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Beckett finally made it to the grandchildren growth wall. A little late and now on the other side 😉


Every time we go to visit our parents Jon makes me drive through the old neighborhood. Our old house looks so little to me now.


Or maybe it’s because this one is so big. 


Megan and Marina were named 2017-2018 cheer captains! 


She got her drivers license 

And went to NYC. April was the month of Megan.

The weather is finally nice enough to spend time outside. We’ve been trying to take advantage of it as much as we can. The winters can be so long up here and it kinda sucks sitting in your house for three straight months.


We spent a morning with Beckett’s girlfriend, Gioia. 


Beckett melted the heart of another one of his sisters friends.


Potterybarn liked Beckett’s photo


I tried to get Beckett to sit still and gave him a crayon and paper to draw with

That lasted about 10 minutes before he turned to the wall to show his artistic skills


Oh, Beckett 

Easter 2017

The Easter bunny has been delivering eggs and baskets to our family for 21 years! And it NEVER gets old!


Lucy loves hunting for eggs and this year she had a new partner. He caught on pretty quick too! He knew exactly what to do and carried his basket around with both hands. 


We had lunch at Brian and Marlene’s this year where the kids had another egg hunt and scavenger hunt


I love this little family of mine

Beckett James, Month 18

Oh Beckett, oh Beckett, OH BECKETT!

How in the world are you already 18 months old?

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Likes: One of your favorite things to do is dance! Anytime you want to dance you walk over to daddy’s stereo and say “down”. And brother, you know how to get down. It’s the cutest thing to watch! You also LOVE reading books. You and I will sit on the floor next to the book basket and read every single book in there. You are really starting to figure out how to play with some of your big boy toys and I can see the wheels in your head spinning as you “pretend”. You like to walk around with all the cordless phones and talk to either daddy or baba. You still love Mickey Mouse and constantly need him on in the background. You don’t spend too much time sitting and watching tv. You are constantly on the move. Going outside is still your absolute favorite thing to do and luckily it’s starting to get warm again.

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You are obsessed with brushing your teeth and ask every time we go upstairs…… future dentist, maybe?

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Dislikes: You hate getting your diaper changed, being told no and having to come in the house after playing outside.

Eats: You still nurse a few times a day and STILL get up in the middle of the night most nights. You always have a great appetite throughout the day. Favorite foods right now are toast, bananas, strawberries, cheese sticks, yogurt, avocado, crackers, pasta anything, peas, corn, broccoli, ice-cream, lucky charms and goldfish. You drink about 4 ounces of watered down apple juice a day. You are still refusing milk so I have to hide it in a peanut butter, banana smoothie.

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Sleeps: you are in your room from about 7pm until about 6am. You still get up to nurse once a night (most nights). You still enjoy a two hour nap every day.

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Weight: 22 pounds. Length: 32.5 inches. wearing 18 month clothing. size 3 freshly picked (moving up to size 4 pretty quick). size 5 sneaker and size 4 diaper.

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Milestones: you started walking at 15.5 months. You talk constantly and understand everything we tell you. We introduced crayons to you about two months ago and you love to scribble on your paper and put them in your mouth. You climb on everything. You have 12 teeth now too and love to show off that super smile of yours

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You’re starting to love stuffed animals and hug them whenever you “meet” a new one

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You love to follow your sisters around and get so excited when Lucy walks in the room

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Your personality is larger than  life right now!! You laugh so easily and LOVE to make those around you laugh too. I can definitely see you as class clown someday.

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Oh Beckett, oh Beckett, OH Beckett!!!! You are the cutest little boy. You complete this family so perfectly!!

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I love you, buddy!! Happy 18 months!!

 

 

 

Today

I put this picture on Instagram but needed to have it here too. I’ve been brushing little girls’ hair for almost 21 years! Do you have any idea how many tears have been shed over that little fun fact? Both theirs and mine! HA! I find it to be so stressful on mornings where we’re already running late. Sometimes I ask myself “what the heck were they doing in their sleep to get this many knots?” Lucy is my last baby girl and I know that even something as small as this will be something I will miss. 


 

Recent iPhone Photos

Looks like I’m down to “blogging” about once a month at this point. And, do I even call it blogging anymore? I’m just trying to make sure that all of my photos have a home these days (besides Instagram). My camera is severely neglected as well. I just don’t have the time to keep up anymore. I started to run out of room on my phone and decided to upload a ton of pictures to Shutterfly before I had a chance to put them over here so I’m missing some pretty fun photos. Oh well, at least I have them somewhere.

Most of these photos are of Beckett because he’s just too darn cute to not photograph

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The weather in February was A M A Z I N G!!!!  We had a handful of days that reached the 70’s!!

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Lucy finished up her basketball season. After a rough start she is psyched to play again next year.

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We made sure to take advantage of the weather and spent HOURS outside everyday.

One of my favorite Instagram mommies lost her sweet little boy in a tragic drowning accident this winter. He was only a few months older than Beckett. She asked us all to remember him by blowing bubbles and posting them on Insta. There were hundreds of moms on Instagram posting bubble pictures. Here are mine

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Yes, Lucy is outside in a tank top with snow on the ground. It was one of those gorgeous 70 degree days we had.

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Megan has been sharing her bowls of cereal with Beckett in the morning. Now when he see’s her pull a box out of the pantry he’ll go over and pull the chair out for her and wait. It’s one of the cutest things ever!! His sisters are ALL so good to him.

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Megan and I spent a couple of days prom dress shopping. She tried on a TON of dresses and actually picked out the very last one she tried on. It’s gorgeous!

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This store was amazing and it was SO much fun!! They had 1500 dresses in just Megan’s size.

A few more pictures of Beckett…

img_8765-1Ha! His legs are always hanging out of his crib!! (and I obviously photograph him in these pajamas a lot)

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He kept walking around with the maple syrup and Lucy was calling him Buddy the Elf

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Waiting at Fidelity. This place is NOT baby proof! Glass table and hard candy ALL over the place. Fun!

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It’s too bad that this kid has no personality. HA!

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He KNOWs he’s cute

Meggie Love

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She was complaining that I don’t have as many pictures of her as I do Beckett.

And a few from Emma’s account that she sent over to me.

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She beat all of us to NYC this past weekend. She had a blast!!

img_9144 I have to throw a picture of Daisy in here too. This sweet old girl has SO much patience with Beckett. He jumps all over her, jumps on her bed until she moves, pulls at her hair and even smacked her in the head with a bowl this afternoon. Poor pup.

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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

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He melts ALL of our hearts.

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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 🙂

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

Disney

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. 

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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:

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

Christmas 

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. 


Perfect