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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!










Christmas Break Begins Now

17, yes, 17 days of Christmas break begin today and this, by far, is my favorite time of the year. Time to fit everything in, while also purposefully scheduling absolutely nothing on the calendar. Down time. Busy time. All built into the same break.

Christmas Break Begins Now.

Christmas Break Begins Now via grateful simplicity

Raynes sang at a local retirement community (then came home feeling under the weather).

The hubs and I had a Garden Club Christmas Party. And no, there was no flower arranging by the men. Although that certainly would make for an entertaining evening.

Trader Joe’s greenery is holding up well (fingers crossed)




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


Thankful via grateful simplicity


Thankful via grateful simplicity




Raynes recently pointed out that we needed a pumpkin for Halloween. Apparently my $3.99 Trader Jo’s pumpkin wasn’t cutting it.  So, we may have had to run to The Pumpkin Patch yesterday during lunch to grab ourselves a last minute prime pumpkin. And by “we” I mean Mike. Clearly, pumpkin patch photos are not in the cards for us this year. I’ll just have to remember the ol’ Monticello pumpkin patch and prego patch visits.  All three kids dressed up today, although I’m still not exactly sure what Britton was– something to do with a Riverside show and I ‘think’ K is a “nerd” (although the glasses she ordered look just like mine. Not sure what that’s saying).

Boo! via grateful simplicity 10.31.17


Boo! via grateful simplicity 10.31.17

That’s some serious pumpkin carvin’ right there. Those Michaels do not mess around.

Boo! via grateful simplicity 10.31.17

In hindsight, Tucker Mae needed a costume. Overlook the dog for Halloween? What kind of mom am I?

Boo! via grateful simplicity 10.31.17


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.