Novalie, my Sunshine T-Rex,
Here are some things that I remember most about 2014:
~You learned you can do hard things. You started the year (and have been plagued all year) with back and stomach issues. We have been to the chiropractor more times than I could possibly count and your tummy still puzzles us. I have been putting off the stomach camera, but I think it is in our near future. You started 2014 with your bff turning her back on you for 6 long, painful, lonely months. You had to share your space, your things, your mom, your SPACE with 3 cousins all summer long. You had to feel the confusion and heartbreak of your cousins leaving without knowing or saying good-bye. You had to adjust again to being an only child. Your 5th grade teacher was mean, impatient, rude and not helpful at all. Your other bff moved away. All of these presented challenges and heartbreak, but you learned so much. You grew so much. You learned you CAN do hard things because you did do hard things.
~We took a weekend trip to Lava Hot Springs which you loved.
~We said good-bye to Good Luck Charlie. We miss crazy Amy and watch her on re-runs.
~We watched all the seasons of DC Cupcakes together and many, many, many episodes of Cupcake Wars.
~You got a 100% on your big president report which you were the first one to pick out of a hat in class your president and you got President Obama and the whole class groaned along with you. You weren’t thrilled with Obama, but you learned a lot and gained respect for the President of the United States.
~You studied so hard for 6 weeks to learn all the capitals in the United States. We made up songs and practiced your flash cards to beats to help you learn them. You never complained once about studying. You got 100% of all of your capital tests. Which earned you a trip to the Shilo Inn to celebrate.
~During that trip to Shilo Inn, I will always remember how it was raining and we were both hunched up under the umbrella waiting for the light to turn green to go to Temple Square and out of nowhere a women’s head appears up under our umbrella scaring the heck out of me and asks us for money. Seems funny now. At the time, I couldn’t wait to get out of the city.
~You got a 100% on your science fair project and it was the most popular with the other students. Kids go crazy over exploding soda cans.
~You worked hard all year in Hip Hop and you competed again at a national dance competition. Your facial expressions were out of this world. You were so brave.
~You scored a perfect score on the end of 5th grade state writing test. That is hard and rare to do. But YOU did it!
~You had a super fun summer with your cousins living with us for 3 months.
~You turned 11 and had an awesome family party.
~You were a part of Zach’s conversion to the gospel. You loved having the missionaries come over. You would say the sweetest and most encouraging things to Zach. You were his biggest cheerleader. You were at his baptism.
~I will never ever forget when daddy and I took you to meet a sweet little puppy to see if you were allergic. When you were not allergic and we told you this was your puppy, your joy was overflowing from your body in a way I have never seen before. You didn’t even know what to do with all the joy and happiness you felt. It was perfect.
~We took a short trip to Richland which you and Olive were perfect travelers for. You swam your heart out at Uncle Keith’s pool. On the way home, you got eaten alive by mosquitoes within seconds at a rest area.
~You talk often about how much you loved going to dinner at the bbq place with Uncle David, Aunt Tamsin and Myra and Will.
We went through the Ogden Temple open house with daddy, the boys, the missionaries, grandma and Aunt Danielle. You can not wait until you are 12 to do baptisms for the dead.
~You bore your testimony for the first time in sacrament. It was simple and sweet and your goodness takes my breath away.
~You went on roller coasters and upside down rides at the amusement park and I had so much fun watching you have so much fun. I couldn’t look when you went upside down it made me so nervous and I was laughing at the same time.
~You visited your beloved polar bear, Rizzo, 3 times last year. You connect with that polar bear. People might think I am crazy, but I see it with my own eyes. Something about you and Rizzo connects.
~You sang a solo in your last Primary Program. You were so brave. You were so beautiful. I didn’t just think so, everyone in the ward said so too. You amaze me.
~You loved Christmas Hallmark movies for the first time this year. We watched many together. We would predict what would happen, we would roll our eyes at the cheesiness and we would awe at the end. We created a new Christmas tradition.
~Throughout all of 2014, I will remember paper spread out everywhere all the time. All the time. Stories after stories after stories. They are my treasures.
~You went to Richland for your Aunt Janell’s wedding and you looked beautiful. You felt sad that Janell wouldn’t be there when we visit anymore, but so happy for her at the same time. You loved seeing all your family.
~I will never forget coming home from work and seeing that you had cleaned the whole house. I was so tired and the house was so messy. It was the best surprise and again I was amazed at your goodness.
~The first 4 months of 6th grade have been pretty smooth. You love your teacher, Mr. G, you love art, music and science. You struggled hard in math. You worked hard at math. I will never forget you running across the field SO excited to tell me you got an 85% on your end of unit test. You studied and practiced and it paid off. 85% is so so so good in math. Math is hard and you just keep on trying your hardest.
~You started taking an acting class and you are in love with acting. You are really good at it too.
~I have seen great growth and maturity in you during 2014. You are a beautiful daughter of God and I am so proud of you. You are the joy of my life. I love you 100 infinities around the universe and back. You continue to amaze me everyday and like always….I want to be just like you.
I can’t wait to see what you do in 2015.