Like so many other graduates this year, her college experience was a little strange due to Covid. She was in Boston for about a year and a half before being sent home for another year and a half. She’s been back in the city for just about a year where she finished up her senior year with all of these great friends by her side
(I took that last picture from her Instagram 🙂
She starts her new job this week and we honestly couldn’t be more proud of this girl.
When I was in St. Maarten I got a message from Tracey asking if I wanted to do a 2 day Disney trip with her. She had some airline points that she needed to use up by next February and couldn’t think of anything else she’d rather do. Ha! (She already had vacation plans with her husband for the fall). The two of us are pretty Disney obsessed so obviously I was ready to go. I told her once I got back from St. Maarten we would sit down and plan a trip. Two days later we were all booked!! We spent the next few weeks learning the new Genie Lightening Lane system and we honestly did awesome with it. We hit every ride we wanted to go on without waiting in lines. We went during the Flower and Garden festival, too. Which meant yummy food and drinks throughout Epcot. We spent 2 nights and 2.5 days in the parks and had the best time EVER! I love going to Disney with Jon and the kids but there was something pretty special about going with my best friend. She is heading back in the fall and I already can’t wait to see her pictures!
I realized today that it’s already the middle of May and I have so many pictures to add over here so they don’t get “stuck” in my phone.
We’re all pretty big Celtics fans (actually all New England sports teams) over here so we jump any time we have a chance to go to a game. This was Beckett’s second time at the Celtics and he is now obsessed with Lucky….. the acrobat who comes out during the commercial breaks and half time. Ha! He spent a week flipping around the house after that game.
We celebrated my mom’s birthday.
And Easter. I’m not sure how many more years Beckett will want to go to the town egg hunt so I’ll take it when I can get it. Ha! Megan was in NY with Tyler and Emma celebrated with Shane’s family so we were down to 3 little bunnies at home this year
Poor Beckett ended up in the ER one night because I couldn’t get his fever down and he was crying in pain. Poor little boy! It ended up being another virus. Kindergarten germs are the worse!
The weather has been getting nicer so we spend so much time outside!
Emma had a birthday. 26!! I can’t believe it! I wish time would slow down a little bit. I feel like she was just a little girl.
Beckett is in the middle of his soccer season and it’s just been so fun watching him play!
I had all five of my kids home for Mother’s Day this year and it was just the best feeling in the world! The 3 older girls are off living life in all different directions so it’s really hard to get them all here at the same time. I cherish every time that it all comes together. I love them!!!!
I just wanted to add this one in because he’s just the cutest little thing. Ha!
We recently got back from one of the most fun vacations EVER!! I knew Beckett would enjoy it because he’s such a natural born beach bum but I was surprised at just how much he loved it! I was even a little nervous about Lucy being away from her friends for a couple of weeks but she found every free wifi spot available and kept in touch. Ha! I have so many pictures ahead so go grab a cup of coffee or a Pina colada (Beck’s new favorite) and ENJOY!
We spent the first week at Oyster Bay and the second week at Dawn Beach Club. We hit up a ton of beaches, ate at the Lolo’s (and a ton of beach side restaurants), shopped around Phillipsburg, spent the day on Pinel Island……..
Finally got to see the Heineken Regatta
Had a nice date night (thank you, Mimi and Baba for babysitting)
(It was goooooood)
and witnessed some of the most beautiful sunrises
We were pretty sad to see the 2 weeks come to an end. Beckett is already talking about “next time”
I also have a ton of videos saved in my Instagram highlights at Instagram.com/jillfriary
Yup, we’re just gonna roll up all 3 in one post so I can have all of my pictures together.
Is it just me or do the holidays go by quicker and quicker every year? I loved having everyone around this year to celebrate with us. We had a full house on Thanksgiving but Christmas was a lot smaller than we’re used to….. Emma didn’t get here until Christmas night and I forgot to take pictures. BOO!
I’ve been on Pinterest all afternoon looking up Thanksgiving and Christmas aesthetics so I figured it would be a great time to put up my Halloween pictures. We are down to 1 (ONE!!!!!) little trick or treater now. Lucy went off with her friends this year. This was our 26th year trick or treating as parents and all I could think of was “man, that flew by”.
We started off the festivities by hitting our local Trunk or Treat. Beckett met up with his new best friend (who gifted him this cute ghost Beckett cookie).
We carved our pumpkin while listening to all of the traditional Halloween music we’ve been listening to for all of these 26 years. Ha!
Then it was off to trick or treat!
Halloween is not my favorite holiday. I usually can’t wait for it to be over so I can start concentrating on Thanksgiving and Christmas but right now I’d give just about anything to relive all 26 of our Halloweens together. ❤
After many weeks (maybe even months) of going back and forth between keeping Beckett home for another year of homeschool and sending him to kindergarten, we decided to send him. I waited until the last minute to make that decision. I made plans for both. I joined a homeschool co-op and picked our curriculum. I also bought new shoes, a backpack, and a lunch box. It wasn’t until I went to the kindergarten open house that I felt 100% comfortable sending him. The only thing that is different than when my girls went to K is that he has to wear a mask. Everything else seems completely normal.
The day before school started we took Beckett on a test run so he would know what to expect:
A few pictures from the first day:
His lunch 🙂
He wasn’t too excited to go back for day 2. That night while tucking him in to bed, I told him how much I loved him and how proud of him I was. He looked up at me and said “how many more days do I have of this crap?” Ha! Yup……. he fought me that 2nd day. It was very short lived. He came home that day tired and happy. Now he looks forward to going.
This is how he came home today:
I can’t believe how big this sweet boy is getting! Love you, B!!
It’s hard to believe that she was home for nearly 18 months!! She came home tired and hot, but happy. I’m sure it was so great to be back with all of her friends. I hate to admit it, but I really like being back in a routine.
Between Lucy going back to school today and Chloe moving into college last week my house was pretty quiet today
School starts in just a few short weeks so I thought I’d get some of our pictures up from this pretty quiet and rainy summer. It seems like it rained the entire month of July. We made sure to get out and enjoy the sun whenever it did come out.
Our town’s 4th of July celebration (which was the end of June this year) is one of my favorite days in town.
This sweet girl turned 21!! Jon and I went into the city to take her and Tyler out for lunch and to celebrate her first drink!
We went to RI for a beach day
One of the most exciting things this summer is that Emma and Shane bought a house!
A few more random pictures from the month:
And a very random picture of a dinosaur because with all of my girls growing up and moving in different directions, it’s a nice reminder that I still have littles in the house.
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