Back to School

Last night we had our annual back to school dinner with the girls. I always have a lot of fun planning and setting up the table for this.




We talk about the year ahead and what their plans and goals for the year are.

The girls were up before I was this morning, eager to start their new year.

My sophomore:



My eighth grader:

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My second grader:


I swear if someone doesn’t get this kid back to London ASAP she’s going to burst!!


And a few from the bus stop:

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Lucy and Esme are in the same class this year 🙂



And they’re off!! IMG_1286

Hoping and praying for a great year for all of these great kids.

Dinner For Six and a College Sophmore

Everyone knows how much family dinners mean to me so while typing out an email to Tracey on Thursday morning it hit me that dinner that night would be our last family dinner as a family of 6. Give me a break here, I’m pregnant and emotional about every little thing. I quickly finished my email and thought about what we were going to eat. I thought about putting “6” on everything but let’s be honest, by 6pm I was ready to throw some tacos on the table and call it a night. This pregnancy has wiped me out.

Dinner that night was typical. There were a few tired and grumpy kids who had slept out the night before. There were a few (me included) who weren’t really in the mood for tacos. There were a few arguments over stolen socks, bras and clothes. There was some laughing, some teasing and some reminiscing. In the middle of it all I heard Lucy giggle and mumble under her breath “I love this family”….. me too Lu, me too. By the time Emma comes home for a long weekend we’ll be joined by a new little member of the family. The only thing better than a dinner for 6 will be a dinner for 7.


After dinner we loaded up my SUV and Jon’s truck full of Emma’s school things. By Friday morning she was SO excited to get going. I remember dropping her off last year and how nervous we both were. This year was completely different!


She couldn’t wait to start her sophomore year. I could barely keep up with her! Not that I can walk quickly right now anyway………

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We had quite the moving crew that day! I knew that I wouldn’t be able to lift or carry anything and the extra help was greatly appreciated!!


Emma is rooming with 3 close friends this year. Two of them were there when we got there so that added to the excitement!


Like I said, dropping her off was different this year. She said she felt like she was home when her and I were walking in. That made it so much easier on me!! Especially knowing that she has a great big support system there with a lot of good friends.


It was a long and tiring day!! This one needed a lift back downstairs 🙂

She sent me a few pictures of her room all set up a couple of hours after I left. She settled right in. Right before I fell asleep that night my phone rang and it was Emma. It was great to hear how relaxed and happy she was. Makes it so much easier for me to relax this time around.

Bump Update 34 Weeks!!

How Far Along? 34 weeks 3 days

Baby is the size of: a butternut squash (according to The Bump)

Total Weight Gain: 31 pounds. Yikes!! I was hoping for 25-30 pounds this pregnancy but I guess when you eat ice cream twice a day it’s hard to keep within that range. The good news is that once my body hits that extra 35 pounds I deliver. I wonder if this boy will be the same.

The Bump: Sticking straight out

Food Cravings: fruit and popsicles. I’m not “into” dinner time at all lately. My poor family. I try to throw something together for them or sometimes I just wait for Jon to come home and cook.

Symptoms: just lots of back pain and some waddling. Lucy pointed out how much I was waddling the other day.

Sleep: I sleep when I can get comfortable. Sometimes that takes a while. I still get up super early in the morning and then end up taking little catnaps on the couch (or chair) during the day. Which is crazy because I am 100% against adults napping during the day. Ha!

What I miss: Nothing

Names: Yes! It’s been so hard not letting it slip lately because I use it all the time when it’s just the 6 of us.

Gender: Boy!

Movement: His little feet have been kicking right under my ribs. It feels like he’s moving up instead of down. Either that or he’s just really stretching out now.

Maternity Clothes: Still loving the summer maternity clothes. The less the better, it’s too hot!

Labor Signs: Not yet.

Best moment of the week:  Quiet week full of everyday moments that I try to capture and bottle up. Realizing that Emma is starting her second year of college this week has me thinking about how fast time goes by and eventually all of these crazy kids will be out on their own.

What I’m excited about and looking forward to: Hearing Aislinn’s baby news in exactly one week!!! Just found out his name this morning and I love it!!

Purchases: I bought 8 packs of diapers this week because Target had them on clearance and they’re my favorite brand and because clearly I have a diaper buying obsession. I also ordered his Lullaby Earth mattress this morning. Not that he has a room to put it in yet………. See below…

Baby’s room: I can’t wait to start on his room!!! The attic project is wrapping up, everything but the floors should be done by the end of the week. I meant to buy his bear rug that matches his bedding set yesterday but I forgot and my coupon expired…. Sigh…. too much going on.

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Just took this one a few minutes ago. SO glamourous! Look how much it’s sticking straight out. And look how big my hand looks in this picture. Hahaha!!

Red Sox Game

Jon and I took Chloe and Lucy to their first Red Sox game on Sunday. It was a HOT HOT HOT day!! IMG_1985

We were a little late to the game due to the unexpected Sunday traffic so we had Yawkey Way pretty much to ourselves

IMG_1992Oh how I miss living in a city!! It brought me back to last year in London and all the time Jon and I spent in Boston BK (before kids). I like my small town and the sense of community I get here but there is nothing like walking out your door to a fun and busy city! Someday…..

But to get back to Sunday:

IMG_1993Jon wants to know how many other kids go their first Red Sox game and orders a kale chicken caesar wrap instead of a Fenway Frank

IMG_1995Our kid…. and it was SO good!!

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Luckily we were sitting in the shade because it was 90 degrees that day. Makes it VERY hard for a pregnant woman to sit for a few hours but we were having so much fun it didn’t seem too bad. These two didn’t complain once!

They got to see Big Papi ( the only Sox player they knew)

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Our seats were fantastic! IMG_2017

Lucy said she’s excited and ready to go back to another game! I can’t wait either!

Chloe is a Teenager!!

18 days ago Chloe Jane became a teenager. And what a great teenager she is!! She’s caring and sweet. She always thinks about everyone else’s feelings and wouldn’t say a negative thing about anyone. She works hard at everything she does and doesn’t give up easily on anything. She is a great sister and daughter. She makes us proud every day!!

IMG_1882This one was from her actual birthday. We took the girls to the movies and out for Chinese food. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon in the pool.

The following weekend she celebrated by having her grandparents up for a small birthday cookout:

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Then of course a small friend party the following week. We went out for manicures and pizza


Not the greatest picture but it was such a fun day for her!

IMG_1919Then a “small” desert for by the pool.

Happy belated birthday to Chloe!! We love you!!

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A Sprinkle For Our Son

We had such a nice day on Saturday at our “sprinkle”. I’m so happy that our family still gets excited…..5 babies later….. to share in another little Friary coming into the world. It was mostly family and of course Tracey who is like my family. Even though I know it’s a boy and I’ve been buying boy things it still seemed a little weird opening blue instead of pink. I kinda felt like I was opening someone else’s presents. Ha!

IMG_1203I had a cute little helper who is out of this world excited to become a big sister.

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Becky made the cute centerpiece around our Woodland Theme

IMG_1193IMG_1229Lucy has since adopted Bambi as her own.

Tracey sent me this adorable collage this morning of the 4 girls from both Lucy’s shower and the shower on Saturday

photo (9)I love it and can’t believe how much they’ve grown in seven years!!


IMG_1187I feel a little guilty that this is the only shot I took of Jon all day on Saturday so I had to include it. I brought my camera with big plans to take lots of pictures of all the families but I didn’t. It was about 300 degrees outside (see pool picture above)  and I didn’t have the energy to lug it around.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us!! We’re all so excited to introduce you to our baby next month!!

Bump Update 33 Weeks!

How Far Along? 33 weeks

Baby is the size of: a Durian…..I have no idea what that is (according to The Bump)

Total Weight Gain: 29 pounds.

The Bump: Measuring right at 33 weeks now. The midwife thinks that his positioning a few weeks ago might have been why he was measuring a few weeks ahead.

Food Cravings: Just the usual fruit and ice cream. Just finished off two bowls of grapes.

Symptoms: Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions this morning but they’ve seemed to taper off.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping ok this week. I usually get up early morning (like 4am) for an hour or two but then fall back asleep for a few more hours.

What I miss: Nothing

Names: Yes!

Gender: Boy!

Movement: Still wiggling all over the place. He also gets hiccups a few times a day and sometimes they wake me up in the middle of the night.

Maternity Clothes: Give me all the sundresses!! I think I might hate wearing normal clothes this fall.

Labor Signs: Not yet.

Best moment of the week:  Listening to the baby’s heartbeat this morning. ❤

What I’m excited about and looking forward to: We have a pretty fun weekend planned. Cookout tomorrow and Red Sox game on Sunday.

Purchases: The sweetest little outfit for the baby. The day after I found out I was having a boy Jon and I went shopping and I started to panic that boy’s clothes were so blah. I was on a mission to find him the cutest little outfits and I’m happy to say “Mission Accomplished”. I’m obsessed with little boys clothes now 🙂

Baby’s room: Still haven’t started it. I have a few more things I’d like to get but I know I have plenty of time. I don’t think we’ll start his room until after he’s born.

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Bump Update 32 Weeks!!!

How Far Along? 32 weeks 2 days

Baby is the size of: a squash (according to The Bump)

Total Weight Gain: 29 pounds. I can explain that extra pound from this week. Just see “best moment of the week”

The Bump: Round, low and wiggling all around. He is constantly having hiccups too.

Food Cravings: Everything! I have been so hungry this week. Fingers crossed that what they say is true and baby is now getting all of these extra pounds.

Symptoms: I have been so tired lately. All of my energy is gone. I went upstairs to make the bed yesterday and fell asleep for almost 2 hours.

Sleep: I slept great last night, minus the 3 bathroom trips.

What I miss: Nothing

Names: Yes!

Gender: Boy!

Movement: He is head down (according to ultrasound) and all of his movements have been very low. The girls used to sit right up under my ribs and I haven’t had to deal with that this time.

Maternity Clothes: I live in dresses and skirts. I love being pregnant in the summer!! I really do. The less clothing the better. Ha!

Labor Signs: Not yet.

Best moment of the week:  Jon and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary on Friday. We went to dinner at The Capital Grill and I had the seared tenderloins with 2 lobster tails. OMG! We split two sides, the lobster mac and cheese and truffle fries. They surprised us at the end with cheesecake and chocolate espresso moose. OMG!! I have never been so full in all of my life! It was delicious!!

What I’m excited about and looking forward to: Jon and I are taking Chloe and Lucy to their first Red Sox game next weekend!

Purchases: Nothing for the baby, just lots of school supplies and clothes for the girls.

Baby’s room:Luckily the baby will be with us for the first few months. I can’t see the attic being done before he’s born.

Time has dragged on this entire pregnancy until recently. I can’t believe the girls go back to school in 3 weeks!! Emma moves back to school in less than 3 weeks and I’m officially not ready to let summer go.


Bump Update 31 Weeks!

How Far Along? 31 weeks 5 days

Baby is the size of: a pineapple (according to The Bump)

Total Weight Gain: 28 pounds. I spoke too soon about my weight gain slowing down. I have been starving this week!!

The Bump: Round and low! My bump was measuring 2 weeks ahead at my appointment last week.

Food Cravings: Sweets! I’ve always had a bit of a sweet tooth but this is crazy!! Having leftover birthday cake around hasn’t helped at all.

Symptoms: No new symptoms.

Sleep:   Back to not sleeping. Plus, I’ve been so hot at night!!

What I miss: Nothing

Names: Yes!

Gender: Boy!

Movement: He moves constantly at night.

Maternity Clothes: Dresses are my best friend.

Labor Signs: Not yet.

Best moment of the week:  Seeing the little Mister on my ultrasound scan last week. He weighs 4pounds 2 ounces already. I think if I go to term I will have another 9 pounder!

What I’m excited about and looking forward to: Our anniversary date this Friday, 16 years!

Purchases: Nothing this week. I have officially run out of room. Plus, I started school shopping for the girls this week.

Baby’s room: The baby’s room hasn’t been started but the attic is coming along nicely. It’ll be great once the girls are up there so we can get the house back in order and start his room.

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