Autumn Little Things

Oh, I just love fall so much! There is no better way to kick off the season than a nice day at the apple orchard.

On our way home we stopped at our favorite pumpkin patch and then over to a neighboring town for their annual fall festival

Beckett is getting ready to wrap up his soccer season.

He got his first kindergarten virus

His sweet new friend from school dropped off a get well card and some treats

We went to the Red Sox game

It felt so good to be back at Fenway after 2 years!

Beckett turned 6!!

Halloween decorations went up

And of course the Halloween jammies came out. Putting the Halloween decorations up put me in the Christmas spirit. Ha! I’ve been having so much fun planning out my decorations for Christmas!

A few more photos from the month:

King for the day

He was loving riding his bike around the skate park

Pumpkin everything!! Well until it’s time for peppermint everything!!

Monkey!!

Megan sent me this snap because she knows I love Snoop

Ha!!

More Beckett:

I’m pretty sure I didn’t have one picture of Chloe in here. She’s been loving college but we’ve been lucky enough to have her home a few weekends. I’ll have to take more pictures! 🙂

Happy Fall!!

Beckett’s First Day of Kindergarten

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:

How cute is he?????

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:

My sweetest little prince.

I can’t believe how big this sweet boy is getting! Love you, B!!

End of Summer

Lucy started school today. 8th grade……what?!

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

End of summer photo dump:

Time to break out the pumpkins!!

Summer (so far) Photos

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.

June Pictures

Let’s get some of these pictures on here before I forget 🙂

My littlest girl turned into a teenager this month. I’m not sure how in the world that happened so quickly!! That present she was so excited about opening was a Disney Loungefly from Tracey. She is OBSESSED with Loungefly backpacks!!

We ended our homeschool journey at the beginning of the month. It was honestly one of the BEST things we’ve done together. I LOVED having her home with me but she decided to go back to school with her friends for her 8th grade year. As much as I’m going to miss having her home with me, I’m SO ready to be back on a routine in the fall.

The flowers have been so beautiful this year!! I find myself walking around snapping pictures!! Ha!

Beckett finished up soccer for the spring. Watching him play was one of the most entertaining parts of the year so far. Haha! He really doesn’t know what’s going on with the game and his mouth definitely moves quicker than his feet out there. BUT he was SO proud of his soccer medal he received. He even scored his first goal during the last game. He kept yelling to everyone around that it was his first one.

He says he’s more of a football player……….we’ll see

Father’s Day

Megan with her oldest friend in the world

And me with mine

A few more pictures from the month:

Of course they’re all of Beckett 🙂 All caught up. Happy June!!

May Little Things

Happy June 1st!

I can’t believe that we are in our final days of homeschool. It seems like we just started and here I am starting to pack up my little classroom. It’s a little bittersweet for sure! May was a gorgeous month. We had so many warm days and spent a ton of time outside.

We started going back to the library on Fridays and even had movie date!

We celebrated Emma’s birthday

And Mother’s Day

Soccer continues but finally without masks

I took Chloe, Lucy and Beckett to the beach

We moved Megan back into the city….. I didn’t take any pictures because it was pouring. I’m already missing having moments like this

A few other pictures from the month

As sad as I am to end this school year, I think we are all ready for the summer break.

Life Lately…..

How can life be so busy and yet so boring at the same time? We are all still pretty much in that “quarantine funk” over here. Everyone is still working and schooling from home. Now that the weather is getting nicer, we’re slowly starting to get out a little bit more and starting to feel some sense of normalcy. The girls are starting to wrap school up and are looking forward to returning to in-person learning in the fall.

Some pictures from the last few weeks:

Jon went off on his first work trip in over a year! It was strange not having him around for a week. We were pretty happy to get him back 🙂

That first trip wiped him out. Ha!

I took my parents over to Emma’s apartment and they got to meet Jewels.

Beckett likes to call himself the “man of the house” when Jon’s not home. Hahaha!!

Kinda feltl like we needed a few more Beck pictures in here.

The weather has been really great the last few weeks so we’ve been spending a lot of time outside. Jon takes Beckett to the park almost daily. I was going with them until my allergies started to act up. It is so fun watching him play with kids. He’s gonna love going to school!!

A little glimpse into normalcy

We celebrated my mom’s birthday last month. This was my first time seeing my brother, Gary, in over a year!!

Winnie might be the most spoiled and loved goldendoodle EVER!!

Always studying!!

Sometimes you have to take a selfie to document that you’re going out to dinner with REAL clothes on. Ha!

Jon bought me a Peloton for Mother’s Day. It came a few days early and I’m already obsessed! Now I know why Megan loves her Soul Cycle so much!!!

Last but not least, Beckett started soccer yesterday. As I sat there, I couldn’t help but wonder how many sports events are in our future. Will he be the kids who wants to play ALL the sports? I can’t wait to see what he decides to do 🙂 Love this cutie soccer player.

Homeschool

Welcome to our homeschool classroom. If you told me last year that I would be a full time homeschooler, I probably would’ve believed it. HA! Seriously!! It’s something that I always wanted to do but was too afraid to take the leap. I have been following homeschool vloggers on YouTube for years.These vloggers totally have their act together and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to pull it off.

When our school district announced that they were going with a hybrid model we decided it would be best for our family to homeschool Lucy. Even though homeschooling was something that I always wanted to try, I wasn’t sure that I could pull it off. I spent weeks researching different curriculum and what would work best for us. I went from doubting myself and my ability to properly homeschool to being REALLY excited about it. I was in tears when I got the approval letter from our superintendent.

I had a zoom meeting with the elementary school last night regarding kindergarten for the fall. Once again I feel myself on the struggle bus. I’m not sure what the fall will look like over here. I wasn’t happy with the things I was hearing. I KNOW that the schools are doing their very best to make things feel normal for the students and families. I’m just not sure if public school is right for our family RIGHT NOW. I’m hoping and praying that things will be back to normal in September. If not then I’ll be adding another student to my classroom.

I think I can handle it.

Disney 2021

When we left Disney in March 2020 we had no intentions on returning in 2021. Disney planned on opening lots of new rides and restaurants in 2021 and we wanted to wait until everything was done before we returned. Then Disney shut down because of the virus and all Lucy talked about was how much she missed Disney. When they opened back up in July Lucy and I started watching our favorite Disney vloggers on Youtube. After months of thinking about it, and listening to people talk about how safe they felt, we decided that it was safe for our family to travel back to Disney. An entire year before we originally planned.

Our hotel that we usually stayed at wasn’t reopened so we picked a new place on the skyliner. I don’t think I will ever stay anywhere on Disney property without access to either the skyliner or Monorail ever again.

I have lots of pictures from our week. Grab a cup of coffee or a Dole Whip and enjoy!

Our week in pictures:

He was afraid of the rollercoasters but he could rock the Magic Carpets like nobody’s business
Lucy had a list of things she wanted to eat this trip!

We went during Epcot’s Festival of the Arts and ate our way around the park

Not all of that food was from Epcot. We tried treats at ALL of the parks!

It was our first Disney vacation as a family of 4. We really missed the older girls but we still had a wonderful time. Disney did EVERYTHING right keeping people safe during this crazy time. I’m so glad that we decided to take the trip. These memories will last forever!!

I’m Back!!

It feels so good to be back in this little space. You didn’t miss much of our 2020. Just like everyone else we were stuck inside. Ok, there were some pretty big moments, too. Chloe graduated from high school:

There wasn’t a huge traditional graduation, instead they did groups of 20 (or maybe it was 30) kids at a time and their 5 family members. It was a nice ceremony and definitely appreciated after all the hard work these kids put in over the years.

She missed out on prom but her and her friends dressed up and I took some pictures for them:

We had a wedding in the family! Liz and Jamie got married.

Jon and I took Beckett and Lucy to Nantucket for a long weekend with some friends

We started our homeschooling journey

We celebrated holidays (differently this year) and our yearly traditions (with masks on):

I have a hard time sitting here complaining about 2020. Of course, it wasn’t the year we were all expecting or even hoping for. Life was put on hold BUT I got so much extra time with Jon and the kids this year and for that I will always be thankful.