave big hugs.  It was a sweet reunion.

Novalie was always the tallest in her class and Lily was the shortest.  Perfect pair to be BFF’s!

Flying their plastic sack kites on the merry-go-round.

They did crafts, played dress-ups, played super hero games, played outside and I took them to the park.

Good friends are fantastic!

Popularity

Your #1 Fan post on June 7th, 2012
Posted in Friends, Novalie, Popularity

Popularity has recently become a topic in our family.

It started with this conversation:

Me:  “Who is “G” friends with at school?”

N:  “The popular girls.”

Me:  “You have popular girls in 3rd grade?”

N:  “Yes.”

Me:  “Who are they?”

N:  She says their names which I know exactly who she is going to say from volunteering.

Me:  “What makes them popular?”

N:  “They wear fancy clothes and fancy jewelry.  They have fancy hair styles.”

Me:  “Because of the way they look, kids think they are popular.”

N:  “Yes and because at recess they just stand in a circle and talk.”

Me:  “Do you wish you dressed like them?”

N:  “No way!” (you go girl)

Me:  “What do they talk about?”

N:  “Boring stuff.  Who would want to just stand around and talk when you can run and play at recess?!”  (love it)

Me:  “I think being popular means being well liked because you are kind, caring and fun.”

N:  “Mom, that is why I AM popular with my friends.”  (said in a duh like tone)

Me:  “Novalie, you have it exactly right.”

And so it begins.  Fitting in, popularity, wearing the right clothes.  I hope Novalie will always stay true to herself.  I hope that it is not with the popular crowd.  There is so much pressure to remain popular and live down to standards that I don’t like or agree with. (from my observations of popular cliques….if your child is popular and fabulous, I am not talking about them.) I also know that fitting in is so important to children.  I don’t want Novalie to be bullied because of clothing or have the popular girls stand in a circle laughing and looking right at her to make her feel like she is not good enough.  I know I can’t stop it from happening, I just wish it didn’t happen.  My hope for her is that she continues to be the confident girl she is.  I hope she will always feel popular in her circle of friends because she is being a good friend to them.  I hope she never conforms to a group because she wants to fit in even though I know it is in the top 3 things that girls care about.  I hope she finds her group, stays true to herself and that they all love each other for being themselves.  Is that too much to hope for?  I don’t think so, but time will tell.  I know there will always be the “groups” in school.  They have been there forever and will forever continue.  The popular group, the nerds, the jocks, ect.  Is it too much to ask for them to all accept their differences and be kind to one another?  I know it is because of parents who have not taught their children respect and kindness from day one.  I know it is because of peer pressure.  But, dang it!  I just want everyone to hold hands and sing Kumbaya.  Sigh.

With this whole new awareness of popularity, a little more of Novalie’s innocence is lost.

And that makes me sad.

Stand strong Novalie and continue the good fight my confident, sassy, yoga pant wearing daughter.  You will always be the most popular person to me.

Good Start

Your #1 Fan post on June 5th, 2012
Posted in Cousins, Novalie, Summer Fun

Summer is underway.

We are off to a good start.

SWIMMING with FRIENDS

WATER FIGHT with COUSINS!

Novalie and her cousin Ashley Doré (yeah, after me) after a truce.

Novalie would go back and forth between her two cousins.  Whichever situation benefited HER the best in the moment, she went with.  They all ended up soaked.  Novalie couldn’t have been happier about it.

H~A~P~P~Y S~U~M~M~E~R!

p.s.  what, you don’t have water fights in your nightgown?  we do anything and everything in ours.