Summer Update

Just a quick photo dump over here so I have these pictures.

 

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Before we left for London we had a lobster boil for Marlene and Brian’s 50th wedding anniversary

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4th of July celebrations in town:

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I really want an alpaca but I can’t convince my dear husband

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Few more summer photos:

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Officially half way through the month of July and I’m already dreading the thought of sending everyone off to school! Luckily we have a few more vacations to look forward to. Happy Summer!!

 

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London & Paris

It’s been almost 5 years since we left London. I don’t think there has been a day that’s gone by that someone in this house hasn’t mentioned our time there. Jon and I are celebrating our 20 year anniversary this summer and knew we wanted to go back, just the two of us. I really wanted to do a late spring, early fall trip. Jon was 100% looking forward to a summer trip. I felt guilty about leaving the kids during their summer break and was really nervous about leaving Beckett. A few months ago my dad called and told me that the Red Sox and Yankees were going to be playing each other in the first ever MLB London series. I hung up with him, called Jon and told him he could have summer. AS LONG as he was willing to go to the game. Huge sacrifice, I know. HA! 20 minutes later I called my dad back and told him I booked a trip. We spent the next few months planning exactly what we wanted to do while we were there. There were certain museums, restaurants, pubs and shopping that we KNEW we wanted to do. LOTS of things in only a short amount of time. A day trip to Paris was also on our list.

First up was Chiltern Firehouse We booked this reservation about 6 weeks in advance.

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We barely made our reservation because our flight was delayed about an hour. Our Uber driver raced through the city, driving by our old apartment (which was a treat), but we made our reservation without a minute to spare. It was worth it! The food and the atmosphere were both amazing!

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If you go you have to try the crab donuts (above) and don’t miss out on sharing a platter of truffle fries! img_8507img_9020

We spent the rest of the day wandering around the city, hitting The National Gallery, our favorite neighborhoods and favorite pubs:

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Friday we woke up and headed straight for The Tower of London

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Then we went over to Borough Market for some lunch

More from Friday:

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Friday night was my favorite night. We went and grabbed some food and wine for a picnic in the park and headed over to Kensington. We sat on the hill overlooking the palace for hours. That area is my absolute favorite in London. I spent every single day there with the girls while Jon worked. Every night after dinner we would stroll the park with the girls and stop for ice cream or chocolate waffles. I know that area of Hyde park like the back of my hand. Sooooo many good memories there.

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After 2 bottles of wine (HA!) we went over to The Churchill Arm  This place was on my list of must do’s and it did NOT disappoint!!

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Just as pretty in the day!!

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Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and headed to Notting Hill. We strolled through Kensington one more time. We were there before the rest of London woke up so it was very peaceful.

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Notting Hill:

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Sunday morning we woke up and went to Westminster Abbey to attend the 8:00 mass.

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Then over to the game.

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We had such a great time!! There were tons of Yankees fans sitting around us and they all started to groan (LOUD) as soon as the first two notes of Sweet Caroline started to play. Even though we were losing, every single Red Sox fan in that stadium sang at the top of their lungs!

 

We had to head back to the hotel early that night. We woke up at 3:30am on Monday to catch a train to Paris.

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Standing inside the Louvre was breathtakingly  gorgeous! The white dirt roads paved the way for the cream colored buildings that were out of this world beautiful. The pale blue sky and bright green grass had pops of every color coming out of thousands of flowers, it made for the perfect backdrop. If you stood there alone and looked around, you would swear that angels were singing. It was THAT gorgeous. I love my Paris pictures so much and I really wanted to love Paris but I just didn’t (besides the Louvre area). Outside of the Louvre was very dirty and felt extremely dangerous.  The Eiffel Tower was also very pretty (from afar) and we did a nice boat tour down The Seine River. We shopped around Louis Vuitton and had lunch at a cute little cafe, then a picnic later on in the park. It wasn’t a bad day, I just don’t think I would ever go back.  If I’m missing something about Paris leave me a comment down below because I feel like we’re the only people unimpressed by the city.

As for London, I will go back again and again. It feels like a home away from home.

 

 

 

Great Wolf Lodge

Instead of having a birthday party this year Lucy wanted to go to GWL with one of her friends. She started taking about this last June! While surfing through Groupon this spring Jon found a GWL deal. I talked my sweet Chloe into coming along to keep me company. I’m SO glad she came! It’s getting more and more difficult spending alone time with my girls. Everyone is so busy these days.

She had the BEST time!!

Summer….So Far

And……we’re off!! Lucy just got out of school on Friday and we’ve been busy since!

Emma got Canobie Lake Park tickets through her work for Saturday.  We all had SO much fun!! Beckett is getting to an age where he is LOVING the rides!

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Lucy is at an age where she is really loving the big kid rides so I have another rollercoaster partner!!

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Sunday we went to visit our dads for Father’s Day. I didn’t take any picture of them… UGH! But Lucy took this one of Megan and Chloe and sent it to me

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LOVE THEM!!

Kate met Megan at Marlene’s and they went to their first concert of the summer

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Yesterday we took a ride up to York and did the zoo, the park and lunch.

Beckett fell in LOVE with the baby goats!! It really was the cutest thing and he really wanted to take one home.

Yesterday’s photo dump:

 

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We are loving summer so far and have a bunch more things to cross off our summer bucket list!! Can’t wait!

 

Summer

Oh, summer, you are within arms reach and we just can’t wait for ya!! Lucy and her chorus sang the National Anthem at a local minor league baseball game over the weekend and it was our first official taste of summer.

We have so much planned for the summer but first we have to make it through the last few days of school. Can’t wait!!

Prom

Junior prom time!!

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Chloe had been looking forward to this day for so long and I think prom itself exceeded her expectations. She had so much fun!! I mean, most girls that I know LOVE getting all dressed up. What’s better than having your hair and makeup done and feeling like a princess? Ok, obviously there are more important things but this really was a great feeling. Look at her:

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She looked so beautiful!

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I swear this dress was made for her! It was perfect!

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Such a wonderful night for such an amazing young woman.

 

May Catch Up

I just opened my planner and realized that June is almost here so lets play catch up on May before these pictures get lost.

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This picture of Chloe was actually taken in April, the night she got home from Costa Rica, but I love it so much and had to include it. I was SOOOOO happy to have her home from Costa Rica!!

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Its pretty much been raining the entire month of May (with the exception of this week)

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Friary Family birthday season kicked off with Emma turning 23!! TWENTY THREE! How?!?!

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Beckett started spring soccer. His first 3 practices were held indoors due to all the rain we’ve been having.

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Winnie is always by someone’s side.

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I love watching him play with his toys!

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Lucy is his favorite person to play with. Melts my heart when she comes home from school and plays with him. He waits all day for her to get home.

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My shopping buddy

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Orange lizards

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Hanging out in my room while I was making my bed

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Warm spring days

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I got a new apple watch for Mother’s Day and was pretty proud of my morning steps!

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My sweetest boy

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We tried potty training one day. It lasted ONE DAY! Why are boys so hard to train? This is one stubborn little guy. I’ve been buying small packs of diapers once a week instead of a big box in hopes that we’ll get there soon.

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Beckett is dying for a little brother. Ha! He tells EVERYONE that his baby brother will be here soon. Hahahaha!

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We sat with this couple at Nathan’s christening and Beckett fell in love with them. Here he is going through this lady’s pocketbook. He ended up coming home with a pen and some hand sanitizer. hahaha!

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These two cute dogs showed up on my front steps one day. They hung out with us for a few hours until their owners came and got them. Beck cried that he wanted to keep the black one.

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Flowers from Megan. And the sweetest note from Chloe.

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How Lucy does her homework. He was patiently waiting for her to finish so she could play with him.

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Cutest lunch date in dire need of a haircut. Ha!

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Went to our first Red Sox game of the season. The next one will be in LONDON! Can’t wait!

 

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?)