First Day of School

Every year before the first day of school I have a back to school dinner. I make a “fancy” dinner, decorate the table and we sit around talking about the year ahead. We talk about goals, hopes, plans etc… This year I didn’t do that. It’s not that I forgot, I just didn’t have the energy to do it. We DID have dinner together last night and we DID talk about the year ahead but it wasn’t as wonderful (cheesy) as years passed. I’m sure the two high schoolers appreciated it but I kinda felt bad for Lucy. Not that she mentioned it or even seemed to care. HA! I just don’t want to start giving up on these traditions that I had with the girls. I feel like she’s going to miss out on some pretty fun things. I also spend an hour on the first day baking cookies for when they get home. I didn’t do that this year either. I sucked big time at this whole back to school thing this year. I DID get my first day of school photos though.


I can’t believe that my Meggie is a junior in high school. It’s been hitting me this week and I’m starting to panic about the next two years flying by.


Make that four years!! Chloe is a freshman this year. Oh my goodness……..time is going by way too fast.


I do like having them both at the same place this year. It makes my life a LOT easier!!

Lucy didn’t care to get up any earlier than she had to. HA! So once the girls left I took my time getting things done in the kitchen. I made her lunch and included her first love note of the year (I send one everyday)



Look at my big third grader!

Let’s take a closer look at Lucy and how old she’s getting!


A few more at the bus stop


How about a close up of this guy too


All morning I told him that we were going to have SO much fun over the next 5 years because it goes by FAST!!

One with daddy


And here comes the bus


She was so excited that Carleigh is in her class!


And she’s off!! Here’s to a wonderful school year!


End of Summer

Today is the first day of school. Before I get to that I have to post a few pictures from this weekend. Because it was a good one. It’s been really rare to have all 7 of us available on the same day (luckily Chloe’s practice was cancelled). We packed up the car early on Sunday and headed down to Newport. We stopped at Flo’s for our favorite clam cakes and then took a ride over to Brenton Point for a picnic and a few photos.


Time is going by so quickly and I know that there won’t be a lot of opportunities for me to get these pictures



We thought by getting to the beach later in the day we would have a better chance of getting in and getting a good parking spot. WRONG! The beach parking lot was full so we had to take a ride out to Horseneck. We haven’t been there in years!!


The waves were huge and Beckett was not feeling it that day. He was happier sitting in the sand people watching.


Another end of another great summer. Jon’s vacation ended today and the girls have started another school year. 180 days of classes and then they’re all mine again.


Recent iPhone Photos

I don’t have too many photos to save/share this month but wanted to make sure I posted a few

Jon and I celebrated 17 years of marriage which is completely unreal! We started dating when I was only 17!! Time flies when you’re having fun 😉

Jon took Lucy and Megan to the drive in a few weeks ago. I was happy to sit this one out. I usually try and go every year but I knew it would be too tough with Beckett. 

We took our annual day trip to Gillette Stadium. I’m planning Beckett’s first birthday and had to get some football pictures of him. His invites came out adorable!! 

Beckett had his first real illness. He had a temp of 103 at one point. I’m actually not sure if it was an illness or just his teeth. He didn’t have any other symptoms. 

We celebrated sweet Camden’s first birthday ( and Connor’s third). 

Just call Jon the baby whisperer. 

I took Lucy on a school shopping date. We also bought a ton of Lush products and Starbucks 💕

And then I turned 40. Yup, 40! I’m not going to lie, I had a very hard time with this one. So much so that I refused a party. There were a lot of tears (for real). I almost closed my Facebook down the day before so I didn’t have to be reminded by 100 people that it was my birthday. Told ya!! This was a tough one for me. Then I sat back and thought about how much I’ve been blessed with over the last 40 years. How much I have to be thankful for. Forty has been fabulous so far. 

Getting this bag for my birthday also helped a LOT!! 

Beckett James, Month Ten

Ten!! As in ONE ZERO! How are you already into the double digits??

This was you last year at this time:

And here you are today:IMG_5372

SOOOO happy and full of life!!

Likes: You LOVE the pool right now. As soon as you see daddy in the pool waiting for you, you start to wave your arms like crazy trying to get to him. You still love going on walks and swinging in your swing. Pretty much anything outside. We’ve been picking up new toys for you whenever we go out shopping but you prefer to rip apart magazines and empty my cabinets. You LOVE when Lucy gets down on the floor to play with you but HATE when she tries taking anything away from you. You also love to see Daisy napping and crawl right over to her to wake her up. You love your bath time and LOVE to eat. Exploring the house is your favorite thing to do.


Dislikes: you still hate to sit still. If you’re in someones arms they need to be walking around with you. You get so angry if someone takes something away from you (pieces of magazines, fuzz from the wool rug, anything you can choke on). If you’re going for the wires and we try to move you away you WILL throw a major temper tantrum. You hate to be told “no”


Sleep: I love when I don’t have to complain too much about your sleeping habits. Although, our week in Maine screwed up your sleep schedule for a little while. You go down to sleep around 6:30-7:00pm, most nights you sleep straight through until around 4:30. Wake to eat and then go right back to sleep until 6:30am. You have a two hour nap starting around 9:00am and a quick cat nap sometime in the afternoon. I WISH I could get you to sleep a little longer but our house is TOO BUSY and you are WAY TO NOSEY!IMG_5363IMG_5157


Eating: Still nursing whenever you want. I ask you “want mama to feed you?” And you giggle your head off. It’s your favorite thing!! Breakfast is typically yogurt and puffs. Lunch is different everyday. You love mac and cheese, pasta with butter, toast with butter, avocados, bananas, strawberries, baby food pouches. Dinner is whatever we’re having. You haven’t met a food that you don’t like yet. IMG_5021

Wearing: still wearing 6-12 month clothing. Size 3 diapers. Size 1 FP and size 3 sneakers.

Milestones: You are crawling all over the house. You now use your legs instead of the army crawl but your belly still drags on the floor most of the time. When you do get up on all fours you try to stand up. You’re taking steps while we hold your hand and I’m afraid you’re just gonna start running at any moment. You laugh at everyone. You wave goodbye and say “bah”. You like to give high fives and you give the best kisses and hugs. You have a third tooth, right up top and to the left. Your gums are all swollen and it’s just a matter of days before they all start popping through. You wear your amber necklace everyday and seem to be handling teething like a champ. You sit and play with your toys for a little while without having to have someone right beside you. You feed yourself your dinner every night and like to share with Daisy. You moved into your new big boy car seat this month too.  You are growing and changing so much and it seems like you are doing something new everyday. I just want time to slow down a little bit. Here I am, planning your first birthday. Doesn’t seem possible.


Beckett James, I still can’t believe you’re mine.