Disney 2021

When we left Disney in March 2020 we had no intentions on returning in 2021. Disney planned on opening lots of new rides and restaurants in 2021 and we wanted to wait until everything was done before we returned. Then Disney shut down because of the virus and all Lucy talked about was how much she missed Disney. When they opened back up in July Lucy and I started watching our favorite Disney vloggers on Youtube. After months of thinking about it, and listening to people talk about how safe they felt, we decided that it was safe for our family to travel back to Disney. An entire year before we originally planned.

Our hotel that we usually stayed at wasn’t reopened so we picked a new place on the skyliner. I don’t think I will ever stay anywhere on Disney property without access to either the skyliner or Monorail ever again.

I have lots of pictures from our week. Grab a cup of coffee or a Dole Whip and enjoy!

Our week in pictures:

He was afraid of the rollercoasters but he could rock the Magic Carpets like nobody’s business
Lucy had a list of things she wanted to eat this trip!

We went during Epcot’s Festival of the Arts and ate our way around the park

Not all of that food was from Epcot. We tried treats at ALL of the parks!

It was our first Disney vacation as a family of 4. We really missed the older girls but we still had a wonderful time. Disney did EVERYTHING right keeping people safe during this crazy time. I’m so glad that we decided to take the trip. These memories will last forever!!

I’m Back!!

It feels so good to be back in this little space. You didn’t miss much of our 2020. Just like everyone else we were stuck inside. Ok, there were some pretty big moments, too. Chloe graduated from high school:

There wasn’t a huge traditional graduation, instead they did groups of 20 (or maybe it was 30) kids at a time and their 5 family members. It was a nice ceremony and definitely appreciated after all the hard work these kids put in over the years.

She missed out on prom but her and her friends dressed up and I took some pictures for them:

We had a wedding in the family! Liz and Jamie got married.

Jon and I took Beckett and Lucy to Nantucket for a long weekend with some friends

We started our homeschooling journey

We celebrated holidays (differently this year) and our yearly traditions (with masks on):

I have a hard time sitting here complaining about 2020. Of course, it wasn’t the year we were all expecting or even hoping for. Life was put on hold BUT I got so much extra time with Jon and the kids this year and for that I will always be thankful.

Autumn, Part 2

Gosh, we are already in the later part of the season and I have so much to catch up on. This is my absolute favorite time of the year. Mostly because of the weather but also because even though it’s busy, it’s the perfect time of year to cozy up at home and just enjoy my family.

We celebrated Beckett’s 4th birthday earlier this month. I still need to go back and do a birthday update for him. I can’t believe how much he’s grown this year! On his actual birthday we drove into the city and had dinner in the North End

After dinner we went back to EMMA’S NEW APARTMENT for desert. All in capitals because I can’t believe she is on her own!

The following day we had a big family birthday party for him

Lucy is enjoying Cross Country

And Beckett is enjoying being the center of attention with all of her friends. Ha!

Alison and Grace came up to spend the day with us

Beckett decided that clothes were a suggestion and not a requirement. Hahaha~

We went to Tracey and Paul’s surprise 25th Anniversary party

We went from apple picking:

To pumpkin picking:

I worked on Chloe’s senior pictures

A few more fall pictures from this month:

The little kids are getting excited for Halloween but to be honest I am SO ready for the real holidays to get here. My house is feeling a little quiet with only 5 of us here. I can’t wait to have everyone home again.

End of Summer

The house is pretty quiet right now. Beckett is sitting in the living room setting up his cars and tracks. Jon and the girls are all off at school and work and I’m really enjoying the quiet time with Beck. We started working on a little homeschooling here and there. He’s still only 3 so I’m not pushing anything. He really does enjoy it though!

As much as I love the quiet and the routine (I really do), I’m already missing the noise of the summer with everyone around.

Some pictures from our last weeks of summer

Birthday selfie

One of Emma’s friends got married a couple of weeks ago and she had to wear the traditional clothing to the ceremony.

My dad took Lucy and Colton fishing the day before school started. I HAD to drive by and snap a picture. Outings like this are so special and I know this picture will mean so much to her when she’s my age.

I spent a lot of time with the girls while Jon was on a work trip

I love babies and toddlers so much but there is something so amazing about grownup kids too! They really are the best of friends and I am so thankful for that! This particular night we all stayed up late talking, telling stories and laughing until our sides hurt.

This boy LOVES being outside!

Before we knew it we were shipping Megan back to Boston

She is loving her new living situation and her new roommates!

I’m so glad!! It makes leaving her there so much easier!

Speaking of Boston, Jon and I went to the Sox game the other night. One of my biggest fears has always been getting hit with a foul ball. We always sit around 3rd base so I pay close attention to the left hand batters. I’m not sure why I wasn’t looking during this play but before I knew it my leg was stinging and Jon was telling me to watch out. In that exact order. LOL Thanks, Jon!!

I am honestly so glad that it hit my leg and not the guy in front of me (who was glued to his phone the entire game). I’m not sure how it missed his head and hit me in the thigh. Ha! I’m assuming that since I got hit the other night it won’t happen again. EVER. Right??

Ouch!! At least I have a funny story to tell. Like how everyone around us (we were in a luxury box) seemed so concerned but Jon told them I was just grazed. Ha! I knew there was a reason why I disliked the Yankees so much!!

Back to School

Today is the first day of school. First day of senior year for this sweet girl


Wait, that’s first grade Chloe

This is Senior Chloe

She got right in the car and drove herself off for the first time. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit emotional about that fact. Ha!

Let’s back up a little bit.

It’s been a pretty emotional week around here. Lots of big changes happening (good things, I promise). One thing I refuse to let change is our traditions. Every year we have a little back to school dinner for the kids. This year was a little different because Emma was at work, Megan was in Boston and Jon is on work travel but I had to make sure that we still celebrated my 2 girls I was sending off today.

It was only turkey tacos…..hahaha! But still very important

After sending Chloe off to high school this morning it was time to get Lucy ready

avocado toast with eggs
Love notes for every lunch!

I can’t believe this girl is in 6th grade!!

Meanwhile, up in bed was this little boy totally passed out! The same little boy who work me up by 6:15 every morning this summer

takes over Jon’s spot while he’s on work travel
back in the car for our morning commute to school
love her!

Our town’s local law enforcement and first responders were waiting at the school to welcome the children back. You can’t see it in the picture but there were chalk signs all over that sidewalk offering words of encouragement to these middle schoolers. I thought that was the best thing ever because, in my opinion, the middle school years are the toughest years!

Only a few more days before this girls ships up to Boston for her sophomore year! CRAZY!! We’re going to soak up these last few days with her before it’s just Beck and I

thank God kindergarten isn’t for another 2 years!!

I’m already missing the days of all 4 of my girls lined up on that fireplace and front steps for their back to school pictures. Waiting at the bus stop (or running since we were always late) for Donna to pick them up. After school cookie dates meant for listening to their stories about their first day! Time truly is a thief!

Offering up a prayer that these kids (as well as my others…. and your’s too) have a fantastic year!! Only 179 more school days until Summer Vacation!

Beckett James, 3 Years Old

Three! 3!!! It’s crazy to think it was 3 short years ago that this little boy came into our lives. In some ways it seems like yesterday and in other ways it seems like he’s always been here.

Beckett, you have grown so much this past year. You are talking up a storm. You say EVERYTHING and use such big words!! You also like to use cuss words and we’re all trying to work on that. Ha! You still have everyone in this house wrapped around that cute little finger of yours!! You can throw a temper tantrum like nobody’s business bringing an entire store to a standstill. But, you can also charm the pants off a complete stranger in the checkout line when you introduce yourself as Romeo. Yes, Romeo. You’ve been telling people that your name is Romeo for the last 6 months.

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Eating: You are officially the pickiest eater we’re ever had to deal with. For breakfast your favorite things are chocolate milk, avocado toast with Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s, pancakes, monkey drinks, yogurt or donuts. You LOVE donuts!!! Lunch is Annies Mac and cheese, french fries, crackers and cheese, pretzel and hummus, soup and recently you’ve taken a liken to chicken nuggets. Dinner consists of you throwing your food all over the place and not really eating at all. Unless we’re having fish. You LOVE fish (almost as much as you love donuts). You’re a fantastic snacker so I try and make your snack as healthy as possible but you still seem to find a cookie or two. Your diet is all over the place these days but you LOVE your vitamins!! Thank God!

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Sleep: You finally sleep through the night (90% of the time). You insist on reading at least 5 books at night and then you NEED to be rocked to sleep. Every time I try and put you in your crib you tell me “one more minute” so I sit there and rock you for “one more minute”, which is actually 20. Ha! This happens everyday at nap and bedtime. You are quite the little snuggler so I don’t mind.

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You are still obsessed with all of your sisters but these days Lucy is your bff. You follow her all over the house and yard and miss her so much when she’s at school. You’re also really missing your Memmy (Megan) while she’s away at college.

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You LOVE to play outside. You love going to the park with daddy and driving your truck around the yard. You like to sing but don’t want anyone singing along with you. You say its annoying. Ha!  You are quite the little dancer these days and LOVE Bruno Mars. You still love Mickey Mouse but really enjoy movies. Your favorites this year are Despicable Me 3, Boss Baby, Trolls, Toy Story, Monsters Inc, and Hotel Transylvania. You love playing with cars, batman toys and most recently PJMasks toys. You give the best hugs and kisses and tell all the girls in  your life how pretty we are ( we LOVE that ). It’s so fun having sweet conversations with you. You’re turning into such a sweet big boy but you’re still little enough to crawl on our lap and asked to be rocked. I’ll rock you until you are 10 if you want!! Happiest of birthdays, Beckett James!! We love you soooooo much!!

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