Sleepover

Last weekend we had a cousin sleepover. My sister and I had the bright idea (finally) of swapping out Friday nights with the little cousins allowing for some much needed quiet nights/nights out on the town for the parents.  The kids did great- they are finally at an age where you don’t have to worry about choking, wandering off (okay, so maybe you have to watch Big Whit), wetting the bed, or otherwise terrorizing both animals and home.

Instead, it was arts and crafts, popcorn and movies with sleeping bags set up in Meme’s suite. Very fitting- I think she would have liked having them camp out on “her side.”  Saturday morning they awoke super early so by 9am, when we had already been up for 3 hours, we hit Dunkin Doughnuts then headed to Sassy and Pops house where the kids wouldn’t take ‘no answer’ to their unanswered beating on the door as ‘no one is home.’  Sorry, mom.

With the holiday season officially here, it somehow comes with a bittersweetness. Last year, as I took pictures of her on Thanksgiving day, in the back on my mind I thought it could be her last Thanksgiving but in my heart thought she would gather with us for more years to come. Holidays may have an bit of a sting this year.  But I have to remind myself,  how sad would it be if it wasn’t.  There is still so much to be grateful for.

Sleepover via grateful simplicity

Sleepover via grateful simplicity

 

Sleepover via grateful simplicity

Sleepover via grateful simplicity

Door #2– suspecting Sassy was still asleep they beat on her bedroom door.

 

Sleepover via grateful simplicity

Front door. Sorry SBK, but everyone has an itch sometimes.

 

 

 

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Week of Birthdays

This week in November, every year, brings a double dose of birthdays. Sister Sara Britton was born November 7th exactly one day before my dad’s birthday which is (was?) November 8th. Bada boom bada bing.  And… three friends celebrating birthdays tomorrow, November 9th. Clearly this is “the week” to be born (if there were such a thing).

The Week of Birthdays

week of birthdays via grateful simplicity

Photo Credit: The talented Katrice Howell Photography

 

And last night we celebrated a dear friends 40th birthday– because four decades is definitely worth celebrating.

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The month is young and there are more celebratory days on the way– some of which may also include the numbers 4 and 0. Just sayin’….

Marco Polo

A beautiful, if not slightly warm, day for the annual Polo match. Great time visiting with Aunts, Uncles, cousins, second cousins, and now co-workers and friends. The first year we went Raynes was a tiny thing– now he runs all around (luckily with enough common sense to not run on the 300 yards-long field anymore). Getting trampled by a horse would definitely put a damper on our Sunday fun day.

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Marco Polo

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

 

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

Until next year…..

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween

Every year I think to myself this is the last year all three will dress up. And every year, I am wrong.  Now, I may not know exactly who one unnamed daughter was, she was in costume nonetheless and gets points for that. Which is more than I can say for my lame self– wearing an orange dress to work was as festive as I got. Lame.

Although I am not a Halloween “person” I am particular about keeping our tradition of trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. We’ve never left our neighborhood (that I can remember) in all our 14 years. Opting to snoop visit neighbor’s homes instead.

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween via grateful simplicity

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween via grateful simplicity

Aunt Weezer and her girls...

Aunt Weezer and her girls…

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween via grateful simplicity

Kenley was a nerd for Halloween, yet she wore glasses like mine. What is she trying to say?

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween via grateful simplicity

What little orange and black décor I had is coming down, only to flip through radio stations last night to find Holiday radio on! My heart might have skipped a beat. Goodbye Halloween and Merry Christmas (yes, I am thankful)!