Zoo Day

He needed a day to just be a toddler 

They all did

And we needed a day to sit back and enjoy these cute toddlers because these days are going by so fast. We have 12 kids between us and have shared our last two pregnancies together. These babies all came 7 years after their youngest siblings and are constantly thrown into the big kid world. It was nice to slow down a little yesterday and enjoy their babyhood. Together. 

It was 94 degrees out and we all realized how out of shape we were pushing these babies up and down hills but we all got that much needed mommy, baby, friend date. SO much fun! 💗

Summa weekend

Summa, summa, summa time….. all I can hear is Will Smith singing in my head right now. What a FANTASTIC summer weekend! Jon had Friday off so we did all of our running around so that we could spend the weekend relaxing 

The girls were all off doing their own things on Friday night so Jon and I sat on the deck and relaxed together 

That was until Beckett started calling out to Jon and he couldn’t resist

He is pretty darn irresistible 

We spent the entire day out in the yard on Saturday. We sat by the sandbox and had our coffee while Beckett and Lucy played. It was so relaxing that we decided to do it again this morning. 

Last night the seven of us went mini golfing. It’s been so long since we’ve all had a night out together and it was a blast!! We all laughed our butts off at each other and it was just honestly such a perfect night. 

We spent the entire day outside again today. Emma and Megan worked and Chloe went off for a little while with a friend. I’m gonna soak in all of these random Saturday night dates when I can because I know how hard it’s getting to have all of us together. 

A few more photos from the weekend

I am so ready for the girls to be out of school for the summer!! 

Weekend Celebrations 

I think from now until October we’re going to have party after party. We’re in the beginning of Friary Birthday season, add in a couple of planned family and friends cookouts and a wedding and we’re just about all booked up! 

This past weekend my brothers and I threw a surprise 50th anniversary cookout for our parents. It was nice getting together with some of my cousins that I haven’t seen in years.

On Sunday we celebrated Lucy’s 9th birthday with grandparents, Tracey and the girls

Megan and Kate have been planning a solo girls trip to Disney after they graduate next year. You know, when they’re both 18. 😢 So we started the planning process. This trip will be about 10 years in the making and they are both so excited. Crazy that the time is almost here. 

Tracey and I joke that we’ll be there waiting when they get to their hotel. Umm…. maybe 😉

Megan’s Junior Prom

and just like that, junior prom is over. what in the what??? how can we be saying goodbye to junior year already? as i sit here thinking about sending another daughter off to her senior year and then eventually off to college it makes me so stressed out. i thought it would get easier after the first one but that is just not the case. life changes so much once you send these kids off into the real world. even when they come back for long weekends, breaks and holidays they come back different people. not in a bad way (at all) just different. one more year and then life around here will change once again. now that i’ve made myself a little depressed….ha! i think i’ll share some of megan’s pictures.


her hair, makeup and dress were absolutely beautiful


her sisters wanted to get for a few shots with her too!


these girls are going to have a tough time next year too! beckett wasn’t interested in taking any pictures this time. Ha! Probably psyched that the camera was on someone else for a change


i’m not sure how some of the senior moms made it through without any tears. or maybe they didn’t. who knows? maybe they’re like me and cried on the way home. haha.

this girl has my heart, they all do.

Life Lately….According to my iPhone


I took Beckett and Lucy to the park a couple of weeks ago. It was the first time that Beckett was old enough to run around on his own. He had a blast!!


We replaced our driveway at the end of April. Jon started tearing it up himself and realized that probably wasn’t the best idea. He called our friend and neighbor to come over and help. Thank God or I’m pretty sure he’d still be working on it. Kidding. Jon worked SO hard and I couldn’t get over how much work he did! It was a HUGE job! Beckett LOVED watching him and then watching all the big trucks and machines come down a couple of days later. He spent most of his time looking out the window.


My mom had a big birthday last month. She and my dad went on a cruise and when they got back we all went over to celebrate her! Happy Birthday, mom!!


Jon and I had a nice date night in Boston. We went to a few different bars to watch the Celtics game and then ended our night by going to a record shop. It’s the same dates we had about 20 years ago. Wanna feel old? Go to bars in Boston on a Friday night. Everyone in there was Emma’s age! HAHAHA!


Yup, that’s right. The kids in the bar are Emma’s age, she just turned 21!! Happy Birthday, Emma!!


Megan got her first car!! Man, this update is really making me feel super old. She looks absolutely adorable in it.

More pictures from the month:


I love that guy and this crazy, busy life we share together.



Recent iPhone Photos

Beckett finally made it to the grandchildren growth wall. A little late and now on the other side 😉

Every time we go to visit our parents Jon makes me drive through the old neighborhood. Our old house looks so little to me now.

Or maybe it’s because this one is so big. 

Megan and Marina were named 2017-2018 cheer captains! 

She got her drivers license 

And went to NYC. April was the month of Megan.

The weather is finally nice enough to spend time outside. We’ve been trying to take advantage of it as much as we can. The winters can be so long up here and it kinda sucks sitting in your house for three straight months.

We spent a morning with Beckett’s girlfriend, Gioia. 

Beckett melted the heart of another one of his sisters friends.

Potterybarn liked Beckett’s photo

I tried to get Beckett to sit still and gave him a crayon and paper to draw with

That lasted about 10 minutes before he turned to the wall to show his artistic skills

Oh, Beckett 

Easter 2017

The Easter bunny has been delivering eggs and baskets to our family for 21 years! And it NEVER gets old!

Lucy loves hunting for eggs and this year she had a new partner. He caught on pretty quick too! He knew exactly what to do and carried his basket around with both hands. 

We had lunch at Brian and Marlene’s this year where the kids had another egg hunt and scavenger hunt

I love this little family of mine

Beckett James, Month 18

Oh Beckett, oh Beckett, OH BECKETT!

How in the world are you already 18 months old?


Likes: One of your favorite things to do is dance! Anytime you want to dance you walk over to daddy’s stereo and say “down”. And brother, you know how to get down. It’s the cutest thing to watch! You also LOVE reading books. You and I will sit on the floor next to the book basket and read every single book in there. You are really starting to figure out how to play with some of your big boy toys and I can see the wheels in your head spinning as you “pretend”. You like to walk around with all the cordless phones and talk to either daddy or baba. You still love Mickey Mouse and constantly need him on in the background. You don’t spend too much time sitting and watching tv. You are constantly on the move. Going outside is still your absolute favorite thing to do and luckily it’s starting to get warm again.


You are obsessed with brushing your teeth and ask every time we go upstairs…… future dentist, maybe?


Dislikes: You hate getting your diaper changed, being told no and having to come in the house after playing outside.

Eats: You still nurse a few times a day and STILL get up in the middle of the night most nights. You always have a great appetite throughout the day. Favorite foods right now are toast, bananas, strawberries, cheese sticks, yogurt, avocado, crackers, pasta anything, peas, corn, broccoli, ice-cream, lucky charms and goldfish. You drink about 4 ounces of watered down apple juice a day. You are still refusing milk so I have to hide it in a peanut butter, banana smoothie.


Sleeps: you are in your room from about 7pm until about 6am. You still get up to nurse once a night (most nights). You still enjoy a two hour nap every day.


Weight: 22 pounds. Length: 32.5 inches. wearing 18 month clothing. size 3 freshly picked (moving up to size 4 pretty quick). size 5 sneaker and size 4 diaper.


Milestones: you started walking at 15.5 months. You talk constantly and understand everything we tell you. We introduced crayons to you about two months ago and you love to scribble on your paper and put them in your mouth. You climb on everything. You have 12 teeth now too and love to show off that super smile of yours


You’re starting to love stuffed animals and hug them whenever you “meet” a new one


You love to follow your sisters around and get so excited when Lucy walks in the room


Your personality is larger than  life right now!! You laugh so easily and LOVE to make those around you laugh too. I can definitely see you as class clown someday.


Oh Beckett, oh Beckett, OH Beckett!!!! You are the cutest little boy. You complete this family so perfectly!!


I love you, buddy!! Happy 18 months!!