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11.19.75

The big four two. The husband seems to be feeling it this year. Can’t say that I blame him. It feels like it’s been a long year. Multiply that forty two times. I get it.

Britton helped me plan a menu of his most favorite meal including a Southern Living appetizer she wanted to try (who doesn’t move Brie?!). Thanks to me, the cake was a bust, but Dee Dee saved the day by suggesting we turn it into an ‘oops cake’ which is essentially a crumbled caked with homemade whip cream on top. Delicious!

Happy birthday, Mike. Your three most precious gifts surround you each and every day.

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Halloween, Halloween, Halloween

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween

Every year I think to myself this is the last year all three will dress up. And every year, I am wrong.  Now, I may not know exactly who one unnamed daughter was, she was in costume nonetheless and gets points for that. Which is more than I can say for my lame self– wearing an orange dress to work was as festive as I got. Lame.

Although I am not a Halloween “person” I am particular about keeping our tradition of trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. We’ve never left our neighborhood (that I can remember) in all our 14 years. Opting to snoop visit neighbor’s homes instead.

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween via grateful simplicity

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween via grateful simplicity

Aunt Weezer and her girls...

Aunt Weezer and her girls…

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween via grateful simplicity

Kenley was a nerd for Halloween, yet she wore glasses like mine. What is she trying to say?

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween via grateful simplicity

What little orange and black décor I had is coming down, only to flip through radio stations last night to find Holiday radio on! My heart might have skipped a beat. Goodbye Halloween and Merry Christmas (yes, I am thankful)!

Two Choices

On more than one occasion lately, Kenley has heard me say:

“If you think down, you will go down. If you think up, you will go up.   You will always travel in the direction of your thinking.” -Bishop T.D. Jakes

And so it goes with one of her first ‘big’ life moments. Going after something she really wants, but struggling because she doesn’t think she’s good enough.  For many people this can be a life-long struggle- never feeling good enough. As Kenley continued to doubt herself, telling me all the reasons why she wouldn’t or couldn’t be good enough I had to remind her that life is about choices.

And the night before tryouts, she had two choices.

Dwell on all the reasons why not, have a pity party, don’t try, or better yet just quit while you’re ahead. Quitting would surely protect your heart.

Or…

Make up your mind that you want this. You really want this. Why do you want it? What’s the worse that could happen if it doesn’t happen? Then go after it and make it happen. Doesn’t matter the outcome, you give it your best and you win regardless.

In true Kenley fashion, it took some much (much) convincing but I saw it click.  That moment where she allowed herself to think maybe, just maybe, I can do this. I saw it register first in her brain, then in her heart, and she decided, by golly, I am going for it.  And so she did.  One of those first defining moments for this 11 year old– where you want something so badly it scares you. Welcome to the big league of life, kid.

And for the record, you are always a winner in my book.

direction of your thinking via grateful simplicity

Two Choices

 

 

Happiest of Birthdays

Happiest of Birthdays to my all time favorite middle-child, Kenley! You are a rule following, dimple smiling, no longer little girl and so very proud of you!

 

kenley birthday

Marco Polo

You have two friends so you decide to introduce them to one another. You point out the good qualities of each,  cross those fingers and hope that they get along, then make the introduction. And so it goes with the annual Polo match this year. Family meets school- both close and personal, while I hold my breath and hope it’s a good match (literally). And boy was it! Such a fun event this year at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm with the proceeds benefiting our favorite school.  November weather in our town is hard to beat. In fact, I could put it up against some of the best tourist towns in our country. It can’t be beat. Throw in some snazzy tailgates, food, flowers, friends and you’ve got yourself the perfect Sunday Fun day for some Marco Polo.

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

 

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

 

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

 

 

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity

Marco Polo via grateful simplicity