Farewell 2014

2014 has been a good year to us. It’s a bittersweet goodbye. With much anticipation and enthusiasm we welcome 2015.

 

January 2014

We had a winter storm, the girls started their second semester at the (former) elementary school and Raynes fell in love with the sight of tractors.

Farewell 2014 via grateful simplicity

 

February 2014

The “very active twos” were fully embraced by the youngest member in our family… We also spent most of February with my Aunt, Uncle and Meme while our kitchen was being rebuilt.

Little did I know when I watched Britton’s first violin recital that it would also be her last.

Farewell 2014 via grateful simplicity

 

March 2014

Spring Break was welcomed with open (and sweater wearing) arms with a trip to the coast with friends followed by some Universal Studio time.  Oh, and did I mention we celebrated two birthdays?

Farewell 2014

 

April 2014

Mom launched her book!  It’s been a wildly successful year for her with a NYC publishing company recently taking over the publishing and publicity of the book, along with a screen writer who is currently writing her memoir for the big screen. We could not be more proud. Talk about putting your mind to something and doing it….

Mr. Robinson and I celebrated (although we didn’t actually celebrate) our 13 year wedding anniversary. Three children made it a bit tough for a weekend getaway (but I have plans for our 14 year in a few months).

 

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May 2014

Springtime came in swinging with calendars filling up quicker than Kenley’s tummy when she’s hungry.  I chaperoned Britton’s 5th grade graduation trip to Sea World, watched Kenley dance in her annual ballet recital, and prepared for a summer at home with my babies.

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June 2014

The bags were packed for road trips, and stayed that way, as we spent a week at the newly renovated St. Teresa cottage, Aunt Shea’s house and rounded the month off with a birthday trip to Chicago.  Britton also spent her third summer at church camp and her final summer as a VBS participant (next year she will be a “helper”).  Meanwhile K gets to participate in VBS for a few more years.. mainly because I’ve told her she’s not allowed to grow up.

 

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July 2014

July brought twist and turns with my interviewing and two days later starting a full time (year-round) job. Yes, smack dab in the middle of summer,  Luckily, we had the urge to travel out of our system thanks to Aunt Coco’s 4th of July invite to Rosemary Beach and more STB time.

My  annual high school girls trip was quickly approved by my new boss– who was also our high school english teacher.  Small worlds are fun particularly when you and your childhood friends make it a point to carve out time in this busy world of ours to spend it with one another.

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August 2014

The girls both settled into their new (old) school while Raynes started full time day care for the first time. Turns out, he loves it!  Lucky for us, the beach is nearby and weekend trips are considered the norm and something to look forward to all week long.

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September 2014

Third grade bibles were presented at church and I fulfilled a life long dream of getting to see Garth Brooks perform again (don’t laugh). Thanks again to Aunt Shea for helping me relive this experience…

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October 2014

And just like that, fall was here again with cooler temps in the morning, pumpkin patches appearing on church lawns, and Halloween costumes displayed at the stores.  We learned what it was like to spend weekends at sporting events while we watched Britton run in cross country meets while she fully embraced middle school. By this time, Kenley had settled into her new routine and her list of complaints had dwindled down.

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November 2014

Daddy turned the big three-nine and we counted all the ways we were thankful.

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December 2014

Which brings us to today. The last day of the last month of the year.

 

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Farewell 2014.  You’ve been too kind…..

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Rolling down the river (and into the ocean)

In typical Robinson fashion, we woke up the day after Christmas and made a last minute decision to pack up and head to the coast. Because leaving pine needles and wrapping paper behind, in exchange for the beach at Christmas makes perfect sense.

 

That and I had yet to set foot on Mr. Robinson’s latest toy– his boat.  I mean “our” boat. Twist my arm.

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He sure is a handful but man he is cute (am I allowed to say that about my child?)

 

 

We had the entire island to ourselves– almost. I did see one couple walking when we were anchoring up.  I managed to sneak away for a 30 minute walk to do some drift (wood) shopping. what? what? what? what?.. Nevermind.

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May I never take living in FL for granted. Amen.

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real life

 

December on Dog Island… it might have been a first for me. It certainly won’t be the last.  Thank goodness for my outdoors-y husband who tells me things like “the trash will still be here when we get back. Pack your bags.”  Type A’s need people like this in our lives.

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most definitely the highlight of Tucker’s holiday

 

There’s something special about sweaters, fleece and blankets on boats.  A nice change from bikinis, sweat, and thirst.

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On occasion they get busted for enjoying each other’s company

 

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Bless her heart. I swear she ate for a solid three hours. An endless pit this one. Darby– thank you for the monogrammed visor. She loves it!

 

 

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Pete and Repete.

 

Once we packed up the condo, unpacked the car, took down the Christmas decor, packed the Christmas decor– I should have poured myself a glass of wine. To be honest, I’m a little mad at myself for abruptly dismantling all signs of Christmas. With Advent arriving on November 30th it felt like a short holiday season.  Oh well, chin up. I’m sure I can find a pine needle, or two, to vacuum (I always have to spell check that dang word)  to keep me occupied.  Or head over to Wal-Mart and look at their valentine candy already displayed on the end aisles.  Say it isn’t so.

Merry Day After

Since it is the most wonderful time of year- it’s always a bit of a let down when the realization that Christmas is over.  Alas, we will celebrate a merry day after and enjoy what remains of this Advent season.  Hope your Christmas was wonderful and that you trash is piled as high as ours.

Merry day after via grateful simplicity

 

Merry Day After via grateful simplicity

 

Merry Day After via grateful simplicity

 

Merry Day After via grateful simplicity

 

Merry Day After via grateful simplicity

 

Merry Day After via grateful simplicity

How do you like the pink lipstick she enjoyed wearing at home? Almost as snazzy as his headlamp.

 

Have a great weekend!

Who cares about the rain? Now getty up {a birthday party}

There’s no doubt. I definitely should be wrapping but… some of these were too cute not to share.

 

Yesterday, in the rain, mud, and a little bit of manure Allie Boone had the cutest dang pony party.  If you can pull off a fun party on a rainy, chilly, misty Sunday afternoon– the week of Christmas- I’d say you scored big.

 

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Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

 

Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

 

Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

 

Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

 

Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

 

Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

 

Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

 

Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

 

 

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Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

 

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Who cares about the rain? Now getty up  via Grateful Simplicity

Ho, ho, ho.

Merry Birthday {breakfast with Santa}

Merry Birthday

 

Once this rain moves away, we plan to celebrate, for the 4th year, the arrival of this sweet girl. Happy birthday, Allie Boone.

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Happy Birthday, Allie Boone

 

We had breakfast with Santa yesterday to celebrate Windor’s birthday. Such a sweet (and clever) them for a sweet December 21st girl.

Merry Birthday

How cool is that cake?

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Lots of my favorite little people there.

Merry Birthday

 

But this moment might have topped them all….

 

Merry Birthday

 

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Got to love these organized girls!

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This guy has held steady to his original list. Sunglasses and a wallet. Yes, buddy, you will grow big like daddy.  The sunglasses and wallet might just get you there a little faster.

Merry Birthday

I just love Christmas.  And birthdays. Put them together and it’s a slam dunk.

 

And now we’re gonna get ready and head to church so we can try to remember to “be still and know that I am God.”  Especially this wonderful time of year.