Halloween

This was our 24th Halloween trick or treating as parents! The scene looks so different from where it was only a few years ago. We are down to two little trick or treaters and pumpkin carvers over here. A little bitter sweet for sure.

We made sure to put on our annual pumpkin carving playlist while carving the night before Halloween

Beckett has been obsessed with all things Toy Story this fall so of course he needed to be Buzz Lightyear

Lucy was the cutest little she-devil

We met up with our friends to trick or treat

And came home with a ton of candy!

I miss the days of having all of my little trick or treaters here together but I never let that stop me from enjoying these days with my last two littles.

Christmas music has been playing through the house while I put out my turkeys and pilgrims. Our thankful leaves are filling up and I keep trying to convince Jon to let me put the tree up early. The holidays go by so fast so I plan on slowing down over the next two months. I’m in cozy, nesting mode right now, eager to welcome home Emma and Megan for Thanksgiving weekend!

A video from our towns trunk or treating:

Autumn, Part 2

Gosh, we are already in the later part of the season and I have so much to catch up on. This is my absolute favorite time of the year. Mostly because of the weather but also because even though it’s busy, it’s the perfect time of year to cozy up at home and just enjoy my family.

We celebrated Beckett’s 4th birthday earlier this month. I still need to go back and do a birthday update for him. I can’t believe how much he’s grown this year! On his actual birthday we drove into the city and had dinner in the North End

After dinner we went back to EMMA’S NEW APARTMENT for desert. All in capitals because I can’t believe she is on her own!

The following day we had a big family birthday party for him

Lucy is enjoying Cross Country

And Beckett is enjoying being the center of attention with all of her friends. Ha!

Alison and Grace came up to spend the day with us

Beckett decided that clothes were a suggestion and not a requirement. Hahaha~

We went to Tracey and Paul’s surprise 25th Anniversary party

We went from apple picking:

To pumpkin picking:

I worked on Chloe’s senior pictures

A few more fall pictures from this month:

The little kids are getting excited for Halloween but to be honest I am SO ready for the real holidays to get here. My house is feeling a little quiet with only 5 of us here. I can’t wait to have everyone home again.

Happy Fall!

I’m a day late, but what else is new? We’ve been busy over here crossing things off of our fall bucket list. Last week Tracey came up to spend the day with Beck and me. We hit Hobby Lobby, Chik-fil-A, loaded up on fairytale pumpkins from Trader Joe’s and then ended our day at the farm (where i locked my keys in my car). I LOVE when she comes up to spend the day with us!!

This weekend we took Lucy and Beckett apple picking. We usually fill up one bag and then head back the following weekend. It’s one of our favorite things to do in the fall so we go multiple times a season.

So many fun things coming up over the next few weekends including Beckett’s 4th Birthday!! We are busy planning a super fun Toy Story party!! Can’t wait to celebrate our boy! Or boys!! It’s Jon’s Birthday this week!!

Happy Fall!

End of Summer

The house is pretty quiet right now. Beckett is sitting in the living room setting up his cars and tracks. Jon and the girls are all off at school and work and I’m really enjoying the quiet time with Beck. We started working on a little homeschooling here and there. He’s still only 3 so I’m not pushing anything. He really does enjoy it though!

As much as I love the quiet and the routine (I really do), I’m already missing the noise of the summer with everyone around.

Some pictures from our last weeks of summer

Birthday selfie

One of Emma’s friends got married a couple of weeks ago and she had to wear the traditional clothing to the ceremony.

My dad took Lucy and Colton fishing the day before school started. I HAD to drive by and snap a picture. Outings like this are so special and I know this picture will mean so much to her when she’s my age.

I spent a lot of time with the girls while Jon was on a work trip

I love babies and toddlers so much but there is something so amazing about grownup kids too! They really are the best of friends and I am so thankful for that! This particular night we all stayed up late talking, telling stories and laughing until our sides hurt.

This boy LOVES being outside!

Before we knew it we were shipping Megan back to Boston

She is loving her new living situation and her new roommates!

I’m so glad!! It makes leaving her there so much easier!

Speaking of Boston, Jon and I went to the Sox game the other night. One of my biggest fears has always been getting hit with a foul ball. We always sit around 3rd base so I pay close attention to the left hand batters. I’m not sure why I wasn’t looking during this play but before I knew it my leg was stinging and Jon was telling me to watch out. In that exact order. LOL Thanks, Jon!!

I am honestly so glad that it hit my leg and not the guy in front of me (who was glued to his phone the entire game). I’m not sure how it missed his head and hit me in the thigh. Ha! I’m assuming that since I got hit the other night it won’t happen again. EVER. Right??

Ouch!! At least I have a funny story to tell. Like how everyone around us (we were in a luxury box) seemed so concerned but Jon told them I was just grazed. Ha! I knew there was a reason why I disliked the Yankees so much!!

Back to School

Today is the first day of school. First day of senior year for this sweet girl


Wait, that’s first grade Chloe

This is Senior Chloe

She got right in the car and drove herself off for the first time. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit emotional about that fact. Ha!

Let’s back up a little bit.

It’s been a pretty emotional week around here. Lots of big changes happening (good things, I promise). One thing I refuse to let change is our traditions. Every year we have a little back to school dinner for the kids. This year was a little different because Emma was at work, Megan was in Boston and Jon is on work travel but I had to make sure that we still celebrated my 2 girls I was sending off today.

It was only turkey tacos…..hahaha! But still very important

After sending Chloe off to high school this morning it was time to get Lucy ready

avocado toast with eggs
Love notes for every lunch!

I can’t believe this girl is in 6th grade!!

Meanwhile, up in bed was this little boy totally passed out! The same little boy who work me up by 6:15 every morning this summer

takes over Jon’s spot while he’s on work travel
back in the car for our morning commute to school
love her!

Our town’s local law enforcement and first responders were waiting at the school to welcome the children back. You can’t see it in the picture but there were chalk signs all over that sidewalk offering words of encouragement to these middle schoolers. I thought that was the best thing ever because, in my opinion, the middle school years are the toughest years!

Only a few more days before this girls ships up to Boston for her sophomore year! CRAZY!! We’re going to soak up these last few days with her before it’s just Beck and I

thank God kindergarten isn’t for another 2 years!!

I’m already missing the days of all 4 of my girls lined up on that fireplace and front steps for their back to school pictures. Waiting at the bus stop (or running since we were always late) for Donna to pick them up. After school cookie dates meant for listening to their stories about their first day! Time truly is a thief!

Offering up a prayer that these kids (as well as my others…. and your’s too) have a fantastic year!! Only 179 more school days until Summer Vacation!

End of Summer

We just wrapped up our final summer getaway. We spent most of last week down the Cape (Emma got there on Thursday night). I knew at the beginning of summer that this Cape getaway would signal the end of summer but I just can’t believe it’s almost over. In a way we are all ready to get back to our routine but I’m just not ready for Megan to head off to the city again. It’s been so nice having her back here for the summer. Knowing how much she loves the city and how much she misses her college friends makes it a little easier to let go. And, Chloe!!! The baby of the big kids is going to be a senior in high school!! HOW?!?! Seems like just yesterday I put her on that kindergarten bus, turned around, burst into tears and told Jon I wanted another baby. HA!! Thank God he listened 😉

Some pictures from the week:

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We stopped by Cape Cod Organic Farm to see Uncle Timmy. img_9920img_9927img_9925

I try to get lifeguard pictures every summer and was bummed that Emma hadn’t gotten down there yetimg_9923

Annual trip to Captain Frostysimg_9967img_9968img_9971

Beckett was enjoying his ice cream cone until he saw Jon’s

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Good trade!!

Mayflower Beach: He buried her and then jumped on her.img_9954

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Chatham img_9984img_9985

I didn’t spend as much time taking pictures as I usually do. I’d like to say it’s because I was trying to soak up this fabulous family (they really are the best) but it’s mostly because Beckett spent most of the time being a wild man. We all came home a little more exhausted than usual. Ha!

Summer 2019 was FILLED with adventures and lots of great memories were made but we’re ready for ya, fall!

Maine

We just got back from spending a week up in Biddeford. Out of all the vacations we take Maine is definitely the most relaxing. Although, I’m sitting here trying to figure out why I’m so exhausted. Emma was able to come up and spend a few days with us at the beginning of the week and then Megan was able to join us for the rest of the week. They actually crossed paths on the highway. Spending an entire week with everyone all together is getting harder and harder these days.

We spent most of our time at the beach with a few little day trips here and there. I have lots of pictures to share!

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We took our annual trip up to Portland so we could stop at  The Holy Donut (here)

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THE BEST DONUTS!!

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We went to Kennebunkport

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Went out on Lynn’s boat

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Celebrated Chloe turning 17!!!!!! Happy Birthday, Chloe!!!!!

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Spent lots of time on this swing

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relaxed

 

(Mama selfie)

Chased down the ice cream man

Hahaha!

Took walks

Enjoyed the beauty of Maine

Of course had lobster

But more importantly we enjoyed being together

Device Free Days

Lucy LOVES her iPad! She’s been teaching herself all things vlogging this summer. She’s been working very hard and its actually very impressive what she’s come up with. BUT every now and then she (every one of us) has to put the devices down and do something else.img_9361

She’s been spending her time in the pool, playing basketball, hanging out with friends and teaching Winnie new tricks. I keep trying to get her to sit down and read a book (my other girls are bookworms) but she keeps fighting me on this. So I gave her the option to write instead. She got a new journal and a couple of times a week I’m going to give her a writing assignment. Yesterday I asked her to talk about her favorite summer memory. She sat for hours writing, she even took her journal in the car with us.

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Some other writing ideas:

the thing I’m most worried about when school starts

the thing I’m most excited about when school starts

my favorite trip ever and what made it so great

my favorite restaurant ever and why

what makes a good teacher

describe yourself. Use lots of details

list all the things you’re thankful for

what is your favorite thing mom (or dad) makes for dinner

if you had one wish what would it be and why

what would you buy if you won the lottery

if you had to live in another country which one would you choose and why

 

I have a bunch more questions on my list but lets see if we can get through some of these first.

I’m still not giving up on having her finish a book or two this summer either 🙂

 

 

This Moment

I’ve been sitting here going through old blog posts from when my girls were all young. I’ve also been looking through old blog posts from one of my favorite bloggers (who inspired me to start my own) and it’s crazy how fast time has flown by. How much these kids have grown (mine and her’s). I’m missing my babies like crazy!! So much that my breathe keeps catching and my eyes start filling up. I miss posting about their first days of school and simple grocery store runs. Play dates, sleepovers and first field hockey games. It all went by so quickly. Then I hear “mom, take a picture” and turn to see this

I’ve been soaking in all of these baby moments with him because I know how quickly time is flying. Two more years until he’s off to kindergarten 😭