Viewing category: Firsts

Batter Up

Sitting on my “to-do” list for months (and months) on end was Convert Home Video Tapes to DVD.  Yet that one reminder sat and sat, with an unchecked square next to it for far too long. Finally, during a routine trip to The Costco I saw their photo lab could take old home movies and turn them into something a little more high tech shall we say.

They were carefully labeled, individually tracked, converted, and sent back in their labeled and photo-filled cd covers. We picked them up after church today then Mr. Robinson and I, after unsuccessfully finding a movie on Netflix, decided to scroll down the ol’ memory lane and watch Robinson Girls 2003-2007.

It was like being taken back in time- hearing the coos of a 12 week old Baby Britton, watching B try to roll over, a 16 month-old big blue eyed Kenley saying her first sentence (“I do”). I remember every stitch of the outfits they had on from the white embroidered Feltman Brothers dress to the pink poodle pajamas with black and white gingham trim. Memories that may have been all but gone– how could I not remember what Britton’s four year old voice sounded like?

Come to think of it, since these movies have been in storage for so long there’s a good chance our girls have not seen many, if any, movies of them as babies. A photo-snapping Mama’s dream. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been wanting to show Raynes our wedding video for some time now (in my defense, he did ask). Okay, enough of that.

Prior to my sappy crying tonight watching said movies, R had his first baseball game of the season yesterday. Notice I didn’t say t-ball as he has moved up to Coach Pitch. What a difference a year makes as there was less players drawing in the dirt, asking ‘How much longer?’ and not knowing which direction was first base.  Their attention spans were longer and the games a bit lengthier. Oh how I do love baseball. Take me out to the ball game any ol’ day!

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Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow. And it did.

Who would’ve thunk it. Snow in the south. Whenever my kids ask me if it will snow here- I’ve always told them it was doubtful. Turns out, I’m a liar.

Glad it came to my children though, instead of my driving my children to the Carolinas (thank you God- you must know I hate driving on the interstate). Florida had some giant flakes that fell for what seemed like one hour. Social media feeds flooded with photos as everyone seemed to be just as amazed at the whiteness outside the window as we were. I can remember it snowing in T-town when I was maybe 12 or so– but honestly cannot remember it snowing here since. And since I’m only 32 40, it’s been a while.

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

 

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

I excitedly yelled to both Britton and Kenley to “wake up, wake up- it’s snowing outside!” but only Kenley could be roused. Britton seemed to think the warmth of her bed, an a sleeping English Cocker snuggled beside her, far outweighed wet white freezing flying outside her dormer windows. Plus, she would just watch her Instagram Stories later for the highlights (don’t even get me started).

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

Speaking of Insta Story….

 

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

 

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow via grateful simplicity

Hot cocoa to defrost.

 

Oh my snow, oh my snow. Until next time…

 

 

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

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