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May Dance

Triple graduations happening around the Robinson next week– from preschool, lower school and middle school respectively. Sigh.

My first born, who I feel like was just wearing knee socks and a plaid jumper to school last month, will be graduating from middle school one week from today. She is more than ready to begin her high school journey. Class trips, dances, challenging academic courses, driving, homecoming, off campus lunches, senior shack, sports practice, football games…

Me? Not so ready. But I am learning to let go, slowly but surely. Praying that my faith outweighs my fear each day.

May Dance via grateful simplicity

 

May Dance via grateful simplicity

May Dance via grateful simplicity

 

May Dance via grateful simplicity

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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)

 

Many Little Milestones

When Kenley was a baby, I went out on a limb and purchased a DSLR camera in lieu of a baby plan from a professional photographer. Following bloggers, online tutorials, and user manuals I taught myself how to take photos of my baby girls. And goodness there are lots of photographs of them- hundreds upon hundreds.  They grew up with their mama always holding a camera so they thought nothing of it, rarely stopping to pose (let alone fuss at me) for trying to capture each and every little milestone.

Many Little Milestones via Grateful SImolicity

Many Little Milestones via Grateful SImolicity

Many Little Milestones via Grateful SImolicity

Five years later then their baby brother came along, the camera- now several years old– was always charged and ready to go.  As he got older, our lives got a little busier the once always there camera, was suddenly no where to be found. It didn’t make it on trips, maintenance fell to the way side, and next thing I knew the only photos I had were though on my cell phone. Not that there is anything wrong with cell phone images –it just doesn’t feel the same to me. The shutter clicking makes me happy. The teeny tiny creative ability I have with a ‘real’ camera is often times lost on a phone that I have a love/hate relationship with.

Many Little Milestones via Grateful SImolicity

Many Little Milestones via Grateful SImolicity

 

Many Little Milestones via Grateful SImolicity

Many Little Milestones via Grateful SImolicity

Many Little Milestones via Grateful SImolicity

I’m trying to make it a point to set aside time to do the things I enjoy. A quiet cup of coffee in the mornings. A good Devotional. Journaling. Yoga.  Photography. And even this here little blog.

 

What I’ve found is– when it comes to the camera– my girls are now at the age where they definitely do notice the camera, and don’t want it around. Raynes, too, notices and has this weird smile he insists on. That’s what I get for letting one of my little joys fall the way side. But all that’s about to change. So keep on smiling like that little boy. I am happy to capture it — because it too is one of the many little milestones.

 

Many Little Milestones via Grateful SImolicity

 

 

Many Little Milestones via Grateful SImolicity

Uploading, Upgrading, Updating

Uploading, Upgrading, Updating

Not gonna lie… it’s tough keeping up with technology. So I finally, after much thought, surveying and research– ordered an iWatch. Only Britton is quick to point out that it’s called an Apple Watch not an iWatch. Noted. The syncing, clouding, downloading, uploading, upgrading, uptrading, and updating can feel a little overwhelming.

I’m also happy to report that after 6 months– I have finally discovered how to find photos on this MacBook (not to be confused with iPad, Dell, etc). Six months it took me– and it was by accident. It was only then that I also discovered the many photos the kids have taken with my many devices, appliances, apples, electronics– whatever you want to call them. Lovely alien photo kids– I always thought deep down y’all might have come from outer space.

Maybe I’ll use my iWatch to see.

But in the meantime I have both my girls staying up just a wee past their bedtime so we can finish another episode of Little House on the Prairie. Suddenly, all is right with the world again. Just ask Siri.

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Volleyball Season has begun

Volleyball Season has begun….

It’s a new year, new grade, new season and… new fall sport.  Volleyball! Who knew it was so much fun to watch!? (Sorry, Shea and Danya- my fellow volleyball playing friends).   I love that my oldest can easily try new things, make new friends, and keep a good attitude. Maybe I should take a page from her book? 

Eighth grade is turning out to be ‘no joke’ when combining studies, sports, chores, being social and sleep. B is taking a high school math course (one that I may, or may not, have taken as a sophomore at this school-+ she can thank her finance-brained daddy for that) which adds to the load some. It’s no wonder kids in America area always so stressed out. I’ve found that I have to take my girls electronics at night, stow them away, and revert back to a strict bedtime to ensure they are getting enough sleep.  Ironically, they are more than happy to comply which tells me they have needed the sleep more than I realized. Do as I say, not as I do. Right, mom?

Even Poochie and Tucker seem more tired than usual. I mean really, what do they possibly have to be exhausted over?

Courtney has always made fun of me saying that I am always looking forward to the next big milestone. When I turned fifteen years old, I told people I was almost sixteen.  When 20 years old, I rounded up my age to 21 and so on. So I guess it comes as no surprise that I am already looking forward to dreading next year when our babies start kindergarten, middle school and high school all one the same day.  Say it isn’t so.

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