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Doughnuts for Dads

As Mr. Robinson reminded me, the last Kindergartener’s Doughnuts for Dads was held at school this morning.  Tend to hold on to these special occasions a little tighter now.  When I arrived (someone has to take the girls to school) Raynes ran over to me wearing his teal flip flops. To school. Perfect attire for this morning’s event.

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Doughnuts for Dads via grateful simplicity

 

One of my favorite babies made a special appearance adding to the Friday morning fun.

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Irma Interrupted

I had almost forgotten about much I love Friday nights. The possibilities of the weekend are endless.  Low key, football, fun events, action packed.  Last weekend fell into the action packed category with the introduction of Irma to our beautiful state. Luckily, she was a little less ticked off when she finally arrived in T-town. We were without power but only momentarily compared to our friends in South Florida. Poor Darby and Danya are still without power in Miami/South FL. If you’ve never spent September in Florida – let me tell you, it is anything but Mums and pumpkins. It is hot. Throw some love bugs in there, sweat beads and you’ve got yourself a September day

Today it’s taking it back to the first week of school. Seeing that our interim reports go out next week, you can do the math to see just how far back this dates. Okay, it was last month which is technically right on time for this ol’ blog that has been gathering some serious dust.

Boys will be boys

Boys will be boys

Irma Interrupted via grateful simplicity

 

Irma Interrupted via grateful simplicity

 

And speaking of the first week of school, Kenley’s middle school cheerleading squad ran the pep rally that week to kick off the new school year. Talk about full circle. I wore that same cheerleading uniform over 25 years ago. Ouch!

Irma Interrupted via grateful simplicity

 

 

 

 

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

Hanleys and then Hanley

Our families have been friends for over 45 years.  Parents, us, and now– well, our  children. The third generation.

My life-long friend Mary Heather (though I much prefer the term ‘oldest’ friend) made her annual bi-coastal flight from Seattle, WA to our North FL city only this time she had not one, not two, but three children with her (one of which was an 11 week-old). God bless her! MH loves holding onto her southern roots giving her youngest daughter a proper double name (“Is Grace her middle name” will be asked the rest of Ellie Grace’s life) and getting pure pleasure out witnessing Hanley’s first mosquito bite. The fact that her family is still here, along with yours truly of course (her oldest friend) must make what seems like a horrible travel itinerary much more bearable.

Double trouble.

Hanley is 10 months younger than Raynes and outweighs him a good 20 pounds. When they came for an impromptu Tuesday night supper Claire was a little under the weather so I wasn’t able to snap any pictures of her cute little (big!) self. But if I could, I would have shot one of her hands over her ears, blocking out all sounds, after she hit her brother and MH (tries to) scold her.  The best.

 

Hanleys and then hanley via grateful simplicity

 

Luckily for her trio they got to experience some of the most beautiful Tallahassee weather we’ve had in a long time! The consistent breeze made up for the yellow pollen and I could have sat on Aunt Bunny’s back patio forever.  I hope Mary Heather flies cross-country with her cuties again soon. But we all know that 45 year family friendships don’t come around every day.

Hanleys and then hanley via grateful simplicity

Double trouble.

 

 

Hanleys and then Hanley.

The actual Hanley.

The actual Hanley.

Let's not forget Ellie Grace.

Let’s not forget Ellie Grace | 11 weeks

 

My funny little valentine

Not to be outdone by her younger brother, K’s class celebrated their last lower school Valentine’s Day with a party. Shh, don’t tell her that she won’t be having class parties in middle school. We will break it to her easy because, like her mama, she’s doesn’t take change well. Good thing she has those dimples, my funny little valentine.

 

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My funny little valentine via  grateful simplicity