Snapper for Supper

Snapper for Supper

The weather report called for 1-2′ seas making the opening day of snapper season optimal for taking the kids out on the boat. But, as weather is unpredictable, the winds picked up in the afternoon and it turned out to be 4′ seas with our family of five offshore ten miles. Thankfully, if we have done nothing else, we have raised our crew with sea legs and they surprisingly did not complain much. We caught our limit within an hour thanks to Captain Robinson. The Rock Bass decided they were hungry as well so we kept a few of them too.  With the assistance of Net Boy, of course.

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

 

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

 

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

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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

 

 

Little Friends

Never underestimate the importance of friends. Especially the little friends.   There will come a time in the not-to-distant future when our teen and tween daughters will put up some resistance when we tell that we’re spending a week at the beach with ‘just us’ (meaning just our family). Until then we can thwart off the struggle and appreciate it when some of their little friends are at the same beach as well. Even if it is a spring break that felt more like a winter break.

 

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Flashback to SB 2017

Flashback to SB 2017

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Watercolor Park

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Alys Beach– and all they see is a green football field.

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Colgan

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Sweet little Katie Tyler

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Rosemary Beach playground– I think we hit them all (playgrounds that is) this go round

Little Friends via grateful simplicity Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Baller

We be balling on Saturdays…. lately it’s been back to the soccer fields only this time its with middle child. This is after tennis/piano/violin but before cheerleading tryouts which start this week.  She’s approaching approached that age where she doesn’t like me taking her photo anymore (clearly that hasn’t stopped me). From what I recall, if she is anything like her older sister, it is a short lived phase and pretty soon the lens will once again become a magnet for smiling faces.

Saturday called for a little bit of divide and conquer at our house with the boys veering off for a t-ball game (along with Britton who was guilted into watching her brother’s game after I reminded her how many hours he has spent at her games) while me and Kens headed to an simultaneous soccer game.  Nothing says, ‘I’m a parent’ like dragging chairs across fields with sunscreen, water and snacks in tow.

 

 

Baller via grateful simplicity

 

Baller via grateful simplicity

 

Baller via grateful simplicity

Baller via grateful simplicity

 

Meanwhile this little guy has been keeping his eye on the ball at the baseball fields with his buddies. He received the (weekly rotating) sportsmanship medal at Saturday’s game is hasn’t taken it off since. He proudly wore it to church yesterday- then to Costo and Old Navy. He lives a very exciting life like that. Please contact his agent for signing opportunities.

Baller

Baller

 

Never before seen footage

Britton brought me an old memory card and said, “you might still want this because there’s a lot of photos on it.”  Sure enough. Thankfully, these now irreplaceable photos taken in July2016 have been backed up (and backed up once more) for prosperity.   #Lifeat1259 has changed yet continues. Raynes was always thankful for an audience appreciative of his latest craft creation.  Meme, a fellow artist herself, was willing to give him the attention positive feedback he needed.  I believe we recently found a sketch book of Meme’s where on at least 32 of the pages was the same woman’s face sketched in pencil. She may not have had much variety in her subject matter but she darned sure nailed the one she drew.

 

Never before seen footage via grateful simplicity

Never before seen footage via grateful simplicity

 

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July 2016