Monthly Archives:March 2016

Latest Adventures


We decided it would be fun to go ice skating in the city at the outdoor rink.  It was a warmer day and not crowded at all.  We had fun until Novalie fell in a puddle and was wet, my toes starting cramping every time I tried to skate and Novalie’s BFF fell and hurt her knee.  However, it was a fun adventure to try something new and Novalie always feels fancy when we go into the city.  And how cute is this picture of Novalie? Very. Seriously cute.



They were trying to do all sorts of tricks out there and often ended up on the ground.


Novalie and her BFF skating in the city.


Me and my baby girl.


So in love with this picture!


After ice skating we walked around to find somewhere to have dinner.  We walked by this bakery and Novalie and I were so excited!  It was in a Christmas Hallmark movie where the characters met frequently.  Kevin said he walks by it often, but we kinda felt famous for a second.


In all the pretty city lights.  I love these girls.


We went to see Zootopia which was cute and funny.


 If you look closely at Novalie’s legs, you will see JEANS on them.  We were in the store and she said she wanted to try these jeans, so I practically ran to the register before she could change her mind.  She wore them to school and she said all her friends were screaming…”Novalie, you have jeans on!”  She has not worn jeans since she was five.  It is a big deal y’all.


Our new home away from home.  Novalie got invited to be in a JOAD (junior olympic archery development) program.  The coaches say she has raw talent.  They say she will go far.  They say they have big plans for her.  She LOVES it.  It has been fun to learn all about the sport of archery.  We went to watch our first national competition and it is cool. It is all new and exciting.  I love watching her shoot.



Painting with another great friend.


Painting…another one of Novalie’s talents.  She does it often and always impresses me with what she can do.  She just sits down and creates beautiful things.


A beautiful Sunday walk.  It is so nice to get outside again after the cold snowy winter.


With the snow melted, I get this look everyday.  “Aren’t you going to play with me?”  Which I do.  Because look at that puppy.



These two love walking to my work on Fridays if I am working.  School gets out early on Fridays, so they walk to my work and order fancy drinks and pastries and work on their novels.  They want to be authors and want to be published sooooooooooooooooo badly.  They are working on a series right now and I am kinda in love with that fact.  Archery, art and writing which are not only Novalie’s talents but passions and she is deep into all of them at the moment.


Novalie and her BFF are into all things The Maze Runner series.  They have seen the first two movies countless times and she seems to have one of the 3 books in front of her face these days.  They talk about it all.the.time.  She has her Maze Runner birthday party all planned out with every detail covered… is not for 4 more months.  They are fans.

Besides all these adventures, they volunteer at the local food pantry twice a month. (I mean, how awesome is my daughter!?!)  They go roller blading each week on $1 skating night (her BFF’s mom takes them, so no pics) where they are working on all sorts of tricks on their blades including the karate kick.  Novalie has had a sleep over twice at her BFF’s house.  That is a big deal too.  I always said no sleep overs until someone comes along that reminds me of Britnie (my BFF in high school) and I felt 100% comfortable with her being at their house.  She has found that and her BFF’s family just loves Novalie and I feel safe about her being there.

All this and she has remained on the honor roll at school all year long.  I am so proud of her.

I am so in love with Novalie these days.  Even with her eye rolls and her….I am so annoyed with you, mom, attitude, she is 90% of the time laughing, happy and enjoying life.  I thank God everyday for sending her to me.  She makes my world go round.