These two girls just landed in Iceland
These two girls just landed in Iceland
1) School mornings. I kinda like them. As long as I get up when I’m supposed to and take the time the night before to prepare for the next day I actually enjoy our busy mornings
3) Football season has begun!!
4) I’m seriously enjoying being home with Beckett SOOOO much!! I LOVE having all of these older girls around (my bff’s). That mother/daughter bond is amazing, ya’ll. But being able to do this mommy thing all over again, this time with a little boy is pretty dang amazing!! I look forward to our weekly Target trips. It’s the mommy/baby hang out and I love that I’m still part of that “crew”.
5) At the beginning of the summer we told the girls to each pick a place they want to vacation to next summer and do a presentation convincing Jon and I why we should pick their destination. They had all summer to work on it and had to present it to us on Labor Day. Two of the four girls worked hard on it. Two didn’t, so we won’t be visiting Amsterdam or Iceland next summer. HA! Lucy picked the Aulani resort in Hawaii. She worked so hard on it all summer! She is so stinkin cute!!
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.
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
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)
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 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).
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.
We stopped for some pizza on the way home
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
I ordered Beckett some new fall shoes and he was obviously excited when they came in
I’m just going to start off by saying that I never saw a baby, kid or adult have as much fun at the beach as Beckett did! I’m not sure if it’s his obsession with the Moana movie or what, but he had such a blast! He thought that the waves crashing over his feet were the funniest thing EVER!
One of things we dislike about living up north is the fact that it takes two hours to go to a really nice beach. We tried Scarborough beach in Narragansett for the first time and it was SO nice! Definitely worth the drive for us!!
Usually when we drive that far we go to the cape or Newport but we knew both areas would be super crowded with it being July 3rd. No beach trip is complete without ridiculously bad for you but super tastey fried clam cakes. Jon threw in a couple of lobster rolls and we were in Heaven!
We celebrated the 4th at Marlene and Brian’s with most of Jon’s cousins and their families. Beckett took a liking to Miss Julia. He LOVES teenage girls and pretty much wraps them around his little finger.
Our tour of London continued yesterday. I’m impressed with how much our very handsome tour guide knows about the city.
We started the day by getting our Oyster cards. Then we hopped on one of the big red double decker buses. Our first stop was Oxford Street to check out the shopping. We went into a couple of stores but it was so crowded and we (Megan and Emma excluded) didn’t feel like shopping all day.
By the time we walked through the shopping district we were all starving!! Jon took us to a little sandwich shop that he stops at on his lunch hour. Then we headed through to Piccadilly Circus. That place is awesome! There is so much to see and do there. I can’t wait to go back and explore again! We walked through Trafalgar Square and quickly went through the National Museum. All of my pictures of that are on my camera. After the museum we headed out to see the London Eye
The views from the bridge were spectacular! We sat under the Eye, had some ice cream and watched the street performers.
As you can see there was a lot of walking done yesterday!!
We then went over to Westminster Abbey.
We finished the day by taking the tube back to Paddington. It was another long, fun and busy day. It ended by one of our poor children getting hit with the stomach bug. We’ve been up every hour on the hour dealing with that. She seems to be doing a little better right now. My fingers are crossed that tomorrow’s post isn’t all about the family being sick on day 3.
Our plan for today is to rest up, watch some funny British TV and maybe take a quick walk to Kensington Gardens to get some fresh air.
As I’ve said before, I am addicted to Vimeo! Enjoy!
Jon and I started walking and hiking back in March. Every week my friend Kristen and I would send each other pictures of our hikes. She motivated me to workout all spring. So it’s only natural that I thought of her many times during my hike in St. Maarten. I can’t wait to show her these pictures:
This trip was my 4th time in St. Maarten. Over the last couple of trips we definitely developed some favorite spots.
This was the first time we went to Mullet Bay Beach and it was AMAZING! There were hundreds of fish swimming around us! The kids had a blast feeding them bread. Well everyone except Emma. She was a little freaked out about it. There were stingrays swimming around us too!
I’m really lucky that my kids are good travelers. We woke up at 2:30 am to go to the airport and look how happy she is:
Jon did help entertain her in Puerto Rico:
First steps in the Caribbean Ocean:
We had a slight delay in Puerto Rico which made a long layover even longer but it was a really good travel day. After enjoying their first swim we went back to grill some hamburgers. Everyone went to bed early, excited for what the week would bring. I took over 600 pictures and lots of videos that I plan on sharing this week.
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