Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}

The Thanksgiving photos, which I thought were gone but not forgotten, have resurfaced. Just in time for Christmas parties, caroling and shopping. Mr. Robinson and I hosted Thanksgiving this year with an abbreviated bunch of family representing which still made for close to 15 tablesettings people. I decided to embrace Thanksgiving, and try I as I might to talk myself into the more sensible paper plates, out came the fine china, linen napkins and heirloom tablecloths.

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The only Christmas to be found on our table was some red berries and Spode Christmas plates.  Might have gone a little overboard with the tall flower arrangement but my motto is you can be too thin, too rich, or (my latest addition) have too many flowers. And I’m sticking to it.

Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}
Mike’s mom has had some health issues since last Spring and we are thankful she is getting stronger and that she and Cleve were able to join us for the Thankful feast (with overflowing flowers).   Ken;ey’s little heart has been giving us a small pause for concern so before we get too worked up, her doctor has her wearing a heart monitor so we get the data to know if it’s “something” or “nothing.” My guess is the latter.

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Lemon tree is overflowing — cold, fresh lemon water every morning now.

If anyone asks, the turkey was organic. That's our story and we're sticking to it.

If anyone asks, the turkey was organic. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

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Kenley has quite the football arm. Who knew?!

Kenley has quite the football arm. Who knew?!

Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}

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What Thanksgiving?

What Thanksgiving? It has come and gone, and yet there is no sign of it on this ol’ blog. To avoid sounding like a broken record (too late!) I won’t rattle on about how time seems to get away from me. We’re all short on time. I give myself a free pass, once again, to have allowed time to pass as we are now past the second Sunday of the Advent season. It’s red and green everywhere! We have our tree up, wreaths on the house (an early Christmas gift with it’s fresh new look!), and Christmas cards done that a certain 5 year-old elf has been working diligently on sealing each with a kiss. With 20 days to go, it’s as it should be. One thing I am super thankful for this year? Amazon Prime. What in the world did we do without it? Now if we could just finish that gift buying business, we could pull on the flannel pajamas, turn on the Keurig, find our favorite Hallmark movie, and call it a day!

 

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Suddenly I have a great idea for this eno!

Suddenly I have a great idea for this eno!

What Thanksgiving?

What Thanksgiving?

What Thanksgiving?

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Marco Polo

You have two friends so you decide to introduce them to one another. You point out the good qualities of each,  cross those fingers and hope that they get along, then make the introduction. And so it goes with the annual Polo match this year. Family meets school- both close and personal, while I hold my breath and hope it’s a good match (literally). And boy was it! Such a fun event this year at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm with the proceeds benefiting our favorite school.  November weather in our town is hard to beat. In fact, I could put it up against some of the best tourist towns in our country. It can’t be beat. Throw in some snazzy tailgates, food, flowers, friends and you’ve got yourself the perfect Sunday Fun day for some Marco Polo.

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

 

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

 

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

 

 

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

 

Sow bountifully, reap bountifully

“…Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

 

Sow bountifully, reap bountifully is really what this parenting stuff is all about. When Mr. Robinson first built my garden beds (best anniversary present ever!) my girls were so excited. Excited as in they researched what to plant, when to plant it, how it grows best, etc.  And that lasted for um…. about one week.  Now? Now Raynes and I visit the local garden center (no other takers), strolling through the green foliage-lines aisles to choose the perfect seeds, shovel and bag our mushroom compost, till the two little beds, plant the seeds… We’re talking an hour long planting session. Then we all, Raynes and girls included, watch them grow!

This planting, nourishing, growing and blossoming is truly, the essence of parenting. At least in my little humble opinion. How is that for deep thoughts on this finally Fall hump day?

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Sow bountifully, reap bountifully

Sow bountifully, reap bountifully via grateful simplicity

Sow bountifully, reap bountifully via grateful simplicity

Sow bountifully, reap bountifully via grateful simplicity

 

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Boo!

Poof! And just like that, Halloween is over. We dressed up (okay so I did not but do have big plans for next year), kept all 20 kids intact and alive over our two-hour trick-or-treating adventure. Thankfully, Mr. Robinson hid most of the candy and for once, my Dory-like memory is a good thing because for the life of me I cannot remember where he said he hid it.  While I really do want to fully embrace each holiday with it’s due time of attention– Halloween, Thanksgiving— I can’t help myself from turning on 105.3 on the radio to listen to the Christmas Carols that have been playing for two weeks now. Finally, I can listen without feeling like a total crazy woman (thank you Britton and Kenley for humoring your mom and singing along!).

My little red strawberry, SWAT Team fellow, and not-pictured black cat are counting down the days. There are 53 days left in case you are interested. It’s okay, you can listen to Christmas Carols too. No judgement here!

 

Boo via grateful simplicity

 

Boo! via grateful simplicity

Boo via grateful simplicity

Boo! via grateful simplicity

Kenley’s class party (aka next year’s middle schoolers)

Boo! via grateful simplicity

R’s Preschool Halloween Carnival

Boo! via grateful simplicity

The camouflage Polaris came in handy this time

 

Boo! via grateful simplicity

The best hay ride driver (and cooler hauling) around….

Boo! via grateful simplicity

Check out those wings!

Boo! via grateful simplicity

Assistance keeping the adults hydrated for two hours of non-stop walking, running, and candy grabbing

Boo! via grateful simplicityis over.