Weekend Simplicity

Weekend Simplicity…

I knew this day would come, the morning where I lie in bed and rub the sleep out of my eyes trying to make sense of the noise around me, only to find a blonde-headed 2.5 year old standing over me.  Yes, Raynes hoisted himself out of his crib this morning.  The one morning I so wanted to sleep until 8 am.  After struggling to get him to stay in his too-small traveling pack-n-play the better part of June, Mr. Robinson and I would come home so grateful to have his large crib to hold him at bedtime.  (Little sister- I know he is almost three but having him contained at night brings me inexplicable joy)

 

Please say a prayer that climbing out of his crib this morning is a one time thing.  Otherwise I’ll be setting up his little mahogany four-poster twin bed in a matter of days. Sniff.

 

In the case I am not so fortunate and this climbing isn’t a phase, I’ve slowly been making plans to transition Raynes’ nursery to a big boy bedroom.  I may, or may not, have picked up some boy bedding while I was in Atlanta recently.

 

Okay, on to the weekend.

 

On My Nightstand:

Each evening I look forward to crawling into bed because I’m so tired it hurts so I can read What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I’m behind on my summer reading so I need to get cracking.

 

Fashion Find:

Just this week I’ve discovered J.Crew Factory store online. Hello? Why did I not know they had a website? Oh, and everything is 50% off currently.

$19 currently {from $75}

$19 currently {from $75}

 

Around the House:

This would make such a great space for a, um I don’t know, 11 year old girl….

 

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Source | Stephanie Kraus Designs via House of Turquoise

Favorite Photos:

 

 

You know that expressions ‘like a kid in a candy store’? This is what that looks like.

 

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Boys learning to share- love this expression when Mama intervenes.

 

 

 

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Leftover fourth of July photo but I love this one.

 

I’m going to pour myself a hot cup of coffee now.  I hear the buzzer telling me it’s ready.

Have a great weekend!

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Happy Birthday, B

It only took 5 days in the hospital, a record breaking induction time (long!), TCBY frozen yogurt (and Dr. Phil) to break my water and several easy pushes for our baby girl to arrive at 1:32 am on July 9, 2003.

No matter how long I live, how bad my memory gets, I will always remember seeing my firstborn for the first time with her head full of jet black hair (we’ve been shampooing every day since) and beautiful fingers and toes.  Her eyes locked with mine and it was as if she knew she belonged to me, and I belonged to her.  Forever.

The overwhelming awe, gratefulness (not to mention sense of accomplishment- 7 lbs 11 oz!)  is forever etched in my heart and I see it as it was yesterday.

Photo compliments of Trinity Church

Photo compliments of Trinity Church

 

We love you, B. Our not-to-little, marches to her own beat, big hearted, intellectual, book worm fanatic, master baker, big sister, crafter extraordinaire, ballet dancing and violin playing girl.  You enrich this life of ours, in every direction, and we are thankful God has entrusted such a precious gift to us.

B bow

 

 

apalachicola soda shop britotn

 

 

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Britton (1 of 1)

 

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Happy Birthday B via Grateful Simplicity

 

Happy Birthday B!

Independence Day the 30a way

After traveling for the better part of 5 weeks, this sums up how I am feeling:

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Rosemary Beach

 

In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf. 
One Sunday, July morning the warm sun came up and -pop- out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.

She started to look for some food.

On Monday she ate through one bowl of  Honey Smacks, but she was still hungry.

On Tuesday she ate through two Luna bars, but she was still hungry.

On Wednesday she ate through three pieces of mushroom pizza, but she was still hungry.

On Thursday she ate through 4 chocolate chip cookies, but she was still hungry.

On Friday she ate through 5 cheese crackers, but she was still hungry.

On Saturday she ate through one piece of angel food cake with fresh blueberries, rasberries and whip cream, one best ever peach Mohito, one bagel with whipped cream cheese , one slice of pimento cheese toast, one helping of a shrimp boil, one 6″ tuna Subway,  two cups of vanilla flavored coffee, one chicken and cheese quesadilla, one pancake that she claimed she only ‘tasted,’ and one large slice of watermelon.

That night she had a stomachache.

 

It’s Monday again, and the stomach ache has subsided and it’s back to the normal routine (which reads eating healthy, drinking water (not beer) and returning to the world of exercise). As Britton says, ‘let’s hope we aren’t going anywhere again, anytime soon.’  We’re here to stay.

At least this week.

 

We had a blast spending the holiday weekend with my bestie Courtney and her family- who were so gracious to invite our whole zoo to infringe upon their quiet holiday weekend at 30A.  The weather was fabulous (which you don’t hear someone often say in the dead of summer round these parts), the boys got along even without napping for three days, the dads were happy and we all went, went, went all weekend long.  One of the best beach vacations ever- which is why it felt like just that-  a vacation. 

 

It’s hard to believe that summer is already half way over.

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Independence Day the 30a way via Grateful Simplicity

Alys Beach concert

 

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K keeping watch on her boys

 

 

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Independence Day the 30a way via Grateful Simplicity

 

Independence Day the 30a way via Grateful Simplicity

 

 

Independence Day the 30a way via Grateful Simplicity

Photo compliments of Britton

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The Jordan Family

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Independence Day the 30a way via Grateful Simplicity

 

Independence Day the 30a way via Grateful Simplicity

 

Independence Day the 30a way.

Independence Day the 30a way via Grateful Simplicity

The boys (Downing and Raynes)

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first family photo in a long, long time (pearls and all)

Independence Day Pre-party

This year’s Fourth of July brings a full three-day weekend so I figured I’ll take that inch for a mile- and make an entire week of the holiday.

 

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St. Teresa Beach, FL

 

We’ve been down at the Coast all week for some Independence Day pre-partying.  That’s how we roll in Florida when it’s 100 degrees and climbing.  We did manage to get more work done around the cottage and things are still moving along.  For the first time in 74 years, there is cable running to the HDTV (a whopping 21  channels which is great for those rainy days), stepping stones down to the blue water (no more sand spurs), and new a new ceiling fan to blow the cool air around the new kitchen.

 

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In the absence of her electronic devices, Britton loves her some good television of lazy summer days. Jeopardy and Cake Boss are current favorites. The downside is my kitchen now has flour living on the counter tops so she can ‘try’ a new recipe.

 

 

In just four short days the five of us managed to devour all those Publix bags which were filled with groceries- seedless watermelon, Oh’s cereal, flank steak, Honest Kids juice boxes, snacks, skim milk, bottled waters, and even a bag of Doritos (because I live to live on the edge that way)… and now it’s time to plan meals for the rest of the week.  I’m  pretending to be an adult and planning ahead my next set of beach meals- I’m thinking fried chicken, sliced red tomatoes with salt, pepper and balsamic, butter beans, watermelon triangles and perhaps a shrimp boil for the actual fourth festivities.  I’ve never actually made a shrimp boil but if it comes with instructions I’m sure I can manage.  I have cooked a time or two before.

 

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Eat your heart out Sweet Brown– someone is doing some serious BBQ’ing.

 

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Thanks to my FitBit Flex (which feels a bit like a house arrest bracelet- not that I have worn one before) I’ve been making sure I’m stepping off these fried chicken calories and drinking so much water that I feel as though I might just float right into the Gulf”s flat horizon. (That and my highs chool girlfriends have a friendly group competition going).

Got to try to get bikini ready so I can jump off the dock at the upcoming high school girls weekend (don’t worry Mr. Robinson I am only kidding!)  Those days ended in college (as if I would ever jump off a dock!).

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My sister’s dog, George (I pronounce it ‘Whore-hay’) thinks he is human and can climb ladders too.

 

Now it’s back home, more unpacking, washing, drying and repacking.  But I suppose that’s what summer is all about.

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Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

 

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

 

Happy Fourth everyone!

 

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The littles

 

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

Wal-mart has long since been one of my favorite go-to places for the girl’s clothes. If only I could find cute dresses like this for me.

 

 

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A 2 year-old that crawls out of his pack-n-play is pure joy, let me tell you.