This Novel Life

"Live the life you dream." -Henry David Thoreau

Category: Madison

20. Quick Trip To Disney








19. Beach Beauty


17. I Miss You Saco

We lived in Saco, Maine for about thirteen months. It was one of the best years of my life. We had this little two story apartment on a street that had an island park (yes, an island that was a park) & it was within walking distance of the picturesque Main Street that I fell hopelessly in love with. We celebrated Madison’s fourth birthday in that apartment, I fell in love with photography in that town and we explored so much of it. We planned to buy a house there. But now we live in Florida.

Which I’m happy about, but oh boy do I miss Saco. Not Maine. But Saco. Such a great little town with such character and charm. We will be back someday, but until then, I have pictures from our favorite little trail/park, Riverfront Park & the Riverwalk.

16. A Girl and Her Dog

“To a little girl, a dog can be all you need.” 

We went to explore the nature trails at Spruce Creek Park in Port Orange, Florida this afternoon. We’ve driven it tons of times and I’ve never had the time to stop until today. What a treat! It’s a beautiful park. A roughly three-mile nature trail wraps around the park, complete with a fishing pier, boardwalk and big observation tower. While we didn’t get to see the entire park, we did get a chance to head up to the observation tower, bringing our trip to just over a mile from where we parked and started on the walk. There’s also a very nice playground and covered picnic area, along with picnic spots scattered throughout the park by the fishing pier. I had big plans to take pictures of everything around us, but I got a bit distracted. We just finished obedience classes with the puppy, so Madison got to hold the leash the entire time. I couldn’t help but keep the camera mostly focused on the two best friends today.

View of the marsh from the top of the observation tower.

A fiddler crab party! These guys were all around the little path in the above picture.

Spruce Creek Park was a great little spot tucked away on South Ridgewood Ave. We’ll definitely be back to check out the fishing pier and rest of the trail.

9. The World Through Her Eyes II

I got a lot of great feedback for my interview of my five year old, Madison, so I decided to do it again. I got some great ideas for questions from readers along with some questions I already had in my head. Today we sat down (in the tent in her room) and this is what we talked about.

Are you ready for your second interview? Yes.

Lets talk about animals. If you could be any animal, what would you be? A tiger. Wait, a leopard. I love leopards.

What is your favorite animal sound? Meowww.

If animals could talk, what would they say? Bow wow, la la la.

Okay. What is happiness? When you’re happy.

What do you do when you’re happy? Hug my cat and play with my dog.

What is love? When you love someone, like I love my Grammy.

How do you know you love Grammy? Because I really miss her.

Where are Max and Ruby’s parents? They moved. Max and Ruby is a cartoon where the parents are never shown.

Why didn’t they take Max and Ruby? They forgot them.

Who is your favorite princess, and why? Cinderella, because she has beautiful hair and a blue dress.

Do you remember any of your dreams? Well, one. It was interesting and so scary. It was about monsters taking my Daddy.

Did you get him back? Nope.

How old are you when you’re a grown up? Umm, 55.

Why? That’s what the legend says.

What legend? You know, the legend.

Oh right, that one. So when you’re a grown up, and famous, what will you be famous for? For being a fashion designer.

What’s your favorite song to dance to? Dancing with the Stars.

But what song? Jingle Bells. We have a radio in my class.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside in the summer and winter? Ride my scooter and make snowmen.

What’s the hardest part about being a kid? Learning how to ride my scooter.

If you could give every kid in the world one gift, what would it be? They would get to play all the time.

Thank you for reading! And please comment with any questions you would like me to ask her in the future, I’m having a lot of fun with this and she loves her little interviews.

6. The World Through Her Eyes

I wanted to do a little questionnaire with Madison for when she turned five, which of course I didn’t do until tonight when she was getting ready for bed. This is the interview.

Okay Madison, are you ready for your interview? Yes.

How old are you today? Five.

How does it feel to be five? Beautiful.

How was your day? Like, awesome.

How was the weather? Like, um, cold.

What do you think of school? School is fun.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in life so far? My sight words.

What is your favorite sight word? See. Can you write see? S-E-E.

Thanks. What else do you like to learn about? Animals on farms.

How do you think you’re different from last year? Well, I’m five. This is when she rolled her eyes at me.

What’s your favorite thing about yourself? That I have Moe. Moe is her stuffed puppy.

Who is your best friend? Moe.

Whose your best real friend? Andie and Nicole.

Tell me about our family. Well, my dad likes to play Wii with me. And my mom likes flowers.

What about our pets? I have Penny, Surfy and Backson. Cat, turtle, dog.

What is something really big we did this past year? We went to Disney.

What’s your favorite music? I don’t have a radio, but I like the Twelve Dogs of Christmas.

Favorite book? That learning book.

Favorite movie? Scooby-Doo.

What about your favorite TV show? Scooby-Doo.

If you could have one day to do anything with Daddy, what would you do? Play Wii.

What about a day to do anything with me? Go to the store.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A car seller. I’ll get paid.

How much will you get paid? Um, twenty dollars. Wait! One hundred dollars.

How much do you think Daddy gets paid? Twenty one dollars. Or one thousand dollars.

Do you think you’ll ever get married? Yes.

How old will you be when you get married? Twenty one. Because you were.

I was eighteen when I got married. Really? Then she proceeded to stare at me blankly for a few seconds.

What’s one thing you know about boys? They get married.

What’s your favorite food? Cheez-It’s. Are we done?

No. What’s your favorite candy? Lollipops.

Are you scared of anything? Yes. Vampires.

Anything else you’d like to say? Yes.

What? That I like flags, and I love horses. They are beautiful.

Is there anything I didn’t ask you? You didn’t ask me what day it is.

Okay, what day is it? The twelfth.

No, Maddy, it’s the eighteenth. Really?

Yes. Thanks for the interview. You’re welcome. Are we done?

Yes. Great, can you help me find the Twelve Dogs of Christmas?

And that was my kid, ladies & gentlemen.