March

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve updated over here. Not that we’ve had anything interesting going on. Ha! I do have a lot of pictures that I want to post, though. Of course they’re mostly of Beckett.

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Grocery store pictures are always my favorite!

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February vacation started off with some pretty amazing weather!

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And ended with two kids having the flu

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Have you ever played hide and seek with a toddler?

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Five toddlers later and I still think it’s funny

Megan finished up her cheer career

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I’m not sure if I posted that one last month but I figured I’d add it again here. It was a little bittersweet She’s worked so hard over the last 4 years and has made some amazing friendships from that cheer squad. She’s ready for her next chapter though. We went to open house at her college and we got to meet her new roommate and her parents. I think she’s going to love living in Boston SO much!!

The way my driveway looks when teenagers have friends sleep over:

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Lucy dressed Beckett up in her robe and he looked like E.T. to me

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She is SO good to him!! All of his sisters are. This kid gets nonstop attention around here.

a couple of days ago I put Beckett in time out and told him to keep his bum on the stool. 30 seconds later he walked through the kitchen like this

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I can’t say no to him so he ended up taking this puppy home from the grocery store

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A few more Beckett photos

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His little hand in his pocket kills me.

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Colton came up with my parents last weekend. EVERY time we see him I take a picture of Lucy and him together (besties).

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Beck needed to get in there too

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He thinks he’s so funny. Ha!

I’ve had a lot of companies reach out to me since the beginning of the year asking me to do collaborations with them on social media (soooooooooo exciting!! )

One of the companies is Ashtonbee baby. This is one of their bowls:

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Another one is Jord watches

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I’m going to have another blog post on the watch alone later in the week so be sure to check back. I’m hosting a pretty good giveaway with them so make sure you enter!!

 

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Daily Snapshots

I am trying so hard to get over here and record some of life lately, I have a bunch of random photos from the last week that deserve a little spot on this big World Wide Web.

We took Chloe, Lucy and Beckett to the aquarium this weekend

After the aquarium we walked over to Quincy Market to grab some dinner

I don’t usually look like I’m about to do yard work when I’m out in the city (hooded sweatshirts are never a good idea) but the aquarium was celebrating the Patriots so I had to show my support πŸ˜‰

Lucy is trying to convince us to get another puppy……. more on that later

Speaking of Lucy, she is the sweetest sister!! She loves taking care of Beckett so much!!

This kid is such a charmer!! He smiles and talks to everyone when we’re out in public. He’s such a happy little boy πŸ’™

I had to take a picture of these three before they headed off to school the other morning. I know they’re going to complain about the picture. Ha! That’s the reason why they’re not on my Instagram more. All grown up!! *sigh

I love the way he holds my hand when he’s on my lap 😍

And a few from Instagram

Happy Wednesday

Recent iPhone Photos

One of my New Years Resolutions was to check into this spot more often. Just like my resolution to exercise daily, I failed. Ha! January has been super busy but I’ve been keeping up with my picture taking. Of course, most of my pictures are of B because he’s glued to my hip.

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We had one big snow storm this month. Lucy and Beckett went outside to play ONCE

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We’ve been finding other ways to keep busy (and warm)

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Beckett got his first “job” on instagram

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He also got his very first haircut. Oh man, I was so nervous because I love his long, crazy hair!! It gets super curly after a bath or when it’s humid out. It was getting kinda straight when we had that super cold, dry weather in December too. It’s just the cutest but I knew it was time for a cut when his mullet kept showing up in all of my pictures. Ha!

He wasn’t nervous at all. Chloe and Lucy got their hair cut that day too so we were in there for a while. He kept talking to all of the other women in there and saying “nice to meet you” to everyone who walked in. He also kept yelling to Melissa (our hair stylist) to “CLEAN THIS MESS UP”. Ha! He’s a little stinker.

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He is seriously too cute!!

I love spending the afternoon with these two when they come home from school

img_8200Β Their stories are the BEST!! They are both such GOOD girls. Β We are both going to miss Megan so much when she goes to college in the fall. She decided where she’s going and we put the deposit down a few weeks ago. YIKES!! It’s getting real now!! More on that coming soon.

A few more pictures from the month:

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I’m so obsessed with the winter sunsets!!!

It’s the only thing I like about winter. HA! Even though this space here is quiet I post daily on Instagram. Come say hi! Instagram.com/jillfriary

 

New Years Eve

Another year has come and gone. Hello, 2018!

Our New Years Eve celebration pretty much looks the same every year. We order a ton of lobsters, dance in the kitchen to the same songs (Billy Idol Dancing With Myself, anyone?) sit by the fire, struggle to keep our eyes open until midnight to watch the ball drop and get that first New Year’s kiss. Even though the traditions are the same this year looked a little different because half of our kids were out with friends and boyfriends. But, traditions are important and I want Lucy and Beckett to look back at their childhood and have the same memories as the older girls. I convinced Emma, Megan and Chloe to let me in on their nights and send me some pictures

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And at home

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Beckett wanted to hold the lobster

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Until he didn’t. HA!

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2017 was a really great year for our family. I’m excited about what 2018 will bring! Happy New Year!!

 

 

 

 

Christmas

I always say that I’m going to take more pictures at Christmas but I never do. It’s one of those days that I just try and live in the moment. The pictures that I do take NEVER come out great but I’m going to add them here because it really was a great day and I want to remember it always. Bad, blurry, unflattering pictures and all.

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Collin brought Emma this big teddy bear that Beckett fell in love with

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Christmas Eve was a lot of fun with my parents. You could just feel the excitement in the house that day. Lucy and Beckett were pretty much bouncing off the walls, excited for Santa to come!!

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The kids do their sibling gift exchange on Christmas Eve. It’s always so fun to see the thoughtful gifts they buy for one another.

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Tracey sent this great unicorn blanket to Lucy

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The sky that night kind of stopped me in my tracks. I just stood by my kitchen door and watched every last second until the sun finally sunk behind the trees.

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After my parents left we put on our new Christmas pajamas, took out the big tin of popcorn and watched Christmas movies until it was time to tuck those babies in

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As you can see my house was already trashed and it wasn’t even Christmas morning yet!!

Jon and I stayed up late watching It’s a Wonderful Life

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We woke up to a blanket of snow outside and a pile of presents under our tree

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Brian, Marlene and Liz drove through the snow to come spend Christmas with us

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And of course I don’t have any other pictures.

Beckett is loving his new presents!! The tv hasn’t been on Disney junior at all the last couple of days

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Pottery barn kids reached out to me asking to use that picture of Beckett in his new sleeping bag.

It all seemed to go by in such a blur!! The entire month did!! I have lots of updates that I will post before December is up. Right now I’m going to go pour myself a glass of eggnog and see if there are any Christmas cookies left.

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Day

It looks like we’re going to have another white Christmas. This will be our 11th Christmas up here and our 8th white Christmas. I’m only a big fan of snow until about mid February and then I’m DONE. Beckett had a great time watching the snow fall this weekend

He probably doesn’t remember this from last year so it was all new to him.

Sunday morning I took Lucy and Beckett out to play in the snow

After about 20 minutes I asked him if he was ready to go in the house (he had wet mittens and hat) he reached his hands up for me to pick him up. ha! This is the first time EVER he didn’t throw a temper tantrum when it was time to go in the house. I guess he’s going to be more of a summer guy. Fine by me!

Little Elves

Our little Christmas elves are back! When the girls were little our elves would bring them little treats throughout the month of December. They had little stockings that hung on their dresser drawers. They would get things like Christmas stickers, pencils, Hershey kisses, candy canes, etc…… as they got older they got things like lipgloss, nail polish, headbands, etc…. I’m not sure WHY this tradition was started and I’m pretty sure it’s too late to tell our elves to lay off the treats. Ha! But we’re down to two Little’s getting daily treats from our favorite elves so we’re gonna enjoy this a bit longer.

Beckett did NOT know what to make of the elves this morning. He was a little nervous at first but he’s starting to warm up to the elf idea. He walks by, points and blows them kisses. Sooooo cute!!

Oh what fun!! Is there anything better than little kids at Christmas time?

Happy December!

β€˜β€˜Tis the Season….

……. for germs.

I have a bunch of little sickies in the house this week

Lucy’s been out of school all week. I finally took her to the doctors today and it’s just a virus. The doctor prescribed soup, chocolate ice cream and Disney movies. I think I can handle that.

Beckett has a cold but that hasn’t stopped him from taking care of his big sister. He LOVES having her home during the day, we both do.

Sunday Snapshots

My New Years resolution was to take more pictures this year. Today is the 11th and I haven’t taken my camera out once!
This morning we took the girls to TJ Maxx and Lucy fell in love with this gigantic unicorn

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You could tell the woman working behind the counter got a kick out of her. She looked pretty cute walking up to the counter with a unicorn bigger than her and her Christmas money (thank you, Auntie Di)

We also played in the snow for a little while with Chloe and Lucy

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Fun, but too cold!!!

Jon is leaving for London this week and Emma has to go back to College in a week so we’ve been trying to enjoy as much family time as possible. No time to take my pictures. I did snap this one at dinner tonight, though. I love that we had a dinner guest. It’s not everyday that we’re able to dine with a majestic unicorn

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Thank God for iPhones!