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Rosemary Beach in October… my happy place

Pop’s side of the family held a mini-reunion at Rosemary Beach a few weeks ago, which is when I decided that hands-down, October is the most beautiful time to be at the beach.  No comparison. No way. No how.

 

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

I love this little guy so much I could just hold him forever and never let go. Even with all the questions that would follow my embrace.

Rosemary in October… my happy place.

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

The early bird gets the worm… and the sunset.

 

 

This is the first trip where Britton brought a friend (who is really more like family) allowing the little kids to to claim most of our attention guilt-free. Which is probably how we ended up in the Sugar Shak with these three. It was like the Munchkins meet Willa Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

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We also happened to stumble upon this author who was in the midst of a book signing at The Hidden Lantern Bookstore.  What are the chances?!

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

 

Then followed the polka dot bikini girl to the nearest pool to wear off the 6 lbs of sugar they devoured. And no, it did’t work.

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

Britton and Isabell scouting for boys.. I mean ice cream. Rosemary is one of the few places left where your kids can actually ride their bikes safely for hours

 

 

This one here is growing up but we are not allowed to remind her. We will keep on putting big bows in that hair, not matter how tall she gets (and despite the fact we now wear the same size shoe).

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

 

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

 

 

More birthday celebrating. We’ve been working on that toothy smile of his-  poor little guy.

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

I awoke one morning to find Pops entertaining the littles this way. I pretended not to see....

I awoke one morning to find Pops entertaining the littles this way. I pretended not to see….

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

Rosemary via grateful simplicity Rosemary via grateful simplicity

Rosemary via grateful simplicity

I received notification in the mail recently that this domain name was nearing expiration and I’m thinking of letting it go. With a hectic scheduled which stays full with children, their activities, full time jobs, errands and chores it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the time to take photos let alone try to download, edit and come up with something in the form of a cohesive sentence. Perhaps Instagram would be the happy medium– short, sweet and to the point. It would be a shame to let it go after almost 10 years of blogging. We shall see…..

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Weekend Simplicity

Weekend Simplicity

There approximately 152 million blogs on the internet. A recent post by popular blogger  Jones Design Company reminded me that it really is a small world after all.  This blog full of cool yet simple style and unique ideas (I love her realistic inspiration) is one that I have been following for some time (alongside her Instagram feed) so you can imagine my surprise when this now-well-known Monarch butterfly cover appeared on Emily’s post of her favorite recent reads.

Jones Design Company via grateful simplicity

Congratulations Mom and thank you Emily for featuring Mom’s book which can only be described as a labor of love built on honesty!  If you haven’t checked out the Jones Design Company blog you are in for a real treat this weekend!

 

Far Outside the Ordinary can be purchased here and here.

Farewell 2014

2014 has been a good year to us. It’s a bittersweet goodbye. With much anticipation and enthusiasm we welcome 2015.

 

January 2014

We had a winter storm, the girls started their second semester at the (former) elementary school and Raynes fell in love with the sight of tractors.

Farewell 2014 via grateful simplicity

 

February 2014

The “very active twos” were fully embraced by the youngest member in our family… We also spent most of February with my Aunt, Uncle and Meme while our kitchen was being rebuilt.

Little did I know when I watched Britton’s first violin recital that it would also be her last.

Farewell 2014 via grateful simplicity

 

March 2014

Spring Break was welcomed with open (and sweater wearing) arms with a trip to the coast with friends followed by some Universal Studio time.  Oh, and did I mention we celebrated two birthdays?

Farewell 2014

 

April 2014

Mom launched her book!  It’s been a wildly successful year for her with a NYC publishing company recently taking over the publishing and publicity of the book, along with a screen writer who is currently writing her memoir for the big screen. We could not be more proud. Talk about putting your mind to something and doing it….

Mr. Robinson and I celebrated (although we didn’t actually celebrate) our 13 year wedding anniversary. Three children made it a bit tough for a weekend getaway (but I have plans for our 14 year in a few months).

 

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May 2014

Springtime came in swinging with calendars filling up quicker than Kenley’s tummy when she’s hungry.  I chaperoned Britton’s 5th grade graduation trip to Sea World, watched Kenley dance in her annual ballet recital, and prepared for a summer at home with my babies.

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June 2014

The bags were packed for road trips, and stayed that way, as we spent a week at the newly renovated St. Teresa cottage, Aunt Shea’s house and rounded the month off with a birthday trip to Chicago.  Britton also spent her third summer at church camp and her final summer as a VBS participant (next year she will be a “helper”).  Meanwhile K gets to participate in VBS for a few more years.. mainly because I’ve told her she’s not allowed to grow up.

 

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July 2014

July brought twist and turns with my interviewing and two days later starting a full time (year-round) job. Yes, smack dab in the middle of summer,  Luckily, we had the urge to travel out of our system thanks to Aunt Coco’s 4th of July invite to Rosemary Beach and more STB time.

My  annual high school girls trip was quickly approved by my new boss– who was also our high school english teacher.  Small worlds are fun particularly when you and your childhood friends make it a point to carve out time in this busy world of ours to spend it with one another.

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August 2014

The girls both settled into their new (old) school while Raynes started full time day care for the first time. Turns out, he loves it!  Lucky for us, the beach is nearby and weekend trips are considered the norm and something to look forward to all week long.

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September 2014

Third grade bibles were presented at church and I fulfilled a life long dream of getting to see Garth Brooks perform again (don’t laugh). Thanks again to Aunt Shea for helping me relive this experience…

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October 2014

And just like that, fall was here again with cooler temps in the morning, pumpkin patches appearing on church lawns, and Halloween costumes displayed at the stores.  We learned what it was like to spend weekends at sporting events while we watched Britton run in cross country meets while she fully embraced middle school. By this time, Kenley had settled into her new routine and her list of complaints had dwindled down.

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November 2014

Daddy turned the big three-nine and we counted all the ways we were thankful.

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December 2014

Which brings us to today. The last day of the last month of the year.

 

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Farewell 2014.  You’ve been too kind…..

Far[m] Outside the Ordinary

It was a Far[m] Outside the Ordinary party last night and good times were had by all!  Farewell Angelina played and proceeds benefited Fresh New Start.  ‘Twas a family affair (less our three year-old) and I, for one, think we should have a picnic-style concert every Sunday night.

 

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Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

 

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Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

 

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

(B and K a little star struck by screen writer Michael– especially when K knew all the movies he has written!)

Far[m] Outside the Ordinary

Far[m] Outside the Ordinary

Brag Box

 

I’ve always said I reserve the right to occasionally brag on this blog.  Like most Moms, I tend to brag about my children every now and then.  Today, this child is bragging about her Mom.

As most people know (particularly is you’re on Facebook) my mom wrote a memoir, Far Outside the Ordinary, which was released this past spring.  It’s doing amazingly well, and she receives beautiful emails each and every day with readers professing how they have been touched by her story.

 

Brag Box

 

Here are some of the recent highlights:

  • She has received 123 Amazon reviews with a 5-star rating! (thank you to anyone who has taken the time to write a review.  I can tell you that she checks the reviews daily since Amazon remains to be the King of the Book Jungle)
  • Over 2200 books have been sold with the third run ordered.
  • Her book cover won first place in the National Graphic Design Contest. It will be featured in Print Magazine in December, along with designer Katie Campbell (talented cousin extraordinaire) who created it.
  • It has been chosen as the selection for over two dozen book clubs in Florida, Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, California and Maryland.
  • Since the book was released in March 2014, Prissy has been invited for book signings at Barnes and Noble and several independent book stores in Florida and Georgia.
  • Her book is being featured at a limited seating {family} music event next month that sounds like so much fun!
  • Writer’s Digest magazine has selected her publishing success story to be featured in their upcoming issue

 

 

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In typical Prissy fashion, Mom is paying it forward in helping other young widows stricken by helping raise money for Fresh New Start

 

Far Outside the Ordinary

 

There are a couple more exciting happenings in the pipeline that she’s asked me to keep tight-lipped about for the time being.  Needless to say, great things are happening and her memoir seems to have taken on a life of it’s own.

 

Mom is flying to New York next week for a summit, then a couple weeks after that she will be taking Sara Britton and myself along for some events in Dallas, Texas.  Yee Haw!

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So there you have it, my little snippet of bragging.  Can you blame though?