Apple Picking 

Now that September is here I am ready for all things fall!! Jon and I took the kids (well, 4 of them) apple picking on Saturday morning 

Once Megan got out of work we took a ride out to Newburyport to go to the Riverfest. They Might be Giants was the closing band ( we got there with only 2 hours left of the festival). 


Loved having everyone together to close out our summer. Happy unofficial start to fall!! 

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Maine 

We took Megan and her friend up to Maine to look at UNE. Normally Jon is the one to take the girls on these college tours but we decided this time to make it a family affair. Ha! Sorry, Megs! I’m sure Marina loved a big ole family road trip with the Friary’s. 


I’ll admit, I wanted to go because I wanted to spend a few hours up in Portland. We missed going up to Maine this summer and I think we were all craving donuts from Holy Donuts 


Marina’s cousin just opened an organic cosmetic shop so we stopped in there because the girls had ordered some cheer makeup 


Super cute shop! And, I love stores that have things to entertain kids while you shop!

We stopped at this place called Flatbreads for lunch and it was probably the best pizza we’ve ever had! Will definitely remember that place for next summer 


It was a fun way to end our summer vacation. I’m not ready for all of the college hoopla that we’ll be going through over the next year but as much as I try, I can’t slow down time. 

I’m just thankful that I have this little guy who makes me feel young 😊

August Little Things

I’m just going to give up trying to keep up over here this month. I’m hoping that once September comes and everyone is back to school, I’ll be able to keep track of this busy life a little better. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, I have to post some of our August photos over here because it was a GOOD month. 





Happy Last Week of Summer! See you in September!!

Belle and Sebastian Concert

Every time I hear a Belle and Sebastian song it takes me back to living on Meadowview with a houseful of tiny baby girls. I always say that they’re the soundtrack to our early years. The first time we saw them in the concert I was 7 months pregnant with Chloe. Jon and I drove to Philadelphia because they didn’t have any Boston dates. We’ve been to every Boston show since! 

We saw them again the other night for our anniversary date. We spent the night in town too, which we never do. 

 It was such a fun mom and Dad date night, even though we ran into Emma and Colin 


Ha!

Last week Jon was saying how disappointed he was that they never play Sookie in the Graveyard so I sent out a tweet to B&S to ask them to play it in Boston. Then I sent a Facebook message asking them again. They got back to me saying that the set list was done but they would pass my request on to Stuart (the lead singer). When the song started playing emma started texting me like crazy. She was shocked to hear it. When the song ended Stuart said “that was for you, Jill. Thank you.” We all went crazy after that. LOL! It was super cool considering how big of a fan I am. 


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We had such a great night!!

Cape Days

It’s not very often that the seven of us get to go off for the day together. We’re down to having dinner all together about once or twice a week at this point. Boo. But, days out of the house together are very rare. Luckily Jon has every other Friday off and if Emma AND Megan are both around we try to do something fun as a family.

This past Friday we got up early (6:00) and drove two hours to our favorite beach.



We spent a few hours there and then jumped back in the car for another hour to drive to P-Town. We’ve done this a few times before and it makes for a really fun day!


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Hahaha! I have to admit that I love this little toddler who constantly hangs off his mama.
It’s such a fun town to walk around! After loading up on Salt water taffy and gelato (blueberry Vegan for me) I tried to take a picture of the five kids together but Beckett wasn’t having any of it at that point…. LOL


So we gave up and headed to our favorite P-Town restaurant, Pepe’s Wharf. It’s under new ownership and the menu has changed but the view is as pretty as always!

Before leaving we stopped at a tshirt shop to pick up a few souvenirs and I ended up getting a cute picture of the kids (best souvenir of the day)


Oh, Beckett!

After we left the little town area we took off for Race Point to see if we would be able to make the sunset. It had already been a long day and we knew we still had three hours of driving before we’d be home.


The sweetest lady offered to take a family picture for us. It’s not the best, but I’m going to include it here (AND ONLY HERE) because it’s of the seven of us and like I said, that’s pretty rare.


I love days like this!

Blueberries 

I just got back from picking blueberries with the kids and I’m pretty sure that Beckett ate his weight in berries while out there. This is the first time that I’ve been blueberry picking since I was a little girl. When I was pregnant with Emma I developed weird allergies to most fruit. During my pregnancy with Beckett the allergies disappeared and now fruit is pretty much what I live on. 



This was at the same farm that I’ve posted about many times before so after we picked our berries we went to see the farm animals




I’m pretty sure that Beckett thought this was the greatest place on earth! So much fun!! 

Weekend || Boston to the Beach

I don’t usually get the Monday morning blues in the summer but I was really sad to see Monday get here so quickly after such a fun weekend. 

We took the kids into Boston on Saturday. Jon’s wanted to take us into Chinatown for a while now. I think it’s another one of those “I miss London” things. I know that a lot of people complain about the food in London but it was honestly some of the best we ever had. So we headed out into the city for some lunch (London’s was better but this was still good).


Don’t let Beckett’s face fool you, he loved it! Ha! His appetite started picking back up this weekend and he spent the entire lunch flirting with the cute waitress. 

We had to run into Primark while we were there. I love that we have two near us now! 


Sunday we tried a new (to us) beach up near us. 



It was a perfect beach day!! 

We stopped for some pizza on the way home 


How cute is she?? 

This weekend was full!! Jon took Megan, Chloe and Lucy to the drive-in on Friday. Emma was out with Collin. Once Beck went to sleep I had the entire house to myself and it was glorious! Hahaha! I love my kids but sometimes I crave the quiet. Saturday night Megan and Emma went to another movie. So Jon and I had a quiet night with Chloe (Lucy decided watching YouTube was more fun than hanging out with us). I’m just gonna add that I love the fact that my girls all love hanging out with each other. They’re always off shopping together or going out to eat or the movies. They’ll run up to Starbucks and get a quick desert together once a week too. They’re so lucky to have one another!! Love them ❤️

A couple more photos from the weekend:

Grocery shopping with half our crew 


Moment like that are ones I ALWAYS want to remember because as fun as the city and beach are our everyday moments are by far my favorite. 

I ordered Beckett some new fall shoes and he was obviously excited when they came in


Hahaha! This baby cracks me up! 

Happy Monday!!