Early Christmas Present

When we moved into our current home we made tweaks to the interior but not much to the exterior. Almost a year and a half later, my Christmas gift came a little early.  Fresh paint!

We’ve painted the last two homes we’ve lived in an honestly, the color seemed slightly off both times. Can’t exactly repaint so it meant living 10 years in a home that was at times grey, occasionally more blue than gray, and on a dreary day even lavender.  I was determined to get it right this time, even if I did have to spend an hour in neighborhood Ace Hardware store with a inquisitive and talkative 5 year-old boy as I had the poor salesperson mix up 15 (yes, fifteen!) samples for me.

big white house via grateful simplicity

 

Lucky for me, my sweet girl friends are paint masters.  Courtney is the Paint Whisper. She speaks Sherwin-Williams paint colors like it’s no one’s business. Alabaster. Sea Salt. Gray Owl. She says smart-paint-girl things like, “that white has a yellow undertone” or “that blue is too cool” and “that white isn’t warm.”  What does  that even mean? She approved, if not picked out, every interior color when we renovated.  God love her!

Double winner— Gannon is a local interior designer with an eye for it (and Mike says attention to detail that I sometimes lack). She would never have to spend an hour in Ace Hardware mixing 15 samples because she would know right away which two samples she needed to see up. And that she did. I had no less than 7 shutter color samples on my house when she looked at them and said “None. You need to try Black Forest Green.” And she was right.

Early Christmas present via grateful simplicity

In my next life I want to be a great singer and have a eye for design.

If  you don’t already follow Gannon on Instagram, check her out! Her business is Hunt & Hunt Interiors (her mom, Laura Hunt, is also insanely talented) and she posts often and covers a wide range of styles with some travel thrown in for good measure.

Thank you, Mr. Robinson, for delivering an early Christmas present!

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Lemons Anyone?

We had our first (Florida version) winter freeze last week so all my lemons had to be picked. And there were a lot!  Think more lemons than sense- upwards of 60. Mr. Robinson had a great idea to give them as gifts as he watched me frantically searching Pinterest for a witty, yet cute, yet practical, yet realistic idea for gifting. Couple that with Sassy’s idea to pair them with lemon cookies (Trader Joe’s for the win) and whoila! Kenley happened to be home sick last Tuesday, I happened to have taken the day off (the first all semester) so she helped me by putting together 25 teacher gifts with hand written tags that read ‘Meyer Christmas’.  Luckily, we still have some to spare and I plan to ask Britton to bake a Meyer lemon pound cake like she did last year. It was delish! Lemons Anyone?

The girl does like a good glamour shot

The girl does like a good glamour shot

Lemons via grateful simplicity

 

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Tomorrow we celebrate little Allie Boone who is not so little anymore and turning the big SIX!

… still thankful over here

Thanksgiving continued….

Does a clever title make up for my laziness tardiness?  Since my sister and her tribe headed to North Carolina for the holiday, we made sure they had some bonding beforehand.

When it’s all said and done, R will have spent 2.5 years at his PK3 and PK4 preschool (a little extra time in PK3 class for him). It is bitter sweet to see the preschool chapter of our lives closing for good. His annual Thankful Gathering was a joy to watch and it wasn’t until now, as I am typing and looking at the photos, that it hit me that after many years of having young children– this is the last of a preschool Thanksgiving event.

 

Okay, chin up Garrett. So, so much to be thankful for. Take today for instance– annual Nutcracker with my girls followed by an outdoor 90’s concert. Time to ice down my Natural Light and wine coolers, and search for my body suit. Gosh, I love the holidays!

... still thankful over here

Meme shows her love through lollipops.

 

 

... still thankful over here

Raynes love Ms. Morales (green plaid) and often times waits for her on our front porch in hopes he can spot her jogging by our house.

 

 

Pre-K Thanksgiving Feast 2016

Pre-K Thanksgiving Feast 2016

... still thankful over here

... still thankful over here

Whitty too...

Whitty too…

 

Thankful year round, around here.

 

Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}

The Thanksgiving photos, which I thought were gone but not forgotten, have resurfaced. Just in time for Christmas parties, caroling and shopping. Mr. Robinson and I hosted Thanksgiving this year with an abbreviated bunch of family representing which still made for close to 15 tablesettings people. I decided to embrace Thanksgiving, and try I as I might to talk myself into the more sensible paper plates, out came the fine china, linen napkins and heirloom tablecloths.

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The only Christmas to be found on our table was some red berries and Spode Christmas plates.  Might have gone a little overboard with the tall flower arrangement but my motto is you can be too thin, too rich, or (my latest addition) have too many flowers. And I’m sticking to it.

Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}
Mike’s mom has had some health issues since last Spring and we are thankful she is getting stronger and that she and Cleve were able to join us for the Thankful feast (with overflowing flowers).   Ken;ey’s little heart has been giving us a small pause for concern so before we get too worked up, her doctor has her wearing a heart monitor so we get the data to know if it’s “something” or “nothing.” My guess is the latter.

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Lemon tree is overflowing — cold, fresh lemon water every morning now.

If anyone asks, the turkey was organic. That's our story and we're sticking to it.

If anyone asks, the turkey was organic. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

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Kenley has quite the football arm. Who knew?!

Kenley has quite the football arm. Who knew?!

Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}

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What Thanksgiving?

What Thanksgiving? It has come and gone, and yet there is no sign of it on this ol’ blog. To avoid sounding like a broken record (too late!) I won’t rattle on about how time seems to get away from me. We’re all short on time. I give myself a free pass, once again, to have allowed time to pass as we are now past the second Sunday of the Advent season. It’s red and green everywhere! We have our tree up, wreaths on the house (an early Christmas gift with it’s fresh new look!), and Christmas cards done that a certain 5 year-old elf has been working diligently on sealing each with a kiss. With 20 days to go, it’s as it should be. One thing I am super thankful for this year? Amazon Prime. What in the world did we do without it? Now if we could just finish that gift buying business, we could pull on the flannel pajamas, turn on the Keurig, find our favorite Hallmark movie, and call it a day!

 

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Suddenly I have a great idea for this eno!

Suddenly I have a great idea for this eno!

What Thanksgiving?

What Thanksgiving?

What Thanksgiving?

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