Life Lately

We are at the end of February break and it’s my least favorite of all breaks. I wish our district would get rid of it and let the kids out a week earlier in the summer. It seems like we just had Christmas. There isn’t a lot to do around here in the winter if you’re like my family and hate the cold. Ha!

February started off like every other year, a Super Bowl win!! This kid was ready!

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OMG!! Who is that teenage boy?!?!?!

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OK……. that’s much better.

Chloe and I went prom dress shopping this weekend. I LOVE LOVE LOVE prom dress shopping with my girls. I’m sad that I only have two daughters left to go to prom. Hahahaha!

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OMG!! I love this dress (and this girl) SOO much!

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We took Lucy and Beckett to Disney on Ice this week. They each had a blast!! We haven’t been since the big girls were little. I forgot how much fun it was. It really makes me want to plan a Disney trip with them!!

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This puppy is getting so big!! Even though she is completely house trained she is still so much work! She loves getting into Beckett’s toys and running around with them in her mouth. She keeps me moving!

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I’m so thankful that this sweet little boy still loves being held. Gosh, he is so snuggly.

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SO handsome!!

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Bedtime… yeah right. Ha!

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My new obsession are quinoa bowls. I can’t get enough!!

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This is my other new obsession!! OMG!! International Delight appreciated the love with this repost. Hahaha!!

 

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Christmas

The entire month of December felt like Christmas so I have a TON of photos coming!! It was the most exhausting month of my life and it honestly took me 3 days after Christmas to recover. Ha! It seems like every year goes faster than the year before. I started prepping for Christmas back in September and I barely got everything done in time.

Beckett is at such a fun age. Everything to him seemed so magical but he never once felt threatened by the fact that Santa and the Elf were watching him. Hahaha!

We were late getting our tree this year. We tried a new tree farm a few towns over and although the tree was perfect we won’t go back again next year. We all kind of missed our usual tree farm.

Megan wasn’t around to get the tree with us this year.

Look at how beautiful it is!! It was perfect until it fell over 3 days later breaking 15 of my favorite ornaments. Ugh!

The month of December also brought a collaboration with a company called Mapiful. We LOVE our new London map. Thank you Mapiful!

Jon and I snuck in a Patriots date in the middle of all the Christmas preparations.

We had a nice visit and cookies with Santa at a new Inn a few towns over.

I had this cute little shopping buddy with me. We went out every single day in December. There he is shopping in his pajamas two mornings before Christmas.

Lots of puppy love

Beckett looked forward to his advent chocolate every morning. Here he is trying to sneak it first thing. Ha!

The only thing I ever bake at Christmas is cookies for Santa. Here is my cute little cookie helper.

Gingerbread house makers

After school ice cream snack

We tracked Santa all day!

The kids do a Christmas Eve present exchange every year. It’s so fun watching what they pick out for one another. It’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas. We ordered Chinese food, opened new Christmas pjs and then watched a few movies before bed

My dining room looked so peaceful before I went to bed on Christmas Eve so I had to take a picture

Santa came

There was excitement, noise, magic and a huge mess!!

It was GREAT!!

We had a house full on Christmas Day

It really is the best time of the year!!

We finished the month with a birthday party for my dad

And a holiday party at Marlene’s (that I don’t have any pictures of)

2018 was a great year for our family filled with so many fun memories. We’re all excited to see what 2019 brings. Thanks so much for following along on our family’s journey. Happy New Year!!

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!!

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.

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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!!

California Part 3

I took over 700 pictures on our vacation and I’m about to dump a bunch of them here so I’ll always have them. I’ll let the pictures tell the story

North Beach

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

Belmont Park

World Famous on Pacific Beach

Ha!

Windan Sea Beach (our beach)

Newport Beach

Loving this road trip!!

Santa Monica Pier

Hollywood

Lunch

East LA

We are loving California!!

June Photos

It’s hard to believe that June is more than half over. Yesterday was Lucy’s first official day of summer vacation and we’re already in summer mode over here. It usually takes me a few weeks before it starts to feel like summer break but this year it was immediate!

img_1559img_1556img_1693Lucy finished up elementary school and I have to admit that I’ve been so busy obsessing over Megan finishing high school that this didn’t hit me until she got out of the car on the last day. I still remember putting her on the kindergarten bus and all the emotions I was going through. This was pretty much the same.

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The first thing we did was hit the library!

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We celebrated with s’mores before bedtime.

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and ice-cream

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we celebrated Megan

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We’ve been living outside all week

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We’ve hung out with grumpy toddlers

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and silly teenagers

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We found Beckett on the pottery barn website

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twins

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besties

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and the cutest little super hero

Oh, summer!!!!!!!! We love you!!

Weekly Recap

I feel like we are in the thick of summer fun right now, even though we have another week of school left.

Lucy had her Last Blast on Thursday

I really like her group of friends. They all have pretty big personalities but they seem to compliment one another. Every once in a while you hear some arguing but mostly giggling. They point out when someone is doing or saying something wrong but not in a mean natured way. Almost adult like. They are also really good at complimenting each other and cheering each other on. It’s really FUN watching them all together.

Emma and Tess went to Iceland last week and it seemed strange to have my iPhone app look like this

She was REALLY far away!

Jon chaperoned Lucy’s canoe trip

This girl is way too cool to grocery shop

Saturday morning coffee and peaches with this boy

On Saturday we drove to Taunton where Megan received the Italian Club scholarship

When we left there we stopped to see Scott and Sean who were both in town for a christening.

After a long day Jon and I hung out with the kids and relaxed

Beckett has some water drops in his hair but I LOVE this big curl

Yesterday we took Lucy and Beck strawberry picking

And a few more random photos

Lucy got a chance to snuggle up sweet Sydney

And a few from Iceland even though Emma will end up putting these on her page

And even though it’s not a flattering picture of me I love it. I’ve had a baby on my hip for 22 years!!! It’s kinda my favorite thing