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Longlife Pine Outdoor Classroom

Our school recently planted a Longlife Pine Outdoor Classroom- a first of its kind in the country! There were 1500 trees and shrubs that needed to be planted. Raynes and I contributed by digging holes and planting trees on Saturday. The weather cooperated with December sunshine (scared to look at the chilly weather headed our way later this week). My boy is quite the green thumb- loves getting his hands dirty. A boy that likes getting dirty? Why am I not surprised?

Longlife Pine Outdoor Classroom via grateful simplicity

Those thick legs (wink, wink)…. Get me every time.

Longlife Pine Outdoor Classroom via grateful simplicity

Longlife Pine Outdoor Classroom via grateful simplicity

Longlife Pine Outdoor Classroom via grateful simplicity

Longlife Pine Outdoor Classroom via grateful simplicity

Longlife Pine Outdoor Classroom via grateful simplicity

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Saturday Behind the Lens

Saturday Behind the Lens

I got behind the lens this weekend– a couple of times already (rare these days).  Christmas countdown has begun so I stopped by Coco’s new (beautiful) home to get some quick Christmas-card-worthy shots of her children, Downing and Catie Tyler.  With a two year old you never quite know how it will go. “CT” seems to be the exception to the rule. Then again, it makes it easy when they’re cute- throw in some golden hour sunlight and a beautiful orange tree, fall foliage and– whoila!  Don’t want to ruin whatever shot she chooses- so here’s a couple of the outtakes. I think she could make some Christmas change by charging people to use her new back yard for family photos. But that’s just me….

Saturday Behind the Lens via grateful simplicity

 

Saturday Behind the Lens via grateful simplicity

 

Saturday Behind the Lens via grateful simplicity

 

Saturday Behind the Lens via grateful simplicity

 

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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