Weekend Simplicity

Weekend Simplicity

 

Finally Friday- it’s been a super fast week thanks to Raynes being in his first (ever) summer camps, more swimming lessons,  and a handful of classes at the gym (K think she’s at art class), and trips to Costco, Publix, Target and Trader Jo’s (why? That’s a post for another day entirely).  We’ve I’ve missed Britton like crazy but know she is spending an important week with church friends.

 

Weekend Links:

The decorating truths you won’t see on TV

 15 projects you can make with paper (or maybe I’m prematurely dreaming about back to school notebooks)

I’m thinking my 8 year old needs these polka dot walls

Mom, if you’re reading this short and funky hair tutorial is for you

Who would’ve thought black concrete (counter tops) could be so beautiful 

 

Food

This Cobb Salad by the Pioneer woman looks like a good choice for this Florida heat

Last night I made the easiest and tastiest dinner in a long time.  Chicken with mushroom and wine sauce found here (page 146)

 

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I’m looking forward to pick up this girl- who arrives home from camp today.  If she was filled up after alone time with her parents, I can only imagine how she will be after time alone with God (and her favorite girlfriends!)

Thank you Reverend Hynes for keeping us parents updated with photos while our kids are away.

Thank you Reverend Hynes for keeping us parents updated with photos while our kids are away.

Briton camp

 

Favorite Photos

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She has found her vogue

Weekend Simplicity via Grateful Simplicity

 

 

Weekend Simplicity via Grateful Simplicity

Conventionally, a washing machine falls into the “tractor” category

 

Weekend Simplicity via Grateful SImplicity

Have a great weekend!

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Booze, Bras, and Books

Booze, Bras, and Books

My Mom has had several book signings lately.  Last night, luckily, I was able to attend.  Such a fun evening of booze, bras and books.  It was held at Kanvas {a local beauty and skin care store} who flew in a professional bra fitter from NYC.  As any gal knows, finding the right size bra is no small task and many ladies came out last night to take advantage of a fun-filled event.

 

Here are a few quick photos from last night.

 

Booze, Bras and Books

 

 

Booze, Bras and Books

 

 

Booze, Bras and Books via Grateful Simplicity

Local chef (from Kitchenable) was there cooking up custom krepes which were dee-lici-ous.  She also teaches cooking classes…. I’m thinking that is another great GNO theme.

 

 

Booze, Bras and Books

Left- Mary Heather who was mentioned in yesterday’s post. Right- Sister from the same mister.

Booze, Bras and Books

 

Booze, Bras and Books

 

Thank you ‘Booze, Bras, and Books.’

I needed all of the above.

Make new friends, but keep the old…

Make new friends, but keep the old…

 

Back in the 80’s, I was in a local Brownie troop.  Sporting our brown knee socks with the orange tassels tucked on the outside we would sing a song:

Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.

A circle is round,
it has no end.
That’s how long,
I will be your friend.

A fire burns bright, 
it warms the heart.
We’ve been friends,
from the very start.

You have one hand,
I have the other.
Put them together,
We have each other.

Silver is precious, 
Gold is too.
I am precious,
and so are you.

You help me, 
and I’ll help you 
and together
we will see it through.

The sky is blue
The Earth is green
I can help
to keep it clean

Across the land
Across the sea
Friends forever
We will always be

 

Mary Heather, is my oldest friend (actually, she is 5 months younger than me but oldest friend nonetheless) and is in town from Kirkland, Washington currently.

 

Growing up, we slept in the same cribs (despite her biting phase), carpooled to preschool, lower school, middle school and beyond.  We spent summers together at St. Teresa beach, dreamed about what our futures would look like (hoping they would entail a brown Thunderbird).  Our parents were best friends always ‘dropping by’ each others homes (I think my Dad just wanted to pawn us off on Aunt Bunny for the day so he and Uncle Bill could climb in the duck blinds). I practically  grew up at her house (if you go into Mary Heather’s old room and look at the ceiling in her closet, you will see, in bright purple Crayon, Garrett was here).

As life often does, it has come full circle.  My lifelong and dear friend now has a 1 year old with another one on the way.  It was such a gift to have our little boys meet and spend time together last night.

 

Our second generation of silver.

 

Make new friends, but keep the old

Hanley (22 months) outweighs Raynes (32 months) by a good 12 pounds

 

Make new friends, but keep the old

 

 

This goes to show that the apple does’t fall far from the tree.  Mary Heather always was more outgoing- working for Mtv in the summers, interning in Washington DC and finding cute boys to ask me out.  Me, on the other hand, was (and still am) a bit more shy, taking much longer to warm up to new situations, hesitant to try new things and visit new places.

 

Make new friends, but keep the old via Grateful Simplicity

The nail biting is a new phase- lovely, huh?

Make new friends, but keep the old via Grateful Simplicity

 

 

We are now the mothers, bathing our wild ones in the bath tub.  Some moments stop you in your tracks to take it all in.

 

 

Make new friends, but keep the old via Grateful Simplicity

The grandfathers (“Uncle Bill” and “Uncle Boone”) were best friends- although I am pretty sure they didn’t bathe together.

 

 

Make new friends, but keep the old via Grateful Simplicity

 

Make new friends, but keep the old via Grateful Simplicity

 

Because at the end of the day, I think it’s little moments like this that make life meaningful.

 

Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver, the other gold.

(And yes, Mary Heather was in my brownie troop too).

I love New York but give me Chicago any day

I love New York but give me Chicago any day.  

 

Mr. Robinson had a meeting in the Windy City last week so we decided I would tag along so we could have some alone time — which was a long time a coming.  But then at the last minute, we knew it was also important  for us to spend one on one time with our children- and as luck would have it, Britton’s birthday is in a couple weeks.  So her bags were also packed for her first ever (alone) trip with her parents.

 

Chicago

 

With the exception of the horrific air travel dilemmas both going up (and coming home- cancelled flights, rerouting, 6 hour layovers, flying standby, weather, mechanical problems) we had a marvelous four days.  The Four Seasons may have our girl setting her standards too high for future travel though.   We did museums (both art and natural history), the Bean, and my favorite… the architectural boat tour, shopping and some serious eating.  (Thankfully my FitBit flex had arrived when I got home)

 

Chicago

 

Chicago

 

 

While the three of us were together the entire trip, wouldn’t you know there isn’t a single photo of us together.  Britton is going through this joyful phase of not wanting me to take her photos.  Can you tell?

 

Chicago

 

Chicago

 

Since it was her birthday trip, with a lot of traveling involved, I temporarily relinquished her electronics ban enough for her to read on her Nook and have some serious Connect Four tournaments.  It’s a sad day when my 10 year old  beats me when I am giving it my all.  Who am I kidding? She is way smarter than me.

 

I have to say, B was such a joy to be around all weekend long.  She was all smiles, willing to go anywhere, try anything, never once complaining (did I mention we spent a lot of time in the airport?). By the end of the trip, she was holding my hand wherever we went and couldn’t get enough hugs from her Mama.  While it will be a long time until Mr. Robinson are able to get that away time together- I wouldn’t trade this trip for anything.

 

That game is addictive.

That game is addictive.

My 15 year old Vera Bradley cosmetic bag has been packed for three weeks now with trips to the coast, Marietta and now Chicago.  So glad to be home again, home again, never to roam again.  That may go for Mr. Robinson too.

Thank you Mama Mary, Sassy, and Aunt Britty for watching the littles while B enjoyed her birthday trip.

Standing in rental car line at 11:00 pm.... in an airport two hours from our town.  He loves my snapping photos.

Standing in rental car line at 11:00 pm…. in an airport two hours from our town. He loves my snapping photos, I can tell.

 

I love New York but give me Chicago any day.  

Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl {Book Review}

Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens

 

We arrived home from Chicago at 1:00 am this morning.  In a rental car.  That we drove over from the airport in Panama City.  We  should have arrived in Tallahassee.  Of course, we should have not gone to Huntsville, AL to refuel the airplane either.  Long story. Even longer travel.  There’s much to tell- and as I often do when I have many things I want to do at once, I’ll do something completely different.  I’ll talk about the book that I just finished.  I’ve been on a roll lately, but this one has a lot of great info for Mom’s of girls.  It helped having lots of time in the airport to catch up on my summer reading.

 

The book is Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens by Dannah Gresh.  This is a fantastic book for anyone with a daughter ages 5-12. Which is a lot of gals I know (it can be found on Amazon here). 

Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens (Secret Keeper Girl Series)

This is the snippet Amazon says,

“Bestselling author, speaker, and founder of the Secret Keeper Girl conferences, Dannah Gresh shares with moms the secret to helping today’s girls grow up confident, grace-filled, and strong in their faith.

Studies show that the foundation for an emotionally healthy teen girl is built between the ages of 8-12 and that a good relationship with mom is one of the most important factors. So when the world wants girls to grow up too fast, how does a mother help her young daughter navigate the stormy waters of boy-craziness, modesty and body image, media, Internet safety, and more? With a warm, transparent style, Dannah Gresh shares six ways a mom can help protect and guide her daughter, including:

  • help her celebrate her body in a healthy way
  • unbrand her when the world tries to buy and sell her
  • unplug her from a plugged-in world
  • dream with her about her prince, and more

This wonderful resource also provides moms a Connection IQ Inventory to test their mom- daughter relationship, creative and fun activities to do together, and Scriptures for the mom to pray for her daughter.”

 

This was a fantastic book of knowledge, particularly for me who has two daughters (8 and 10).  I highly recommend it to anyone with a little girls ages two or older. 

 

Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens n

Here is what I learned:

1.  Apparently I have not one, but two tween daughters.  Who knew?

2.  There are three stages to moral development:

  1. The Copycat Phase (ages 2-5)  Mommy does it.  I want to be like Mom because that feels good.  I will do it too. {Consequential copying}
  2. The Counseling Phase (ages 6-11) Why does Mommy do that?  I think I want to be like Mom, but does it really feel good?  {this is where she is choosing her values} 
  3. The Coaching Phase (age 12- adult years)  How do I want to do this?  Is there something that will help me decide? Maybe I will do it, if it fits into what I believe.   {Adjusting beliefs}

 

3.  I need to be asking myself, “did I spend more time in front of the mirror making myself externally beautiful, or did I spend more time developing my inner beauty through quiet communion with God?”

4.  There’s a website for screening movies, videos, music, etc called pluggedinonline.com - you can bet this one has been bookmarked

5.  And a great idea I plan to incorporate s my girls get older is girls’ “dateless” nite out.  Amen.

6.  According to Gresh, quality time is a myth.  Our kids need quantity that comes great great quality here and there.

 

Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens

 

She goes into a lot of detail in explaining everything (obviously, this book is written from a Christian perspective) but these are just the parts that I highlighted.

Speaking of tweens, I have one packing her suitcase as I type and headed to camp in the morning.  So it’s sign off time for me- it’s more important that I continue that quantity time (that we’ve had while in Chicago the past 4 days!).