November Little Things

November flew by this year!! I can’t believe that we are three weeks away from Christmas!! We haven’t even gotten our tree yet. Well, I put up a TON of trees around the house (sorry, Jon) but we don’t have the main tree yet.

I figured I’d get some of my November pictures up before the new year. Ha!

We started the month with our annual thankful tree

Chloe had her first ever high school semi formal

Kristen and Marvin were here from L.A. so we got to spend a little time with them. Her sister lives right outside of Boston so I grabbed Megan on my way over.

We decided that we wanted to get another puppy so we started that hunt earlier in the month

We found this cute guy but in the end this sweet girl won our hearts

She has fit in so nicely with our family.

Jon burned dinner one night and we couldn’t get the alarm to shut off. The security company sent the fire department even though I told them not to.

Beckett kept yelling “it’s daddy’s cooking”.

Haha!

We had our first snowfall of the season

We had Megan home for 6 days!! We all went to PF Chang’s one night for dinner

Thanksgiving was another day that flew by! I only have a couple of pictures since I hosted

Had amazing Celtics seats

A few more random photos from the month:

Our thankful tree was full by the end of the month

I couldn’t be more thankful for this family of mine!!

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Halloween

I’m about 30 minutes away from turning my Christmas music on and decorating for Thanksgiving. Not kidding. But first Halloween pictures…….

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I’m not really big on throwing Halloween parties…. the last one we had Emma was 5…..

But, I really couldn’t think of a good reason NOT to let Lucy have one. I see how quickly my other girls have grown up that celebrating with all these kids just felt like a good idea. I had so much fun planning and decorating for this party. I think everyone had a really good time. I know I did! I’m already thinking about next year!!

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We’re officially down to two little pumpkin carvers in this house. WOW!!

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The cutest little nerd and astronaut!!

We met all of Lucy’s friends and their families for trick or treat last night. They had SO much fun!!

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They got tons of candy this year!!

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Beckett is already on his 2nd box of nerds this morning. Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Bring on Christmas!

Autumn Fun

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We celebrated Beckett’s 3rd birthday with a very small family party.

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Jon made his delicious jambalaya

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Marlene’s sweet cousin, Katie, and her husband Bill, were here from California so we were lucky enough to have them celebrate with us.

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We love our Mimi’s!!

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This is how Beckett looks when it’s time for Megan to go back to school

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Liz lives close to Megan’s school and was able to bring her back for us.

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My sweet friend, Laura, had a gender reveal party last week.

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It’s a boy!

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Jon and I took Beckett to PFChangs last week.

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Beck and I stopped by the farm on our way to Trader Joe’s.

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We met some friends at Edaville Railroad last week. Beckett had a BLAST!! It is the perfect park for anyone under the age of 5!

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We drove into the city this weekend to take Megan out for breakfast. We miss her so much!! I’m just happy she’s not across the country from us! We also met a doodle on the street that we all fell in love with.

img_1308Lucy went to a haunted house with some friends.

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This gorgeous girl is at the stage where she’s never around anymore either. Always working, studying or with friends.

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We’re all ready for Halloween!!

 

Life Lately, According to My Phone

I have 32,533 photos backed up on my iCloud. All of those photos are less than 7 years old. I’m pretty much attached to my phone, snapping pictures all day long, no matter where I go. Its safe to say that I’m an iPhone addict. Ha! I’ve honestly been trying to get better at not checking Instagram and Facebook all day everyday but my obsessive picture taking will probably never stop. Although, recently we’ve had a few really great moments where I didn’t take my phone out at all and I was just present in the moment. It felt really great but now I’m secretly wishing I had a photo. Hahahaha!

Sports:

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Lucy is in the middle of her cross country season right now and just started doing a lacrosse clinic. Beck still has another few weeks of soccer left. The back of the SUV is filled with sports equipment, snacks and my soccer mom chair. LOVE it!!

Fall weather:

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It’s my absolute favorite time of year!! Apple picking, pumpkin picking, farm stand visiting and hiking with Jon and B.

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Dates with Jon, dates with the kids and dates with friends!

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nonstop school work

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Boston visits!

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Megan gave me a road snack one day and now I’m on the hunt for little bags of pickles. Ha!

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We love when Megan comes home for the weekend!!

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Two days before we loss our sweet Daisy. They were both waiting for Jon to come out of the bathroom. Hahaha! We miss her sooooo much!

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Lucy can beat any claw machine around!! It’s so crazy to watch her win every time!

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Emma’s first day of school picture that I’ve been meaning to post. Senior in college and still made to pose for first day pic! Hahaha!

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A couple of B pictures just because he’s so cute!!

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And…..a family photo because I really, really like these people. I’m trying to get used to smaller family dinners. Dinnertime used to be one of my favorite moments of the day. I LOVED having everyone sitting around that kitchen table, talking, yelling, singing, laughing, arguing. Now I’m lucky if there are 5 of us sitting there. Most days it’s just the two littles, Jon and I. Chloe has a new job so she misses dinner a couple times a week. It really makes me sad. I’m not sure WHAT I’m going to do when she goes to college in 2 years!! A few weeks ago, when we loss Daisy, I had all 7 of us at that kitchen table and my mama heart was FULL!! (thats the picture I wish I had) . I don’t want to rush the fall but I am really looking forward to having everyone home for the holidays this year.

 

 

 

A New Beginning

Another school year and of course we had to have our annual back to school dinner

Then it was off to the start of junior year for Chloe

And 5th grade for Lucy

Beckett had to get in on the picture taking, too

Then it was time to move Megan into college

Emma starts this week. Her schedule is always busy and we barely see her these days but I’m definitely going to try and get that first day picture of her too 🙂

Happy Fall!!

Being Thankful When Things Aren’t Perfect

It’s been a pretty crazy week around here.

I drove home on the highway with my tire looking like this. I had Jon and four kids with me and I’m just so thankful that we didn’t have a blowout.

Megan called me all upset after school because someone backed into her car. I’m so thankful that this was the kind of car accident that my kids were in. It seems like such a big deal to her because she worked hard to buy that car but that’s what insurance is for. NO BIG DEAL.

Tracey sent me our family pictures this week and I couldn’t be more in love with them. I’m holding off on posting them because I don’t want to give away our Christmas card photo. It’s my favorite card EVER!! I’m thankful for a best friend who captures my family so beautifully.

Beckett and I have been doing nonstop Christmas shopping this week

He likes to grab things off the shelves while I shop

He doesn’t like being told that we have to put them back.

Ha!

I’m thankful for the cutest shopping buddy in town

We saw our first snowflakes of the season. I am NOT ready for a cold winter. But I’m thankful for the warm home I share with those I love

She is the best dog!

he got a stern talking to about pulling Daisy’s ear. I’m thankful for #thebestdogever

I’m thankful for the beautiful area we call Home

Im thank for a little donut eating 😉

I’m thankful for baby snuggles!

I’m thankful for this family that I get to call mine.

November, I absolutely love you!! It’s a great month to sit back and count our blessings. I spent all last month thinking about bullying awareness. There is so much of it going on. It’s in the schools, it’s in the media. Moms bullying other moms, kids bullying kids. I can’t turn on the news without leaving the room in tears these days. It’s so sad to me that people out there will intentionally hurt someone else. I just don’t get it. Yesterday was world kindness day. One day. Yeah, I don’t get that either.I’m going focus on that for the rest of the year. I’m going to keep teaching my kids to be kind. To stand up to bullies but to also have empathy for them. Happy people don’t go around saying nasty things about others. Happy people won’t make others look bad just to try and make themselves look better. It’s so sad to me. But, I’m also thankful for all these teachable moments with my children. I don’t know if it’s the Mom in me or the Christian in me but I hope these people will find peace this holiday season. Will try to change and ask for forgiveness.

One thing I try and ask my kids everyday in November is “what are you thankful for today”? Maybe it’s getting corny the older they get but I’m trying to plant the seeds in their minds and in their hearts.

Happy Week before Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for today?

Halloween 

Halloween was so fun this year!! Beckett has been telling me for weeks what his plan was: “knock door, tick teat, candy”. It pretty much went just like that. He did such a good job! He walked the entire night and didn’t let anyone help carry his candy bag (learning young). He just dragged it along behind him when it got too heavy. He had such a great time and we all had a blast watching him. I also have to add that Lucy is an AMAZING big sister. She was so patient with his little legs! Helping him up and down stairs and encouraging him to say thank you and Happy Halloween. This was a night that I’ll remember for many, many years. 

Halloween Tradition

I realized last night that Halloween was only 2 nights away and we hadn’t carved our pumpkins yet. When one of my older daughters (who shall remain nameless) asked what was up for the night I told her that we were planning on turning on Halloween music and carving pumpkins. She rolled her eyes and said, “yeah, not really feeling it.” Ha! Gotta love teenagers. I told her that it was fine and she didn’t have to participate if she didn’t want to. I actually didn’t expect any of the older girls to want to do it this year. But, I’m a sucker for family traditions and I want to make sure that Lucy and Beckett get everything out of their childhood that the older girls got. 

Lucy was sick yesterday and spent the morning on the couch watching home movies. It made me realize how important these traditions are because time is flying by so quick. It’s great to know that the traditions we started in our old house with three little girls are things we still do today. 

By the time we put the newspaper on the kitchen table and put the Monster Mash on the stereo all five of my kids were gathered around our kitchen table. I have to admit that I LOVE the fact that my kids (and husband) are also suckers for family traditions. 



When we finished with the pumpkin we baked the seeds and watched Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. The kids were less enthusiastic about that one. Ha!! 

Just Wait

“Just wait”, they would say to Jon whenever we told people that we were expecting our third and fourth daughters. “Just wait until they’re all teenagers”. “You poor thing”. “Your poor husband”. “Hopefully the next one will be a boy”, they would say. People can be so dumb, so insensitive. Especially since they would say this in front of me. A WOMAN!! Our third baby girl is 15. Our first is 21! I’ve been parenting teenage girls for 8 years now and I LOVE IT! I even had three teenage daughters at once. They’re good girls, all of them!! Sweet, kind, caring, helpful. Fun to hang out with and talk to. They’ve never given me any trouble! I can count on one hand how many times they’ve each given me an attitude. They don’t get into any trouble, and if they do then they’re pretty good at hiding it, so I’m going to go ahead and give them props for that, too! I feel blessed to be a mom of 4 girls. I’m on the couch right now, sick. (Probably just a 24 hour thing.) Three of my girls are home with me right now. Chloe made dinner while Megan and Lucy entertained Beckett and cleaned up the kitchen. While putting Lucy’s laundry away this morning, Emma kept me company and made Lu’s bed.  I didn’t ask any of them to do anything. They all took over and did what needed to be done to help me out. So the next time I see a pregnant woman who is carrying a baby girl I’m going to go out of my way to tell her how lucky she is.