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October Round Up

 

October Round Up

For 11  years (11 years!) I’ve sat down at my computer to upload photos to this blog. Clearly, it has been harder to find the time to ‘sit’ much less try to upload the scare photos I manage to take with my Canon. Isn’t there an app for that?! um, hello Garrett. Yes- finally I can upload photos from my camera directly to this tiny little corner of the world. That may be both a curse and a blessing to my tween/teen girls. Sorry Britton and Kenley!

I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder- a weight commonly known as Mom Guilt.

Seriously working on trying to let some of that go– and have been making tiny steps in the right direction. Now if I could only learn to say “no” to obligations making more whitespace in my life– I may actually regain flush colored skin under my eyes as opposed to the gray ash that permanently circles under my eyes. Pray, pray, pray my stress, anxiety and worry away.

Looking back, it’s no wonder I’m so flipping tired all the time. As October winds down, I was able to recap some of what has been filling our days this month.

Raynes turned 6 this month and for his birthday we took him on a trip- all by himself. He played the part of only child (which may have been a gift by itself). Had almost forgotten what it was like to have just one child– and the joy of being able to witness a child’s excitement as they experience things for the first time.

FSU Football season is in full swing. Don’t even get me started.

Mom was one of the distinguished story tellers at the annual Dove Tales event benefitting Lee’s Place which provides counseling to children and families who have experienced loss or trauma.  Not surprisingly, Mom knocked it out of the park with his Meme-isms.

 

My friend snapped this gem at the lower school pep rally yesterday. That’s my boy! We are so proud.

 

More Dove Tales with this sass-o-frass sister of mine.

 

It’s not very often almost every day that I get a snapshot of me and my boy. Homecoming Parade – Alumni float.

Cheerleading for football season has wrapped of but I first forced her to let me take one last photo. Kenley will likely make me pull this off once she catches wind of it– hopefully she thinks blogs passé and won’t notice.

 

This month Raynes learned to read and how to ride his bike without training wheels. All in the same week!

 

 

This may be my favorite. Britton really wanted to have her hair “done” at the salon for the Homecoming dance. Priceless.

 

 

October is crazy busy. I had to check to see what the date was on this photo- this seems like forever ago. Just posin’ in the kitchen- you know, hanging out with my too young off the shoulder top on.

 

Life may be crazy but a sense of humor goes a long way. Luckily my third born seems to have one. Good thing, since this was the only candle we could find for his cake.

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Homecoming 2017 – Round 2

Homecoming at the kid’s school is a big deal- as in week long, dress up, dress down, mess around, night time events, parades, pep rallies, contests, dances, and on and on. It was exhausting great. Just in time for the official arrival of the holiday season. Now, if only the beaded sweat and 99% humidity would find another city to linger in. Not that I don’t love sweat running down my back as I walk from my car to Publix in the almost-end of October.  Forget it, let’s just skip over Halloween and move right into Thanksgiving, shall we?

HOCO 2017 via grateful simplicity

 

HOCO 2017 via grateful simplicity

HOCO 2017

HOCO 2017 via grateful simplicity

 

HOCO 2017 via grateful simplicity

HOCO 2017 via grateful simplicity

 

 

Community Helper

Kindergarten is studying community helpers and students were asked to dress up as a community helper. Nurse, fire fighter, police man… the choices are limitless. That is unless you are Raynes Robinson when there really is not but one choice which is Office Mitchell who keeps the school campus safe. Raynes found himself a SWAT team ensemble, complete with a walky talky just like Officer Mitchells. When he grows up, can you guess who he wants to be?

 

Community Helper via grateful simplicity

Irma Interrupted

I had almost forgotten about much I love Friday nights. The possibilities of the weekend are endless.  Low key, football, fun events, action packed.  Last weekend fell into the action packed category with the introduction of Irma to our beautiful state. Luckily, she was a little less ticked off when she finally arrived in T-town. We were without power but only momentarily compared to our friends in South Florida. Poor Darby and Danya are still without power in Miami/South FL. If you’ve never spent September in Florida – let me tell you, it is anything but Mums and pumpkins. It is hot. Throw some love bugs in there, sweat beads and you’ve got yourself a September day

Today it’s taking it back to the first week of school. Seeing that our interim reports go out next week, you can do the math to see just how far back this dates. Okay, it was last month which is technically right on time for this ol’ blog that has been gathering some serious dust.

Boys will be boys

Boys will be boys

Irma Interrupted via grateful simplicity

 

Irma Interrupted via grateful simplicity

 

And speaking of the first week of school, Kenley’s middle school cheerleading squad ran the pep rally that week to kick off the new school year. Talk about full circle. I wore that same cheerleading uniform over 25 years ago. Ouch!

Irma Interrupted via grateful simplicity

 

 

 

 

Graduation Nation

Graduation Nation at the Robinson household last week. I realized sometime back that a time would come when our children would enter all three divisions of their/my school on the same day. What I didn’t anticipate, was that first they would ‘graduate’ from each division. Triple whammy. Particularly as my last child leaves Preschool for the last time.  While I can’t wrap my head around my oldest entering high school, especially since it was only what seems like a few years ago that I was in the same high school, I know she is ready to fly.

Disclaimer- potential obnoxious parent bragging ahead: Both our girls have worked hard this year to earn high honor roll for the year. This means that their yearly academic average was an A- or higher in every subject area. This is no easy feat and not lost on their dad or me.

So all this to say, we officially have a high schooler, middle schooler, and kindergartner in the Robinson house….. now we’re going to enjoy us some summer.

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Kenley’s 5th grade graduation

 

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Britton’s 8th grade graduation

 

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity