New Years Eve

Another year has come and gone. Hello, 2018!

Our New Years Eve celebration pretty much looks the same every year. We order a ton of lobsters, dance in the kitchen to the same songs (Billy Idol Dancing With Myself, anyone?) sit by the fire, struggle to keep our eyes open until midnight to watch the ball drop and get that first New Year’s kiss. Even though the traditions are the same this year looked a little different because half of our kids were out with friends and boyfriends. But, traditions are important and I want Lucy and Beckett to look back at their childhood and have the same memories as the older girls. I convinced Emma, Megan and Chloe to let me in on their nights and send me some pictures

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And at home

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Beckett wanted to hold the lobster

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Until he didn’t. HA!

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2017 was a really great year for our family. I’m excited about what 2018 will bring! Happy New Year!!

 

 

 

 

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10 Years Ago Today, A Look Back

I honestly can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since Jon and I packed up our first little house and moved up north with our three little girls. It’s amazing all that we’ve been through over these last 10 years, including welcoming two new members into this family. Here’s a look back on some of our memories from the last 10 years (warning, there are a lot of them!)

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The holidays, parties, first days of school, family movie nights, playdates, ice and snow storms that knocked out our power for days, traveling (and living abroad for a little while) long walks through the neighborhood, playing in the yard, rocking babies in the middle of the night quiet, sending kids off to college, helping with homework, bedtime stories, picnics, our thankful tree, family dinners and bringing new babies in the house. Too many moments to list here. It’s all been exciting. My favorite memories are the everyday moments. We are in the middle of “the good old days” right now. Watching this family grow and change has been the greatest joy of my life.

Home is wherever I’m with you.

I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years brings!

My Kitchen

My friend just sent me a text asking me to blog about my kitchen organization. I thought “What a fantastic idea!!” Unfortunately I am the most unorganized person out there. You know those people who show up to appointments on the wrong day? Yeah, that’s me. It’s not like I don’t have everything written down on a calendar in my unorganized kitchen either. Geez! When I first moved into this house I looked around my kitchen in awe! It was huge with TONS of cabinets and 2, yes 2, closets!! How on earth would I fill it all up? Well I became something of a dish hoarder. I have a couple sets in my cabinets, 2 sets of china in my hutch and another box in the attic (don’t tell Jon about that one). The kitchen in my first house was teeny tiny! I had just enough room for a table and 5 chairs. I also had very little cabinet and counter space. There wasn’t a built in microwave so that sat on my little counter. I never had enough room for my cereal boxes so they sat on top of the cabinets. But when I look through old pictures of the girls in that kitchen I wish I could remember exactly what it looked like in those cabinets. I wish I would have taken the time back then to take some more pictures.  I don’t ever remember feeling cramped in that kitchen. I do, however, remember a lot of fun times with Jon and our babies in that kitchen. I spend more time in this room (typing in here now) then any other room in my house. I do have 5 other mouths to feed and someone is CONSTANTLY hungry! My cabinets are overflowing, there are always dishes to be done,  i always have crumbs on my counter and floor, the computer desk is always over flowing with papers and books, there are always multiple pairs of shoes on the floor and toys to step over (or stub your toe on). But, when I take the time to look around I realize that it’s all a great big blessing. It’s always warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There is always food in the fridge and pantry. There’s always someone to give you a quick hug. So I can’t give any tips on kitchen organization but I can share with you some of my kitchen that means so much to me. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. As long as it’s filled with people you love you’ll be comfortable.  I think it’s true that the kitchen is the heart of the home.

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Woah! That scratch really shows up when there’s a flash on it. 

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My favorite apron! 

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This hangs because I’m obviously not corny or mushy enough when it comes to my family.

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My favorite toy (besides my camera)

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My Nana’s bean pot

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Our place of peace, where we sit and hold hands and tell each other why we’re thankful for each other every night. This is not the place where we get annoyed with each other, fight, yell, sometimes cry, talk over one another, call names (what?), spill drinks or sneak food to Daisy. Yeah right! 

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One of my favorite chairs with some goodies made by my mommy.

It’s not a perfect kitchen, in fact there are lots of things that I would like to change but it’s mine and I share it with my five favorite people! 

Trying to organize, little by little

 I have a LOOOOOOONG list of things that I need to get done around here. Today I started with the littlest project, oh well. At least I started. 🙂 

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My pretty scarves have a home. A little OCD maybe but I don’t care. This is my blog and I can put up whatever I want 🙂 A pretty basket of organized scarves makes me happy. 

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It’s not HGTV worthy but it looks so much better!! 

New Floors!!

We finally had the floors put in yesterday. Image

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And some after:

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Jon and his father repainted the ceiling, the walls and the wood work but I didn’t get any pictures of them doing that. 🙂 It was worth living in the mess for 3 days. I LOVE them!!! I still have some pictures to hang up and decorating to do but at least this is finished!

 

Cooking with the girls

I’ve been taking a lot of pictures of the girls “working” with me in the kitchen. I love that they want to help out and learn. I also love Lucy in this chef hat!! Image

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We made chocolate chip cookies today and they are SOOOO good!!

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I am constantly taking their pictures because I just want to remember all these wonderful moments!

Summertime food

Every January/February I start to long for the taste of summer. I don’t mean just the beach and sun. I start to imagine myself sitting on the deck with a nice cold drink while Jon stands at the grill. Mmmm…. here are a few of our recent summer meals. Enjoy!! 

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Lobster!! 

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Ribs! 

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Root beer floats!

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Steaks and grilled veggies!

Summer goes so fast, enjoy each moment.

Jill