iPad-Free Day

It happened almost by accident. After a rainy Saturday, with too much time on electronics/television/iPads I told the kids none of us were to use electronics.  For the entire day.

Once again, they were laid down and never mentioned again. And, yes, once again, my children interacted with one another (crazy, I know.)

iPad-Free Day via grateful simplicity

iPad-Free Day

 

Never underestimate the excitement of squirrel watching on a lazy afternoon.

iPad-Free Day via grateful simplicity

I have to be fast to {try to} shoot in the dark

 

 

Piggy back rides (K) and play dough creations(B). Who says children spread out in age can’t have fun together?

Some out-of-focus photos are still worth posting...

Some out-of-focus photos are still worth posting…

 

Does three Sundays in a row make it a new tradition? Here’s hoping…

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Rub a dub dub

It’s been said, ‘families that bathe together stay together.

(Okay, so I made that up) We, obviously, believe it to be true.

 

Exhibit A.

The decible level was quite high in that bathroom of theirs.

The decible level was quite high in that bathroom of theirs.

 

Exhibit B

Mr. Robinson and I have been doing a bit of spring cleaning around the house and were plum worn out by Sunday afternoon. We were quite thankful when Uncle Matt invited us over for homemade meatball subs. Sunday night dinners with family are hard to beat.

Rub a dub dub via grateful simplicity

Rub a dub dub

 

 

Sweet little sister has her home currently with a For Sale sign in the front yard AND knowingly volunteered her has-to-be-ready-to-be-shown-at-any-minute home as tribute,  Thanks, Tots!

Rub a dub dub via grateful simplicity

These three have a love, hate, love relationship. It typically ends on love.

 

 

Rub a dub dub via grateful simplicity

If my math skills are correct (50/50), then Raynes is smack dab in the middle (age) of his cousins. Aunt B and Uncle Matt found out there would be baby Jacobs #2 that day I delivered Raynes. But that’s a story for another day…

 

 

Rub a dub dub via grateful simplicity

 

While it was a bit of a mess in the bathroom, anything beats what the rest of their crew was doing. I walked into the family room only to find the Dads and big sisters glued to the TV show ‘Naked and Afraid.’ Primetime has sunk to an all new low, even for me.

I enjoyed my own showing (commercial free) of Naked and Not Afraid.

Rub a dub dub via grateful simplicity

World’s pickiest eater

Rub a dub dub via grateful simplicity

Whit, on the other end of the table, has never met a food he doesn’t eat.

Rub a dub dub via grateful simplicity

Where they belong.

 

 

Sunday night wraps up with a win!

Weekend Simplicity

It was long overdue. A lazy Saturday in pajamas.  The thunderstorm only validated what my soul already knew- Be still. No rushing. Just relaxing. A little ‘Weekend Simplicity.’

Weekend Simplicity via grateful simplicity

Not sure which was funnier. The fact that they were sitting down playing Monopoly, or that Mike was actually trying to explain HOW to play to his 3 year-old.

 

Well, sort of. I need to be somewhere shortly and had to got to first babysit my sweet nephew (affectionately known as Big Whit) this morning. Let’s just say that between the two little boys, there was lots of pooting, playing, and the fascination with the whoopie cushion they found under Raynes’ bed.

 

Hans and Frans

Hans and Frans. Can you guess which one is which?

 

Weekend Simplicity via grateful simplicity

 

Little boys, oh my. What to do, what to do?

 

Celebrating, cont.

The week is still young– since my Mom’s birthday, Mr. Robinson and I have also celebrated our 14 year wedding anniversary in style and will be hanging out with none other than John Legend this evening. You know, a typical Thursday night in T Town.

Celebrating, cont. via grateful simplicity

 

Looks like Meme enjoyed opening her gifts- hey, don’t we all like a good present?

Celebrating, cont. via grateful simplicity

Celebrating, cont. via grateful simplicity

 

In true Sassy form, she found a way to incorporate her love of books in the tablescape. See what I mean?

Celebrating, cont. via grateful simplicity

 

Celebrating, cont. via grateful simplicity

An all organic feast is no easy feat- thank you, Dee Dee. Photo credit:: Britton

 

 

Someone has fallen in love with photography….

Celebrating, cont. via grateful simplicity

 

 

And these lovely captured moments were taken by my skillful hand. Mom and Aunties- you can thank me later.

Celebrating, cont. via grateful simplicity

Celebrating, cont. via grateful simplicity

 

But wait… it’s only Thursday. More fun to come….

A Sassyfied Celebration

This is a big week of celebrating in our family… Kicking off with an 89th birthday celebratory luncheon for Meme and spending yesterday giving a big ‘Happy Sassified Birthday’ to this lady.

Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity

 

While I can’t tell you her age, what I can tell you is that she was little too excited about the now reduced cost of her medical insurance.

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Mom is a woman of many talents, indeed. Not only trying something new during her ‘Second Act‘ but discovering that she is pretty darn good at it! Like, um, I don’t know, whipping out this old world oil painting of her grandchild.

 

Maybe I can paint? Ah, look I can paint.

Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity

 

Maybe I can write? Oh, look- I can write!

Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity

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Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity

A Sassyfied Celebration

 

 

Maybe I can arrange flowers? Oh look, another talent (the fact that she can pull it all off in pig tails is an added plus)

Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity

 

But the one thing that she has always been good at, is taking care of, and loving, her family.  And we seem to keep multiplying which means her love keeps on a growin’.

 

Happy Birthday, Mom. We love you!

Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity

 

xo