Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow. And it did.

Who would’ve thunk it. Snow in the south. Whenever my kids ask me if it will snow here- I’ve always told them it was doubtful. Turns out, I’m a liar.

Glad it came to my children though, instead of my driving my children to the Carolinas (thank you God- you must know I hate driving on the interstate). Florida had some giant flakes that fell for what seemed like one hour. Social media feeds flooded with photos as everyone seemed to be just as amazed at the whiteness outside the window as we were. I can remember it snowing in T-town when I was maybe 12 or so– but honestly cannot remember it snowing here since. And since I’m only 32 40, it’s been a while.

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

 

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

I excitedly yelled to both Britton and Kenley to “wake up, wake up- it’s snowing outside!” but only Kenley could be roused. Britton seemed to think the warmth of her bed, an a sleeping English Cocker snuggled beside her, far outweighed wet white freezing flying outside her dormer windows. Plus, she would just watch her Instagram Stories later for the highlights (don’t even get me started).

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

Speaking of Insta Story….

 

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

 

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

Hot cocoa to defrost.

 

Oh my snow, oh my snow. Until next time…

 

 

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Rayne(s) Day

Tomorrow is an Ice Day from school/work. Winter Storm Grayson is descending upon us this evening bringing with it ice, bitter cold, and hopefully (but not likely) a couple of brief snowflakes. Us Florida folk do not like cold– and today was cold to the bones kind of cold. So, extra day of pajamas and hot chocolate (and Downton Abbey) for our crew me- woo hoo!

While tomorrow may be an Ice Day, we recently has a day of Raynes(s). He asks lots of questions- constant curiosity- pokes around, moves a lot, investigates often, eats rarely, and sleeps well.

Looks like tomorrow’s forecast is calling for ice, snow and some more rayne(s).

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Christmas Eve at Nana and Gan’s

 

 

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Caught with hand near the cookie jar. Sugar- it’s a real food group.

 

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Sweet, sweet Mary. These two….

 

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Arts and crafts. Every. single. day.

 

 

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Curious George.

 

 

 

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year!

2018: The Year of More of You, Less of Me.

2017 has come to close and today marks the first day of 2018. New year, clean slate, fresh start, endless opportunities. I’ve not been one to make resolutions because I’ve found more times than not they get abandoned around February. However, this morning I found myself writing them out in my prayer journal. Figured this may hold myself more accountable than in years past.

1. Have a teachable spirit

2. Pray about everything

3. More of God, less of me.

4. Spend individual quality time with each family member

5.  Display more patience

6. Make the time to do things I enjoy things I used to enjoy- photography, blogging, sewing, etc.

7. And the obligatory ‘clean eating’ (for good measure)

We have loved being on Christmas break- time at home wearing pajamas all day, some days doing a lot of nothing while other days doing a lot of somethings. We’ve cleaned, lounged, binged watched The Crown (and working my way through Dontown Abbey again starting with Season 1), painted four rooms, visited with friends, took kids shopping to spend their Christmas money (sorry Mike, they aren’t savers), lounged some more, used my label maker for everything I could get my hands on, set up a media room for the kids, undecorated, cleaned out the attic, organized drawers, baked, cleaned some more and enjoyed every second of it. These two weeks are most definitely my favorite time of the year because the best gift is the gift of time.

And speaking of gifts, I guilted the girls into allowing me to take their photograph (see #6 above) by telling them to consider it a Christmas present from them to me. It worked.

Happy New YEAR 2018 via grateful simplicity

 

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New YEAR 2018 via grateful simplicity

 

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Cheers to 2018!