Mother’s Day 2019

Have you ever had one of those days where all seemed well with the world? That was my day on Saturday. I knew that both Emma and Chloe were working on Sunday so we decided to celebrate Mother’s Day on Saturday. The six of us hopped into the car and headed into the city to pick up Megan.

Our first stop was at Mike’s Pastry OMG! We’ve lived here our entire lives and we’ve never been before!! (well, Megan has since she’s our true Bostonian). It was worth the 40 year wait and I can’t wait to go back!! Just look at this yummy, mint cannoli……img_7641

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We got a big box full of cannolis, cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. Calories do not count on Mother’s Day!

We sat by the waterfront and talked for about an hour and of course we had to take pictures.

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Then we walked through the North End, which again was a first for Jon and I. I’m not sure why we’ve never been there before but, in my opinion, it’s one of the nicest area’s in Boston.

We walked over to Faneuil Hall where Megan ran into an old friend’s mom. She was so cute! She told Megan that on the train ride over she was wondering if she would run into her. What do you know? In a huge crowded city there was Megan. Beckett kept telling Megan “I love your new town”. After many trips into the city this also felt new to Beck.

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It seemed like Boston woke up with the flowers this weekend. The hustle and bustle of the city combined with the quiet of the waterfront made for a pretty perfect spring day in the city.

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This motherhood job that I have is pretty fantastic! I feel so blessed to call this crew mine.

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(can you tell Beck was happy to have a few hours with his big sister?)

 

 

 

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Easter 2019

I want to start off by saying that we so badly missed Chloe at Easter yesterday. She’s off on a school trip to Costa Rica and Panama. I know that she is having the time of her life but I think she missed us also. Can’t wait to have her back in a few hours!!

I am a sucker for tradition! Every year we go to the town field for an Easter egg hunt with the kids. This year I totally was not feeling it. I didn’t even bring it up hoping that everyone would forget about it. I felt a little guilty but figured that Beckett is only 3 and I would take him next year. He would never know. Then I realized that Beckett is 3!!!! We only have a few more years to do this kind of thing. So I quickly reminded everyone about the hunt and off we went!

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I am SO SO glad we went! He had a great time running around collecting all of the eggs. Lucy, Jon and I also had a great time watching and cheering him on. I don’t ever want to take these moments for granted again!

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Lucy and Beckett kept busy the day before Easter baking Easter cupcakes and orange chocolate dipped strawberries.

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Eggs were painted

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and carrots were put out. Early bedtimes were had by all so the bunny could come and leave treats

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Beckett is into Jake and the Neverland Pirates so the Easter bunny put his goodies in a treasure chest this yearimg_7323

The Easter bunny must know that Lucy likes to go Rae Dunn hunting with me because he put her stuff in a new Dunn Easter basket. 57750182938__f43b55bd-7e23-4834-aaef-706fde200c1d

The older girls get boring baskets but they love their new shoes!

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He left Chloe her Birk’s a few days before she went on her vacation but left her a little treat for when she gets home 🙂

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Look at how excited B was!! 3 year olds love the holidays!!

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We went to my parents for a couple of hours in the morning. It was so nice for the kids to be able to hang out with their cousins for a little while.

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Then it was off to Marlene and Brian’s for lunch and some more cousin time with Connor and Camden.

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There is definitely a hole in this family photo. We can’t wait to get our girl back and hear all about her adventures!

 

 

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

April 8th!! What?!?!? Happy Birthday to my mom!!

I feel like I blinked and March was gone and April seems to be heading the same way. This little space has been quiet but life definitely isn’t! The other day I was playing in the driveway with Lucy and Beckett and it hit me that I’ve had babies and kids for the last 23 (next month) years!! I’ve spent my entire adult life as a mom. I can’t imagine having life any other way but WOW!!

I’ve taken a lot of pictures over the last few weeks so here goes:

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Deep in thought. Hahaha!! He is such a little cutie pie!!

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Lucy got some gummy sushi from Amazon. It tasted about as great as regular sushi. Ha!

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As we were walking in the grocery aisle the other day he said “hey, mom, take a picture of this and planted a big kiss on Lucy.

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The weather has been so nice so we’ve been spending a lot of time outside.

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Jon and I had a date night last week and I had to snap a picture of this gorgeous sunset.

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The last two years Tracey has been coming up to spend a day with me. We go shopping, out to lunch and she does my school runs with me. It’s turning into one of my favorite days of the year. Tracey fun fact: when I moved up here she would come up every couple of weeks to spend the day with me and the girls. I think she felt bad because she knew I was all alone up here. She’s the BEST!!

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This puppy is getting so big!!

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Lucy art!

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That picture just cracks me up so I had to add it!

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Jon took Megan out to breakfast last week and then dropped her off to meet her friends for a soul cycle class. She LOVES her soul cycle classes!! and she loves living in the city!!

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School lunch for Lucy

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Beckett lunch. He’s so picky!! I’m having the hardest time trying to get nutritious meals into this kid. He is all about junk food so now I have to limit what we keep in the house. Which is obviously a good thing. Haha! Thanks, Beckett!!

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We went to see our Megan in the city. Can’t wait to have her home!

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I stole this picture off of Collin’s Instagram because it was so cute! Love Emma in her new glasses.

A few more random pictures:

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Marlene found this old puzzle that she was gifted about 13 years ago.  Look at those sweet little faces!

I can’t wait for school to be out for the summer so I can have all the pieces to this Friary puzzle back home for a few months!

 

 

Catching Up

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I wish I had pictures of me sitting at my grandparent’s kitchen table from when I was young. I can still picture how their kitchens were set up and how they smelled. I wonder if my kids will have those same kinds of memories.

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Emma and Megan were both on spring break this week. Emma is going to school full time and working full time. When she’s not off with Colin you will most likely find her like this….. book in hand with a cup of tea.img_6916

Megan went back to school yesterday. Yesterdays drop off was as hard as the September drop off. It’s crazy that she is on the last leg of her freshman year. img_6882

I had to pull the car over and snap a picture when I saw this rainbow

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March definitely came in like a lion with all of the snow so we’ve been spending most of our time at home waiting for the warm weather.

The bears are back so I know its coming!

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Beck pics:img_6741img_6871img_6881img_6887img_6908img_6728img_6758img_6841

Bedtime is the longest part of my day.

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15 minutes after he falls asleep I start to miss him. BUT he comes into our room EVERY night now so I don’t have to wait too long to snuggle him up. HA!

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He is such a BOY! He is into EVERYTHING these days. The other day he did this to the couch and when I asked what happened he told me he had no idea

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That guilty face leads me to believe that he had SOME idea about what happened.

Jon was on work travel last week. When Winnie heard the garage door open she sat by the door like this

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I think she missed him.

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We all did.

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I got to meet Laura’s new baby this week. I’m so thankful that my friends keep having babies so that I don’t have to. HA!! Beckett did say that he was very Coot (cute) and that he wanted one just like that. Hahahaha! Sorry, buddy.

Happy St. Patricks Day!

 

Life Lately

We are at the end of February break and it’s my least favorite of all breaks. I wish our district would get rid of it and let the kids out a week earlier in the summer. It seems like we just had Christmas. There isn’t a lot to do around here in the winter if you’re like my family and hate the cold. Ha!

February started off like every other year, a Super Bowl win!! This kid was ready!

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OMG!! Who is that teenage boy?!?!?!

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OK……. that’s much better.

Chloe and I went prom dress shopping this weekend. I LOVE LOVE LOVE prom dress shopping with my girls. I’m sad that I only have two daughters left to go to prom. Hahahaha!

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OMG!! I love this dress (and this girl) SOO much!

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We took Lucy and Beckett to Disney on Ice this week. They each had a blast!! We haven’t been since the big girls were little. I forgot how much fun it was. It really makes me want to plan a Disney trip with them!!

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This puppy is getting so big!! Even though she is completely house trained she is still so much work! She loves getting into Beckett’s toys and running around with them in her mouth. She keeps me moving!

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I’m so thankful that this sweet little boy still loves being held. Gosh, he is so snuggly.

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SO handsome!!

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Bedtime… yeah right. Ha!

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My new obsession are quinoa bowls. I can’t get enough!!

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This is my other new obsession!! OMG!! International Delight appreciated the love with this repost. Hahaha!!

 

January

I really don’t have too many pictures from this month. Not too many interesting or fun things going on in January. I do want to save the few that I have though.

Ha! He’s so fresh!!

My top 9 of 2018 from Instagram

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Lucy had her fifth grade concert to start the month off

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I got to spend some time with my sweet Megan before she went back to school. Her classes started a week after all of the other schools in the area so it was nice to have her all to myself

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Ok, I had to share her a little

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She’s such a sweetheart.

We took Beckett’s crib down

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Which is great because now he runs down the hall and climbs in my bed at all hours of the night. Ha!

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But I really don’t mind.

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Lucy is still his favorite person in the world.

Some puppy love:

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We took the kids to the museum at Harvard last week

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We love that place!

Then we went over to Flatbreads and had the BEST pizza!!! img_6348img_6349img_6341

That’s pretty much all we did all month.

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Happy February!

Christmas

The entire month of December felt like Christmas so I have a TON of photos coming!! It was the most exhausting month of my life and it honestly took me 3 days after Christmas to recover. Ha! It seems like every year goes faster than the year before. I started prepping for Christmas back in September and I barely got everything done in time.

Beckett is at such a fun age. Everything to him seemed so magical but he never once felt threatened by the fact that Santa and the Elf were watching him. Hahaha!

We were late getting our tree this year. We tried a new tree farm a few towns over and although the tree was perfect we won’t go back again next year. We all kind of missed our usual tree farm.

Megan wasn’t around to get the tree with us this year.

Look at how beautiful it is!! It was perfect until it fell over 3 days later breaking 15 of my favorite ornaments. Ugh!

The month of December also brought a collaboration with a company called Mapiful. We LOVE our new London map. Thank you Mapiful!

Jon and I snuck in a Patriots date in the middle of all the Christmas preparations.

We had a nice visit and cookies with Santa at a new Inn a few towns over.

I had this cute little shopping buddy with me. We went out every single day in December. There he is shopping in his pajamas two mornings before Christmas.

Lots of puppy love

Beckett looked forward to his advent chocolate every morning. Here he is trying to sneak it first thing. Ha!

The only thing I ever bake at Christmas is cookies for Santa. Here is my cute little cookie helper.

Gingerbread house makers

After school ice cream snack

We tracked Santa all day!

The kids do a Christmas Eve present exchange every year. It’s so fun watching what they pick out for one another. It’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas. We ordered Chinese food, opened new Christmas pjs and then watched a few movies before bed

My dining room looked so peaceful before I went to bed on Christmas Eve so I had to take a picture

Santa came

There was excitement, noise, magic and a huge mess!!

It was GREAT!!

We had a house full on Christmas Day

It really is the best time of the year!!

We finished the month with a birthday party for my dad

And a holiday party at Marlene’s (that I don’t have any pictures of)

2018 was a great year for our family filled with so many fun memories. We’re all excited to see what 2019 brings. Thanks so much for following along on our family’s journey. Happy New Year!!

November Little Things

November flew by this year!! I can’t believe that we are three weeks away from Christmas!! We haven’t even gotten our tree yet. Well, I put up a TON of trees around the house (sorry, Jon) but we don’t have the main tree yet.

I figured I’d get some of my November pictures up before the new year. Ha!

We started the month with our annual thankful tree

Chloe had her first ever high school semi formal

Kristen and Marvin were here from L.A. so we got to spend a little time with them. Her sister lives right outside of Boston so I grabbed Megan on my way over.

We decided that we wanted to get another puppy so we started that hunt earlier in the month

We found this cute guy but in the end this sweet girl won our hearts

She has fit in so nicely with our family.

Jon burned dinner one night and we couldn’t get the alarm to shut off. The security company sent the fire department even though I told them not to.

Beckett kept yelling “it’s daddy’s cooking”.

Haha!

We had our first snowfall of the season

We had Megan home for 6 days!! We all went to PF Chang’s one night for dinner

Thanksgiving was another day that flew by! I only have a couple of pictures since I hosted

Had amazing Celtics seats

A few more random photos from the month:

Our thankful tree was full by the end of the month

I couldn’t be more thankful for this family of mine!!