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This winter season has been flying by!! We’ve been so busy with school, work and extra curricular activities that I haven’t had a minute to get over to my little corner of the internet to update. img_8307

We are psyched that once again our NE Patriots are Super Bowl champions!! Go PATS! Last time they won Beckett was in my belly. I think he’s a little good luck charm.



We took the kids to the Harvard Museum of Natural History a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t been in 2 years and I was shocked to see how many kids Beckett’s age were there. It’s the new spot for babies to hang out, I guess.


Look at the way this sweet boy looks up at his mama. Melts. My. Heart!! OMG!


He melts ALL of our hearts.


Lucy got a pottery set for Christmas and spent today (snow day) making a bowl for Baba Paul. They always seem to have an art deal going. She is his favorite artist 🙂


I had to put that shot in of Beckett’s little curl. Gosh, he’s cute!


We just got back from spending 5 days at the happiest place on earth. Walt Disney World! This was a very last minute trip. I looked at Jon on December 29th and said “we should go to Disney, I just found a great deal”. He looked back at me and said “book it”. We NEVER do things like that so it made it a little more exciting 🙂 

I was a little nervous about taking Beckett on the plane and how he would act in a stroller all day in the parks. He ended up being PERFECT on the plane and LOVED every minute being in the parks. I think I have another Disney baby in the house. 

Disney Photos:

I LOVE that Lucy wanted to buy an autograph book and meet the characters. Sometimes I forget that she’s still only a little girl. I’m surrounded by all these older girls and she always seems to be in the mix. We stopped and let her meet whoever she wanted and made sure that all of her sweet 8 year old Disney wishes came true. 

Epcot is still one of my favorite places!!

Even though we only had about 15 days to plan our vacation we were very lucky to pull up O’hana reservations. I tried multiple times a day and luckily someone cancelled. 

We ate a LOT of shrimp! Haha! 

And for anyone who doesn’t believe in Disney magic…. it helped this little boy to FINALLY start sleeping through the night 

Thank you, DISNEY!!

A few more photos:

80 degrees and sunny every day we were there. Perfect way for us to break up a snowy January 


I uploaded all my Christmas photos from my camera last night and they were terrible. Like, laugh out loud terrible. I can’t let any more time go by without posting Christmas so I’ll just use the pictures from my phone (which aren’t much better)

This Christmas season seemed to go by quicker than any of the other years. Probably because we constantly go nonstop. 

The kids do their sibling gift exchange on Christmas Eve

This is the first Christmas ever that we didn’t go to mass. I have felt guilty ever since but I knew Beckett would’ve been terrible. We ended up ordering out and watching Christmas movies. Lucy read T’was the Night Before Christmas to us

I tried to get a picture of al 5 kids by the tree

That didn’t work

Then it was off to bed so Santa could come

Beckett’s favorite gift was the fire truck

The girls also got everything on their lists but no pictures. Remember up above where I said the pictures came out terrible? Ha!!

We had a great day with Brian, Marlene, Liz and Sydney 

My parents came up at night, stayed in town and then came for breakfast the next day. Megan got a waffle maker so we had that and cinnamon rolls that Tracey sent up. Thanks, Tracey!!

We spent the rest of the week just kinda lazying around. We celebrated my dad’s birthday. Played in the snow

Watched tons of movies, read a bunch of books

And just enjoyed the season and each other’s company. I hope you all had a great Christmas. 

On to 2017! Happy New Year!!

Beckett’s Christmas Pajamas

Just a few shots of my B in his Christmas pajamas

These Burts Bees baby are my favorite ones this year. They are super soft but he won’t leave socks on his feet when he sleeps so I kinda just use them as lounge wear. Because what little boy doesn’t want lounge wear? 😂

I have to take pictures of the rest of them this week and post again. I also saved Lucy’s baby Christmas pajamas for him too. I can’t believe we are at Christmas week already!! 

You would think that with all of these cute little pj’s this baby would sleep but NOPE. I think he’s just excited for Santa to come! 

Here Comes Christmas 

Don’t you just love weekends that are all about Christmas? We’ve been busy over here at the Friary house getting ready for the big day. We’re trying to soak up all that this season has to offer. We started with a day trip into the city (minus Emma who was visiting some college friends). 

We ran into the Desmarais family which was great. We even love our 10 minute visits when we can get them.

Friday night Jon took Lucy to the lighting of our town tree. It was cold and I knew Beckett wouldn’t be up for it so I stayed home with Chloe and watched a Christmas movie. Saturday we took the kids (again, minus Emma) to breakfast with Santa

Beckett wasn’t having it. Ha!

After lunch we went looking for our tree. In the years past we’ve had great luck at a local tree farm. This year the trees weren’t that great. If you’ve been following along for a few years you know by now that our trees are always misshapen. We never get that perfect tree. So I’m not sure why it was so important this year but we went to five tree places looking for a perfect tree. Yup, FIVE different tree farms with five kids in tow. During nap and dinner time. After three hours we found our tree. 

It is the most perfect fit for our room. We recently got new living room furniture so I needed a tall skinny tree

It’s perfectly decorated. And by perfect I mean, it’s been decorated by five kids. It’s filled with paper decorations that the kids made during their elementary school years, angels from Shelly, vacation ornaments, ornaments that make us laugh (and cry) and lights that are a little uneven. PERFECT. 

That is until Jon found it knocked over on the living room floor. AT 4AM.  Ha! That’s never happened before. 

So we picked up that perfect tree and redecorated it in the early morning hours right before Jon jumped on a plane to Dallas. 

Then it began to snow. 



I SHOULD be putting out my Christmas decorations right now. I always put them out the morning after Thanksgiving and the baby is sleeping right now but I don’t have the energy to go up to the crawl space and pull them out. So I thought I’d just post a few pictures from the last two days before they get lost in my camera roll.

We finally made it up to the castle this week. The view from the top is AMAZING and I’m thinking that maybe we could do our Christmas cards up there 

We had dinner at my mom’s this year. 

Jon loves when I take pictures of him (insert eye roll here) so I waited until he was carving the turkey to take it 

After dinner and desert we went to Marlene and Brian’s for more desert. I can hardly move today, I’m still full. 

Marlene tried to get a picture of the seven of us but unfortunately most of them came out like this 

We managed to get one decent one

But I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little nervous about our Christmas cards this year. 

Happy Thanksgiving 

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October is always a fun and busy month over here. Chloe wrapped up her freshman field hockey season with their pink game. It’s always a fun game to go to and it’s obviously a great cause to support 

October weather is my absolute favorite so we spent a ton of time outside

The foliage was extra gorgeous this year!

We enjoyed a great visit with Tracey and the girls

Those two make great lunch dates. I have no idea what caught their attention in that first picture but it cracks me up

Megan got a terrible burn at work! An entire pot of coffee fell on her. 

My poor girl needed some Starbucks to make her feel better

Cheer comps just started last weekend 

Chloe did some great comic book makeup for Halloween 

We took Lucy to her first Celtics game this week

And since I’m not doing an official 13 month update on Beckett….. can you believe he will be 13 months tomorrow…… here are a few pictures of him from this month

He’s such a good boy!! He still isn’t sleeping at night though. He is a busy little guy during the day. He is constantly climbing on things and still loves emptying the cabinets. He understands everything we tell him and let me just say that this little bubba LOVES to eat


I already posted these pictures on Instagram and Facebook but wanted to make sure I brought them over here too.

Beckett made the cutest little Mickey Mouse. He happily sat in his wagon and let me pull him around all morning. Trick or treating was a different story. He was not having it at all! He screamed the entire time we were out. He even lost part of his costume while throwing a temper tantrum. I felt bad for the Gilmore family who came with us. I even left in the middle and brought Beckett home to have Chloe put him to bed. Poor baby was tired, cold and probably a little freaked out. 

Lucy was the perfect Queen of Hearts. She wanted this costume last year but we couldn’t find it. As soon as we found it in September we grabbed it. 

Lucy was so excited to trick or treat with her bestie. 

It was a little sad not having any of the older kids with us this year. This was the first year that Chloe didn’t go out. I think she was ready to hang up that Halloween hat of hers. She really isn’t a fan at all. While we were out with the Gilmores last night we were talking about how when Beckett is ready to stop trick or treating with us, we’ll have 30+ years of trick or treating under our belts. I’m sure by then I’ll be ready to hang up my hat too, but not yet. I still LOVE this stage! 

A Little Throwback and an Introduction 

When Lucy was little we used to stop at a local farm once a week during the fall. We always made this stop on our way up to Trader Joe’s.

Armed with a pocketful of quarters for feeding the animals and an appetite for apple spiced donuts we would head out for an hour of fun. 
Sometimes we would take a friend

Sometimes we would take a sister

Once in a while the entire family would join us

But most of the time it was just me and Lu

I’ve posted here a few times about how much I loved stopping there with Lucy. Once she went to kindergarten it actually hurt to drive up to Trader Joe’s alone. I missed my little partner. 

On Beckett’s birthday Lucy begged me to stay home so she could spend the day with us. I was hesitant because we had already had his party and I didn’t plan on doing anything fun that day without the rest of the family. I told her that if she could come up with something fun and local for us to do she could stay home.  She told me she wanted to go to the farm. It’s like I had a big sticker on my head that said SUCKER. There was no way I would say no to her skipping school now. So we found as many quarters as we could and headed over to the farm.

The weather was perfect and it was late enough in the afternoon that the field trip kids were gone. I couldn’t help noticing so many other mamas with babies, toddler and little preschoolers making their own memories over on that great farm. I was so thankful that Lucy came up with the idea to bring Beckett. He enjoyed watching and petting the animals but wasn’t so sure about sitting next to all the pumpkins. Ha! I hope he grows up to love this place as much as we do. 

Thank you Lucy for letting me relive some of the fun memories that day. But,  I still miss you TONS when I stop at Trader Joe’s 💕

Beckett James, Month 12


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You’re an entire year old, little bubba!! img_6406

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel the night before you turned one. Was I supposed to be sad that there wasn’t a “baby” in the house anymore? I love having babies around BUT I LOVE TODDLERS EVEN MORE!! There, I said it. Babies are cute and cuddly but toddlers are FUN! And ENERGETIC! And SWEET! And SILLY! And I honestly couldn’t wait! But, I enjoyed every moment of rocking you on your “last” night of babyhood. Which is kind of silly because you’re still obviously a baby 🙂

Likes: You love all things “boy”. You love playing with your cars and trucks. You love playing outside and already enjoy getting dirty. You love balls and Lucy’s tweety bird baseball bat. You love being outside in your car and on your swing. You LOVE your daddy right now and are starting to become a major daddy’s boy


Dislikes, being told no. That’s about it. You’re happy as long as we let you do what you want. HA!

Eats: Still nursing 5-6 times a day with no end in sight. You have a yogurt and banana every morning for breakfast. Lunch is always tricky because I feel like I’m giving you the same thing all the time: mac and cheese or sandwiches. Dinner is whatever we’re eating and you are NOT picky at all.


Sleeps: NOPE! You started sleeping through the night at eleven months but the last three weeks have been TOUGH! You are getting up two to three times a night and I can’t figure out why. You refuse to put yourself back to sleep and won’t stop crying until I go in there.


You wake up super happy though, so I can’t complain too much.

Wearing 12 month clothing, size 3 diapers, size 2 FP and size 4 sneakers



Milestones: You still have six teeth and can point to them whenever I ask. You can also point out your nose and your belly. We’re still working on the other body parts 🙂 You can say the words: teeth, horse, cheese, down, dog, ball, mama, dada and baba (your grandfathers). You recognize all sorts of commands, climb the stairs, wave hello and good bye. You clap your hands when I start to sing patty cake or if you’re happy and you know it. You are cruising along the furniture and like to hide on me and then laugh when I find you. You are full of so much energy and are the happiest, silliest little boy I have ever met.



So, I’m not sad at all that the baby stage is over. I am SO excited to watch you learn and grow into the little boy you’re supposed to be. That doesn’t mean that I won’t rock you a little longer at night or hold you a little longer during the day. I love you, Beckett James. Happy Birthday!!