Confessions of a Tractor Party

Confessions of a Tractor Party:

 

And just like that, another birthday goes by.

John Deere style, of course.

 

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Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

 

Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

And just like that, another birthday goes by.  John Deere style, of course.

 

Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

 

Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

 

Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

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Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

 

Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

 

We  don’t have to try to keep things real around here. That’s why when Raynes dumped over his Cake Shop cake that was sitting atop our dining room table, prior to the party, then stuck his fingers in it… I wasn’t too ashamed to serve it to our guests. Lopsided and all.  Because these days, that’s how we seem to roll.  Even with the best intentions, lopsided tends to be the norm ’round here.

Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

Confessions of a Tractor Party

 

Confessions of a Tractor Party

Happy Birthday, Ray Nay Nayes!

 

Confessions of a Tractor Party

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Happy Birthday Raynes

3 years old.

36 months.

13,140 days.

Happy birthday Raynes.

Happy Birthday Raynes via grateful simplicity

 

 

You zipped into the world at 5:16 pm on a Monday, October 17th and have been moving fast ever since.

 

Happy Birthday Raynes via grateful simplicity

The girls seeing a little brother for the first time. I think the hair feather and Taylor Swift t-shirt are a sure sign he was born in 2011.

thought cloud: now I have someone to give me guns to.

thought cloud: now I have someone to give me guns to.

Raynes, though you are no longer our little Ginger, you are still my most favorite little boy. Can’t imagine how different our lives would be without you there to repeat the same question 6 times in a row, hug me for no particular reason, or point out every tractor within a 1 mile radius.  You are sweet in it’s purest form. xo

 

What to do with little boys | Grateful Simplicity

Far[m] Outside the Ordinary

Far[m] Outside the Ordinary

Brag Box

 

I’ve always said I reserve the right to occasionally brag on this blog.  Like most Moms, I tend to brag about my children every now and then.  Today, this child is bragging about her Mom.

As most people know (particularly is you’re on Facebook) my mom wrote a memoir, Far Outside the Ordinary, which was released this past spring.  It’s doing amazingly well, and she receives beautiful emails each and every day with readers professing how they have been touched by her story.

 

Brag Box

 

Here are some of the recent highlights:

  • She has received 123 Amazon reviews with a 5-star rating! (thank you to anyone who has taken the time to write a review.  I can tell you that she checks the reviews daily since Amazon remains to be the King of the Book Jungle)
  • Over 2200 books have been sold with the third run ordered.
  • Her book cover won first place in the National Graphic Design Contest. It will be featured in Print Magazine in December, along with designer Katie Campbell (talented cousin extraordinaire) who created it.
  • It has been chosen as the selection for over two dozen book clubs in Florida, Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, California and Maryland.
  • Since the book was released in March 2014, Prissy has been invited for book signings at Barnes and Noble and several independent book stores in Florida and Georgia.
  • Her book is being featured at a limited seating {family} music event next month that sounds like so much fun!
  • Writer’s Digest magazine has selected her publishing success story to be featured in their upcoming issue

 

 

Farm outside the ordinary

In typical Prissy fashion, Mom is paying it forward in helping other young widows stricken by helping raise money for Fresh New Start

 

Far Outside the Ordinary

 

There are a couple more exciting happenings in the pipeline that she’s asked me to keep tight-lipped about for the time being.  Needless to say, great things are happening and her memoir seems to have taken on a life of it’s own.

 

Mom is flying to New York next week for a summit, then a couple weeks after that she will be taking Sara Britton and myself along for some events in Dallas, Texas.  Yee Haw!

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So there you have it, my little snippet of bragging.  Can you blame though?

I was runn-ing

In the words of the lovable character, Forrest Gump, I was runn-ing.

Well, technically my child was running. But still… Yesterday afternoon, in the heat and breeze, the middle school XC teams ran around the rolling hills for one of few remaining meets of the season.

 

Cross Country season is winding down and the soccer season is just gearing up- shin guards on order and calendars packed full.  Kids sporting events are ever active these days. Who would’ve known?

 

I  was runn-ing via Grateful SImplicity

 

Clearly, Kenley was enthralled with the race

Clearly, Kenley was enthralled with the race

 

I  was runn-ing via Grateful SImplicity

 

Such a beautiful course and fantastic activity for adolescent girls to be involved in.  With body issues glaringly pointed out by the media these days, there’s nothing better for your mind (and body) then a good ol’ run.  You can run anywhere, anytime.  No gear, field, teammates required. A lifelong sport.

 

On tap for the weekend: yard work, birthday party planning and laundry.  Exciting, I know.

Happy Birthday to You. Happy Birthday to You.

A doubly special week of birthdays.  Mazelle and Mary both celebrating a birthday.  Mazelle on October 6th and Mary on October 7th.

Mazelle will be 92 and has all but raised three generations of Landrum girls.  Mom, Meme and my aunts drove over to Lake City this morning to celebrate with their Mazelle.

 

happy birthday to you via grateful simplicity

 

 

Sweet Mary has helped Mr. R and me raise our children since Britton was just 6 weeks old. Lord only knows how they would have turned out had Mary not been there so many times to intervene and offer quiet guidance. 

happy birthday to you via grateful simplicity

 

 

I hope both of these women have a special day knowing how much we love and appreciate them.

Happy Birthday to you!