Last Day of School

Soon to be Senior in HIgh School!!Image

Soon to be 8th Grader!!Image

Soon to be 6th Grader!!Image

I can’t believe that today is the last day of school! Didn’t the girls just start? This has been the busiest and fastest year of my life!! From: field hockey, the musical, guitar lessons, tennis, lacrosse, chorus concerts, traveling, holidays, parties, sleepovers and hanging out with friends. To: the every day things like homework, appointments, chores, errands and everything else that comes with being a stay at home mom. I got to spend time enjoying the last year of that 4 year old goodness I always talk about. We spent a lot of time working in workbooks, going on “field trips” and learning most of what she needs to enter kindergarten confident in the fall. Jon travelled a lot which meant most of this fell on me and I loved every second of it! I love the chaos  of raising a large family. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time! I don’t expect my summer to be relaxing, we have a ton of fun things planned! I look forward to the summer chaos!!  It’s been really fun watching the girls grow and change over the last year. Recording all of this on the blog this year has taught me to slow down a bit and enjoy each of these moments. Happy Summer!

Raspberries

I have nothing interesting or even clever to say about this post. I just love the fact that my kids can go out into the front yard and pick fresh raspberries. Plus it gives me an extra reason to take some pictures. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Summer Solstice and a Party

What better way to kick off summer then with a party? We celebrated Megan’s 13th birthday on Friday night. She had all her besties from school come over for dinner, cake and a swim. Image

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She’s been great friends with these girls for almost half her life now. 

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I love when this pool is filled with kids!! Looks like summer, oh wait, it is!!! 

The Farm

My one on one time with Lucy is slipping away much too quickly these days. The girls get out of school next week! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being with all of my girls. Last year on the first day of summer I drove to the grocery store with all 4 of them and I had the biggest grin on my face the whole way! I skipped down the aisle happy as could be with all of them. It didn’t last all summer between the bickering and the “I’m bored” comments but it was great while it lasted. I’m excited that school ends next week and I have a TON of things planned to minimize the bickering and the “I’m bored” comments. But today was about Lucy and mama. It was the last time Lucy and I could stop (alone) at the farm. My last day as a mother with just “one baby”. I will admit that there were some tears when we left the farm (mine not hers). There were a few in the Target toy aisle (again, mine not hers) and then a full on break down on the way home. Ok, maybe I’m being a little over dramatic but whatever! It’s not like she’s going away to college or anything. I have 14 more months before that happens in this house. Here come some more tears, enjoy the pictures!

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My gosh, she’s so cute!

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Ha! She blew that other child away!

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Father’s Day

I hope all you great dads had a fantastic Father’s Day! We started the day by visiting with Brian and Marlene. The pool was ready for the girls but only Chloe and Lucy were brave enough to go in with Jon.ImageImageImage

Later on we went to visit my dad and got to spend the day with all the cousins!! Gary was sick but Diane was sweet enough to stop by with the kids. I’m sure my dad will love this next picture!Image

It’s so great catching up with family you haven’t seen in a while!ImageImage

I’m lucky enough to have this great man as the father of my little girls. He is the most hard working, sweetest man I know. I love him so much! Happy Father’s Day, Jon! Image

Five

Lucy woke up 3 hours early this morning because she wanted to open her birthday presents. I asked her if she was sure she wanted to do it so early and she said “yes, just like Christmas”. So we all went downstairs around 6am to watch Lucy open her gifts. Image

She played with her new lacrosse stick (from Megan) all morning:Image

She wore her new sandals while playing:Image

I told her we could go where ever she wanted for lunch and this is what she chose:ImageImage

We stopped to smell the roses:Image

We went to the library and the outside of the library looked so pretty we had to get a few pictures in:ImageImageImage

We went to Chloe’s chorus concert:Image

Then we came home to have some more birthday cake:Image

Lucy is so excited to finally be 5!! Look how giddy she is:Image

So far 5 is fabulous! I had such a fun day with her!! I’m just hoping the next 5 years don’t go by as quickly. Happy Birthday to my sweet Lucy! I love you so much!!

Four Year Olds

Today is Lucy’s last day to be 4. When she woke up this morning she told me that she wanted to be 4 forever. I think because all year I’ve told her how wonderful I think 4 year olds are. It’s the first year of being a little kid. They are past the baby, toddler stage. No more diapers, diaper bags and strollers. It’s when they really start to develop their personalities. I find 4 year olds to be sweet and kind little people who are eager to learn and eager to please. I will have miss having a 4 year old in the house but I’m excited to see what “5” brings. It’s another one of my favorite ages (along with 0,1,2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16 and 17……I really do love being a mom). So today, to celebrate Lucy’s last day as a 4 year old, I did what most other mothers with 4 years olds do. I took her to Target.ImageImageImageImage