Monthly Archives:May 2013

Long Weekend

Your #1 Fan post on May 28th, 2013
Posted in Friends, Fun Activities, Novalie, Sewing

Last Friday night, I taught Novalie the basics of sewing.  She was so excited and picked it right up!

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Novalie listened very well and followed my instructions.  She pushed the foot pedal slowly and occasionally, in true Novalie style, she would go super fast and loose control.  She likes to be speedy in all things.  As she got more comfortable, she found a nice steady slower speed.

I remember seeing on Pinterest awhile back, the idea to take a beach towel and turn it into a pool bag.  I suggested this to Novalie and she was all for it.  We found an old towel and cut it up and I showed her how to do it.  She made 4 of them before I had to make her stop to go to bed.  She also made her mouse a new little sleeping bag for her cage.  She was hooked on sewing!  She did such a great job and I went to bed so happy that I took the opportunity.

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The next morning, Novalie woke up and asked me if we had another towel to spare for her sewing.  She wanted to make more pool bags for her 4th grade Rendezvous coming up this week.  (they can “buy” a business license and “sell” things using beaver pelts and practice bartering)

She made 5 more bags and 2 cell phone bags.

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Isn’t it so good?  She did it all by herself!

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While the sewing machine was out, I made this bike basket for Novalie so she can take her stuffed friends along with her on bike rides.

After all that sewing, we went to the movies to watch Epic.  Then a bike ride to the park.

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On Memorial Day, we had to get our chores done in the morning, so Novalie could earn her friend playing for the day.  She was in charge of dusting first and she had an allergy attack.  After it was under control, she was back at it, but this time she wore her ski goggles to prevent the dust from getting in her eyes.  It was quite the cleaning get-up.  It makes me laugh.  She insisted that she needed the scarf belt with hand sanitizer attached.   As well as a floppy sun hat.  Sure made cleaning more fun.  She is hilarious.

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Her and her BFF had a lemonade stand which they did in between slip n sliding.  Boo in the hot pink race car was their mascot.  Her racing jacket added to their racing theme lemonade stand.  It worked, they made $15!

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Enjoying our BBQ out on the deck!  (I burnt the hot dogs AND the hamburgers….I am not a bbqer!)

Kevin and I watched Jack Reacher while these two spent all day outside playing.

It was a great long weekend!

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The Countdown Is On!

Your #1 Fan post on May 23rd, 2013
Posted in Birthday, Friends, Fun Activities, Novalie, Pedicures

10 days (school days) until summer vacation.  We have started the countdown.

Summer.  How we love thee.

Drama camp, diving lessons, basketball camp, tennis lessons, swimming pools, friends everyday, parks, camping, fireworks, parades, crafts, birthday party, bear lake, lemonade stands, snow cones, vacations, late nights, bike rides, roller skating, exhaustion and dirty feet from playing all day in the glorious sunshine.

Until then, we will settle for this:

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Turbo slip n ‘sliding!

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Cucumber/banana pedicures.  I have to say that I have never had mashed bananas massaged into my legs before.  I thought it was a wee bit……ewww…gross.  But, I was ever the good sport.

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Sometimes when you are cranky tired, like c~r~a~n~k~y tired with a capital C, but don’t want to go to bed early because then you will be up at 11 pm for hours thinking you got your nights sleep…when that happens, you just have to go to the park and hang with your bat friends.

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See, all that hanging was just the cure for the crankies.  And her bat friend got a ride on her ankle.

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Kevin got Novalie this invincible star from the video game, Mario.  We hope she will always have the invincible power.  Any obstacle that comes her way, she can plow right through it with her invincible power and not let it defeat her.  She will win.  We will root for her forever.

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Novalie with her Daddy on his birthday.

While we are giddy with joy that summer is so near, we are enjoying ourselves as the school year comes to an end.

But, boy oh boy are we excited about only 10 more school days.

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Hip Hop

Your #1 Fan post on May 16th, 2013
Posted in Hip Hop, Novalie

Back in September, Novalie told me she wanted to try hip hop dancing.  It is the first time she has ever expressed interest in any type of dance.  I searched around for a (cheap) dance studio and found one that had a beginning hip hop class.  I e-mailed the teacher and explained that Novalie had zero dance experience.  She reassured me that Novalie would be just fine and so we went to a class to try it out for free before we committed.  Novalie loved it.   While other kids picked up the choreography very quickly, I would have to video tape the moves and have Novalie practice them at home.  She was too sick a few of the days she had hip hop and that was tough to recover from missing class.  She worked hard and really enjoyed it.  Their team competed in a dance competition and took second place among the beginning hip hop teams which is awesome!  The dance studio had their end of year recital last night and they performed the best I have seen yet.  It has been a very rewarding experience and she made some great new friends.  Dance mom I am not, but proud mom I am.

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Novalie and her hip hop team.

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Her hip hop teacher.  Nicest, cutest, most positive girl.  She was always smiling during class while teaching.

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This is the first trophy Novalie has gotten.

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She really loves it.  A lot.

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Her BFF came and watched her with us.  She was happy to have a friend there!

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Job well done surprise.

It was great watching Novalie learn and grow as a performer and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

Mother’s Day Weekend

Your #1 Fan post on May 14th, 2013
Posted in Mommy/daughter days, Mother's Day, Novalie, Pedicures

I knew Novalie and I were going to have a grown up talk on Saturday, so I decided to make it an all around fun mommy/daughter day.

We both love these days.

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We started off with a little photo shoot and then we got pedicures.

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The place we went to put lemons and limes in the water.  We thought it was cool until you are all relaxed and then you practically jump out of your seat when something tickles your foot and you think it is a snake.  Nope, just a lime.

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We went to the mall and did some shopping.

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We went to the park, had a picnic and had the big “talk.”  Phew.  I earned myself Mother’s Day this year!

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At the end of the day, Novalie asked if we could do this everyday. (minus the “talk”  HA!)

She is so sweet and loves her momma.

I mean, look at this letter she wrote to me:

I love you because you love me and take care of me.

You are the best mom in the whole world.

I love you so much!

My life is good with you in it.

It is the best life a kid could ever have.

I love to play games with you and watch movies with you.

I love to swim with you and do pretty much everything with you.

You love me so much and I love you so much too.

I love you all the infinities in the world around space!

Sincerely, Novalie Jolley

Boy howdy, am I lucky!!

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This is exactly what I wanted for Mother’s Day and this is exactly what I bought myself!  HA!  Ok, to let Kevin off the hook, I was going to the grocery store and told him I would just pick up the list I gave him for Mother’s Day.  We are easy that way.

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I didn’t even bother cutting a slice.  It was Mother’s Day, so anything goes.

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And it really wouldn’t have been Mother’s Day if my cake didn’t get hijacked by Novalie.  But, honestly, I wasn’t going to eat the whole thing…..Mother’s Day isn’t that big of a freebie.

Ah….Mother’s Day.

It is bittersweet.  The bitter is in the back of my mind all day, but I focus on the sweet and let the sweet shine through.

I get to celebrate being a mother and that is pretty darn fantastic.

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Sunshine and Friends

Your #1 Fan post on May 11th, 2013
Posted in Friends, Novalie, Sunshine

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Three of Novalie’s favorite things (and blessings):

1. SUNSHINE

2. WATER &

3.  GREAT FRIENDS

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