Monthly Archives:April 2013

Sunshine

Your #1 Fan post on April 30th, 2013
Posted in Feeding Ducks, Friends, Fun Activities, Novalie

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We enjoyed the sunshine we were blessed with over the weekend.

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65 degrees was warm enough for these two girlies to bust out the slip n’slide.

Please come back soon sunshine.

Random Few Days

Your #1 Fan post on April 23rd, 2013
Posted in Family, Novalie, Random Thoughts, Sewing

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Miss Sassy Boots (courtesy of Aunt Janell)

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Miss Sassy Shopper

I told Novalie I was running to the dollar store to pick up some picture frames to spray paint for a project.  She said, “I want to come!”  10 minutes later she emerged from her bedroom all dressed up for the dollar store.  She cracks me up.

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Story of our life.  Us trying to relax and Novalie off exploring.

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Summer purse I sewed for myself.

I am trying to channel summer thoughts out into the universe.

Just Feeding the Ducks

Your #1 Fan post on April 19th, 2013
Posted in Family, Feeding Ducks, Novalie

Last Sunday, we just needed to get out of the house.  Kevin and Novalie had bronchitis and house-itis for days and days.  Who knew feeding ducks was just the cure we all needed? (although it was freeeeezing for me)

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This is Flinch and Forest Green.  Two of the ducks Novalie quickly named and protected from the seagulls trying to steal their bread treat. (although Novalie had pity on the seagulls and gave them plenty of bread)

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Some of the ducks were brave and would take it right out of our hands. (see those seagulls pretending to be all innocent in the background….so not innocent)

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Novalie with the big, beautiful swan.

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A quick stop at the park!

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Big boys like their toys.

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We are glad that bronchitis is gone!  I have NO idea how I didn’t get it, but I’ll take the blessings when they come.  😉

You are never too old to feed the ducks.

It is peaceful and funny to watch the ducks and their personalities.

It does the soul some good.

Novalie makes it that much more fun with her creative brain and how it relates to the ducks.

Swans are magnificent.

I love the beauty the earth holds.

I love my family.

♥Happy Duck Feeding♥

Spring Break – Part Two

Your #1 Fan post on April 16th, 2013
Posted in Family, Fun Activities, Spring Break

Kevin did not have any vacation days saved up for spring break, so we decided to go to the city again for a couple of nights.  That would give Kevin a 5 minute commute which is a vacation for him.  Novalie and I checked into the hotel, hit the vending machines and then picked Kevin up from work.  Then, for the next two days we swam and swam, shopped, ate yummy food, swam, went to a really cool used book store, walked the city, swam, ate more yummy food and window shopped some more.

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This little lady was super excited to be at the hotel again.

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These two sword fight on the Wii, but real life sword fighting with pillows is pretty awesome too.

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Novalie did about 100 flips off the side.  The second day while we were swimming, she met a friend and they swam and swam and swam.  She can meet a friend anywhere.  A skill I very much admire as I am the complete opposite.

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Making jelly pyramids while waiting for our complimentary breakfast.

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We met Kevin on his lunch break and he took us to the local pizza place, The Pie Hole.  Novalie was unsure of this place.  One of those city dives that has culture was making her feel timid.  The artwork, as you can see a glimpse of in this picture, was awesome.  We were trying to figure out what was going on in the scene.  Little flying pizzas all over.  We couldn’t decide if they were working together with the giant monster or trying to defeat it.  Alien pizza box saucers were involved too.  They have different toppings everyday on their pizzas.  The day we visited for lunch they had a tater tot and broccoli pizza.  I can’t wait to go back.  Novalie can.  As we were leaving, I noticed a wall where you can leave your mark.  I asked her if she wanted to sign her name and she couldn’t say quick enough, “No!  Let’s get out of here.”  Then, when we were safely out, she said, “I think we are country people.”  Novalie’s energy equals the city, but she just hasn’t figured that out yet.  I secretly know though.

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We went to this awesome used book store.  It felt like it never ended.  There were twists and turns and little rooms off of other little rooms.  It is a gem, I tell you.  This picture is a little side room with an old safe.  Totally awesome.  They had an original Book of Mormon that came from England for thousands of dollars.  Like lots of thousands.  They had a book that belonged to Brigham Young that was also thousands.  I thought about my Dad the whole time because he owns some of those old books and would love some of the gems this bookstore had.

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I got to try the Red Iguana.  Yummy.

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We walked all over City Creek.

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Novalie just started doing all these poses like she was in a photo shoot.  It was hilarious.  She put on a show…people were stopping and smiling/laughing.  She is too funny.

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We bought way too much fudge at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

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We had a great time!

♥Happy Spring Break!♥

Spring Break – Part One

Your #1 Fan post on April 12th, 2013
Posted in Friends, Fun Activities, Novalie, Park, Swimming

Since this is day 3 being home with a bronchitis infected Novalie, I thought I would recap the first couple of days of our spring break week.

The first part of the week, we pretty much did the same thing on Monday and Tuesday.

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Novalie loaded up her stuffed animals and had a picnic for them.  She rode her scooter around and gave them rides.  All while I hit tennis balls against the backboard.  I love playing tennis and I sure love hitting those tennis balls hard because they come back every time.

Then, we went home and Novalie made plans with friends.  To the swimming pool we went both Monday and Tuesday with different friends.  I read three parenting books and one uh….um…hot pink covered book (as Novalie calls them) during those two swimming playdates.  Fabulous times (no pictures, but it really was fabulous).

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We would end the days playing at the park.  I am not sure how Novalie had energy left for the park because she swam hard for hours, but she sure fell asleep within seconds and was zonked out good all night.  A sign of a successful day.

It was a great start to a fantastic week!