March – the conclusion

March – the conclusion 

March is quickly coming to an end- as hard as it is to believe.  Over the past couple weeks we’ve managed to:

1. Recycle the  large pink “38” candle my mom mistakenly used last year for my birthday.

2. Traveled to Atlanta for the first of several minor procedures for Miss Oldest Child (including driving 7 hours to get home instead of the typical 4 thanks to construction on I-75). Thank  you Aunt Shea for letting us crash at your casa!

3. Visited Rosemary Beach with Aunt Coco and her crew (Mr. Robinson both had the same reaction when she invited us which was a response of, “really?” Let’s be honest, with a family of 5 beach weekend invites are far and few between).

4. Returned to school and work only to begin our official count down to summer (45 days if you’re counting too).

5. Started stuffing jellybeans inside plastic yellow eggs in preparation for one of my all time favorite holidays this weekend…. Easter Sunday.

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March - the conclusion via grateful simplicity

Usually, this is her instinctive response when I pull out my camera.

 

 

 

However she will occasionally give me this…

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March - the conclusion via grateful simplicity

This is what a happy beach house looks like

 

 

March - the conclusion via grateful simplicity

 

March - the conclusion via grateful simplicity

little does he know, swim lessons are right around the corner

 

March - the conclusion via grateful simplicity

Enjoy this (holy) week!

March - the conclusion via grateful simplicity

 

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A Much Needed Break

Worthless.

That’s what we’ve been this week.  Absolutely worthless. And I’m okay with that.

A Much Needed Break via grateful simplicity

 

Because we all need time to unplug, stay up a little later than usual, have permission to sleep in, maybe even drink some cold beer without counting the calories or prepare meals without thinking of nutritional content. Know that you don’t know what’s going on in the national news and your emails aren’t being checked much less warranting a response. It’s good for the soul.

 

A Much Needed Break via grateful simplicity

 

Books: After several recommendations, I started Love Does by Bob Goff- easy read full of wisdom. Thank you Kristin!

A Much Needed Break via grateful simplicity

Spring break is better when spent with friends….

 

A Much Needed Break via grateful simplicity

 

A Much Needed Break via grateful simplicity

We keep it classy

A Much Needed Break via grateful simplicity

 

Today? Today was another story. The exact opposite of relaxing, yet just as much fulfilling. I spent the day getting things done. Important things like painting my toe nails Cajun Shrimp, having routine blood work, enjoying an early birthday lunch with my Mom, Aunt, and Meme. Going to the grocery store, shopping for a dress, buying a lamp (on sale!) for Raynes’ room, and taking Kenley to get a super cute, short haircut.  And the best part? I was alone. All day. Man, I’ve been wanting (and needing) a day like this for a long time.

Because tomorrow it’s back to a little more of this.

A Much Needed Break via grateful simplicity

I’m thinking 38 may not be so bad after all.

R & R

Spring Break is upon us and I, for one, am ready for some R &R.  Of course, this girl’s whole life is about resting and relaxing. Any which way.

 

R & R

 

R & R via grateful simplicity

 

R & R via grateful simplicity

 

R & R via grateful simplicity

 

R & R via grateful simplicity

 

R & R via grateful simplicity

 

R & R via grateful simplicity

Spring Break 2015 here we come! Batter up…

You have nothing to be afraid of…

Sending prayers out this morning for this sweet girl, Lilli, who is at Boston Children’s Hospital, as I type, having open heart surgery to repair a valve and VSD.  Ironically, this is similar (though more complex) to the surgery Kenley had in 2004.

What are the chances? One of my close friends? We graduated same year, have the same wedding anniversary, our daughters were born 4 weeks apart, and they both have heart defects, and the same one?  It’s like an twisted type of irony or something….

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Or maybe that makes us sole sisters, and our girls heart sisters.

You have nothing to be afraid of via grateful simplicity

 

When K buckled herself into the car this morning, she asked me how Lilli spells her name. Then she asked me when her surgery was to which I responded, “this morning.”

I somewhat held my breath waiting to see what Kenley’s reaction would be, knowing that her little friend was doing as we spoke.

Her reply?

“I told Lilli she had nothing to be afraid of.”  Of all the things she could have said, that was last on my list.  As parents, we have everything to be afraid of.
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My brave, brave girl. I may have cried a little inside when she said that after having been through so much as a baby.

She’s right though, if we keep our faith we have nothing to be afraid of.  I think those little stitches in her heart made her extra intuitive.

From coats to boat

This is Florida for ya. Saturday morning is jackets and heat, Sunday is boating and beach. I gave up a long  time ago trying to figure our our weather.

From coats to boats via grateful simplicity

Cupid brought each of the kiddos fishing shirts and sun hats– preventative maintenance.

 

 

Being eleven is exhausting sometimes.

From coats to boat via grateful simplicity

 

I hear it’s going to be in the mid-80’s this week but I am going to try and show some restraint by not running to the local nursery to buy plants.  We’ve sprung forward and are ready for those white jeans, but I have a feeling Jack Frost’s grasp isn’t going to let us go that easy. Until then, I’m going to dig out those white jeans just to spite him!