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Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone. Six years goes by in the blink of an eye. Trust me, I say this from experience little one. A whole 39 years and 9 months so I would know. 

In keeping with the theme of December birthdays, December 21st is always a good one with its cookie decorating, red and green colors and generally all-around jolly mood by all.  A foul-proof party if you will. The recent Florida fall-like weather has felt more like September than December. A good ol’ fashioned backyard birthday party, complete with a pinata and tire swing.

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Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

 

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone via grateful simplicity

 

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

A trampoline is really all one needs in life. According to these kids.

 

 

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

Mrs. Harris has a 9 day-old– who would’ve known?!

 

 

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

Okay. this makes me laugh. Stand back!

 

 

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

A race for the candy- because they all need more sugar.

 

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

 

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

Happy Birthday to you, Allie Boone

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The 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas, give or take.

December is always bustling and it seems there is always those twelve days in a row of parties/activities/events.  I like to call it the ‘the twelve days of Christmas.’ So… on the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me.

 

An Ugly Christmas Sweater Day…..

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Annual White Elephant Christmas Party…

The 12 Days of Christmas Via grateful simplicity

 

A Pre-K Sing Holiday Along….

 

12 days of Christmas via grateful simplicity

 

A 40th birthday celebration…

The 12 Days of Christmas Via grateful simplicity

 

A 90’s concert with Salt N Peppa….. (because nothing says Christmas more than Push It)

The 12 Days of Christmas Via grateful simplicity

 

 The Nutcracker Ballet (a tradition with my girls)…

12 days of Christmas via grateful simplicity

 

Garden Club parties….

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Britton’s first boy/girl (Christmas) bonfire….

The 12 Days of Christmas Via grateful simplicity

 

A Cotillion Christmas…

The 12 Days of Christmas Via grateful simplicity

 

Holiday Magic with the Tallahassee Symphony and my favorite little Michael…..

The 12 Days of Christmas Via grateful simplicity

He, suprisingly, did great at the show with the 95 questions coming the form of a loud whisper. All the favorite Nutcracker songs were performed along with Frozen and a Sing Along. Definitely will go next year– maybe this will be OUR tradition (sorry, Uncle Matt– the green pants aren’t going anywhere anytime soon)…

 

 

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The view from our balcony seats– My grandfather was a conductor and the FSU School of Music, the Kuersteiner Building, was named after in. It was neat to be able to take Raynes to hear the symphony and describe to him a man, whom neither of us ever met, who did this very thing many years ago.

 

 

A 6th birthday cookie decorating party….

The 12 Days of Christmas Via grateful simplicity

 

And some silly Christmas Cheer (happy 69th Spider!)…..

 

The 12 Days of Christmas Via grateful simplicity

And a partridge and a pear tree…..

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Merry Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas from the Robinsons

If I were super organized and sent a Christmas letter to family and friends it would read a little something like this:

 

Twenty sixteen came in quick and is quickly turning into a year ending with a seven. We have settled into our no-longer-so-new house with two three kids, two dogs, Meme, and her over-weight Persian cat named Lilli.

Britton is in 8th grade and spends her time playing soccer, studying (straight A’s! this year) and listening to music. She also tried volleyball for the first time this year and is getting ready for the opening of tennis season.  She went on a mission trip with our church youth group this summer and, despite my faults, has turned out to be a wonderful teenager. My prayer is that she continues to make good decisions, put others first, and remember Whose she is.

Kenley stays busy with her running club and cheer leading. She is on the Lower School Student Council and recently gave a speech titled, ‘Why Tallahassee is the best place to live.’ Bet you didn’t know that we have one of the nation’s first Christmas service?! At any given time she is readying 2-3 books but, I am sad to say, loves her iPad equally. She has grown so tall over the past year that she has all but caught up to both her sister and me. She has scored some new clothes in the process, is quite the writer, and she constantly reminds (and often times shows) us that the middle children are so sweet.

Five year-old Raynes wakes up happy, asking questions (no less than 194 a day)– and stays chatty and upbeat all day every day. He is quite the artist and likes dart guns, riding his bicycle, Poochie and hunting with his daddy. He doesn’t like it when we tell him he looks like the Elf on the Shelf and I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes a professional greeter at a big store like Wal-Mart one day. What can I say? The boy loves people.

Mike is managing to balance work and home successfully – which is no easy task! His business continues to grow and this summer he earned a rewards trips to California and we had a sunny CA grand time.

I am enjoying my job at my alma mater, and the children’s school, where I work year-round in administration. It affords me the ability to be at every school function, and get to see my babies during the day and Mike is so supportive.  There’s not much time for hobbies but I do try to pick up my camera and keep up my ol’ blog from time to time.  Exercise doesn’t exactly count as a “hobby” but more of a necessity like breathing, eating, and coloring hair. 2017 be a big year with my 40th birthday and 16 year wedding anniversary coming in the next couple months. Sometimes, if I stop and look at the blessings that surround us I am afraid they will suddenly disappear. Perhaps that is why the camera doesn’t leave my hands, I tend to ‘over-share’ on social media, and why my right eye twitches. But for now, I’ll take it all in, appreciate the heck out of it, and celebrate a wonderful year full of His graciousness.

 

Ho Ho Ho via grateful simplicity

 

Merry Christmas from the Robinsons via grateful simplicity

Merry Christmas from the Robinsons

 

Britton (age 13)

Britton (age 13)

Kenley (age 10)

Kenley (age 10)

Raynes (age 5)

Raynes (age 5)

 

Christmas 2015 {part I}

It was a wonderful Christmas Eve and morning with all our babies wearing (somewhat) matching pajamas and big smiles. K tried to get the celebration started extremely early– as in 4 am but was promptly sent back to bed until at least 6:30 am. As much Mr. Robinson and I wanted to sleep in we could certainly sympathize with their excitement as Christmas morning is one that you know you’ll remember for many years to come- so with the help of the auto-brew Lucky Goat coffee, got started we did.  If only I could slow down time and keep them young forever (Britton recently pointed out that she has 3 more semesters until high school. My heart sank in my chest a little). The years seem to pass a little more swiftly at each turn. Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

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the obligatory ‘stop and let me get your picture first’ snapshot

 

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12 days of Florida Christmas-- note for Santa by K & R

12 days of Florida Christmas– note for Santa by K & R

 

Cousins dropping off homemade honey!

The ‘”big” Cousins home from Colorado and dropping off homemade honey!

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Poor girl- she’s still looking for her presents

 

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