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Sass a Frass

Sass a Frass

My mom is gearing up for a regional magazine article that will soon be published so she asked me to take some impromptu photos.  Mom wrote a memoir, Far Outside the Ordinary, and is working furiously to finish her second book. Keep in mind, it rains almost every afternoon in our town which is fantastic because it cools down the scorching temperatures. The down side, is it takes our 90% humidity to 99% humidity. Lucky us. Despite this, Sass pulled off a cool and collected look. When we were in New York, Mom would strike up a conversation with each and every Uber driver and on more than one occasion they would be surprised that she was a grandmother. I would then tease by saying, “Yes, she looks pretty good for 75 doesn’t she?!”  Sorry, Cliff. She’s taken.










A Sassyfied Celebration

This is a big week of celebrating in our family… Kicking off with an 89th birthday celebratory luncheon for Meme and spending yesterday giving a big ‘Happy Sassified Birthday’ to this lady.

Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity


While I can’t tell you her age, what I can tell you is that she was little too excited about the now reduced cost of her medical insurance.


Mom is a woman of many talents, indeed. Not only trying something new during her ‘Second Act‘ but discovering that she is pretty darn good at it! Like, um, I don’t know, whipping out this old world oil painting of her grandchild.


Maybe I can paint? Ah, look I can paint.

Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity


Maybe I can write? Oh, look- I can write!

Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity

Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity

A Sassyfied Celebration



Maybe I can arrange flowers? Oh look, another talent (the fact that she can pull it all off in pig tails is an added plus)

Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity


But the one thing that she has always been good at, is taking care of, and loving, her family.  And we seem to keep multiplying which means her love keeps on a growin’.


Happy Birthday, Mom. We love you!

Happy Birthday, Mom via grateful simplicity



Weekend Simplicity

Weekend Simplicity

There approximately 152 million blogs on the internet. A recent post by popular blogger  Jones Design Company reminded me that it really is a small world after all.  This blog full of cool yet simple style and unique ideas (I love her realistic inspiration) is one that I have been following for some time (alongside her Instagram feed) so you can imagine my surprise when this now-well-known Monarch butterfly cover appeared on Emily’s post of her favorite recent reads.

Jones Design Company via grateful simplicity

Congratulations Mom and thank you Emily for featuring Mom’s book which can only be described as a labor of love built on honesty!  If you haven’t checked out the Jones Design Company blog you are in for a real treat this weekend!


Far Outside the Ordinary can be purchased here and here.

Farewell 2014

2014 has been a good year to us. It’s a bittersweet goodbye. With much anticipation and enthusiasm we welcome 2015.


January 2014

We had a winter storm, the girls started their second semester at the (former) elementary school and Raynes fell in love with the sight of tractors.

Farewell 2014 via grateful simplicity


February 2014

The “very active twos” were fully embraced by the youngest member in our family… We also spent most of February with my Aunt, Uncle and Meme while our kitchen was being rebuilt.

Little did I know when I watched Britton’s first violin recital that it would also be her last.

Farewell 2014 via grateful simplicity


March 2014

Spring Break was welcomed with open (and sweater wearing) arms with a trip to the coast with friends followed by some Universal Studio time.  Oh, and did I mention we celebrated two birthdays?

Farewell 2014


April 2014

Mom launched her book!  It’s been a wildly successful year for her with a NYC publishing company recently taking over the publishing and publicity of the book, along with a screen writer who is currently writing her memoir for the big screen. We could not be more proud. Talk about putting your mind to something and doing it….

Mr. Robinson and I celebrated (although we didn’t actually celebrate) our 13 year wedding anniversary. Three children made it a bit tough for a weekend getaway (but I have plans for our 14 year in a few months).


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May 2014

Springtime came in swinging with calendars filling up quicker than Kenley’s tummy when she’s hungry.  I chaperoned Britton’s 5th grade graduation trip to Sea World, watched Kenley dance in her annual ballet recital, and prepared for a summer at home with my babies.

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June 2014

The bags were packed for road trips, and stayed that way, as we spent a week at the newly renovated St. Teresa cottage, Aunt Shea’s house and rounded the month off with a birthday trip to Chicago.  Britton also spent her third summer at church camp and her final summer as a VBS participant (next year she will be a “helper”).  Meanwhile K gets to participate in VBS for a few more years.. mainly because I’ve told her she’s not allowed to grow up.




July 2014

July brought twist and turns with my interviewing and two days later starting a full time (year-round) job. Yes, smack dab in the middle of summer,  Luckily, we had the urge to travel out of our system thanks to Aunt Coco’s 4th of July invite to Rosemary Beach and more STB time.

My  annual high school girls trip was quickly approved by my new boss– who was also our high school english teacher.  Small worlds are fun particularly when you and your childhood friends make it a point to carve out time in this busy world of ours to spend it with one another.

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August 2014

The girls both settled into their new (old) school while Raynes started full time day care for the first time. Turns out, he loves it!  Lucky for us, the beach is nearby and weekend trips are considered the norm and something to look forward to all week long.

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September 2014

Third grade bibles were presented at church and I fulfilled a life long dream of getting to see Garth Brooks perform again (don’t laugh). Thanks again to Aunt Shea for helping me relive this experience…

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October 2014

And just like that, fall was here again with cooler temps in the morning, pumpkin patches appearing on church lawns, and Halloween costumes displayed at the stores.  We learned what it was like to spend weekends at sporting events while we watched Britton run in cross country meets while she fully embraced middle school. By this time, Kenley had settled into her new routine and her list of complaints had dwindled down.



November 2014

Daddy turned the big three-nine and we counted all the ways we were thankful.



December 2014

Which brings us to today. The last day of the last month of the year.



Farewell 2014.  You’ve been too kind…..

Far[m] Outside the Ordinary

It was a Far[m] Outside the Ordinary party last night and good times were had by all!  Farewell Angelina played and proceeds benefited Fresh New Start.  ‘Twas a family affair (less our three year-old) and I, for one, think we should have a picnic-style concert every Sunday night.


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Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity


Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity





Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity


Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity



Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

(B and K a little star struck by screen writer Michael– especially when K knew all the movies he has written!)