The Farm

I was going to post pictures of the new outside lights today but that will have to wait until tomorrow.
The girls had a day off from school today. Megan has cheerleading all day so it was just Chloe and Lucy with me. We were trying to figure out something to do when I remembered my favorite farm!!! I’ve posted about it here many times. Lucy was so excited to go play on the hay with Chloe, then Chloe got a call from her best friend asking her to go to the mall. Lucy’s face dropped. Being the awesome big sister that she is, Chloe told her friend that she would meet her at the mall when she was done at the farm with her sister.
Look at all the fun they had:















She’s such a great sister!
After we dropped Chloe off at the mall Lucy and I went out for lunch.


Such a cutie pie!

New Lights

Jon and I updated all of our lights on the inside and outside of the house this week.IMG_0160IMG_0161We were sitting on the couch the other day watching the Cosby Show (which turned 30 years old this week) and we noticed that the Cosby Family had the same sconces as the Friary Family.

Time for an update:IMG_0261_2IMG_0262IMG_0260We disliked the green in this light since the day we moved in. Even the dust on it couldn’t hide the ugly:IMG_0162Too plain:IMG_0163Time for an update:IMG_0266One of the children said this light looks like a boob but I still like it. So much better then the other boob light that was up there.IMG_0265Old hall light:IMG_0164Updated:

IMG_0263We also updated the bathroom lights upstairs but now we need to do some painting.

The outside lights are all updated as well and I’ll post them tomorrow.

Jon and I were a little like the mouse in the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book. We sat there looking at the counters, the cabinets and the doors  thinking about what we would like to do next. Each room feels new and refreshed. We couldn’t be happier with how everything looks.

Apple Picking

Megan had her second game this weekend. It was an away game so we didn’t get to go. Look at how cute she is all dressed up!IMG_0172 IMG_0173_2We took the girls apple picking yesterday. It seems a little strange not going as a family of 6. Everything we do seems a little off with just the 5 of us. We still had a lot of fun and it was nice to hear from Emma yesterday. She also went apple picking with some of her friends yesterday afternoon. IMG_0184 IMG_0185Apple Cider donutsIMG_0187 IMG_0195_2 IMG_0199_2Who on earth are you texting while you’re apple picking?IMG_0200 IMG_0204 IMG_0209_2 IMG_0218 IMG_0220 IMG_0223 IMG_0225Hey Megan, CATCH!IMG_0226_2NO!!IMG_0227 IMG_0231Hey, look what I can do!IMG_0232 IMG_0235Apple picking was a success! Another 20+ pounds of apples and we’re ready to start making some pies!

After apple picking we went on a little hike around the falls. Most of the water is dried up this fall. IMG_0237 IMG_0243 IMG_0245 IMG_0246 IMG_0247 IMG_0258Such a nice fall day!

September (so far)

It’s been a pretty busy fall so far. The girls have been working hard in school with various projects already assigned. Even Lucy had her first spelling test last week! I get the biggest kick out of that. I had a system with studying spelling words with the older girls when they were little and it seems a little nuts that Lucy is already at that stage! She likes carrying a toy down to the bus stop in the morning. This day she wanted to carry her binoculars:IMG_9935Jon was looking at something on Lucy’s “iPhone”. They were twinning so I had to snap a pictureIMG_9988Emma surprised her sisters on Friday. Look at how excited Chloe was when she got off the bus and found Emma waiting for her. We all miss her TONS!IMG_9964IMG_9970Megan is busy cheering almost every day. She is enjoying it so much and it makes the football games more exciting for all of us! IMG_0149_2I didn’t want to embarrass her by taking her picture during the game so I left my camera at home. I did snap this one though. I couldn’t resist. Last night she asked me to forward her all the pictures I took of her during the game, ummmmm…… I’m taking that as an open invitation to take the new camera to the next game.IMG_9953Chloe ran outside to pick a few tomatoes when she was in the middle of doing her homework one day. IMG_9948Chloe and Jon made the most delicious salsa last weekend! IMG_0139The weather is turning cooler which means it’s time to get the firewood ready.IMG_0154Just look at the leaves already turningIMG_0159There aren’t nearly enough hours in the day to take the amount of pictures I’d like to. I have to make more of an effort with my camera. These are the days that I always want to remember!

Labor Day Lobster Boil

Nothing says summer like a nice lobster boil. We didn’t have the traditional country summer that we’re used to. No root beer floats or hamburgers on the grill. No picking raspberries at night before bed or making s’mores by the fire pit. No 4th of July parade or fireworks. Not even one beach trip! Not that I regret our England summer for one second, in fact I would give up our summer traditions every year to travel. but there is something about these lobsters that we just can’t give up. IMG_0090_2

When the kids were little they used to beg Jon to chase them around with the lobsters and scream with delight. It’s less amusing to teenagers. IMG_0086

IMG_0075IMG_0085Now that we’ve had our lobster boil I’m ready for fall. Bring on football and jambalaya tailgates! 

Recent iPhone Photos

A few weeks ago I bought my dream camera. It takes such amazing pictures but sometimes life is too busy to take out a camera so I’m thankful that I always have my phone in my hand.


I love finding Lucy selfies on my phone






Back to school haircut


Birthday dinner with Marlene, Brian and the girls


My cheerleader



Our annual back to school dinner. We talked about their goals for the year.




2nd day of school





A few shots from this weekend.
Emma started her classes this morning. I was hoping that she would’ve had someone take a first day of school photo for me but I’m sure that didn’t happen. Jon is off to London and the girls are at school. This house is too quiet.