This Moment

These two girls just landed in Iceland


So exciting!!


Five Things From This Week

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 

2) Beckett in a toy store


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”.

Ugh!! He’s gonna grow up too 😭

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!! 

We told them that we would announce our vacation plans on New Years. Fingers crossed, Lucy!! 

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!

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!!

The Beach and the Fourth

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. 

Ha! He is pretty smooth!!

And little Connor knows how to wrap Lucy around his little finger too! 

Ah summer…… you are a close second to my autumn. I’m going to enjoy you every day!! Even Target’s back to school section couldn’t entice me this morning! 

London Day 2

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.



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:ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

A view of the hill from my room:Image

My St. Maarten Favorites

This trip was my 4th time in St. Maarten. Over the last couple of trips we definitely developed some favorite spots.Β 

Rima’s is our favorite “junk” store. We were very sad to hear that it’s closing at the end of August. We had to stop in one more time before we left to get some more bargains :Image

My favorite spot to have dinner is at the Lolos. The view is quite beautiful too:Image

The ice cream at The Carousel is out of this world delicious! We had to stop there a few times too!Image

Sunset Bar is a FUN place to go and watch the planes! The frozen margaritas are an extra treat:ImageImage

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!Β Image

Snorkeling is Chloe’s new favorite thing to do:Image

Relaxing on the deck and taking in some of the views:ImageImage

No matter where we go or what we do as long as I’m with them it’s one of my favorite spots in the world:Image

Travel Day

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:



Almost there:Image

First steps in the Caribbean Ocean:


On our deck getting ready to swim:Image



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.