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Christmas 2013

Your #1 Fan post on December 28th, 2013
Posted in Christmas, Family, Novalie, Rudolph, Santa, Traditions

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The countdown is over, Christmas came.

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Santa came. He brought Novalie the golden nerf rebelle bow she has wanted for months.  Not just a nerf rebelle bow, but the golden one.  Santa had fun hunting one of those down from his elfs.  It was worth it because she was one happy girl.

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How lucky is Novalie to receive such an awesome letter from Santa?!  It is the best one yet.

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Also on Santa’s list from Novalie was a picture of Rudolph.  Man alive, I have heard it is hard to get a picture of Rudolph, but luckily Santa was able to snap this picture of his elf, Nova, playing with Rudolph.

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Santa never forgets the guinea pig especially since he was delivered on his sled 4 Christmas’ ago.

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Novalie was so excited to get this puzzle lamp from Grandma.  It is the neatest thing!

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Novalie with her Christmas loot.  Those pink cowboy boots….she has tried those things on at Target many times and I finally got them for her.  She has barely taken them off.

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Inside this duct taped package was a tube of chapstick.  Wrapping courtesy of Novalie.

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Inside this package was a tube of chapstick.  Wrapping courtesy of Kevin and his PC Gamer magazine cover.

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All I wanted for Christmas was chapstick especially the limited edition candy cane flavor.  Kevin and Novalie sure have some creative, hard to unwrap,ways to wrap presents.  🙂

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Black Chill is nightclub smelly.  Kevin will be smelling good for awhile.

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Our homemade ornament with Novalie’s school picture.  These are my most favorite gifts!

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Playing at the park with her new bow.

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Christmas day park fun.

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Novalie got the Hello Kitty airplane for Christmas and she got right to work with that insane imagination of hers.  White and blue shiny stones to make a lighted runway and her go fishing game that spins in a circle as the luggage carousel.   It has provided hours of playing fun.

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Our traditional big breakfast after we open presents.

The rest of the day was spent playing with her new toys, playing Name 5 (our new favorite game), eating way too much, watching Mr. Popper’s Penguins, going to my brother’s for dinner and playing Clue with Novalie’s cousins.

It is a simple, small and happy Christmas.

~Merry Christmas~

Christmas Eve

Your #1 Fan post on December 26th, 2013
Posted in Christmas, Novalie, Rudolph, Santa, Stories and poems, Traditions

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Grandma working on her cheese balls and Novalie mixing drinks in tiny cups.

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Decorating sugar cookies for Santa.

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We started tracking Santa during our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of lasagna.  We followed him the rest of the night right up until he was almost to Utah (and that is the only thing that settled Novalie down enough to sleep.)

We had our traditional Christmas Eve program with a video of the birth of Jesus Christ, Novalie opened her Christmas Eve jammies, read her story that she wrote just for Christmas Eve, we snapped glow sticks and read How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Twas the Night Before Christmas.  This is the fourth Christmas that we have followed this program and it works well for us.

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Kevin’s Christmas Eve outfit that I had to get a picture of.

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This year’s Christmas jammies.

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Our World We Share by Novalie Jolley

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Traditional glow sticks to read Christmas stories with.

Novalie made a bunch of gifts for Santa, Rudolph and the Christmas mouse.  She is so sweet to always remember to leave them something.  She wrote Santa’s letter and set out cookies and milk, carrots and cheese.

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All the gifts piled up on our carousel.

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Then we attempted to go to sleep, but the excitement of Christmas morning was just too much to settle down for sleep.  Novalie finally dozed off at midnight.

~Happy Christmas Eve~

Christmas Eve Eve

Your #1 Fan post on December 26th, 2013
Posted in Books, Christmas, Fun Activities, Kevin, Novalie, Traditions

We picked Kevin up from the train in a town a few towns over from ours.  They have the cutest Christmas village and beautiful lights among their shopping center.  Don’t let the smiles in these pictures fool you….Novalie was super cranky because we told her she couldn’t ice skate at their cute, tiny ice skating rink which made me cranky that she was cranky.  We had a case of the crankies, I tell you.  The lights were beautiful and they have these 2 ginormous deer that make me feel giddy with joy that helped the crankies go away a little bit.

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Beautiful light show on the water.

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Santa’s cottage.  Novalie still won’t get anywhere near Santa.  Which was fine with me because the line was loooong.

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The 2 beautiful deer.

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Novalie grew antlers.  😉

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After a nap in the car and some dinner, Novalie cheered right up so we continued on with our Christmas Eve Eve book exchange tradition.

We all go into Barnes and Noble and pick out a book for who we have.  We aren’t allowed to ask for a specific book, it has to be the givers choice.  And we have a $10 price limit.  This year I had Kevin, Kevin had Novalie and Novalie had me.

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Kevin’s creative wrapping job.

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Just kidding.  Kevin didn’t really give Novalie a Cisco textbook.

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We love books.  We love traditions.

~Happy Christmas Eve Eve~

Nice List

Your #1 Fan post on December 23rd, 2013
Posted in Christmas, Novalie, Santa, Traditions

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It was a close call with her new-found pre-teen attitudes, but in the end, her kind heart and goodness won.

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Gingerbread Houses

Your #1 Fan post on December 23rd, 2013
Posted in Gingerbread Houses, Novalie, Traditions

One of our holiday traditions is to make gingerbread houses.

Here are our creations from this year:

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Novalie was sick of having her picture taken and refused to look at the camera.  🙂

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Novalie’s gingerbread creation.  A little cottage, a road with cars, a little tree forest and a swimming pool with 3 bears relaxing on tubes.

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My gingerbread creation.

~Happy Gingerbread Houses~