Carolina On My Mind

In my mind I’m going to Carolina, and in my mind, we have.  I had all but forgotten how pretty it is here, particularly when escaping scorching temperatures at home. Growing up, we often came to Western North Carolina to hike, go whitewater rafting, mine for gems, horseback ride, and read.  To this very same area actually. A couple of times we have been somewhere and I look at Mr. Robinson and realize, “I’ve been here before” all dazed-and-confused like having one deja-vous moment after another.  With many families from home also visiting at the same time, we’ve run into several friends and had dinner al-fresco last night with some of our favorites. Mrs. Grant is one of Raynes’ all-time favorite people so it was quite a treat for him to get to see her– along with her sons who introduced Raynes to tackle football and let him do some fishing on the creek with them. Such patient boys, just like their mama! I’m not wishing we had planned to spend just a little more time here, and in the meantime will continue to have Carolina On My Mind.





Caroline on my Mind via grateful simplicity



Sliding Rock



It was all fun and games until little guy plunged into the 8' ice-cold water

It was all fun and games until little guy plunged into the 8′ ice-cold water

This was more his speed

This was more his speed



We found a great architcetual salvage store in Brevard, NC that is worth checking out if you near this area. This awkward moment is brought to you by bribery.


Multi-family picnic style, NC-style

Multi-family picnic style, NC-style. Mrs. Grant is like a rock star, and these people, particularly the one in yellow shorts, are her biggest fans.




When you are obsessed with sharks

There is no place better to visit than the Georgia Aquarium when you are obsessed with sharks, sting rays, alligators, and anything else that lives under water. Which works out for for Raynes who just so happens to reads books, colors pictures, and asks all kinds of questions about the overgrown fish! Fish watching + people watching + air conditioning made it an all around great visit for Raynes and his crew.  With only one meltdown on the way out, 759 questions on the drive up, minimal fighting, and some salty pretzels in lieu of lunch, it ended well with our blowup mattress and hyper 4 year-old in the Westin downtown. Fingers crossed the new few days go as smooth.














Swimming in a Warm Bath

The heat in Florida gets to be brutal this time of year. Yes, it is a swimming pool town where we live really feels more like you are swimming in a warm bath. Not that The Littles notice or care. Summer camps are winding down but we have one last trip up our sleeves. Raynes has asked me, on more than one occasion, “what is summer?” and “am I going anywhere?”  Not to fear little one, your time is coming soon.  Britton has been away at summer camp with our church for the past week and returns this afternoon, we sure have missed her. This is her fourth year at the Methodist Camp and she seems to love it more and more with each passing year.  Kenley stays up late nights reading so she slept until 11 am today (must be nice), Raynes has asked no less than 6,785 questions today, and there is some serious laundry to do. The phone is ringing, Poochie is snoring and being the perfect lazy dog that she is, and Tucker is wondering if she will end up getting to snooze inside with the AC today. Never, ever quiet around here for long.









California Dreaming

My charred skin has started to peel and I’m having to eat clean to make up for the all the fun we had but… I’m still California dreaming.  Five days is a long time to leave our kids. In fact, it’s the longest we’ve ever left them. As soon as we arrived I immediately missed them. Thinking why didn’t we think to bring them with us? They would love it here.  In case you are curious, yes those thoughts subsided and were replaced with Why would I bring our kids here? It’s so relaxing here.  Mr. Robinson, on the other hand, did fine the first few days then started missing them and even thought about trying to switch our flights to come home a day early. He quickly came to his sense and we took the extra 24 hours to hike, talk, sit by the pool, shop (for him, not me. A first), dine, and catch up on sleep.


Having spent the last 7 week at PreK camp, Raynes has started to ask what is this summer business all his friends keep talking about and will he ever get to go to ‘summer?’ Next and final stop- family vacation for well, our family. Anything to escape this Florida heat. This week has been so hot that my hair grows poofier by the hour, skin damp and all clothes seem to hot. I’m ready for fall, just as soon as I squeeze out a little more summer.


















It Never Rains in Southern CA, but it can get hazy

They say it never rains in Southern California. I tend to believe it. It can, however, get hazy but… I’ll take it! It burns off after lunch and makes for the most beautiful sunshine-y day.  Mr. Robinson had a reward trip so his company invited me to tag along as well. Seems that lately, I have been compiling all my ‘traveling’ into one month (with another trip in the works). For a homebody that likes her routine and snuggling with her Poochie Mama, I am muscling through! This morning I hiked along the bluffs, while Mr. Robinson attended a meeting.  I found myself atop a bluff (mountain?) all by my lonesome with the song “This is Amazing Grace” playing through my headphones. Me and the King of Glory all by our lonesome atop that bluff. I’ve always been prone to traveling domestically to explore all that our country has to offer and this morning was a bucket list check one for sure.


The view atop the bluff/mountain






my version of a selfie




I’ve always had a thing for random trees