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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!

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Party Over Here, Party Over There

There’s a party over here, a party over there, waive your hands in the air shake your derriere.

We’ve made it halfway through party season thanks to the girls now busy social calendar. Parenting sure does change as children get older. There is much more at stake now and… who knew I would be a part time Uber Driver. I don’t get paid of course. And technically I don’t work for Uber. Britton and Kenley’s personal chauffeur is more accurate.  But if I were to get paid for Ubering their little fannies everywhere I would make a killing’!

Raynes has really gotten the hang of riding his bike without training wheels and often asks to ride his bike in our cul-de-sac. Round and round, and round he goes. Sometimes for 45 minutes pedaling in circles. Literally. Occasionally we tell him he can ride down to the end of the street and back.

Kenley, after spending yesterday in the bed with a cold, had no choice but to get outside and ride bikes with her younger brother (just call me Tiger Mom). She may look 17 but she’s still 11 and the perfect ‘bike riding with your brother’ age (no she does not pedal round and round the cul-de-sac. Well, not just the cul-de-sac.

Party Over Here, Party Over There

Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity

 

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Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity

 

Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity

 

these are my Christmas plans...

these are my Christmas plans…

round and round she goes

round and round she goes

Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity

Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity

 

Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity

 

Thankful

Many people, things, and health to be thankful for. While we don’t loose sight of this, Thanksgiving was somewhat bitter sweet without Meme here this year. Seems like just yesterday we were throwing the football in the front yard and listening to her tell us what pesticides were in the dressing Mom made. But dang those pesticides taste good!

Pumpkins have been stowed away and replaced with green garland. Stockings hung and even our elf ‘Lou’ has reappeared. The faster we can usher in the new year the better!

Thankful via grateful simplicity

 

Thankful via grateful simplicity

Thankful via grateful simplicity

 

Thankful via grateful simplicity

 

 

Thankful via grateful simplicity

Thankful via grateful simplicity

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Thankful via grateful simplicity

 

Thankful via grateful simplicity

 

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.

Homecoming Dance

Homecoming Dance

The Oldest had her first high school dance recently. A lot of anticipation (both of us!) leading up to. Sassy took her shopping for a dress this summer– back when she started thinking about Homecoming attire (she may have actually begun thinking about it much, much earlier- as in Spring). Britton had a wonderful time and was home by 10:45- my kind of evening!

Homecoming Dance via grateful simplicity

Homecoming Dance via grateful simplicity

Homecoming Dance via grateful simplicity

And of course one of Britton and her other first boyfriend.

Homecoming Dance via grateful simplicity