One Day….

One day:

Some nights, by the time the sun goes down, children are asleep and the house is quiet… I am just too tired to talk. Much less fold laundry or start packing lunches for tomorrow.


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then there is no need for me to be rambling on anyhow.


raynes football


Have a great Labor Day weekend!


A realistic meal plan

A while ago I loaded 12 months worth of meals on my iPhone (directions found here)- complete with ingredients and recipes. It still comes in handy although our crew (i.e.- me) has become tired of those same meals I fear.

Now that I am working full time I need meals that can slow cook or can be made quickly when we all arrive home hungry and tired in the afternoons.  A realistic meal plan.


This should get me a jump start over the next month:


A Realistic Meal Plan via grateful simplicity



Sunday, August 24th –  Nana’s mac n’ cheese

Monday, August 25th –  Extra Cheesy Grill Cheese Sandwich and Dressed Up Tomato Soup

Tuesday, August 26th –  Kenley’s favorite spaghetti and meatballs and mild, linked Italian sausage (good for leftovers)

Wednesday, August 27th  – Wednesday Wing Night 

Thursday, August 28thTaco Soup (less the beans)

Friday, August 29th – Simplest Roast Chicken Ever with Herbed Brown Rice Pilaf

Saturday, August 30th – Charcoal chicken on the grill with Grilled Rainbow Peppers


Sunday, August 31st- Southern Living’s Beach Shrimp with toasty French Bread

Monday, September 1st - Breakfast for dinner

Tuesday, September 2nd – Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce,  ready made buttermilk biscuits, and Summer Vegetable Kabobs 

Wednesday, September 3rd –  Cheese stuffed hamburgers and a bag of frozen sweet potato fries

Thursday- September 4th –  Eat out!

Friday, September 5th –  Homemade pizza

Saturday, September 6th –  Grilled Lemon Chicken (Dessert: sweet and saltines )



A Realistic Meal Plan via grateful simplicity


Sunday, September 7thSalmon baked in foil,

Monday, September 8th –  lasagna rolls with spinach

Tuesday – September 9th –  Chicken pot pie from Fresh market (x 2)

Wednesday, September 10th - Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Thursday, September 11th- Cheesy stuffed shells with my secret tomato sauce via Cooking Light 

Friday, September 12th –  Hamburger Steak with Sweet Onion Mushroom Gravy (Britton’s favorite!)

Saturday, September 13th –  Eat Out!


Sunday, September 14th –  Lemon Pork Chops with Quinoa Salad and Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette 

Monday, September 15th – Rotisserie Chicken, organic spinach and instant Wild Rice

Tuesday, September 16th –  Shrimp, Watermelon and Feta Salad

Wednesday, September 17th – Pork Chops with Carolina Rub with Strawberry Tomato Salad

Thursday, September 18th – Grilled BBQ thighs, bagged Ceasar salad, garlic mashed potatoes and buttered french loaf

Friday, September 19th –  Night off

Saturday, September 20th –  Chicken BLT Salad

A Realistic Meal Plan via grateful simplicity


Sunday, September 21st –  BLT Panzanella Salad

Monday, September 22nd – Barbecued Pork Quesadillas with grilled Corn on the Cob (Dessert: Smoothie Pops)

Tuesday, September 23rd –  Grilled Chicken Thighs with Peach-Lime Salsa

Wednesday, September 24th-  Turkey Club Sandwiches with Herb Mayonnaise

Thursday, September 25th-  Garden Style Lasagna

Friday, September 26th –   Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches

Saturday, September 27th – Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce


A Realistic Meal Plan via grateful simplicity


Now I’ve just got to stick to it by having ingredients handy on Sunday evenings.



New Horizons

New Horizons

It seems as though I get a cold every 6 months so I suppose I was due. Throw in a heat wave, a chopped haircut, the addition of a sinus infection and it’s an all around blah kind of sweltering weekend.



Saturday's highlight

Saturday’s highlight



The fantastic first week of school makes up for it though. The girls have fallen in the groove of their (not so) new school.  New lockers, teachers and friends.  Britton ran for homeroom student council representative and won! The night of the election was the first time, that I can think of, when the girl has ever been nervous.  Welcome to my world, B. I’m nervous about everything.  She also chose the hottest time of year to join the Cross Country team- run, Forest, run.  It’s safe to say that Britton has fully embraced middle school.  She is a happy camper, indeed.

This one, on the other hand…. it sometimes takes her a little more time to step into new situations.

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The thought of not knowing how to write in cursive on the first day of school may have cost her a sleepless night or two….


Mr. Robinson and I made the decision to move Kenley to the same school that Britton was enrolled in (and where I am now working full time) so it’s been a bit of an adjustment for her. My “routined” girl isn’t big on change but this is one change that is for the best for our family, of that I feel certain.  She was nervous on the first day for sure.  And that’s okay because we are all nervous on the first day of school.  And those that say they aren’t are the most scared of all lil’ Kens.  By the end of the week she, too, was all smiles.

Some places make your heart sing and their school (and my alma mater) is that place to me.  I am so grateful that that we are all, what I can only describe, as home.


And speaking of home… my new yard men are working out quite nicely.






This heat wave certainly helps the infamous ALS ice bucket challenge… 

ice bucket  challenge before

ice bucket challenge before


Because ice cold water sure feels good about now..


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ice bucket challenge after


So there you have it. Our exciting weekend. Hot, snot, and ice.

Leading by Example {a back to school post}

Leading by example

The story goes…. A pregnant dog was hit by a car and survived.  Her legs were severely injured so the dog walked with a permanent limp causing her to drag her back legs.   Luckily, her puppies were all born healthy.  However, the owners noticed that the new pups were dragging their back legs.  Fearful that the puppies may have been hurt in the accident, the owners took the puppies to the Vet.  The veterinarian examined the tiny dogs and explained that they were perfectly healthy, including their bone structure, and nothing was wrong with their legs.  These puppies had learned to drag their back legs by watching their mom.

And so it goes with our children.


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This story has resonated with me, particularly because our oldest child begins her phase of life called ‘middle school’ tomorrow. Impressionable, eager to learn, explore, express, and mold.  Am I walking the way I want my children to walk?


If I yell, they will grow up to be screamers too.

If I have no patience, they will grow up to be inpatient people as well.


With the hustle and bustle of life, particular at this season of returning to school with the busy schedule that it brings, it’s a good reminder to me that my children are watching.  They’re making mental notes and mimicking my behavior.  They are extremely impressionable for a short period of time.  I have to remember to lead by my example- limp and all.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The Robinson boys have found their shared interest.  Baseball.

Raynes loves to hit his big white ball off the tee, while Tucker plays the part of the background cheerleader.




This, too, has become part of their father son evening ritual.





He watches that ball and takes his swing….

take me out to the ball game via grateful simplicity



Then closes his eyes as soon as the connection makes a loud “thunk” noise!


take me out to the ball game via grateful simplicity


It’s the same sound we hear in the evenings.  Thunk. Daddy clapping.

Thunk.  Daddy clapping.


Sounds more like the theme of life to me.  Children putting forth effort, and parents there to provide tweaks to their efforts,, concluding with a loud sound of approval.

I can almost see the confidence soar when I feed my children with positive reinforcement.


take me out to the ball game via grateful simplicity


I do love these boys of mine, what can I say?



baseball via grateful simplicity


There is no sport I would rather watch than baseball. The spring weather for the season is always an added plus.  Take me out to the ball game!