Life Lately, According to My Phone

I have 32,533 photos backed up on my iCloud. All of those photos are less than 7 years old. I’m pretty much attached to my phone, snapping pictures all day long, no matter where I go. Its safe to say that I’m an iPhone addict. Ha! I’ve honestly been trying to get better at not checking Instagram and Facebook all day everyday but my obsessive picture taking will probably never stop. Although, recently we’ve had a few really great moments where I didn’t take my phone out at all and I was just present in the moment. It felt really great but now I’m secretly wishing I had a photo. Hahahaha!

Sports:

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Lucy is in the middle of her cross country season right now and just started doing a lacrosse clinic. Beck still has another few weeks of soccer left. The back of the SUV is filled with sports equipment, snacks and my soccer mom chair. LOVE it!!

Fall weather:

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It’s my absolute favorite time of year!! Apple picking, pumpkin picking, farm stand visiting and hiking with Jon and B.

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Dates with Jon, dates with the kids and dates with friends!

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nonstop school work

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Boston visits!

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Megan gave me a road snack one day and now I’m on the hunt for little bags of pickles. Ha!

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We love when Megan comes home for the weekend!!

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Two days before we loss our sweet Daisy. They were both waiting for Jon to come out of the bathroom. Hahaha! We miss her sooooo much!

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Lucy can beat any claw machine around!! It’s so crazy to watch her win every time!

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Emma’s first day of school picture that I’ve been meaning to post. Senior in college and still made to pose for first day pic! Hahaha!

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A couple of B pictures just because he’s so cute!!

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And…..a family photo because I really, really like these people. I’m trying to get used to smaller family dinners. Dinnertime used to be one of my favorite moments of the day. I LOVED having everyone sitting around that kitchen table, talking, yelling, singing, laughing, arguing. Now I’m lucky if there are 5 of us sitting there. Most days it’s just the two littles, Jon and I. Chloe has a new job so she misses dinner a couple times a week. It really makes me sad. I’m not sure WHAT I’m going to do when she goes to college in 2 years!! A few weeks ago, when we loss Daisy, I had all 7 of us at that kitchen table and my mama heart was FULL!! (thats the picture I wish I had) . I don’t want to rush the fall but I am really looking forward to having everyone home for the holidays this year.

 

 

 

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Beckett James, 3 Years Old

Three! 3!!! It’s crazy to think it was 3 short years ago that this little boy came into our lives. In some ways it seems like yesterday and in other ways it seems like he’s always been here.

Beckett, you have grown so much this past year. You are talking up a storm. You say EVERYTHING and use such big words!! You also like to use cuss words and we’re all trying to work on that. Ha! You still have everyone in this house wrapped around that cute little finger of yours!! You can throw a temper tantrum like nobody’s business bringing an entire store to a standstill. But, you can also charm the pants off a complete stranger in the checkout line when you introduce yourself as Romeo. Yes, Romeo. You’ve been telling people that your name is Romeo for the last 6 months.

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Eating: You are officially the pickiest eater we’re ever had to deal with. For breakfast your favorite things are chocolate milk, avocado toast with Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s, pancakes, monkey drinks, yogurt or donuts. You LOVE donuts!!! Lunch is Annies Mac and cheese, french fries, crackers and cheese, pretzel and hummus, soup and recently you’ve taken a liken to chicken nuggets. Dinner consists of you throwing your food all over the place and not really eating at all. Unless we’re having fish. You LOVE fish (almost as much as you love donuts). You’re a fantastic snacker so I try and make your snack as healthy as possible but you still seem to find a cookie or two. Your diet is all over the place these days but you LOVE your vitamins!! Thank God!

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Sleep: You finally sleep through the night (90% of the time). You insist on reading at least 5 books at night and then you NEED to be rocked to sleep. Every time I try and put you in your crib you tell me “one more minute” so I sit there and rock you for “one more minute”, which is actually 20. Ha! This happens everyday at nap and bedtime. You are quite the little snuggler so I don’t mind.

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You are still obsessed with all of your sisters but these days Lucy is your bff. You follow her all over the house and yard and miss her so much when she’s at school. You’re also really missing your Memmy (Megan) while she’s away at college.

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You LOVE to play outside. You love going to the park with daddy and driving your truck around the yard. You like to sing but don’t want anyone singing along with you. You say its annoying. Ha!  You are quite the little dancer these days and LOVE Bruno Mars. You still love Mickey Mouse but really enjoy movies. Your favorites this year are Despicable Me 3, Boss Baby, Trolls, Toy Story, Monsters Inc, and Hotel Transylvania. You love playing with cars, batman toys and most recently PJMasks toys. You give the best hugs and kisses and tell all the girls in  your life how pretty we are ( we LOVE that ). It’s so fun having sweet conversations with you. You’re turning into such a sweet big boy but you’re still little enough to crawl on our lap and asked to be rocked. I’ll rock you until you are 10 if you want!! Happiest of birthdays, Beckett James!! We love you soooooo much!!

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A New Beginning

Another school year and of course we had to have our annual back to school dinner

Then it was off to the start of junior year for Chloe

And 5th grade for Lucy

Beckett had to get in on the picture taking, too

Then it was time to move Megan into college

Emma starts this week. Her schedule is always busy and we barely see her these days but I’m definitely going to try and get that first day picture of her too 🙂

Happy Fall!!

California. The Finale

We left Anaheim and went back to San Diego. We made plans to meet Katie at the zoo that morning and were surprised to find out that she had out tickets waiting for us when we got there. Tickets AND a picnic lunch. She really is the SWEETEST!!

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Even though we had a GREAT time in the LA area I think it’s safe to say that we all loved San Diego the most! It was so good to get back there.

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This was a vacation that I’m sure we will always remember. It was so nice having all 7 of us together for 12 days. I know that our family vacations are probably limited considering we now have 2 adult children!! Crazy!!

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It was pretty funny to read this article on the plane on the way home. It is very exhausting traveling with an entire army of kids but I really wouldn’t want it any other way.

I mean………….

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It’s the best!!

California, Part 4

This might have been my favorite part of the trip. I can’t help it. I LOVE Disney! When we were planning this trip it was a must that we stopped at Disney for a few days. After exploring the L.A. area we drove into Anaheim and got settled into our hotel. It was right across the street from Disneyland and we had great views of the fireworks on our first night.

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I’ll let the pictures tell the story

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We had to take a break midday to go back to the hotel and cool off at the waterpark. It was HOT!!

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But we rushed back to meet up with our good friends Kristen and Marvin

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We spent 14 hours in Disney that day and we loved every second of it!

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Just look at those faces!!

The following day we went to California Adventure Park. I’m pretty sure that was a family favorite.

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I’m so glad that we added Disney into this trip. It’s probably the only time that just the 7 of us will do Disney as a family of 7.

California Part 3

I took over 700 pictures on our vacation and I’m about to dump a bunch of them here so I’ll always have them. I’ll let the pictures tell the story

North Beach

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

Belmont Park

World Famous on Pacific Beach

Ha!

Windan Sea Beach (our beach)

Newport Beach

Loving this road trip!!

Santa Monica Pier

Hollywood

Lunch

East LA

We are loving California!!

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Can we just stop for a moment and appreciate how beautiful the world is

I’m really missing those California sunsets!!

Balboa Park:

We spent another morning down at the seaport and grabbed an early lunch. Emma wasn’t feeling well so she stayed behind

We went to dinner that night at Jon’s second cousin’s house. It was the first time we met her and we all instantly fell in love with her

Jon and I left the kids one night and met up with an old friend for some drinks

We pretty much went nonstop the entire time we were there and I have so many more pictures to share. Soon.

California Part 1

Our vacation got off to a pretty rough start. After struggling to get Beck’s car seat installed on the airplane we were told that we had to get off the plane due to bad weather. There was going to be a 4 hour delay. We had a connecting flight that we were never going to make. So we had to rebook our flights for first thing the next morning. We had 8 hours to wait and it didn’t make any sense for us to go home so we waited it out………. at the airport

We had a quick layover in TX

But, La Jolla you were worth the wait!!

It was a long day of traveling and beach going and we were all exhausted but there was no way I was going to miss my first west coast sunset. Megan, Chloe, Lucy and I all walked down to the beach to watch

We spent the 4th of July at the beach. We went to Torey Pines first and then over to Coronado and met up with Scott

Then we went to the seaport to watch the fireworks around the bay. It was an incredible sight to see

The following day we went to Seaworld. Jon hated Seaworld but I’m pretty sure it’s because he had flashbacks of Shamu pinching his ear when he was a little boy. The rest of us loved it!

We stopped at The Taco Stand on the way home. This place was DELICIOUS!! There was a constant line down the street no matter what time of day or night we drove by

SO good!!!

Sweet Emilie came for dinner one night

SO good to see her!

A few more pictures from the beginning of the week

If you’ve made it this far you’re a trooper. I think that was only day 3!! More to come!