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Healing Waters

Kenley is healing wonderfully. I mean, looking at her face (and body) is really nothing short of a miracle. Children + human body + plastic surgeon makes healing fast. We are all so thankful that she is okay, back to her 11 year old witty-self and… went to school on Friday. Just in time for the three day weekend. Her  fractured nose has been reset and already looks great. I think Kenley is just happy to be pain free. I’ll never take a day without pain for granted again. God is good. God is great.

Just to keep life interesting in the Robinson house, Raynes has come down with some pretty nasty poison ivy. We weren’t sure what the heck it was – if anything – until today. Hands, feet, cheeks, neck, arms, ears. It’s everywhere. Being the wanna-be doctor that I am, I thought breathing in some sunny salt air and splashing a bit of salt water would help to heal his rash with its magical, unknown powers. So we drove down to The Coast for a couple of hours — on a medical quest (physical for him, mental for his parents). Not sure if that worked- judging by how he looked at bedtime tonight. So much for my medical degree.

The girls wanted to stay home- because well, they’re tween/teenagers. Raynes loves to play the part of only child. It was a treat to exhale. I hadn’t realized how tightly I have been holding in my breath over these past two weeks– until arriving at my happy place. Don’t think we had been to #STB4g in 8 months. It’s a shame, really. Sunshine, quiet, oysters, beer, and breeze. Three day weekends are the best. And a great way to kick off this week which will conclude with a long-ago planned girls trip… God’s timing makes me smile.

Healing Waters via grateful simplicity

Healing Waters via grateful simplicity

I love his big, tan legs.

 

 

Healing Waters via grateful simplicity

Healing Waters via grateful simplicity

Healing Waters via grateful simplicity

Healing Waters via grateful simplicity

My all time favorite place. If I’ve told Mike once, I’ve told him 1,000 times. Spread my ashes here.

 

I dislike being on the other side of the lens-- every now and then Mr. R likes to play the part of photographer telling me "there's never any photos of you." Um, yes- that was intentional, babe.

I dislike being on the other side of the lens– every now and then Mr. R likes to play the part of photographer telling me “there’s never any photos of you.” Um, yes- that was intentional, babe.

Healing Waters via grateful simplicity

 

 

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More from Christmas Breaking

The last of the photos from last year Christmas Break. Again, mostly sitting, crafting, sitting and some Poochie snuggling. It currently feels like a tundra in our town with day 5 of freezing (literally) temperatures. Guess it goes to show – be careful what you wish for. At this point, Poochie may need to have her wardrobe beefed up. Two sweaters just aren’t enough.

More from Christmas Breaking via grateful simplicity

 

More from Christmas Breaking via grateful simplicity

More from Christmas Breaking via grateful simplicity

More from Christmas Breaking via grateful simplicity

 

More from Christmas Breaking via grateful simplicity

Nobody likes a good craft more than this guy.

 

More from Christmas Breaking via grateful simplicity

Rayne(s) Day

Tomorrow is an Ice Day from school/work. Winter Storm Grayson is descending upon us this evening bringing with it ice, bitter cold, and hopefully (but not likely) a couple of brief snowflakes. Us Florida folk do not like cold– and today was cold to the bones kind of cold. So, extra day of pajamas and hot chocolate (and Downton Abbey) for our crew me- woo hoo!

While tomorrow may be an Ice Day, we recently has a day of Raynes(s). He asks lots of questions- constant curiosity- pokes around, moves a lot, investigates often, eats rarely, and sleeps well.

Looks like tomorrow’s forecast is calling for ice, snow and some more rayne(s).

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Christmas Eve at Nana and Gan’s

 

 

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Caught with hand near the cookie jar. Sugar- it’s a real food group.

 

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Sweet, sweet Mary. These two….

 

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Arts and crafts. Every. single. day.

 

 

Rayne(s) Day via grateful simplicity

Curious George.

 

 

 

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year!

2018: The Year of More of You, Less of Me.

2017 has come to close and today marks the first day of 2018. New year, clean slate, fresh start, endless opportunities. I’ve not been one to make resolutions because I’ve found more times than not they get abandoned around February. However, this morning I found myself writing them out in my prayer journal. Figured this may hold myself more accountable than in years past.

1. Have a teachable spirit

2. Pray about everything

3. More of God, less of me.

4. Spend individual quality time with each family member

5.  Display more patience

6. Make the time to do things I enjoy things I used to enjoy- photography, blogging, sewing, etc.

7. And the obligatory ‘clean eating’ (for good measure)

We have loved being on Christmas break- time at home wearing pajamas all day, some days doing a lot of nothing while other days doing a lot of somethings. We’ve cleaned, lounged, binged watched The Crown (and working my way through Dontown Abbey again starting with Season 1), painted four rooms, visited with friends, took kids shopping to spend their Christmas money (sorry Mike, they aren’t savers), lounged some more, used my label maker for everything I could get my hands on, set up a media room for the kids, undecorated, cleaned out the attic, organized drawers, baked, cleaned some more and enjoyed every second of it. These two weeks are most definitely my favorite time of the year because the best gift is the gift of time.

And speaking of gifts, I guilted the girls into allowing me to take their photograph (see #6 above) by telling them to consider it a Christmas present from them to me. It worked.

Happy New YEAR 2018 via grateful simplicity

 

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New YEAR 2018 via grateful simplicity

 

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Cheers to 2018!

Party Over Here, Party Over There

There’s a party over here, a party over there, waive your hands in the air shake your derriere.

We’ve made it halfway through party season thanks to the girls now busy social calendar. Parenting sure does change as children get older. There is much more at stake now and… who knew I would be a part time Uber Driver. I don’t get paid of course. And technically I don’t work for Uber. Britton and Kenley’s personal chauffeur is more accurate.  But if I were to get paid for Ubering their little fannies everywhere I would make a killing’!

Raynes has really gotten the hang of riding his bike without training wheels and often asks to ride his bike in our cul-de-sac. Round and round, and round he goes. Sometimes for 45 minutes pedaling in circles. Literally. Occasionally we tell him he can ride down to the end of the street and back.

Kenley, after spending yesterday in the bed with a cold, had no choice but to get outside and ride bikes with her younger brother (just call me Tiger Mom). She may look 17 but she’s still 11 and the perfect ‘bike riding with your brother’ age (no she does not pedal round and round the cul-de-sac. Well, not just the cul-de-sac.

Party Over Here, Party Over There

Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity

 

christmas break bike house4-1

 

Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity

 

Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity

 

these are my Christmas plans...

these are my Christmas plans…

round and round she goes

round and round she goes

Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity

Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity

 

Party Over Here, Party Over There via grateful simplicity